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Monday, November 28, 2016

In Context: 50 Song Memoir

Stephin Merritt and his seven-member band celebrate his 50th birthday with two distinct programs of new songs, one for every year of his melodious existence. Context is everything, so get even closer to the production with this curated selection of related articles and videos. After you've attended the show, let us know what you thought by posting in the comments below and on social media using #50SongMemoir.

Program Notes

50 Song Memoir (PDF)


Stephin Merritt: My Life in 15 Songs (Rolling Stone)The songwriter unpacks his personal relationship to 15 of his songs.

Magnetic Fields' New Album Will Be 50 Songs Documenting Stephin Merritt's 50 Years on Earth (Billboard)
An overview of the 50 songs project: the show at BAM, and the forthcoming album from Nonesuch.

Watch & Listen

Photo Album
50 Song Memoir: Stephin Merritt's Home Studio (Facebook)
Earlier this year, we visited Merrit's home studio while he was preparing for the show.

The Magnetic Fields - "The Book of Love" (Live at WFUV) (YouTube)
Stephin Merritt performs The Magnetic Fields’ classic The Book of Love.

Episode 51: The Magnetic Fields (Song Exploder)
“I write songs in bars.” Stephin Merritt explains why he doesn’t remember writing “Andrew in Drag” to the podcast Song Exploder.

The Magnetic Fields To Release 50 New Songs, Hear Five Tracks Now (NPR)Hear five tracks from the forthcoming album and explore the full tracklist on NPR.

Now your turn...

What did you think? Tell us what's on your mind in the comments below and on social media using #50SongMemoir.

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