Funded! This project was successfully funded on May 31, 2012.

Update #6

SMURF-TITS & SCIENTOLOGY OH MY (the KICKSTARTER Q&A part 2)

hola my dear comrades.

in case you missed it, this is a cross-post from my blog.
same txt, i just wanted to make sure you all saw it since it's more kickstarter q&a (part two to the post i made the other day).
there's another update around the bend (tomorrow, hopefully) so enjoy this while you wait……

xxx
afp
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oi vey.
oi.

at the moment i'm posting this blog, the kickstarter totals:
17,572 BACKERS
$834,377 PLEDGED
8 DAYS TO GO

it's gone pretty well, i'd say. eh?

the weirdest thing right now is that everybody KNOWS about it. i'm now famous for my kickstarter.

which is a little depressing. i wish that i could steal all that enthusiasm and high-fiving i've getting from strangers in the street (literally) and re-route it to the album when comes out.
i don't want this album to be remembered as "the kickstarter record."

i do want this record to explode. and i want this record to explode because it is awesome. 

anyway....jesus, i'm not complaining. 

this kickstarter is a fucking game-changer.

what i did NOT expect to happen was to come under fire from so many sides.
while 90% of people out there are so supportive i want to cry most of the day, there's a lot of bitching.
the bitching can be broken down into three categories, in order from least ridiculous to most ridiculous:
- people bitching that i shouldn't be using kickstarter and i should leave it "to the artists who need it".
- people bitching that i'm just shameless and tasteful in general and "begging" for money for my record.
- people bitching that my kickstarter campaign is actually a front to siphon money into the church of scientology.

(i love that last one).

some of the bitchings above will hopefully be covered in the answers below.
except for the scientology one, which i'll answer with a naked picture including smurfs at the end of this blog.

the most common question i got was THIS: "are you rich now?? what are you going to do with ALL. THAT. MONEY?"
i already answered that one...and if you missed it, i suggest you read that (link below), then go pee, grab a second cup of coffee, and return here for part two.

WHERE ALL THIS KICKSTARTER MONEY IS GOING, BY AMANDA FUCKING PALMER 

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now, to the nitty gritty:

Q: @DDMikeWard
Sounds like 100K was too little. How much did you really need and what were your actual expectations for first week?
Q: @klausfuture
Even knowing how awesome your fans are, did you have any anxiety about not hitting the initial goal?

A:  i picked a goal that i was 99% sure we would exceed. if you do the math, and you look at my sales history, it wasn't a big stretch of the imagination. 
i knew that we had people excited to buy house parties (we've been getting emails asking ALL YEAR) and i knew that the radiohead EP alone got about $100k worth of orders when I put it on sale. so making the goal $100k was a nice, big, round number that we knew wouldn't look too low or too high but was still, in itself, pretty random. when i met last week with my business manager, i asked him to remind me what i'd sketched in a few months ago as my "realistic estimate" of what we'd hit on kickstarter, so he could know for the cashflow report. i'd told him $480,000.

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Q: @GriffenshireStu
I'm not buying anything until I can at least hear it.

A: HA. i just released a track. fund me.

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Jones, from the blog:
Q (of sorts): Believe me when I say I have a great deal of respect for you Amanda, and maybe I am a huge cynic - but right now I am among a group of musicians within the south west in the UK who living a very different reality to the seemingly wonderful opportunity of crowd-funding for music making/distributing.
I'd be really interested when you've had the time to make and put out the new record to read the blog you write with links to unknown musicians for whom crowd-funding has been their start and success. At the moment, for us, it's a new form of Payola where there is no immediate benefit differential from indepedently funding and distributing our work through any means available to us.

A: payola? payola is BRIBERY. this isn't bribery. this is artists taking control over their own work and distribution. it's NOT a magic bullet. if your band or the bands you know can't crowdfund, it's not because anybody's muscling you out of the game. i'll tell you one really huge thing: you need to have a small fanbase first. if you don't have that, crowdfunding WILL NOT WORK. you can't crowdfund without a crowd. you have to have some sort of audience already built and ready to help you. what you're saying to me doesn't sound that different to any other complaint a smaller band has when it comes to getting shit done. it's WORK. you have to play a shit ton of shows, you have to play for free, a lot, you have to slave, you have music people care about, and THEN...THEN you have to ask for help. nobody is going to fund a band they don't give a shit about.

as for an example: i'll hand you tom dickins. he's teeny compared to me, but i've been watching this kid working his ass off for the past three years. he quit his day job, has been living at the poverty line, playing every gig he can fucking get, getting in his shitty broken down car and driving all over australia to play house parties for his few fans, and growing things bit by bit by bit. he just launched an australian crowdfund for his new record - GO HERE FOR IT - and hit his goal of about $10k in the first few days. and if you emailed him and asked him for advice, i guarantee you he'd answer. because he's a sweet fucking guy who likes helping people. which is a huge part of why people are lining up to help him back, alongside the fact that his songs are great. 

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Q: @JariPeltola
Are the donations tax-free income?

A: this is a good question mostly because of the way it's worded. 
to answer: no..all the money i'm making on CD and LP (and book, and everything) sales via kickstarter is taxable. 
AND
these aren't DONATIONS. that drives me crazy. they way we generally define "donating" is that you are giving something without any return: it's a selfless, one-way gift to a cause. this is not that. every single person who's backed the kickstarter is getting a product or a service (like a show) that they've paid for. 
it's more of a pre-order than a "fundraiser." the language here gets important. it makes me cringe to read in the press that people have "donated $600k to amanda palmer's kickstarter." that makes it seem like i'm getting away like a bandit. as you can see above,i have to PAY for and manufacture (and pay the staff to help me create) all the products that are for sale. it's almost as ridiculous as newsweek proclaiming that "people donated over $56 million dollars to apple in order to own the new iPhone 4G". that would sound DUMB. this is a marketplace. an art marketplace, but still. it's a real exchange. i have A Thing (it's A Weird Thing, but still) and people are buying it....via the vehicle of kickstarter.

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Q: @gabakulka
deep/pressing: Doesn't it scare you just a TINY bit? The overwhelming success? (I'm a total chicken, I think I'd have freaked)

A: hi gaba. you're a musician, so this isn't a theoretical question - i know you already know what it feels like to play in front of a thousand people. and you are not a fucking chicken.
I AM AMANDA FUCKING PALMER, I AM SCARED OF NO THING.
well. lies. ok. a little bit. but my scared-ness has to do with one very specific thing, and it doesn't have to do with the kickstarter as much as the success of the record as a whole. it's so good.

i've talked with a lot of my indie-band-comradery who zoomed overnight from 700-seat to 3000-seat venues and found the transition miserable (mostly, you lose your connection to the awesome-ness of your hardcore fanbase, because flake-y fairweather fans who don't know you trample out the old-school ones who hate your new fans and don't want to see you in a 3,000-seat venue because Fuck That). i don't EVER, EVER want that to happen. that's the only thing that slightly scares me. that if i got too big too quick there would be a loss of quality in the fanbase. but i have a feeling i'm clever enough to deal with it well if it happens. my team is strong, i am strong, i think our collective arms are strong enough to open and hold a lot of people and bypass the bullshit.

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Q: @KatWithSword
When was the earliest in your career you would have attempted something like this, and why?

A: if you go back to my grumbly response to jones above, who was in turn grumbling about this not being viable for his band community, you'll see i already sort of addressed this.
if i got back to the dawn of the dresden dolls, this would have been PERFECT for us. i was already crowdfunding back then. i borrowed the money we needed for our first record from six different people (including some relatively well-off fans who'd come to see us play 12 times and were happy to loan us five grand). if i'd been able to simply plug into our boston fanbase and ask them for help, i would have. but back in those days (2003) we couldn't. but it would have worked, of that i'm certain. you're talking to someone who's been passing the hat for various opening bands since the dawn of touring. it ALWAYS works. sometimes it works great, sometimes not so great. but it always works. 

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Q: @seb_inthecity
When did you decide that KS could be a viable solution for financing a new record? After or before last year's tour?

A: i tried out kickstarter for the first time about a year and a half ago, when i produced tristan allen's record (you can see it, here). it was funded to the tune of about $8,500 and had only 437 backers (but we ran it for a VERY short time). after that, and feeling the direct connection with the people who'd supported, i was SOLD on the process. there WAS a question about whether to just do a sort of DIY-crowdfund on my own website. i could have done that and saved the 5% commission that kickstarter takes. but i'm convinced that people trust kickstarter as a system and are less shy about jumping on board a big ship than a little speedboat. also, kickstarter in ITSELF is a little community. a lot of my friends are using it, and it's really nice to have a common template, a common language, a common system. 

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Q: @MrTubes
Deep question: how long, how much time have you invested, to get to the point where this is possible?

A: i could answer this two ways.
or
1. all my life. for real. everything i've done and made and learned has brought me to the point where something this huge is possible.
2. every minute since 2000, when i started touring in the dresden dolls.
either way: a LOT OF TIME.

this kickstarted is the culmination of YEARS AND YEARS AND YEARS of connecting with my fanbase and my community. 
some people who read this blog have been following my movements for years, and don't need to hear this part. others are brand new and REALLY need to hear it.
in a nutshell: i have a connect-at-all-costs policy 24/7. brian and i, as the dresden dolls, toured for three or four years SOLID and signed after every. single. show. we hung out with our audience. we got to know people. we stayed in touch. we cared that they cared about our band and we showed it. the internet is an extension of that. the twelve years of blogging i've done and the 25,000 tweets haven't been for strangers. they've been ways of connecting with my crowd...all over the world. every city i've ever played a free show in, every house i've crashed in, every band i've hand-selected to open up for us on the road because i refuse to let the promotors have control over our night. every night off tour that i didn't go out to see a show, or hang out with my friends, or bother with a lover....because i was up to my eyeballs in emails with fans and bands about our next tour. i'd never do it differently, ever. because i was doing what i loved.
you know that 10,000 hours theory? i've spent more than 10,000 hours connecting with my fans, figuring out how to be with them. so i'm an expert in them. 

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Q: @cynicalinternet
deep question: didnt you feel guilty asking for handouts? like you should be able to get the money on your own somehow?...why not just do it low budget, release mp3s online, skip the expensive promotion stuff/etc and do it for 20 grand? why 500K?

A: as i said above, i wrote a huge BREAKDOWN of pretty much where all the money is going. if you really wanna know, go look.
as for, you, @cynicalinternet, your name is just perfect. 
ask me that question again....slowly. and this time listen to yourself.
"like you should be able to get the money on your own somehow"?
are you FUCKING KIDDING ME?

THAT'S EXACTLY WHAT I FUCKING JUST DID.

instead of signing up with a label, taking their advance money and enslaving myself to a contract.......
I GOT THE MONEY ON MY OWN SOMEHOW! 
I FUCKING USED KICKSTARTER! 

and as far as "why not just do it low budget...."?

well, i could've done that. 
you're right. 
i could have recorded this on my computer. at home. on piano. alone. 
and it would have cost nothing.

and you know what? 

i didn't do that. 

and you know what else? 

MY RECORD IS AWESOME. 
IT CAME OUT JUST THE WAY I WANTED IT.
MY BAND IS AWESOME. THEY KILLED IT.
THE RECORDING STUDIO WE RENTED WAS AWESOME. 
I AM SO GLAD I SPENT MONEY ON ALL OF IT.

as you see, i don't have many regrets about this matter.

maybe i'll make the next one in my bedroom. if i feel like it. and that one will probably be awesome too. (and if it's not awesome, i'll probably never release it, so don't worry.)

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Q: @sledgecallier
Your Kickstarters have gone really well, but any advice for people kickstarting without an initial fan base to call upon?

A: yeah, see above, don't do it. seriously. not right away. most kickstarter projects that fail do so because people are screaming into a void.
HOWEVER: you may have a fanbase out there that you don't know about, or that you're not thinking about. 
if you need to raise $1,000 for a project, and you can call to mind 16 friends or acquaintances who'll pitch in $50, and two relatives who'll pitch in $100, you'll hit your goal.
but really: i maintain that crowdfunding, at least for musicians, is for musicians who've amassed at least a small crowd already.
runaway projects on kickstarter that are offering a gadget, like the pebble watch (which has funded over 10 million on kickstarter) don't need FANS. they just need CONSUMERS who want their product. 
but artists and musicians need REAL supporters. people who believe in their work and want to lift them up, who want to see them succeed and want to own a physical piece of the history that goes along with it. i think this is a subject for a longer blog someday, but you get the gist. do the groundwork first, the old fashioned way. in music, that's playing open mics, friends parties, touring endlessly, hanging out, opening up for acts and not getting paid, making decent youtube clips, connecting with your audience online....and so on....the same old story. it's work. and if you're good, you'll gather a little crowd who like you. then go ask them for funding. then check back with me.

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Q: @nicholasbuzzrad
Why the angst [from the outside world]? I think you and your art is great, why do people not agree so angrily?

A: people hate change. this is making a lot of people really uncomfortable...especially because there's a long-standing shame around mixing ART and MONEY.
artists for ages have felt weird about having to mix commerce with their ART....their ART, which is, in essence, un-priceable. i mean, honestly...how do you put a "price-tag" on....MUSIC? it's MUSIC. 
it's ridiculous. but we do, all the time. it's absurd when you think about it. 

musicians of the past few decades have been especially prone to hide behind tinted-limo-windows and not get their hands dirty with the business of exchanging cash for products. and they haven't had to. a gazillion middlemen at labels, marketing houses, radio stations and record stores did the "dirty" work for them. but it's not dirty. there's nothing dirty about asking to get kicked back for giving someone your art. i made my living as a street performer for YEARS. we're the top of the line of happily taking cash in exchange for our art and feeling not a moment of weirdness about it. and after years of street performing, i can can tell you from first-hand experience how happy i've seen it MAKE people to give money to artists. people LOVE TO HELP. my major label used to laugh at me when i tried to convince them of this. 

the music business for years has seen the fanbase as a bunch of faceless consumers who were going to have to be TRICKED into parting with their cash. whereas i see them as people who love art and want to help. attitude is everything.

watch. it's going to change. it's already changed. it's changing right now, in this moment. it FREAKS people out. and i love it. i mean it. i'm really, really, loving watching this happen.

people who are angry at me for doing this because i should leave kickstarter to "the people who need it" are missing the point entirely.
that's like telling U2 not play concerts in stadiums because there are coffeeshops all over the world who need people to go to their open mics.
or like telling an indie record store that they shouldn't stock the beatles because, like, everybody already knows the beatles and why the fuck should an indie store help them out.

EVERYTHING IS NOW POSSIBLE FOR EVERYONE. 

THIS IS WHAT IS SO AWESOME.

and people will continue to go to stadium U2 shows (well, maybe) and people will continue to go to coffeeshops to hear acoustic guitar. 

it takes all of this to make a music scene work.

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Q: @meganbrophy11 Is it faith in yourself or faith in your fans that brought you this far?

A: both. big time. do you see? neither would work on its own. 

music community is an ecosystem. 

both.

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Q: @LahnaMouse
your opinions on sourcing music in an illegal fashion? (big fan by the way hello :D)

A: i think music should be shared. all the time. by everybody. i think it's pure insanity to make music filesharing illegal. 
and with that said, i have, for years, encouraged my fans to burn, download and share all of my music with each other and with strangers. 
and i will never stop doing that. all that sharing eventually comes back to me in all forms of income and goodwill.

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Q:
 @TVSven
how many CDs did WKAP sell in stores? (officially)

A: my last solo album "who killed amanda palmer", sold about 35,000 via soundscan, which is the retail-store way of tracking things.
in reality, if you count all the legal and so-called "illegal" digital downloads, plus the number of plays those songs have had on youtube...it's way way more. 100,000?
200,000? nobody will ever know. it's impossible the way things are set up right now...and that's fucking fine with me. this isn't a race or a contest. it's music.

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Q: @SKWillustrator
Let's say that kickstarter works for every musician/band. Do u think theres any reason for someone to have a record company?

A: GREAT. yes let's say that. 
YES, i think, but i think the nature of WHAT these labels do, and maybe what they're called, will change.

there's always PJ harvey. I use PJ as my default artist when trying to explain these things.
PJ will probably never blog.
PJ will probably never twitter.
and PJ harvey may never want to crowdfund a record.
but then again, she may look around at what people are doing in three years, when she's done with contract at epic or matador or merge whatever hip label she's on. 
and she may ask herself (cue talking heads), "do i need to keep giving this company a huge percentage of my income?" and the answer may be NO.
if the answer is no, and PJ still doesn't want to blog, twitter or create a PJ-tastic tumblr, she still has a chance. YES! she can magically hire someone to take to the internet on her
behalf, cut her a distribution deal, and help her run her own business. which is what the VAST majority of artists nowadays are starting to do.
and you may see the likes of PJ harvey kickstarting a record, with a team not unlike my team behind her, helping her organize the giant task-list.
but she probably will not post naked pictures of herself. WILL SHE SUCCEED? WILL SHE FAIL? WILL SHE DECIDE THAT NUDITY WORKED FOR AMAND PLAMER AND POST ARTY NAKED TWITPICS FROM THE BLEAK BRITISH SEASIDE?? we will have to wait to find out....


meanwhile.



p.p.s. that third-to-last line says "SMURF-TITS". fuzzy iPhone is fuzzy.

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      Creator Jenny Benson on June 12, 2012

      @Sarah R .Bloom: Absolutely agree. Hows about when confronted with something utterly RIDICULOUS, we can just say: "Fuck, that's just Smurf-tits!" I'm gonna start using it...even if it's not as clever as I think it is. I'm in Central West Bumfuck, Maine. Let's see how long it takes to catch on. I Love you all. (that can't possibly be said enough)

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      Creator Chloe on June 8, 2012

      So excited by your own nakedness you spelt your name wrong.

      And thank you for caring about us :)

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      Creator Samaire Provost on May 28, 2012

      THAT is an awesome picture and answer to these idiots who ask such questions.
      WE believe in you, AFP. <3

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      Creator John Fiala on May 27, 2012

      Who can argue with smurf-tits?

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      Creator Rebecca N. McKinnon on May 27, 2012

      I just want to say thank you for how dedicated you are to your fans and even the haters! I'm not sure if I was in your position I would even entertain a Q&A session, what with everything else you've got going on. You're truly a thoughtful person.

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      Creator Claire Heuchan on May 27, 2012

      The begging argument makes no sense. The way I see it, I'm getting an excellent deal for my money. I love your music, couldn't be more excited about your album, and for $5 I feel like a part of the process. If people love and want to support an artist, it's their own choice. Loving the smurf tits, too!

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      Creator Dirty Hippy on May 26, 2012

      Add to the category "things that make me giggle:" The phrase "P.S. Smurf tits"

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      Creator Michael Foy on May 25, 2012

      Wish you'd bring your brilliant madness to DC Metro: 9:30 Club, Birchmere, State, Hamilton, Blue's Alley, etc. Seeing you at the Kennedy Center would be worth whatever your circus bordelo would charge. I hope to see your Unholy Sisters of the Great Cthulu Cult and Garden Club very soon. Maybe we could arrange for GWAR for an opening band/blood sacrifice?

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      Creator Beckie Tetrault on May 25, 2012

      I support Amanda, because she is fucking awesome. I can't even wrap my brain around all this negativity she's having to deal with. Get a life people.

      I wanna be Amanda F Palmer when I grow up.

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      Creator Akane on May 25, 2012

      People should support you because they love you. Your true fans wont think your asking for handouts, instead they will throw money at you because your music is truly priceless. Kick em in the teeth Amanda! <3

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      Creator Daniel Miner (deleted) on May 25, 2012

      @Mark- Here's hoping!

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      Creator Mark Derail on May 25, 2012

      @Daniel - actually since Amanda's breaking new ground, the more vocal she is, the more she'll inspire others - girl artists especially - to follow in her footsteps, and be able to reference these posts / blogs.
      Also, a fun read, to see things from her POV.
      IOW, Amanda will inspire a whole new generation of "kids with talent" not to sell out to the major labels.
      Most likely most of the negative comments were from employee-trolls of major labels...just a guess, but would make sense.

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      Creator Daniel Miner (deleted) on May 25, 2012

      So, it seems like there is a general consensus here that you don't need to justify yourself. I'll say it again: YOU DON'T NEED TO JUSTIFY YOURSELF. Not that I'm complaining about your transparency, it suits you. Besides I think it's great that there is a way for your fans to support you all over the world at the same time. Not for the last time: THANK YOU.

      This post basically said everything I wrote in a blog (dantminer.blogspot.com) about your last post (that's a lot of electronic connectivity). I still have some questions: Do you think, fan base already established, that a project like this could work for another medium, say a book/comic-book, or a film? Or, is this type of project necessarily collaborative, i.e. lots of different art forms coming together that might overshadow the main selling point? Follow up; do you see the various pieces of art you are including as and INTEGRAL PART of the project or is it COMPLEMENTARY to the album?

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      Creator Frank on May 25, 2012

      The myth of the starving artist. Starving artists die and someone else makes money off their work. Smart artists make that money themselves and live long, hopefully happy, lives making more money.

      Love Amanda's in your face honesty with the crazy stalker/haters.

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      Creator Michal Cyruchin on May 25, 2012

      I agree with Rob Poulter above - I'm also not a superfan, but I admire both the music and your attitude. You made the difference and I love to see you succeed, to be a part of this huge family of your backers :D THANK YOU VERY MUCH! :)

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      Creator Mark Pumphrey on May 25, 2012

      Handouts?! Begging!? Really? Bullshit!
      How successful can a beggar be when they hold up a sign that says..
      "Please , Give... By the way I netted $2,000.00 today"
      At $856,870.00 when only asking for $100,000.00 to fund is not begging but support.
      I gave it and I never even heard of you (sorry), I believe in your cause.

      But, if irritating you makes you scroll dissertations on your nekked body then I say let the criticisms’ fly!, HA!

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      Creator Erika on May 25, 2012

      For as long as there have been artists those artists have had patrons. With this campaign, you're simply extending the idea of patron to all of us. Instead of one really rich family giving you room and board in exchange for entertaining them at their whim, we backers get to be your rich family and you're offering up some pretty awesome entertainment options. Why does the internet cause people to forget what's come before? Is it as simple as not being aware of the history?

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      Creator Sarah R. Bloom on May 25, 2012

      I fucking love you. Your dedication to your art (all forms) and your fans is second to none.
      "SMURF-TITS" needs to make its way into the public vernacular as an idiom for something. Hmmm.

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      Creator Rob Poulter on May 25, 2012

      I like your music. I'm not a superfan, but I like it a lot.
      BUT. This is what really does it for me. The effort and the care and the details and the personality that you put out to your fans just boggles my mind every time. I can't believe people criticise you for doing a kickstarter campaign if they're not looking at the numbers in envy (and after you did the breakdown of where the majority of the money is going, hell, I felt exhausted just reading it).

      You continue to be one of Those Internet People I admire the most. Keep showing the way!

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      Creator deanne kennedy on May 25, 2012

      My husband still thinks you should still give the hookers and blow in ibiza a whirl. Just for fun!

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      Creator John Gandy on May 25, 2012

      According to my calculations, you've had no more than a total of seven hours of sleep in the last ten years. What keeps you going - coffee, or a Judge Dredd-style sleep machine?

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      Creator Dmitriy Afanasyev on May 25, 2012

      Amanda, whoever you are, wherever you go, and whatever you do, there will always be haters accusing you of fraud and scientology. You are awesome. That's what counts. Ignore the negative and don't take it to heart. If they don't like what you are doing, they can go to a different page on the internet.
      Stay happy - you deserve it. :) Thanks.

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      Creator Dave Hucklesby on May 25, 2012

      I must admit to being quite baffled about how critics can view this kind of fundraising as exploitative. Everyone who's seen the website has had the opportunity to decide how much, if anything, they'd like to contribute - and what they want to get out of it, whether to just hear the record or check out the live shows or throw a big fucking party about it. They're well aware of what the target was, and carried on paying ANYWAY, which implies there's a lot of trust in you to carry on doing cool shit with whatever profit there might be. And I'm sure the vast majority of those are people who already totally fucking dig what you've been doing for years. I imagine there's also a pretty healthy number of people who've just come across it one way or another and thought fuck it, she's got a great attitude and a fucking relentless juggernaut of enthusiasm, I'll chip in a few bucks to see what she's making.

      Who's losing out in that arrangement?

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      Creator Kai Alexis Price on May 25, 2012

      AFP gives the best updates!

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      Creator Erik on May 25, 2012

      There is a clear line between being cynical and projecting one's personal frustrations on another person's success.

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      Creator Dixie Cochran on May 25, 2012

      Aw, I always thought AFP and I belonged the the same church: the church of art, love, and naked, wine-induced ukulele screaming. Excellent update, thanks for answering so many pressing/deep questions. You are love, Amanda, or possibly "Amand Plamer," as you are apparently now known. <3

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      Creator Kylie Tilford on May 25, 2012

      Point of order... The British seaside is not (always) bleak! Some of it is quite beautiful. I suggest a Beach gig in Northumberland to prove the point! I will gladly provide ukulele accompaniment!
      Great job BTW! Can't wait!

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      Creator Gwenaël Jacquet on May 25, 2012

      I love smurfs.

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      Creator Jason Christopher Faught on May 25, 2012

      And here I thought she was a cultist of Cthulhu...

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      Creator Michael Foy on May 25, 2012

      Addendum: For the Fidiots, that believe Amanda's a Scientologist. Read some more into her history: Neil was raised one but isn't one now. Amanda, if you bothered to read any interview that touched on her belief system, or particularly her stuff in Shambhala Sun, you would see she is tangentally a Buddhist, but probably a better one than those who have taken the 3 precepts and shaved their heads. Her artistry, and honesty trumps any concerns that one could have and should transcend any doubts of the direction of her moral compass.

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      Creator matt on May 25, 2012

      You look too skinny in that. I can barely see that awesome Belly.

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      Creator William King on May 25, 2012

      P.P.S. just upgraded to the $25 dollar choice. Again LOVE your music and your individuality you rock.

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      Creator Suzanne Lainson on May 25, 2012

      When you posted the update on where the money is going, I immediately posted a comment and was so proud of myself for being the first to comment. But then when I went back to see it again, it wasn't there. So I don't know what happened to it. What I said then was how pleased I was that you had shared info on the business side of this project. You have more insightful writing on the business of being an artist than anyone else I have run across on the Internet.

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      Creator William King on May 25, 2012

      Amanda those of us who love, I mean absolutely LOVE your music are behind you 100% it shouldnt matter that you used Kickstarter to get the funding. I personally think it was a very good idea and cant wait to hear the album.

      P.S. Love the smurf tits thats hilarious.

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      Creator Amy Kinard on May 25, 2012

      Fucking ADORE you. Heard you on NPR today. Can't wait for the new album!

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      Creator Jason Christopher Faught on May 25, 2012

      ...Thats alot of fucking...

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      Creator Michael Foy on May 25, 2012

      Dear Ms. Amanda Fucking Palmer, I address you the following: Fuck the Trolls Fuck the Doubters Fuck the Whining Indiekids Fuck the Music Industry Fuck the Haters Fuck the Arrtistes Fuck the Elites
      FUCK THEM ALL

      Only be true to yourself and then you will be true to those that love you. All the desenters around you are mainfestations of MARA. They are distractions from the Path. They want to chain you to the Wheel, and we are all too much slaves to Samsara itself. So Fuck Them All.

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      Creator Jason Christopher Faught on May 25, 2012

      Ph'nglui mglw'nafh Cthulhu R'lyeh wgah'nagl fhtagn!!!

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      Creator JR Hughson on May 25, 2012

      I love and trust you. I've backed your projects including Tristan's cd.. The love is for the art and the trust is because you never let me down. Never.

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      Creator Ari N on May 25, 2012

      I'm a funder, I love your music, etc. I think we could focus less on peoples' cynical, negative questions - it's not much of a reward to read negativity, speaking as a backer. I love that you're open and straight-forward to clear the karmic cobwebs, but I think you could have said a lot more about peoples' anxiety on mixing money with art and made a deeper point. Arguing that you've earned the money kind of misses the point. So what if you hadn't? Since when do people get paid according to what they "deserve"? I don't ask to meet the owners of stores and decide if they are good enough people. Anyway, I also think this point you're making about "donation" is also interesting - you should definitely stress that it's not a donation, but I think it's equally worthwhile for people to expand their minds when it comes to the concept of funding an artist's life via supporting one creative cycle. I would have funded you if the goal was to get enough money to make an album you weren't already ready to release and declare awesome.

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      Creator Espionage Cosmetics on May 25, 2012

      I have that smurf glider. I feel like my childhood choices have been validated.

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      Creator Stephen C. Ormsby on May 25, 2012

      Loved Dresden Dolls. Love smurf tits. Love this concept and cannot wait for the music. Scientology be damned and keep making music AFP.

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      Creator tarena simon on May 24, 2012

      So ridiculous. . I live in Minnesota, and Scientologists just used millions of dollars to turn an old building in St. Paul into a Church of Scientology. OMG. The last thing they would need is your money. REGARDLESS, as long as I get more music from you, I dont care. . . . . and if you're a member of the church, which I am not, you can use their spa. I hear it is amazing. So please, Amanda. Spa me. :)

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      Creator Daniel Carney on May 24, 2012

      You just keep getting more and more awesome. I'm so proud to be part of it!

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      Creator Michael Patrick Cutillo on May 24, 2012

      I second Amy's idea

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      Creator Jessi on May 24, 2012

      Amanda,
      I've been a fan of your music for a long fucking time. You and Brian got me through those awkward (fucking awkward) middle school years, WKAP got me through the worst break-up of my life and you're constantly an inspiration to me outside of your musical gifts. You've given me so fucking much, I can't begin to thank you.

      It's astounding to me how adamantly (and loudly) aggressive people get towards success. How dare you try something new! How dare you succeed at it! Who shits on success and innovation? Especially hard-earned success? What the fuck?

      I just wanted to tell you that I love you. And I just upped my pledge because fuck the haters. I couldn't up my pledge that much though because I'm a broke-ass student trying to get by with this *art* bullshit, too. So it goes!

      I love you & thank you. Also, nice tits.
      Jessi

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      Creator Dinah Sanders on May 24, 2012

      Yes! Amy is brilliant.

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      Creator Kairam Ahmed Hamdan on May 24, 2012

      I want to see the day we'd not even need KS and cut the middleman altogether. Isn't it a bit like a label that instead of getting 30% just gets 10% and fortunately doesn't get on the way?

      Wish you all the best, AFP.

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      Creator Amy Houser on May 24, 2012

      Please tell me you're going to include those smurfs in two random Kickstarter backer packages (with the demand that the recipients post photos of themselves with the tit-smurfs). Because, that'd be amazing. And appropriate.

      SCIENTOLOGY TITSMURFS 4EVAR

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    {DELUXE DIGITAL DOWNLOAD} here by popular demand! extra music downloads (covers! demos!) PLUS a giant custom-sewn digital PDF of all the lyrics, band photos, handwritten stuff, extra artwork, drafts, anecdotes, and of course...naked pictures. we love naked. PLEASE NOTE: if you're currently backing @ less than $5, you can UP your pledge & get this! just go to your page and top up, then re-select this package. (this PDF will also be added to EVERY bundle over $5! hooray!)

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    {CUSTOM-PAINTED TURNTABLE + VINYL & CD + SIGNED ART BOOK} A Crosley turntable (USB-fitted...spin it, download it! you're in the PAST AND THE FUTURE!!!) beautifully custom-painted by cassandra long, meghan howland and/or other official GTO album artists. along with your stylin' new turntable, you'll also receive: a backer edition of the album on vinyl AND CD, PLUS a signed copy of the art book, PLUS a deluxe digital download & thank-you card.

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    {AFP SHARPIES YOU} yes! "I Sharpie You" is BACK! you email me the image (black and white, pretty please) of you, your loved one, your lost home, your dead dog - seriously, whatEVER - and i'll re-render it via the magic of sharpie on hardboard & mail it to you with heaps of love. i'm a pretty good artist when i try. PLUS a Kickstarter-backer edition of the album on vinyl AND CD, PLUS a signed copy of the art book, PLUS a deluxe digital download & thank-you card.

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    {DONUT WITH A ROCKSTAR} this reward is basically a pre-show VIP pass for you +1 guest where WE HAVE DONUTS TOGETHER (i will find a closet or something for us to eat our donuts in). PLUS a Kickstarter-backer edition of the album on vinyl AND CD, PLUS a SIGNED copy of the art book, PLUS deluxe digital download & thank-you card. also, i'll draw you a donut. PLEASE NOTE: this reward is redeemable at all of the forthcoming summer rock shows and next year (2012-13). i will guestlist you +1 backstage for ANY SHOW. you must provide donuts. if more than one person gets this in the same city, we'll just have to...donut with a rockstar together. ALSO: If you purchase this bundle and wish to attend one of the art shows as well, please email kickstarter@amandapalmer.net and we'll see if we have extra tickets to offer for sale (at a reduced price).

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    {NEIL GAIMAN & KYLE CASSIDY: "THE BED SONG" PHOTOBOOK} An extremely limited edition book written by Neil Gaiman, with lyrics by me, and, most importantly, fine art photographs by Kyle Cassidy. the book will be printed to order, but is limited to a MAX of 666 signed and numbered copies. ALSO: we will make our best efforts to give out numbers in the order that the Kickstarter support is signed up for (the earlier you order, the lower your edition number). PLUS a Kickstarter-backer edition of the album on vinyl AND CD, PLUS a SIGNED copy of the art book, PLUS deluxe digital download & thank-you card. PLEASE NOTE: If you purchase this bundle and wish to attend one of the art shows as well, please email kickstarter@amandapalmer.net and we'll see if we have extra tickets to offer for sale (at a reduced price).

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    {AFP HOUSE PARTY} want me to invade your home? oh, i shall. we experimented with house parties/backyard parties last year in australia and the shit was CRAZY FUN. back this and ye shall receive one house party with a ukulele-wielding AFP (scheduled with the team...deliverable within the next 18 months, but hopefully sooner...pretty much the next time i hit your area. if you're in tunisia, i'll GET THERE, i'll just have to make the time and fly over. no biggie). backers will also receive VIP+1 access to any art show (buyer's choice), PLUS (if you want) any/all of the following: signed copy of the limited edition "Bed Song" book/a signed copy of the art book/backer-edition of the album on vinyl or CD/the 7" vinyl series/a deluxe digital download & (yep) a thank-you card. there's a TON of additional information available on the FAQ at http://bit.ly/HousePartyFAQ - PLEASE READ IT CAREFULLY BEFORE ORDERING!!!!! PLEASE NOTE: Estimated delivery is September for deliverables ONLY. Please plan on scheduling the event with us somewhere between the next 12-18 months.

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    {ART-SITTING & DINNER with AFP} i've never tried this before, but i'm hella excited to do it. if you're not the party type and just want to do something quiet & one-on-one, i'd like to paint/render you on big canvas format over the course of an afternoon/evening. we'll get together in a space that makes sense & i'll draw you from life, naked or clothed. if you're too ego-paranoid to sit, we can get together and fingerpaint while listening to very loud cathartic music, and perhaps engage in some primal screaming. then we EAT! WE DRINK! the whole shebang should take about 4-5 hours....and we can split the time up however you want. i will bring my ukulele if you want serenading. i'll help you get the art framed and shipped home if we're not doing it in your local area. backers will also receive any/all of the following upon request: signed copy of "The Bed Song" book/a signed copy of the art book/backer-edition of the album on vinyl or CD/the 7" vinyl series/a deluxe digital download & (yep) a thank-you card. contact eric@amandapalmer.net for more info on this one. PLEASE NOTE: Estimated delivery is September for deliverables ONLY. Please plan on scheduling your day with AFP at some point between the next 12-18 months.

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    {THE GRAND THEFT MAKEOVER/PHOTOSHOOT} FULL BAND INVASION!!! me and The Grand Theft Orchestra (Chad, Jherek, and Michael) will COME TO YOUR HOME and BRING OUR EVIL BAG OF MAKE-UP, GLITTER, MILITARY COSTUMES, AND WIGS. once we've slathered you in ridiculous-looking clothing so you look relatively ready to hop on stage with us, we'll do a full pro photoshoot of you with the band, wherever we see fit. we'll get you two GIANT format copies of the best photographs & downloads of the rest of the photos...then we will order thai food and drink you under the table. you provide table. i will probably also play the ukulele. backers will also receive any/all of the following upon request: signed copy of "The Bed Song" book/a signed copy of the art book/backer-edition of the album on vinyl or CD/the 7" vinyl series/a deluxe digital download & (yep) a thank-you card. contact eric@amandapalmer.net for more info. PLEASE NOTE: Estimated delivery is September for deliverables ONLY. Please plan on scheduling your day with AFP at some point between the next 12-18 months.

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