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 80s.

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 Lavishly illustrated in colour and black and white and including many previously unpublished photos, ABBA GOLD – The Complete Story is the definitive account of ABBA’s career authorized by the group themselves.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.


ABBA Gold – The Complete Story

ABBA Gold - The Complete Story updated edition 1994

ABBA Gold – Den otroliga berättelsen

(ABBA Gold - The Incredible Story)

John Tobler; foreword by John Spalding

Swedish edition.

First published Sweden 1993.

ABBA Gold - Den otroliga berättelsen (Swedish edition)

ABBA Gold – Die Erfolgsstory

(ABBA Gold - The Story of Success)

John Tobler; foreword by John Spalding

German edition.

First published Germany 1992.

ABBA GOLD - Die Erfolgsstory (German edition)

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