ABBA On Record - pre-orders start a week from today!

Published March 29, 2019

I'm delighted to announce that pre-orders for my next book, ABBA On Record - Packaged Promoted Reviewed, will start Friday 5 April 2019. Coincidentally, it's Agnetha's birthday, so what date could be more appropriate?

ABBA On Record is presently scheduled for publication late 2019 or early 2020, and you can support the project by getting in on it early. Everyone who pre-orders will get their book signed with a personal dedication, plus their name listed in the book. For a limited period, until 5 June 2019, “early bird” pre-orders of the hardback book will also be rewarded with a 10 % discount!

The exact prices will be revealed a few days prior to 5 April.

The 448-page book is designed by Maria Nicholas, the art director who also designed the award-winning revised and expanded edition of ABBA – The Complete Recording Sessions. The first edition is hardcover, 200 x 240mm, clothbound with dust jacket; both cover and insides are printed in full colour, and the inside pages are on high-quality matte paper stock. There will also be an ebook edition.

As hinted to above, the publication date is not set in stone at this point, for two reasons:

• The quality of the contents in the book come before any other considerations. I don't want to publish a half-baked book just in order to meet a deadline.

• ABBA's new songs, recorded in 2017 but as yet unfinished and unreleased, will be covered in the book, but since we don't know exactly when they will be made available, I won't be able to publish the book until I've heard the finished songs.


ABBA On Record - Packaged Promoted Reviewed started out as a companion volume to ABBA - The Complete Recording Sessions. Essentially, if the first volume explored ABBA's own creativity and the stories behind the songs, then ABBA On Record tells the reader what happened after the music had left the studio: single by single, album by album it presents the stories behind the iconic album sleeves, explores how the record companies worked with ABBA releases in presenting them to the record-buying public, shows what kind of success – or lack thereof – they enjoyed, and presents a selection of review excerpts to give a flavour of how the singles and albums were received by the media at the time.

The book also features five supplementary sections, essential to anyone who enjoyed ABBA - The Complete Recording Sessions. Over the next six days I will present each of the sections (the main contents, plus the five supplementary chapters) in a series of blogs. On the seventh day, Friday 5 April, I will not be resting, for that is the launch date for the pre-orders.

Orders will be placed through PayPal (if you prefer to pay via credit card, you should be aware that PayPal handles credit card orders – you don’t need to have any money in your PayPal account to use it for credit card payments. The PayPal account itself is free – you won’t be charged any additional fees).

I'm feeling really excited about this new book, which is turning into much more than a simple companion volume to ABBA - The Complete Recording Sessions. I'm looking forward to sharing the journey towards its completion with you. Thank you for your support: past, present and future. See you in the next blog post...!


ABBA On Record. Projected publication date: late 2019/early 2020. English language. 448 pp. Hardback. CMP Text. ISBN: 978-91-519-0980-6 (or 9789151909806).