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The Untold Tale of a Computer Giant 
with never before revealed true stories of how a huge
corporation was mismanaged from Hero to Zero
The Untold Tale of a Computer Giant with never before revealed true stories of how a huge corporation was mismanaged from Hero to Zero
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At £45K - The Commodore Story - Changing the world 8-bits at a time 

We have an awesome new stretch goal!! If the campaign reaches £45K then each pledger will get a download link to watch the brand new film, 'The Commodore Story - Changing the world 8-bits at a time'.

At £35K - all books will be signed by myself.

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Hello good people - fellow Commodorians and Amiga fans around the globe.

It is with great pleasure that I present you this opportunity for the very first time ever, to get a genuine insider's view of what happened to Commodore on a worldwide basis during the tumultuous years from 1983 (it was shortly after this time that Jack Tramiel was unwillingly ousted from the company) right through to 1994 when Commodore International declared Bankruptcy and to August 1995 when Commodore UK finally ceased trading.

During this period many products which nobody asked for were produced, and products which were desperately needed were canned mid development.

 The book will come in hardback format with high quality interior paper and will be 236 pages in length.

The book will contain many, many stories (I assure you everything I tell you is true) - in fact I am requesting several other former Commodore employees to write their versions of what happened - so you do not get only my perspective - in this way you can be sure everything in the book is "the real deal". 

Littered throughout my story will be lots of funny tales, that should make you laugh and also many very sad tales that will upset you and certainly many stories that will make you (as fans of the products) very angry. Oh what might have been! 

I also assure you that there will be some people who will end up very red faced over the revelations that come out in my book. The fact of the matter is I do not care in the least about upsetting anybody. It is time ladies and gentlemen that THE TRUTH COMES OUT.

Please support this Kickstarter - after all this is all just for you - to put the record straight once and for all. 

As fans of these amazing products and brilliant technology you deserve to be given the whole picture. 

Not only about what happened - but even more important what may have been - if we had not been controlled by selfish greedy and illogical people and then bought by others who were seemingly even worse - very hard to believe and a bitter pill to have to swallow. 

I seriously thank you in advance - you can make this vision of bringing the true story out into the open a reality - and I am confident you will deliver. 

The cover of the book was designed by C64 graphics legend, Steven Day or STE'86 as many fans know him. The cover itself will be in matt with the Commodore logo embossed, and spot varnished.

 

 

 

Signed C64 book by Fusion Retro Books

The book will be the paperback version and signed by myself and Chris Wilkins, its author.

Signed Amiga book by Fusion Retro Books  

The book will be the paperback version and signed by myself and Chris Wilkins, its author.

 

 

Name : Fusion Retro Books
Website : http://www.fusionretrobooks.com

Name : The Retro Hour Podcast
Website : http://www.theretrohour.com/

 

Name : Indie Retro News  
Website : http://www.indieretronews.com/

Name : Retro Games Collector
Website : www.retrogamescollector.com/

 And on Twitter:
@Lord_Arse

Risks and challenges

I am in a very good place in my life at the moment, and this project has been a wish of mine to complete for quite some time.
To be honest having witnessed the passing of so many of my musical icons over the last year and a half, and as most of them were around my age, I decided that now has to be the right time to bring this project to the table, in case I am not around for much longer myself.

So I guess the only possible risk I can see to not achieving this goal is if something happens to me health wise before I am able to complete the project.
I am planning to have the book finished and ready for delivery by November - in time to make an excellent Christmas present - either for yourselves or for a loved one.

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    Audio Book

    The whole story chapter by chapter read out by Dan from The Retro Hour Podcast.

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    E-BOOK - Downloadable - (Kindle etc.)

    The whole story chapter by chapter as per the book - but please remember to select the version to suit your E-Book Reader PDF Version has the photos and images etc.

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    Hardback Book

    Hardback fully bound book with many NO HOLDS BARRED stories (all true) about my 12+ years career at Commodore
    From June 1983 to 1990 at CBM UK LTD as Sales & Marketing Director
    From 1990 - January1992 Commodore Electronics Ltd Basle Switzerland General Manager - responsible for 37 countries.
    From January 1992 - December 1992 Commodore Inc. (USA Sales company) Vice President Consumer products.
    January 1993 - August 30th 1995 Managing Director CBM UK Ltd.

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    Hardback fully bound book with many NO HOLDS BARRED stories (all true) about my 12+ years career at Commodore
    From June 1983 to 1990 at CBM UK LTD as Sales & Marketing Director
    From 1990 - January1992 Commodore Electronics Ltd Basle Switzerland General Manager - responsible for 37 countries.
    From January 1992 - December 1992 Commodore Inc. (USA Sales company) Vice President Consumer products.
    January 1993 - August 30th 1995 Managing Director CBM UK Ltd.

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    Hardback fully bound book with many NO HOLDS BARRED stories (all true) about my 12+ years career at Commodore
    From June 1983 to 1990 at CBM UK LTD as Sales & Marketing Director
    From 1990 - January1992 Commodore Electronics Ltd Basle Switzerland General Manager - responsible for 37 countries.
    From January 1992 - December 1992 Commodore Inc. (USA Sales company) Vice President Consumer products.
    January 1993 - August 30th 1995 Managing Director CBM UK Ltd.

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    Hardback Book + Audio Book

    Hardback Book + Audio Book

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    E- Book + Hardback Book + Music CD

    Hardback fully bound book with many NO HOLDS BARRED stories (all true) from my 12+ years career at Commodore
    From June 1983 to 1990 at CBM UK LTD as Sales & Marketing Director
    From 1990 - January 1992 Commodore Electronics Ltd Basle Switzerland General Manager - responsible for 37 countries.
    From January 1992 - December 1992 Commodore Inc. (USA Sales company) Vice President Consumer products.
    January 1993 - August 30th 1995 Managing Director CBM UK Ltd.
    Also contributions from other Commodore employees, and important people associated with Commodore - giving their versions of the many stories and events during Commodore's incredibly tumultuous journey.

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    • E-Book (as described in Pledge 1)
    • Audio CD "Everybody's Girlfriend" 14 tracks real music
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    E- Book + Hardback Book + Music CD

    Hardback fully bound book with many NO HOLDS BARRED stories (all true) from my 12+ years career at Commodore
    From June 1983 to 1990 at CBM UK LTD as Sales & Marketing Director
    From 1990 - January 1992 Commodore Electronics Ltd Basle Switzerland General Manager - responsible for 37 countries.
    From January 1992 - December 1992 Commodore Inc. (USA Sales company) Vice President Consumer products.
    January 1993 - August 30th 1995 Managing Director CBM UK Ltd.
    Also contributions from other Commodore employees, and important people associated with Commodore - giving their versions of the many stories and events during Commodore's incredibly tumultuous journey.

    Includes:
    • E-Book (as described in Pledge 1)
    • Audio CD "Everybody's Girlfriend" 14 tracks real music
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    PLATINUM PLEDGE

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    E-Book - Hardback Book - Audio CD Everybody's Girlfriend (celebration in music of 10 years of the Amiga)

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    • Exclusive brand new Blu Ray 1 hour interview with David Pleasance
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    Hardback + C64 book (both signed)

    Hardback Book + C64 book (both signed)

    Hardback fully bound book with many NO HOLDS BARRED stories (all true) about my 12+ years career at Commodore
    From June 1983 to 1990 at CBM UK LTD as Sales & Marketing Director
    From 1990 - January1992 Commodore Electronics Ltd Basle Switzerland General Manager - responsible for 37 countries.
    From January 1992 - December 1992 Commodore Inc. (USA Sales company) Vice President Consumer products.
    January 1993 - August 30th 1995 Managing Director CBM UK Ltd.

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    Hardback + Amiga book (both signed)

    Hardback Book + Amiga book (both signed)

    Hardback fully bound book with many NO HOLDS BARRED stories (all true) about my 12+ years career at Commodore
    From June 1983 to 1990 at CBM UK LTD as Sales & Marketing Director
    From 1990 - January1992 Commodore Electronics Ltd Basle Switzerland General Manager - responsible for 37 countries.
    From January 1992 - December 1992 Commodore Inc. (USA Sales company) Vice President Consumer products.
    January 1993 - August 30th 1995 Managing Director CBM UK Ltd.

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    Hardback+C64 +Amiga book (all signed)

    Hardback Book + Amiga book and C64 (all signed)

    Hardback fully bound book with many NO HOLDS BARRED stories (all true) about my 12+ years career at Commodore
    From June 1983 to 1990 at CBM UK LTD as Sales & Marketing Director
    From 1990 - January1992 Commodore Electronics Ltd Basle Switzerland General Manager - responsible for 37 countries.
    From January 1992 - December 1992 Commodore Inc. (USA Sales company) Vice President Consumer products.
    January 1993 - August 30th 1995 Managing Director CBM UK Ltd.

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    SUPER PLATINUM PLEDGE

    Unique opportunity to join David for dinner during one of these Industry events –

    Gamescom Cologne 22nd – 26th August
    Play Expo Manchester UK 14TH – 15TH
    October - Amiga 32 Neuss Germany October 27th (evening before the event on 28th)

    Also can arrange other UK locations – London – Cambridge etc. By mutual agreement.

    STRICTLY LIMITED PLACES

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