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After a twenty-year hiatus, the wandering minstrels of mayhem, Crime and the City Solution are back with their unique brand of controlled chaos and a new home city: Detroit.
Original members Bronwyn Adams, Simon Bonney, and Alexander Hacke, are joined by new confreres Jim White (drums), David Eugene Edwards (guitar), Danielle de Picciotto (visuals/backround vocals), Matthew Smith (keyboards) and Troy Gregory (bass). The band has recorded a new Album, ‘American Twilight’, in Detroit, April 2012. Following its release on Mute Records in the second half of 2012, Crime will embark on its most extensive tour to date. The world tour will run from the end of 2012 to the end of 2013. The live show will feature new music from American Twilight as well as re-interpretations of songs from the Berlin and London periods.
It will also feature, for the first time, a powerful visual component designed by new member Danielle de Picciotto. Using back projection on large screens, the imagery will accompany the live performance as a cinematic embodiment of the Crime musicscape, and will perfectly complement the grand narratives and dynamism that are the hallmark of Crime’s music and live shows.
This show will be a unique experience and a complete rendering of the band’s creative vision, and we passionately wish to bring it to as many fans in as many regions as we possibly can.
To bring you this show in its full sensory splendour, we need to raise funds to realise the Back Projection Project and underwrite the additional costs involved in staging this new and possibly one-time-only way of experiencing Crime and the City Solution.
In return for contributions we have assembled an impressive array of gifts, from a 35mm surrealist film titled ‘Sadness’ (directed by Simon Bonney and featuring music by the Detroit Crime) to the guitar used on Shine, the original art from Just South of Heaven, a handwritten and illustrated adaptation of ‘The Last Dictator’, signed photographs, hand written and illustrated lyrics, backstage passes, and the list goes on.
Dear friends, please contribute to this new adventure so that we can share the Crime and the City Solution experience fully with you all.
Your pledge will get you a download of “Sadness”: A 35mm surrealist short film. In a style reminiscent of Jean Cocteau, written and directed by Simon Bonney and featuring soundtrack music by the Detroit incarnation of Crime and the City Solution.
A blank paged spiral notebook. The cover of the notebook is adorned with Danielle de Picciottos drawing of the Crime Ship. The notebook has 25 pages.
Size: 5×8 inches (14x 21cm)
A beautiful, limited collage photo of the new band line up. A very special image was taken during the recording session in Detroit for the pledge project, for which Danielle drew a backround and inserted the signatures of all band members. Printed on special paper each one is a unique art piece.
Berlin is a throbbing vessel of creativity and madness. Order a Berlin postcard with a short message from one of its most luminous inhabitants: Personal postcard from Alexander Hacke
Order a postcard with a short message from the luminous poet and vocalist: Personal postcard from Simon Bonney
A silkscreened poster of the band 11inches x 16 inches will be made specifically for Pledge.
A beautiful black tote bag in cotton with silkscreened image of the pledge video drawn by Danielle de Picciotto.
This is a Pledge exclusive and a limited edition of 25!!
Danielle de Picciotto is not only known as a talented artist but has released a large number of intimate filmdocumentaries on musical enterprises. She has interviewed the band members during their recording session for the new album, asking them about their visions and inspirations. This will not be a music video but instead a poetic, magical journey presenting fascinating personalities and unexpected philosphies. You can purchase this exclusive pledge short film with a signed and limited artcover by Danielle de Picciotto
It’s turning warmer day by day so we have decided to sweeten up your summer by offering a new beautiful exclusive: a limited, silkscreened tanktop (black) with a drawing by Danielle which you can oder in “large” /"medium/ or "small "
The original track sheet for the song “Goddess” of the upcoming new album recorded at the Tempermill, Detroit.
Drumsticks used during the recording of the new album and signed by Jim White 45€ each pair.
Would you like to have Simon Bonney or David Eugene Edwards on your answering machine? This purchase is one that can bring happiness to your friends even if you are not at home! : Outgoing voice mail / telephone message from any member of the band
Silk-Screened on quality girlie T-shirts this limited edition pledge product offers the key to upcoming encounters and fairy tale happenings.
Silk-Screened on quality T-Shirts this exclusive pledge shirt is adorned with the main image of the reunited Crime and the City Solution project – a ship ready to fly into unknown realms of magic surrealism – sail away!
Original autographed photograph of Simon Bonney on the set of Wings of Desire by Peter Gruchot (8 x10)
This is the original production schedule plan the band hand drew at the beginning of the recording session to organize the days best possible. Price
Get to know the band members and hang out with them after the show. These exclusive VIP backstage tickets for the tour include a photo with the band.
The original, handtyped lyric notebook of " Paradise Discotheque" from 1990 stapled together and signed by Simon Bonney and Bronwyn Adams.
Learn some quality insider drum techniques from one of the best: One hour skype drum lesson with Jim White
Have you ever thought about how a musican would evaluate your psychological state of mind? And have you been wanting to learn how to play bass for a long time? Well here you can have both : One hour psychological evaluation and Skype bass lesson by Troy Gregory
This exclusive offers you the possibility of experiencing the band in their tour environment and having dinner with them before or after one of their shows. It is not staged or articifially prepared- it is the real thing.
Hand written lyrics ‘The Last Dictator III’ by Simon Bonney on beautiful hand made paper with ink drawing by Danielle de Picciotto (30x 40cm). This exclusive is a true collectors item with a very special Pledge price.
Hand written lyrics ‘The Last Dictator IV’ by Simon Bonney on beautiful hand made paper with ink drawing by Danielle de Picciotto (30x 40cm). This exclusive is a true collectors item with a very special Pledge price.
Hand written lyrics ‘The Last Dictator I’’ by Simon Bonney on beautiful hand made paper with ink drawing by Danielle de Picciotto (30x 40cm). This exclusive is a true collectors item with a very special Pledge price.
Hand written lyrics ‘‘On Every Train (Grain Will Bear Grain)’’ by Simon Bonney on beautiful hand made paper with ink drawing by Danielle de Picciotto (30x 40cm). This exclusive is a true collectors item with a very special Pledge price.
Hand written lyrics ‘“The Last Dictator II” ’ by Simon Bonney on beautiful hand made paper with ink drawing by Danielle de Picciotto (30x 40cm). This exclusive is a true collectors item with a very special Pledge price.
We are very proud to be able to offer this very special exclusive: This is an original, hand developed & printed photo of Detroit in 1986 taken by Matthiew Smith the bands new keyboarder. He was born in Detroit and his photograph is a very personal impression of the city in which the new Crime & The City Solution album has been recorded.It is mounted on a mat to protect the picture.It is signed and an edition of one.
This exclusive is very special and one of a kind: David Eugene Edwards has made an art piece specifically for pledge, presenting native Indian designs dear to his heart and filled with mystic symbolism.
Art work from upcoming new album “American Twilight” – original ink drawing (40x 30 cm)by Danielle de Picciotto made specifically for upcoming album project on beautiful golden hand made paper + hand written lyrics “The Bride Ship” by Simon Bonney. This exclusive is a true collectors item with a very special Pledge price.
Bronwyn Adams’ original iconic cover artwork for Just South Of Heaven. A hand drawn pastel land/skyscape including a hitherto unseen trio of sinister figures which were hidden on the original cover and will be revealed for the first time to whoever purchases it.
The Last Dictator (an adaptation): Based on the four part song cycle of the same name from Crime and the City Solution’s ‘Paradise Discotheque’, this hand written piece by Simon Bonney, with many illustrations by Danielle de Picciotto, comes as a beautiful,one of a kind notebook. The story charts the rise and fall of Dick, the Last Dictator. Told in magical realist style, we follow Dick from his idealistic and well-intentioned beginnings, through his compromising pursuit of power, his attainment of the presidency at a price – the poisoned chalice – to his increasingly desperate and tyrannical attempts to hold on to power and ultimately his final demise.
Alexander Hackes legendary original Guitar played for Crime in the 80ies – a Hopff Saturn so central to the Berlin Crime’s sound and which featured on such favourites as: Grain Will Bear Grain, All Must Be Love, The Dolphins and the Sharks, Keepsake, and I Have the Gun. This is a very sought after collectors item -Alexander has been asked about it for years. He is now offering it for the pledge project to make an elaborate Crime and the City Solution tour 2012/13 possible. It is signed and comes with the case, which features a special compartment for another tool essential to Alexander’s guitar-style: a vibrator.