Songs of Love and Horror
An evening of conversation with musician Will Oldham and New Yorker music critic Amanda Petrusich
Tuesday · October 23, 2018
Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 7:30 pmThe Bell House
This event is 21 and over
Join us as we celebrate the publication of Will Oldham’s new book and over thirty years of songwriting
A copy of Songs of Love and Horror is included with each ticket purchase.
*Please note that this event will be mixed seating/standing. Please arrive early for the best seat selection.https://www.thebellhouseny.com/event/1753426/
As a performer, songwriter, and actor, Will Oldham has carved a singular path through the worlds of indie folk and cinema. Now the critically acclaimed, enigmatic artist presents his life’s work: the lyrics to more than two hundred songs spanning the 1980s to the present, each with annotations that impart new meaning to his music.
Oldham’s aphoristic meditations—on death, patience, and turning carelessness into a virtue—are, like his lyrics, profound, earthy, and often funny. They reveal flashes of Oldham’s philosophy, the sources and circumstances that inspired his lyrics, and the literary ambition of his songwriting. Separated from their aural form, Oldham’s lyrics become a new kind of poetry—candid, awkward, and wise—with influences as diverse as Rabindranath Tagore and The Mekons.
A book that will delight his longtime fans and inspire young songwriters, Songs of Love and Horror reveals an artist who has captured extraordinary poetry in music despite being "a stranger among my own language."
The Bell House
149 7th Street
Brooklyn, New York, 11215