Agnetha Faltskog is the first member of Swedish pop legend ABBA to tell her own story in a book which sets the record straight on many of the issues where she has been misquoted or misrepresented by the world's media....
|Title||:||As I Am: ABBA Before and Beyond|
|Number of Pages||:||160 Pages|
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As I Am: ABBA Before and Beyond Reviews
This is a book by ex-ABBA member Agnetha Faltskog.I was happy to hire this book for $10 at the library, as buying this book is usually over $100 (cheapest price)!!Agnetha is my inspiration and role model and I was glad to get this in my hands!I was happy to start reading this book but it disappointed me as it lacked so much info and I got through it far too easy. There wasn't a lot in it, but I did enjoy the pictures, some I had not seen before! There wasn't too much substance and it wasn't written much from Agnetha's perspective, but the woman who later turned on her (Britta alhman or something?) and what she witnessed and agnetha told her.When I got the book, I expected it to be fatter and smaller, but it's a wide book with not a lot in it.I must say I was glued to the book, but it wasnt too intimate, just stuff most fans know. Nothing new and what we don't know, which was disappointing.I would NOT spend more than $20 on this book, just because it is 'rare'. Doesn't mean it is worth that much. It was written as if agnetha just wanted to make things 'clear' and rant a bit, but not tell us anything interesting about herself, but leave it to this back-stabbing woman for the slightly sad and personal parts (not much info here)I don't understand what the man means in the reviews when agnetha said 'that's too personal to talk about' is she does not that say that at all in the book. For her to say that, it would've have to been a book written up more like a list and small sections, but it is not, as each section contains a story.Just because I am a massive fan of Agnetha's and own all her c.d's, I'm not going to rate this book unfairly and be totally bias
Superficial but interesting.
This was the only book I could find by any of the members of ABBA. I wanted to learn about how the group got together, how they got along and why they split. I was quite disappointed. It read like a series of carefully worded press releases. There were no insights, no revelations and no passion. According to the author, she was reluctant to write the book, and it shows. If she was, indeed, trying to convince fans that she was not the reason the group broke up, this book did not do that. Despite her claims to the contrary, she comes across as a socially awkward recluse who was unable to handle fame and is still damaged by it. Hopefully, one of the other, more stable members of the group will write their own book and give us a more frank and open accounting of the group and its history.
Agnetha makes it clear on page one that she would not divulge in much if any personal detail. So if it's detail you want, read Bright Lights Dark Shadows: The Real Story of Abba instead.This book was also published shortly before Agnetha's bad decision to get involved with her stalker, Gert van der Graaf (a relationship that lasted until 2003). Once her co-author Brita Åhman learned of this, she terminated her friendship with Agnetha. I believe this book would have been much different, if not delayed by many years if Brita Åhman hadn't been involved.But this coffee-table book is meant to listen to Agnetha's many complaints of crowds, fans, parties, and tabloids...while looking at lovely photos of her.
This book was written by Agnetha and another writer, working together. But there are clearly sections written by one and then mid-chapter, the other. They don't tell you when they've swapped. You just sort of notice that one minute Agnetha is talking in the first person, then suddenly it's "Agnetha did this" and "Agnetha did that" and it is the other writer. That's fine. It just takes some getting used to. I believe this was originally written in Swedish and then they translated it themselves. I get that impression from certain statements in the book such as "and then things began to hotted up." Nothing unreadable about this. I understand what they meant. It's just an oddity that goes with the territory when reading a book written by two Swedish women who speak English as a second or even third language (Agnetha apparently speaks German as her second language.)If you are interested in knowing details about the history of Abba and the individual members then this is a good book. If you are hoping to read about their personal lives, sex scandals and break-ups and all that, then you're going to be disappointed.
It was such a great book! I knew most of the stuff written in this book, being an ABBA fan for years, but there were few things I didn't know, and on the ones I did know it was nice to see Agnetha's personal perspective, hear it from her own words. Of course, she was very discreet and didn't reveal anything, she just made clear some things the media likes to say about her and that are not true. It was really entertaining as well. But as a fan, I'd like to know more about her career and about each LP and how it was making them. She focused on a couple of them, but didn't go into details. Nonetheless, she is a great artist and I respect her personally and musically. She is also the only ABBA member to write a book, which is funny because she was always the one who never talked about her life, so I thank her for that.It's very short so I read a little everyday for a couple days to make it last longer, but I didn't want to stop reading it.
As a fan of the music from ABBA I was anxius to read this book, but it was. disappointment, the pics were nice, so therefor two stars.
Nice pics, but not a lot of substance
Beautiful photos, no insight. She writes "That's too personal to talk about" on every other page.