ABBA: Song by Song

On 6 March 2020 my first book ABBA: Song by Song is published.

Writing a book about ABBA has been a long-time dream of mine. I’ve had a few ideas over the years, including writing a book about all of ABBA’s songs. Not just the 98 songs released on record between 1972 and 1982, but those they performed in concert, on TV, and radio that were never released, and those few that they tried to hide but were released years after ABBA ended.

I was approached by a British publisher, seeking someone to write such a book about ABBA for their expanding Song by Song series. After submitting a couple of test entries, they accepted me to write the book for them. Though it contains no direct input from ABBA themselves, it does contain a wealth of facts and quotes gathered over the past 44 years.

I’ve even been able to include details of the new songs announced by ABBA in 2018, to be included in the new digital ABBA-tar experience. At the time of writing, the songs have yet to be heard by the world.

ABBA: Song by Song is published by Fonthill Media. It is available in both paperback and ebook. See here for more about the book, plus links to order.

• Written by Ian Cole, a lifelong ABBA fan and renowned ABBA expert, who has contributed to many ABBA books, CDs, DVDs and television programme, including official Universal Music releases

• Information about the writing and recording of ABBA’s biggest hits and hidden gems from their eight studio albums, the reception they had at the time and the legacy today

• A comprehensive study of every song released by Swedish supergroup ABBA, including those rare songs only performed in concert

• Details about lesser-known songs performed in concert but never released on record, and those select few songs released in the years after the group had ended

ABBA was the biggest-selling pop group of the Seventies. Between their first single in 1972 and final singles in 1982, ABBA released ninety-eight unique songs. In addition, they recorded versions of some of their biggest hits in Swedish,
German, French and Spanish; performed a number of songs in concert that were never released on vinyl; and recorded several songs that didn’t see the light of day at the time, but have been released from the archive in the decades since the group ‘took a break’. Everyone remembers ABBA’s worldwide hits – songs like ‘Waterloo’, ‘Mamma Mia’, ‘Fernando’, ‘Dancing Queen’, ‘Take a Chance On Me’, ‘Chiquitita’ and ‘The Winner Takes It All’ – but there are many gems to be found on the eight studio albums and thirty-one singles released during the group’s lifetime. ABBA: Song by Song is a look at every single song by the Swedish supergroup, written by a life-long ABBA fan. Find out what inspired the songs,
what went into recording them and their impact around the world in the 1970s and 80s and beyond.

As a pre-teenager in Australia in 1975, Ian Cole became a lifelong ABBA fan after hearing ‘Mamma Mia’. A highlight of
Cole’s life was attending ABBA’s first Australian concert in Sydney in 1977. An acknowledged authority on ABBA, he has
contributed to many ABBA projects for more than two decades, including official releases from Universal Music. Cole is a regular columnist in the Official International ABBA Fan Club Magazine and has contributed to DNA, Q and Record
Collector
magazines.

Bibliographic Information
Publication: 6 March 2020
Price: £18.00/$25.95
ISBN: 978-1-78155-785-3
Size: 234 x 156 mm
Binding: Paperback
Extent: 160 pages
Illustrations: 32 colour
Rights: World, all languages

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