I was pretty surprised to receive an email from Keith Levene requesting that I help spread the word about his Indiegogo Campaign. I took the request seriously. After all it's not often that a founding member of The Clash and Public Image Limited reaches out to you. He had me at "Hey Troy!"
Levene has released his share of records. However, in 1983 he composed an album that he hoped would put Public Image, Limited in the commercial spotlight. Unfortunately, due to creative differences and lack of support from other band members, this album was never released. It's name, fittingly enough was The Commercial Zone. But as the band left Levene high and dry as they embarked on a tour of Japan, he felt that he had no choice but to abandon the project. Now, 31 years later he wishes to complete what he's already started... And he is hosting an Indiegogo campaign to raise money to get this project off the ground.
It's pretty simple, and it comes with rewards. For what basically amounts to pocket change, you can support the project and also be rewarded for your generosity. Click here to view the project's website. If you decide to spend a little more, the value of the rewards increase. But act fast. The campaign is only runs until 11:59 (PST) on Monday, April 28th.
The Indiegogo Campaign
The campaign is aiming to raise $12,500 which will go towards production costs. Funding duration: March 23, 2014 – April 28, 2014 (11:59pm PT).
Contribution perks are as follows:
For $10 get a shout out from Keith on his Twitter and Facebook accounts thanking you for supporting the CommercialZone 2014 initiative. Estimated delivery: May 2014.
For $15 get Killer in the Crowd CD signed and numbered special edition and a shout on FB and Twitter. Please add $10 for shipping outside the UK and $5 for the UK.
For $20 CZ2014 Download. Here it is! 30 years in the making: A digital audio download of Keith's Commercial Zone 2014 album containing original music. Estimated delivery: April 2014.
For $25You will receive a shout on Twitter and FB and a CZ-2014 T shirt (image of Keith on a white T shirt). Please add $10 for shipping outside the UK & $5 for UK shipping.
For $30 CZ2014 Download + Art. A digital audio download of Keith's Commercial Zone 2014 album with his original downloadable artwork. Estimated delivery: April 2014.
For $40 CZ2014 Download and Book. A digital audio download of Keith's Commercial Zone 2014 album with 30 page digital picture book containing photos, artwork, and a preview of Keith's forthcoming book "Diary." Estimated delivery: April 2014.
For $75 Signed, Numbered CZ014 CD Signed and numbered CD of Keith's Commercial Zone 2014 project with special commemorative 12 inch art work by Keith and downloadable 30 page picture book.
Estimated delivery: June 2014.
For $300 Producer credentials. You are listed as a producer on the CZ2014 project! You get a digital download of the 2014 album and picture book.
Estimated delivery: April 2014.
For $3500 get Keith's Les Paul guitar which was used on the MeTaL BoX in DuB series and the guitar on which he real time composed "Search 4 Absolute Zero”. Obviously there’s only one available and naturally you receive all the other product from the project too. This is the only signed Levene guitar.