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50 Song Memoir is the new album from songwriter Stephin Merritt’s beloved recording project, The Magnetic Fields. This personal album contains fifty songs, one for each year of the artist’s life.
To date, Merritt has written and recorded ten Magnetic Fields albums, including the popular and critically acclaimed album, 69 Love Songs. Unlike Merritt’s previous work, the lyrics on 50 Song Memoir are nonfiction, a mix of autobiography (bedbugs, Buddhism, buggery) and documentary (hippies, Hollywood, hyperacusis).
Performed over two nights, this stage extravaganza is directed by the award-winning Jose Zayas (Love in the Time of Cholera, Aunt Julia and the Scriptwriter).
In concert, the music will be played and sung by seven performers in a stage set featuring fifty years of artifacts both musical (vintage computers, reel-to-reel tape decks, newly invented instruments), and decorative (tiki bar, shag carpet, vintage magazines for the perusal of idle musicians). The seven performers each play seven different instruments, traditional (cello, charango, clavichord) or invented in the last fifty years (Slinky guitar, Swarmatron, synthesizer).
The whole album will be performed over two nights:
Part A (songs 1 - 25) on Thu 7 Sep
Part B (songs 26 - 50) on Fri 8 Sep