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I created this blog to help share ABBA information with other fans and to show off my new collection items :)

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Please note: Collection item photos are from my own personal collection. These are not stock photos. If you wish to use any of my photos elsewhere, please have the courtesy to ask first - Thank you :)

Tuesday, 30 November 2010

ABBAWORLD Sydney

ABBAWORLD is opening on 17th December in Sydney !
So Trudy and I are off to Sydney for a couple of days for the opening .. some of my collection will be on display there ! Very exciting :)
Looking forward to catching up with everyone once again and seeing the difference between the Melbourne exhibition and Sydney ... they are apparently focusing more on the Australian side of things so it should be great !
Will take lots of photos and add them to my website so be sure to check for updates :)

Monday, 29 November 2010

Latest Collection Item

Fabulous Poster Art Kit from the UK 1970's
Has 2 posters for colouring  which are a large 57 x 38cm


Saturday, 27 November 2010

ABBA Musikladen Box Set

This is the latest addition to my collection - the Musikladen Box Set No. 1 ...
there are 10 DVD's in this set ...
DVD number 10 has the complete German Special 'The Best Of ABBA' ... the sound and quality are great - much better than any bootlegs getting around ...
Unfortunately, after a very short release time this month, this set is now no longer available due to a pending lawsuit with a record company .... apparently they didn't have full rights to release this material ... there are many artists featured so it could be in relation to any of them ...

Sunday, 21 November 2010

ABBA's Songwriting Cottage For Sale !

The summer cottage where Benny and Björn worked on hits such as Fernando and Dancing Queen has been put up for sale.

The cottage as we recall it

The cottage has played a rich part in ABBA’s cultural heritage. It has been featured in TV specials, many pictures and even ABBA The Movie.
The fact that it has been so pivotal in the ABBA story is borne out by the inclusion of a faithful recreation of the cottage’s interior in the ABBAWORLD touring exhibition.
The ‘songwriters hut’ belongs to a larger property on the island of Viggsö in Stockholm’s archipelago. It is this property, for sale at SEK 7,000,000 and the property next door that are now for sale.
It is believed that Björn and Lena currently own both properties. Maybe they just didn’t get over there much this Summer?!

Thursday, 18 November 2010

ABBAWORLD GOING TO SYDNEY !

After more than 30 years since ABBA’s first live performance in Australia at the Sydney Showgrounds in Moore Park on that wet evening of 3 March 1977, ABBA will return to Sydney in the first official exhibition about the 1970s global pop sensation. The exhibition, ABBAWORLD, is showing exclusively in Sydney at the Powerhouse Museum from 17 December 2010.
The exhibition will capture the music, memories and magic that made the Swedish group a worldwide phenomenon and whose music almost four decades later continues to attract new generations of fans.

Band member Björn Ulvaeus said: “It always seemed to me that people in the music press and also in the music industry sort of took it for granted that ABBA would be a one hit wonder. Why would we be different from any other Eurovision winner?

“We really had an up-hill struggle after Waterloo and our follow-up singles didn’t do well. Then the Australians came to our rescue. They released SOS and Mamma Mia and both songs made the charts in a big way down under. Suddenly everyone else around the world realized there was life in the band that was supposed to be dead. I’m forever grateful to the Australians for that!”

ABBAWORLD will examine where the four members of the group came from, the formation and success of ABBA and the post ABBA years. It will feature ABBA’s first major international live performance and Sweden’s first win at the Eurovision Song contest in 1974, their highly acclaimed concert tours including the Australian tour in 1977, and the impact of their music that has inspired several hit movies and a stage show -  Muriel’s Wedding, Priscilla Queen of the Desert and Mamma Mia!.
The exhibition will feature more than 20 original costumes, the epitome of 70’s glam, live concert footage, promotional and behind the scenes photographs, album artworks and other ABBA memorabilia, as well as exclusive interviews with members Björn Ulvaeus, Benny Andersson, Anni Frid Lyngstad and Agnetha Fältskog.

Replicas of an ABBA concert dressing room where a team of costume makers and make-up artists worked; the writing studio on Viggsö - an island in the Stockholm archipelago  - where many of ABBA’s most popular songs were written; and ABBA’s own state of the art recording studio - Polar Studio in Stockholm - where they recorded their last two albums, will feature in the exhibition.

Visitors will be able to relive ABBA’s music and sing and dance their way through the exhibition using a series of interactives. These will include performing on a stage with ABBA, dancing in an ABBA video, recording a sing-a-long with ABBA and photographing yourself on an ABBA album cover.

The exhibition comes from Sweden, following its successful debut in London last January and a season at Federation Square in Melbourne earlier this year.  For the Sydney season, new content about the group’s appearances in Australia and their impact on Australian pop culture will be added to the exhibition by the Powerhouse Museum.

According to Magnus Danielsson, President of Touring Exhibitions, the producers of ABBAWORLD: “No group has ever had such crossover success, bringing together fans of all ages together, bridging generation gaps and cultural differences. This is a unique opportunity for the people of Sydney to see original ABBA material." Danielsson continues, "The Sydney exhibition will be running in parallel with a run of ABBAWORLD in Györ, Hungary. ABBAWORLD has a universal appeal and we work hard to make it available to fans around the globe.”

For more than 35 years, ABBA has maintained international success with their songs that remain a fixture on radio playlists today. ABBA is one of the top three selling artists in the world, having sold 375 million records worldwide. They still sell over 3 million records a year.

On View: ABBAWORLD
Date: 17 December 2010 to 6 March 2011
Address: Powerhouse Museum, 500 Harris Street, Ultimo, Sydney
Telephone: (02) 9217 0111 or infoline (02) 9217 0444
Website: http://www.powerhousemuseum.com/
Hours: 10.00am to 5.00pm (closed Christmas Day)
Admission: Adult $22/member $12; child $12/member $6; family $50/member $25; Concession / seniors $16

Tuesday, 16 November 2010

Frida's Birthday !

Today, 15th November 2010, Frida Lyngstad turns 65 ! Still gorgeous - still loved - and still thrilling everyone when she sings ! Happy Birthday dear Frida - you are forever in our hearts xx





Saturday, 13 November 2010

Latest Addition

Chu Bops Display Box

Pretty cool item - display box for the chu bops ... as we know, there were 2 ABBA albums - Voulez Vous & Super Trouper

Thursday, 4 November 2010

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New Collection Item

'Sweet' Magazine Flyer


Some great items here .. do you have them all ?

Another New Item

Beautiful TV Times Street Poster
12 February 1977

Latest Collection Addition

Beautiful Telegraph Street Poster from 1976

 
There is no date on this - does anyone know the date or what the 'real colour' item was for the foloowing Monday ?