Amanda Palmer Responds to Uproar, to Pay Musicians

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Earlier this month, singer Amanda Palmer of the Dresden Dolls requested “professional-ish horns and strings” to take part in her act “for a couple of tunes” with a payment of “beer and merch“. Her Kickstarter for her solo album raised $1.2 million, and so the internet responded negatively to her not paying her musicians money. A wide array of people ranging from Steve Choi of the RX Bandits to Steve Albini lashed out at Amanda, with a handful like Nataly Dawn of Pomplamoose speaking out in support of her.

Yesterday, Amanda posted on her blog with a public change of mind, saying “…for better or for worse, this whole kerfuffle has meant i’ve spent the past week thinking hard about this, listening to what everyone was saying and discussing. i hear you. i see your points. me and my band have discussed it at length. and we have decided we should pay all of our guest musicians. we have the power to do it, and we’re going to do it.

For the full blog post, click here.

It seems the people’s backlash and public negativity caused the artist to change her mind. Do you think she made the right choice, or do you think she should’ve stuck to her guns on this?

Dan Bogosian

I finished school with a music theory degree. Before I finished school, I was a janitor. You really should apologize to all the janitors you've ever had. You hurt them. Seriously. You did.

But, now that we've cleared that up and you called your high school janitor, know that I quit being a janitor to pursue writing about music. So here I am, and here you are, and hey how are you?
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