Bauhaus man writes musical play based on life of Edie Sedgwick

David J's 'Silver For Gold' set for LA premiere

Goth legend David J has written a musical play based on the life of Edie Sedgwick.

The Bauhaus bassist who also co-founded Love & Rockets told NME.COM that his conversations with people who knew the troubled star such as Velvet Underground bassist John Cale and Beck‘s mother Bibbe Hansen, helped inspire the idea and direction of ‘Silver For Gold’, which begins a two-week Los Angeles run on March 6.

“I sat down with John Cale and picked his brain, as well as Bibbe Hansen who knew Edie in her Factory days,” explained David J, referring to artist Andy Warhol‘s Factory studio in 1960s New York where he shot several films starring the late Sedgwick.


“I went through archives about Edie, and her drawings and films gave me a real insight,” he said.

“When I was writing (the play) it was if she was around as a spirit — it was very strange. I had never experienced anything like it. I felt a distinct presence, so I guess she was the archetypal muse.”

The play, which runs at the Met Theatre in Hollywood March 6-16, features an original musical score written and performed live by David J and a four-piece band. J said he plans to release the soundtrack on CD.

“The play puts her life in mythic terms — Edie is seen as Persephone and it chronicles her journey into the underworld, which is New York. Warhol is there as Hades and Bob Dylan is Orpheus.”

Sedgwick was linked to Dylan during his 1960s heyday and is rumoured to have been one of the inspirations behind Dylan‘s classic 1966 album ‘Blonde On Blonde’.

Edie was very damaged but the angle of the play is very sympathetic,” said J, who hopes to stage the play in New York following its Los Angeles run.


–By our Los Angeles staff.

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