ABBA: a Swedish perspective

ABBA in the 1970s
Picture taken in 1974 in Stockholm shows the Swedish pop group ABBA with its members (L-R) Benny Andersson, Anni-Frid Lyngstad, Agnetha Faltskog and Bjorn Ulvaeus. (OLLE LINDEBORG/AFP/Getty Images)

In the same week as the Ordway launches its production of "Mamma Mia!" and the film "Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again" is released, Swedish-born ABBA fan Martin Bertilsson shares a number of facts and stories about the band in a series of videos for The Current.

Monday: the significance of ABBA

In the first video in the series, Martin talks about how he was essentially born a fan of ABBA. He talks about the name's origin, and about the fish company that playfully granted permission to use the name. Martin also describes how ABBA's musical approach has has imprinted itself on the DNA of Swedish music-making, as well as the cultural significance of ABBA. "They become as big a brand name as IKEA and Volvo," Martin says.

Tuesday: seeing the Mamma Mia! musical in Stockholm, London and Minneapolis

Wednesday: visiting the Greek island where Mamma Mia! was filmed

Thursday: finding a steak dinner for Benny Andersson

Friday: new music and a must-see for fans

External Links

ABBA - official site

Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again - film website

Mamma Mia! - Ordway Theater production, St. Paul, Minn.

American Swedish Institute, Minneapolis

Steak and Ale (Wikipedia)

ABBA The Museum, Stockholm

6 Photos

  • ABBA in the 1970s
    Swedish pop group Abba, performs during the the Eurovision Song Contest 1974 on February 9, 1974 in Brighton with their song "Waterloo." This was the beginning of the greatest career in Swedish pop music history. (Olle Lindeborg/AFP/Getty Images)
  • ABBA in the 1970s
    Swedish pop group Abba promote their single 'Waterloo' in Copenhagen, Denmark in 1974. (L-R) Bjorn Ulvaeus (Bjorn Ulvaeus), Agnetha Faltskog (Agnetha Faltskog), Anni-Frid Lyngstad, Benny Andersson. (Keystone/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
  • ABBA in the 1970s
    1976: Pop group Abba holding their golden discs. From l to r; Benny Andersson, Agnetha Faltskog, Anni-Frid Lyngstad and Bjorn Ulvaeus. A Swedish group except for Anni-Frid (Frida) who is Norwegian. (Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
  • Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again
    "Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again" releases July 20, 2018. (Universal Pictures)
  • former Steak and Ale building in Bloomington
    This building in Bloomington, Minn., was formerly the Steak and Ale once visited by ABBA's Benny Andersson and members of his band. The Tudor-inspired building now houses a Cowboy Jack's Saloon. (Luke Taylor | MPR)
  • ABBA The Museum in Stockholm, Sweden
    Entrance to ABBA The Museum in Stockholm (Ake E:son Lindman/ABBA The Museum)