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Free Seed FilmsBy Free Seed Films
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Free Seed FilmsBy Free Seed Films
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£28,429
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Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Fri, June 5 2015 5:10 PM UTC +00:00

About

Why tell this story?

The Blockheads are 60's generation musicians who found fame backing Ian Dury in the late 70's. Over the course of six decades, collectively they have played on hundreds of records for, written with, and backed countless artists live all over the world, including:

Paul McCartney, The Clash, Kilburn and the High Roads, John Legend, The Eurythmics, Nick Cave, Roger Daltrey, Roy Budd, Madness, Wilko Johnson, The Animals, Feargal Sharkey, Peter Frampton, Lulu, Link Wray, Tim Hardin, Ian Gillan & Roger Glover, Sinéad O'Connor, Talk Talk, Dr John, Frankie Goes To Hollywood, Nick Lowe, Paul Young, Elkie Brooks, Bob Geldof, Tom Robinson, World Party, Robbie Williams, Kirsty McColl, Steve Cropper, Alan Hull (Lindisfarne), Wreckless Eric, Cerys Matthews, Viv Albertine, Frankie Howerd and June Whitfield, The Selector, London Beat, Rachel Sweet, Kiyoshiro Imawano, Dave Stewart and the Spiritual Cowboys, Jools Holland, and Shane MacGowan, to name a few.

Ian Dury and the Blockheads
Ian Dury and the Blockheads

Elton John was quoted as saying that Ian Dury had the best live band in England and this reputation made them the number one session musicians in the UK, before the age of sampling and programmed music took hold.  Their live performances still inspire to this day.

The story of how the band came to back Ian Dury is quite amazing and the career that each member has had is quite frankly unbelievable.

The History:

Starting in the choppy waters of the 60's music scene, they were in raw garage bands, as well as individually touring with established artists from the 60's and the 70's before meeting Ronan O'Rahilly and becoming the legendary Loving Awareness band for Radio Caroline.

Loving Awareness
Loving Awareness

Then of course the years with Ian Dury occurred, which included two best selling albums, two top tens and a number one single, as well as working with various artists from Stiff Records and other mainstream acts of the time, such as The Clash.

Their session work, writing, and touring continued from the 80's onwards.  Notable contributions included Frankie Goes to Hollywood's 'Relax', Quincy Jone's 'Ai No Corrida', Nick Cave's 'Nocturama' and appearing on stage at Live Aid.  Alongside this work, they wrote various film, tv and theatre scores, including: 'Earth Girls are Easy', 'Diary of Adrian Mole', 'Queen and I', 'From the Ashes', 'The Libertine', 'The Country Wife', 'K2', 'The Jovial Crew', 'After Midnight', and 'Serious Money'.

No one has ever told the full story of The Blockheads on film and previous documentaries involving anything to do with the band, focused mainly on the artists they were backing.

With careers spanning six decades, and working with more than one major artist in each decade, there is so much untold music history, which we intend to reveal!

 Working closely with the band, Free Seed Films has been gathering material for the last 18 months.  The film company also have a popular radio show on Soho Radio, Free Seed on Soho, which has helped with research and will aid promotion of the project.  We are also looking at sourcing archive footage.

Why do we need the money?

To complete this project we require your help!  We need to fund the following things:

  • music and video licences (£7000 per minute for vintage footage)
  • full post-production process including: additional editing, sound mixing, colour correction
  • artwork and graphics
  • animation
  • renting additional equipment
  • recording and mixing the soundtrack (including NEW songs and score by The Blockheads)

For more information on The Blockheads:

http://www.theblockheads.com
http://www.twitter.com/blockheadspage
http://www.facebook.com/theblockheadsofficial

For more information on Free Seed Films:

http://www.freeseedfilms.com
http://www.twitter.com/freeseedfilms
http://www.twitter.com/freeseedonsoho
https://www.facebook.com/freeseedfilms
https://www.facebook.com/freeseedonsoho

Risks and challenges

Free Seed Films is working closely with The Blockheads and has their full support and co-operation.

Having previously run a successful crowdfunding campaign with The Blockheads for the Same Horse Different Jockey album which included the EPK, music videos and live gigs, we have experienced the crowdfunding journey and are aware of many of the pitfalls to expect. This previous project was successful, both artistically and completed on budget.

In terms of the rewards, they will be delivered by a pre-existing, proven merchandising system. In addition, any unusual one-off rewards are able to be fulfilled on multiple dates, minimising the risk of a failure to deliver.

With an extensive fan base of loyal 'Blockheads' behind us, we
anticipate being able to spread the word about the campaign quite
quickly, building up to the critical mass needed to cross the finish
line. This will be helped by the promotional team that are working on
all of The Blockheads output, as well as by the fact that the band are still actively touring extensively.

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    A thank you email and Video Message from The Blockheads!

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    Print of documentary artwork.

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    'I Backed the Blockheads: Beyond the Call of Dury' Car Sticker and a Free Seed Films T-Shirt

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    A hand signed copy of the 'Beyond the Call of Dury' Soundtrack album on CD.

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    Limited special edition DVD of 'Beyond the Call of Dury' only available via The Blockheads.

    Plus the hand signed copy of the 'Beyond the Call of Dury' Soundtrack album on CD, Special Edition 'I Backed the Blockheads: Beyond the Call of Dury' Car Sticker, print of doc artwork, special edition 'BlockDoc' badge, Free Seed Films T-shirt and the thank you email & video message.

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    Limited Edition 'BlockDoc' T-Shirt.

    Plus the Limited special edition DVD of 'Beyond the Call of Dury' only available via The Blockheads, hand signed copy of the 'Beyond the Call of Dury' Soundtrack album on CD, the Special Edition 'I Backed the Blockheads: Beyond the Call of Dury' Car Sticker, print of doc artwork, special edition 'BlockDoc' badge, Free Seed Films T-shirt and the thank you email & video message.

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    Hand signed limited edition vinyl copy of the 'Beyond the Call of Dury' soundtrack.

    Plus the Limited Edition 'BlockDoc' T-Shirt, the Limited special edition DVD of 'Beyond the Call of Dury' only available via The Blockheads, hand signed copy of the 'Beyond the Call of Dury' Soundtrack album on CD, the Special Edition 'I Backed the Blockheads: Beyond the Call of Dury' Car Sticker, print of doc artwork, special edition 'BlockDoc' badge, Free Seed Films T-shirt and the thank you email & video message.

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    A very limited edition, hand signed double gatefold, double A side VINYL single from the 'Beyond the Call of Dury' project.

    THESE SONGS WILL NOT BE ON THE SOUNDTRACK ALBUM!

    Plus the Limited special edition DVD of 'Beyond the Call of Dury' only available via The Blockheads, hand signed limited edition vinyl copy of the 'Beyond the Call of Dury' soundtrack, the Limited Edition 'BlockDoc' T-Shirt, the hand signed copy of the 'Beyond the Call of Dury' Soundtrack album on CD, the Special Edition 'I Backed the Blockheads: Beyond the Call of Dury' Car Sticker, print of doc artwork, special edition 'BlockDoc' badge, Free Seed Films T-shirt and the thank you email & video message.

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    Guest list tickets for you and a friend to go to a future Blockheads gig.

    NOTE: Gig venue subject to capacity

    Plus hand signed double gatefold, double A side vinyl from the 'Beyond the Call of Dury' project, Limited special edition DVD of 'Beyond the Call of Dury' only available via The Blockheads, hand signed limited edition vinyl copy of the 'Beyond the Call of Dury' soundtrack, the Limited Edition 'BlockDoc' T-Shirt, the hand signed copy of the 'Beyond the Call of Dury' Soundtrack album on CD, the Special Edition 'I Backed the Blockheads: Beyond the Call of Dury' Car Sticker, print of doc artwork, special edition 'BlockDoc' badge, Free Seed Films T-shirt and the thank you email & video message.

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    Sing backing vocals (chant) on the 'Beyond the Call of Dury' soundtrack.

    Plus guest list gig tickets, hand signed double gatefold, double A side vinyl from the 'Beyond the Call of Dury' project, Limited special edition DVD of 'Beyond the Call of Dury' only available via The Blockheads, hand signed limited edition vinyl copy of the 'Beyond the Call of Dury' soundtrack, the Limited Edition 'BlockDoc' T-Shirt, the hand signed copy of the 'Beyond the Call of Dury' Soundtrack album on CD, the Special Edition 'I Backed the Blockheads: Beyond the Call of Dury' Car Sticker, print of doc artwork, special edition 'BlockDoc' badge, Free Seed Films T-shirt and the thank you email & video message.

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    Be a special VIP guest at the 'Beyond the Call of Dury' Premiere!

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    Co-host one episode of Free Seed Films' radio show, 'Free Seed on Soho' on Soho Radio where you can contribute to the playlist.

    Plus be a special VIP guest at the 'Beyond the Call of Dury' Premiere, sing backing vocals (chant) on the 'Beyond the Call of Dury' soundtrack, guest list gig tickets, hand signed double gatefold, double A side vinyl from the 'Beyond the Call of Dury' project, Limited special edition DVD of 'Beyond the Call of Dury' only available via The Blockheads, hand signed limited edition vinyl copy of the 'Beyond the Call of Dury' soundtrack, the Limited Edition 'BlockDoc' T-Shirt, the hand signed copy of the 'Beyond the Call of Dury' Soundtrack album on CD, the Special Edition 'I Backed the Blockheads: Beyond the Call of Dury' Car Sticker, print of doc artwork, special edition 'BlockDoc' badge, Free Seed Films T-shirt and the thank you email & video message.

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    Be a featured interview in the Documentary!

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    The hand signed, original one off artwork as designed by Kosmo Vinyl for 'Beyond the Call of Dury'.

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