ABBA - The Story - the details

Published September 02, 2009


Back in 2001, when my English-language ABBA biography, Bright Lights Dark Shadows, was published, there was hope that it would be published in several different languages. For various reasons, except for German and Russian, this never happened. I found it especially annoying that we couldn't get the book published in Sweden - after all, it's ABBA's home-country as well as my own. That thought simply wouldn't leave me alone.

It wasn't until 2008 that I finally published a Swedish-language ABBA biography, entitled ABBA - The Story: Berättelsen om supergruppen (The Story About The Super Group). As the title implies, this book again told the story of ABBA, but this time in Swedish. I went back to the drawing board, as it were, and wrote a completely new biography, so that ABBA-interested readers in Sweden could finally read the fascinating story of ABBA.

Naturally, the events of the 21st Century were covered in some detail in this new book, which of course was not the case with, for example, with the original edition of Bright Lights Dark Shadows (a subsequent reprint has brought the book more up-to-date). Furthermore, new information that has come to light about the ABBA years informed the Swedish book.

There were around 60 colour and black & white pictures in the book, covering the pre-ABBA days up until the present.

Popular ABBA fan site reviewed ABBA - The Story. They feel that although the book is Swedish-language it is a must-have for fans all over the world, because of a number of pictures that they describe as "very rare and previously unseen by die-hard ABBA fans." The review concludes: "One of the very rare pictures in the book is the picture from the filming of the video 'Knowing Me, Knowing You' in the studio in 1976 - we said 'wow'. So now you know why you will buy this book..."

Interested in buying a SIGNED COPY? Ordering details for signed copies of ABBA - The Story are now available. Please click "Contact" in the bottom left corner and send me an e-mail; I will then get back to you with prices and other details.


This book will NOT be published in an English-language version. For the foreseeable future, Bright Lights Dark Shadows will remain my only English-language ABBA biography. However, ABBA - The Story has been published in the following countries:

Published in early October 2008. The Norwegian title is ABBA – Verdens største popeventyr (The World's Biggest Pop Adventure) (Cappelen Damm; ISBN: 8202288851). The hardback version is now out of print, but September 2, 2011 saw the publication of a paperback version (ISBN: 9788202312770). Click here to see the front cover of the book.

Published November 7, 2008. The Danish edition is a coffee table book, featuring circa 160 pictures, i.e. about 100 more than the Swedish edition. I have not been involved in the additional picture selection, nor have I written the picture captions. The title of the Danish edition is ABBA - Historien om supergruppen (The Story About The Super Group) (Politiken; ISBN: 978-87-56-78885-4). Click here to see the cover of the book. This book is now OUT OF PRINT.

The Finnish edition was published in April 2009 and was simply entitled ABBA (Like; ISBN: 978-952-01-0260-9). Click here to see the cover of the book.

Czech Republic
The Czech edition was published in 2009 and is entitled ABBA - Príbeh superskupiny (Volvox; ISBN: 978-80-7207-734-2). Click here to see the cover of the book.

Published August 16, 2011, the Estonian edition is entitled ABBA Lugu (Ajakirjade Kirjastus; ISBN: 9789949476381). Click here to read more about the book.

Published May 27, 2013. The Hungarian edition is entitled ABBA - A legenda (Egmont-Hungary Kft; ISBN: 9789633434147). Click here to read more about the book.

Published November 5, 2013. The Polish edition is entitled ABBA - Historia supergrupy (REBIS; ISBN: 978-83-7510-990-0). Click here to read more about the book.

Published May 9, 2014. The Brazilian edition is entitled ABBA A Biografia (Editora BestSeller; ISBN: 978-85-7684-853-0). Click here to view the cover of the book.


Published in Sweden by Wahlström & Widstrand (published September 11, 2008; ISBN: 978-91-46-21921-7). 416 pages + 48 pages of pictures. Out of print.