Published April 11, 2017
Just a few minutes ago I had the pleasure of meeting up with fab guitarist Janne Schaffer at a hotel London to hand over a copy of my brand new book, ABBA - The Complete Recording Sessions. Janne was ABBA's primary guitarist 1972-1974 and played on every album, except The Visitors, including the group's very last sessions in August 1982, in a sense closing the circle as he also played on the very first ABBA recording, People Need Love.
One of several things I wanted to accomplish with the book was to highlight the contributions of the many excellent musicians who contributed to ABBA's records, Janne among them; of course, he was a great interviewee back when the first edition of the book was written in the 1990s, and we also met up to fill in a few blanks for the current volume. I'm flattered and proud that Janne is such a staunch supporter of the book.
The guitarist is currently in London to promote the reissue of three of his 1970s albums, on BGO records. Check them out here.
ABBA - The Complete Recording Sessions is available for order at abbathecompleterecordingsessions.com
Published April 07, 2017
I was so happy to finally get together with my ace designer, Maria Nicholas, in London yesterday. We've been collaborating on the revised and expanded edition of ABBA - The Complete Recording Sessions (abbathecompleterecordingsessions.com) for well over two years, but only through electronic communication between New York City and Stockholm. As I write in the Acknowledgments section in the book, Maria "has been 100 per cent committed to each and every aspect of the project from the moment she came on board. Her moral support and unfailingly good spirits when the author sometimes made her work more difficult than it should have been, has made all the difference in the world".
I'm particularly pleased with the font Maria chose for the book. In such a text-heavy tome, it's vital that the font used makes the text reader-friendly, and I think Maria accomplished just that. When you open the book, you feel invited to start reading.
Maria recently published a blog about working on the book and the fonts used. The blog also offers a few sneak peeks at pages from the book, which may be of interest to you if you haven't purchased the book yet. Read Maria's essay here.
Order the book here: abbathecompleterecordingsessions.com
Published April 03, 2017
First of all, just a reminder to everyone waiting for the ebook version of ABBA - The Complete Recording Sessions: the delivery date is Thursday 6 April - or, to give that date another name, on the 43rd anniversary of ABBA's Eurovision Song Contest victory. Read more about the various ebook formats here.
Secondly, tomorrow (Tuesday 4 April) I will be doing a series of interviews with regional BBC Radio stations, between 10am and 12pm. The schedule (subject to change) is available here.
Thirdly, after signing and shipping of pre-ordered copies completed last week, the book is now starting to reach readers, and the initial reactions have been very nice indeed. Thanks for all the kind words, I feel both happy and proud. Much of the praise belongs to my ace designer, Maria Nicholas, who put together a book that truly invites you to open it and immerse yourself in the text.
Some fan comments:
"I have just read the 1977 chapter. Love it. It's been great to learn more about One Man, One Woman and the lyrics for Hole In Your Soul. Your descriptions: wow. It's like I can hear them."
"I briefly had a look through the 1977 chapter as well but quickly decided to start at the very beginning. It's a great read so far."
"I'm totally engrossed! It really is a joy - I'm reading the essays first (just finished the one about recording the backing tracks), and they're just so informative."
"I had the first edition and it was a treasure trove. Have reached 1973 so far and the revised edition is even better than I had hoped for."
"This forensic, meticulously researched book is essential reading - not just for Abba fans but for anyone who loves pop."
"I'm loving the updated version of ABBA - The Complete Recording Sessions. It's like reading a brand new book about ABBA."
"I just wanted to say congratulations on the new book - I am completely engrossed as I never read the first edition - the detail is fantastic!"
"I feel like Moses taking hold of the Ten Commandments! My holy book has finally arrived - I need no other teachings or words of wisdom for at least the next 12 months!! It's all in this beautiful, beautiful volume of precious words."
"My oh my... I feel like when I first listened to the ARRIVAL Album (at the age of eight) when I read your book."
Feel inspired to order the book? It's still available here: abbathecompleterecordingsessions.com
Published March 30, 2017
Today, after three intense days of signing well over 1,000 books, I finally completed that monumental task. Contrary to expectations, my signing hand is in good shape despite the strain its been under, thanks for asking.
Parallel with the signing, the capable staff of CPI (the printers who produced the book) in Melksham, UK have been busy packing and shipping the books. Shipping actually started Tuesday and Wednesday with orders outside Europe, then went on to Europe yesterday and today, when shipping also started for UK orders, which will complete tomorrow. Not each and every book will be shipped in this geographical order, because of special requirements for some orders, but generally speaking this means that the "time gap" between delivery of orders in the UK and orders in Europe and outside Europe will be a little less wide.
The fact that the book now exists as a physical artefact still feels a little unreal to me, so it will be a while before it sinks in properly. Until then, I hope it will feel real enough for you when receive it - and, of course, that you will enjoy it.
The book is still available for ordering here: abbathecompleterecordingsessions.com
Published March 26, 2017
I have to admit it does feel a little unreal, but these pics (see below) just came in from CPI, who prints the revised and expanded edition of ABBA - The Complete Recording Sessions in the UK. The images show the pages being bound and assembled, and then final product - the actual book!
Writing a book is such intense work so the fact that it will eventually end up as a physical object always remains abstract for me until I see it with my own eyes, not least for a book project that has taken as long as this one has.
Well, next week will be spent signing and preparing the shipping of all pre-ordered books on location in the UK, which is going to be an interesting experience. The books will then start shipping towards the end of the week, on Friday 31 March.
Although the deadline for ordering a signed copy of ABBA - The Complete Recording Sessions has passed, you can still order the book, and if you're quick about it I may be able to have it shipped together with the other pre-ordered books.
Order your copy here: abbathecompleterecordingsessions.com