Ronen Givony, a devoted Wilco fan and web-master of Wilco lyric web site bemydemon.org, was ecstatic (and a tad ashamed) when he downloaded the band's new album more than three months prior to it's official release date. Givony then transcribed the new songs and sent them to Wilco frontman Jeff Tweedy asking for lyric corrections, including an apology for getting album early and a promise to purchase it when it streets on June 22. Tweedy replied and made the lyric corrections Givony asked for. As a thank you, the 25-year-old established justafan.org, a web site created specifically for fans who have downloaded copies of the new Wilco album, A Ghost Is Born and want to show their appreciation. The site allows fans to make donations to the Doctors Without Borders/Medecins Sans Frontieres charity, which the band hand-picked.
According to Rolling Stone, in the site's very first day online and with only word-of-mouth publicity, donations exceeded an amazing $1,500.
Speaking for the band, Wilco manager Tony Margherita told RS, "The band and I think this idea is great because it just underscores something we believe very strongly: that real music fans are prepared, even anxious, to prove their loyalty and support their favorite artists. They want to participate. These people are not the enemy . . . They're the backbone of what we all do. Plus, we get to support a charity that we think is very important, and I'm certain that a vast majority of the people who are downloading the record are going to want the real thing when it comes out in June."