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Thursday, September 21 • 12:00 - 12:30
The ABCs of ABBA

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When Sweden's ABBA burst onto the international pop music scene in 1974 with “Waterloo,” few outside of their native land realized that every member of the group had been a star in Sweden in their own right, and collectively had more than thirty years experience in pop music. The group was viewed as a lucky and not very original one- off novelty success from a country that was a pop music backwater. Although ABBA's music has endured and appreciation of them is far greater now, their success is still treated as an inexplicable singularity in pop music, with little understanding of what set them apart. This presentation will examine the early years of the group's members in Sweden's busy and varied music scene of the 1960s, and show how their assimilation and fusion of American and European pop, rock folk and classical styles in that decade led to their international breakthrough of the 1970s, using period audio and video of the four individual members of ABBA as well as other key Scandinavian, English, European and American artists of the time.

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Lynn Johnson

e.tv Pty Ltd., e.tv Pty Ltd.
Library systems manager for 10 years at e.tv, South Africa's first independent, free to air, terrestrial television station and home of eNCA, South Africa's first 24 hour broadcast news service. Work with digital asset managements systems that manages news and programme content and... Read More →

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Matthew Barton

Curator of Recorded Sound, Library of Congress
Matthew Barton has been at the Library of Congress since 2003. Since 2008, he has been Curator of Recorded Sound at the Library of Congress' Packard Campus for Audiovisual Conservation in Culpeper, VA. Before coming to the Library of Congress, he served as staff editor and production... Read More →

Thursday September 21, 2017 12:00 - 12:30 CEST
Ethnologisches Museum, Room 1 (Auditorium, off the Lower Foyer) Lansstraße 8, Berlin, Germany