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Amanda Palmer
Amanda Palmer
Palmer in 2016
Background info
Full name Amanda MacKinnon Palmer
Also known as Amanda Fucking Palmer
Birthday/Birthplace (1976-04-30) April 30, 1976
New York City, New York, U.S.
Origin Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.
  • Alternative rock
  • punk cabaret
  • dark cabaret
  • Singer-songwriter
  • musician
  • performance artist
  • Vocals
  • keyboard
  • piano
  • ukulele
  • harmonica
  • drums
Active Years 1989–present
Record Labels
  • Roadrunner
  • Cooking Vinyl
  • 8ft. Records
Worked with
  • The Dresden Dolls
  • Evelyn Evelyn
  • 8in8
  • Amanda Palmer and The Grand Theft Orchestra
Official Website

Amanda MacKinnon Palmer (New York, United States, April 30, 1976) is an American singer, songwriter and musical performer. She became known as a vocalist and pianist of the group The Dresden Dolls, which they classify as “Cabaret Punk Brechtiano”. She also has a solo career, was part of the Evelyn Evelyn duo, and is the lead singer and songwriter at Amanda Palmer & amp; The grand theft orchestra.

Amanda Palmer’s Biography

Family and childhood

Amanda learned to play the piano as a child thanks to her mother. He has a younger sister with whom he always maintained a very good relationship.

Studies and beginnings

He grew up in Lexington, Massachusetts, whose High School he attended, and where he became involved in a special way in the dramatic department (something very present in the content of many of his songs). He obtained a degree in Philosophy and Letters from the University of Wesleyan. She worked as an ice cream vendor in a store in Cambridge, Massachusetts, called Toscanini’s. He made stage performances based on the work of the Legendary Pink Dots, one of his first musical influences. He formed the band Shadowbox Collective, dedicated to stage theater performances, (in 2002, he made “Hotel Blanc”, which she directed), street theater and street music making mime, personification called ” The Eight Foot Bride “(The 8-foot (tall) bride), in Harvard Square, among other places. This part of his life was reflected in the song “The perfect fit”, from his first album with “The Dresden Dolls”, with the same title:

“I can paint my face
And stand very, very still
It’s not very practical
But it still pays the bills”


“I can paint my face
and stay very, very still.
It’s not very practical, but still, it pays the bills.”

As in the song “Glass slipper”, from the album “A is for Accident” (his live debut album):

give out flowers
To curious strangers
who throws dollars at my feet. “


“I give flowers to curious strangers who throw dollars at my feet

A group of human statues (mimes), appears in the video clip of the song “Sing”, from the album “Yes, Virginia …”.

Despite the fact that he never learned to read music (although he received brief lessons in two different periods), he formed a band called “Amanda Palmer and the Void”.

The Dresden Dolls

In October of the year 2000, he met drummer Brian Viglione at a Halloween party and together they formed The Dresden Dolls. To make their live performances more intense, Amanda invited former colleagues from Lexington High School to perform dramatic works during the same. This evolved into “The Dirty Business Brigade”, a group of artists who perform in many of their shows.

In 2002, after developing a fan base, the band recorded their self-titled debut album, The Dresden Dolls, with producer Martin Bisi (from Indie, Brooklyn). They produced the record before signing with the label Roadrunner Records.

In 2005, Amanda won the award for best female vocalist of the WFNX / Boston Phoenix Best Music Poll.

In 2006 “The Dresden Dolls Companion” was published, with words, music and works of art by Amanda Palmer. It described the history of the album “The Dresden Dolls” and the duo, as well as a partial autobiography. The book also contains the lyrics, scores, and notes of each song on the album, all written by her, and also includes a DVD with a 20-minute interview with Amanda about the creation of the book.

The same year the album Yes, Virginia … (2006) is published.

In June 2007, they toured the 2007 True Colors Tour and debuted at the Radio City Music Hall in New York, as well as appearing for the first time in the New York Times.

The album No, Virginia is published in 2008, and a second book is released, the Virginia Companion, a continuation of The Dresden Dolls Companion, including music and lyrics from both albums, produced by Sean Slade and Paul Kolderie. < / p>

Evelyn Evelyn

In September 2007, Palmer collaborated with Jason Webley to release Evelyn Evelyn’s EP, entitled Elephant Elephant. The album was launched in 2010 and was accompanied by a world tour.

Solo career

On September 16, 2008, he released his first solo album Who killed Amanda Palmer ?, with the production and participation of Ben Folds. The album was accompanied by a booklet of photographs with texts by Neil Gaiman.

On January 15, 2010, the writer Neil Gaiman announced on his blog his marital commitment to her.

On July 20, 2010, he released his second solo album of versions of Radiohead songs played with his ukulele, entitled Amanda Palmer Performs the Popular Hits of Radiohead on Her Magical Ukulele. The following year, he recorded his live album Goes down under.

In 2012, he formed the alternative rock group Amanda Palmer & amp; The Grand Theft Orchestra releasing its third album Theater is Evil.

Three years later, she made her debut in literature with her book El arte de pedir, later she and her husband announced the news of being parents.

Currently, and after having started financing artistic projects through crowdfunding, he has renounced traditional record labels to manage his career through the Patreon crowdfunding page.

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