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  1. The one question I would’ve asked if I’d had the opportunity, was what Amanda’s biggest fears are. I’m curious about the role of fear in our lives and her idea of living “plan-free” is a good one (very Buddhist and detached of her, I’d say), but at some point I think we all run into resistances to living in the moment based on our fears. I felt some of that in her ukelele song as she expressed grief at losing her childhood home. Perhaps her fears are more longings for the past rather than worries about the future?

    I wonder if all rockstars fear the day that their fans no longer find them as lovely or as charming as when they were young. I still think the Killer Kane/Guitar Hero reference works on that level–what happened to him after the NYDolls disbanded (he lived in abject poverty)? How realistic is it to think that one can maintain such a lifestyle (and the devotion of your fans) over a lifetime?

    Gah, sorry for the downer thoughts/reflections…

  2. John

    Her answers to your questions would’ve have been far preferable and more generally enlightening than the narrow “will you kiss me.?” She was flippantly throwing the plan-free mantra out there, but I agree, it would be nice to hear more about her thoughts on the tensions that she must inevitably encounter.

    And plan-free is certainly different from “directionless.” She’s demonstrated a tenacity and persistent adherence to her core being that is one things I admire most about her. I wish I had me more of that–I might feel less of a sell-out, and maybe I would be further along with my own creative aspirations.

    On that last note, I’m not sure how much that correlates with AFP. You can always contrast Kane with fellow bandmate Buster Poindexter, who worked hard to reinvent himself post-Dolls (er, of the New York variety). While Amanda is beautiful and charming, her success seems to be more a product of a slow build-up of a core fan base than someone who bursts on to the scene and then fades away. Plus she’s being very creative in using new methods to grow her following and to connect with her fans.

  3. G

    plan free sounds great! and so does this impromtu show. great pics. thanks for sharing this with the rest of us who couldn’t be part of the 50.
    and this cracks me up;
    “Oh, we thought you had something new.”
    3 mins ago is so ancient history.

    hahahahahaha!!!

  4. That sounds soooo amazing. You are very lucky people. Just reading about it is thrilling me and making my heart soar — thanks for sharing.

    And “plan-free” sounds pretty good to me.

    A damnfine list of heroes there, too.

  5. John

    Thanks, G’s! 🙂

    Ack! I forgot Miranda July. So help me, I might swap out a Joss Whedon for a Miranda July.

    David Bowie is so far above the fray that he’s acknowledged to a be a part of everyone’s list, even if they don’t think he belongs on one.

  6. Ahhh, just make the list bigger. It HAS to have Whedon.

    And David Bowie. Yep. He’s the Godfather of All Awesomeness.

    Suddenly I want to make my own list. I sense a blog post in the near future! 🙂

  7. Thank you, John. An example of the best kind of fan/artist relationship.

    Really enjoyed the report, the pictures … at first I thought, man, John is exploring edges of fanboy-dom. But since then I’ve been listening to “Who Killed Amanda Palmer (Special Edition :)” and now I understand.

    She has a new fanboy because of you. I often have buyer’s remorse but with this one I feel I’ve received much more than I paid.

  8. Those are my stencils. That picture with Jana’s foot and my stencil is one of the most touching things i’ve ever seen. Thank you for appreciating my art and sharing it with the world.

    Its magic and its love, and its contagious.

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