I said a while ago, and I intend to stick to this, that I don’t intend to ever write another music book after the third Beach Boys one.
I’ve also, though, been *desperate* to write a book on Harry Nilsson since the box set of his stuff was announced, and yesterday Larry said in comments here that he wished I’d do the George Harrison book I’ve talked about.

So how about this?

When I’ve done Beach Boys book two, I’ll do a mini-Kickstarter for a Nilsson book. I’ll call it a Quickstarter, because I’m not looking to get funded for the time it will take or anything like that. What I want is to get at least twenty people to pledge at least a tenner — which will be the cost of pre-ordering a paperback copy (or maybe a signed paperback). If there are twenty people out there who like my music writing enough to pay in advance for it, which I doubt, then I’ll do the Nilsson book. Same way I do all my other music books — posting here first, then revising and publishing.

If that works, then after Beach Boys book three, I’ll do the same for David Bowie and George Harrison, the other two artists I think I could say something interesting about. If it doesn’t, then I won’t. Again, Kickstarters with only a two hundred quid target.

What do people think of this?

(Posts on The Beach Boys Live At Knebworth and the Remembrance Of The Daleks novelisation will come tonight).

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8 Responses to Quickstart

  1. David says:

    Hi, Andrew,
    Firstly, it’s good to see you back to your old level of productivity. I trust your health issues are now behind you and you’ve pummelled BT and the other guys into submission.
    Secondly, I’m happy to commit a tenner for your proposed Harry Nilsson book. I am always impressed with your ears and your perceptions, which always point me to something new despite the fact that, being a child of the fifties, I grew up with most of the music you write about.
    Good luck and stay well.

    • Andrew Hickey says:

      Thanks for that — the health problems are still there, but right now I’m not working on my novel, so you can see more of what I’m producing…

  2. You could do an actual crowfunding attempt on indiegogo – that way you could raise what you wanted, and see whether you get more than that, and can turn it into something bigger…

    • Andrew Hickey says:

      Well, I probably will do it on Kickstarter, Indiegogo, or one of those. But I know I have no hope of getting enough crowdfunding money to pay for my time (just looking at my site stats, number of Twitter followers, all that kind of stuff) and so I’m just hoping for a token amount.

  3. Larry Sojka says:

    Excellent and totally logical idea, Andrew. I’m still unemployed, but I can come up with at least a tenner. You don’t mean a tenor, right? You Brits…and I know next to nothing about the work of Harry Nilsson, that would be quite something, I’m sure. You’ll post instructions on how to contribute, right? I’ve never made an internet contribution before, except to Amazon.

    • Andrew Hickey says:

      Yeah, I’ll post instructions closer to the time. A tenner = £10 (about $15, give or take).

  4. Rachel Kate says:

    *tch* Now I’ll have to dig up a tenner from somewhere just as a step on the road to a Bowie book (not that I won’t dig a Nilsson volume too… *sigh* you would make it an English tenner, though, wouldn’t you?)

    • prankster36 says:

      Seconded! I have to admit a book on the Beach Boys isn’t something I would have seeked out under my own initivative, but reading your thoughts about them have been fascinating, and I would REALLY like to read your Bowie and George Harrison book. And honestly, your Harry Nilsson book, even though I know nothing about him, because I’m sure you’ll illuminate it in fascinating ways. Consider me pledged!

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