As Jensj2 recently reminded us on the ABBAchronisms thread, when Agnetha is moving home in the One Of Us video we can see that she apparently owns a copy of The Divine Garbo by Frederick Sands and Sven Broman. Can you spot it? Interesting given Agnetha's later reclusive reputation.
A sharp eyed YouTube viewer has also noticed that she has a copy of an album by The Band (Music From Big Pink). A classic album; I'm impressed!
Of course, these are no doubt props rather than her own possessions. But let's suspend disbelief for the purpose of this thread and take a really close, forensic look at the One Of Us video. I always think that you can tell a lot about a person by their music/books/household objects. What can we see, and what does it tell us about the new occupant of this flat? Pause the video, research the material, translate the Swedish, and make sweeping generalizations based on the flimsiest of evidence
Well, it tells us that the new occupant shops her bookshelves at IKEA, which is an indication that she is a citizen of some part of the globe… And also that our women are handy with a paintbrush, which gives us guys time to watch the game on the telly.
I've also noticed that Band album. You didn't see that coming, because they're not generally known for dropping heavy cred names like that.
And the Garbo book really is interesting, since she so vehemently denies any similarity or special fondness for reclusion in interviews nowadays, specifically mentioning Garbo's name.
OK, here's another book amongst Agnetha's OOU collection: Kerstin Ekman's 1974 work, Haxringarna. We may need jensj2 or a fellow Swede to extract any meaning that may be derived from this choice of bedtime reading! It has been translated into English, if anyone else wants to give it a whirl (titled 'Witches' Rings").
It was a bestseller, part of a family saga not unlike the Emigrants epos upon which Kristina från Duvemåla is based. Ekman is a member of the Swedish Academy, the guys that award the Nobel Prize in Literature, not infrequently to themselves...
Here's another of the books in the video, by Tage Danielsson, one of Sweden's greatest humorists of all time: