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My Life As a Fairy Tale (MP3s)

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  • Stephin Merritt, Magnetic Fields Documentary "Strange Powers" Now on DVD

    Strange Powers, the documentary that offers an intimate portrait of Stephin Merritt and The Magnetic Fields, is now available on DVD. Special features include previously unreleased deleted scenes of the band in the studio, on tour, and backstage; official music videos; the official film trailer; and a commentary track with Merritt and band member Claudia Gonson. The New York Daily News gives the film four stars, calling Merritt "one of the greatest American songwriters to emerge in the last two decades."

  • Stephin Merritt, Magnetic Fields Documentary, "Strange Powers," Opens in Theaters

    The new documentary feature Strange Powers: Stephin Merritt and The Magnetic Fields, receives its North American theatrical release at the Film Forum in New York City tonight; the band and the filmmakers will attend. A new Magnetic Fields exhibition opens at Other Music in Manhattan as well. In the coming months, the film will open theaters in Toronto and in cities across the US, including Los Angeles, Austin, San Francisco, Minneapolis, Dallas, and Seattle.

About this Album

My Life as a Fairy Tale, a plotless show based on the writings of Hans Christian Andersen, features music and lyrics by Stephin Merritt. Co-produced by Lincoln Center Festival and the Hans Christian Andersen 2005 Foundation and directed by Chen Shi-Zheng, with book by Erik Ehn, the show received its world premiered at the Lincoln Center Festival, July 2005.


Blair Brown: Mother
Mia Maestro: Mermaid, Matchstick Girl, Mechanical Bird
Qian Yi: Jenny Lind, Nightingale
Mary Lou Rosato: Shadow
Fiona Shaw: Poet

Charles Giordano: Accordion
Douglas Quint: Bassoon
Pinky Weitzman: Stroh violin
Min Xiao-Fen: Electric pipa

Musical Director: Kimberly Grigsby

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