Amanda Palmer

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Amanda Palmer
Amanda Palmer St. Kilda.jpg
Palmer in 2011
Background information
Birth name Amanda MacKinnon Palmer
Also known as Amanda Fucking Palmer[1][2]
Born (1976-04-30) April 30, 1976 (age 40)
New York City, New York, U.S.
Origin Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.
Genres Alternative rock, punk cabaret, dark cabaret
Occupation(s) Singer-songwriter, musician, performance artist
Instruments Vocals, keyboard, piano, ukulele, harmonica, drums
Years active 1989–present
Labels

Cooking Vinyl, 8ft. Records

Formerly with Roadrunner Records (until April 2010)
Associated acts The Dresden Dolls, Evelyn Evelyn, 8in8, Amanda Palmer and The Grand Theft Orchestra
Website AmandaPalmer.net

Amanda MacKinnon Gaiman Palmer[3] (born April 30, 1976), sometimes known as Amanda Fucking Palmer,[1][2] is an American singer-songwriter who is the lead singer, pianist, and lyricist of the duo The Dresden Dolls.[4] She performs as a solo artist, and is also one-half of the duo Evelyn Evelyn, and the lead singer and songwriter of Amanda Palmer and the Grand Theft Orchestra.[citation needed]

Life and career[edit]

Palmer was born Amanda MacKinnon Palmer in New York City's Mount Sinai Hospital,[5] and grew up in Lexington, Massachusetts.[6] Her parents divorced when she was one year old, and she rarely saw her father as a child.[7]

She attended Lexington High School, where she was involved in the drama department,[8] and attended Wesleyan University[9] where she was a member of the Eclectic Society.[10] She staged performances based on work by the Legendary Pink Dots, an early influence, and was involved in the Legendary Pink Dots electronic mailing list, Cloud Zero.[citation needed] She then formed the Shadowbox Collective, devoted to street theatre and putting on theatrical shows (such as the 2002 play, Hotel Blanc,[11] which she directed). Another early influence is Judy Blume, an author of children's books.[12]

With an interest in the performing arts, both in music and in theatre, Palmer spent time busking as a living statue called "The Eight Foot Bride" in Harvard Square, Cambridge; Edinburgh, Scotland; Australia (where she met Jason Webley);[13] as well as many other locations. She refers to this line of work on The Dresden Dolls' self-titled CD, with the song "The Perfect Fit":

I can paint my face
And stand very, very still
It's not very practical
But it still pays the bills

as well as on the A is for Accident track "Glass Slipper":

I give out flowers
To curious strangers
who throw dollars at my feet.

The Dresden Dolls[edit]

Main article: The Dresden Dolls
Amanda Palmer performing with The Dresden Dolls at Kings Arms Tavern in Auckland, New Zealand, September 2006

At a Halloween party in 2000, Palmer met drummer Brian Viglione and afterwards they formed The Dresden Dolls. In an effort to expand the performance experience and interactivity, Palmer began inviting Lexington High School students to perform drama pieces at the Dresden Dolls' live shows. This evolved to The Dirty Business Brigade, a troupe of seasoned and new artists, performing at many gigs.[14]

In 2002, after developing a cult following, the band recorded their eponymous debut album, The Dresden Dolls, with producer Martin Bisi (of Indie, Brooklyn, New York fame). They produced the album before signing with the label Roadrunner Records.[citation needed]

In 2006, The Dresden Dolls Companion[15] was published, with words, music & artwork by Amanda Palmer.[15] In it she has written a history of the album The Dresden Dolls and of the duo, as well as a partial autobiography. The book also contains the lyrics, sheet music, and notes on each song in the album, all written by Palmer, as well as a DVD with a 20-minute interview of Amanda about making the book.[citation needed]

In June 2007, as part of the Dresden Dolls, she toured with the True Colors Tour 2007,[16] including her debut in New York City's Radio City Music Hall,[17] and her first review in the New York Times.[17]

July 2008 the Dresden Dolls released a second book, the Virginia Companion, a follow-up to The Dresden Dolls Companion, featuring the music and lyrics from the Yes, Virginia...(2006) and No, Virginia... (2008) albums, produced by Sean Slade and Paul Kolderie.[citation needed]

The Onion Cellar and Cabaret[edit]

Palmer conceived the musical/production The Onion Cellar, based on a short story from The Tin Drum by Günter Grass. From December 9, 2006 through January 13, 2007, The Dresden Dolls performed the piece in conjunction with the American Repertory Theater at the Zero Arrow Theatre in Cambridge, Massachusetts. While Palmer was openly frustrated with the direction of the show, fan and critical reviews were very positive.[18]

Palmer, as part of her solo career, returned to the A.R.T. in fall 2010 for a two-month run of Cabaret, starring as the Emcee.[19]

Dresden Dolls Reunions[edit]

The Dresden Dolls reunited for a tour in the United States in 2010, starting on Halloween in New York City and ending in San Francisco on New Year's Eve.[20] They performed two shows in 2011, in Australia and Mexico, and seven shows, in Australia and New Zealand, in 2012. They performed shows in Kingston, New York, Boston, and Brooklyn in August 2016.

Evelyn Evelyn[edit]

Main article: Evelyn Evelyn
Palmer (left) as one half of Evelyn Evelyn, with Jason Webley

In September 2007, Palmer collaborated with Jason Webley to release Evelyn Evelyn's debut EP Elephant Elephant via Jason's Eleven Records. Their full-length album, Evelyn Evelyn was released March 30, 2010, followed by a worldwide tour.[21]

Solo career[edit]

In July 2007, Palmer played three sold-out shows (in Boston, Hoboken, and NYC) in a new "with band" format. Her backing band was Boston alternative rock group Aberdeen City, who also opened along with Dixie Dirt. In August 2007, Palmer traveled to perform in the Spiegeltent and other venues at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in Scotland, and also performed on BBC Two's The Edinburgh Show. She collaborated with Australian theater company, The Danger Ensemble; both again appeared at the Spiegeltent in Melbourne and at other venues around Australia in December 2007.

In June 2008, Palmer established her solo career with two well-received performances with the Boston Pops.[22][23]

Photo taken during her 2008 tour promoting Who Killed Amanda Palmer

Her first solo studio album, Who Killed Amanda Palmer, was released on September 16, 2008. Ben Folds produced and also played on the album.[24][25] The title is a play on an expression used by fans during Twin Peaks original run, "Who killed Laura Palmer?" A companion book of photos of Palmer looking as if she were murdered was released in July 2009. Titled Who Killed Amanda Palmer a Collection of Photographic Evidence, it featured photography by Kyle Cassidy and stories by Neil Gaiman, as well as lyrics from the album.[26]

"Strength Through Music," a track from Who Killed Amanda Palmer, indirectly references August Strindberg. The song contains an audio clip of a web cartoon called Strindberg and Helium; the cartoon almost exclusively quotes Strindberg's work.[citation needed]

In late 2008, she toured Europe with Jason Webley, Zoe Keating and The Danger Ensemble, performing songs mostly from her debut solo album. She did most of the shows with a broken foot she had sustained in Belfast, Northern Ireland when a car ran over her foot as she stepped out into a street.[27] In April 2009, she played at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival.[28]

In 2009, Palmer went back to her alma mater, Lexington High School in Massachusetts, to collaborate with her old director and mentor Steven Bogart on a workshop piece for the department's spring production. The play, With The Needle That Sings In Her Heart was inspired by Neutral Milk Hotel's album, In the Aeroplane Over the Sea and The Diary of Anne Frank.

It received an overwhelmingly positive response from the Lexington community and abroad. NPR's Avishay Artsy interviewed the cast in a piece featured on All Things Considered on closing night of the production.[29]

Palmer began using the ukulele during a concert as a goof, but soon it became a regular part of her repertoire. Later, she recorded a full album with ukulele accompaniment: Amanda Palmer Performs the Popular Hits of Radiohead on Her Magical Ukulele.[30][31][32]

On April 20, 2012, Palmer announced on her blog that she launched a new album pre-order on Kickstarter. The Kickstarter project was ultimately supported by 24,883 backers for a grand total of $1,192,793[33] — at the time, the most funds ever raised for a musical project on Kickstarter.

The album, Theatre Is Evil, was recorded with The Grand Theft Orchestra, produced by John Congleton, and released in September 2012.

On November 9, 2012, Palmer launched the first music video from Theatre is Evil for "Do it With a Rockstar" on The Flaming Lips' website. The video was co-created and directed by Wayne Coyne, lead singer of The Flaming Lips.[34] Subsequent videos were released for "The Killing Type" and "The Bed Song".

On August 9, 2013, Palmer made her Lincoln Center debut.[35][36]

In November 2014, Palmer released her memoir, The Art of Asking (ISBN 1455581089), which expands on a Ted talk she gave in February 2013. The book made the NY Times bestsellers lists.[37][38]

On March 3, 2015 Amanda began soliciting financial support on the crowdfunding platform Patreon.[39] Palmer spoke at the 2015 Hay Festival about the prospect of reconciling art and motherhood. The talk was recorded for the BBC Radio 4 series Four Thought and broadcast on June 21, 2015.[40] Also in 2015, she served as a judge for The 14th Annual Independent Music Awards.

During the first months of 2016, she released the completely patron-funded song, "Machete", and a David Bowie tribute EP, entitled Strung Out In Heaven: A Bowie String Quartet Tribute.[39][41]

Duo with Jack Palmer[edit]

Amanda Palmer collaborated with her father, Jack Palmer, to record an album, "You Got Me Singing".[42] The duo performed several concerts in July 2016 in support of the album.[43]

Personal life[edit]

Palmer resides in Boston, Massachusetts, with other artists in a cooperative named the Cloud Club.[44]

She has identified as bisexual,[45] telling afterellen.com in 2007: "I'm bisexual, but it's not the sort of thing I spent a lot of time thinking about," Palmer said. "I've slept with girls; I've slept with guys, so I guess that's what they call it! I'm not anti trying to use language to simplify our lives."[46] Palmer has spoken out on feminist issues[47] and about her open relationships, stating in one interview that "I've never been comfortable in a monogamous relationship in my life. I feel like I was built for open relationships just because of the way I function," Palmer explained. "It's not a reactive decision like, 'Hey I'm on the road, you're on the road, let's just find other people.' It was a fundamental building block of our relationship. We both like things this way."[48]

Palmer has said that she once worked as a stripper named Berlin.[49] She has stated that the song "Berlin" was written about this experience.[50]

On her blog, Palmer has stated that she had an abortion at age 17. In the same blog post, she stated that she was date raped when she was 20 years old.[51]

Amanda Palmer and Neil Gaiman (Vienna 2011)

On January 15, 2010, Neil Gaiman and Palmer confirmed their engagement in an announcement made to their respective websites.[52] On November 16, 2010, Amanda Palmer hosted a flash mob wedding (not legally binding) for Gaiman's birthday in New Orleans. On January 3, 2011, the couple announced, via Twitter, that they had legally married in a private ceremony.[53] The wedding took place in the parlor of writers Ayelet Waldman and Michael Chabon.[54]

Palmer practices meditation and wrote an article titled "Melody vs. Meditation" for the Buddhist publication Shambhala Sun, that described the struggle between songwriting and being able to clear the mind to meditate.[55]

On March 18, 2015, Palmer announced via her Twitter and Facebook profiles that she and her husband, Neil Gaiman, were expecting a child in September.[56][57] Palmer gave birth to the couple's son, Anthony, on September 16, 2015.

Awards and honors[edit]

  • 2012: Artist & Manager Awards - Pioneer Award
  • 2012: Twitter Feed @amandapalmer in the Boston Phoenix's Best 2012[58]
  • 2011: Actress in a local production: Cabaret – Boston's Best, Improper Bostonian[59]
  • 2010: Artist of the Year – Boston Music Awards[60][61][62]
  • 2010: Cover of "Fake Plastic Trees" (Radiohead) named 13th of Paste magazine's 20 Best Cover Songs of 2010[63]
  • 2009: No. 100 on After Ellen's Hot 100 of 2009.[64]
  • 2008: No. 6 on the Best Solo artist list in The Guardian's Readers' Poll of 2008.[65]
  • 2007: No. 6 on Spinner.com's "Women Who Rock Right Now".[66]
  • 2006: The Boston Globe named her the most stylish woman in Boston.[67]
  • 2006: Listed in Blender magazine's hottest women of rock.[68]
  • 2005: Best Female Vocalist in the WFNX/Boston Phoenix Best Music Poll.[69][70]

Discography[edit]

Amanda Palmer performing in Vienna, Austria, 2011

Solo artist[edit]

Demos[edit]

  • Songs from 1989–1995... (1996)
  • Summer 1998 Five Song Demo (1997)

Studio albums[edit]

Live albums[edit]

Remixes album[edit]

  • Map of Tasmania (2011)

EPs[edit]

Singles[edit]

  • "Leeds United" (2008)
  • "Oasis" (February, 2009)
  • "Do You Swear to Tell the Truth the Whole Truth and Nothing but the Truth So Help Your Black Ass" (April 6, 2010)
  • "Idioteque" (Radiohead cover, June 10, 2010)
  • "Map of Tasmania" (December 2010)[80]
  • "Polly" (Nirvana cover, from Newermind, 2011).[81] Remixed and re-released February 2012.[82]
  • "Do It With a Rockstar" (June, 2012)
  • "Institutionalized" (Suicidal Tendencies cover, from A Tribute to Repo Man, 2012)[83]
  • "Bigger On The Inside" (March 9, 2015)
  • "The Things About Things" (March 9, 2015)
  • "All I Could Do" (August, 2015) Amanda & Jack Palmer (Kimya Dawson cover)
  • "So Much Wine" (August, 2015) Amanda & Jack Palmer (The Handsome Family cover)
  • "A Mother's Confession" (February 25, 2016)
  • "Machete" (March 9, 2016)
  • "1952 Vincent Black Lightning" (May 3, 2016) Amanda & Jack Palmer (Richard Thompson cover)
  • "Purple Rain" (May 31, 2016) Amanda Palmer & Jherek Bischoff (Prince cover)
  • "Laura" (June 23, 2016) Amanda Palmer & Brendan Maclean (Bat for Lashes cover)
  • "On The Door" (September 2, 2016) Amanda Palmer & Brendan Maclean

DVDs[edit]

  • Who Killed Amanda Palmer: A Collection of Music Videos (2009)

As part of The Dresden Dolls[edit]

As part of Evelyn Evelyn[edit]

Other collaborations[edit]

Filmography[edit]

Year Title Notes
2012 Artifact interviewee[citation needed]
2014 Temple of Art co-producer[citation needed]
2014 Lennon or McCartney Short documentary film; interview clip[92]

Bibliography[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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