From ABBA To Mamma Mia!

Published September 01, 2009 | MORE DETAILS »

From ABBA To Mamma Mia!, first published in Swedish in 1999, is a book based on photographer Anders Hanser's enormous archive of ABBA pictures. Anders was married to former Polar Music Vice President Görel Hanser and has been a personal friend of the former ABBA members for more than 30 years. He started photographing ABBA in 1978 and continued taking pictures of the individual members and documenting Björn and Benny's projects until the London opening of the musical Mamma Mia! in April 1999.

Anders and I did not want to do an ordinary photo book with just a few lines of commentary text here and there. We agreed that the photographs should serve as a basis for writing a fairly in-depth text. I conducted massive research, and also interviewed many of the collaborators who had been involved in the events covered in the book.

An English-language version, which is now out of print, was published in 2000. There was also a Japanese edition, published in 2002.

In February 2010, an updated English-language version of the book was published, featuring an additional chapter covering the ten years that had elapsed since the original publication.

In 2005, I had the opportunity to collaborate with Anders again. I wrote the manuscript for a 12-part slide show, entitled Vad hände då? ("What Happened Then?"), which tells the Björn & Benny/ABBA story. The slide show was published on the Swedish site for the Mamma Mia! musical, but is no longer available there.


From ABBA To Mamma Mia! Current edition published by Premium Publishing, February 2010. English language. 264 pp. 29 x 24 cm. Hardback.