Hello wizard rockers!
It's 2007 and we are planning on making this the greatest year ever for wizard rock! Joe and I have been totally inspired by the awesome community that has sprung up in the wake of our efforts to make the world read and rock a little harder. In the past year or so, we've heard so many incredible songs by so many new bands, and we've even had the good fortune to have some of these bands perform with us. We've met so many new people who are getting involved in wizard rock, both as bands and as fans. There are now websites devoted exclusively to bringing you up-to-the-minute wizard rock news, and there are a number of people working very hard to document this unique moment in time. Sometimes it can be a bit overwhelming, but then when I sit back and think about it, I realize that it truly does just feel like one very supportive community that we have built. I've corresponded with so many bands and fans, and I really feel like we are just a large, extended group of friends. There is no aspect of celebrity that separates bands from fans and that has enabled everyone to feel included and welcomed by this music and these ideas. Together, we have built a strong and supportive community that is accepting of music at all levels of talent and performance skill. And I think that together, there are even more wonderful things we can make happen.
We have all been affected by these books in one way or another. They inspire us and amuse us and provide us with endless hours of enjoyable debate. This entire phenomena has unequivocally confirmed that books and literature can change people's lives. For so many young people though, access to books can be limited or non-existant. There are many non-profit organizations today that are working to combat this problem, and we are very excited to announce a major wizard rock charity undertaking that will work toward getting more books into the eager hands of aspiring readers.
With this in mind, Harry and the Potters are pleased to present the Wizard Rock EP of the Month Club.
For each month of 2007, we will be releasing an exclusive CD from a totally awesome wizard rock band. Members in the club will receive 2 CDs at a time, at six different points in the year. The cost to join the club will be $50 for the year and includes all 12 CDs, plus some cool bonus stuff, I'm sure. Subscriptions will be limited to approximately 750 copies.
The membership fees will be used to cover all costs associated with producing and distributing the CDs to members. After that, all remaining proceeds will be donated to First Book, a non-profit organization that gives children from low-income families the opportunity to read and own their first new books. If we are able to sell all 750 subscriptions, we should raise close to $10,000 for this charity!
In addition, each participating band will receive 200 copies of their CD for free and they will be able to sell these separately, outside of the club subscriptions. Through these sales, many of these bands will be able to raise money to support future wizard rock endeavors.
Members of the club will receive EXCLUSIVE EPs from ALL of the following awesome bands!
Harry and the Potters
Draco and the Malfoys
the Hungarian Horntails
the Remus Lupins
Remus and the Lupins
Ginny and the Heartbreakers
the Fleur Delacours
and finally, Dumbledore himself!
This list of bands just makes us drool and we are totally pumped to be working together with all of them on this. We are psyched to share some exciting music from our new friends in this community. All these bands deserve special commendation for being willing to donate some of their music to this worthy cause. If this enterprise is successful, hopefully we can continue it into 2008 and include a dozen other great bands in the club. Together, we can keep the world reading and rocking!
One further note: we are not starting a record label. We're simply helping to facilitate and coordinate this effort. We're not interested in running a wizard rock label. One of our favorite things about wizard rock is the completely independent spirit that permeates and fuels the entire community. Anyone can be in a band. Anyone can write and record music. And if you want to put out a CD, anyone can do that too! As a band, we continue to follow this DIY philosophy, and it's been inspiring to see others follow similar paths. Success is that much sweeter when you've achieved it on your own terms and with your own style.
Please consider joining this new club and showing your support for reading, rocking and books - all at once! Let's make this happen!
Harry and the Potters
Any questions or comments about the club should be directed to wizardrockEPclub at gmail dot com