About this project
This is a Kickstarter campaign to raise funds for mixing and manufacturing a definitive recording of 20 original protest songs inspired by the Wisconsin Uprising in 2011. The songs were made available in quick “demo” versions for radio and rally purposes during the course of the past year. Because of rapidly unfolding political events they had to be recorded almost as they were being written, resulting in uneven quality and production value. As the songs ‘connected’ deeply with an impassioned public and continue to resonate, we’ve had lots of requests to do this new recording. The musicians (Ken’s band-mates and special guests, including Dave Adler, Jon Vriesacker, Jon Penner, Andy Ewen, Doug Normington, Anne Katz, Andrew Taylor, Leslie Frank-Taylor, Pete Burns and Kelly De Haven) are donating their time and talent (as they have at countless rallies and events all year). Tracking is underway in our home studio, keeping costs to a minimum. WE'VE REACHED OUR INITIAL GOALto raise $3500 for a professional studio mix, manufacturing the discs, and mailing them out to media outlets in Wisconsin... BUT WE'VE NOT REACHED THE END OF OUR FUNDRAISING EFFORT!
$3500 is the MINIMUM AMOUNT we felt was necessary to get the job done. Funding beyond our goal makes it possible to do a better studio mix; design a better CD package (color instead of just b & w!); distribute more CDs to more radio stations around Wisconsin and beyond (such as nationally-syndicated political talk shows hosted by Thom Hartmann, Ed Schultz, Stephanie Miller, Ring Of Fire, etc.). Finally, with enough support, we can give a little "love" to the MUSICIANS whose great playing will motivate you through the campaign! WHAT? Compensate the musicians??? Unprecedented!!!
The recording will serve as an historical document --- a focused outpouring of political song inspired by unforgettable events with a nationwide impact. It will also have resonance and purpose as a soundtrack for the coming Recall Election of 2012. Because the CD must be available ASAP, we’ve chosen February 14 as our launch date for fundraising. It’s Valentine’s Day, of course, and you'll support us to show your love for democracy, Wisconsin, the Country and it’s embattled middle-class workers. “14” is also an important number in the Wisconsin Uprising. One of the first songs I wrote as this historic year unfolded was “14 Senators”, widely heard on radio and with over 39,000 views at YouTube. That's why we're allotting 14 days --- February 14 to 28 --- for fundraising completion. That gives us TWO WEEKS to reach our goal. It isn't long, so please spread the word to all of your friends on Facebook, Twitter, your blogs and mailing lists.
IF YOU THINK YOU'LL WANT TO PURCHASE THE CD ANYWAY, LATER... PLEASE... BUY IT NOW, WITH A CONTRIBUTION at the appropriate incentive-level. It'll help enormously to have the funds ahead of manufacture, rather than hoping to get them afterwards!
The Songs: This Is, High Speed Rail, 14 Senators, Hey Governor Walker, Pay Their Share, Weasel, Sundown In Walker-Land, Stand & Fight, Recall, Our Own 'W', Tea Party Poster, Gone Too Far, O Isthmus Tree, Taconite Mine, Sure Scott, Come Out Republicans!, Do The Recall!, The Line, America, Eat Cheese Or Die!, Pink Slip or Orange Jumpsuit?
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