About this project
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Thanks so much for helping make this book happen.
I have two exciting things to say,,,
1. At the conclusion of the campaign I'll pick a backer at random and they will receive a 13" x 19" classic Grateful Dead photograph taken at Radio City Music Hall in 1980, signed by me.
2. The very last backer to make a pledge (at the $50 reward level or higher) will also receive in addition to their pledge, TWO Standard Edition books, perfect for gifting.
Have a Happy New Year!
Marin County is bursting with live music every night... and I've been capturing and documenting it photographically for over 25 years.
THE MUSIC NEVER STOPPED — a one-of-a-kind 200+ page coffee table book of photography — will feature hundreds of never-before-seen images from my archives, including live performance shots, intimate backstage, off-stage and at home photographs of our favorite players, including Jerry Garcia, Bob Weir, Phil Lesh, and close to 100 musicians/bands will be featured!
There will be written contributions by the musicians and behind the scenes stories of the many images I captured at Marin venues — including the original Sweetwater, Bob Weir’s TRI Studios, Phil Lesh’s Terrapin Crossroads, Sweetwater Music Hall and many others.
Marin County, just north of San Francisco, has been home to countless musicians and bands for decades. The opening of Terrapin Crossroads and Sweetwater Music Hall in 2012, spurred a musical renaissance that has continued to grow. These clubs have become destinations for music lovers from all over who are eager to see their favorite bands up close and personal in these intimate venues.
From my days as Senior Photographer for Relix Magazine, to my tenure as chief package designer for Grateful Dead Productions, and current House Photographer at Sweetwater Music Hall, I’ve enjoyed unique access to these incredible musicians and insight into the music scene we love. And I want to share it all with you all, near and far!
All the books printed for this campaign will be considered First Edition and will contain a unique thank you page that will not be in any subsequent editions, should there be any additional printings. This page will list the names of all backers.
This book will cost upwards of $30,000 to produce, publish and deliver, and funds raised from this Kickstarter campaign will help pay to get it made and in your hands to enjoy forever.
I am grateful for any help from you, and have created rewards that will make it worth your while! Please consider the $50 level of support that will serve as an advance purchase of the book.
THE MUSIC NEVER STOPPED will be available in two formats, Standard Edition and Collector’s Edition.
- First Edition Hardcover book
- Personally signed by Bob Minkin
- 208 pages (approximately)
- Size: 9”x 12” inches
- High quality, heavy weight acid-free matte paper
- Spot varnish on the photos to make them glow.
- The Standard Edition book with alternate cover
- Limited edition of 150
- Personally signed and numbered by Bob Minkin
- Gorgeous clamshell case
- Fly Sheet
- Includes an original signed and numbered 8.5” x 11” photograph of Jerry Garcia and Phil Lesh (pictured below in “Rewards”). This print is exclusive to the COLLECTOR'S EDITION, and will not be available again in this format.
COLLECTOR'S EDITION—This photograph of Jerry Garcia and Phil Lesh will be included in the COLLECTOR'S EDITION book (limited edition of 150). Personally signed and numbered by Bob Minkin.
$20 Reward Level—The 5.5 x 8.5 inch cards (limited edition of 100) will feature this photograph of Jerry Garcia playing in Marin County. Personally signed and numbered by Bob Minkin.
Website—At the conclusion of this Kickstarter campaign, Bob will create a website for the book, where all supporters at the $15 level and up will be listed on our website’s page of special contributors so people can see that you were part of THE MUSIC NEVER STOPPED.
The internet has made it possible for us to enjoy many things from our computers and mobile devices; but there are still some things that cannot be replicated on a computer screen. A book resonates with the viewer in a deeper way. There is personal investment involved in taking the time to turn the pages of a book and appreciate the tactile nature of the medium; time moves differently as you pause to admire the details in an image that you might have otherwise quickly scrolled past on a screen.
Using Kickstarter as a platform for preorders allows me to deliver a beautiful book directly to you for a fraction of the price. The upfront cost to produce and deliver this book is well over $25,000, and Kickstarter enables me to create a high-quality, fine art coffee table book. Following a traditional publishing model, it would likely retail for over $100.
By preordering via Kickstarter you can own a signed copy of THE MUSIC NEVER STOPPED for only $50.
My previous kickstarter for LIVE DEAD had over 700 backers and was featured on Rolling Stone.com as well as many other websites and publications.
Here’s what some people had to say:
Bob Minkin is a sharpshooter. He captures the precious moments perfectly. He’d make a good drummer... —Mickey Hart
On an artistic level, Bob Minkin has as good an eye as you’ll find out there. He has a sense of moment and fast reflexes. He also makes all the shows, so he gets the pix. —Bob Weir
So many of Bob’s photographs are just beautiful. He really knows how to frame a feeling, and he gets it. He’s definitely an exceptional artist, one of the best. He’s very thorough in everything he sets his heart and his mind to, and I’ve watched that and seen that through the years I’ve known him. Beyond that, he’s a sterling human being. That emanates not only from what he does, but from who he is as a person. I’ve grown to love him dearly.
—Donna Godchaux MacKay, former Grateful Dead singer
One thing I’ve really noticed about Bob as a photographer is he reminds me a lot of the great Jim Marshall in his way of taking photographs. Jim wasn’t there constantly snapping away, taking loads and loads of photographs and hoping he might get a good one. He would wait for something to happen that caught his eye and then take a few shots. I see that in Bob. I see him really checking things out and waiting for that right moment, even anticipating it, and then snapping it. Obviously he has a good eye for what that moment is. The way he conducts himself is always professional, yet he also makes everyone feel at ease.
—Pete Sears, keyboardist for Jefferson Starship, Moonalice, Hot Tuna, et al
Bob has a passion for music that has allowed him to, very much like myself, break into photography as a way to connect with the music. He is on a very short list of the hardest working music photographers in the Bay Area. He is constantly shooting, which is what a true photographer should be doing. Bob has a sixth sense for anticipating and capturing the moment, and that is what makes him one of the best in the business.
—Ed Perlstein, photographer
Bob, I always imagine you with camera in hand ever since the early days at the beginning of the seventies when I first met you at a Dead show. There you were taking photos all the time. Over the years I had the pleasure of seeing many of your great photos. I knew what a talent you were early on. I received my beautiful copy of “Live Dead” in the mail yesterday evening. I did not have a chance to crack it open until just now. I’d like to say I’m surprised at the quality and the great images, but I’m not. I expected something of this caliber. This book is fantastic! Thank you so much for making this possible for all of us to enjoy. I have only just begun to dive deeply into this book and it has already conjured incredible memories. Thanks again Bob you are a true artist! —Jim Christaldi
Risks and challenges
Having already produced successful kickstarter project for my book LIVE DEAD in 2014 for which all rewards were fullfilled. I foresee no risks in completing this project in the timeframe indicated and it being the highest quality possible.
All backers will be kept aware of the book production process as it happens via regular updates. I can’t wait to begin production of this book!
Please contact me if you have any questions, firstname.lastname@example.org
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