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Edward Sharpe And The Magnetic Zeros On World Cafe

Lead singer Alex Ebert discusses identity and his "Edward Sharpe" persona in this session, which also features live performances recorded in Los Angeles.
Alex Ebert, Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros' lead singer, says that "Edward Sharpe" was originally a character that he made up to hide behind. In today's conversation, Ebert says that he and "Edward" have merged, to a certain extent. Still, he says, there's a tension between his invented persona and reality - which is why the cover of the band's latest album, PersonA, displays the name "Edward Sharpe" crossed out.

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