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Who Interviewed Amanda Palmer?

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:

Part 1:

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.


Comment from Chris Becker
Time: November 3, 2009, 1:18 pm

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)?

Comment from Honk
Time: November 16, 2009, 5:09 pm

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.

Comment from dresden-dollphin
Time: November 16, 2009, 5:58 pm

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

Comment from JazzfanDan
Time: November 17, 2009, 9:23 am

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.