ABBA The Name Of The Game

Andrew Oldham, Tony Calder & Colin Irwin

The greatest composers of the twentieth century. That’s the contentious view of ABBA from Andrew Oldham and Tony Calder, the original rock’n’roll outlaws, who’ve now turned their acidic wit and opinionated prose to tell the extraordinary story of the world’s most famous Swedes.

Agnetha, Benny, Bjorn and Anni-Frid shot into the world’s consciousness with their bizarre triumph in the 1974 Eurovision Song Contest, launching and unprecendented run of international success matched only by the Beatles. Yet they were largely reviled by the critics for what were interpreted as mindlessly perfect pop songs and a ridiculous wardrobe of polyester jump suits.

But as bands like Erasure and Bjorn Again keep the ABBA phenomenon thriving and gay clubs play their records constantly, Calder, Oldham and their partner-in-pen, Colin Irwin, reassess their music and reveal for the first time the full background story of their glittering rise. It explodes many of the cosy myths about ABBA and tells of the heartbreak as their marriages collapsed literally on the road, the constant enmity between the two girls, the bitter split with longstanding manager Stig Anderson, financial disputes and the pressures that drove them apart. All this while seemingly effortlessly producing the greatest pop songs of the century.

First published UK 1995.

ABBA The Name Of The Game

ABBA The Name Of The Game paperback


ABBA Mängu nimi

(ABBA The Name Of The Game)

Andrew Oldham, Tony Calder & Colin Irwin
Translated by Lii Tõnismann

Estonian edition.

First published Estonia 1999.

ABBA Mängu nimi

ABBA Thank You For The Music

Andrew Oldham, Tony Calder & Colin Irwin

Mit 'Waterloo' fing alles an, und mit 'Waterloo' war auch alles zu Ende:Hits am laufenden Band und weltweiter Erfolg, aber auch persänliche Animositätenund scheiternde Beziehungen. Solange bis zweimal A und zweimal B nichtmehr ABBA ergab.

First published Germany January 2000.


ABBA

Andrew Oldham, Tony Calder & Colin Irwin

Czech edition.

First published Czech Republic.


ABBA Koko tarina

(ABBA Whole Story)

Andrew Oldham, Tony Calder & Colin Irwin

Waterloo! Kaikkien aikojen euroviisuksi valittu Abba-hitti muutti viisuhistoriaa 1974. Mieliin painuva kertosäe ja avaruusajan Napoleon-asut sinetöivät Abban kerralla ja lopullisesti kevyen pop-musiikin edustajaksi.

Andrew Oldham kirjoittaa Björnin ja Bennyn musiikin puolesta. Kirkastakseen Abban tähteä 70- ja 80-lukujen viihdetaivaalla hän tosin sortuu vähättelemään rock-muusikon maineen saavuttaneita aikalaisia. Abba-faniuttaan häpeilleille kirja tarjoaa mahdollisuuden tulla ulos kaapista ja kehua suosikkiaan rinta rottingilla. Glitteri ja glamouri siivotaan nätisti sivummalle, mikä saa vähemmän faninkin viihtymään kulisseissa Abba-nelikon seurassa.

First published Finland 2005.

ABBA Koko tarina

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