FUND-RAISER/SALE

DriveandCDThe documentary about me, Brad Warner’s Hardcore Zen is showing in Los Angeles and San Francisco next month, and the month after that Zero Defex is playing a show in Akron to raise money for my friend Logan Lestat’s on-going cancer treatment.

Usually when I do out-of-town gigs I make at least my travel expenses back. But for these shows I won’t. The movie screenings never really make anything (your ticket fees go to the theaters to pay the rental for the space) and, naturally, I won’t get paid for doing a charity show with Zero Defex.

SO, I’m gonna do a little fund raiser/sale here to try and raise some of the $700 or so I’ll need to make it to these events.

First item on the list: MONSTER FLASH DRIVES!!

I created these handsome monster shaped flash drives for the recent showing of the movie in NYC. Unfortunately due to the near complete inaccessibility of the merch table at that show, I only managed to sell one of them. That leaves 9 more for you fine folks. They contain the following:

Hardcore Zen audiobook complete and remastered. This is much better than the version I had up on CD Baby for a while. My friend John Graves went through the whole thing and fixed up a lot of the audio problems with the original version (which were the reason I pulled it off sale). Now it sounds terrific. But, as yet, it is not available anywhere but on this flash drive.

Sit Down and Shut Up audiobook complete and remastered. I should say “mastered” instead of remastered. Again, John Graves went through and fixed it all up. I have not yet made this for sale anywhere except at live appearances. I probably will eventually. But who knows? Get it now, while you can!

Five bonus audio tracks. Each of these is around an hour long. Four are talks I did that I thought came out especially well. One is an intimate dialogue between me and my first Zen teacher Tim McCarthy. They’re not remastered, but they sound pretty good anyhow. They’re all complete and unedited, just as they were captured on my audio recorder.

Eleven (11!) Zero Defex videos! All your favorite 0DFx songs on video!

Fourteen (14!!!) There Is No God commercials. These were created to go on YouTube when the book came out. I put about half of them up. But ALL of them are on the Monster Drive!

I will send one of these to the first nine people who donate $40 or more and specifically ask for the Monster Drive. If you end up being too late to get one, I will send you an email offering to refund your donation with absolutely no hard feelings — guaranteed. If these do well I’ll probably make more. So you’ll also get the option to hang tight till the new ones are ready.

Item two: HARDCORE ZEN MOVIE SOUNDTRACK CD

This is a 20 track CD containing all of the music used in the movie Brad Warner’s Hardcore Zen plus special dialogue snippets from the film to recreate the experience of seeing the movie. Most of the film’s soundtrack was composed by me or in collaboration with the guys from Zero Defex. You will find Dimentia 13 songs here that haven’t been available anywhere ever plus some of Zero Defex’s most memorable tunes and the classic Buddha Is A Good Ol’ Boy complete (in the film you get to hear about half a line of the song). It’s a song I wrote for Tim way back when I first started studying Buddhism with him in the early 80s. It’s beautifully stupid! This is the original version I did in 1984 that I recently found on a cassette tape in my closet.

I made 15 copies so the first fifteen people who donate $20 or more and specifically ask for the soundtrack CD will get them. It’s a CD-R, of course. But the label is handwritten by me, so that’s something, right? And it’s gonna be super rare. I’ll cook up some more to sell at future screenings of the film. But after that I won’t be making them anymore.

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Registration is now open for our Zen & Yoga Retreat at Mt. Baldy Zen Center May 9-11, 2014

The events page is now updated! Take a look at where I’m gonna be!

You can see the documentary about me,  Brad Warner’s Hardcore Zen, at the following locations:

• April 17, 2014 Los Angeles, CA

• April 20, 2014 San Francisco, CA

ZERO DEFEX will play on May 16, 2014 in Akron, OH

NOTE: The audiobook is no longer available from CD Baby so don’t try to order from them OK?

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  1. mb
    mb March 18, 2014 at 5:45 pm | |

    OK, finally an L.A. screening! So…”The Human War” at 7:00 p.m. and HZ at 9:15? Is “The Human War” that long? Or y’all going to talk about it afterwards before screening HZ? And have another talk session about HZ after HZ?

    If I lived in the neighborhood (I used to), I’d see ‘em both, but having to drive all the way across town and try to arrive at 7:00 p.m. would probably take as long as the film itself! Sorry Pirooz! I plan to be there for the “main event”, thanks…

  2. Mumbles
    Mumbles March 18, 2014 at 5:48 pm | |

    R.I.P. Scott Ashton, motherfuckers. Fuck.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BJIqnXTqg8I

  3. Lord Arturo
    Lord Arturo March 18, 2014 at 6:41 pm | |

    Oh Hey There Brad-
    I must be internetting wrong.
    As I donated a round $40 I did not see the option to say that I do indeed want the flash drive. Is it possible to make it so?

  4. Alan Sailer
    Alan Sailer March 18, 2014 at 7:02 pm | |

    Yeah.

    Iggy tended to steal the limelight (it was kind of his job) but the Stooges made it all great. Never saw them live, but I have a bunch of their vinyl.

    Search and Destroy Scott, wherever you are…

  5. Mumbles
    Mumbles March 18, 2014 at 7:27 pm | |
    1. Fred
      Fred March 19, 2014 at 8:40 am | |

      I saw them at the Grande in Detroit and in Clarkson a few times probably in
      the 60′s. Iggy dived off the stage and injured himself, and Ron kept on playing.

  6. unigami
    unigami March 19, 2014 at 5:21 am | |

    Brad – any chance that you are going to have the documentary at the Cedar-Lee theater in Cleveland? I think it would have a great reception there…

  7. Andy
    Andy March 19, 2014 at 11:20 am | |

    @CosmicBrainz. I’ve made a final attempt to communicate sans satire on the Random Reflections thread. Hope you take it with as much sincerity as I could muster.

  8. pirooz
    pirooz March 19, 2014 at 4:56 pm | |

    The double feature in Los Angeles starts at 9:15 p.m. and goes as follows:

    The Los Feliz 3 | April 17, 2014 @ 9:15pm $12

    9:15-10:25 – HARDCORE ZEN
    10:25-10:40 – Q&A with Brad Warner
    10:40-11:50 – THE HUMAN WAR
    11:50-12:05 – Q&A with cast members James Roehl and Alfred Rutherford and Co-directors Thomas Henwood and Pirooz Kalayeh.

    We will have posters ($5) bumper stickers ($2), DVDS ($15), books ($15), dino drawings ($15), tee shirts ($20), and monster drives ($40) for sale. If you donated to one of the fundraisers, you will receive your prizes by April 20th. ;)

    The screening in San Francisco will go as follows:

    Opera Plaza Cinema | April 20, 2014 @ 7:30pm

    7:30-7:45 – BRUNCH ON THE FOURTH OF JULY
    7:45-8:55 – HARDCORE ZEN
    8:55-9:20 – Q&A with Brad Warner and Pirooz Kalayeh conducted by writer Janey Smith.

    1. mb
      mb March 19, 2014 at 7:25 pm | |

      Must the tickets for this event be purchased from some special website or other, or can they be purchased the night of the show at the Los Feliz Theatre box office?

      1. mtto
        mtto March 20, 2014 at 1:17 am | |

        Tickets must be purchased here: http://local-screen.com/hardcore-zen/l-a-ca/
        They WILL NOT be available for purchase the night of the show at the Los Feliz Theatre box office. AND if they don’t sell enough tickets in time, the screening will be canceled.

        1. mtto
          mtto March 20, 2014 at 1:22 am | |

          We get our money back if they don’t sell enough tickets.

  9. boubi
    boubi March 19, 2014 at 5:29 pm | |

    North Dakota wants you: New campaign seeks to fill 20,000 jobs

    http://finance.yahoo.com/news/north-dakota-wants-campaign-seeks-182400975.html

    1. esfishdoc
      esfishdoc March 20, 2014 at 5:35 am | |

      My wife and I traveled through the northwest corner of ND and Williston recently. I’m sure it will be eventually known as one of the worst man made ecological disasters in this country if not the worst.

      1. boubi
        boubi March 20, 2014 at 10:08 am | |

        Come on … the worst … how about Chernobyl or other great achievements of the planned societies or when Saddam burned the oil wells.

        Anyhow since the discovery of fire we are bound to this :

        Collapse of civilisation is coming – Nasa study
        http://www.nzherald.co.nz/world/news/article.cfm?c_id=2&objectid=11220886

        But not all is lost … yet 1
        “The report stressed, however, that the worst-case scenario of collapse is not inevitable, and called on action now from the so-called real world “Elites” to restore economic balance.
        “Collapse can be avoided and population can reach equilibrium if the per capita rate of depletion of nature is reduced to a sustainable level, and if resources are distributed in a reasonably equitable fashion,” the scientists said.”

        Let’s not count on the “Elites” (with capital, please) to save the earth (no capitals), we’ve seen in the West those “elites”at every financial crisis disrupting and destroying the life of billions and in the rest of the world those same “elites” under the fancy names of “dear leaders”, “great presidents”, “leader camarades” who just as mindlessly as the western ones raped, destroyed, burned, depeled as some sort of apocalypse horsemen.

        1. esfishdoc
          esfishdoc March 20, 2014 at 11:18 am | |

          I wrote… “I’m sure it will be eventually known as one of the worst man made ecological disasters in this country if not the worst.”

          … One of the worst.. in this country… if not the worst.. (in this country)..

  10. Charles
    Charles March 19, 2014 at 5:58 pm | |

    So, whether I make it or not, I bought three tickets to the SF screening. I have so many scheduling conflicts that even my scheduling conflicts have scheduling conflicts.

    But scheduling conflicts are NOT a problem, they are part of the solution.

    “The answer is not in the solution. The answer is in the titration.”

    http://misterguch.brinkster.net/PRA002.pdf

  11. Bizzle
    Bizzle March 19, 2014 at 10:07 pm | |
  12. boubi
    boubi March 20, 2014 at 10:21 am | |

    Really, Brad, why people should finance your lifestyle of a wandering apostol of your vision of dharma?

    As you stated many times, rightly, “it” is now, so basking into your past accomplishements doesn’t change a shit about this now you live in ….
    “See, the fact is I’ve paid my own rent and my own taxes for thirty years. I’ve figured out how to travel around the world several times even though there is no way in holy heck I could afford it on the kind of money I make. I taught myself Japanese and managed to land a dream job in a company whose work I had admired since I was seven years old. I published five books and recorded five albums and I’ve been in a few movies. I even made a movie. ”

    …. the fact is “now”, what do you do now is what counts, the rest are at best memories

    BTW what is this sentence?
    “I’ve done plenty to qualify as becoming an adult.”
    What the heck is an adult?

    Seems as if you cannot sustain your lifestyle , now , we’ve all been younger and more agile, yes? Does it matter if we were able to do things in the past?
    If not to say to ourselves “i did it” and not having regrets for not having done it? This way erasing those things from our potential “attachement/regret list”.

    Have a look at your past blogs/posts. Some time ago the subject was “dharma”, now it is you with no money …

    Why don’t you organize an agrandizing world tour and ask people to pay for it … it works for the Rolling Stones.

  13. boubi
    boubi March 20, 2014 at 10:23 am | |

    Or why don’t you start a tour of the USA running from town to town, gathering supporter, calling the news stations and so on …

    wakarimaska?

  14. Mark Foote
    Mark Foote March 20, 2014 at 12:00 pm | |

    Speaking of the Elite picking the pockets of the rest of us:

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/03/14/fdic-banks-libor_n_4965875.html

  15. Mark Foote
    Mark Foote March 20, 2014 at 12:05 pm | |

    ‘In court documents filed in Singapore, Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) trader Tan Chi Min told colleagues that his bank could move global interest rates and that the Libor fixing process in London had become a cartel. Tan in his court affidavit stated that the Royal Bank of Scotland knew of the Libor rates manipulation and that it supported such actions. In instant messages, traders at RBS extensively discussed manipulating Libor rates. In a released transcript of a 21 August 2007 chat, Jezri Mohideen, who was the head of yen products in Singapore, asked to have the Libor fixed in a conversation with other traders:

    Mohideen: “What’s the call on the Libor?”
    Trader 2: “Where would you like it, Libor that is?”
    Trader 3: “Mixed feelings, but mostly I’d like it all lower so the world starts to make a little sense.”
    Trader 4: “The whole HF [hedge fund] world will be kissing you instead of calling me if Libor move lower.”
    Trader 2: “OK, I will move the curve down 1 basis point, maybe more if I can.”‘

    (Wikipedia, on the Libor scandal)

    “The whole HF [hedge fund] world will be kissing you”- gee, Brad, you coulda been a trader and had ‘em kissing your ass big-time…

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