The art of asking | Amanda Palmer


Don’t make people pay for music, says Amanda Palmer. Let them. In a passionate talk that begins in her days as a street performer (drop a dollar in the hat for the Eight-Foot Bride!), she examines the new relationship between artist and fan.

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  1. This brought me to tear, but ultimately gave me hope. Lately i've taking that step that felt wrong and ask for help. It felt like begging, but i have no other options. I need to replace my broken guitar, because it is my heart. And indeed people have been split down the middle, some have shared and others have expressed anger with me.

    So i've asked, but the negative isn't easy. I'm still a third of the way from having enough. But i won't give up.

  2. Holy cow! I was listening to the TED Radio Hour podcast and Guy had Ms. Palmer on there, and sampled this talk. I just happened to be watching classical pianist videos and one was hers, and this video was a suggested video on the right hand bar. Clicked it by chance, and it wasn't until it started I realized this was the podcast I listened to. Ms. Palmer is not at all what I expected her to look like based on the podcast. This goes to show you should never judge a book by its cover. PS this talk and the associated podcast changed my life.

  3. This talk really resonated within me. Top level talk! I understand the thinking she wants people to adopt, but its like saying, throw away all your pride and ego. The thing that we have been molding since birth, she wants us to throw away. She deserves all the support shes getting and more. I really do hope people will find such courage to make a change.

  4. I was crying watching this video and then I questioned myself what made me cry so badly. Then I realized your talk has given me this speical hope, that this life is so abundant and there is so much of beauty around, it's just that we should never give up and stay genuine to everyone and plunge ourself to help someone who needs us. Thank you so much for ur contribution.