What was it like to be the Bee Gees' drummer during Saturday Night Fever? Play onstage with Jimi Hendrix? Be admired by Jaco Pastorius?
A Personal Word From Dennis
My name is Dennis Bryon. I’m a fairly simple guy with an extraordinary musical career and I want to tell you about it in an autobiography I have started. I was the drummer for the Bee Gees during their most successful period. Before that, I had a great career as a young Welsh drummer playing in a cool, for the time, R&B band called Amen Corner.
Alan Kendall, Blue Weaver, and I were the “Bee Gee’s Band” through the period of big success, through “Saturday Night Fever” and on until they didn’t need us anymore. I was called back to play on the Barry Gibb and Barbra Streisand “Guilty” project, but after the big tours and hits I basically became a family man with my wife, Jenny. Jenny and Linda Gibb were best friends, so we all remained very close.
My life with Amen Corner and the Bee Gees has put me in situations with celebrities as notable as Jimi Hendrix, The Beatles, Roy Orbison, Pink Floyd, and Jaco Pastorius, just to name a few. If you watch my video, you’ll hear some of my Michael Jackson story, where Barry called me over to his house because he knew I was a big fan of Michael’s, introduced me as his (Barry’s) best friend and then left the room. What Michael said to me I’ll never forget.
In case you don’t know, musicians are usually a “work for hire” which means they get paid for the event, the session or the tour and generally don’t share in the millions, in this case billions, that are made off their records. But the experiences --- the people I’ve met, the things I’ve been through --- experiences are the real gift. I want to share these gifts with you. Your backing me will get me there.
Over the years I have kept every little memento and photograph. One of my hobbies is photography so I was able to get some incredible shots of my experiences along the way. I’ve also recorded original music that has never been released. I’m writing music for a new album right now. I’d love to share all of this with you.
I will be generous with my gifts to my backers. As I write my book and create the new music I will post my progress frequently on the web in a written or video blog so you can come along on this journey with me. I will also send all of my backers “Draft Chapters” which are first-draft copies of a chapter once completed (but not finalized with our editor). Even $5 backers will receive two of these chapters. The chapters I will send out at the $5 donation level are tentatively titled “My Bee Gees Audition” and “My Jimi Hendrix Experience”.
Thank you for listening, reading and backing me. I look forward to keeping you up-to-date on this journey of telling you my life story.
A Word From The Project Manager
My name is Kayte Bryon and I will be editing the first draft of the autobiography. Our goal is to attract the best final editor we can. A top-notch editor may charge as much as $20,000. We need to get the most we can for our money. In order to do this, I intend to hand the editor a very well written first draft. As I write, I will be sharing the draft chapter by chapter with backers who may choose to read and provide me with their own insightful feedback on our soon-to-be-up-and-running blog. I know everyone will point out any typos and things that are missing, and may suggest some dialog by asking questions, too. I know we've got a great story, so if we just treat it like the best-seller it should be, then that's what we will get. This is like writing a book while getting audience feedback.
My prior job experience has been as an indie artist who sold enough music CD’s to quit her day job and tour the US as a full time profession for fifteen years. During that time I read every autobiography of every popular musician I could find, mostly for inspiration. This is why I know that there is no book with this whole story in it. I have known Dennis for over thirteen years. It is amazing how people gather around him at parties to listen--right on the edge of their seats--to his stories.
Time is running out. Saturday Night Fever and the Bee Gees were a cultural phenomenon that has not been fully documented. Unbelievably, Dennis has much more to his story than those sky-high disco years, and that is what makes his story all the more remarkable. He was famous in the UK way before he joined the Bee Gees.
The reason we are doing music along with this book is because this is what we’ve done all of our life, and this is how it’s done these days. Dennis is what is known as a “catalyst”. Whoever puts him on his record ends up with a hit. I can’t wait to see what happens when he makes a record for himself!
--Kayte (Strong) Bryon
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$5 Level (Almost Instant Gratification) •The Dennis Bryon Song “The Way Back Home”, written, recorded, and performed entirely by Dennis (you can hear a small sample of another Dennis Bryon original, "Those Missing Years", at the end of the Kickstarter video) •The First Two Draft Chapters of the Autobiography edited by Kayte Bryon 1. “My Bee Gees Audition” 2. “My Jimi Hendrix Experience” ***All of the above to be delivered electronically once the project is funded***Estimated delivery: Oct 2012
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$20 Level (E-Book Plus First Drafts Hot Off The Press & Free Music) •Electronic Book (delivered upon completion of the final professional edit version) •First Draft Chapters as they are edited by Kayte Bryon delivered via email •Dennis Music Demo Archive, 10 songs written and performed by Dennis over the past three decades newly remastered (in mp3 format)Estimated delivery: Oct 2013
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$50 Level (Music Lover’s Special) Everything from the $20 level, plus: •Brand new 2013 album of music featuring Dennis Bryon. Delivered in mp3 format. •Photos taken from the Bee Gees US and World Tours with captions. Format: .jpg •Original Bee Gees Tour Schedules from 1973 - 1979 including 1977 Saturday Night Fever Recording Itinerary---- as given to the performers in the band (Format: digital scan)Estimated delivery: Oct 2013
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$100 Level (Rock Hard Special) Everything from the $50 level, plus: •Autographed hard copy of the finished book •Autographed hard copy of the new 2013 album. Format: CD •“Dennis Is Back” Promotional T-Shirt •••Please add $10 for International Delivery for addresses outside of the USEstimated delivery: Oct 2013
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$500 Level (Come Play With The Band Special) Everything from the $100 Level, Plus: •Come to Nashville and we’ll put you on the new record. If you can sing we’ll do some gang vocals. If not we’ll have you play percussion. •While you’re performing we’ll film you and put it up on Dennis' YouTube Channel. You’ll go down in history. •••Please add $10 for International Delivery for addresses outside of the USEstimated delivery: Oct 2013
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$750 Level (Drummer Special) Everything from the $100 Level, Plus: •Autographed Cymbal - New Zildjan 18’ Crash •Autographed Drumhead - New Remo 14 Snare - Batter •A pair of autographed drumsticks - New Promark (Size and Brand "5b The Natural") •••Please add $40 for International Delivery for addresses outside of the USEstimated delivery: Nov 2013
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$1000 Level (You Are So Awesome, Thank You Special) Everything from the $500 Level Option 1, plus: •We’ll put YOUR name in the thank you credits on both the CD and the Hardcover Version of the Autobiography •You’ll get an autographed, framed personal letter to frame on your wall from Dennis to thank you for your contribution •••Please add $10 for International Delivery for addresses outside of the USEstimated delivery: Oct 2013
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$5000 Level (I’m A Real Rock Star Promoter) Everything from the $1000 Level, plus: •You will be invited into a private 8 hr recording session in a world class studio here in Nashville where you will watch world-class Nashville musicians create a recording with Dennis, and then: •Dennis will take you out to dinner. •Reservations for the studio session must be made at least 10 days in advance and is subject to change by you only if we can re-book all of the players and the studio successfully. •You have to find your own transportation to and from Nashville, but we'd be more than happy to pick you up at the airport and whisk you off to the recording studio like a the rock star promoter that you are. •••Please add $10 for International Delivery for addresses outside of the USEstimated delivery: Oct 2013
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The Ultimate $10,000 Level (This Song’s For You) Everything from the $5000 level, plus: •Our “team” (includes Dennis) will write and professionally demo for you an original song tailored for you. It can be about anything or anyone you want as long as it isn’t illegal. A dance song, a love song, a fun song. The lyrics can be humorous or deep. •••Please add $10 for International Delivery for addresses outside of the USEstimated delivery: Oct 2013