by Jean-Marie Potiez
Format: 240 pages - 24 x 29 cm
Cover and book design by Jean-Marie Potiez
Please note that there is only one cover for ABBA: The Scrapbook (ABBA wearing the Waterloo outfits).
The photo with ABBA wearing the Dancing Queen hats was only the working cover.
More than thirty years after they triumphed at the 1974 Eurovision Song Contest with ‘Waterloo’ and were promptly propelled into the world of global superstardom by their catalogue of harmonies, hooks, and pure pop hits, ABBA’s unfailing popularity and record-breaking status remains undimmed.
From glam-infused dancefloor classics like ‘Dancing Queen’ and ‘Mamma Mia’ to the sumptuous balladry of ‘Fernando’ and ‘The Winner Takes It All’, ABBA’s musical legacy endures and their unique position at the forefront of popular culture is as assured as ever. This is epitomised by the phenomenal worldwide success of Hollywood blockbuster Mamma Mia!, a celebrated adaptation of the long-running stage musical inspired by ABBA’s biggest hits.
Fully illustrated throughout with rare memorabilia and thousands of unique and rare photographs many of which are from Stig Anderson’s and ABBA’s private archive and previously unpublished ABBA: The Scrapbook provides a complete and never-before-attempted visual history of one of the best-loved pop groups of all time. Including their early days in Sweden; the relationships within the band; their outrageous 1970s style; the making of ABBA: The Movie; the eventual break-up of the group, and their ongoing record sales success.
This stunning biography charts the amazing story of how ABBA conquered the world.
ABBA: The Scrapbook is a labour of love and a tribute to ABBA by one of their biggest and most loyal fans.
Jean-Marie Potiez is a music journalist and ABBA expert. He conceived and co-directed the television documentary Thank You ABBA. He lives in Paris.
Illustrated with over 1000 colour photographs.
ABBA: The Scrapbook is published in December 2008