Amanda Palmer has been making music for over twenty years. The Art of Asking covers most of her life; the start of her band “The Dresden Dolls”, which launched her into fame, leads up to her Kickstarter campaign, Ted Talk and writing ‘The Art of Asking’.
Amanda Palmer attributes where she learned ‘the art of asking’ was performing as a living statue called the 8 foot bride. Her fearlessness has meant she has never been afraid to ask her fans for help. Help and support are provided in many different ways: crowd surfing, couch surfing, donating money for Amanda/her supporting bands/crew, a word or meaning for her book through Twitter. She in return spends hours with her fans in signings, impromptu gigs, communicating through her blog/twitter – allowing fans a look into her life.
She gives us an interesting view of the way humans work and the fear and shame surrounding asking for help. Disagreements with her label led her to the world’s most successful Kickstarter in which she received over a million dollars to fund her album and tour. She makes compelling arguments and details the inner turmoil and the backlash that plagued her because of her simply asking.
Amanda Palmer covers an amazing chronological shift with the use of the internet, showing us the power of Twitter. She demonstrates what the genuine love of fans/family can do. There is a great respect for artist and fan/fan and artist.
I really enjoyed this book!
It’s definitely encouraged me to ask more regularly and to give more regularly in return. I loved the way Amanda Palmer questioned herself and the conclusions she reached through her inner ravings. Nice to have it broken down into simpler terms without being preachy. She’s definitely led an interesting life and is quite inspiring to now follow!
It’s well worth checking out her website http://blog.amandapalmer.net/ and blog for the playlist and her twitter questions regarding the book – something cool to add to the experience.
Check out her TED talk as well https://www.ted.com/talks/amanda_palmer_the_art_of_asking
Good summer read! Inspired to take the doughnuts
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