Thoughts and observations on the Swedish foursome
published October 03, 2023
In putting together ABBA On Record - Packaged Promoted Reviewed, I am fortunate in having a designer, Maria Nicholas, that is not only supremely skilled but also a true ABBA fan. This means that I don't have to explain what the book is about, as she knows the subject very well indeed. Maria has also shared, quite spontaneously, her reactions to the text. Some of these are below, but first an important reminder:
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When Maria Nicholas first began design work on ABBA On Record a while ago, she was reading the text for the first time, and this is what she wrote me after having received the first few chapters:
"The amount of research you’ve put into this work is truly incredible! The content is both captivating and interesting, and importantly, it eloquently and effectively captures the significance of a world that has just about disappeared in this day and age, making it a very important historical study. In that sense, I personally feel the appeal of this book will extend beyond ABBA fans to general 20th century music industry aficionados (dare I say, perhaps even more than The Complete Recording Sessions did)."
In her next email, she offered more:
"The more I read, the more interesting I find it. To learn about all these behind-the-scenes details/hear the backstories to releases we’ve known about and lived with for such a long time just adds an entirely new dimension; it’s like they’re coming to life again in a completely different way. "
In the years that I have been researching and writing the book, my proofreaders Ian Cole and Paul Carter have read several drafts of the manuscript, so I already knew that they liked it very much indeed. Now that Maria entered the picture, she did so with an entirely fresh perspective, being the first after Ian and Paul to read anything from the book. I hadn't asked her to comment on the text, but she did so anyway, and I am so happy that her reaction was so positive.
I'm not sharing this to beat my own chest (well, perhaps a little), but because her comments confirmed to me that all the hard work on the book has actually been worthwhile. After working on a book for so long, it is somehow inevitable that you're no longer sure whether what you've written is good or bad, but after Maria's input, I am confident that ABBA On Record is a book that every ABBA fan will enjoy.
A teaser image from one of the pages in ABBA On Record, designed by Maria Nicholas.
Maria, was of course, was the designer behind my book ABBA - The Complete Recording Sessions (Revised and Expanded Edition). That book turned out great and so I was naturally eager to enlist her services for ABBA On Record as well. But for a while, it looked like she wouldn't be able to help me with this title as she was busy writing, designing and publishing a book about her late father, the famous Greek singer Apostolos Nikolaidis.
Maria with Greek TV personality Grigoris Arnaoutoglou, promoting the book about her father on Arnaoutoglou's show earlier this year.
However, fate conspired to make ABBA On Record very much delayed, while Maria published her book and finished promotion of it just recently, which meant that Maria was able to take on the design after all. What she's done so far looks very good indeed, and I hope to show you an extract soon.
Learn more about ABBA On Record and order your copy at abbaonrecord.com.
Maria Nicholas and I in London in April 2017, when I was able to show her a finished copy of ABBA - The Complete Recording Sessions for the first time.
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