What is ABBA - The Complete Recording Sessions?

Published June 30, 2017

The short answer to the headline question: ABBA - The Complete Recording Sessions (abbathecompleterecordingsessions.com) is a book exploring in detail how ABBA's music was written and recorded, based on extensive archive research and interviews with all four ABBA members plus many of their associates.

If you want to know just a little more about the book, here are four vital questions, asked and answered.

Q:  Why was this book written?

A:  Because ABBA, one of the world's biggest popular music phenomena, had a sound and style entirely their own and this deserves to be explored in detail. This type of forensic research is normally only afforded acts labelled as "rock", but pop music has its own, equally fascinating story to tell.

Q:  What can I expect from the book?

A:  ABBA - The Complete Recording Sessions encompasses 448 pages and is a beautifully produced artefact (professional design, nice paper, recording session photos and other illustrations). In a diary format, the book explores the writing and recording of ABBA's music - it's got the factual details, but also the human element: anecdotes, stories and opinions about the music from those involved in creating it. There are a number of essays taking a closer look at how an ABBA song would be created, from A–Z. And much more!

Q:  So, is the book any good?

A:  According to the reviews and comments, it is. ABBA's Björn Ulvaeus calls it "a fantastic work", while reviewers have said that it "stands as an enlightening study of a pop phenomenon", and that it's "the ultimate ABBA artefact". ABBA fans have been equally enthusiastic - some examples: "A work of art on every level"; "Your book is fantastic, what incredible research! I can't stop reading"; "I am amazed at the details and charming anecdotes"; and "It's a real page turner. I am once again discovering things I never knew about their recordings." More reviews here.

Q:  OK, you've convinced me. Where can I buy the book?

A:  It's available from abbathecompleterecordingsessions.com.

Thanks for reading!