Amanda Palmer (photo by Martin Foster)
Amanda Palmer (photo by Martin Foster)

Amanda Palmer is a bona fide rock star.  She first made her name as half of The Dresden Dolls, and has since struck out on her own with a solo album called “Who Killed Amanda Palmer.”  In June of 2008 she teamed up with the Boston Pops for two nights, and this December they’re doing it again for a New Year’s Eve concert.  Amanda has also been pioneering new models of how the rock music industry can work (staying in nearly constant contact with her fans via Twitter plays a key role), and I wanted to see if that ingenuity could be translated into advice for the classical scene.  I interviewed her by phone last week, and we talked about the upcoming Pops show, her musical background and training, and her impressions of the classical music industry:

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Part 2:
Amanda is performing in Singapore right now, and when she returns she has a series of shows along the Eastern Seaboard which culminate with the Pops concert on December 31.
P.S. Here’s the link to the Shadowbox repertoire discussionAmanda mentions.
4 Responses to “Who Interviewed Amanda Palmer?”
  1. Chris Becker says:

    A transcript of this interview would be welcome. There are so many long pauses, giggling, and goofing around I find I personally don’t have the patience to sit and listen to the audio.

    Is it possible a transcript will post somewhere (maybe on Galen’s website)?

  2. Honk says:

    Amanda said enough highly dumb stuff about classical music, in particular modern classical music, that I’m not sure I want to delve into this.

  3. dresden-dollphin says:

    OMG. This is so awesome. She’s such an inspiring artistic personality.

  4. JazzfanDan says:

    Amanda is a rock goddess, recently attempts to become a leading jazz singer, and now she’s about to leave a strong impression in the classical field. I don’t know if I ever knew about somebody that talented… can’t wait to hear her first string quartet or even orchestral composition.

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