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ABBA: The Name of the Game Paperback – March 1, 1996


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Pan Macmillan (March 1, 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0330346881
  • ISBN-13: 978-0330346887
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 4.2 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #7,140,813 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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3.3 out of 5 stars

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By o.witt.fm.@ndr.de on September 18, 2000
Format: Paperback
Dear Mr Oldham,
your book is so full of mistakes that it makes the average ABBA-fan scream for justice. Here are just a few of your inaccuaracies:
You write: "No more carefree laughter..Agnetha sings mournfully on Knowing Me Knowing You"...well, it was Frida who sang lead on this one- a fact that was even mentioned in the liner notes on the "Arrival"-album.
You write:"At the end of their 1979 tour ABBA knew they would never tour again...well, Mr Oldham, tell me then, who toured Japan in spring the following year- impersonaters???
You write: Opus 10 died of boredom before delivery- but the one track they recorded for that album- I Am The City shows that ABBA had lost none of their vitality...well Opus 10 was never recorded because such a project didn't exist and I Am The City was recorded way back in 1982- and not in 1986.
Dear Mr Oldham, you don't even know the bare facts that one can look up in any "Gold" compilation inner sleeve. A man who doesn't even know who sang lead on the worldwide hit Knowing Me Knowing You is surely not the right person to write an in-depth biography.
Save time and effort next time !
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 30, 1999
Format: Hardcover
To this day, the original Swedish Fab Four -ABBA- remain one of Europe's most popular music groups. Not bad for a group that hasn't recorded together in over 15 years. Their albums continue to sell well, especially in the UK, where their ABBA Gold/More ABBA Gold albums have remained in the top 40 album charts for close to 5 years! And with the success of the smash London musical Mamma Mia!, co-produced by Bjorn Ulvaeus and chock full of ABBA's greatest hits, which has played to sold-out performances since its debut in April 1999, ABBA's popularity is nowhere near ending. The book, ABBA: The Name of the Game, provides the ABBA fan with a great detail of the behind- the-scene lives of Agnetha, Benny, Bjorn and Anni- Frid, some of which could be debatable as painstakingly honest or tabloid trash. Obviously written as an unauthorized biography, the book places a great deal of emphasis on the "feud" that seemed to exist between Agnetha and Frida, a far cry from the happy smiles and wholesomeness you'd see in their videos. (Agnetha Faltskog went so far as to write a book of her own in 1997, "As I Am", to deny those allegations.) While praising most of ABBA's songs, the authors' criticisms of the few songs "they" didn't like was the equivalence of catty office gossip. At times, the book can be factually informative, but a good deal of it looks like it was written with a poisoned pen.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Nadya on January 12, 2000
Format: Paperback
I don't like this book at all! First of all, I don't think that interfering of the authors of the book into private lives of Agnetha, Frida, Benny and Bjorn was very nice of them. And then I don't think that these people really can know what they are talking about. I mean, it can be interesting to read about the behind-the scene lives of ABBA members but how can these people write what Agnetha was thinking about sitting alone in her hotel room? No one but Agnetha can know it , and I don't think it was she who told Andrew Oldham about her feelings. I suppose that the authors really did a big research before writing this book but there things they just couldn't know about. They give their idea of private lives of Frida, Agnetha, Bjorn and Benny, told some gossips and rumours but most of those things can't be proved. You may think that I think so `cause I'm ABBA fan and I just don't like reading some rather unpleasant things about the members of the group. It isn't so. Being ABBA fan I'm interested in knowing as much as possible about their lives, even if sometimes I don't like what I hear. But it should be facts, not rumours! Though I have to admit that this book can give you a lot of fun if you don't take it seriously! I gave it 2 stars only because of the pics. Some of them are really cute!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Richard Laven on February 9, 2003
Format: Paperback
This is a triumph of style over substance. The research is very poor with the result that there are a lot of factual errors in this book. I counted three in the first chapter alone (an example is the scoring system used in Eurovision in 1974). The main one, of course, is the repeated reference to Frida and Agnetha hating each other, which simply wasn't (and isn't) true. Nevertheless, this book is a fun quick read and the author's opinions, which range from comments on ABBA's music (which, in general, they rave about) to pop lyrics in general and musicians in the movies, are lively and entertaining. If you just cut out the personal stuff between the girls, the rest of this book will tell you as much as you ever need to know about ABBA, unless you're more than a casual fan. For those wanting more, 'Bright Lights, Dark Shadows' fills out the details, in a less tabloid fashion - but that still has it's moments of wrong-headedness (the comments in regard to the failure of Chess, in particular)
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