CLEVELAND – A press release regarding Marie’s book: Marie Fredriksson’s Final Memoirs Gets English-Language Release. The iconic Roxette singer has documented her influential and inspiring life. Due from 1984 Publication April 25, 2023
Marie Fredriksson’s latest memoir, Listen to My Heart: Life, Love & Roxette, will see a worldwide English release from 1984 Publishing on April 25, 2023.
The 260-page hardcover is the entirely candid and compelling life story of one of rock music’s most resilient singers. With only months to live following a heartbreaking diagnosis in 2002 – but surviving another 17 years, until 2019 – Marie bravely embarked on a life with newfound courage and inspiration. She continued both as a solo singer and with Roxette, where she performed over 550 concerts to millions of fans, sold 75 million records, and released over 50 singles, including several worldwide hits. In the United States, the duo had four number 1s with “Listen to Your Heart”, “It Must Have Been Love” (from the movie Pretty Woman), “The Look”, and “Joyride”. Overall, Roxette is Sweden’s biggest music group, just behind ABBA.
Heartbreaking yet conquering, and told with exceptional energy and sincerity, Listen to My Heart sheds a new and revealing light on the life and work of one of the most talented and courageous artists of our generation.
Marie wrote her memoirs in tandem with author Helena von Zweigbergk. “Since I co-wrote Marie’s memoir in Swedish, I’ve always been asked for an English version; after all, Marie sang mostly in English with Roxette. I am happy that we finally have this answer,” says Helena. “I have been deeply moved by the enormous amount of love Marie has given and received over the years, and I know how much this release would have meant to her. This is a book about strength, love, a remarkable career and a woman who gave everything in her life, every day.Helena wrote a new afterword for the book in August 2022.
Marie’s family continues, “We know that Marie would have been very excited to see her biography in so many different languages, reaching fans in so many countries. This English release makes his life story accessible to even more people around the world, keeping his legacy alive.
Filled with behind-the-scenes stories involving everyone from Tina Turner and Elton John to the Rolling Stones and Frank Sinatra, Listen to My Heart also explores its humble family beginnings, an early tragedy in the sudden loss of Marie’s sister, her transition into the music industry as a solo artist, and the formation and challenges of being in one of the most successful pop groups in the world. While trying to maintain a strong marriage and be a mother of two young children in the face of a life-altering illness. A new book preface has been written by renowned director Jonas Åkerlund, Marie’s longtime friend and colleague. “Marie was my first real breakthrough in the industry,” says Åkerlund. “I will always be grateful to her, not only because of the projects that followed, but even more because of the integrity, focus and creative generosity she taught me. . . this book is just a testimony to the boundless creativity she unleashed throughout her life. Åkerlund has directed Marie and Roxette in nearly twenty music videos and documentaries, and has gone on to work with Madonna, Beyonce, Lady Gaga, Paul McCartney, U2 and Metallica.
A special limited edition of the book will contain Marie’s famous English solo CD Change (2004), her first physical release in North America, as well as Marie’s latest recording “Sea of Love” (2017) as a bonus feature. Along with the newly remastered music, the limited-edition hardcover will feature foil stamping and a satin ribbon marker. Both physical editions (plus an ebook) will be available worldwide at your local bookstore, as well as online retailers including Amazon and many more.
Book cover photo by Mattias Edwall, with book design by Midnight Marauder. Marie Fredriksson created the cover for The Change album.