Last September a new addition to literature made the shelves straight out of Nine Eight books. It was named ‘Pandamonium! How Not To Run A Record Label’ and follows the story of the birth of fierce panda records and the near-death of its furry founder (and Entertainment Now Diary of a Pandaman author), indie stalwart Simon Williams.
Covering the fanzine funtimes in 1980s E17 through a decade at the NME, a DJing detour at Xfm and at least three lifetimes spent promoting live shows beneath the underground ‘Pandamonium!’ is a sometimes painful, occasionally hilarious and frequently philosophical evaluation of trying to run a record company in the midst of a music industry which just wouldn’t listen. It mentions Coldplay, Oas*s and The Royal Free acute care department, sometimes in the same chapter.
‘Pandamonium!’ is now being published in paperback form with a brand new cover, alongside a number of live events to coincide with the launch.
The live events are as follows:
SEPTEMBER 2ND DORSET END OF THE ROAD FESTIVAL (signing and Q&A)
SEPTEMBER 15TH NEWCASTLE GENERATOR LIVE
SEPTEMBER 16TH Q&As w/ ASH @ LEEDS JUMBO & LIVERPOOL CAVERN CLUB
SEPTEMBER 18TH Q&A with ASH @ BRISTOL ROUGH TRADE
SEPTEMBER 19TH Q&A with ASH @ ROUGH TRADE EAST
OCTOBER 20/21 MANCHESTER UNCONVENTION
NOVEMBER 16 LONDON 02 INDIGO DITTO X MEET THE MUSIC INDUSTRY
JANUARY 5 BOGNOR REGIS ROCKAWAY BEACH