Win ABBA at Book 50 – Music News
by Carl Magnus Palm
September 8, 2022
Carl Magnus Palm is considered the greatest ABBA historian in the world.
He has written or co-written eight ABBA books, including ABBA: The Complete Recordings, first published in 1994 (Century 22) and revised and expanded in 2017. He won the Association for Recorded Sound Collections Award for Best Discography popular music in 2018; and the critically acclaimed Bright Lights Dark Shadows: The Real Story of ABBA, (Omnibus, 2001), the first comprehensive biography on ABBA.
Additionally, Carl Magnus Palm has co-produced a number of television programs about the band, contributed to ABBA The Museum in Stockholm, and worked as a consultant for Polar Music in the re-release of ABBA music.
The world’s foremost Abba historian traces the Swedish quartet’s journey from humble beginnings in post-war Sweden to global stardom in this full-color illustrated book
Emerging from Eurovision Song Contest in 1974 with the winning song “Waterloo”, ABBA was catapulted to fame and captured the hearts of the world with their melodic and ever so catchy pop songs. Formed in Stockholm in 1972 by Agnetha Fältskog, Bjorn Ulvaeus, Benny Andersson and Anni-Frid Lyngstad, ABBA became one of the most commercially successful bands in popular music history, topping the worldwide charts from 1974 to 1982. with classic hits such as “Dancing Queen”, “Give Me!” Give me ! Give me ! (A Man After Midnight) and “Knowing Me, Knowing You”.
Although ABBA never officially announced their breakup, their last public performance together was on December 11, 1982 on the UK television show The Late, Late Breakfast Show, broadcast live from Stockholm. A decade after their demise, a compilation of their greatest hits, ABBA Gold was released and became a worldwide bestseller. In 1999, ABBA’s music was adapted into the hit musical Mamma Mia! A film of the same name was released in 2008, along with the sequel Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again, which premiered in 2018. In 2021, after a forty-year hiatus, the band released a new album Voyage and announced an accompanying concert featuring their digital avatars, dubbed “ABBAtars” .
ABBA at 50 traces the Swedish quartet’s journey from humble beginnings in post-war Sweden to global stardom. Beautifully illustrated with 200 essential images, it examines the band’s enduring legacy and the much-loved musical repertoire of perfectly crafted pop. The group’s extravagant outfits to toll commercial success took the private.
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