Strange Powers: Stephin Merritt And The Magnetic Fields

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With his unique gift for memorable melodies, lovelorn lyrics and wry musical stylings that blend classic Tin Pan Alley with modern sounds, Stephin Merritt has distinguished himself as one of contemporary pop's most beloved and influential artists. read more

With his unique gift for memorable melodies, lovelorn lyrics and wry musical stylings that blend classic Tin Pan Alley with modern sounds, Stephin Merritt has distinguished himself as one of contemporary pop's most beloved and influential artists. Both a prolific recording artist and composer of theater and film scores, he performs most famously as the Magnetic Fields, whose 1999 three-disc opus 69 Love Songs is widely considered a masterpiece of traditional songcraft and irresistible synthpop. Ten years in the making, STRANGE POWERS explores Merritt's songwriting and recording process, and focuses on his relationships with his bandmates and longtime manager Claudia Gonson, revealing an artist who has produced one of the most engaging and confounding bodies of work in the contemporary American songbook.

Original Release

10/27/2010

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Cast

Directors

Kerthy Fix, Gail O'Hara

Cast

Producers

Pamela Tanner Boll Executive Producer
Kerthy Fix Executive Producer
Paul Kloss Executive Producer
Gail O'Hara Producer
Alan Oxman Producer

Editors

Sarah Devorkin

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