Scandinavian Scribbles

With Jaana Tirronen - Helsinki, Finland

Hello! My name is Jaana and I live in Helsinki, the capital town of Finland. I come from a rather musical family, for example my mother used to sing in a dance band in the 50's and her cousin played very good mandolin and sang too (she's too old now for that!) So I guess I already had the love for music from my mother's milk.

Rock 'n' Roll came in my life in 1975 when I heard a slow foreign song on the radio which I liked very much. I found out that it was Elvis who was singing. So I went to a library and looked for information about this man who had such an amazing voice. At that time I was still very young and I had a dream to one day go to the USA and see Elvis on stage. But unfortunately fate decided otherwise.

At the end of the 70's, I listened on cassette tapes to many old Rock 'n' Roll and Rockabilly artists, such as Buddy Holly, Bill Haley, Chubby Checker, Gene Vincent, Eddie Cochran and so on. At that time I didn't have a record player, it came later.

I also like roots music, especially country and bluegrass. Then there was a little break when life took me in another direction, but I never forgot Elvis and Rock 'n' Roll.

I started to concentrate again on Rock 'n' Roll, Rockabilly and music generally in the 90's and as I've always loved writing, it was a quite a natural extension that I started to write for a few of the scene's magazines. And here I am, still writing, and still loving music.

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