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Agnetha - why did you bother?,
By A Customer
This review is from: As I am: "Abba" - Before and Beyond (Hardcover)
This could have been such a great book. Agnetha's story is one of those success-threaded-with-anguish tales that movie makers often lap up. And yet, all that Agnetha does is tell us that (a) she doesn't like the attention of the tabloid sharks; (b) she didn't have a miscarriage in the 1983 bus crash and (c) there are some ABBA songs she likes better than others. Ho hum.
Okay, so she didn't want to dish the dirt on her former colleagues. That's very honourable and understandable. But surely she could have given us some insight to what they were like as people? We hear that she and Frida were close in the early days and that Frida's first album was great. It's not exactly an in-depth profile. There is a frustratingly small hint of Agnetha's own insecurities when she refers to Frida's "more intense" singing and performing style. Why wasn't this explored more, so that we would know something about Agnetha the woman? She doesn't even go into much detail about her own singing and songwriting. Why?
The book contains some great photos (even if a few of them have been printed back-to-front) and these are what make the book desirable for fans. To be fair to Agnetha, it's pretty obvious that the book has been translated almost directly from its original Swedish. In which case the finger should be wagged in Virgin's direction - surely someone with a decent command of English could have proofed the text and smartened it up without changing the context? But still the question remains: Agnetha - why did you bother? You might have wanted to set the record straight but, as far as I can see, you did yourself no favours.
Just call me a disappointed reader and fan.
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Initial post: 20 Apr 2014 02:38:15 BDT
SJ Bailey says:
..not only that but there doesn't seem to be an alternative English-language book available about Agnetha. So we're stuck with this one.
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