Amanda Palmer Pens Open Letter to Morrissey Encouraging Him to Take Up Crowdsourcing
Published Apr 29, 2013Amanda Palmer knows how to work a Kickstarter campaign, having raised almost $1.2 million to help put out her Theatre Is Evil LP. Interestingly, the musician is now suggesting to Morrissey that he should try the same.
An open letter from Palmer was posted on Salon and attempts to sell Moz on the idea of having his fans help fund a new LP, which would be his first since 2009's Years of Refusal. The currently label-less Morrissey had previously said that the possibility of getting a follow-up on a proper imprint "grows less and less likely," while he also pointed out that his current health woes have taken him off the road, meaning he won't be taking in as much income as before.
Palmer, meanwhile, believes the Mozzer can work outside the system, especially after she saw the massive response to her tweet: "How many people out there would pay $5 to crowdfund/pre-order a digital-only Morrissey album?"
"There were many, many answers," she wrote in the open letter. "You were discussed, anecdotes were shared….and I said very little. People, not surprisingly, said both super-worshipful and super-critical things about you, as you'd expect. But the point is, after a few hours, somewhere upwards of 1,400 tweets came in saying that they'd gladly pay $5 to fund a digital album."
Palmer goes on to talk logistics, like how Morrissey could keep costs down by axing physical editions, and how the direct route would opt out of record store distribution and radio needs. Not to mention, that the melancholic frontman has way more fans than the 1,400 that responded to Palmer's inquiry.
"You have some of the most fanatical fans in the world; caring and devoted people from countries far and wide who would be really, really happy to support you at levels far beyond $5 just to have the songs in their ears," Palmer said, adding, "You wouldn't have to do anything, really, other than simply go into a studio, record 10 songs, and deal with the small headache of getting the digital information to a bunch of people."
For the record, Palmer said she doesn't actually think Morrissey will take her up on the suggestion ("I know you almost definitely won't do this and that you may well think I'm a bothersome asshole for writing you this open letter"), but she hopes he'll at least keep it in consideration. No doubt, the rest of his fans do too.
Morrissey has yet to respond to Palmer's open letter, which you can read in full here.