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At the 5:55 minute mark of Amanda Palmer’s now legendary TED talk, I actually teared up a bit. I could totally relate.

She talks about the un-documented immigrant family who sleeps on the couches and the floor in their small apartment so that Amanda and her band can take the beds.

Amanda lies in bed with a sinking feeling of “These people have so little. Is this fair?”

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Amanda has a lot to teach us in the way of trust, connection, & asking for help

Of the 100′s of interviews we’ve done with crowdfunding project creators, asking for money is at the top of the “feared” list.

Musicians feel uncomfortable looking into the camera and asking for money. It feels like begging.

Amanda often asks opening bands if they’d like to go out into the crowd and pass the hat so they can make a little extra cash. She recalls one band member being reluctant because it felt like begging (6:35).

It’s a feeling that what you’re doing is “not very job like” or it’s shameful. Wondering “is this fair?” and the fear of someone yelling “get a real job!” as Amanda has experienced.

This deep seated fear is the root of why almost every artist second guesses herself and her dreams.

When crowdfunding, it’s the one thing that keeps many artists from flipping on the video camera and asking for help. They can’t help but imagine that one person telling them to, “get a job.”

The Ninja, Master Level Fan Connection

At her Kickstarter backer party in Berlin at the end of the night, Amanda stripped and then let everyone draw on her. She claims this to be a “Ninja, Master Level Fan Connection.” The ultimate display of trust where she seems to say, “I trust you this much. Should I? Show me.”

Amanda’s message is clear: Make the human connections, then trust the relationship even though it sometimes seems awkward. Just trust.

[Thumbnail image of Amanda Palmer courtesy Luis Pedro de Castro.]

Death of a President director Gabriel Range will explore pair’s friendship and collaborations in Germany in the 70s

David Bowie and Iggy Pop in 1978 and 1977 respectively

Lust for Life … David Bowie and Iggy Pop in 1978 and 1977 respectively. Photograph: Denis O’Regan/Getty Images and Howard Barlow/Redferns

Guardian.co.uk reported that a new film will tell the story of Iggy Pop and David Bowie‘s years in West Berlin. The British-German co-production will be directed by Gabriel Range, best-known for his movie about an imaginary assassination of George W Bush.

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Lust for Life’s screenplay was written by Robin French, according to the Hollywood Reporter, based in large part on Paul Trynka’s books Starmanand Open Up and Bleed, which look at the lives of Bowie and Pop respectively. French is the co-creator of BBC3’s sitcom Cuckoo.

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David Bowie has released a single!

In a stroke of media brilliance David Bowie has returned on his 66th birthday with a great brooding single in which he sings about his life and with which he managed to swerve the whole of the news media.

In these times where everybody knows everything about everything else (or thinks they do) and Twitter has the news before it’s news Bowie has done a Stone Roses by suddenly reappearing into the middle of the music debate with a single that is better than anything else he has done for years.

Working in New York with Tony Visconti, who was repsonsable for his great work in his seventies, the single sings about his time in Berlin and other key moments in his life in a track that is reminscent of his ‘Low’ period. the song is brooding and dark and has a certain world weariness to it as it builds to its climax.

Bowie’s new 17 track album, The Next Step, is due in March.

The glam-rock legend has released the recording as a download. It will be followed by a new album, ‘The Next Day’ in March.

Bowie has not performed live since 2006 and has rarely been seen in public since then.
The new track was recorded in New York and produced by the singer’s long-time collaborator Tony Visconti.

The single’s appearance online was “a genuine surprise”, said John Wilson, presenter of BBC Radio 4’s Front Row.

“He’s a proper artist. He doesn’t release records because it’s time for another record. He releases records when there’s something for him to say.”

Where Are We Now? is a simple, unfussy ballad – Bowie singing mournfully over a piano motif that slowly builds to an understated crescendo.

The song includes several references to the city of Berlin, where Bowie and Visconti produced a critically-acclaimed trilogy of albums – Low, Heroes and Lodgers – in the 1970s.

 

written by john robb for louderthanwar.com image from telegraph.co.uk

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Johnny Marr ?” Shepherd?s Bush Empire ?” March 15th

Johnny Marr will play a show at Shepherd?s Bush Empire as part of his headline tour promoting his debut solo album, ?The Messenger?. This London show should be a tour highlight, before culminating in a show in his hometown of Manchester on March 22nd.

Needing no introduction, Marr has had an incredible career, from his time with possibly the greatest indie band of all time, The Smiths, to collaborations with numerous bands, such as Modest Mouse and The Cribs. He has earned himself a reputation as one of, if not the, greatest guitarists of all time. This is a show not to be missed!

?The Messenger?, recorded in Manchester and Berlin, and mastered at Abbey Road, has been garnering much critical acclaim. The brilliant title track which previewed the album will be joined by titles such as ?Word Starts Attack? and ?Upstarts?.

Speaking about the album, Marr stated: ?The underlying idea of the record is my experience of growing up in Europe,? he explains. ?When you?re away from your home city you?re more compelled to write about it, whether that?s because you?re homesick or you?ve got more objectivity, I don?t know. Growing up in the city influences you, and I?ve continued to see, stories and energy in it.?

Tickets are on sale now and pre-order bundles can be found at Johnny’s website here.

March Tour Dates:

10th ?” Oxford, O2 Academy

11th ?” Norwich, Waterfront

12th ?” Cambridge, Junction

14th ?” Brighton, Concorde

15th ?” London, O2 Shepherds Bush Empire

16th ?” Birmingham, HMV Institute

18th ?” Sheffield, Leadmill

19th ?” Glasgow, O2 ABC

20th ?” Liverpool, O2, Academy

22nd ?” Manchester, HMV Ritz

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— written by roisin kelleher for louderthanwar.com

 

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