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Rave reviews for ABBA: L'album des 50 ans

published February 08, 2023

A while ago I posted a number of reviews for the German edition of my book ABBA At 50. Now, the publishers of the French translation, ABBA: L'album des 50 ans, have been kind enough to send me some of the reviews for their edition. I'm pleased to report that they are very positive - what a thrill! And they even talked about the book on TV.

I've let Google translate some of the print reviews (see below), so apologies for any strange phrases and choice of words.


France 3 Languedoc Roussillon (7 December 2022)


Biblioteca Magazine (November 2022)

Collection Pop Up! (December 2022-February 2023)

L'Alsace (9 December 2022)

Ouest France (11 December 2022)

La Provence (25 December 2022)

Photo (January-February 2023)

Multijeux Magazine (17 January-17 April 2023)


More than 200 rare or unpublished photos, testimonials, historical documents, memories... illustrate the history of the legendary Swedish group, from its beginnings in 1972 to the present day. An event album that will make you rediscover the lively music of a timeless group, celebrating the success of 50 years of disco!

Magnificently illustrated with often rare and unpublished photographs, embellished with many memories and exclusive testimonies of the group, this beautiful book will make you rediscover their music...

Under its beautiful sequined cover, the book dedicated to Swedish pop stars will look great under the tree. Because half a century of ABBA is celebrated as it should be. With Dancing Queen and Mamma Mia in the headphones!

Carl Magnus Palm goes back in time to the very beginnings of the quartet which has enchanted generations of fans (and counting) until overtaking the most recent ones by reforming in 2021 with the album Voyage. With this book, the journey will be just as exciting, both musically and visually. Come on, how about we listen to The Winner Takes It All again?

Abba really started in 1972 in Stockholm. Four initials of four band members: Agnetha, Björn, Benny and Anni-Frid. In 1974, they won Eurovision and raided the charts for many years with their disco-pop: Knowing me, Knowing you, Gimme! Gimme! Gimme! Dancing Queen... The group disappeared from the radar before bouncing back with the musical Mamma Mia in the 1990s. And a return to the stage in 2022, in the form of avatars! Rare photos and testimonials.

Gimme! Gimme! Gimme! (A man after midnight)... If you don't know this refrain, it's because you've probably come from another planet. Star of disco nights, the Swedish pop group Abba has made a considerable mark on the minds and the history of music with its songs. Created in 1972, the group exploded in 1974 when its four members - Agnetta, Björn, Benny and Anni-Frid, whose joined initials gave the name of the group - won Eurovision in 1974. The success was phenomenal. Björn sums up the madness that surrounds the group on his own: "My God. And to think that yesterday we were an unknown group and that tomorrow the world will be at our feet. We became famous overnight."

This success, they owe it to their interpretation of their single, Waterloo which will become emblematic. Like Mamma Mia (1975), Money, Money, Money (1976), Dancing Queen (1976) or Voulez-Vous (1979) before the group split up in 1982, a rebirth through the musical Mamma mia (1999) and a reformation after a 40-year break in 2021. "Abba the 50-year album" produced by the group's historian Carl Magnus Palm, looks back on this extraordinary epic.

For the 50th anniversary of the mythical group, the Swedish historian Carl Magnus Palm makes us rediscover it. True icons of pop, ABBA reigned for more than 10 years at the top of the charts by chaining hits. Illustrated with unpublished photographs and accompanied by exclusive testimonials, this beautiful book pays tribute to the impact of the group and all its heritage.

By winning Eurovision 1974, ABBA literally exploded onto the pop music scene by captivating the entire international community with their single Waterloo.

This 50-year-old book-album dates back to the very beginnings of the group, in Stockholm, in 1972, when ABBA was created, formed from the initials of the four members of the group: Agnetha, Björn, Benny and Anni-Frid ("Frida"). Thus was born one of the most prolific bands in the history of pop music, which will reign at the top of the world charts for a whole decade with unforgettable hits like Dancing Queen, Gimme! Gimme! Gimme!, Super Trouper or Knowing Me, Knowing You.

The Swedish author and contributor to the ABBA Museum in Stockholm, Carl Magnus Palm, returns in this book to the difficult separation of the group in 1982, then the incredible musical renaissance during the 1990s, crowned in 1999 by the fabulous musical Mamma Mia! After forty years of hiatus, ABBA releases a new album, Voyage, in 2021, and returns to the stage with the digital avatars of the band members for a 3D concert in 2022.

Magnificently illustrated with often rare and unpublished photographs, embellished with many memories and exclusive testimonies of the group, this beautiful book makes us rediscover their music so melodious and catchy. ■

ABBA: L'album des 50 ans "will make you rediscover the lively music of a timeless group".

ABBA: L'album des 50 ans "will make you rediscover the lively music of a timeless group".