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The New Album: "The Westerner"

Recording a new album and I want to share it with you first, along with limited-edition goods + access to content.

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The Westerner is my psychedelic, soul record from the Arizona desert.

In his dreams, he still flies

In his dreams, he still dreams

standing at the edge of the world

tasting the ocean as it rushes in

standing at the edge of the world

feet in the sand, waiting on the rising sun -- Rising Sun

The Westerner is dedicated to Michael Blake, author of many books including Dancing With Wolves, and a scholar and advocate for Native American rights. He was also one of my best friends for over 30 years. Michael taught me how to ride horses (we knocked each other off them several times) and we taught each other about writing, music & art. Many of these songs are about him or use him as the main character, and his presence has been with me throughout the making of the record. It’s a wild, spread-out, desert & ocean life that we’ve lived,

Michael lived in Tucson, as did another great friend, Howe Gelb, who I asked to produce & play on The Westerner. Howe, the city of Tucson & particularly WaveLab Studios have a sparse, desert sound you may have heard from Giant Sand, Neko Case, Iron and Wine & Calexico. Since many of the new songs are set in the desert, recording there was a natural choice.

The first day I arrived in Tucson, I spent time with Michael who was in hospice care. Three hours later, as we began recording, I got a call that he had passed over. It was a gift to have seen him one last time and an intensity I’ve never experienced in a recording session.

Michael Blake & I always loved The Doors. When Ray Manzarek passed, we listened to them more than ever. One day I saw an image The Doors used for a Record Store Day release in 2014. I had already chosen the album title, The Westerner, and this mysterious image of a shirtless kid staring out at horses & mountains said everything about the west. Was this a hippie kid? Native American? Boy? Girl? Was it now or a hundred years ago? Regardless of the details, the image represented freedom, open space & the West.

Turns out the image came from a collaboration & poster from Shepard Fairey & Aaron Huey to support Native American rights via a campaign called PROTECT THE SACRED. I felt so drawn to the image that I contacted Shepard and Aaron, who agreed to let me use it for my album cover, to further spread the mission of Protect the Sacred. Here were four things that Michael valued the most: freedom, Native American culture, wild horses and The Doors.

So it’s all come together; the West, its original people, a person who forever changed the popular image of Native Americans, freewheeling space, The Doors and sparse, tight music for the sound track. I’m honored to be part of such a collaboration. – John Doe; Richmond, Calif. 1/16

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The full album download of the new John Doe record. Includes access to exclusive updates.

Signed CD

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The new album, The Westerner, on CD. Signed. Includes full album download.

Signed Vinyl

Signed Vinyl
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The new album on vinyl and signed! Designed by Shepard Fairey.

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Limited-Edition Cassette [Signed]

Limited-Edition Cassette [Signed]
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A very limited supply of cassettes of The Westerner are now available.

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Signed Vinyl Test Pressing

Signed Vinyl Test Pressing
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The first copies of the vinyl -- used to test the sonic levels -- and each will be one of a kind and signed. You’ll also receive handwritten lyrics to one song off of the new album, The Westerner.

New Album on CD

New Album on CD
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New album on vinyl.

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Exclusive Baseball Tee

Exclusive Baseball Tee
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Newly design baseball tee with arrow design – Unisex sizing (S-XL).

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For T-shirt sizing – Chest width: S = 18” M = 20” L = 22” XL = 24"

Signed Book: "Under the Big Black Sun"

Signed Book: "Under the Big Black Sun"
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Your copy of this book will be signed.

Under the Big Black Sun explores the nascent Los Angeles punk rock movement and its evolution to hardcore punk as it’s never been told before. Authors John Doe and Tom DeSavia have woven together an enthralling story of the legendary west coast scene from 1977-1982 by enlisting the voices of people who were there. The book shares chapter-length tales from the authors along with personal essays from famous (and infamous) players in the scene. Additional authors include: Exene Cervenka (X), Henry Rollins (Black Flag), Mike Watt (The Minutemen), Jane Wiedlin and Charlotte Caffey (The Go-Go’s), Dave Alvin (The Blasters), Chris D. (Flesh Eaters), Jack Grisham (TSOL), Teresa Covarrubias (The Brat), Robert Lopez (The Zeros, El Vez), as well as scencesters and journalists Pleasant Gehman, Kristine McKenna, and Chris Morris. Through interstitial commentary, John Doe “narrates” this journey through the land of film noir sunshine, Hollywood back alleys, and suburban sprawl—the place where he met his artistic counterparts Exene, DJ Bonebrake, and Billy Zoom—and formed X, the band that became synonymous with, and in many ways defined, L.A. punk.

Under the Big Black Sun shares stories of friendship and love, ambition and feuds, grandiose dreams and cultural rage, all combined with the tattered, glossy sheen of pop culture weirdness that epitomized the operations of Hollywood’s underbelly. Readers will travel to the clubs that defined the scene, as well as to the street corners, empty lots, apartment complexes, and squats that served as de facto salons for the musicians, artists, and fringe players that hashed out what would become punk rock in Los Angeles.

Handmade Custom Guitar Strap

Handmade Custom Guitar Strap
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One guitar strap handmade by Jaykco Guitar Straps & custom painted by Featherweight Studio.

2 colors to choose from:
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Silver + metallic black

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Signed CD + Signed Book

Signed CD + Signed Book
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The new album, The Westerner, on CD (signed) plus the signed book, Under the Big Black Sun.

SIGNED CD Deluxe Package

SIGNED CD Deluxe Package
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Four very special items: Signed CD, Signed book, exclusive baseball tee + the limited-edition John Doe bandana.

Order by April 10 & receive it on or around release date.

For T-shirt sizing – Chest width: S = 18” M = 20” L = 22” XL = 24"

Bandana Color choices: Black or Natural

SIGNED VINYL Deluxe Package

SIGNED VINYL Deluxe Package
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4 very special items: Signed LP, Signed book, the baseball tee and the limited-edition John Doe bandana.

Order by April 10 & receive it on or around release date.

For T-shirt sizing – Chest width: S = 18” M = 20” L = 22” XL = 24"

Bandana Color choices: Black or Natural

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