Amanda Palmer Tells #SXSW She’s Sold 85K Units, But Worries About Less Social Artists
At SXSW yesterday, Amanda Palmer revealed that she'd sold 85,000 of "Theatre Is Evil" in the six months six it's release. 25,000 sales came via her $1.2 million Kickstarter campaign, others were "pay what you want" sales on Palmer's website and the rest through distributors Girlie Action in the United States and
Cooking Vinyl in Europe.
Palmer also spoke of her concerns for a business model that won't work for artist less adept a social media. “I would, personally, be kind of disappointed if PJ Harvey started tweeting all the time,” Palmer said. “It’s just not PJ Harvey…I’ve built a personality of stripping off my clothes and running around all the time.”
"I hope we don't lose the PJ Harveys and the Jeff Mangums and the Elliott Smiths and the people you would never expect to get out and wave their own flag and blog and tweet and be super social," she continued. "Their music is amazing and necessary,"
"Is [Harvey] going to be OK?” Palmer concluded. “Is it going to be a harder future for artists who don’t roll up their sleeves?”