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Amanda Palmer, American Musician ( April 30, 1976 - )

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The world needs actual excitement and emotion more than it needs cool people.~Amanda Palmer


Cool World People

My number-one goal is to never feel like I'm strictly defining myself. The minute I feel like I'm doing that as anything - as theatrical, as feminist, as songwriter - I feel like the minute I name it, I'm stuck in a box.~Amanda Palmer


Myself Goal Doing

One of the best things about Kickstarter and crowdfunding and the collapse of the music business is a lot of artists like me have been forced to face our own weird mess about ourselves and what we thought it meant to become musicians.~Amanda Palmer


Music Best Business

I have never in my career embarked on a journey towards controversy. I have never deliberately set a flame.~Amanda Palmer


Journey Flame Career

There's no blueprint; getting married doesn't make you boring, having kids doesn't make you boring, having money doesn't necessarily have to make you boring.~Amanda Palmer


Money You Boring

In some way, my fundamental feeling about music is that it's impossible to put a price tag on it. Human beings made music before they made a lot of other things, including tools.~Amanda Palmer


Music Impossible Feeling

I've always been a creative workaholic. I have never had a period of my life where I didn't have at least half a dozen projects going on at once.~Amanda Palmer


Life Creative My Life

The challenge in my life really is keeping the balance between feeling creatively energized and fulfilled without feeling overwhelmed and like I'm in the middle of a battlefield.~Amanda Palmer


Life Challenge Balance

I've been in a recording studio enough times to know that it is not the best place to multitask. Doing a couple of takes of a song and running out to check your email to talk to someone about video production really is not good.~Amanda Palmer


Best Good Doing

I think performance art comes from a simple place of wanting to express things beyond just sound.~Amanda Palmer


Art Simple Performance

Crowdfunding as an idea itself isn't new - bands have been doing it since the dawn of time.~Amanda Palmer


Time Doing Dawn

I'd actually say that every musician is a human being, and that not everybody likes being social. But with music, there are all these ingredients to the business that have nothing to do with writing songs or playing an instrument.~Amanda Palmer


Music Business Writing

Meditation, especially for people who don't know very much about it and think it's this very hippy dippy thing, can really be powerful, terrifying even, as it lifts the rug up on your subconscious and the dust comes flying out.~Amanda Palmer


People Powerful Flying

I hate being ignored.~Amanda Palmer


Hate Being Ignored Being

There's a huge cloud of shame around art and business being seen as bedfellows.~Amanda Palmer


Art Business Cloud

I think one of the greatest gifts you can give to someone is just access to the possibility of freedom that you don't have to be totally depressed and enslaved by your own environment.~Amanda Palmer


Freedom Greatest You

I was just a very dark kid. My family was complicated.~Amanda Palmer


Family Dark Complicated

I had very literal parents and I wanted to survive with metaphor and art, and there was a real sense of shame around it.~Amanda Palmer


Art Parents Real

If you stuck me in a room and gave me art-making tools but told me no one would ever see the results, I don't think I'd have much desire to make art. What I do comes from a deep desire to be seen and to see others.~Amanda Palmer


Art Deep Me

The stage show is, in some sense, highly theatrical. It's definitely not just a band in jeans playing rock and roll.~Amanda Palmer


Rock And Roll Rock Band

Bands like Nirvana had theatrical sensibilities, playing with image, challenging assumptions people were making about them, the apex being Kurt Cobain in a dress to make a point.~Amanda Palmer


People Dress Assumptions

If you're willing to take risks, Twitter is a vast amusement park of interesting life possibilities.~Amanda Palmer


Life You Interesting

I have used Twitter for so many things, from places to stay, places to go, things to do, things I need, medical advice, you name it. Especially when I'm on tour, it really feels like I'm being taken care of by half a million people. It is like having a mom.~Amanda Palmer


Mom Medical People

I see everybody arguing about what the value of music should be instead of what I think the bigger conversation is, which is that music has value, it's subjective and we're moving to a new era where the audience is taking more responsibility for supporting artists at whatever level.~Amanda Palmer


Music Responsibility Value

You get the feeling that on a lot of days the audience for most music would kind of rather not be faced with the artist, especially because we've been educated to think that the artist are these special creatures are otherwordly and aren't like us.~Amanda Palmer


Music Artist Feeling

I don't feel at home in New Orleans. I don't feel at home in Austin or L.A. And I just felt immediately at home in northern Australia.~Amanda Palmer


Home Feel Australia