Everything That Rises Must Converge: Amanda Palmer, Power & Times Up

Featuring the single Mr. Weinstein Will See You Now

EVERYTHING THAT RISES MUST CONVERGE

 Amanda Palmer, Power, and Times Up

By

Hunter S. Jones

Musician and best-selling author Amanda Palmer took some time to chat with me this morning about her new song, Mr. Weinstein Will See You Now. I was stunned by her candor and ability to communicate. The song is breathtaking, heartbreaking, and it connects on so many levels. After hearing it last night, I sat in silence for at least twenty minutes attempting to grasp the emotions I felt, and the questions I needed to ask her about this song.

Hunter S. Jones: A lot has been written about you, but how would you describe yourself in twenty words or less?

Amanda Palmer: Different, Artistic, Song writer, Book writer, Connector, Communicator.

HSJ: In the novel Midnight in the Garden of Good & Evil, there’s the quote “musicians are touched on the shoulder by God” due to their power to help heal those who feel isolated and lonely. As a powerful woman who is a musician, performance artist, and writer, what or who has been your inspiration/motivation?

AP: I had a diet of Madonna and Cindy Lauper; I clutched onto them. Growing up, I only heard the music of men; music that was dominated by males—The Beatles, Beach Boys, Michael Jackson, Prince. I wanted to be a man. They are great artists, but I was scared of women. By my twenties, I found the strength of women in Alison Moyet, Laurie Anderson, Tori Amos, and Ani DiFranco. They enlightened me.

HSJ: How has being a female in the arts helped you?

AP: As a female…I don’t know. There are two sides to every coin. People don’t like an opinionated woman. The secret weapon as a female is that we are emotional, and people accept it. We can be physical, holding hands; this may not be possible for men.

HSJ: How has being a female in the arts hindered your career?

AP: It’s hard to be counted. It made me independent. I built my own world. Any woman who is vocal—in any industry, who expresses her own narrative—will be scrutinized. It’s the spectre of patriarchy.

HSJ: Do you believe this song is gender specific, or do male artists need to be involved in this conversation?

AP: Male artists have to be involved. Abuses are not limited to men. Harvey Weinstein and Bill Crosby are examples of men abusing power—male on female. It’s the structure that has been built by power. Women are victims. There are two sides of the narrative. And yes, men have to join the conversation.

HSJ: At the opening night reveal party, how did you feel when you experienced the crowd’s reaction to this song?

AP: The song was debuted in the dark. You could feel the sense of community, the understanding. Everyone just hugged and held hands. You could sense the emotions.

HSJ: In your opinion, what is the most powerful lesson contained in this song—the healing aspect or the candor of the topic?

AP: That’s up to the audience to decide. I’m…just…

HSJ: One last question, on a different note: you seem to have a fascination with New Orleans. Can you elaborate on that for me? 

AP: It’s warm! I have a lot of friends there. There’s a love of the arts and an energy that can’t be found anywhere else.

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Many thanks to Amanda and her team for the time and opportunity to share this powerful song and interview with you today. Here’s the vid and background of how the project developed.

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“Mr. Weinstein Will See You Now”

Song origin story by Amanda Palmer:

The song began as a “let’s write something, anything together” jam session between me and Jasmine Power, a 24-year-old Welsh songwriter who happened to be over to dinner party at my house, she’d been randomly invited over by a mutual Welsh playwright pal of ours, Hywel John. We’d never heard each other’s music, and after bonding over a late night music-sharing-wine-party, we found ourselves in a studio three days later, excited to create something from scratch.

The news cycle of truth-telling women was just hitting fever pitch, and I found myself thinking about closed doors to hotel rooms across the world and over time and how they’ve been the backdrops of so many of these painful encounters. That was the starting point, and we wrote with the idea of a split self: two voices inside one woman’s head. British film-music arranger, Sketch & Dodds, then added strings and orchestration to make the track more cinematic; almost overdoing it at points to kick Hollywood in the face. It doesn’t sound like anything I’ve ever made before, it’s almost a mini piece of theater.

I’ve been fiddling in my own head for months with ideas for songs and tunes to address the #MeToo movement, and it’s such a hard thing to write about it. It’s so personal to these women, these stories, and it felt too wrong to write something funny and cabaret, the topic is too harrowing. It’s not surprising that, just like the movement itself, it took two women getting into a room together, comparing notes and joining forces to create something almost like an anthem for taking back our narrative.

The working title of the song was “The Hotel Room”, then I thought it’d be a stronger statement to call it “Mr. Weinstein Will See You Now.” I mentioned the title to my patrons online and one of my feminist writer friends texted me, warning me that the title itself could be controversial. When I asked why, she said, “Because you cannot tell a story that isn’t yours, not this one”. I didn’t agree with that one, as I think that spells the end of all art as we know it, but I said, “What if I asked Rose McGowan to read the lyrics and tell me her own opinion?” So I tweeted Rose McGowan the lyrics, and she gave us her blessing to use the title.

Every time I hear this track I get goosebumps.

Every time I play the track for one of my female friends, we have an important moment together.

I don’t know if most people will even understand this song – and I don’t care.

The women we wrote it for will understand.

For further info on Amanda Palmer, please email: management@amandapalmer.net

To connect with Welsh Artist & Songwriter, Jasmine Power:

Twitter:  JasziePower (Jasmine Power)  –  https://twitter.com/JasziePower

Instagram: jasziepower (Jasmine Power) – https://www.instagram.com/jasziepower/

Facebook: jasziepower (Jasmine Power)  –  https://www.facebook.com/jasziepower

Credits:

Song written by Amanda Palmer, Jasmine Power and Sketch & Dodds

Vocals: Amanda Palmer and Jasmine Power

Piano: Sketch & Dodds

Photo: coco karol

Design: andrew nelson

Production: Sketch & Dodds

Strings: 7 Suns Quartet

Cello: Earl Maneein

Violin: Jennifer DeVore

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Interview edits by Safeword Author Services

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Sexuality and its Impact on History

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SEXUALITY AND ITS IMPACT ON HISTORY

The British Stripped Bare

by Hunter S. Jones

Genre: History/UK/Women & Gender/Sexuality

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Discover the ménage that changed the course of the Anglo-Saxon throne, go undercover to explore Courtly Love, learn about the business of Tudor marriages. Read of a possible dalliance involving Queen Anne Boleyn, and the controversial marriages of Mary, Queen of Scots. Peek into the bedrooms of Victorian prostitutes. Each story provides shocking detail about what was at the heart of romance throughout British history.

Would you swig a magic potion or plot to kill your husband in order to marry your lover? These are just two of the many romantic and sexual customs from British history that you will explore when eight authors take us through the centuries, revealing that truth is stranger than fiction when it comes to love. From bizarre trivia about courtly love, to techniques and prostitution, you’ll…

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The British Stripped Bare

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Review – Sexuality And It’s Impact on History; The British Stripped Bare

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Hunter S. Jones, Emma Haddon-Wright, Jessica Cale, Judith Arnopp, Gayle Hulme, Dr. Beth Lynne and Annie Whitehead

Would you swig a magic potion or plot to kill your husband in order to marry your lover? These are just two of the many romantic and sexual customs from British history that you will explore as eight authors take us through the centuries, revealing that truth is stranger than fiction when it comes to love. From bizarre trivia about courtly love, to techniques and prostitution, you ll encounter memorable nuggets of provocative information that you’ll want to share. It’s all here: ménage a trois, chastity belts, Tudor fallacies, royal love and infidelity, marriage contracts (which were more like business arrangements), brothels, kept women, and whorehouses.

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This provocative collection of essays depicts the cultural and societal kinks of the British because the truth is stranger than fiction when it comes to love. Eight essays chronicle the pleasures and perils of the flesh, sharing secrets from the days of the Anglo-Saxons, medieval courtly love traditions, diabolical Tudor escapades—including those of Anne Boleyn and Mary Queen of Scots—the Crown and Succession of female monarchs, and the ‘prudish’ Victorian Era. This scholarly yet accessible all-female project brings to light the myriad varieties of sexual and cultural mores which shaped history and the effect on women and gender roles into the early twentieth century.

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An Interview with Hunter S. Jones

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Interview with Hunter S. Jones

Hunter S. Jones is passionate about the history of romance, science and music, a.k.a. sex, drugs and rock & roll. She has a popular history blog, and is a historian for Past Preservers Casting.

When she isn’t writing, talking or tweeting about kings, queens and rock stars, she’s living the dream in Atlanta, Georgia with her Scottish born husband; and I’m delighted to welcome her to Rainne’s Ramblings.

 

DHunter-HeadColorHi Hunter, would you like to start by telling me a little about yourself and your background, please?

Hi Rainne! Thanks so much for featuring me today.

I write history and fiction as Hunter S. Jones. My real career has been in international sales and marketing. A freak accident ruptured my Achilles tendon a few years ago. While I was bed ridden, I started to fiddle around on social media and wrote stories. It was something to do.

 

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This provocative collection of essays depicts the cultural and societal kinks of the British because the truth is stranger than fiction when it comes to love. Eight essays chronicle the pleasures and perils of the flesh, sharing secrets from the days of the Anglo-Saxons, medieval courtly love traditions, diabolical Tudor escapades—including those of Anne Boleyn and Mary Queen of Scots—the Crown and Succession of female monarchs, and the ‘prudish’ Victorian Era. This scholarly yet accessible all-female project brings to light the myriad varieties of sexual and cultural mores which shaped history and the effect on women and gender roles into the early twentieth century.

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Hello and welcome to my blog, Author Interviews. My name is Fiona Mcvie.

 

Let’s get you introduced to everyone, shall we? Tell us your name.

Hi! Thanks for featuring me on your blog today. I write history and fiction as Hunter S. Jones.

Fiona: Where are you from?

Currently, I live in Atlanta, GA

Fiona: Tell us your latest news.

I’m delighted to let you know that my latest release, Sexuality & Its Impact On History: The British Stripped Bare is available in the U.K. It’s a collection of historical essays, written by women writers. We look at love, romance and sexuality in the Anglo-Saxon, Medieval, Tudor, Stuart and Victorian Eras.

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Queen of the courtesans: Mistress who charged princes and dukes a MILLION pounds a night for her skills as the most famous of ‘Les Grandes Horizontales’ was a humble Brit!

  • Cora Pearl had come a long way from Plymouth, with wealthy men as lovers
  • They showered her with gifts, making her one of the richest women in France
  • Now a new book by Hunter S Jones tells the story of Cora and others like her

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It was, to say the least, an unusual dinner party. For one thing, the guests were all male. The only woman present was their hostess, famed for her extravagant hospitality. There were, it was said, no lengths to which she would not go to satisfy her visitors.

She did not disappoint them. They had tasted the very finest wines and dined on the most sumptuous dishes, prepared by her renowned Parisian chef.

But then came the denouement of the evening. Their hostess excused herself to supervise, she said, the presentation of the final course.

Cora Pearl was from Portsmouth, England, and real name was Emma Crutch

Cora Pearl was from Portsmouth, England, and real name was Emma Crutch

The gentlemen waited in eager anticipation. What delightful dish could she be preparing for them? The dining room doors opened and in came four footmen bearing aloft a huge, covered silver dish. It was laid on the table and the lid was lifted with a flourish to reveal the dessert: their hostess, naked but for a strategically placed rose (or parsley in some accounts).

The gentlemen gasped in amazement and did not hesitate to avail themselves of the dish on offer.

The story soon spread, just as she had planned, burnishing her reputation for decadence and exhibitionism. She was the Empress of extravagance, inventive, outrageous and sexually insatiable, outdoing every other courtesan in Paris, securing her crown as the most famous of ‘Les Grandes Horizontales’, as they were known.

Perhaps the greatest surprise of all, however, was that the infamous courtesan was not Parisian, let alone French. She was English, from a decidedly humble background.

Cora Pearl had come a long way from Plymouth, where she was born some 30 years earlier. Her lovers were the wealthiest men in Europe: princes, dukes and viscounts. They showered her with money, diamonds and houses, making this Englishwoman one of the richest and most notorious women in France. Yet her story is little known today.

Now a fascinating new book by Hunter S Jones, charting the hidden sexual history of Britain, tells the story of Cora, and others like her, whose stories reveal today’s lurid sex scandals are nothing new.

While Queen Victoria was setting an example of marital fidelity, popularising the white bridal dress to symbolise virginity, and giving her name to an era now synonymous with strait-laced prudery, for many women morality was a luxury they could not afford.

Some had to sell their bodies or starve, others topped up their regular earnings with occasional sexual transactions. And a select few made their fortunes from sex, becoming the celebrities and fashion icons of their day. Cora Pearl was one.

Cora was born Emma Crouch in 1835. Her father was a musician and composer who abandoned the family when Emma was young. Her mother soon remarried and Emma was sent to France to be educated in a convent.

When she returned to England, she refused to live with her mother and stepfather and her 15 siblings. Instead, she lived with her grandmother in London and began working in a milliner’s shop.

The pay was poor and many milliners’ assistants moonlighted as prostitutes. Cora (or rather Emma) claims, however, that she remained innocent until one day, walking home from church, she was accosted by a nice, middle-aged man who offered to buy her cakes.

She followed him to a house near Covent Garden market, where instead of cakes he plied her with gin, which she was too polite to refuse. She began to feel groggy.

It's written that 'she was once served up naked, with a sprinkling of parsley, upon an enormous dish borne by four men.'

It’s written that ‘she was once served up naked, with a sprinkling of parsley, upon an enormous dish borne by four men.’

As she later claimed in her memoirs, she awoke in bed beside the man. She had, she realised, been ‘ruined – wickedly, bestially. I have never pardoned men, neither this one nor the others’.

The man – a diamond merchant – gave her five pounds (£400 today) as payment for her virginity. It was not an uncommon tale in London at that time: many a naïve teenage girl was similarly ensnared. Too ashamed to return to her grandmother’s, she determined to make the best of her situation. With the five pounds she bought new clothes and began working as a prostitute, taking clients back to her new lodgings, near Covent Garden.

She renamed herself Cora Pearl, putting her former life behind her. She soon graduated to a job at a West End dance hall, where male customers could dance – and more – with the pretty hostesses.

Her looks and allure attracted the attention of the proprietor, Robert Bignell, and she became his mistress. Through him, she developed a taste for high living.

Bignell took her to Paris for a visit and she fell in love with the city. When he announced it was time to return home, Cora threw her passport on the fire. She was staying.

Alone in a new city, she had to start again, rapidly working her way up from backstreet prostitute to become the mistress – concurrently – of several wealthy men.

Her reputation spread. She had tumbling red hair, sometimes dyed blonde, ample curves and a tiny waist, the span of a man’s hands. Her breasts were said to be sensational. Even a rival courtesan described them as ‘marvellous’. She was witty and vivacious and her sexual prowess was legendary.

Soon she had bagged the first of her many aristocratic paramours, the Duc de Rivoli. This was the age of the French Second Empire and France was once more ruled by obscenely wealthy aristocrats whose ostentatious extravagance made it seem as if the French Revolution had never occurred.

Rivoli was a generous benefactor, giving her money, jewels, servants and horses. She happily entertained him and his boisterous friends but refused to become his exclusive mistress, preferring the independence – and income – of having a roster of lovers, including the teenage Prince Achille Murat as well as his father; the Prince of Orange, heir to the Dutch throne; and the Duke of Morny, one of the most powerful men in Paris.

Morny was famed for his wit and charm and Cora admired him, but never loved him, or indeed anyone. Referring to passion and love, she admitted: ‘Luckily for my peace of mind I have never known either.’ Sex was for fun, and for money, it was separate from love.

She accrued yet more lovers. Becoming one of Cora’s lovers became a hallmark of success: if you could afford Cora, you were clearly doing well. One long-term lover was the influential Prince Napoleon, known as Plon Plon, cousin and confidante of the Emperor. Tall, paunchy and unattractive, his coarse demeanour hid a keen intellect. He was also phenomenally wealthy.

But he was a jealous man and when Cora refused to give up her other lovers, he threatened to have her deported. She appeared to acquiesce, but continued to play the field as energetically as ever.

Two Russian aristocrats and a Turkish diplomat were among her male ‘harem’. They competed with each other to shower her in lavish gifts. One gave her a huge silver horse, filled with jewels and gold.

She charged an astonishing 10,000 francs for a night in her company; equivalent to a staggering £1million in today’s money. Meanwhile, Prince Napoleon continued to deluge her in gifts. Two houses in fashionable streets in Paris, an allowance of 12,000 francs a month (though she spent more than double that, racking up huge debts), and diamonds galore. She rented a chateau near Orleans and installed a huge bronze bath, engraved with her monogram. She liked to fill it with champagne and entertain her guests while bathing in it.

When one of her admirers sent her bouquets of priceless orchids, she strewed them on the floor and danced the can-can on them

When one of her admirers sent her bouquets of priceless orchids, she strewed them on the floor and danced the can-can on them

When one of her admirers sent her bouquets of priceless orchids, she strewed them on the floor and danced the can-can on them. She was unstintingly generous, entertaining her friends and hangers-on with no expense spared: her household expenditure was around £30,000 a week in modern money.

But she was ruthless, too. She had a habit of plucking a rich young man, captivating him and, over mere months, picking him clean of his fortune, then discarding him. She kept an account of her lovers, recording their visits, gifts and, in the last column, commenting – sometimes harshly – on their performance.

Cora was theatrical, ostentatious and uninhibited: she liked to display her perfect breasts in public and was even said to enhance them by painting rouge around the nipples. She wore heavy make-up, mixing pearl dust with powder for a translucent complexion.

She patronised the most fashionable couturier, Charles Worth, and spent several fortunes on his exquisitely cut dresses, and on expensive lingerie – although she spent as much time naked as clothed and once went to a fancy dress party as ‘Eve’, wearing nothing at all.

She gambled – and lost – heavily in casinos and squandered huge sums on horses, grooms and sumptuous carriages in which she would drive around the fashionable Bois (woods) outside the city.

She once dyed her hair yellow to match her carriage upholstery and, another time, dyed her dog blue to match her clothes (sadly the dog apparently died as a result). Crowds would turn out to admire her latest look. Capitalising on her celebrity, she was cast in an opera as Cupid. Her singing and acting were undistinguished but it did not matter: half the audience consisted of her past or current lovers who showed their appreciation when she appeared, naked but for some strategically placed diamonds. Even the soles of her boots were diamond-encrusted. The jewels later sold at auction for 50,000 francs – £5million today.

Cora’s dazzling reign came to an abrupt halt when war between France and Prussia broke out in 1870. France defeated, the Emperor went into exile, Prince Napoleon fled to London and Cora tried to follow him, but she was barred from joining him at the Grosvenor Hotel when the management learned of her reputation. Ironically, it now has a suite named after her.

Returning to Paris, she converted one of her houses into a convalescent home for wounded soldiers, but her money was starting to run out. Aged 37, she took another lover, Alexandre Duval, ten years her junior. Besotted, he lavished gifts on her including a book whose pages were thousand franc banknotes.

When his fortune was spent, Cora wanted nothing more to do with him. Distraught, and unable to live without her, Duval forced his way into her house with a gun planning to kill her. A tussle with her servants ensued during which Duval accidentally shot himself. He survived, but Cora’s reputation did not. She was condemned for her callousness: she had apparently been more concerned about the blood on her fine carpet than Duval’s survival.

Now disgraced, she was forced to leave Paris. Years later, by the time she was allowed to return, her fortune had largely gone, and her looks were waning, although her body was, it was said, as magnificent as ever and men came to gaze on it still.

But Cora’s days as a courtesan were over and she was forced into low-end prostitution and auctioning her silverware and other gifts from happier times. She died of cancer, aged 51, in semi-obscurity.

Today, Cora is remembered not only at the Grosvenor Hotel but by a restaurant bearing her name opening soon in Covent Garden, where she first began her notorious career. Famed for her sense of humour, would no doubt have been delighted.

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In 1998 Linda Hooper set up a project in hopes of teaching the students of Whitwell Middle School the meaning of tolerance and diversity due to the areas isolation and proximity to the home of the Ku Klux Klan. Working with educators Sandra Roberts and David Smith, they explained the Holocaust of World War II and its murder of six million Jews by the Nazis in Europe along with the persecution and annihilation of handicapped persons…

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