Missouri Southern State University lectures - schedule now available

News July 03, 2018

Hear me talk about ABBA and Swedish music export in October 2018.

As previously announced, I will spend two days in October 2018 giving three lectures at Missouri Southern State University, during their Nordic Semester. I now have the schedule for my lectures.

All lectures are free and there's no sign-up - you just have to show up. Hope to see you there!

WEDNESDAY, OCT 24
It Came from Rural Sweden: Folk Music Influences on the Music of ABBA

11 a.m.
Corley Auditorium in Webster Hall
Admission: free

Although ABBA was strongly influenced by rock and pop music from the United States and Great Britain, there was something unmistakably Nordic about their music, setting them apart from everybody else. Swedish folk music has been a lifelong passion for founder member and main composer Benny Andersson, coloring his music-making throughout the decades. In this presentation we learn how those influences and other distinctly European musical traditions found their way into ABBA’s tunes, making their music unique.

 

THURSDAY, OCT 25
ABBA: How They Conquered the World

11 a.m.
Corley Auditorium in Webster Hall
Admission: free

In the early 1970s, the U.S. and the U.K. dominated the music landscape completely – no one wanted to know about pop music that came from the Nordic countries. But then a group from Sweden burst on the scene and did what no one had done before them. After humble beginnings and much struggle to break out of Scandinavia, ABBA conquered the world. Today, they are Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductees and regarded as one of the all-time classic pop bands. This lecture will explore their story and explain how they managed to break down the barriers.

 

THURSDAY, OCT 25
Made in Sweden: How Sweden Became the World’s Third Largest Music Nation

1 p.m.
Cornell Auditorium in Plaster Hall
Admission: free

Question: What do “Cuckoo Waltz,” “How Great Thou Art,” “It Must Have Been Love,” and “Can’t Stop The Feeling!” have in common? Answer: They are all songs written by Swedes. The influx of Swedish songs in the United States began in the early 20th century but virtually exploded in the 1990s and beyond – today only John Lennon and Paul McCartney have had more U.S. No. 1 hits as songwriters than Swedish hit machine Max Martin. This presentation will take you on a journey from those early flash-in-the-pan hits to today, when Swedish songwriters and producers are hard currency in the United States.

 

Three lectures about ABBA and Swedish music at Missouri Southern State University in October.