March 2014 will see the publication of ABBA – The Backstage Stories, the book focused on the memories of Ingmarie Halling who toured with ABBA in the Seventies, becoming a personal friend of the group in the process; today she is the Curator of ABBA The Museum in Stockholm. I have also contributed a number of chapters in the book, dealing with the background stories of ABBA’s visual presentation: the costumes, the album sleeves and the videos.
Today I received the first copy of the Swedish version of the book (the bulk of the copies are being transported from China by boat), and I have to say it looks really nice. I have a feeling that this is a book ABBA fans will really enjoy. If you’re a hardcore fan who has read, seen and heard everything, not every single word or image in the book will be unfamiliar to you. But I guarantee that there will be many new and unseen pictures and stories that only a few people within ABBA’s inner circle will have seen and heard before.
Here are a few sneak peeks from the book, just to give you a flavour of it.