Join Date: Dec 2007
Location: George Town Tasmania Australia
Device: I have 2 ebooks on the internet
Just Dropping In
I'll post a piece I wrote yesterday before I leave this iste.-Ron
ABBA, ME, and WILLIAM JAMES
ABBA: Bang a Boomerang1 tells the inside story of Australia's colossal 70s crush on the Swedish supergroup ABBA and their music. It’s the story of how this unequalled and enduring fan-worship changed them, Australia, and Australians, forever. My wife and two step-daughters loved ABBA. From 1972 to 1982, when they were a phenomenon in Australia, I was busy: (i) with my teaching career working 60+ hours a week, (ii) with my work as a Baha’i in Whyalla, Gawler, Launceston, Melbourne, Ballarat, Smithton, Zeehan, and Katherine, (iii) going through a divorce, remarrying, and raising a family of 3 children, as well as (iv) dealing with episodes of bipolar 1 disorder.
ABC's innovative music program Countdown and its host Molly Meldrum were instrumental in bringing ABBA to a burgeoning mid-70s television audience. It was due to Countdown that Mamma Mia was released as a single, first in Australia and then the world. With this, the ABBA phenomenon was born.
This TV doco, ABBA: Bang a Boomerang, digs deep into the heartfelt memories of Australians with its cardboard cartons of memorabilia, its face-to-face encounters, its local pop-icon recounts, its lavish personal and public ABBA museums and Australia's rich media archives. It relives a moment of collective national 'craziness' when Australia literally went ABBA mad. The result of that experience is a warm, bright, captivating engagement with ABBA's time Downunder. The open-hearted embrace of all things ABBA would eventually, in part at least, define Australia.
One in three Australian households owned an ABBA record, from the then Prime Minister, Malcolm Fraser, to eight year olds around the nation. One of those 8 year-olds, Angela, lived in my home in 1978. That 8-year old girl now has a successful public relations career and is 42 years old. In 1979 my first and only son was born with ABBA somewhere out on the periphery. Australians, like Angela, were hooked even if some didn't want to admit it back then. It would appear, at least this is the view presented in this video, that the crush was for keeps.-Ron Price with thanks to ABC1 TV, 30/1/’13, 8:30-9:30 p.m.
When you are up to your eye-balls
in life’s trilogy of responsibilities:
job, community, and family, those
things in the electronic-media are at
best peripheral to the mainstream of
your life. After 80 to 90 hours in an
immersion in those life-demands all
you can do is try to get the sleep you
need to do it all again tomorrow, and
tomorrow. ABBA were, for me, like
a shooting star in some galaxy which
repeated itself off-and-on for 10 years
in my life while I was as busy as that
proverbial beaver just surviving and
making as much out of my life as I
possibly could with William James’s
booming-buzzing confusion of it all.1
1 William James(1842-1901), an American philosopher and psychologist who had trained as a physician, was the first educator to offer a psychology course in the United States. In his Principles of Psychology (1890) he refers to this booming and buzzing confusion in the following passage:
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1 February 2013
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