Posted in books | music | pictures on June 5, 2009

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Amanda Palmer and Neil Gaiman

[Wednesday] night after an impossibly drizzling/humid day, Neil Gaiman & Amanda Palmer performedat Housing Works Bookstore as a part of SPIN's "Liner Notes", an event that combines a musician and an author to discuss creativity. This was the second event of the series, the first being Augusten Burroughs with Tegan (of Tegan & Sara).

The set opened with Gaiman reading a section from he and Palmer's soon-to-be released book Who Killed Amanda Palmer? The piece seemed to be a preface or at least an opening story to the book, a collection of photographs of Amanda Palmer dead with short stories by Gaiman.

After the story, Palmer launched into "Astronaut", the first song off the "Who Killed Amanda Palmer?" album, a great choice. [cupcake witch]

Amanda Palmer plays a much bigger and proper music show tonight, June 5th, at Highline Ballroom. Housing Works is having a street fair this weekend. More pictures of Amanda and Neil at Housing Works, including one of what looks to be Amanda holding up a naked picture of herself, below...

Amanda Palmer and Neil Gaiman

Amanda Palmer and Neil Gaiman

Amanda Palmer and Neil Gaiman

Amanda Palmer and Neil Gaiman

Amanda Palmer and Neil Gaiman

Amanda Palmer and Neil Gaiman

Amanda Palmer and Neil Gaiman

Amanda Palmer and Neil Gaiman

Amanda Palmer and Neil Gaiman

Amanda Palmer and Neil Gaiman

Amanda Palmer and Neil Gaiman

Amanda Palmer and Neil Gaiman

Amanda Palmer and Neil Gaiman

Amanda Palmer and Neil Gaiman

Amanda Palmer and Neil Gaiman

Amanda Palmer and Neil Gaiman

Amanda Palmer and Neil Gaiman

Amanda Palmer and Neil Gaiman

Amanda Palmer and Neil Gaiman

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Comments (34)

aMEHnda palMEHr & neil gaiMEHn

Posted by Anonymous | June 5, 2009 4:50 PM

NSFmeh

Posted by Anonymous | June 5, 2009 4:58 PM

it would be funny is someone actually got in trubz at work because she was holding a book of nude art photography.

Posted by Anonymous | June 5, 2009 5:15 PM

Oh my gosh! I wish I was there! I adore Amanda and Gaiman. Life is so unfair, argh! Well, at least the people who went had a killer time-and how could they not?! Oi, you guys are Lucky! Amanda so pretty, I love what she's done with her hair...and Gaiman! He is a fraeking God...what minds, I love them both. They are the Definition of Epic! And Together, they are The Ultimate in Mind Blowing Awesomeness! Oh my gosh I wish I could have been there!

Posted by Claire | June 5, 2009 5:24 PM

I was there and witnessed some very wonderous uke music with stunning scatting words of devotion, except for the farting into the mike.

Posted by Anonymous | June 5, 2009 5:56 PM

That was an awesome night! Amanda was great as always. Even better, the readings were especially good..I loved the one about the statue, heh.

Posted by Lars | June 5, 2009 6:59 PM

This seat is reserved for tea bagger.

Posted by Anonymous | June 5, 2009 8:08 PM

Omg! You quoted me! How sick is that?! I love Brooklyn Vegan!

Posted by cupcakewitch | June 8, 2009 5:01 PM

Amanda Palmer is a social climbing Scientologist and part of a network of Scientologists who continually promote each other. She is involved with Scientologist Neil Gaiman who has given over $100,000.00 to the CULT. Amanda Palmer makes up for her ineloquence and dreadful songwriting abilities with tantrum throwing, exposing the world to her underwear, rape stories and bisexuality. Neil Gaiman, unbelievably, tries to pass himself off as a children's author, while lying about his Scientology status, his marriage and now having a public midlife crisis with Palmer. Scientologists think the internet is a big superstore where they continually promote each other at our expense. The sooner these two idiots go away the better.

Posted by Xenu | July 4, 2009 4:44 PM

Amanda Palmer looks like like a wrestler on steroids whose had a sex change. Geez, Gaiman, get a clue.

Posted by Sam | July 20, 2009 7:08 PM

Gaiman and Palmer are Scientologists. They got paired up to make money, that's why their relationship was "launched" with pictures and a soundtrack. Unfortunately for Scientology's coffers, Gaiman's career is on the downslide after writing so many bad scripts that tanked and Palmer got dumped by her record label because she can't write a song to save her life, let alone sing. Scientology weirdos.

Posted by Reed | August 31, 2009 3:54 AM

Amanda is not a fucking Scientologist. She's not stupid enough to be one.

Posted by Evyn | September 10, 2009 5:58 PM

Amanda Palmer makes up for her ineloquence and dreadful songwriting abilities with tantrum throwing, exposing the world to her underwear, rape stories and bisexuality. Neil Gaiman, unbelievably, tries to pass himself off as a children's author, while lying about his Scientology status, his marriage and now having a public midlife crisis with Palmer. Scientologists think the internet is a big superstore where they continually promote each other at our expense. The sooner these two idiots go away the better.

Posted by Generic Xenical | October 1, 2009 11:36 PM

Palmer looks pretty stupid to me. Is Amanda Palmer a transvestite act? Looks like a big she/male.

Posted by Joe | October 12, 2009 2:55 AM

Amanda Palmer looks like a crack whore!

Posted by Andy | November 10, 2009 7:45 PM

Amanda Palmer & Neil Gaiman are super!Amanda Palmer is a social climbing Scientologist and part of a network of Scientologists who continually promote each other. She is involved with Scientologist Neil Gaiman who has given over $100,000.00 to the CULT.

Posted by yeast infection | November 12, 2009 3:21 AM

Here's big CLAM Neil Gaiman at Wealden House, the scientology center in East Grinstead run by one of his sister's Lizzie Calcione.

http://www.scientology-london.com/beta/files/leaked-neil-gaiman-backstage-colbert-report-and-links-wealden-house-life-improvement-centre.php

Posted by Mest | November 27, 2009 4:16 PM

Woah, what jumped up "xenu/yeast infections/all the other names he came up with's" butt? Did Amanda Palmer turn you down for a date or something? why did you waste a month of your life posting and reposting the same made up bs? GET A LIFE! Amanda Palmer is a beautiful person, and SO WHAT if neil gaiman IS a scientologist? He's not pressuring anyone into doing it, he's not talking about it, heck, by your logic he's trying to "Hide the fact" Until he comes out and says he is one, and starts trying to recruit people or something keep your trap shut.

Posted by HalfJack | November 28, 2009 12:47 AM

I won't keep my trap shut, Halfjack. Do you enjoy working in a basement at the seaorg wiping Gaiman and Palmers boots with your tongue? Neil Gaiman funds scientology and scientology is a dangerous cult that destroys peoples lives. Palmer and Gaiman have been paired up, probably by his sister Claire Edwards. What is amazing to me is that you don't seem to care about a dangerous cult that destroys lives, oh wait, your in a basement working for them! Using mind-control techniques such as lie-detectors, interrogation, blackmail and “disconnection” (shunning of loved ones), Scientology strips people of money and autonomy. Ruthlessly attacking all perceived enemies with its Fair Game Policy (enemies can be "tricked, sued or lied to or destroyed.), Scientology intimidates witnesses into silence. Scientology is psychologically and physically abusive, as exemplified by their Rehabilitation Project Force (RPF) where Prison camps are run for "Sea Org" members in Los Angeles, Clearwater FL, Copenhagen and other sites. I don't like liars and FYI I don't ask crazy scienos on dates, especially when they look like Broomhilda here.

Posted by xenu | November 29, 2009 8:40 PM

Wow-ee.

So I really don't know much about wether or not Amanda is a Scientologist, although I do think Scientology is wrong and all that Jazz...
I got given the leaflets, and I went to the sites- and I agree, Scientology = Bad.

However, Amanda Palmer is still a phenomenal Singer/Song Writer, and pretty hawt too. ^^
I think her writing ability is truly amazing, her songs manage to be funny, touching, and every other thing a good song needs to be.

Also, I like some of Gaiman's work, but he's not nearly so awesome as Palmer, so if it turns out he IS a scientologist, I'm totally ready to stand with you on the 'hate' thing. :D

Posted by E Tuesday | December 4, 2009 8:14 PM

Are you serious? Amanda Palmer can't sing or write a song to save her life. She's embarrassing. Apparently she can type a lot of stupid comments about herself, but that's about it. What kind of person goes back to high school to star in their own play? Everything about Palmer smacks of desperation, nude pictures, cover songs, riding the coat tails of other celebrities. Palmer is one of the least talented people I have had the misfortune of hearing. Palmer is simply an attention whore, she's so crude and thoughtless that she writes about her zits and tampons, which doesn't make for compelling art. As far as Gaiman goes, I'm not much of a comics fan and his books are sophomoric. Seem like Clams to me, uneducated culties trying to mind bend their way to the top... it'll never happen.

Posted by 3rdking | December 19, 2009 2:27 AM

OMG!!! Why are you posting all this crap if you don't like them? Gaiman left his "Clam" family and Palmer is an atheist. Get a clue people! Amanda is an amazing artist as is Gaiman.

Posted by BenyChaotik | January 2, 2010 9:27 AM

Setting aside all the scientology discussion, which has nothing to do with either person's talent... I'm not really a fan of Amanda Palmer's music, although she can definitely play the piano, but I am a fan of Neil Gaiman's and I cannot get over the comment "Gaiman's career is on the downslide after writing so many bad scripts that tanked". Um, what planet were you on this year?! The Graveyard Book won practically every freaking award this year and has been on the Times Bestseller list for over 60 weeks, American Gods was named one of Time Magazine's 10 best novels of the decade, his short film "Statuesque" is getting all kinds of buzz and reviews (and it's great by the way), he sold out every appearance this year, etc. etc. To say that his career is on the downslide is so utterly ridiculous and proves that you have absolutely no clue about anything related to Neil Gaiman. Why would anyone listen to anything else you have to say, on the subject, true or not?

Posted by jessica | January 9, 2010 2:32 AM

Gaiman's books have had weaker sales with every run. When writers can't sell through in the adult market they try another genre and Gaiman switched to writing kids books which stayed relatively low on the USA Today List. Gaiman is all smoke and mirrors. Statuesque was just incompetent and mind-numbingly boring. The music was awful and Amanda Palmer can't act. What each character feels was supplied by descriptions of the film but could hardly be discerned by viewing the performances which were anemic and just confusing. Gaiman's good at promoting himself but he's mediocre and often just appallingly bad. I would believe Gaiman and Palmer are Scientologists since they buy the media, get each other jobs and like to think positively no matter how lame the reception to their shitty excuse for art.

Posted by Panagon | January 11, 2010 4:28 AM

Gaiman goes on Freewind cruises with his family every year. I don't know why he denies Scientology. Scientologists have helped him and Amanda Palmer every step of the way, why betray the church?

Posted by silent too long | January 12, 2010 9:03 PM

But Amanda Palmer is living off of the fat of Neil Gaiman's Scientologist connections, while fucking her friends and assistants girlfriend FOR ONE in the process. I actually feel sorry for the poor sap. What a horrible embarrassment to his wife and children, to see him so shamed in front of his peers.

Posted by TSing | January 27, 2010 5:06 AM

Gaiman and Palmer seem to be psychotic liars.Neil Gaiman, along with his ex-wife Mary Gaiman are currently listed in Scientology's cornerstone Newsletter (circa November 2009) under the list of contributors who gave $35,000.00 in 2009.

CORNERSTONE CLUB MEMBERS [1315] [$35,000.00]

Mary & Neil Gaiman

Scientology newsletters only list members in good standing. Those who have left the Church or been declared Suppressive, which would be Neil Gaiman's status if he had left, are never listed.

Gaiman is a Scientologist in good standing, why does he continually lie?

Posted by Renee | February 12, 2010 6:56 PM

Cha Ching! Gaiman and Palmer chuck another half a million dollars into Scientology via Mary Gaiman!

http://forums.whyweprotest.net/304-celebrity-news/neil-gaimans-scieno-front-65295/

Posted by Drake | April 28, 2010 8:48 PM

Wow that is some creativity. Reading, music, story-telling, poetry and art.

Posted by Susan | August 31, 2011 12:57 AM

Monkeys are also creative, they try to smear their feces everywhere, just like Gaiman and Palmer.

Posted by Golan | September 24, 2011 6:58 PM

I love their creativity! ...don't love all these a-holes who are paid to post millions of comments about Scientology. Get a life and accept that these artists will continue to inspire!

Posted by Natalie | May 22, 2012 1:39 AM

Gaiman is a Cornerstone Club member which means he is building Scientology Orgs. Gaiman and Palmer are both fame whores trying to buy their way up the ladder via Scientology. They suck.

Posted by Dillion | August 25, 2012 8:23 PM

Check out Neil Gaiman's parents eddict about how to STALL, DEFLECT and OVERWHELM the press. This is what Neil Gaiman and Amanda Palmer do, they mislead people:

http://www.solitarytrees.net/racism/reporter.htm

The Kickstarter campaign is an illusion made to fool you.

Posted by Wanda | November 22, 2012 12:07 AM

You did write a fascinating story about his background and the most comprehensive to date, so kudos, although Johannes Scheepers is the real story.

However, the 2009 donation by Neil Gaiman which makes him a Cornerstone member is NOT poorly sourced! The data of Neil Gaiman's $35,000.00 donation in 2009 is posted on exscientology board here:

http://www.forum.exscn.net/sho...

Here is a link to THE ORIGINAL NEWSLETTER from 2009 with NEIL GAIMAN's name clearly printed under CORNERSTONE MEMBERS:

http://www.scribd.com/doc/1177...

Neil Gaiman's name is clearly listed and you can easily go download it. This is not poorly sourced. This is a black and white fact listed in Scientology's own records.

Neil Gaiman paid money into the cult as late as 2009. FACT, not speculation. And according to your article, when he'd already taken up with Palmer.

Posted by see | January 26, 2014 9:44 PM

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