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Watch: Natalie Merchant Unveils "Lulu" Video Featuring Silent-Film Star Louise Brooks

  • Friday, May 16, 2014
    Watch: Natalie Merchant Unveils "Lulu" Video Featuring Silent-Film Star Louise Brooks

    Natalie Merchant: "Lulu" feat. Louise Brooks from "Pandora's Box" (1929)

    Natalie Merchant is in London this week following the release of her new, self-titled album on Nonesuch Records. She gave two sold-out shows at Milton Court Concert Hall and has appeared on BBC radio (Radio 2's Weekend Wogan and Radio 4's Front Row) and television, including a live performance on BBC Two's Later ... with Jools Holland Tuesday and a spot on tonight's hour-long episode of the show. Last night, she joined The School of Life founder and philosopher Alain de Botton for a public conversation about her new album.

    During last night's event, Merchant unveiled a new video for the album track "Lulu." The video features film excerpts from Pandora's Box, the 1929 silent film directed by G.W. Pabst and starring Louise Brooks, the subject of the song.

    "By writing 'Lulu,' I tried to compress her colossal life into a few verses of a song," says Merchant. "She was such an intelligent, sensuous woman, and intuitive artist born years before her time. She was hedonistic and unapologetic, headstrong and impulsive. She rose to dizzy heights of international stardom and fell into a life of hand to mouth subsistence and seclusion only to be rediscovered and revived again before her death."

    Watch the video below.

    Natalie Merchant returns to Milton Court in London this Sunday for another sold-out concert, this time joining label mates Sam Amidon, Olivia Chaney, and Kronos Quartet as part of the Barbican’s Explorations Weekend celebrating Nonesuch Records' 50th anniversary.

    To pick up a copy of Natalie Merchant, head to iTunes or the Nonesuch Store, where CD orders include a download of the complete album at checkout.


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on May 15, 2014 - 6:01pm
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Natalie Merchant joined The School of Life founder and philosopher Alain de Botton for a public conversation about her new, self-titled album, last night in London. During the event, she unveiled a new video for the album track "Lulu." The video features film excerpts from Pandora's Box, the 1929 silent film directed by G.W. Pabst and starring Louise Brooks, the subject of the song. Watch it here. Merchant returns to Later ... with Jools Holland tonight on BBC Two.

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Natalie Merchant is in London this week following the release of her new, self-titled album on Nonesuch Records. She gave two sold-out shows at Milton Court Concert Hall and has appeared on BBC radio (Radio 2's Weekend Wogan and Radio 4's Front Row) and television, including a live performance on BBC Two's Later ... with Jools Holland Tuesday and a spot on tonight's hour-long episode of the show. Last night, she joined The School of Life founder and philosopher Alain de Botton for a public conversation about her new album.

During last night's event, Merchant unveiled a new video for the album track "Lulu." The video features film excerpts from Pandora's Box, the 1929 silent film directed by G.W. Pabst and starring Louise Brooks, the subject of the song.

"By writing 'Lulu,' I tried to compress her colossal life into a few verses of a song," says Merchant. "She was such an intelligent, sensuous woman, and intuitive artist born years before her time. She was hedonistic and unapologetic, headstrong and impulsive. She rose to dizzy heights of international stardom and fell into a life of hand to mouth subsistence and seclusion only to be rediscovered and revived again before her death."

Watch the video below.

Natalie Merchant returns to Milton Court in London this Sunday for another sold-out concert, this time joining label mates Sam Amidon, Olivia Chaney, and Kronos Quartet as part of the Barbican’s Explorations Weekend celebrating Nonesuch Records' 50th anniversary.

To pick up a copy of Natalie Merchant, head to iTunes or the Nonesuch Store, where CD orders include a download of the complete album at checkout.


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Natalie Merchant: "Lulu" feat. Louise Brooks from "Pandora's Box" (1929)

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I love Natalie Merchant's new album, and lover her new song, "Lulu." I also wrote a piece on the Huffington Post about where Merchant's tributes to the actress take their place in the history of such songs, "Natalie Merchant's 'Lulu' Latest Pop Tribute to Silent Film Icon Louise Brooks." 

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