by Leif Thorsson
Here´s the book about the most popular TV program ever shown in Sweden - the Eurovision Song Contest! It´s the program that most people love to criticise, yet can´t refrain from watching. Year in & year out. Newly composed pop songs combine with an exciting polling system to make the ESC an unforgettable event that annually involves more than half of the Swedish population! The ESC is currently experiencing an unprecedented boom - suddenly it's all the rage to participate in the contest... Most Swedish artists, composers & lyricists of note have taken part in the event. Around 40 of the artists have won the national Swedish contest, thereby securing a ticket to the international final in front of half a billion TV viewers.
It's all here! Minute details about every song. All the scandals & classic incidents. Entertaining tales about every Swedish contest & international final since the inception of 1956 & right up to 1999, in- cluding Charlotte Nilsson«s jubilant win in Jerusalem! Each year has its own chapter packed with information, and the book comes with an alphabetical index.
In "Melodifestivalen Genom Tiderna" there are also personal recollections from those that took part in the event - Marie Bergman, Christer Björkman, Lotta Engberg, Kent Finell, Mona Grain, Per Herrey, Peter Himmelstrand, Lasse Holm, Bert Karlsson, Tomas Ledin, Charlotte Nilsson, Carola Sörgaard, Cecilia Vennersten and many more.
Find out why Per Herrey suddenly burst into tears in mid-show, why Lotta Engberg prefers singing in the vocal backing group, what TV re-porters said to Peter Himmelstrand after he scored a second win & what happened to commentator Kent Finell at the actual broadcast!
Preface by Ulf Elfving, 3 times compere of the national Swedish contest & 8 times commentator of the international final.
With this edition of "Melodifestivalen Genom Tiderna" comes a unique bonus CD, which cannot be bought separately. It contains 18 songs from the contest (16 of which are previously unissued on CD!) with many of our best-loved artists like Gunnar Wiklund, Carli Tornehave, Britt Bergström, Cornelis Vreeswijk, Björn Skifs, Lill-Babs, Lisa Nilsson, Carola and many more.