Amanda Palmer brouhaha exposes the dark side of crowdsourcing


Is it right to ask for (and use) free labor? That’s the question that erupted after Amanda Palmer, former lead singer of the Dresden Dolls and a fixture on the Boston music scene,  posted a request for musicians to back up her band on its new tour.

Palmer wrote that she needs “professional-ish horns and strings for EVERY CITY to hop up on stage with us for a couple of tunes.”The pay for  a “quickie rehearsal” and performance?  “Beer, hug/high-five you up and down (pick your poison), give you merch, and thank you mightily for adding to the big noise we are planning to make,” she wrote.

The post sparked a firestorm, as The Boston Globe reported Thursday, as several commenters accused Palmer of trying to get something for nothing. What made her request especially galling to some was that she recently raised $1.2 million from Kickstarter to fund her music.

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