- 264 Pages
- Released: January 2, 2007
- Originally Released: 2007
- Publisher: Weidenfeld & Nicolson
Description by OLDIES.com:
Mamma Mia! - How Can I Resist You?
draws together the intertwined tales behind two of popular music's most remarkable stories: the songs of ABBA, and the record-breaking show that gave those songs a fresh life and a whole new audience - "Mamma Mia!"
Benny Andersson and Bjorn Ulvaeus, whose songwriting and production genius was the mainspring of ABBA's success, have collaborated on this book with the team who created "Mamma Mia!" Together they describe, with wit and insight, how ABBA's songs - from "Waterloo" and "Dancing Queen" to "The Winner Takes It All" and "Super Trouper" - emerged to capture the mood of their times and the spirit of an era, and later provided the inspiration for the stage show.
And "Mamma Mia!"'s global producer and creator Judy Craymer - along with writer Catherine Johnson, director Phyllida Lloyd and all the principal creatives - relates the roller coaster saga of the show. Her original spark of an idea for a musical show based around the songs of Benny and Bjorn was kept aflame for ten years before it could burst into scintillating life and set the theatre world on fire. This is a classic theatrical tale, full of drama, setbacks and, ultimately, overwhelming success.
Alongside the text, the book features carefully selected images from both ABBA's and "Mamma Mia!"'s central archives, and from the photographers who recorded the group on stage, off stage and in the studio.
For long-time ABBA fans, Mamma Mia! - How Can I Resist You? represents an opening of the backstage door, offering a fresh glimpse into the original creative process, which will trigger a flood of fond memories. For "Mamma Mia!" audiences, the book is not only a memento of the show but a chance - especially for those who weren't alive to dance to ABBA's music the first time around - to learn more about the songs behind the show and about the people behind the songs.
In the 1970's, the Swedish musical phenomenon known as ABBA'Agnetha Fältskog, Benny Andersson, Björn Ulvaeus, and Anni-Frid Lyngstad'succeeded in reinventing the world's perception of pop. They produced hit after catchy hit, each one instantly recognizable, infectious, and irresistible. Nearly a quarter of a century later, these beloved songs gave birth to the blockbuster musical MAMMA MIA!, which became a legend in its own right. It opened in 85 cities and has since been seen by more than 20 million people throughout the world. This officially sanctioned book tells the double story of the band and the play'and it's told by those know it best: two of the group's singer/songwriters and MAMMA MIA! producer Judy Craymer. It's colorful literally and figuratively, and jam-packed with illustrations from the group's own archives. Through first-person recollections from ABBA members, intertwined with commentary from the MAMMA MIA! team, Thank You for the Music cuts through the thicket of myths and misconceptions that have grown up around ABBA to reveal what actually happened.