Let The Music Speak

Published September 21, 2010

About four years ago I was contacted by Chris Patrick, a professional musician whom I'd only met once before, when he visited Stockholm in 1997. This time, in 2006, Chris wanted to discuss a pet project of his, namely a book that analysed ABBA's music in detail. Naturally, I was quite interested in his project, not least since I knew that many fans had wanted such a book for several years. Compared to many of the other legendary acts in the history of pop music, the ABBA book shelf is still pretty slim, so the addition of such a book - something that really hadn't been attempted before - to the ABBA fans' library would be most welcome.

I know that Chris worked very hard, and at great personal sacrifice, to make his book become reality. Along with Ian Cole I read through a couple of drafts of the manuscript, and tried to help out wherever I could.

It was a great thrill to finally see the book in print in 2008. Although ABBA - Let The Music Speak is not your ordinary biography, instead going into great detail on the construction of ABBA's songs, Chris' easy prose ensures that it's still a fairly straightforward read. So do yourself a favour and pick up a copy, to gain some fascinating insight into ABBA's musical universe.

Click the link to the right to read the foreword I wrote for the book. And click the link to Chris' website to find out even more about ABBA - Let The Music Speak.

Picture of the day

Published September 17, 2010

Ricchi e Poveri

The auditions for the part of Donna in Mamma Mia! attracted absolutely everyone.