Crimson Chronicles Book App for iPad — An Approved Kickstarter Project

A rock history aficionado can find a number of solid apps (general and specific), to feed his ceaseless hunger for the skinny on his musical idols. A new Kickstarter project now gives backers the chance to go behind-the-scenes. One pledge tier even lets fans contribute to the e-book.

While they weren’t hit makers in their heyday, King Crimson still commands a devoted league of gentlemen followers (and some ladies too, of course). King Crimson bassist Tony Levin had long been an avid photographer, and thus an unofficial tour diariast, having released two books documenting his time on the road with Peter Gabriel and King Crimson. Levin, a lifelong musician, now in his 7th decade of life, is bringing his photos to the iPad through a Kickstarter project called Crimson Chronicles.

Crimson Chronicles gives fans more than just a new way to listen to well-loved music. Centering on Discipline-era King Crimson (roughly ’81 – 85), Levin imagines the e-book will be, “not just pages of photos – I wanted to take advantage of the latest technologies in books for tablets to bring this King Crimson experience to a whole new level… adding interactivity, voice commentary and anecdotes, videos and new original music to the photos.”

Levin wrote original music to accompany all of the book’s chapters, and the band also shot some additional videos to add a current voice to the book app.

King Crimson was always progressive, not only in its experimental style, but in its theatricality. Its exciting to see the bands tale unfold on the iPad, as Levin embraces the new technology to tell his story.

Crimson Chronicles has already reached its initial (rather modest) funding goal of $5000, which demonstrates that while millennials might not know them, the band still appeals to musicians of a certain age.

Interested backers need to pledge before the funding period ends on September 20, 2012. For a pledge of only $25, and you can send the band your King Crimson memorabilia for inclusion in the book, and Levin will add your name as a contributor. Get to work digging out that ticket stub from the early ’80s without delay.

Are you a King Crimson super fan? If so you’ better hurry to pledge because there’s also only one spot left (of 5) at the $1000 pledge level. Backers at that level will receive the last available signed “Robert Fripp in Italy” photo (pictured below).

Amazingly, four other backers have already snapped up this reward, and their contributions comprise 2/3 of the current funding for the project. The willingness to commit that sum to the project demonstrates the needle-like zealotry of King Crimson fans.

This post is part of our recurring PadGadget Kickstarter series. Find out how you can submit a Kickstarter project or get more info on this series by clicking here.

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About Emily: Emily is a freelance writer who loves discovering new apps whenever she can pry the iPad away from her children or husband. You can contact her via Twitter: @whatwentwrite