Published On: Thu, Jun 19th, 2014

Kickstarter Campaign Launched for James Jamerson & The Legend of The FUNK Machine

A new documentary ‘James Jamerson and the Legend of the FUNK Machine’ is now seeking financial backing via Kickstarter. The documentary focuses on the life of James Jamerson, master of bass at Motown Records during its incredible run of successful hits in the 1960s

The documentary team hope to track down Jamerson’s almost mythical 1962 Fender Precision Bass which was stolen shortly before he died. An impressive roster of interview subjects are also participating in the film including Gene Simmons, Victor Wooten and Verdine White.

Read on for more details….

Press Release

GREENWOOD, SC – June 17, 2014 – Wild Mercury Productions has launched a Kickstarter campaign to raise funds for James Jamerson & The Legend of The FUNK Machine, a documentary about the life of James Jamerson, master of bass for Motown Records during its epic run of hits in the 1960s. Jamerson’s most cherished guitar, a 1962 Fender Precision Bass which he called The FUNK Machine, was stolen shortly before he died in 1983. Filmmakers Paul Crutcher and Tom Neal are going to find it.

Following months of research, pre-production, and local interviews, Wild Mercury has set a $25,000 Kickstarter goal that will pay for production costs, including travel to Nashville, Detroit, and Los Angeles to conduct their investigation. “I am obsessed with finding The FUNK Machine, the Holy Grail of stolen music instruments” said producer/director Paul Crutcher. “James Jamerson used it on over thirty #1 hits and an estimated 200 million records sold worldwide. I am determined to find this guitar and have it enshrined in The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.”

Over 25 respected bassists and musicians have agreed to participate, including Gene Simmons, Don Was, Victor Wooten, Pino Palladino, Steve Cropper, Michael Henderson, Edwin McCain, Chuck Rainey, Dave Schools (Widespread Panic), Verdine White (Earth, Wind & Fire), David Hood (Muscle Shoals), and Hutch Hutchinson (Bonnie Raitt). Backers will receive a copy of the film starting at the $25 Digital Download pledge level.

Additional pledge levels offer specially commissioned fine art prints, a handcrafted 10” replica of The FUNK Machine, and an opportunity to be interviewed for the film as a Jamerson megafan. The top $5,000 pledge level rewards a new Fender Precision Bass guitar loaded with autographs from participating celebrities.

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