The 'Strange Powers' of the Magnetic Fields

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Stephin Merritt and Claudia Gonson, of The Magnetic Fields, with John Hockenberry

There’s a new movie hitting theatres this week called “Strange Powers.” It follows a band that, according to the film’s disclaimer, is iconic to some and completely unknown to others.

The band is called The Magnetic Fields. And though they’ve been making albums since 1989, their founding member, Stephin Merritt, is still a mystery to many.

Meritt and Claudia Gonson (who provides vocals and instrumentals for the band, and also serves as the band's manager) join us in studio, to give us a small glimpse into their lives, their music, and the film.

After the jump, an extended version of our studio interview with Merritt and Gonson.

In this extended interview, Stephen Merritt discusses his hearing loss, childhood organ lessons and wanting to meet his father on Oprah.


Claudia Gonson and Stephin Merritt

Produced by:

Jay Cowit and Kristen Meinzer

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If you want to hear more about Stephin Merritt, Claudia Gonson and the Strange Powers documentary take a listen to our podcast interview w/ Director Kerthy Fix

Oct. 27 2010 06:33 AM

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