This is where Agnetha and Björn met for the first time

Published September 24, 2018

On 23 May 1968, Agnetha and Björn met for the first time when both performed at Idrottsparken in Målilla, Sweden. I believe this is the stage where they performed, picture snapped by me a few days ago.

The stage looks tiny and unglamorous? That's how they looked in many Swedish folkparks at the time. It didn't matter if you were among the biggest stars in the country or a local act - everyone had to do their shows under the same circumstances.

Here is an excerpt about that first meeting between Agnetha and Björn from my book Bright Lights Dark Shadows - The Real Story Of ABBA.

ABBA - The Complete Recording Sessions wins an award

Published September 13, 2018

What an extraordinary journey my book ABBA - The Complete Recording Sessions (abbathecompleterecordingsessions.com) has been. Latest news: I'm so proud and happy to announce that, after being nominated in January, the book has won the Association for Recorded Sound Collections award for Best Popular Music Discography. I don't even know who nominated my book, but whoever you are: thank you!

The Association for Recorded Sound Collections (ARSC) was formed in 1966 and is, according to their website, “a nonprofit organization dedicated to the preservation and study of sound recordings—in all genres of music and speech, in all formats, and from all periods.” As part of their activities, since 1991 the ARSC Awards for Excellence has also been recognising outstanding published research. The full title of the award bestowed upon ABBA - The Complete Recording Sessions is: Best Discography in the 2018 Association for Recorded Sound Collections Awards for Excellence in the category Best Historical Research in Recorded Popular Music. Phew! (The ARSC press release is here.)

There will be an awards dinner in Portland, Oregon in May 2019, which I hope to attend.

I would like to thank everyone who supported the crowdfunding campaign for the book and everyone who pre-ordered it – the book wouldn't exist if it weren't for your faith in my ability to deliver on my promise.

The extraordinary generosity and support shown by so many people when the book was written and produced also deserve special mention. It's been about 18 months since the book was published, but I'm still marvelling at the fact that everything turned out exactly as I'd hoped it would – and even better!

There are still copies left of ABBA - The Complete Recording Sessions, but it's selling steadily, so if you're interested in a copy there's no time like the present.

Learn more and order your copy here: abbathecompleterecordingsessions.com