Nonesuch Releases Magnetic Fields’ ’50 Song Memoir’ — A Musical Exploration Of Composer Stephin Merritt’s Life!
Nonesuch Records releases the Magnetic Fields’ ’50 Song Memoir,’ a five-CD / five-LP set chronicles the 50 years of songwriter Stephin Merritt’s life with one song per year. ’50 Song Memoir’ was produced by Stephin Merritt with additional production by Thomas Bartlett and Charles Newman, and includes an extensive interview by Daniel Handler and facsimile handwritten lyrics by Merritt, and as a standalone bound book with a full-album download card.
Merritt began recording on his 50th birthday: February 9, 2015. Unlike his previous work, the lyrics on 50 Song Memoir are nonfiction—in Merritt’s words, “a mix of autobiography (bedbugs, Buddhism, buggery) and documentary (hippies, Hollywood, hyperacusis).”
As he says in the album’s liner note interview with Handler, “I am the least autobiographical person you are likely to meet. I will probably not write any more true songs after this than I did before, but it’s been interesting working on it.”
To date, Stephin Merritt has written and recorded eleven Magnetic Fields albums, including the popular and critically acclaimed 69 Love Songs. A song from that record, “The Book of Love,” has been covered by Peter Gabriel and has appeared in numerous TV shows and films; notably, the Nairobi Chamber Orchestra performed the song at an official state dinner in Kenya, before Presidents Barack Obama and Uhuru Kenyatta delivered their toasts.