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Film/Music: ‘The Lives of Hamilton Fish’

Multidisciplinary artist Rachel Mason’s album turned surreal rock-opera film The Lives of Hamilton Fish owes its life to coincidence. In January 1936, two men from upstate New York named Hamilton Fish – one a sadistic serial killer, the other a minor statesman – died a day apart. Decades later, while volunteering as an art teacher at Sing Sing Correctional Facility (where killer Fish was executed), Mason discovered their side-by-side obituaries in a newspaper clipping that would spark her self-admitted “obsession” with the Fish men. Catch Masonat Joe’s Pub, where she’ll be performing the full album with her band. 

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The Lives of Hamilton Fish: A ‘Strange In-Between’ of a Rock Opera, Music Video, Art Piece

Rachel Mason (Photo: courtesy of The Lives of Hamilton Fish)

Rachel Mason (Photo: courtesy of The Lives of Hamilton Fish)

Multidisciplinary artist Rachel Mason’s album turned surreal rock-opera film The Lives of Hamilton Fish owes its life to coincidence. In January 1936, two men from upstate New York named Hamilton Fish — one a sadistic serial killer, the other a minor statesman — died a day apart. Decades later, while volunteering as an art teacher at Sing Sing Correctional Facility (where killer Fish was executed), Mason discovered their side-by-side obituaries in a newspaper clipping that would spark her self-admitted “obsession” with the Fish men.

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