Relevant notes and citations provided to TED by Amanda Palmer.
This WAS my day job. There's some fantastic footage of me as the "eight foot bride" in this local Boston TV documentary from around 2001.
Speaking of "un-joblike" and "Get a job!" ... I expanded on this idea (which I call "The Fraud Police") in a commencement speech I gave to The New England Institute of Art in 2011 (and I also wrote about it extensively in the book).
If you're interested in the economics of street performing, here's a very transparent low-down from some of my fellow buskers who bounce between Boston and Edinburgh Fringe Festival. They're not statues, so it's a bit of a different game. But it's still fascinating.
Here is a truly beautiful montage of signing line footage, from a record release party I threw in Brooklyn in around 2008.
A selection of random people joining us on stage for random things:
The marching band "Perhaps Contraption" joining me for the song "Leeds United" in Bristol, 2013.
The circus troupe "Vau de Vire" joining The Dresden Dolls for a song called “Missed Me"
A huge assortment of UK fans joining us onstage for “Sing"
Here's some footage from that exact library in Auckland! I'm with Brian of The Dresden Dolls and we’re singing musical theater songs.
And because poor Wellington, New Zealand always plays second fiddle to Auckland, here's some footage of me in the Wellington library, on a different tour, singing a song called "Gaga, Palmer, Madonna" that's about feminism, judgement and pop stardom.
Ninja Gig Footage! So much to choose from. Here is a clip of me singing a song by The Clash at a "Ninja Gig" in Canberra, Australia. This gig was announced the day before ... bonus points for the thunderstorm!
And another spontaneous "Ninja Gig" moment at Occupy Wall Street. This Ninja Gig led to a spontaneous music video (the song is by Cat Stevens, you may recognize it from “Harold and Maude".)
I'd love to stop here for a moment and mention something. When I started working this story into the talk, I reached out to Jacky and asked if she'd mind if I used her story, so I wouldn’t feel sleazy. She was happy to hear from me (our Miami overnight was years before). We chatted a bit and I sent her a thank-you package. I just went back and scanned the emails, and in one of them she apologizes for answering her email late because she's busy coordinating free art classes for the homeless. Looks like little has changed.
Here's footage of that exact wonderful crowdsurfing moment from Coachella in 2008.
...and, why not, here is me crowdsurfing IN A GIANT DRESS THAT COVERS THE CROWD!
"All this hype" leading up to our second album, "Yes Virginia", included some great videos, so I'll share one here for "Sing", the first promotional single.
While we’re here, the album was quite wonderful, and I’d love you to listen to it.
"This was the moment ...." A relevant blog, called "Why I Am Not Afraid To Take Your Money", written in 2009.
Metallica sues Napster, back in 2000 (an article in Wired.com)
When the label finally let me go, I celebrated by releasing my first free/pay-what-you-want song, "Do You Swear To Tell The Truth..." I blogged about it here.
Here is the actual Kickstarter page from that album, "Theatre is Evil".
And here, streaming free on bandcamp.com, is the final album for your listening pleasure.
Some may find it interesting that this wasn' actually my first Kickstarter. I’d been experimenting with Kickstarter with these two projects first:
The first was an album I produced by a young pianist named Tristan Allen (total raised: $8,581). You can hear the final album (for free) here.
The next one was a live record I recorded on tour with my husband, Neil Gaiman (total raised: $133,341). You can hear the final album (for free) here.
Here is a beautiful blog with some photos of our CELEBRATION PARTY in Brooklyn, the day the Kickstarter closed at almost $1.2 million dollars. We wrote down almost every single one of the almost 25,000 backer names on phonebook paper, donned swimsuits and dove into a human-sized fishtank full of the names of our backers. We performed this all as a live streaming cast which wasn’t archived…but there are photos.
"You encourage piracy!" Here’s a blog from around 2009, in which I ask people to please DOWNLOAD AND SHARE the music.
A final footnote .. here is the blog that I wrote after this talk went up, chronicling the people who helped it come into being:
"It takes a village to write a TED talk"
But more interestingly ... lately I have moved my base of community/support operations away from Kickstarter and have gathered nearly 8,000 patrons on a new system called Patreon.com.
There I have been taking "The Art of Asking" to the Moon! It's pretty wonderful. Join in.