Showing posts from August, 2012

Polar Prizes Awarded in Stockholm

Cellist Yo-Yo Ma and  Paul Simon have  become   the recipients of  the 2012 Polar Music Prize, Sweden’s most prestigious award for musicians. The prizes were  awarded in Stockholm on Tuesday,  Aug. 28. The award was founded by the late Stig Anderson, ABBA's manager, and has been handed out since 1992. It is typically shared by a pop artist and a classical musician. Stig originally wanted  to give  money to provide for a Nobel music prize , but the Nobel people rejected that idea.

To learn more about the prize visit their excellent website Polar Music Prize Previous winners include Pink Floyd, Sir Paul McCartney, BB King,  Bruce Springsteen, Stevie Wonder, Elton John, Ennio Morricone and Bob Dylan, among others. The prize is awarded by  King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden. Often , Frida attends the ceremonies, though the other members of ABBA never have (correct me if I am wrong about that).

2012 ABBA releases November 2012

ABBA releases-of 2012 (Updated  November   2012)

The year was highlighted by the release of  previously unreleased ABBA demos on the Deluxe edition of ABBA-The Visitors. The deluxe version of the ABBA album was also released. Other highlights of the year were a  new BAO Christmas album and BAO  box set.  

ABBA : Die Audiostory audiobook by Michael Herden German  release 20 January 20, 2012 Michael Herden's ABBA  book released in audio form....

Anne Wood-Divine Discontent,  February ? 2012 Australian CD and I tunes release.
This is a new album of mostly ABBA cover songs by Anne Wood, who starred in Australian version of Mamma Mia.    She played Donna in two stints in 2001 and 2010.   Of interest to Bjorn and Benny fans is the first released version of "The Day the Wall Came Tumbling Down", which was originally written to be recorded by Barbara Dickson and supposedly Elaine Paige. The original version was never released. But a unreleased  Dickson live  version  can be h…

Frida's sorrows

I don't believe in curses, though it certainly seems in life, that some people are granted more than their  fair share of sorrow.   Frida of ABBA has certainly been blessed in life, with material things and success. She has also had much sorrow.  She was raised by her grandmother, because her father, a German soldier could not raise her , and her mother had died young.   Frida first two marriages broke up, and her third marriage (her happiest)  ended in the sad death of her husband at age 49.   Her daughter Lise-Lotte died tragically in a car crash.    Perhaps, her sorrow in life, is one reason why   Frida is a person of faith.