Rohan Kriwaczek again takes us into a strange reality that is not quite real. Amanda Palmer rose to indie rock fame as the front woman for The Dresden Dolls, and continues to thrive as a solo act.
In "On the Many Deaths of Amanda Palmer" Kriwaczek builds on Amanda's playfully gothic image by centering the book around her imagined death.
Upon hearing news of Amanda Palmer's death, her fans began posting their own writing, artwork, and thoughts onto the Internet, eventually creating their own genre called the Palmeresque. By collecting a selection of these submissions in one place and providing commentary, Kriwaczeck explores issues of authorship, celebrity, popular culture, marketing strategies and the corruption of art. Amandas fans will of course enjoy this outrageous depiction of their favorite songstress, and this book also appeals to anyone interested in the essential questions of modern media.
"Shelve it in music or shelve it in fiction, but expect Palmer''s oddly literary fans to come looking for it" -- "Booklist"
"A postmodern Russian nesting doll of realities, complete with poems, charts, and censored text, this book is successful on many levels: creepy and fun when accepted at face value; tantalizing when looked at as evidence in a murder mystery; insightful in its commentary on modern celebrity and culture--in all coy, engaging, and delightfully imagined." -- "Publisher''s Weekly", Starred Review
"Through a fascinating series of essays, stories, fairy tales, poems, introductions and appendices Kriwaczek explores issues of authorship, celebrity, popular culture, marketing strategies and the culminating steady corruption of art in contemporary culture, all in a wildly exuberant, imaginative and entertaining manner. Another sure fire winner from the author of "An Incomplete History of the Art of Funerary Violin"." - "The Guild of Funerary Violinists Quarterly Newsletter"
"An extended exercise in urban legend...a fascinating experiment...If you''re an Amanda Palmer fan, hungry for something wonderfully strange, or just love it when shit gets meta, this book''s worth puzzling over." -- "Boston''s Weekly Dig"
"Strange and clever... bizarre, gothic and fanciful... Kriwaczek does an admirable job of taking the traditional book in new directions... For every faux scientific conclusion, some of which can be quite funny, Kriwaczek still manages some inspired thinking about real issues like the slippery nature of the Internet and relationships between artists and their fans." - "Flagpole"