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Alix Olson seeks your support in the production of her third spoken word album. Pre-order "Protagonist!" (and other Alix goodies) now!
Alix Olson seeks your support in the production of her third spoken word album. Pre-order "Protagonist!" (and other Alix goodies) now!
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Alix Olson and the Protagonist Project. 

Like most working grassroots artists, I have depended upon the generosity, love and support of my audiences over the years in myriad ways- you have helped carve out space for me to travel, speak, learn, write and perform. My gratitude is boundless, truly. These past 3 1/2 years I have been pursuing a PhD in Political Theory and have been on the road a lot less. I am loving this particular journey but I sure have missed all of you.

The poems I have selected for the forthcoming album Protagonist constitute an assemblage of personal-political reflections on the past five years or so. Some of these pieces, like "Dear Diary" you may have heard at shows while others are brand-new. The point is that ALL but two of them are unrecorded, some not even written down, having been living a nice but very solitary life entirely inside my brain. I have recorded two at this point, "Women are Different" and "Dear 16 Year Old Me" (you'll hear a snippet of the latter behind the video of me talking about this project). BUT I need YOUR help to finish recording and mixing the rest

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and sending them into post-production land! This entails paying other grassroots and freelance artists to play on and produce the tracks, help me design the inside of the album and make copies of Protagonist. I am also planning to do the lyric book version- as I have with my past albums (my serpentine poems just don't fit in a CD booklet as handy as that would be-- I've tried!). So.. I'm reaching out to all of the protagonists in my little corner of the world asking if we can make this project happen together in the next few months. I love these poems and I would love even more to release them into the world to share them with all of you. We have 30 days to raise the funds and then I can hit the studio! Also, check out my new website: http://www.alixolson.com where you can preview one of the new recorded pieces for the album. 

Risks and challenges

Ask any independent artist- or maybe you are one: beginning each new project is a challenge. You have to just sort of hope for that special blend of logistics and magic to make it come together just so. But, with your belief and support (that's where the magic comes in), I have optimism about launching Protagonist. Making these kinds of projects happen, for me, has always been about community.

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    "Protagonist" sticker and a thank you on Alix's website!

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    You (or the recipient of this gift) receive an advance copy of "Protagonist," personally autographed to you with abundant gratitude AND a "Protagonist" sticker AND a thank you on Alix's website!
    **I will send all recipients a little card in time for the holidays if this is a holiday gift. This offer applies to all pledge categories**

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    This category is for those who want more than one personally autographed copy of "Protagonist" (plus stickers and thank you's on Alix's website). Just pledge for however many signed albums you would like @ $20 an album:)

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    You (or the recipient of this gift) receive an advance copy of "Protagonist," personally autographed to you with abundant gratitude
    AND 2 Alix Olson CDs, books or DVDs of your choice (personally autographed to you) AND a Protagonist sticker

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    You (or the recipient of this gift) receive an advance copy of "Protagonist," personally autographed to you with abundant gratitude AND 3 Alix Olson CDs, books or DVDs of your choice (personally autographed to you) AND a Protagonist sticker. Hurray!

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    You (or the recipient of this gift) receive an advance copy of "Protagonist," personally autographed to you with abundant gratitude AND 2 Alix Olson CDs, books or DVDs of your choice (personally autographed to you) AND a Protagonist sticker PLUS a *New* and LIMITED edition "Protagonist" t-shirt (white on charcoal- American Apparel)!!

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    You (or the recipient of this gift) receive ALL of the above: signed CD
    AND the whole signed Alix CD/Book/DVD collection AND a limited edition t-shirt)
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    I will hand-write a poem of your choice- either from Protagonist or from Built Like That or Independence Meal- and sign it to you or the recipient of the gift!

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    ALL of the above
    PLUS (select from two options):
    I will write you a poem on a topic of your choice. The way it works is this: I call or email you, we chat about your topic, I scribe and send to you or a person of your choice. It's a pretty cool thing to do for someone's birthday or as a holiday gift.
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    I will work with you on one of your poems- the way it works is this: You send me your poem, we chat about it over email or the phone and I provide feedback and suggestions!
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    You receive EXECUTIVE PRODUCER credit on "Protagonist" with your name listed in the album!

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