I’m about 90% sure Amanda Palmer is in the early stages of drafting her own “Social Media and the Economics of the Music Industry” textbook. First she made over a cool million using only Kickstarter, and then she sold $19,000 worth of tee shirts during a 2009 campaign. Today Hypebot is reporting that last night she decided to design and sell another tee shirt using the Chirpify service, and was able to clock sales at approximately one $20 tee shirt every 30 seconds. The tee shirts by the way featured an image of the botched Spanish fresco “restoration” with the tag line, “Stop Pretending Art Is Hard”. I think her celebratory Tweet from the first tee shirt campaign might make the perfect preface for the book:
TOTAL MADE THIS MONTH USING TWITTER = $19,000. TOTAL MADE FROM 30,000 RECORD SALES = ABSOLUTELY NOTHING.
Check out her NSFW performance in the new version of the Flaming Lips’ “The First Time I Ever Saw Your Face”:
UPDATE: We misreported that the $19,000 in sales happened last night instead of in 2009.