Skip Prokop Biography Project

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In November 2012 Skip Prokop (The Paupers, Lighthouse) sat down for the first of dozens of intimate interviews with author Jaimie Vernon to finally tell his life story. After three years of these sessions the time has come to put Skip's thoughts into book form.

We need your help to make this happen. Funds are required to pay for transcribing, editing, book design, photo scanning, licensing, legal clearances and finally, printing of the next rock biography that fans the world over have waited 50 years to read.




"ONE FINE MORNING & SUNNY DAYS - THE SKIP PROKOP STORY"

From humble beginnings as the son of a working class Hamilton, Ontario family Ronn "Skip" Prokop spent his youth perfecting his drumming skills as a champion Drum Corp performer. In his teens he began writing songs and playing guitar in a folk trio. Following school he worked for the Toronto Police Department until a chance opportunity one summer as a jazz drummer at a Northern Ontario holiday resort convinced him to pursue music full time.

This is the story of singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Skip Prokop's rise to fame as a member of celebrated Yorkville Village four-piece The Paupers and internationally renowned jazz rock ensemble Lighthouse.

Take a 65 year journey with the man who penned the Top-20 hits "One Fine Morning", "Sunny Days", and "Pretty Lady" and rubbed shoulders with some of popular music's greatest stars: Jefferson Airplane, Richie Havens, Rick James, Neil Young, Linda McCartney, Steve Miller, Carlos Santana, Mike Bloomfield, Burton Cummings, Al Kooper, Bpbby Columby, Yal Zanovsky and the Lovin' Spoonful, David Clayton-Thomas, The Mandala, Steppenwolf, Mama Cass, Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, Duke Ellington, Sly & The Family Stone, Jimmy Ienner, Peter Paul & Mary, John Denver, Cream, Brian Jones and The Rolling Stones, Chuck Berry, BB King, The Association, Pozo Seco Singers, Dionne Warwick, Johnny Rivers, Mason Williams, Crowbar, The Youngbloods, Procol Harum, Ronnie Hawkins, MC5 plus managers Bernie Finkelstein and Albert Grossman.

Skip details his experiences playing the world's most famous stages in Toronto (Maple Leaf Gardens, El Patio, Hawk's Nest), Montreal (Expo '67), New York (Carnegie Hall, Cafe Au Go Go, Fillmore East, Electric Circus), San Francisco (Fillmore West), Detroit (Grande Ballroom), The Monterey International Pop Festival, The Monterey International Jazz Festival, Isle of Wight, Atlanta International Pop Music Festival, and Japan (Expo '70).

He also brings us behind the scenes during the eye-opening account of the Chicago riots following the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr., his testimony at the House of Commons study into Canadian Content regulations, his solo works, the ground breaking work in helping establish World Vision's mandate, and his devout work with various Christian Ministries including a performance at Riker's Island Correctional Facility to help inmates.

"One Fine Morning & Sunny Days - The Skip Prokop Story" is the true story of one man's drive to make a better world through music.


Q: Where does the money go?
A: The money will be divided into three segments -
1) to Skip. Skip has had to retire from Lighthouse due to health concerns and his book is the beginning of a new chapter in his life.
2) to author Jaimie Vernon to cover expenses while working on transcribing, editing and buckets of caffeine to stay awake late writing; 3) held in escrow and used to cover the costs of scanning of articles and photos, licensing, legals and other costs including manufacturing of physical books and to acquire the wonderful perks we're offering.

Q: When will I get my perks
A: Some perks will be given immediately (see details in description boxes), but everything else will be given out once the fundraiser closes.

Q: When will the book be released?
A: We expect to have physical copies ready in September at the latest (August if all things go according to plan!)

Q: Can I pay other than through PayPal?
A: Yes. While PayPal will allow you to pay through your designated account and/or by credit card, others may find it more convenient to use e-Transfer deposits through their Canadian chartered bank or by personal cheque.

Q: How do I pay by cheque or concealed cash?
A: Send to Bullseye Records of Canada Inc., 4003 Ellesmere Road, Scarborough, ON., M1C 1J3 CANADA

Q: How do I pay by e-Transfer?
A: This can be done through your ONLINE banking account only. An e-Transfer request can be sent to: bullseyecanada@hotmail.com

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