Oh, the glamour

Published May 19, 2015

Here's a picture of me as I'm listening to alternate ABBA mixes at the Polar Music offices in the Universal Music building in Stockholm. And why am I doing that? Because I'm working on a revised and expanded edition of my book ABBA - The Complete Recording Sessions, that's why. The book can be pre-ordered here: igg.me/at/abbatcrs

The set-up is glamorous in the sense that I get to share office space with Polar's General Manager, the lovely Mia Segolsson, but otherwise there's very little glamour involved. I'm sitting on a chair, my headphones plugged into a CD player, into which I put CDs containing an array of mixes. The pile of plastic boxes you see in the foreground contain some of those CDs. I play the mixes, time them, listen for anomalies, make notes so as to be able to describe the differences accurately in the book - and so on.

What this job lacks in glamour, however, is compensated tenfold by the sheer fun and excitement of listening to all this music. Even if someone said to me today that I wasn't allowed to listen to one more minute of those tapes, I would have enough new information to make the endeavour of updating ABBA - The Complete Recording Sessions worthwhile - and I've only just started listening!

I will be back with more reports from the trenches later this week. Watch this space. And don't forget to pre-order your copy of the book here: igg.me/at/abbatcrs

Listening to glamorous music in an unglamorous environment.