“This book is the best that I’ve seen in its field”, says ABBA’s art director Rune Söderqvist in his foreword to Let’s talk about ABBA, the brand new interview book about ABBA. From the start, the creator of the famous ABBA logo and their record sleeves was involved in this ambitious project, written by Belgian pop journalist Stany Van Wymeersch.
Recipe for success
In a series of gripping interviews with ABBA's inner circle, Van Wymeersch explores why ABBA was so successful. From costume designer Owe Sandström to famous fans as Giorgio Moroder, Anne-Sofie von Otter, Neil Sedaka and Brian May: the book provides new insights on the iconic pop group. The book also includes original quotes by ABBA and an exclusive interview with Björn Ulvaeus.
Let’s talk about ABBA puts the success of ABBA in an historical context. The mix of the original lay-out and old and new photographs make for a unique experience.
Author: Stany Van Wymeersch
Format: 230 x 280 mm, hardcover with silver foil cover
Published by Dragonetti, the lifestyle label of Ballon Media
The book Let's talk about ABBA is available at the Official ABBA Fan Club Shop and on ebay
“Het beste wat ik ooit zag in z’n genre.” Dat vindt ABBA’s artdirector Rune Söderqvist van Let’s talk about ABBA, het nieuwe interviewboek van Gentenaar Stany Van Wymeersch. Die betrok de bedenker van het logo en de platenhoezen van ABBA van bij aanvang bij dit unieke boek.
In pakkende interviews met mensen uit ABBA’s inner circle ontrafelt Van Wymeersch het geheim achter de grootste popgroep aller tijden. Van hun kostuumontwerper Owe Sandström over beroemde fans als Giorgio Moroder tot de Vlaamse sterrenreporter Vic Dennis: het boek belicht de iconische popgroep vanuit alle mogelijk hoeken.
Let’s talk about ABBA plaatst het fenomeen in een historisch perspectief. Zo wisselen originele archiefbeelden af met nooit eerder gepubliceerd beeldmateriaal.
Auteur: Stany Van Wymeersch
Formaat: 230 x 280 mm, hardcover met zilverglans
Aantal pagina's: 288
Uitgegeven bij Dragonetti, het lifestylelabel van Ballon Media
Het boek Let’s talk about ABBA is verkrijgbaar bij de Official ABBA Fan Club Shop en op ebay
Following on from his well-received book 'Let’s Talk About ABBA', Stany Van Wymeersch now turns the spotlight on how musicians and other creatives from a surprising array of genres have been inspired to draw from ABBA’s mesmerizing musical canon.
The artists’ narratives, from Suzi Quatro to James Last and from Pete Waterman right through to the Sex Pistols, firmly illustrate that ABBA, and their music, have clearly left an indelible fingerprint on the music-making of a wide and diverse range of firmly established and respected musical artists. Some even went so far as to integrate or recraft ABBA’s music to sculpt their own unique projects.
Whilst the fascinatingly open and frank interviews of We All Love ABBA tackle the ABBA phenomenon in a highly refreshing and global pop culture kind of way, the selected photographs of ABBA and their peers, by renowned lensmen such as Brad Elterman, Govert de Roos and Aad Spanjaard, secure an enjoyable visual trip that starts in the ‘70s and ends in 2016.
The icing on the cake are three unique letters written to ABBA, a photo story featuring Michiel Gunning (pop journalist/ABBA expert) and Dutch girl group Luv’, and finally, a CD-single by Belgian artist Embracingfranki that features a recording at ABBA’s legendary Polar Studios.
Interviewees include: Pete Waterman (Stock/Aitken/Waterman), Suzi Quatro, Giorgio Moroder, Andy Scott (Sweet), Neil Sedaka, James Last, Connie Francis, Andy Bell (Erasure), Liz Mitchell (Boney M.), Terry Uttley (Smokie), Glen Matlock (Sex Pistols), Hazell Dean, Conchita Wurst, Carl Magnus Palm (ABBA biographer), Judy Craymer (creator/producer Mamma Mia), Judy McLane (Broadway star), Rod Stephen (Björn Again), Per Herrey (Herrey’s) and Brian May (Queen) and girl group Luv'.
Author: Stany Van Wymeersch
Format: 230 x 280 mm, hardcover (laminated)
Published by Stany Van Wymeersch
The book We All Love ABBA is available at the Official ABBA Fan Club Shop, amazon and ebay
Ulf Andersson, ABBA saxophonist: "I heard rumours this book was coming. It's really great, now that I see it"
Ingmarie Halling, curator/CEO ABBA The Museum: "A tremendous piece of work you have done here. Congratulations!"
Janne Schaffer, ABBA guitarist: "Thanks Stany for the fantastic book of Swedish music and that you let me in"
Little Gerhard, Scandinavian Rock King: "Good work!"
Owe Sandström, ABBA designer: "Love it!"
Svenne Hedlund, Hep Stars: "This is a fanatstic book!"
Chris Norman, Smokie: "Great book!"
Brian May, Queen: "Well done, Stany"
Connie Francis: "My forever grateful thanks for bringing this to the world"
Murray Head: "I am immensely flattered. Stany, you have my heartfelt support - thanks again"
James Last: "Thank you for the music. I think it is important to put talented musicians into the limelight with books"
Neil Sedaka: "I'm really very pleased with this book"
Hazell Dean: "Thank you for the book. It's great. I've given it a shoutout in my Facebook page (...the very grand coffee table book 'We all love ABBA')
Maggie MacNeal: "Nicely done, Stany. You can be proud of it"
Walter Proost, European Philharmonia: "Fantastic job. Up to the next book"
Philippe Elan, French singer: "Dear Stany, it was a pleasure participating in this beautiful project"
Michiel Gunning, pop journalist: "I've been reading the interview with Marga and myself with wide-open mouth. What a professionalism. I'm impressed!"
Govert de Roos, photographer: "I'm proud of you!"
Embracingfranki, Belgian pop crooner: "This book means a lot to me!"
José Hoebee, LUV': "Superstany!"
Matt Pop, producer/remixer: "I am proud to be featured in the book....Furthermore, there are many fabulous photographs in this book, often from personal archives and previously unseen"
Andy Bell, ERASURE: "What a lovely idea. Thanx for including me"
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