ABBA Gold – The Complete Story
John Tobler; foreword by John Spalding
Traditionally, the giants of popular music have come from either Britain or
America, and if it had been suggested at the start of the 1970s that the biggest
pop/rock act in the world at the end of the decade would come from Sweden, the
reaction would have been one of total disbelief. This is the story of ABBA, the
group who defied all conventions, and from the somewhat insubstantial platform
of victory in the Eurovision Song Contest in 1974, progressed to become
thebiggest record sellers in the world.
The name ‘Abba’ was first known in the music business over 40 years ago,
although it had nothing to do with the quartet from Sweden. The first Abba was a
songwriter, a New Yorker name eden ahbez (the believed that only Gods should
spell their names with capital letters). He wrote a song calld ‘Nature Boy’
which became a Number One hit for Nat ‘King’ Cole in 1948 – the songwriting
credit was abbreviated to Abba. In Scandanavia, the name ‘Abba’ is also well
known as the trade mark of a famous food company who specialize in canning fish.
The name is perhaps better known around the world however as the abbreviation
of Anni-Frid, Björn, Benny and Agnetha – the pop sensations of the 1970s and
ABBA GOLD – The Complete Story updates the group’s history at a time when its
great heritage is being rediscovered by a new generation, whose parents are
happily rediscovering it. It also coincides with the worldwide release of ‘ABBA
GOLD’, the first ever ABBA compilation to include all the group’s biggest hits
on a single album, which has been a massive seller around the world.
The group’s recordings are surveyed chronologically, from the early failures to
the multi-million sellers, with an account of the events which influenced and
affected the group in their hugely successful quest fro superstardom. Lavishly
illustrated in colour and black and white and including many previously
unpublished photos, ABBA GOLD – The Complete Story is the definitive account of
ABBA’s career authorized by the group themselves.
First published UK 1993.
Updated version of ABBA For The Record 1980
and ABBA Their Story 1984.