Children of Mercy: Tale and Teachings From The World of Independent Music

Children of Mercy: Tale and Teachings From The World of Independent Music is a book and music compilation fashioned to showcase segments of the independent music scene and raise money to fight Cystic Fibrosis.

Along with the compilation CD, the book brings stories from the independent music scene while it raises money for the fight against Cystic Fibrosis, a disease that has affected the son of one the contributors, Swedish musician and writer Ola Nyberg. Ron Trembath, creator of the project, pursued funding for the book publishing on Kickstarter and obtained over $2900 in pledges to ensure that 100% of the profits and royalties from the book go to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation in the US, as well as the Cystic Fibrosis Trust in the UK.

Seattle’s Anna Lynne Williams of Trespassers William, CEO & Founder of Series II Records Christopher B., Shawn Fogel of Golden Bloom, Portland Mercury journalist Ryan Feigh, editor & Thunder Power frontman Will Silvey Simons and Kansas based musician Matt Beat (Electric Needle Room), are just a part of the 40 + team of artists, producers, label runners, promoters, writers, and listeners from the world of independent music that have contributed their essays on life in the independent music scene. A wide array of topics including, DIY, effects of the internet, performing, break ups, and indie history will be found in this treasure trove of indie music perspectives. The book seeks to open the eyes to the outside world on how tough it can be to be a solely independent musician as well as highlight why it might just be the only true way to be a real artist in the musical world.

The compilation CD was released on The Beechfields Record Label on February 8th. The book was released through Marquette Books LLC on April 1st. Physical CDs include artwork by San Diego based pop artist Kathie Bayne. The CD includes tracks by Couer Machant, Menhirs Of Er Grah, Lotte Kestner (Anna-Lynne Williams’ solo project), Westfold, Cleeman and The Pristines. The album is also currently available on CDBaby! Tracks from the album have already been heard on WVVY in Martha’s Vineyard MA, KYRS in Spokane WA, KZUU in Pullman WA, and KJHK in Lawrence KS. As well as features in DrunkenWerewolf Magazine, Pacific Northwest Inlander, and Rolling Stone (Indonesia).

The book is available on line at as well as on Amazon. In store copies can be found in select cities including Spokane, WA, Omaha, NE, and Martha’s Vineyard, MA. Look for details on the official website.

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