The Stories Behind Every Song ABBA Thank You For The Music
On April 6th, 1974, Abba stormed the Eurovision stage in cosmopolitan
Brighton, a riot of colour, tinsel and innocent yet sexy energy. “Waterloo” was
the first ever Swedish winner, and arguably the most memorable moment in
Eurovision’sentire history. It locked Abba into the minds of viewers: in terms
of costumes, presentation and melodrama they were forced to be larger than life
from this point forward.
“Waterloo” went on to become a number one hit in Britain, Ireland, West Germany,
Belgium and Norway, went top five in countless other countries, and reached
number six in America. It was to be the last time anyone needed to explain who
Abba were. Our fate was to be with Bjorn, Benny, Agnetha and Frida.
Fully illustrated throughout with glorious photographs, forming a sublime
gallery of Abba’s most dazzling costumes, Thank You For The Music traces
the story of the Swedish supergroup through their songs, from their
world-conquering disco beginning, with modern classics such as “Voulez-Vous”, “Chiquitita”,
“Does Your Mother Know”, and “Gimme Gimme Gimme” through to the more reflective
“Knowing Me, Knowing You” and “Winner Takes It All” – a musical legacy that has
often been mimicked but never matched.
First published UK 2002.
Reissued May 2009.