Archive for October, 2010

ABBA Treasures

23 October, 2010

ABBA Treasures – A Celebration of the Ultimate Pop Group is a new book for your ABBA collection, to be released in November 2010. ABBA Treasures is written by Elisabeth Vincentelli, a French-born writer who now lives in the USA.

Like other “treasures” books ABBA Treasures is a pictorial biography of ABBA, with reproductions of original memorabilia, such as concert tickets, tour programmes, newspapers, photographs, promotional items and more, housed in sleeves that allows them to be removed. Many fans would have only seen photos of some of these items, so it’s fun to see them for real, albeit in reproductions (some of which are smaller than the original items to fit in the book).

The book is lavishly laid out and fully illustrated, with (to my eyes) many rarely seen if not previously unpublished photographs. Those fans overly familiar with the ABBA story probably won’t find anything “new” in the text, but there are some unique insights, and many people including Björn and Benny granted interviews to the author especially for the book. 

It’s a an honour for me to have been interviewed for the book, and it’s also a pleasure to see my friends Pepé, Roxy and Brian provide the wonderful memorabilia included in the book.

Elisabeth is the chief drama critic for the New York Post, and was previously music editor and then arts and entertainment editor for Time Out New York. She has also written for Rolling Stone, The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Entertainment Weekly, and The Village Voice, and many other publications. She is the author of the 2004 book ABBA Gold, in the 33⅓ series of books on classic albums, and has also written the essay for the forthcoming re-release ABBA Gold – Greatest Hits CD/DVD Special Edition, also due out in November.

Some fans may grumble about some reversed photographs or incorrect photo captions, but I don’t think that detracts from the overall enjoyment of the book.

ITV searching for choir for ABBA special

4 October, 2010

British TV network ITV is searching for information about the children’s choir that performed on stage with ABBA at Wembley Arena in November 1979, singing ‘I Have A Dream’, for their upcoming special The Nation’s Favourite ABBA Song.

The producers are hoping to trace members of the choir to perhaps share that experience. If you have any information about the choir, or if you were one of the members of the choir, please write to news@abba-world.net as soon as possible.

Frida photo for auction at ABBAWORLD.com

1 October, 2010

Coming soon to ABBAWORLD.com Frida is offering a special gift for auction, a special photograph that she has taken herself . 

In her life after ABBA and away from the public sphere Frida has taken up photography as a hobby and has taken many photographs on her travels around the world. Particularly in Africa, where many animals still run free in the wild. 

Now she is offering one of her personal photographs on auction through ABBAWORLD. The photo is of a pride of lions fighting, a unique oportunity for most professional photgraphers, let alone a hobby photographer.

Frida has offered ten prints of her photograph which will be available for auction at ABBAWORLD.com. Each photograph will be individually numbered and personally signed by Frida. The highest bidder will also rececive a special personal message from Frida.

All profits from the auction will be donated to Kinder in not, a foundation that Frida and her friend Dan Daniell founded to help children in need. The auction should open next week at ABBAWORLD.com. Check the website for details.

(thanks to Ingmarie Halling and Jason Tuazon-McCheyne)

FFS! Another reunion story

1 October, 2010

British fans were surprised to see the front cover of tabloid newspaper Daily Express declare “ABBA STARS TO SING AGAIN“, featuring a lovely photograph of Agnetha and Frida taken at the Mamma Mia! movie premiere in Stockholm in July 2008.

Inside the paper Frida is quoted “It would be great to do something with Agnetha,” … “If we did, it would be hard to avoid all the pressure because of Abba. It could never be low-key.”

That’s the basis of the entire story. The quote comes from an interview Frida gave to Swedish paper Dagens Nyether that was published on 20 September. (Read the original story here, English translations at Mikory’s ABBA Blog and icethesite)

In the interview Frida is asked ” if there is one singer with a quality she wished she’d had” she names Agnetha, and when asked “Have you ever spoken about singing together again?” she replies:

“We talk and laugh about it sometimes, but life is changing, we’re getting older and there are so many other things that may be more important and which take up our time. It is clear that it would be great to do something with Agnetha. It is difficult though. If we would do something it would be so hard to avoid all the incredibly pretentious context that it would bring and all the associated pressure. There is such a fascination and curiosity that we could never do something simple and low-key, just because of that I do not think it will come off.”

And on the basis of that, another British tabloid beat up is born. As the story has travelled around the world it has been twisted to say that Frida is “keen to head back to the studio with [Agnetha]”.

It hasn’t helped matters that ABBA fans everywhere had already been discussing the original interview with such comments as “Frida would love to sing with Agnetha again”.

Oi vey!


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