Jarvis Cocker to tell the story of ABBA

Wednesday, November 22, 2017 - 16:49

Jarvis Cocker will be guiding music fans through the fascinating history of ABBA long into the spring, as we’re delighted to confirm the musician, author and BBC Radio 6 Music presenter as the narrator for our immersive exhibition, ABBA: Super Troupers.

The exhibition recreates the extraordinary rise to worldwide fame and lasting legacy of ABBA (Agnetha Fältskog, Björn Ulvaeus, Benny Andersson, and Anni-Frid Lyngstad), set against the shifting socio-economic and political conditions of the time. 

Audiences will be guided by Cocker’s distinctive voice as they are transported on a journey through previously unseen archive material including ABBA’s original costumes, handwritten notes and sketches, personal photographs, music and instruments, plus album artwork, and photography. There will also be film footage from notable collaborators including director Lasse Hallström, who directed all of ABBA’s videos before going onto a highly successful career in film.

I love ABBA. You love ABBA. My love began when my sister bought Arrival in 1976 and played it non-stop for the next six months. What’s your story? Why don’t we meet down at the Southbank Centre to compare notes? I would love that…
Jarvis Cocker

The audio narrative which accompanies the tour through ABBA’s story is written by journalist and documentary-maker Jude Rogers, who has served as music critic for The Guardian and a judge on panels for a number of leading music awards, including the Welsh Music Prize, and Mercury Prize.

Over the years, my love of ABBA has kept brightening and deepening, so I’m delighted to be working on this new exhibition. After all, from the moment my mind was truly alive, ABBA took me in their arms and held me tight – so yes, it means so much to me.
Jude Rogers

ABBA: Super Troupers opens at Southbank Centre on Thursday 14 December and runs until 29 April; booking is required.

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