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About

Greetings friends!

The Ike Willis Book Project is extremely pleased and excited to bring you a once in a lifetime opportunity to become involved with the definitive account detailing a lifetime of memoirs from the man who sang and played guitar with Frank Zappa. This book is being written and directly worked on by Ike Willis himself.  (Click above to get a little more insight directly from Ike!)

A short message from Ike:  

"Howdy friends and fans.  As you have read, we are well into the process of writing and telling my life story.  I knew this day would come but I did not expect it to be so powerful and having so much to do with internet fundraising. I have some really great people who are making this book happen and I just want to thank everyone out there who has supported my music over the years and still comes out to the shows and sends the emails to me daily and all that fun stuff.  There is no doubt, that this book will have something interesting for every type of fan - even the ones who have known me forever.  I have a large number of FZ alumni and family members who have contributed to the interviews and we spend plenty of time talking about how many of the most famous songs originated.  This is your chance to support this project ahead of it's publishing and you can earn some really great keepsakes and fun stuff as well.  We are also sending out a special gift to the first 100 backers so time is of the essence this time around.  Thanks again for your continued support and get ready for "the real" Ike Willis book!!!"

Meeting Frank:

Ike worked on the student stage crew when FZ played at Washington University and ended up informally auditioning back stage in Frank's dressing room(Click the video above to hear more!).   Six months later he received a call in his dorm room from FZ asking him to come out to L.A. and formally audition for his band when the semester ended. Ike flew out to L.A. in the summer of 1978 and found himself in the studio with his favorite band in the world. 

"Being in the rehearsal with all the guys came very naturally for the most part, but it all happened so fast I didn't have time to be nervous or starstruck.  There was way too much material to learn and I definitely did not want to let Pops down."

Over the next 15 years he would share the stage with Frank Zappa and legendary band members such as; Steve Vai, Ray White, Tommy Mars, Vinnie Colaiuta, The Fowler Brothers Ed Mann, Arthur Barrow and Bobby Martin & Napoleon Murphy Brock. Ike is featured on a number of classic albums including Joe's Garage, Tinseltown Rebellion, You Are What You Is, Them or Us and Shut Up & Play Yer Guitar.

The book and what is in it:

Ike has always wanted to write a book detailing some of his favorite experiences and memories... and he certainly has a lot of them! The Ike Willis Book Project has complied over 25 hours of interviews with Ike and his wife over the past 6 months at his home in Los Angeles. Additionally, we are currently in the process of incorporating further interviews, stories and anecdotes from friends and the band members fans have loved throughout the years.

The interviews we have are truly fantastic! There are so many exclusive, amazing stories about Ike's life and his career with FZ that have never been told before. Chapters in the book include:

· Ike's family history & upbringing
· The making of Joe's Garage
· Commentary from many members of the FZ band and post FZ-bands
· Memories of individual shows and tours
· Stories of interesting fan behavior
· Recording, producing and engineering of albums

Ike's story reads like the ultimate American Dream:

Mr. Issac “Ike” Willis was born in 1955 in St. Louis, MO. Growing up an academic prodigy in a working class family whose ancestors were slaves from Africa, Ike attended boarding school in Georgia on a scholarship and then Washington University in his native St. Louis. He formed his first rock and roll band at a young age, but it was after he saw the Beatles on Ed Sullivan and heard Zappa's Freak Out in 1965 that he knew music was his true calling.

Ike and Frank Zappa fans will not want to miss this book! Help us make it happen and you can be a permanent part of the Ike Willis Book Project!

The funding for this project will enable us to cover all the costs associated with publishing the book in hardcover and e formats.  We expect the book to be over 300 pages and include a variety of rare photos as well as quoted contributions from a number of FZ alumni and family members.

We invite you to donate to The Ike Willis Book Project and become a part of rock & roll history... forever!

Thank you so much in advance,

Ike & The Project Scrutinizer Team

www.TheProjectScrutinizer.com

info@TheProjectScrutinizer.com

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    All of the above PLUS: A thank you phone call from Ike and 4 VIP tickets to an Ike concert of your choice (dates/avail not guaranteed and must be booked in advance. If you cannot attend a live concert we will send you a live recording of a concert with personalized autographs and letter).

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    All of above plus 10 free tickets to an Ike Willis performance of your choice (travel not included). There will be an informal meet and greet with Ike and the rest of the band (dates/avail not guaranteed and must be booked in advance. If you cannot attend a live concert we will send you a recording with personalized autographs and letter). All 10 tickets do not have to be for the same show so you could see 10 shows for free if you so choose.

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    All of above plus a personal visit from Ike Willis at a mutually agreed upon destination (Near LA, NYC, Chicago is best) and 5 total copies of the book personally autographed to anyone you choose. Ike will actually take the time to come and see you and shoot the breeze, take photos, answer questions, and with a $1500 donation: HE WILL BUY YOU A ROUND OF DRINKS!!! *Ike will be accompanied by his manager at all functions.

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    All of the above PLUS an expense paid weekend in LA with Ike as your tour guide (travel to LA not included). Ike will take you on a guided tour visiting some of the most famous sites and studios in Hollywood including the Zappa residence and other random/relevant local sites. And of course, you will get to "crank some Frank!" *Ike will be accompanied by his manager at all functions.
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    All of the above plus room and board for a second night in LA. Take a more in depth tour through famous LA sites and studios and see the clubs and music venues at night. Spend time relaxing with Ike in a with a limo tour that will take you anywhere you want to go...

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