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THE PIXIES: one of the most influential bands in history. This Kickstarter-exclusive project is a visual celebration of their legacy.

UPDATED 6/1 - EXCITING NEWS: BLACK FRANCIS WILL SIGN EVERY BOOK PURCHASED THROUGH THIS CAMPAIGN!!!

UPDATED 5/31 -WE ARE FUNDED! TIME TO MAKE A BOOK!!!

Done watching the video? Listen to a live radio version of 'Boom Chickaboom' from 1987 while you read about this project.


My name is Sean T. Rayburn, and a lot of you may know me. In 2004, Ray Dolber and I started PixiesMusic.com as a fan site. Obviously I am a fan of the Pixies, and for years I've tried to hook up as many people as possible with news, touring info, tickets, special behind the scenes information, ANYTHING I thought a Pixies fan would want to know about! Flash forward nine years later to 2013, and PixiesMusic.com is the official band website, and I am working with the band more closely than ever.

Sometime in 2011, we started posting some “vintage” photos on the Pixies’ Facebook page. The response was incredible! There were so many ‘Likes’ and comments and shares on Facebook, and several of the photos got picked up by various music news outlets. Which got me to thinking, wouldn’t it be COOL if we had a nice hardcover, coffee table sized book of all these rare, never-before seen photos, maybe with the story behind each photo, told by someone who was there? Wouldn’t it also be pretty cool if we reached out to some photographers who worked with the band in the 80s and 90s, and had them revisit their work, making it all available to the fans for the first time?  How cool would it be to talk to the family members of the band, and include some of those truly awkward family photos everybody likes? I know I would buy that book, and I think a lot of other fans would too.

Done with 'Boom Chickaboom'? Here is 'Down To The Well' from 1986.

Some of you may be wondering, "so Sean, WHY do you need a Kickstarter to put this project together?" The answer is that book publishing is very expensive, especially to do it right. To make this a great project, I am meeting with hundreds of people from all over the world, people who have worked with the band, labels and press and managers, and roadies and fans. I am also going to be meeting with the band members themselves. And their families. Pretty much anyone who has a story and some photos or memorabilia, I am coming to see you. Speaking of which, if you have a story to tell, something that would be great for this project, I want you involved! I am starting a website to handle submissions and additional project info, so if you have something to contribute and would like a free copy of the book and some contributor credit, look for an announcement in the coming weeks.

Then of course once I get all the pieces and imagery and everything I want to include, my graphic designer Aaron Tanner has to put it all together and make it awesome. When we get everything packaged and put together, it's got to be printed and shipped out to all the project  backers. 

Pre-PIXIES basement rehearsals...
Pre-PIXIES basement rehearsals...


So what is all this leading up to? Very simply, I am working on a book, celebrating the early days of the Pixies. A visual history.

I see this project spanning the time period from 1985, from right before the time when Charles and Joey met Kim and David, to recording and touring and fame, until the eventual breakup in 1993. That would be the first book. The second book would touch on their various solo projects after the band split (Frank Black, The Breeders, The Martinis, The Everybody, etc.) and continue on to 2004 and the amazing reunion, the continued touring and popularity, until the present day.

Will there be some surprises in here?

Absolutely!

This project will not happen without the support of Pixies fans. I tried to make some exciting rewards at all different price points. because I know this all can be expensive. Anything you can contribute does help and is greatly appreciated. If all goes well, and we hit our goal, we will also begin to plan for book two in the set! If you are like me, you get a kick out of limited editions. I admit I am a sucker for the packaging, the extras. This edition will be exclusive to this Kickstarter campaign, and can be considered the definitive edition of this book.  At some point we may release a trade edition of the book, but any future editions will not compare in quality. 

One element of this that we are trying to accomplish is to feature in the end-pages of the book the names of everyone who has purchased the book. This will NOT just be a big list of names, but a stylized effect, maybe using a band logo or image. It won't be immediately apparent that there is a big list of names there, but if you look closely you will see them!

PIXIES: A Visual History, Volume 1 will ship in late Fall 2013.

Risks and challenges Learn about accountability on Kickstarter

The primary risk that I see is that book printing is VERY EXPENSIVE, especially if you want to create something with real quality to it. Since there has never been a book like this dealing with the Pixies, we want it to be special, so we are making sure it is getting the treatment and attention to detail it deserves. We are also offering some cool extras, like postcards and frame-able art. Keep in mind these are all separate components, and will all ship at different times. We've tried to list realistic ship dates, but with a project this involved there may be delays. IN A PERFECT WORLD, I've budgeted more than enough time in to everything, so we may be able to ship everything out sooner!

FAQ

  • The prints and postcards should all be shipped by August, with the book shipping by November. While I do not anticipate any delays, if any should occur, I will notify backers with a project update.

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  • No it does not! I wanted to include an option for people who just wanted the art, so this package DOES NOT INCLUDE THE BOOK!

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  • Yes, when we send out the backer surveys, we will provide separate fields for shipping name and address.

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  • Yes you can. when we send out the backer surveys, we will provide separate fields for the name of who should appear in the book.

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  • No, depending on what packages you have selected, you may receive up to three separate shipments: one for the postcards, one for the prints, and one for the book. The postcards and the prints should ship in August, and the book should ship in November.

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    THE POSTCARD - A BIG THANK YOU for funding the project! We appreciate any and all contributions. Please know that your donation is appreciated! At this level, I will personally mail you a postcard featuring the cover art from the book.

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    THE POSTCARD PACK - At this level you will receive a set of four (4) postcard featuring artwork EXCLUSIVE to this project! These could be a mix of ultra-rare photos as well as iconic established PIXIES photographs, we are still working on this! In addition to this, I will personally mail you a postcard featuring the cover art from the book!

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    FRAME IT - At this level you will get a quality 24x18 card-stock frame-able print of the book cover. This is the perfect size to get matted and framed, to hang in your room or your office! In addition to this, I will personally mail you a postcard featuring the cover art from the book!

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    THE BOOK - This is what you came for! A hardcover, limited edition, Kickstarter-exclusive copy of PIXIES: A Visual History! Everyone who backs the project at this level or higher get's their name printed in the end papers of the book! All names printed on the end pages will be part of a stylized effect. It won't be glaringly obvious that there are thousands of names listed. It will look cool! In addition to this, I will personally mail you a postcard featuring the cover art from the book!

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    THE FRAME IT PACK - A set of four (4) 24"x18" quality card-stock frame-able prints featuring artwork and photographs EXCLUSIVE to this project! These could be a mix of ultra-rare photos as well as iconic established PIXIES photographs, we are still working on this! This is the perfect size to get matted and framed, to hang in your room or your office. Take up a full wall in the man-cave with PIXIES art! In addition to this, I will personally mail you a postcard featuring the cover art from the book!

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    TWO BOOKS! - Since many people have asked about purchasing multiple packages, this option is for TWO COPIES of the book! This is what you came for! A hardcover, limited edition, Kickstarter-exclusive copy of PIXIES: A Visual History! Everyone who backs the project at this level or higher get's their name printed in the end papers of the book! All names printed on the end pages will be part of a stylized effect. It won't be glaringly obvious that there are thousands of names listed. It will look cool! In addition to this, I will personally mail you a postcard featuring the cover art from the book!

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    I'LL BOSSANOVA WITH YA! - This is for the people who really want to make sure this project gets funded! At this level you will get TWO SETS OF EVERYTHING: The postcards, the posters, and the books. As a special thank you for your support, we will also send you additional promotional material relating to this project. These could be all kinds of things: test prints of posters, buttons and pins, and other promo material that will not be featured in any of the other packages. We guarantee there will be at least 3 or 4 additional items that will not be included in any of the other packages.

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    TROMPE LE MONDE - Own a piece of history! At this level you will receive ONE of an EXTREMELY LIMITED number of proof copies of PIXIES: A Visual History, Volume 1. There will only be two to four of these produced, EVER! We will make sure that this copy is SIGNED by Sean T. Rayburn, Aaron Tanner, and Mr. Black Francis! We will make sure your copy is personalized however you'd like. You will also receive a copy of the finalized version of the book, plus the postcards, prints, and any additional promotional material we have available.

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