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
Published March 23, 2017
More than two years in the making, the revised and expanded edition of ABBA - The Complete Recording Sessions will soon be published, as all pre-ordered copies are expected to ship 31 March. It's been quite a journey, that's for sure. Except for a handful of days off here and there, I've been working seven days a week for two years, so I'm looking forward to a little time off in April. At the moment I'm busy preparing everything for the signing and shipping of the books next week.
I'd like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who's joined me on this adventure, my first self-published book. The enthusiasm, kindness, generosity and support that I've experienced as I've worked on the book have been quite extraordinary, far surpassing any of my expectations. It's truly heartwarming to see that people are capable of such gestures of kindness and unselfishness in this ghastly world. So to everyone who's ordered the book, and/or helped out with information, supplied cuttings (some have even donated items from their collections), or just cheered me on: thank you so much! My heartfelt thanks also go the owners and members of various ABBA Facebook groups who have shown a lot of patience with my many posts about the book. The opportunity to remind fans about the project regularly has been a great help in making ABBA - The Complete Recording Sessions a reality.
In other news, the ebook version of the book will be delivered on 6 April if all goes to plan. More details will follow.
If you haven't done so yet, you can still order the book at abbathecompleterecordingsessions.com
And last but not least: Thank you again!
Published March 15, 2017
A new, exclusive excerpt from the revised and expanded edition of ABBA - The Complete Recording Sessions has just been published by ABBAtalk. It's about the recording of the Super Trouper album's 'On And On And On', and serves as an example of the kind of insight you can expect from the book. Read the excerpt here.
A few days ago, icethesite.com also published an excerpt from ABBA - The Complete Recording Sessions, about Björn and Benny's songwriting methods, available here.
Last but not least: Wednesday 15 March is is your last chance to order an author-signed copy of the book. In other words: order now! For orders placed after 15 March, the books won't be signed.
Pre-order your copy here: abbathecompleterecordingsessions.com
Published March 13, 2017
Here's a video put together by Chris Williams of ABBAtalk, which takes you behind the scenes in my office where I keep all my ABBA cuttings (or rather photocopies of cuttings) and Word documents chock-full of ABBA info. This is where the revised and expanded edition of ABBA - The Complete Recording Sessions came to life.
Watch the video here.
Want an author-signed copy of the book? Then pre-order no later than 15 March (Wednesday this week): abbathecompleterecordingsessions.com
Published March 11, 2017
Pre-ordering for author-signed copies of the revised and expanded edition of ABBA - The Complete Recording Sessions will end 15 March. After that I won't be signing any more copies of this book. So if you'd like to have your copy signed with a personal dedication, now is the time to place your order. You can do so here: abbathecompleterecordingsessions.com
In other news, I was interviewed about the book on Australian radio earlier this week. In case you missed it, you can listen here.
Fab Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus news site, icethesite.com, also published an excerpt from the book this week, an extract from the essay about the songwriting methods employed by the Andersson/Ulvaeus team. You can read it here.
And here's that pre-ordering link again: abbathecompleterecordingsessions.com