To say Amanda Palmer has caught some flak online over the last several years would be a gross understatement. Even if you don't know her music, you might have heard she raised over a million dollars on Kickstarter — then faced accusations of not paying musicians on her tour. (She paid them.) Or you might know she married a famous writer, Neil Gaiman, and got branded a gold-digger, or that she blogged a poem after the Boston Marathon bombings that offended people who thought she was a terrorist sympathizer, or that she wrote an "open letter" to Sinéad O'Connor re: Miley Cyrus that critics thought amounted to butting into other people's business (or piggybacking on an A-list celebrity feud to get attention).
Photo by Kyle Cassidy Amanda Palmer
On the other hand, if you don't hate her, you might have loved her now-famous TED Talk or read her book, The Art of Asking, a New York Times bestseller. And you still might not know her music.
"I've missed being identified primarily as a music person," she confessed Monday night over oysters at the John Dory, next to the Ace Hotel.
It's a state of affairs Palmer wants to remedy immediately. Today, in fact.More »