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Few people have followed the band Golden Times anymore than Jan-Owe Wikström, a journalist at Hallandsposten. He has written about the Harplinge pop band who initially had dreams of getting a full page in the local newspaper. The same band that came to be associated with Swedish summer and that filled Ullevi three times. Two books it has also become. A third on the way.

We meet outside Figarosalen in Halmstad. Here Jan-Owe Wikström saw a young Golden Times long before "Summer times" and "When we two become one".

- It was with the original set and then it was a Pink Floyd-influenced rock band and played music that people today can hardly ever dream of playing once in a while, he says.

The journalist had received a letter from Per Gessle in 1978 demanding a full page in Hallandsposten about his newly started band.

- They noticed that they were serious and did not settle for less, while at the same time, with a twinkle in their eyes, recalls Jan-Owe Wikström.

What is the biggest difference when comparing Golden Times in 1979 and the 2019 edition?

- Above all, they are a much, much better band today, he says.

During the farewell tour, Jan-Owe Wikström accompanied the band with photographer Anders Roos. The result will be a book coming out in November. The book will be Wikström's third about the Golden Times.

In the clip above you can hear Jan-Owe Wikström tell us more about the meeting with Gyllene Tider 1978 and about how Per Gessle sold handwritten program sheets for ten SEK each

Source: svt

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