Given that Graeme Read, Grant Whittingham and Ian Cole (from the Australian AbbaMail website) are collaborators of Carl Magnus Palm, it is perhaps not surprising that they choose to attack my book in the manner they have on several internet forums and chats. I think it would interest us all if they would let us know where exactly they regard historical facts to be misrepresented, and share with us the ‘glaring mistakes’ they have found.
My book was written based on sound archival information (often that of members of ABBA) and interviews, and apart from normal human errors I would repudiate the claim of these Australians.
* A GLORIOUS CELEBRATION OF ONE OF THE MOST SUCCESSFUL AND INFLUENTIAL POP GROUPS OF ALL TIME, FROM 'WATERLOO' TO WORLD DOMINATION
* THE INCREDIBLE STORY OF HOW FOUR FOLK SINGERS FROM SWEDEN WENT ON TO BECOME A GLOBAL PHENOMENON.
* FEATURES A UNIQUE
COLLECTION OF PHOTOGRAPHS - MOST OF WHICH ARE PREVIOUSLY UNPUBLISHED
THE WHOLE OF ABBA'S GLITTERING CAREER.
* THE DEFINITIVE ABBA BOOK THAT EVERY FAN WILL TREASURE.
Brighton, April 1974: ABBA storm to victory in the Eurovision Song Contest with 'Waterloo', resplendent in their shiny satin costumes and silver platform boots. More than twenty-five years and 350 million record sales later, ABBA's popularity remains undiminished, even though the group have not recorded a note since they split up in 1983. ABBAmania has not been so strong since the 1970s.
This is the incredible story of how four unassuming folk singers from Sweden went forth to conquer the world. Between 'Waterloo' and the break-up, ABBA had nine No.1s in Britain and spent a total of 265 weeks in the charts. Worldwide, they are the second biggest-selling band of all time, surpassed only by the Beatles. From instant dancefloor-fillers like 'Dancing Queen' to sing-a-long ballads such as 'The Winner Takes It All', ABBA's legacy of classic pop music is unequalled, and their songs have been covered or sampled by artists ranging from the Corrs to the Fugees.
Drawing on exclusive interviews with the group and their manager and mentor, Stig Anderson, Jean-Marie Potiez has reconstructed the complete history of ABBA's glittering career: their early days as teen idols in Sweden, the heady rush of Eurovision success, the struggle to prove ABBA were not just one-hit wonders, the careful crafting of the unique (but much-imitated) ABBA sound, the nine massive hit albums, the world tours, the making of ABBA: The Movie, and the eventual break-up.
The book is fully illustrated throughout with hundreds of glorious photographs, many of which are from ABBA's private archive and previously unpublished. The complete pictorial record includes a sublime gallery of the group's most dazzling costumes, demonstrating that ABBA were definitely at the cutting edge of 1970s fashion as well as pop music. Finally, the comprehensive discography details all ABBA's album releases.
ABBA: The Book is a timely celebration of one of the most successful and influential pop groups of all time. It is the definitive ABBA book that every fan will treasure.