Putting in the hours

Published March 17, 2015

If one  wants to write a book that truly presents unknown or long-forgotten facts, research - and lots of it - is essential. You've simply got to put in the hours, because that's how you find the great stories and the fun facts you didn't even know were there to find.

Here's an example: When I researched the original edition of  ABBA: The Complete Recording Sessions, I spent weeks if not months going through each and every page of the Swedish newspaper Expressen, which I knew had covered ABBA quite extensively. Buried deep in a gossip column was the easy-to-miss information that Agnetha, highly pregnant during the recording of ABBA - The Album, had recorded some of her vocals reclined in a deck chair. I was then able to ask Agnetha if this was true - she confirmed it and also made a comment that was included in the book. It's details like that, that make a story come alive.

So, as you've probably guessed, I'm already looking forward to putting in even more hours so as to unearth unknown facts for the revised and expanded edition of ABBA - The Complete Recording Sessions!

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