Interviews, interviews and more interviews...

Published June 17, 2016

For the past few weeks I've been scrambling to get as many interviews as possible done for the revised and expanded edition of ABBA - The Complete Recordings. Those of you familiar with the original book may recall that, back then, I basically only interviewed the four ABBA members, engineer Michael B. Tretow and the most frequently used guitarists, bass players and drummers. For the new edition I've talked to many more of the musicians, which has been great.

Some of the people I've talked to include engineers and musicians involved in the Miami recording of the 'Voulez-Vous' backing track, as well as a musician who played on a major ABBA hit, uncredited: I happened to stumble across the fact that he'd done an ABBA session in an old newspaper interview with him. Not every musician has amazing anecdotes to tell, but all of them remember details - big or small - that help so much in making the story come alive. The dry facts about dates, locations and the people present, are suddenly transformed into three-dimensional events. The story becomes human.

It's been fun tracking all these people down and hear their memories and I'm so thankful that this book project got off the ground: it's now or never, before even more time passes so that those musicians' memories become ever more dim and distant. However, even such fun activities have side effects on my sometimes overworked brain:

Last night I dreamed that I had an appointment to interview Neil Young about his new album. The problem was that I had forgotten about the appointment and was only reminded about it half an hour before I was supposed to do the interview. Moreover, I had also forgotten to listen to the new album, so I was in a bit of a panic; not least because Mr Young is well-known for being, at times, an irascible interviewee. Turned out, however, that he was kind and understanding, and with all the other bizarre goings-on in the dream, not having heard his album was the least of my worries. But that's another story.

Don't worry: I've been well-prepared for the real-life interviews for the book, and I feel confident that you will enjoy reading all the new eyewitness accounts. If you haven't done so yet, pre-order your signed copy here:

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Several of the American musicians and engineers involved in recording the title track of the Voulez-Vous album have been interviewed for the revised and expanded edition of ABBA - The Complete Recording Sessions.