MAMMA MIA! How Can I Resist You? is the story of a phenomenon in pop music – ABBA not only revolutionised pop music in the 70s but also became an entertainment industry phenomenon with sold out shows and now a box office smash hit film.
 
 

Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus, whose song writing and production genius was the mainspring of ABBA's success, have collaborated on this book with the team who created MAMMA MIA!.

Together they describe, with wit and insight, how ABBA's songs – from 'Waterloo' and 'Dancing Queen' to 'The Winner Takes It All' and 'Super Trouper' – emerged to capture the mood of their own times and the spirit of an era, and later provided the inspiration for the stage show.

 

And MAMMA MIA!’s global producer and creator Judy Craymer – along with writer Catherine Johnson, director Phyllida Lloyd and all the principal creatives – relates the roller-coaster saga of the show.

This is a classic theatrical tale, full of drama, setbacks and, ultimately, overwhelming success. Alongside the text, the book features carefully selected images from both ABBA’s and MAMMA MIA!’s central archives, and from the photographers who recorded the group on stage, off stage and in the studio.

MAMMA MIA! How Can I Resist You? represents an opening of the backstage door, offering a fresh glimpse into the original creative process, which will trigger a flood of fond memories. For MAMMA MIA! audiences the book is not only a memento of the show but a chance – especially for those who weren’t alive to dance to ABBA’s music the first time around – to learn more about the songs behind the show and about the people behind the songs. 

This paperback edition ends the story with insights into MAMMA MIA! THE MOVIE and features fascinating interviews with those involved, plus loads of great photos from the set.

Through the stories, recollections and reflections of ABBA, intertwined with the commentary and observations of the MAMMA MIA! team and the inside look at the film, this book is one for all ABBA and MAMMA MIA! fans.

MAMMA MIA!'s real-life Dynamos: Judy Craymer, Catherine Johnson
and Phyllida Lloyd
 
MAMMA MIA's original London Dynamos: Louise Plowright, Siobhán McCarthy and Jenny Galloway
 
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