Free Online

Wed, 13 May 2020

6:30 pm - 7:30 pm GMT

An Evening with Tori Amos: A Story of Hope, Change and Courage

In Conversation With Erica Wagner

In this free online livestream, the multi-platinum singer-songwriter and bestselling author will reflect on the experiences that made her the artist and activist she is today.

Since the release of her first, career-defining solo album Little Earthquakes, Tori Amos has been one of the music industry’s most enduring and ingenious artists. From her unnerving depiction of sexual assault in Me and a Gun to her post-9/11 album Scarlet’s Walk to her latest album Native Invader, her work has never shied away from intermingling the personal with the political.

Now, fifteen years since the release of her bestselling memoir, Tori Amos revisits 18 of her most enduring songs, including ‘Cornflake Girl’, ‘Jackie’s Strength’, ‘Silent All These Years’ and ‘Taxi Ride’. In this conversation with journalist Erica Wagner, based on her new book Resistance, she will examine what was happening in her life when she wrote the lyrics that connected with millions of fans, and looks at them through the lens of the political and social landscape of 2020; how they stand as words of activism, words of resistance.

This conversation will teach us all how to engage with intention in this tumultuous global climate and will speak directly to supporters of #MeToo and #TimesUp, as well as young people fighting for their rights and visibility in the world. For anyone determined to steer the world back in the right direction this free live-stream is an unmissable event.

About Our Digital Programme:
In response to the global pandemic, How To Academy is curating a not-for-profit programme of live-streamed talks and conversations bringing you advice, insight and entertainment. Tickets are offered on a Pay What You Can basis, including a Free option for those who cannot afford more at this difficult time. Thank you for your help sustaining How To Academy through the crisis — and for enabling us to share new thinking from across the globe at a time when it has never been more important.

Books will be shipped within two weeks of the event (hopefully sooner). Please note that due to the challenges of distribution during the global pandemic, some books may be delayed. If we experience any delay in getting your copy to you, we will contact you by email to let you know. Thank you for supporting a local London business, Primrose Hill Books.


Tori Amos

Grammy-nominated musician and New York Times bestselling co-author.

Tori Amos is a Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter, pianist, composer, and, with Ann Powers, the New York Times bestselling author of Tori Amos: Piece by Piece. She has released fifteen studio albums, including her latest, Native Invader, in 2017.

Erica Wagner

Former literary editor of The Times, author and writer for the New Statesman.

Erica Wagner’s latest book is Mary and Mr Eliot: A Sort-of Love Story. She was the literary editor of the London Times for seventeen years and is a contributing writer for the New Statesman and consulting literary editor for Harper’s Bazaar; she is Lead Editorial Innovator for Creatd, Inc. She is the author of Chief Engineer: Washington Roebling, The Man Who Built the Brooklyn Bridge, winner of the Eccles Centre and Hay Festival Writer’s Award; her other books are Ariel’s GiftSeizure, Gravity and she is the editor of First Light, a celebration of the work of Alan Garner.