Kickstarter queen Amanda Palmer wants Morrissey to crowd-source a new album and knows how to make it happen.
The last couple years have been rough for Morrissey. Earlier this year he was forced to cancel the remainder of his tour after several health scares and hospitalizations. This is very worrisome to Morrissey fans especially because he is currently unsigned on a record label and he refuses to self release a new album. He told Pitchfork in a 2011 interview that no record label wanted him claiming “labels for the most part want to sign new discoveries so that that label alone is seen to be responsible for the rise of the artist.”
Amanda Palmer, who last year raised 1.1 million dollars by crowd-sourcing on Kickstarter, feared the demise of the iconic musician’s career and wrote an open letter to Morrissey with a new idea of how to fund a new album. She began by expressing how big of a fan she is:
I’ve bought tickets to see you lots of times. You shaped my head and my heart as a teenager, and to this day continue to impact my various artistic forays … This is how much you mean to me: I couldn’t stomach the idea of Morrissey meeting me and not liking me, even if the chances were small. In a move that shocked myself, I shook my head and declined the invitation. (I’ll never know if I did the right thing…late at night, I have regrets.)
Palmer went on to explain how Morrissey does not need a label and not having one should not stop him from writing, recording and releasing music for the fans. She knows the fans are out there and are willing to help him fund his new album. She stated:
[I heard] you’ve been told by doctors not to tour, and you were quoted saying that you wanted to make music, but you cannot find a label. I thought about that, and then I did an experiment … I tweeted a link to the article about your canceled tour, and then asked this simple question of my followers (I have about 850,000 of them): “How many people out there would pay $5 to crowdfund/pre-order a digital-only Morrissey album?…You’re possibly one of the best candidates on the planet to use crowdfunding, because of who you are and what you mean.
Amanda Palmer went on to admit that Morrissey probably won’t do this and probably thinks she is a “bothersome asshole for writing this open letter” but Palmer has earned a lot of success from Kickstarter and wants to see it go further. She is right about one thing, if Morrissey crowdsourced a new album it would be historic.
You can read her entire letter to Morrissey at Salon.