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The fans didn’t “donate” money just to make the album. They paid money for goods and services, in this case a dollar got you a digital download of the record, and a substantially larger amount got you a lavish physical package including a big art book with original work commissioned from many different artists, and private gallery shows that included everything, that were just for Kickstarter backers.
For this _is_ the future, and what Amanda is proving is that this model works, and can work for anyone, even if they don’t have a million dollar Kickstarter or a millionare husband. (The idea that she should ask him for money, which has been suggested, is absurd.) Anyone who is both willing to put in the work and who loves their fans as much as she does, that is.
A lot of people are asking, basically, “who the fuck does she think she is?” I’ll tell you who she is. She’s someone who routinely plays for her fans for free. More often than not, she does a free ninja gig with her ukelele when she does a big paid gig. Anyone who dismisses that as just shameless self-promotion _is_ an idiot, for anyone that turns up to those is either already going to the paid gig, or can’t due to lack of funds, but gets to see her anyway, even if she’s mainly just goofing on covers and hanging out talking. For that is what its about, getting together with the fans.
Its in that same spirit that she eats with her fans, either in their homes or at the venues, on food they’ve brought to share with someone they love. Its in that same spirit that she crashes on their couches and floors. Anyone who is so cynical to think that she does that because she doesn’t want to pay for meals and a hotel is to be pitied. In the Dresden Dolls days, the fans were part of the show, with their wonderful costumes, performance art, circus skills, and improv theater bits.
This is just a way to extend that vibe to the current tour. As for the idea that just because she has money now means she shouldn’t do it anymore, that is just ridiculous. not as much as people think, if you read and understand how Kickstarter _actually_ works, i.e. its not donations, and the people that