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Stephin Merritt & The Magnetic Fields
Fifty Song Memoir

Stephin Merritt has been called “a contrarian pop genius” (The New York Times). With his intricate lyrics and distinctive languid bass voice, Merritt is a true original of the musical world. After more than a decade spent recording and performing offbeat orchestral indie-pop, his group The Magnetic Fields came into its own in 1999 with 69 Love Songs, their witty and mordant encyclopedia of an album released on Merge Records.

In the spirit of 69 Love Songs and i (likewise a catalog record), Merritt created his new 50 Song Memoir for Nonesuch. He began recording on his fiftieth birthday, writing an autobiographical song for each year of his life so far, from his first breath in 1965 to the present day. On a Carolina Theatre stage littered with fifty years’ worth of artifacts musical (reel-to-reel tape decks, newly-invented instruments) and decorative (tiki bar, shag carpet), Merritt and six other musicians bring this grand experiment of theatrical introspection to life over two nights, offering twenty-five years’ worth of songs each night.

Photo by Catalina Kulczar
Please note: Each performance will be a separate program; so that the whole album — 50 Song Memoir — will be performed over two nights:
Night One: Songs 1-25, Night Two: Songs 26-50.

Because of Ticketmaster’s exclusive agreement with the Carolina Theatre, Duke Performances’ co-presentation of Stephin Merritt & The Magnetic Fields is excluded from Pick-Four discounts.

Duke students may purchase $10 student tickets to Stephin Merritt & The Magnetic Fields through the Duke University Box Office in the Bryan Center.

  • Tue, Mar 21, 2017 at 8:00pm
  • Wed, Mar 22, 2017 at 8:00pm
Carolina Theatre of Durham