Amanda Palmer On 'The Art of Asking'

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Amanda Palmer used to work as a human statue: the "Eight-Foot Bride." She stood on a milk box in Harvard Square, dressed in a wedding gown. When someone stopped to give her money, she'd offer them a daisy, and an opportunity to connect face-to-face, and soul-to-soul. The result was human connection. That basic bargain continues and with it, Palmer has earned success and sometimes sparked controversy.

Today, she's an internationally-renown artist, famous for her rock music, and for her work with crowd-funding. In 2012, she raised more than a million dollars from 25,000 fans on Kickstarter, becoming the most successful music project in the site's history.

She talked about what she calls the "art of asking" in a TED Talk she gave early last year. More than six million people have watched that TED Talk, and out of it has come a new book from Amanda Palmer called, The Art of Asking, or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Let People Help.

Amanda Palmer will be performing tonight at Royale in Boston.


This segment aired on November 11, 2014.


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