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Amanda Palmer on learning to let people help

Wednesday 26th November 2014

Rock star, crowd-funding pioneer, and TED speaker Amanda Palmer has built a music career, and a life, around fearlessly asking for what she needs. From asking for a couch to sleep on when she travels to shows, to asking a crowd-funding website for a million dollars to make a new album after leaving her major label, Amanda’s economy of asking her fans for help, ideas and resources – often giving music for free in return – has been both trailblazing and controversial.

Her new book, The Art of Asking, or, How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Let People Help is ostensibly a book about making art, but it actually goes much further – cutting to the heart of why we’re so afraid to ask for what we need, and the life-changing events that can happen when we do.

This interview is the extended version of that which appeared in our new podcast, On The Dial.

his content was produced with funding support from NZ On Air.


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Charlotte Graham-McLay is a journalist who lives in Wellington. Her writing appears in the New York Times, New Zealand Geographic, and on Vice, The Spinoff, and, and she can sometimes be heard on RNZ.
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