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Update #5

Bootleg project not funded/what’s next?

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I just wanted to let everyone know that the project to fund my historic 1977 bootleg concert to celebrate my 21st birthday at Ratso’s in Chicago was not funded. To all of you who pledged, that means that you won’t be charged anything.

First, I want to say a big thank you to everyone who pledged to the project. The fact that many of you contributed your money to funding the bootleg means a lot to me. Also, to those of you who wanted to pledge to the project, but just didn’t have the money, I appreciate your intentions and well-wishes. I completely get how hard it is out there for many of us to just survive. I know it, because I have lived through debilitating poverty at different points in my own journey.

Since every Skafish record that has ever been released since the 1970’s has yet to financially break even (yet alone make a profit), I thought it would be great if the bootleg project could at least, pay for itself. That, along with my desire to give my fans the chance to participate in the process, were the reasons for the Kickstarter campaign. I have been, and continue to be passionately committed to my art, but it’s hard always going into serious debt with each project.

Of course, I feel the disappointment of the project not getting funded, but I am also grateful for all I’ve learned. I’ve always believed in taking chances and trying new things that could invigorate the process of all I do.

At this time, I need to take a break, regroup, go through whatever emotions are there, and ultimately, decide if the bootleg project can be salvaged on any level. So you won’t hear from me for a while, but when things are clear to me and I know in my heart the right thing to do, I will let everyone know. Till then, thanks again for your support and for sharing this experience with me! -- Skafish


Update #4

New Video/Only 1 week left to go to fund the bootleg project!

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Hello to all of you! -- I just wanted to take a moment to say thanks so much for your pledges. They are greatly appreciated! Since we only have 1 week left to go to fund the bootleg project, please spread the word to anyone who you think might be interested in participating by making a pledge.

I thought you might enjoy a brand new video that was just posted, where I discuss the bootleg, its history, and the Kickstarter fundraising campaign. Click here to view the video: http://youtu.be/ZL3mh_DrZuU

Again, thanks for everything! -- Skafish


Update #3

Join Me on the Radio Tomorrow!

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Join me on the radio tomorrow, Friday May 25, 2012! Make sure to tune in when I will be a guest on the Razor and Die Show in Chicago from 4:30 to 5:30 pm. Throughout the world, listen to the entire broadcast online at www.wluw.org. If you’re in Chicago and want to listen on the radio, tune in to 88.7 FM. If you want me to answer your questions on the air, post them during the broadcast at http://www.facebook.com/razoranddieshow and we will try to get to them!

On the show, I will be interviewed and also premiere several unreleased live bootleg tracks from my historic 1977 concert at Ratso’s in Chicago. Fifteen of the tracks from the concert are Skafish compositions that have never been released in any form prior, and many of them will be heard for the first time ever throughout the world tomorrow.

Also, I just created the I Want My Skafish Bootleg Facebook page. Please visit the page at http://www.facebook.com/IWantMySkafishBootleg and“Like” it. You can always check there for the latest updates regarding the bootleg project.

Keep in mind that if you want to see the bootleg released, please pledge your support to my Kickstarter project, and in return, you will get some very cool first-time limited edition rewards. Keep in mind that there’s only 30 days left to go, so please make your pledge today. Here is the link for the Kickstarter fundraising campaign, and spread the word: http://kck.st/JabAwc
Skafish


Update #2

Skafish to be Interviewed and Premiere Unreleased 1977 Bootleg Tracks on Chicago’s Razor and Die Show

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I will be a guest on the Razor and Die Show in Chicago on Friday May 25, 2012 from 4:30 to 5:30 pm. On the show, I will be interviewed and also premiere several unreleased live bootleg tracks from my historic 1977 concert at Ratso’s in Chicago. Many of the tracks from the concert are Skafish compositions that have never been released in any form prior, and you’ll be the first to hear several of them.

Throughout the world, listen to the entire broadcast online at www.wluw.org. If you’re in Chicago and want to listen on the radio, tune in to 88.7 FM.

Exclusively via Facebook, post your questions during the broadcast at http://www.facebook.com/razoranddieshow and we will try to answer them live on the air.

From the historical perceptive, to anecdotal stories and personal recollections, there is a great deal to discuss, and we will try to cover it all. Plus, we’re gonna play some really edgy and groundbreaking music! Please spread the word, and make sure to tune in!

Also, I just created the I Want My Skafish Bootleg Facebook page. Please visit the page at http://www.facebook.com/IWantMySkafishBootleg and“Like” it. You can always check there for the latest updates regarding the bootleg project.

Keep in mind that if you want to see the bootleg released, please pledge your support to my Kickstarter project, and in return, you can get some very cool first-time limited edition rewards. Here is the link for the Kickstarter fundraising campaign: http://kck.st/JabAwc

Your support is greatly appreciated!
Skafish


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