Published March 31, 2010

“Palm … achieves the trick of directing himself both to the diehard Abba fans and to those who can barely tell Björn from Benny. A pleasure to read, and those who are looking for juicy details will not be disappointed.”

Grade: 4/5

(Anna Lindström, Expressen Söndag, September 7, 2008)

”Mamma Mia – what a great book! … Plenty of nuggets: the chapter about Frida who finds her German dad at the age of 32, the conflict with [manager] Stig Anderson, the billion they turned down to make a comeback.”

Grade: 4/5

(Knut-Göran Källberg, Expressen Söndag, September 7, 2008)

”Carl Magnus Palm has made an enormous research effort when he wrote this biography. And there is no doubt that he must be more knowledgeable than anyone about ABBA. ABBA – The Story tells the story about the group’s astounding career as an international music phenomenon.”

(Magnus Widell, Jönköpings-Posten, September 11, 2008)

”The definitive ABBA biography. … ABBA – The Story is a well-written and well-structured book. Carl Magnus Palm puts little cliff hangers at the end of each chapter, which makes your fingers want to turn the page by themselves.”

(Bo Ströberg, Smålandsposten, September 11, 2008)

”This time we go to the bottom of the Abba story. … A thorough portrait of the only Swedish super group. … Naturally, Carl Magnus Palm also depicts the conflicts, both the internal and those with [Abba manager] Stig Anderson, but manages to find the right balance with the artistic achievement. … An impressive, comprehensive picture.”

(Torsten Braf, Katrineholms-Kuriren, September 15, 2008)

”Fascinating story of how the Swedish music scene stepped onto the international arena.”

(Lisa Appelqvist, Kristianstadsbladet, September 20, 2008)

”As complete as it could possibly be. … This is a justified book in every way. And it is an entertaining read about a totally incredible story that no one would have believed if it hadn’t been true.”

(Christer B Jarlås, Länstidningen i Östersund, September 24, 2008)

”The facts are served in an easy and clear way, along with the group’s journey from ’Ring Ring’ and onwards in their career. This is modern history. The man behind the group, Stig Anderson, is given a well-rounded portrait and it is a lively story.”

(Dagbladet, September 30, 2008)

"This book is very useful if you want to know more about the multi-phenomenon ABBA. It never ends: there are constantly new musicals, movies, games, even if the songs remain the same. Here you get the complete ABBA story; if you're going to read something about them this is the one to get."

(Magnus Utvik, Rapport,, November 27, 2008)

"An excellent read, which knows how to create an Abba frenzy. Read it if you want to know why the Abba couples divorced, why there will never be a reunion even for the sake of frightening the living daylights out of the many horrible copy cats, and, finally, if you need to know the importance of the change to driving on the right side of the road has had for Swedish pop music."

(Lars Thulin, Trelleborgs Allehanda, December 5, 2008)

"In the impressively nuanced [book], Carl Magnus Palm carefully tells the story with all its ups and downs[.] But he has not been dazzled in any way, and that is the real strength of the book, that there is place for more than simply sentimental words about the masterful songs ABBA undeniably created."

Grade: 5/6

(Mads Fisker, Berlingske Tidende, 22 januari 2009)

"Abba - the story ... is an interesting book[.]. In the publisher's promotional material the author is presented as the world's foremost Abba expert ... and that description is not invalidated by the book. On the contrary, one is captivated by the warts-and-all account of the Abba stars' personal problems and their struggle to achieve success, both individually and in different constellations."

(Björn Fjæstad, Forskning & Framsteg #2/09)

Read a review of the Polish edition of the book here.



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.