CMP 2.0 | 21 January 2015
The best ABBA news of the last couple of months is about the crowdfunding campaign that Carl Magnus Palm will be starting on January 28. If you care for a revised and updated edition of his fabulous book The Complete Recording Sessions, I seriously advice you to take part.
It is of course a bit sad that CMP needs a crowdfunding campaign at all. If there ever is an author that should get every ABBA book published that he writes it is CMP.
And in all honesty, I wonder why the four ABBA's or their record company Universal don't fund his project. He has probably done more for the ABBA catalogue than they realise. And a band with such a long lasting musical history needs historians and biographers like CMP.
His Complete Recording Sessions book is more than 20 years old and definitely needs the update. Not that in 2015 it's bad. No way! It is in my opinion by far the best book about ABBA available. Well available is not the right word unfortunately. You can't get it anywhere.
When it was released it was a major breakthrough. At last, at last someone got his facts straight and someone had been authorized to go the holy temple of ABBA tapes. Boy, I was jealous when I read that CMP had been granted to go through (at least a part of) the Polar vaults. Oh the joy of hearing unreleased gems and rare mixes! Man, I wish I had been there.
And now in 2015 CMP has re-invented the ABBA publishing industry by trying to fund his book the internet way. I sincerely hope he succeeds. The things he has already written on his site at http://www.carlmagnuspalm.com/abba/books/abba-the-complete-recording-sessions-expanded-edition sure are very promising. Some 300 to 400 pages of facts. What else could true ABBA fans want?
After the little ABBA dip that I had last year, this is the ABBA wakeup call that I needed.
Former Beatle George Harrison once invested one million Dollars in the Monty Python movie Life Of Brian. When asked "Why?" he replied "Because I wanted to see it". This should be the same for ABBA fans: if you want to read the revised and updated edition of the ABBA bible, you should help funding it.
THANKS CMP for trying to reinvent ABBA fandom again. You greatly helped all ABBA fans in 1994 and I hope you succeed doing so again in 2016. I dare to say that ABBA fans and all serious ABBA collectors owe you. And you deserve our support. And you definitely deserve our money to get this project starting.
I urge all ABBA Fans to get his project started. If ever, THIS is the time to spend your Money, Money, Money.
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