Please help me fund a beautiful printed poster about my friends Theresa & Jeremy as an accompaniment to my album "The Last Seduction."
Hi. Baron von Luxxury is my fake name. On July 10 2007, my friend Theresa Duncan committed suicide. A week later her boyfriend, Jeremy Blake took his own life as well.
They were like an older sister and brother to me.
My new album The Last Seduction, which is about them, was originally called The Lovely Theresa, and had this picture I took of Theresa as the album cover:
But I didn't want it to seem like I was exploiting their deaths. So I changed the title and the cover to something less explicit.
However I recently learned that there's talk of a movie being made. Bret Easton Ellis wrote a script based on a Vanity Fair feature about them called "The Golden Suicides." I've heard Ryan Gosling wants to play Jeremy, and they are looking at Angelina Jolie for Theresa. Now of course I understand why the story appeals to Hollywood: they were 2 beautiful people who made art; there's a subplot involving Beck and Scientology; and of course there's that Romeo and Juliet ending.
So before they turn into one dimensional suicide icons through this movie, I wanted to tell my side of the story. Of the twelve years I knew them as real, three dimensional people.
I found every physical object I could that was connected to them: photos, letters, books theresa gave me, ticket stubs for things we did. Then I sat down and wrote about them, and posted a piece of the story to http://lovelytheresa.tumblr.com three times a day for three weeks. I soon realized that this felt like the right way to tell the story and to connect it to the music it inspired.
Now I want to turn the entire project - the music & the story - into a tangible experience, a physical object that can be appreciated outside of screens - something you can touch.
This Kickstarter project is to fund the publication of a beautifully designed poster based on the 64 entries posted at the Tumblr. It will essentially be a printed version of that web site, and will go along with a limited edition vinyl version of my album The Last Seduction. I feel like this pairing of music and a tangible printed object with words and images is the best way i can preserve the memory of Theresa and Jeremy as two friends of mine, not just myths in the making.
A pledge of only $25 is essentially pre-ordering the limited edition poster, and for a few dollars more there are lots of other nice things including my full length album The Last Seduction on vinyl, signed CDs, remixes, there's even a limited edition silkscreen i made of my hero, Jeff Lynne from ELO.
So please select one of the pledge levels on the right side of this page, and don't forget to Tweet & post on Facebook about your contribution to this project so other people will know how generous you are.
THANK YOU. I LOVE YOU ALL.
- Baron von Luxxury
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