1. People Get Ready.
Music legend Lester Chambers fronted his own hit band, performed with artists ranging from Miles Davis to Jimi Hendrix, and found his music in more than 100 films, TV shows, and commericals — all while barely making a dime.
After nearly 30 years, he finally saw his first royalty check in 1994, for just a few hundred bucks. He now lives on just $1,200 a month, despite half a century of musical achievement.
Chambers is currently working with Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian to produce a new album via Kickstarter and spread the word about the financial struggles of black artists in the music industry. Head over to Reddit right now for an AMA with Chambers himself.

    People Get Ready.

    Music legend Lester Chambers fronted his own hit band, performed with artists ranging from Miles Davis to Jimi Hendrix, and found his music in more than 100 films, TV shows, and commericals — all while barely making a dime.

    After nearly 30 years, he finally saw his first royalty check in 1994, for just a few hundred bucks. He now lives on just $1,200 a month, despite half a century of musical achievement.

    Chambers is currently working with Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian to produce a new album via Kickstarter and spread the word about the financial struggles of black artists in the music industry. Head over to Reddit right now for an AMA with Chambers himself.

  2. Live from Beijing.

    Iceberg is a short film set amid the hazy glow of the Beijing underground music scene.

    Featuring a cast drawn almost entirely from the ranks of local bands, Iceberg is both a love story with a rock ‘n’ roll soundtrack and an exploration of Chinese youth culture from an intimate point of view.

    The film’s new Kickstarter project seeks support to bring the film to audiences — and offers rewards including a lesson in Chinese profanity and an album of original tunes by “some of China’s most outstanding noisemakers.”