Benny's Road To ABBA

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Back in 2002, when I began writing the Hep Stars biography Cadillac Madness, Premium Publishing asked me if I would consider doing an English version of the book. Their idea was to tell the story about The Hep Stars' extraordinary career in much the same way as in Cadillac Madness, but remove most of the personal details about all the members except Benny Andersson, then extend the time-frame of the English book to encompass Benny's career during the three-year period from the break-up of The Hep Stars in 1969 up until the recording of the first ABBA single, 'People Need Love', in 1972.

Thus, the book would start with Benny's childhood, growing up in the Stockholm suburb of Vällingby, tell the story of his time with the Hep Stars in the 1960s, and then the formation of his relationship and initial collaboration with Björn, Frida and Agnetha - ergo Benny's Road To ABBA. The purpose of this approach was, of course, to produce a book that would be more interesting for readers outside Sweden.

The book, which was published in 2004, also features a discography that is quite different to the one in Cadillac Madness. The discography in Benny's Road To ABBA is a detailed, chronological track-by-track description of every song recorded by The Hep Stars between 1964 and 1969 (some of which were first released only decades later), put together by yours truly. There is also an overview of the records released in Sweden by the duo Björn & Benny between 1970 and 1972.

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Benny's Road To ABBA. Published by Premium Publishing, June 12, 2004. English language. 316 pp. 24 x 17 cm. Hardbound. ISBN: 91-89136-14-4.

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