A debut album for Mink Stole and her Wonderful Band -- a memoir of her life in songs written by other people.
ABOUT THE PROJECT
Do Re MiNK (working title) is my first CD, a kind of memoir of my life in songs written by other people, some of whom were part of the Los Angeles incarnation of my Wonderful Band. Some of them I’ve been performing for years, some I found more recently; all of them I love. My Wonderful Band is now in its Baltimore incarnation.
ABOUT THE MONEY
The money goes to the songwriters, to the musicians, to paying for rehearsal studio time and recording studio time, and the recording engineer. I also need to hire a professional to make sure have all the rights I need to the music and everthing is legal. There are the costs of the cover art, the printing, and the pressing of the discs. Plus, there are always surprise expenses that I can’t foresee. If we are lucky enough to make more than our goal, I’d love to bring my California musicians east to join my Baltimore musicians on at least one or two tracks.
When you pledge your support, you can count yourself among my very best friends. You get cool stuff and my eternal thanks. You will be kept in the loop as to the progress of the CD and will know that you have been part of making a dream come true.
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This is how it all began -- me on stage at The Gauntlet, in the Silver Lake section of Los Angeles, singing my heart out and having the time of my life. I knew that from then on, music would be a major part of my life.
IN THE WAY BACK
Live onstage in 1972 at the Palace Theater in San Francisco, performing No Nose Nanook in Vice Palace. Also in that show were Divine, and, of course, the amazing, legendary Cockettes. This was such a great experience for me that I have to include this song on the CD.
NEW BEGINNING IN BALTIMORE
This is the poster for the first show I did after moviing back home, with the Baltimore edition of my Wonderful Band, As you can tell, I'm fond of that photo.
Anyone in the world can pledge. The amounts pledged must be in U.S. dollars, but Amazon can do the conversion. We have gotten pledges from the U.K., Australia, Japan, and other countries.
pledged of $12,000 goal
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Jun 8, 2011 - Jul 31, 2011
Pledge $5 or more
A "Thank You" on minkstole.com, plus a download of your choice of one track from the CD immediately after its release. Also, Mink will follow you on Twitter.
Pledge $10 or more
The same as for the $5 pledge, plus your choice of an additional two tracks for a total of three downloads from the CD immediately after its release.
Pledge $15 or more
GET IT FIRST! The same as for the $5 pledge, except you get to download the entire CD before its official release.
Pledge $20 or more
PLAIN AND SIMPLE. A physical copy of the CD, mailed directly to your home immediately after its release.
Pledge $25 or more
A physical copy of the CD, sent in the mail immediately after its release, plus a personal Thank You phone call from Mink. Mink promises she will never give your phone number to anyone else, even if they beg. Or offer money.
Pledge $35 or more
AN EVEN BETTER WAY TO GET IT FIRST! An autographed copy of the CD, sent in the mail before its release, plus a handwritten "Thank You" card from Mink.
Pledge $50 or more
An autographed copy of the CD sent in the mail immediately after its release, and a personalized autographed film still from the selection available on minkstole.com, or an autographed copy of the CD and Mink's autograph on any item you already own. (For your personal items, you pay postage over $7.00.)
Pledge $75 or more
HOT PICK! A copy of the CD, sent in the mail after its release, plus a pair of Mink's famous hand-crocheted potholders in the colors of your choice (subject to availability). Approximately 7" square, these are three-ply cotton, washable, and, if you don't burn them, will last a very long time. Can also be framed.
Pledge $100 or more
An autographed, signed and numbered copy of a limited edition of the CD, hand-pressed just for Kickstarter donors.
Pledge $150 or more
A copy of the CD, sent in the mail, plus Mink will learn to text, and will text ten people of your choice, telling them what a great person you are and how much she likes you (or anything else you want her to say -- even Taffy's line from "Female Trouble" about not sucking . . . ).
Pledge $200 or more
An autographed copy of the CD plus a 20-minute Skype session with Mink. Bring your friends!
Pledge $300 or more
An autographed copy of the CD, plus Mink will record the outgoing mesage of your choice on your phone or answering machine. Includes 3 updates within a one-year period for a total of three outgoing messages. Or you can get one outgoing message for yourself, and give the other two to friends.
Pledge $1,000 or more
Mink will marry you. That is, in her official capacity as the Reverend Nancy Paine Stoll of the Universal Life Church, Mink will officiate at your wedding. (Within 200 miles of Baltimore or you pay travel expenses.) If you cannot be legally married, Mink will officiate at your Commitment Ceremony.
Pledge $2,500 or more
Mink and her Wonderful Band will play the CD for you live in your home or the venue of your choice. If it's during the holidays, they will also include music from their Christmas show (subtitled "Christmas music you're not sick of yet"). (Must be within 200 miles of Baltimore and subject to availability.)