About My Blog

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

Be sure to check out my website for a whole lot more ABBA !

www.abbafanatic.com


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 :)

Saturday, 30 August 2014

ABBA Gracias Por La Musica Set For Release 2014 !

ABBA Official have announced the upcoming release of ABBA Gracias Por La Musica !

"Hola Amigos ! Looking forward to this release later this year ! More info will follow but aiming for a Deluxe Edition treatment !" ABBA Official.

Release has been set for November this year !!

Wednesday, 27 August 2014

New ABBA Collection Item - National Advertising Metal Sign

The latest addition to my Australian 'National' advertising memorabilia.

This fabulous old metal sign measures 52 x 42cm.

I wonder where it would have been hanging ?





Saturday, 23 August 2014

The ABBA Scania Truck - Order Now !!

Remember the gorgeous green ABBA Scania Truck ?
Well, they are making models and you can pre-order one now !!

A deposit is required of 25 euro. Total cost is 110 euro so not cheap.

The expected delivery date for these trucks is the second quarter of 2015 so a long way off yet.

But it is just so stunning !!!

Size is 1:50 ... Length 20cm, height 15cm, width 8cm

http://www.tekno.nl/en/67964-muller.html








 







Friday, 22 August 2014

ABBA The Museum Accepts Ice Bucket Challenge !

Thank you The Beatles Story for the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge nomination! We are accepting the challenge and donating. (Press HD for all the icy details) We chal...lenge the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame https://www.facebook.com/rockandrollhalloffame , Graceland and the David Bowie Exhibition in Berlin http://www.davidbowie-berlin.de/en/. You have 24 hours!

Good on you guys - great to see Ingmarie Halling being the great sport that she is :)

Watch the video here:

https://www.facebook.com/?ref=tn_tnmn#!/photo.php?v=639061386207115

Information about ALS here:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Amyotrophic_lateral_sclerosis

In August 2014, a challenge went viral online which was commonly known as the "ALS Ice Bucket Challenge". A contestant will fill a bucket full of ice and water; they will then state who summoned them to do the challenge and will summon three other individuals of their choice to take part in it. The contestant then dumps the bucket of ice and water onto themselves. The contestant should then donate US $10 (or a similar amount in their local currency) to ALS research at the ALS Association, or Motor Neurone Disease Association in the UK. Any contestant who refuses to have the ice and water dumped on them is expected to donate US $100 to ALS research.
Many celebrities have taken part in the challenge, including Cristiano Ronaldo, Chris Pratt, Roger Federer, David Beckham, Cheryl Cole, George W. Bush,  Lady Gaga, Mark Zuckerberg, Oprah Winfrey, Charlie Sheen and Bill Gates, among many other well-known personalities and members of the general public.






New ABBA Collection Items - Various

A few new additions to my ABBA collection lately.

A variety of collectables including Voulez Vous Reel To Reel tape on Atlantic label from USA, the beautiful ABBA Pop Cats posters from ABBA The Museum, a couple of 8 Track tapes on CBS label from UK, an original 1970's Polar Music T-shirt.








 
 


 
 
 
 

Tuesday, 19 August 2014

New ABBA The Museum Merchandise - Agnetha Visor !

Grab one of these fab ABBA Logo Visors from ABBA The Museum Web Shop now !

Around $24.00 AUD

Get the Agnetha look going - maybe they'll do a replica of Frida's hat too :)

http://www.abbathemuseum.com/en/shop-en


Saturday, 9 August 2014

ABBA Limited Edition POP Cats Lithography !

FINE ART LIMITED EDITION LITHOGRAPHY

SIGNED BY OWE SANDSTRÖM

Exclusive moment! The museum launches 60 pieces of this beautiful litography of the two legendary POP Cats, designed and drawn by Owe Sandström.

The cats were initially motives on the iconic dresses worn by Agnetha Fältskog and Frida Lyngstad in 1975.

This exclusive fine art is printed with Archival FineArt Pigment print on Epson Hot Press Bright, matt cotton paper.

Each lithography is individually numbered from 1-60 and personally signed by Owe Sandström.

The order of numbers will be according to first come first serve.

Available in two sizes 42*42cm and 50*70cm.

Around $250AUD including postage for the large - and $210AUD for the small.

http://www.abbathemuseum.com/popshop/index.php?option=com_virtuemart&view=productdetails&virtuemart_category_id=6&virtuemart_product_id=821&Itemid=646





Friday, 8 August 2014

ABBA Live At Wembley Arena - Official Trailer !

Enjoy this Official Trailer for 'ABBA Live At Wembley Arena'.

The clip goes for 30 seconds - has snippets from Gimme Gimme Gimme, Dancing Queen, I'm Still Alive and Waterloo !!

Short but sweet ! :)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JFEFfuFq5x8&feature=youtu.be

ABBA: The True Backstage Stories - One Show Only !

Press Release • Aug 07, 2014 15:01 GMT
















ABBA The Museum is proud to present the first of the season's POP Talk series on Sunday, August 17, featuring three key figures in ABBA’s touring around the world during the late 70's. Tour Promoter, Thomas Johansson, Stage Manager/Lighting Designer Jimmy Barnett and Ingmarie Halling, responsible for costumes, dressing room and make up, share never-before-revealed stories about ABBA on tour, 1977-1980 in what promises to be a pop-culture moment.

ABBA is considered one of the world’s most successful pop groups with 380 million albums sold. During their 10 years of career, ABBA toured the world, performing in Europe, North America, Australia and Japan.
“Our POP Talk series is a must for all diehard ABBA fans, and this first one will be a pop-culture moment for all music lovers,” says Mattias Hansson, CEO ABBA The Museum. “On stage will be three key players from ABBA’s inner circle for one show only discussing life behind the scenes with the group and how they contributed building ABBA on tour between 1977-1980, visually, back stage and – perhaps most important - practically.”
This POP Talk, will feature a number of fascinating backstage stories about how one of the greatest pop bands on earth took their hit-song catalogue on the road, in a decade of pure pop excellence. The audience will be privy to stories, photos and film clips that have never before been shared with the public. And, of course – there will be plenty of great ABBA live in concert music. Ingmarie, Thomas and Jimmy were also part of the team at the Wembley Arena concert in November 1979. On Sunday, August 17, they will be sharing memories from that unforgettable moment in ABBA’s career for the very first time.
This is a pop-culture moment not to be missed. One show only!

POP Talk – ABBA On Tour will be moderated by Mattias Hansson and it will be in English.
Time: Sunday, August 17 from 4-5pm. (please note that there is a limited number of seats and the audience should be seated by 3:30pm)
Place: ABBA The Museum, Djurgårdsvägen 68, Stockholm
Tickets: available at our web shop www.abbathemuseum.com/en/shop-en or at the museum box office. Tickets cost SEK 195 and include entrance to the museum.
The soon to be released The ABBA – LIVE AT WEMBLEY ARENA can be pre-booked via the web shop, www.abbathemuseum.com/en/shop-en, for delivery after the September 29. The set, produced by Ludvig Andersson, features the complete November 10, 1979 ABBA show at Wembley Arena, available as a 25 track double CD or a 180gm beautiful triple vinyl and contains a rare performance of Agnetha’s ‘I’m Still Alive’, unreleased on any album.

About the Speakers
Jimmy Barnett is originally from London. He was the Production Manager for ABBA from 1977 to 1980, and Lighting Designer for the European and Australian tours of 1977. Jimmy also worked as Lighting Designer for The Rolling Stones in 1975 and 1976 and Lighting Designer for Queen from 1978 - 1984. Jimmy went on to run companies for Vari-Lite in Europe and Los Angeles before moving to New Zealand in 1990. Jimmy now works for New Zealand Trade & Enterprise, a New Zealand government organisation helping New Zealand companies succeed internationally.
Thomas Johansson is the legendary Swedish promoter and tour producer that worked with ABBA from 1973 and onwards. He made sure that all live shows and TV performances by ABBA were kept to the highest global standard. He has worked with almost all of the biggest artists in the history of rock and pop music, including the Rolling Stones, Bruce Springsteen and Roxette. Today Mr. Johansson is the chairman of Live Nation International. But it all started with ABBA. He was there, and believe us, he has stories to tell.
Ingmarie Halling is the curator and producer of ABBA The Museum and author of the book “ABBA – The Backstage Stories”. Ingmarie went on tour with ABBA from 1977-1980 and was responsible for all their costumes, make-up and dressing room.

http://www.mynewsdesk.com/abba-the-museum/pressreleases/abba-the-true-backstage-stories-one-show-only-1037884

 

Thursday, 7 August 2014

ABBA Fan Creation - ABBA 1977 Tour Dolls !

These wonderful ABBA dolls with the instantly recognisable 1977 Tour costumes were handmade by ABBA fan Becky Laine from the United States.

They are just gorgeous - I love them !

Very clever - and so cute :)

Thanks for sharing these images Becky and allowing me to post them here.

I love how creative ABBA fans can be - and these are my favourite items made by a fan :)

Check out Becky's Blog for lots more:

http://abbafan456.blogspot.com.au/








ABBAFanatic - My ABBA Website

Don't forget to check out my ABBA website - ABBAFanatic.

Here you can find all of my collection items, pages dedicated to the 1975, 1977 and 1979 Tours, Agnetha, ABBA In Australia and much much more.

Updated as often as I get time to do so - I do fall a little behind sometimes :)

Check it out now - you may discover something new !

http://www.abbafanatic.com/



Tuesday, 5 August 2014

New ABBA Collection Items - Australian Memorabilia

A few new additions to my Australian ABBA collection.


Reg Grundy Boxed Necklace

8 Track Tapes - still in original boxes

'Scene' Liftouts

'Scream' Magazine

Daily Mirror Newsagent Street Poster

Where does it end ? lol









ABBA Official Photo Book Competition Winner - Grace McCallum

My ABBA Official Photo Book Competition showed some great talent among ABBA fans - with entrants submitting original artworks.

The outstanding winner was Grace McCallum - and Grace has kindly sent me a beautiful photo of herself with the Photo Book.

Thank you Grace !

Below you can also see Grace's wonderful entry :)

Be sure to follow my blog for information about my next ABBA Competition !


ABBA Live At Wembley Arena - Order Now !

A new image from the upcoming release of ABBA Live At Wembley Arena - looks like some nice advertising posters.

Also, a couple of images from Bol.com where you can pre-order the 2 CD set and the 3 LP set.

http://www.bol.com/nl/s/algemeen/zoekresultaten/Ntt/abba/N/0/Nty/1/search/true/searchType/qck/sc/media_all/index.html?_requestid=630437

Getting excited now !

Which will you be adding to your collection ?