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The world will know of Amanda Fucking Palmer

Any of you who keep track of media phenomena, current trends, social media, music might have read about Amanda Palmer, a very talented American artist-musician-singer-performer all-rolled-into-one.

I have been following Amanda ever since my friend Lucy introduced me to the Dresden Dolls  way back in the day. I kept track of Amanda in her solo career as Amanda Fucking Palmer (AMF) where she produced great witty songs, amazing video-clips, and art books. I have seen her online involvement with the fans through the social media, communicating with them in a degree which was beyond anything i had ever observed before (e.g.: she tweeted that she needed a ride or an instrument on various locations of the world and people accommodated her, but she did not do only that, she gave back to the people ten-folds, anyone who has read her blogs can see that).

Amanda’s connection with the people is simply and utterly moving. She gives herself, her personal life, her image; everything is about communicating. That sense of collectiveness made me want to be part of the people who assisted her to her ninja-gigs, i wanted to help her out any way i could. At one point, when i was living in the states, i ordered some stuff from her online-merchendise shop, and i have not regret it at all.

Nonetheless, Amanda, being the pioneer she is, took her motto: “We are the media” a step further, and begun funding her, truly inspired, projects via Kickstarter (to those of you who are unfamiliar with Kickstarter, it is a platform, which people present their ideas, projects and seek funds from the public in order to realize it -providing incentives- each project has a set monetary goal which has to be achieved within a given time period, if said goal is not reached, then the backers of the project will not be charged).

Currently Amanda has recorded Kickstarter history, although she does not wish her new album to be remembered as the “Kickstarter-album“, she asked her fans to back her new album, art work and tour, and the response was cataclysmic from day one, surpassing her goal. Now we are nearing the end of the 30-day-period, and she has had over 20.000 people back her up with an accumulative amount reaching up to $1mln. The rewards for backers are truly exceptional, Amanda has a way of pleasuring her fans and showering them with gifts, including the likes of house-parties; she has had 8 updates of how things are going with the preparation of the album, the art book and other surprises she has planned for us-her fans/backers, she has released two songs online so we do not have to wait up to the release of the album and in general has responded to all the concerns that people have addressed.

I have to admit that it bothers me that she has to defend so vehemently her actions, and explain to all that she is producing everything/paying for everything, which does not mean that she has just become a millionaire. She is planning many great things, for which money are required, and through the love of the public she has managed to execute those plans.

Do keep an eye on her, since she is constantly doing impromptu things, and more so, because her way of operation might revolutionize the music industry as a whole.

Here you can listen to one of her new songs: Do It with a Rockstar – Amanda Palmer

Ps: One of my wishes for the past decade has been to see Amanda Palmer live, since it seems that we cannot agree to be on the same continent at the same time 😛

When i cannot go to sleep at nights, i try to figure out how i could organize concerts, what it would entail etc. I often dream that I would book Amanda for a series of small-venue intimate shows that would include her different aspects: Dresden Dolls, Evelyn Evelyn, Amanda and Neil, Amanda Palmer and the Grand Theft Orchestra, and most certainly a ninja gig. I sure hope that with her upcoming tour, i will get a chance to enjoy AFP.

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2 comments on “The world will know of Amanda Fucking Palmer

  1. elm0sh
    May 30, 2012

    So, Amanda’s Kickstarter project is coming to an end, and she will be celebrating with a massive street party in Brooklyn, NY on Thursday 31 May. She is planning something major, a whole street in Brooklyn will be closed off for the party! So everyone who is in NYC should go and have a good time @ Douglass Street between 3rd Ave & Nevins Street (Gowanus, Brooklyn, NY), from 6pm up to midnight, it is going to be EPIC.

  2. elm0sh
    May 30, 2012

    Those of us, who will not be able to attend in person can watch the online streaming of the event at http://www.partyontheinternet.com/

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