Please help me fund a beautiful printed poster about my friends Theresa & Jeremy as an accompaniment to my album "The Last Seduction."
Hi. Baron von Luxxury is my fake name. On July 10 2007, my friend Theresa Duncan committed suicide. A week later her boyfriend, Jeremy Blake took his own life as well.
They were like an older sister and brother to me.
My new album The Last Seduction, which is about them, was originally called The Lovely Theresa, and had this picture I took of Theresa as the album cover:
But I didn't want it to seem like I was exploiting their deaths. So I changed the title and the cover to something less explicit.
However I recently learned that there's talk of a movie being made. Bret Easton Ellis wrote a script based on a Vanity Fair feature about them called "The Golden Suicides." I've heard Ryan Gosling wants to play Jeremy, and they are looking at Angelina Jolie for Theresa. Now of course I understand why the story appeals to Hollywood: they were 2 beautiful people who made art; there's a subplot involving Beck and Scientology; and of course there's that Romeo and Juliet ending.
So before they turn into one dimensional suicide icons through this movie, I wanted to tell my side of the story. Of the twelve years I knew them as real, three dimensional people.
I found every physical object I could that was connected to them: photos, letters, books theresa gave me, ticket stubs for things we did. Then I sat down and wrote about them, and posted a piece of the story to http://lovelytheresa.tumblr.com three times a day for three weeks. I soon realized that this felt like the right way to tell the story and to connect it to the music it inspired.
Now I want to turn the entire project - the music & the story - into a tangible experience, a physical object that can be appreciated outside of screens - something you can touch.
This Kickstarter project is to fund the publication of a beautifully designed poster based on the 64 entries posted at the Tumblr. It will essentially be a printed version of that web site, and will go along with a limited edition vinyl version of my album The Last Seduction. I feel like this pairing of music and a tangible printed object with words and images is the best way i can preserve the memory of Theresa and Jeremy as two friends of mine, not just myths in the making.
A pledge of only $25 is essentially pre-ordering the limited edition poster, and for a few dollars more there are lots of other nice things including my full length album The Last Seduction on vinyl, signed CDs, remixes, there's even a limited edition silkscreen i made of my hero, Jeff Lynne from ELO.
So please select one of the pledge levels on the right side of this page, and don't forget to Tweet & post on Facebook about your contribution to this project so other people will know how generous you are.
THANK YOU. I LOVE YOU ALL.
- Baron von Luxxury
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Jul 16, 2012 - Aug 15, 2012 (30 days)
Pledge $5 or more
Thank you, every dollar helps! Download all of my remixes & re-edits (Glass Candy, Austra, HEALTH, Little Boots etc, 2 hours of music) immediately.Estimated delivery: Aug 2012
Pledge $10 or more
Download The Last Seduction (full length debut on Manimal) immediately. + Download a bonus album of instrumentals from that album (not available in stores) immediately. + I'll Tweet or post on Facebook a thank you - to you! + ALL ABOVE (BvL remixes & re-edits)Estimated delivery: Aug 2012
Pledge $25 or more
Limited edition "Lovely Theresa" poster/zine (signed & numbered) + ALL ABOVE (digital album, BvL remixes & re-edits, thanks Tweet/FB)Estimated delivery: Dec 2012
Pledge $40 or more
Limited edition "The Last Seduction" full length album 12" (signed & numbered) + Last Seduction remixes album (featuring Javelin, Chrissy Murderbot, Altair Nouveau, Keenhouse, Loose Shus & many more) + ALL ABOVE (poster, digital album, BvL remixes & re-edits, thanks Tweet/FB)Estimated delivery: Dec 2012
Pledge $50 or more
Signed digipack CD of "The Last Seduction" with gorgeous 16 page lyrics booklet, + thank you in liner notes for my next album + BvL sticker + ALL ABOVE (poster, vinyl, digital album, remixes album, BvL remixes & re-edits, thanks Tweet/FB)Estimated delivery: Dec 2012
Pledge $100 or more
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A limited silkscreen Lynne poster handmade by BvL (10 signed/numbered) for you + ALL ABOVE (signed CD, thank you, sticker, poster, vinyl, digital album, remixes album, BvL remixes & re-edits, thanks Tweet/FB)Estimated delivery: Dec 2012
Pledge $250 or more
I will do a full live Skype performance for you. One hour of original songs and up to 2 covers that you request! + ALL ABOVE (signed CD, thank you, sticker, poster, vinyl, digital album, remixes album, BvL remixes & re-edits, thanks Tweet/FB; does not include silkscreen)Estimated delivery: Dec 2012
Pledge $500 or more
I will write and record song for/about/topic decided by you. + ALL ABOVE (signed CD, thank you, sticker, poster, vinyl, digital album, remixes album, BvL remixes & re-edits, thanks Tweet/FB; does not include silkscreen or Skype performance)Estimated delivery: Dec 2012
Pledge $1,000 or more
I will play a live show or DJ set in your house or place of business. One hour of original songs and up to 2 covers that you request! (Solo; you pay transport outside of LA) + ALL ABOVE (signed CD, thank you, sticker, poster, vinyl, digital album, remixes album, BvL remixes & re-edits, thanks Tweet/FB; does not include silkscreen, Skype performance or writing of the song)Estimated delivery: Dec 2012