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Goodbye Polar Studios | 27 August 2004

I've never seen it with my own eyes. And from now on that will be impossible. Because the recording studios that were built by ABBA in 1978 have closed down. For ever. The costs of keeping the studio alive were bigger than the money that it generated. So the owners closed the studio down. A Swedish landmark in musical history is only a memory now. And that's sad.

Could it have been saved? Oh yes it could. If only the former ABBA members would have bought it from the current owners. If only the Swedish government would have realized how important this place is in the history of Swedish music.

But unfortunately nobody did anything against the closure. Oh sure there have been some negotiations with the former ABBA members and with the government. But in the end these negotiations didn't work out. I know that this was simply a business decision and that emotional feelings should be left out of opening or closing a silly place like a recording studio. But still….. I feel sad.

Could you imagine that the Abbey Road studios in London would ever close down? No way! Every day people cross the famous road and take pictures on the most famous crossing in the world. Everyday people go to the building where history was written forty years ago by The Beatles.

Well, maybe that's the difference. There's simply not enough people interested in the Polar Studios. A couple of fans would occasionally go to Stockholm. Of course that's nothing compared to the dozens that walk the Abbey Road crossing every day.

And I have to admit: I crossed Abbey Road more than once, but never saw the Polar Studios. That's something I must learn to live with
         

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