9 Mar 2005
Merritt's music for My Life as a Fairy Tale 
Stephin Merritt (The 6ths, The Magnetic Fields, Future Bible Heroes, Gothic Archies) has written the music for a new musical play about the life of Hans Christian Andersen. The show, which is based on the book by Erik Ehn, is entitled 'My Life as a Fairy Tale' and will be directed by Chen Shi-Zheng when it makes its world premiere as part of the Lincoln Center Festival this summer.

Wednesday 27 July 2005
Gerald W. Lynch Theater at John Jay College

Stephin Merritt (official) at houseoftomorrow.com

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In the grey days of late 1970s post-punk Manchester, youth culture was a serious affair: every musical performance was measured mostly by the conviction of its delivery. The term 'New Wave' opened up free vistas where acquired skills could once again be exercised after punk's monochrome blur. It could be applied to anything from a James 'Blood' Ulmer record to the latest Throbbing Gristle release, Magazine to Swell Maps. Move outside that terrain into Sun Ra, Parliament, Frank Sinatra and Martin Denny, and your options were suddenly without limit...

Then came Tony Wilson's Factory Club (at the Russell Club in Hulme) offering an open invitation to experiment that was taken up when Ken Hollings, Howard Walmsley, Eddie Sherwood and a few others decided to make some noise to accompany their 16mm silent epic Biting Tongues. A further performance followed a few weeks later, when Colin Seddon and Graham Massey disbanded their Post Natals project and joined up. The film itself, a flashing series of negative images, became a memory; the name remained.

- extract from the LTM Biting Tongues biography

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