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BOOTLEG 21-35 Review in Roctober Magazine

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Check out the recent review of BOOTLEG 21-35 by Jake Austen in Roctober Magazine. As many of you already know, the bootleg is a live recording of my 21st birthday party concert at Ratso’s in Chicago on August 29, 1977.

The recording was released digitally 35 years later to the day on August 29, 2012. Click here to read the review:

Enjoy the madness — Skafish


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BOOTLEG 21-35 Giveaway Contest!

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I’ve been itching to do a giveaway, so let’s do it!

Ten lucky winners will win a collectible download card with a unique code to be able to download BOOTLEG 21-35 in its entirety for free from CDbaby.com.

To be eligible to win, all you have to do is to leave a comment here on this blog post that says why you wanna win!

This is the first giveaway for this project and the contest ends May 7, 2013 at 11:59 PM, United States Central Time. Enter now, and I hope you win – Skafish

BOOTLEG 21-35, is the very first official live Skafish album. This recording documents Skafish’s 21st birthday party performance at Ratso’s in Chicago on August 29, 1977. The concert spotlights avant-garde musical concepts and an aesthetic vision that began in 1973, and features songs that were mostly composed and first performed throughout the Chicago area in 1976. This music, (along with the groundbreaking tracks from What’s This? 1976-1979), gave birth to the Chicago punk, new wave, alternative, indie, and underground scene, and helped to co-create these art forms internationally.

The bootleg concert consists of 27 total songs, 15 of which are original Skafish compositions that have never been released in any form prior. The album also offers 8 new Skafish-narrated commentary tracks that accurately capture the historical events of that time period. The album was first released digitally on August 29, 2012, thirty-five years to the day of the original concert.


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“The 35th Anniversary” (Video Commentary Track 8 From BOOTLEG 21-35)

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“The 35th Anniversary” is the eighth video in a series of nine clips (including the complete version), which tell the story of the Skafish release, “BOOTLEG 21-35,” the first ever official live Skafish album.

In this clip, I discuss the milestone of releasing my 21st birthday concert at Ratso’s in Chicago from August 29, 1977 exactly 35 years later to the day. I also share the difference in my perspective from then to now.

For more information on “BOOTLEG 21-35,” visit http://www.skafishbootleg.com/

Commentary performed by Skafish

Engineered by John Carpenter at Thunderclap Recording, Hammond, Indiana

Filmed and Edited by Guy Rhodes

Special Thanks: Scott Cameron, Glinda Harrison, and to the band: Larry Mazalan, Karen Winner, David Prochazka, Greg Sarchet, and Larry Mysliwiec.

Enjoy! — Skafish

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“Set 2: Tracks 6-10” (Video Commentary Track 7 From BOOTLEG 21-35)

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“Set 2: Tracks 6-10” is the seventh video in a series of nine clips (including the complete version), which tell the story of the Skafish release, “BOOTLEG 21-35,” the first ever official live Skafish album.

In this clip, I discuss the musical, conceptual, and lyrical components of tracks 6-10 of the second set from my 21st birthday concert at Ratso’s in Chicago on August 29, 1977. I also talk about the personal, emotionally-driven and often cathartic aspects of why I wrote each of these pieces, and the contributions of my incredible band.

For more information on “BOOTLEG 21-35,” visit http://www.skafishbootleg.com/

Commentary performed by Skafish.

Engineered by John Carpenter at Thunderclap Recording, Hammond, Indiana.

Filmed and Edited by Guy Rhodes.

Special Thanks: Scott Cameron, Glinda Harrison, and to the band: Larry Mazalan, Karen Winner, David Prochazka, Greg Sarchet, and Larry Mysliwiec

I hope you enjoy the story — Skafish

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“Set 2: Tracks 1-5” (Video Commentary Track 6 From BOOTLEG 21-35)

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“Set 2: Tracks 1-5” is the sixth video in a series of nine clips (including the complete version), which tell the story of the Skafish release, “BOOTLEG 21-35,” the first ever official live Skafish album.

In this clip, I discuss the musical, conceptual, and lyrical components of the first 5 tracks of the second set from my 21st birthday concert at Ratso’s in Chicago on August 29, 1977. I also talk about the personal, emotionally-driven and often painful aspects of why I wrote each of these pieces, and the contributions of my incredible band.

For more information on “BOOTLEG 21-35,” visit http://www.skafishbootleg.com/

The commentary was performed at Thunderclap Recording, Hammond, Indiana, and engineered by John Carpenter. The piece was filmed and edited by Guy Rhodes.

Special Thanks: Scott Cameron, Glinda Harrison, and to the band: Larry Mazalan, Karen Winner, David Prochazka, Greg Sarchet, and Larry Mysliwiec

I hope you enjoy the unfolding story of the bootleg and the revolutionary spirit of its message,

Skafish

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“Set 1: Tracks 7-11” (Video Commentary Track 5 From BOOTLEG 21-35)

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“Set 1: Tracks 7-11” is the fifth video in a series of nine clips (including the complete version), which tell the story of the new Skafish release, “BOOTLEG 21-35,” the first ever official live Skafish album.

In this clip, I talk about the musical, conceptual, and lyrical components of tracks seven through eleven from my bootleg album, which were recorded at my 21st birthday concert at Ratso’s in Chicago on August 29, 1977. I also share the personal and emotionally-driven aspects of why I wrote each of these pieces, and the amazing contributions of my band members.

For more information on “BOOTLEG 21-35,” visit http://www.skafishbootleg.com/

The piece was filmed and edited by Guy Rhodes.

Special Thanks: Scott Cameron, Glinda Harrison, and to the band: Larry Mazalan, Karen Winner, David Prochazka, Greg Sarchet, and Larry Mysliwiec

I hope you enjoy the story — Skafish

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“Set 1: Tracks 1-6” (Video Commentary Track 4 from BOOTLEG 21-35)

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“Set 1: Tracks 1-6” is the fourth video in a series of nine clips (including the complete version), which tell the story of the new Skafish release, “BOOTLEG 21-35,” the first ever official live Skafish album. In this clip, I discuss the musical, conceptual, and lyrical components of the first 6 tracks from my bootleg album, which were recorded at my 21st birthday concert at Ratso’s in Chicago on August 29, 1977.

I also talk about the personal and emotionally-driven aspects of why I wrote these pieces, and each band member’s performance contributions. Plus, there are some never-before-seen photos!

For more information on “BOOTLEG 21-35,” visit http://www.skafishbootleg.com/

Please share and spread the word!

Skafish

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Finally, BOOTLEG 21-35 is available!

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Today, 35 years from the day of the original concert, the first ever live Skafish concert is now available digitally. There are many exciting things that I wish to share with you about the project, so here we go:

First, you can find everything you need regarding the bootleg at the website http://www.skafishbootleg.com/ In the spirit of a DYI fanzine, Glinda Harrison and I launched the site today, because I wanted all of you to have a place to go for all things BOOTLEG 21-35. As time goes on, the website will be expanding.

For now, here’s what you’ll find there:

A link to listen to the entire album (complete tracks)

Read all of the lyrics, and discover the band personnel for each track

Watch the commentary videos from the project along with other Skafish videos

Choose your buying options from iTunes, Amazon.com, CDBaby.com, and Facebook

Regarding pricing, I know how hard it can be for any of us out there, so I set it up for you to be able to download the entire bootleg, which is over 2 hours and 13 minutes long, for $6.99 from iTunes, CDBaby.com, and Facebook. Individual downloads are selling on those sites for .69 cents per track. This way, the double-length digital album should be affordable to anyone who wishes to own it.

FYI, Amazon.com sets their own prices, and at this point, they are selling the entire album for $8.99, which is still reasonable for a double-length digital recording. At the bottom of the Amazon page, there is a link whereby you can let them know about the bootleg being sold elsewhere for a lower price. Feel free to report that to Amazon.

Feel free to subscribe to my You Tube channel by clicking here. That way, you will be notified first of all new Skafish video releases.

Also, join my mailing list by clicking here, so you will receive any and all the news first regarding Skafish.

From the original concert the day I turned 21, to the utter surprise of receiving a copy of the tapes in late 2008, to getting all of the technical stuff in order, I am thrilled to be able to share such a milestone, not only of my personal experience, but of the groundbreaking, limits-shattering, and innovative art my band and I brought into cultural consciousness. It was a time then, and it still stands the test of time here and now!

Thank you from the bottom of my heart for sharing it with me!

Skafish

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“Roll the Tapes” (Video Commentary Track 2 From BOOTLEG 21-35)

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Feel free to check out “Roll the Tapes,” the second video in a series of nine clips (including the complete version), which tell the story of the new Skafish release, “BOOTLEG 21-35,” the first ever official live Skafish album. In this clip, I discuss the various technical issues and challenges involved in getting the bootleg prepared to be released, as well as sharing behind-the-scenes anecdotal stories that came into play with the project.

If you want to be notified first when each of the remaining clips will be posted over the next several days, subscribe to my You Tube channel by clicking here.

For more information on “BOOTLEG 21-35,” visit http://www.skafishbootleg.com/. The album is available on iTunes, Amazon, CDBaby, and other digital outlets. It’s great to know that thirty-five years later, the bootleg can now be shared with all of you.

I hope you enjoy its spirit, and please spread the word,
Skafish

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Skafish Bootleg: The Final Decision

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First, I want to thank everyone who sent me emails and left comments regarding the Kickstarter project not reaching its funding goal. Your well-wishes and words of encouragement are greatly appreciated. As I said in my last post on June 24, 2012, you wouldn’t hear from me for a while, because I needed to take a break and regroup. Then, I would make my final decision regarding whether the bootleg was going to be released or not.

After looking at all the options, sorting through everything that has happened, and deciding what the bottom line is, I have made my decision: I am going to release the bootleg in a digital-only format. The release date of the project will be August 29, 2012, which is its 35th anniversary to the day. (The album will also include 8 brand new commentary tracks that I recently recorded.) For all of you who are interested in the project, please sign up for my free mailing list at http://www.skafish.com/guestbook.htm and you will be notified first of any and all developments.

I ultimately made the decision to move forward with the bootleg project because I feel that this concert is simply far too valuable of a work to not share it with my fans, and with those who like genre-defining and genre-defying underground rock. The performance of my band is flawless, as it always was, and filled with both cathartic angst and primal intensity from beginning to end. Add in the reverent audience reaction, and this was a night that deserves to be celebrated forever. For me personally, it represents the milestones of turning 21 (the day of the original concert), and now, being able to release it on my birthday 35 years later.

As I said before, this will be the first-ever live Skafish album, and it will feature 27 songs, including 15 original Skafish compositions that have never been released in any form prior. Also, the record will have my first release of a cover song, which is the legendary Bobby Darin classic, “Splish Splash.” The 8 new commentary tracks that are included will tell the historical back-story of that time period, the songs, the project, and how it all came together.

Depending on what level of interest the bootleg garners, I will possibly consider releasing it in physical formats in the future. That could include limited edition vinyl releases, as well as a CD package. We’ll see what happens.

Through the process, I have taken inspiration from this quote by Winston Churchill: “Success is going from failure to failure without losing enthusiasm.” What keeps the bootleg alive is my continued enthusiasm and passionate commitment to its phenomenal performance, its message, and the revolutionary spirit of its origin. I’m looking forward to this recording finally coming out from the shadows and into the light for everyone to hear and share. I hope that all of you enjoy experiencing this record as much as I do. It is music at its very bravest. — Skafish

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