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Songs about some of the world's most fascinating individuals. Including Stagecoach Mary, Ibn Battuta, Jane Goodall, and Evel Knievel.
Songs about some of the world's most fascinating individuals. Including Stagecoach Mary, Ibn Battuta, Jane Goodall, and Evel Knievel.
Songs about some of the world's most fascinating individuals. Including Stagecoach Mary, Ibn Battuta, Jane Goodall, and Evel Knievel.
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SONGS FOR EXTRAORDINARY PEOPLE - Songs about some of the world's most fascinating individuals!

Who are some of these extraordinary people?

Row 1: Stagecoach Mary, Larry Walters, William Kamkwamba, Evel Knievel. Row 2: Jane Goodall, Billie Jean King, Jeanne de Clisson, Sam Patch. Row 3: Ibn Battuta, Roy Sullivan, Harry Houdini, Marie Curie.
Row 1: Stagecoach Mary, Larry Walters, William Kamkwamba, Evel Knievel. Row 2: Jane Goodall, Billie Jean King, Jeanne de Clisson, Sam Patch. Row 3: Ibn Battuta, Roy Sullivan, Harry Houdini, Marie Curie.

Billie Jean King, who won thirty-nine Grand Slam titles in tennis, but more importantly won several grand slams for women's rights all around the globe! (Listen to the track - featuring guest vocals by Claudia Gonson)

Larry Walter, who used 45 helium balloons and a lawn chair to carry himself 16,000 feet above Los Angeles. (Listen to the track.)

Marie Curie, who discovered radium and polonium, and also drove an X-ray truck around the WWI battlefields!

Ibn Battuta, who, in the 1300s, traveled 75,000 miles on foot and camel, visiting just about the entire known Islamic world.

Jeanne de Clisson, a female pirate, also known as the "Lioness of Brittany," who sailed the English Channel hunting down French ships.

Jane Goodall, the worlds leading expert on chimpanzees . . . and pant-hoots.

Evel Knievel, perhaps America's best-known daredevil, who broke at least 433 bones throughout the course of his life. (Listen to the track!)

Harry Houdini, the death-defying escape artist and master mystify.

William Kamkwamba, who at the age of fourteen, built a windmill to power his village in Malawi using tractor fan blades and bicycle parts.

Stagecoach Mary, the first African American woman to be employed as a mail carrier in the United States. She ruled!

Sam Patch, (a.k.a. "The Yankee Leaper") who jumped Niagara Falls for $75.

Roy Sullivan, who was struck by lighting seven times!

In case you didn't know, there's also a companion book for this project!

 

Why is this project on Kickstarter?

In short, this is a way to pre-order the album. As we all know, more and more people are heading back to vinyl. Turns out many of those people also have kids who enjoy records. Hopefully you are one of them! How awesome would it be to have Songs For Extraordinary People pressed to vinyl--a beautiful, physical item chock full of images and fascinating notes to look at while you listen?

The music is already more or less finished; and it would be easy enough to upload the MP3s to the over-saturated world of digitalia . . . but what's the fun in that? Let's press this thing!!

The band and the guest musicians.

There are some amazing guests on this project, including Olivier Conan, Tanya Donelly, Claudia Gonson, Allyssa Lamb, and Taylor Mac on vocals. Plus Dean Fisher (djembe), Stephen Gerard (banjo), Ben Holmes (trumpet), Johnny Hott (percussion), Kristin Mueller (drums), Mary Roach (pant-hoots), Michael Sachs (saxophone), Sam Sadigursky (clarinet), and Jonti Siman (bass).

And let's not forget one of the most important pieces of this puzzle--the incredible illustrator and designer, Aaron Scamihorn!

From left: Allyssa Lamb, Ben Holmes, Michael Hearst, Kristin Mueller, and Jonti Siman. (Background image of Lawnchair Larry-an extraordianry person).
From left: Allyssa Lamb, Ben Holmes, Michael Hearst, Kristin Mueller, and Jonti Siman. (Background image of Lawnchair Larry-an extraordianry person).

 

Michael Hearst in his studio. (photo by Franck Bohbot)
Michael Hearst in his studio. (photo by Franck Bohbot)

 

Claudia Gonson
Claudia Gonson

 

Taylor Mac
Taylor Mac

 

Tanya Donelly
Tanya Donelly

 

Olivier Conan
Olivier Conan

 

Allyssa Lamb
Allyssa Lamb

 

Ben Holmes
Ben Holmes

 

Kristen Mueller
Kristen Mueller

 

Johnny Hott
Johnny Hott

 

Jonti Siman
Jonti Siman

 

Risks and challenges

For the most part, I've already recorded the album. However, financial support is needed to press the album to vinyl, and cover costs for graphic design. Essentially, this is a way to pre-order the album, and also give the project an initial marketing push. Funding from friends, family and contributors is hugely appreciated, and is certainly essential to the project's success.

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    THE DIGITAL ALBUM + BONUS:

    New music! For your pledge you’ll receive the advanced digital download of the album + an additional bonus track (bonus track available only via Kickstarter).

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    LIMITED EDITION LP + DIGITAL DOWNLOAD

    Vinyl! Glorious vinyl! You'll get a copy of this beautiful limited edition 12" album, plus the digital download (which includes the additional bonus track available only via Kickstarter).

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    NO USE FOR VINYL, BUT WANT MP3s + BOOK?

    -Advanced digital download of the album + an additional bonus track (bonus track available only via Kickstarter).
    -plus a signed copy of the 112 page Extraordinary People book (hardback).

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    ALBUM + Extraordinary People BOOK

    -A copy of the limited edition 12" album in glorious vinyl, plus the digital download (which includes the additional bonus track).
    -PLUS a signed copy of the 112 page Extraordinary People book (hardback).

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    THE ABOVE + 2 MORE HEARST ALBUMS.

    -A copy of the 12" album + digital download.
    -Signed copy of the Extraordinary People book (hardback).
    -Songs For Unusual Creatures (CD or digital download)
    -Songs For Ice Cream Trucks (CD or digital download.)

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    SUPER DUPER PACKAGE.

    All of the awesomeness above, plus a copy of the limited edition Songs For Fearful Flyers CD, a 5-pack of Unusual Creatures tattoos, and Evel Knievel stickers.

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    Unexpected Cheddar BONUS

    All of the awesomeness above, plus a copy of the limited edition Songs For Fearful Flyers CD, a 5-pack of Unusual Creatures tattoos, Evel Knievel stickers, And a 7oz package of UNEXPECTED CHEDDAR CHEESE.

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    STUDIO TOUR

    Check out the inner-workings of Michael Hearst's studio in Park Slope, Brooklyn (guided by Michael, of course), and learn how the album was made. You'll also get ALL the goodies from above.

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    IT'S ALL YOURS.

    -All 3 of Michael's previous CDs. (Songs For Ice Cream Trucks, Songs For Unusual Creatures, Songs For Fearful Flyers)
    -All 3 of Michael's books (Unusual Creatures, Extraordinary People, Curious Constructions)
    -Tattoos, stickers.
    -Why not grab a few One Ring Zero albums while you're at it?
    -Want a studio tour, too? You got it.

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    LIVE PERFORMANCE by MICHAEL HEARST.

    Songs For Extraordinary People live show, complete with nerd-ball power-point presentation. Perfect for a birthday party or bar mitzva. (Does not include full band. Does not include travel outside of NYC.)

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    LIVE PERFORMANCE BY FULL BAND!

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    WHAT'S MINE IS YOURS.

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