Name: Ed Knegtel
Twelve years old and I had some birthday money to spend. I went to a record store (every town had one record store for every 5000 inhabitants or so…). I wanted to make my choice between Arcade ‘Rocket’ and Rainbow ‘Rising’ (both with a cool sleeve) The year was 1876. No, it was 1976. Listened to both records. The first a bog standard, run-of-the-mill pop sampler, the latter the best ‘starters album’ to get hooked on rock and metal for life. Rainbow in their best form, Ronny James Dio, Ritchie Blackmore. It does not get much better than that. Later on I went ‘backtracking’ with Purple, Zep, U.F.O. and at the end of the decade the New Wave Of British Heavy Metal was upon us. Newspaper rounds and slogging crates, every penny went into music. On my bicycle to the bank, a few pounds in an envelope for the umpteenth obscure 7-inch. 1980 and 1981 the family holidayed in England. My studies in Amsterdam, more hours in record shops than in the college benches. A subscriber to Aardschok magazine since issue 001. Aardschok and Dynamo festivals. U.S. Metal, Scandinavian metal, early thrash, speed, black, death. The clubs: Dynamo, Scum, Barracuda. The ‘Golden Era’ of metal – 1980 – 199? - I was there and very active. 35 years an avid rock and metal fan (and counting). Founder of Millennium Records (1997 – 2011), vinyl collector.
(Pic: when our Ed was still little Ed in 1987).