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A beautiful, limited-edition book of Peppi Marchello's beloved & never recorded lyrics with intimate photos from his family's archives.
A beautiful, limited-edition book of Peppi Marchello's beloved & never recorded lyrics with intimate photos from his family's archives.
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PEPPI MARCHELLO: SONGWRITER 

On July 10th, the rock & roll world lost one of its great unsung heroes--the founder, leader and frontman of THE GOOD RATS, the group Rolling Stone Magazine called "the world's greatest unknown band." Peppi Marchello may not have received the international notoriety that fans, critics and fellow musicians believed he'd achieve, but his legion of dedicated fans regard him as one of the finest vocalists, performers, and songwriters of his generation.

In conjunction with the Marchello family, Aardwolf Publishing is proud to present PEPPI MARCHELLO: SONGWRITER, a beautiful book that will collect Peppi's beloved lyrics. For the first time, you'll see his words on page surrounded by intimate photos of Peppi from his family archives. Not only that, you'll also find never-recorded songs, including some Peppi was working on just before he left us. A limited printing of this memorable book will also include memories from Peppi's dedicated fans. It's a book every Good Rats fan will cherish.

Don't miss this special opportunity to participate with Peppi's family in publishing PEPPI MARCHELLO: SONGWRITER. Let's continue putting Peppi's name in lights where it belongs.

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Note: Now that we've reached our funding goal, the book is definitely coming out. Now we will be announcing stretch goals:

Stretch Goal #1

If we hit $10,000 – Everyone who has pledged $75 or more will not only receive everything at that perk level, but will also receive a signed copy of one of Clifford Meth’s fiction collections (where Peppi frequently makes appearances, in one way or another). Yes, we know you didn’t ask for the extra book, but you can also use it as a door-stopper.

More importantly, if we hit $10,000, the book will have an extra 30 pages—even more songs and stories and photos!
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Note: This book is scheduled to ship in March, 2014. Only 1000 numbered copies will constitute the first printing of this limited-edition book. We also plan to have copies available at the Good Rats Reunion Show at BB King's in New York City in March, 2014.

Risks and challenges

Aardwolf Publishing--and Clifford Meth--were proud to have a relationship with Peppi Marchello & The Good Rats for nearly two decades. As such, we are delighted to work with his family to bring you this special book. As all of the songs were already written, it is just a question of bringing our publishing and marketing expertise to this project. The only challenge is time--we want to have everything complete before the Good Rats Reunion Show / Peppi Marchello Tribute at BB Kings in New York City this coming March. And we will!

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  • Then your credit card will not even get charged. And, sadly, this book will not come out. :(
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    For $2 you get our thanks and the knowledge that you backed a great project that will ultimately benefit Peppi Marchello's widow.

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    A signed copy of CONFLICTS OF DISINTEREST, the 1996 collection of fiction by author Clifford Meth with the introduction "A Tale of Two Balls" by Peppi. This book is SIGNED by both Peppi & Clifford.

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    You'll received an advanced copy of the Limited NUMBERED Edition of PEPPI MARCHELLO: SONG WRITER

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    You'll get both a signed copy of CONFLICTS OF DISINTEREST, the 1996 collection of fiction by author Clifford Meth with the introduction "A Tale of Two Balls" by Peppi (SIGNED by both Peppi & Clifford) and you'll also receive an advanced copy of the Limited NUMBERED Edition of PEPPI MARCHELLO: SONG WRITER

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    RAT SPONSOR - Be part of this beautiful book! Your name will be included as a SPONSOR and you will receive an advanced copy of the Limited NUMBERED edition of PEPPI MARCHELLO: SONG WRITER.

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    PEPPI'S PAL - Show that you're really part of the family! You will be recognized in the book as a Sponsor. Even better, you can send us a PHOTO OF YOU & PEPPI to be included in PEPPI MARCHELLO: SONG WRITER. You will also receive an advanced copy of the Limited NUMBERED edition of the book. Quantities of this perk are extremely limited, so if you have a photo with you and Peppi, jump in now!

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    PEPPI'S SERIOUS FAN - Now we're serious. You will be recognized as a Sponsor and you can also SHARE A STORY about Peppi to be included in this beautiful book! Write anything you want about a show you were at, an experience with Peppi, what a particular song or LP meant to you... ANYTHING at all! Of course, we must approve the copy but we're even happy to assist--author Clifford Meth will help you work your piece into something professional and compelling. Limited to 250 words. Let other Rat fans enjoy YOUR treasured memories of Peppi Marchello and the Rats... Of course, you will also receive a Numbered copy of this beautiful tribute... Extremely limited quantities of this opportunity. Don't miss out!

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    PEPPI'S DEDICATED, DIE-HARD RAT BASTID PERK - Get all of the above: the Sponsorship, your photo with Peppi in the book, your story about Peppi published in the book... EVERYTHING! Extremely limited quantities of this opportunity. Please be one of the few and the most dedicated! Remember--it's Peppi's widow Cathy Marchello who benefits from this collection!

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    YOUR VERY OWN *LIVE* GOOD RATS SHOW - Stefan Marchello and THE GOOD RATS will perform a two-hour show for you and your friends. The venue (your home, your yard, your stadium, etc.) must be no more than 100 miles (give or take) from THE GOOD RATS epicenter on Long Island... If you live much farther, contact us (before pledging) and we'll work it out.

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