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From "Abba" to "Mamma Mia!": The Official Book [Hardcover]

Agnetha Faltskog , Bjorn Ulvaeus , Benny Anderson , Anni-Frid Lyngstad , Anders Hanser , Carl Magnus Palm
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7 Sep 2000
Abba were one of the biggest global pop phenomena of the 1970s. Their 1974 Eurovision win led to a string of hits around the world, and in recent years their music has enjoyed a huge revival. But despite their global fame and the continuing fascination with all things ABBA, the group have never before given their blessing to an official book - until now. This book features more than 500 colour photographs taken by Anders Hanser, a close friend of the band who has had unprecedented access over more than twenty years. The authoritative text is by Carl Magnus Palm, recognized as one of the world's foremost ABBA historians, who paints a vivid portrait of the world within ABBA's inner circle of friends and colleagues.


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  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Virgin Books (7 Sep 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1852278641
  • ISBN-13: 978-1852278649
  • Product Dimensions: 29.7 x 24.9 x 2.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 411,259 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'Having undergone a renaissance in the last 10 years or so, Swedish pop megastars ABBA are putting their side of the story in print in a new book. From ABBA To Mamma Mia: The Official Book is an authorised account of the life and times of the 70's supergroup, written by experts Anders Hanser and occasional RC contributor, Carl Magnus Palm. Opening with a foreword from Agnetha, Bjorn, Benny and Anni-Frid, the volume has been written with unprecedented access to the group and their faithful entourage. With over 500 photographs included - many of which are previously -unpublished the group's tale is told, from the solo years in the 60's, through the smash hit days of Eurovision and chart domination in the 70's, before coming right up to date with the behind-the-scenes story of the hit West End Musical, Mamma Mia!' -- Record Collector

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Carl Magnus Palm is recognized as one of the world's foremost ABBA historians, and has worked closely with the group and interviewed many of their entourage, including costume designers, sound engineers and video directors. He paints a complete and vivid portrait of the world within ABBA's inner circle of friends and colleagues.

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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful, stunning and revealing 18 Sep 2000
Format:Hardcover
Lots of books have been written about ABBA and their career- but this is surely one of the best publications I ever bought and it's absolutely worth its price
. The cover is a wonderful picture of ABBA taken at the filming of the "Dick Cavett meets ABBA" TV- show 1981. Then, on the inside, you can read the foreword written by all four ABBA-members. They apologize to photographer Anders Hanser for being not so relaxed during photo sessions: "May God forgive us our sins.We've really enjoyed Carl Magnus' (Palms) and your book and so will our children and grandchildren." And I can just say: I agree. Wonderful pictures from 1978 onwards are printed and they reveal a new side to ABBA. For example, it has always been claimed that during the 1979-80 world tour Agnetha was in a bad condition and hated the tour and Frida and everything that had something to do with ABBA. But the pictures shown here prove that these rumours were untrue. There's a lovely picture of Agnetha and Frida holding each other in their arms, smiling and looking very happy- just like good old friends. And during the rehearsals for the Cavett-show Anders Hanser took many pictures as well where you can see how these two women help each other with their clothes, their make-up etc....And that's what makes the book so precious to every ABBA- fan: there are not just the well-known-glamour-pictures that were printed again and again but photos that really take you behind the scenes
Have you ever seen Frida and Agnetha as part of a "ladies choir" (complete in hot pants, suits and so on) that woke up Stig Anderson and his wife Gudrun on his 50th birthday ? I guess not. Interestingly, also part of that choir was Björn's second wife Lena, dancing next to Agnetha.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars ABBAtastic 7 Sep 2000
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Format:Hardcover
this beautiful book encourages the reader instantly from the front cover. this book is truly a tribute to that wonderful band.the photos are exquisite and the writting is truly some of the best about this group .marvellous.buy it!
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars MAGNIFICENT 10 Mar 2001
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Format:Hardcover
TRUELY - A MAGNIFICENT AND WONDERFUL BOOK. Accurate and to the point, written with feeling and conviction, many many thanks Carl
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5.0 out of 5 stars Interesting, beautiful and full of information... 20 Sep 2000
By o.witt.fm.@ndr.de - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
"From ABBA To Mamma Mia" may be a little bit expensive but this book is definitely worth its money. The pictures were taken by longtime ABBA- friend Anders Hanser and the story was written by Carl Magnus Palm who is also responsible for "The Complete Recording Sessions". And this is a big plus because in this book you don't read the usual gossip about catfights and nervous breakdowns- instead you get solid information about the work of ABBA, their story and who they really are. Anders Hanser was as close to the group as a photographer can possibly be and therefore there are many pictures that show ABBA behind the scenes, without make- up or even at private parties.
What ought to be of interest to an ABBA fan is that the photos in this book are quite revealing. How often was it pointed out that Agnetha and Frida did not get on very well- but the pictures printed here tell a different story. You see the two women embracing each other and smiling happily into the camera, you see them backstage before the "Dick Cavett meets ABBA"-show helping each other with their clothes, their make-up, hugging each other. There are also photos from Stig Andersons 50th birthday party with Agnetha and Frida as part of a ladies choir- and dancing next to Agnetha is no one else but Lena Kallersjö, Björn's second wife. So one gets to learn that even those two didn't hate each other.And that is the wonderful thing about this book- by looking at the pictures you realize how many of those speculations during ABBA's heyday were false and untrue.
The quality of "From ABBA To Mamma Mia" is quite astonishing. The lay-out is perfect, with the four letters on the cover printed in silver and the pictures are simply beautiful. You want to look at them again and again because you see snapshots from a video-shooting that you have never seen before or photos from recording sessions that were never published.
Another big plus is the fact that Anders Hanser even took photos during the "solo-years". He took many pictures of Frida's two recording sessions for "Something's Going On" and "Shine" and photographed Agnetha during recording sessions for "WRap Your Arms Around Me".
One small (in fact, very small) disappointment is the fact that Anders Hanser got to know the group as late as in 1977- so therefore there are no photos of ABBA from former years. The first photos by Hanser were taken during the recording sessions for "Chiquitita". But considering all the information you get from this book you easily forget that you'll find nothing here about the years 1972-1976.
I think this is one of the best books that were ever written about ABBA and the group themselves seem to think the same- because it's the first time that all four of them have written the foreword to a publication about ABBA.
So, even if it's a little bit expensive- if you're a fan you hardly will be able to resist such a wonderful piece of work about a group that dominated the pop world for almost ten years.
10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Interesting, beautiful and full of information... 20 Sep 2000
By o.witt.fm.@ndr.de - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
"From ABBA To Mamma Mia" is without doubt one of the best books that were ever written about this group. Here you don't get the usual gossip about catfights and nervous breakdowns- instead the reader is given solid information about the work of ABBA, their lives and their personalities. The reason for this: the text was written by Carl Magnus Palm who is also the author of "The Complete Recording Sessions" and the photos were taken by Anders Hanser who was as close to the group as a photographer can possibly be.
How many times was it pointed out that Agnetha and Frida did not get on well with each other- but the pictures here tell a completely different story. You see the two women hugging each other, smiling into the camera, helping each other with their make-up and their clothes- just like good friends. There are also photos from Stig Anderson's 50th birthday party. Frida and Agnetha appeared there as part of a ladies choir- and dancing next to her is none other than Lena Kallersjö, Björn's second wife. So those two didn't hate each other at all. I just mention this because these pictures are definitve proof how many rumours and speculations durning ABBA's eyday were false and untrue.
Anders Hanser was also the photographer when Frida and Agnetha recorded their subsequent solo albums- that means that there are lots of pictures from the years 1982-1986.
One small (very small, in fact) disappointment is the fact that Anders Hanser got to know the group as late as in 1977 so there are no pictures from the former years. But considering all the information you get from this book you easily forget that here you'll find nothing from the years 1972-1977. The first photo session took place during the recording of "Just A Notion" (and unreleased track for the "Voulez-Vous"-album.
The quality of the book is quite astonishing. The cover is perfect with the for letters printed in silver and the pictures are beautiful- just ABBA as you have never seen them before. You can tell by this publication that Anders Hanser really was close to the group and that they trusted him. It's the first time, for example, that the four members of ABBA have written a foreword together for a publication about the group- so they like this book as well.
It may be a little bit expensive- but as an ABBA fan you really should own this book- it's interesting, beautiful and full of information.
19 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One Plain Word EXCELLENT 28 Sep 2000
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
At last an ultimate book, tastefully put together with great text and lucious pictures. Every ABBA fans dream.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars I really liked it!!! 13 May 2006
A Kid's Review - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
My dad bought me the book because I love ABBA. I have about 15 of their CDs! Anyway, I loved the book because it had lots of pictures of ABBA, and information about the certain time period of ABBA that they give you. One tiny little thing was that the information of ABBA started at year 1979-1982 because that was the time they were most popular and most active. They didn't give information about when they started and so on. But that didn't really bother me. Also, they told about each ABBA member after ABBA. So if you are looking for a good ABBA book, I reccommend this book!
1 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars To the best ... ABBA 21 July 2002
By JOSE ESCOBEDO - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
Thank you by your work.
I would like have all videos of ABBA in DVD.
I'll wait news.
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