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Pandamonium! Simon Williams

Pandamonium! By Simon Williams

Pandamonium! by Simon Williams

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An honest and astonishing memoir by Fierce Panda record-label founder Simon Williams, charting his love affair with indie, his music-industry successes and his heartfelt personal struggles.

Pandamonium! Summary

Pandamonium!: How Not to Run a Record Label by Simon Williams

'Open, entertaining and extraordinarily poignant.' STEVE LAMACQ It's a life-and-near-death story. But whose life? And whose near-death? As a one-time NME journalist, former XFM radio presenter and the founder of enduring homespun British indie record label Fierce Panda, Simon Williams has been at the cutting edge of all things indie for over thirty years. During his time as managing director of Fierce Panda (a role he holds to this day), Simon was responsible for discovering bands such as Coldplay, Keane, Placebo and countless other acts of independent hue - some of whom have gone on to achieve earth-shattering musical superstardom, while others have merely packed out the Bull & Gate in north London on a wet Wednesday evening. Now, Simon's fascinating memoir - filled with insider anecdotes to entertain music enthusiasts everywhere, from the origins of a bootlegged Oasis release to Chris Martin's delight at reaching number ninety-two in the chart - tells the unfiltered story of his time at the indie coalface. But it is also the story of how he tried to take his own life on New Year's Eve 2019. Documenting in blunt, matter-of-fact detail both his suicide attempt and his recovery, Simon reflects on his father's own suicide and the lifetime of mental-health challenges triggered by that formative event. Yet, despite Simon's raw and unflinching honesty, this book is written with warmth, wit, self-deprecation and the wide-eyed good fortune of someone who has stared into the abyss and survived, going down a few musical rabbit holes along the way.

Pandamonium! Reviews

'Remarkable tales from both the frontline of rock journalism and behind the scenes at one of our greatest underplayed British indie labels; open, entertaining and extraordinarily poignant.' -- STEVE LAMACQ
'Coldplay wouldn't exist without Simon Williams. He was the first journalist to write about our band and released our first single on his legendary label, Fierce Panda. His memoir is hilarious, heart-wrenching and packed with British music history.' -- Coldplay
'Williams is a towering colossus of indie. Pandamonium is filled with autobiographical honesty, engaging humour and some really awful puns.' -- David Quantick
'A brilliant memoir: funny, thrilling, but also as moving as any book about music I've ever read. It's full of the same stuff as the best records and gigs - entertainment, but also a sense of life at its most profound.' -- John Harris
'Jaw dropping....really moving. Highly recommend it.' -- Ted Kessler

About Simon Williams

Simon Williams is the founder and managing director of the Fierce Panda independent record label. A key figure in the music industry, he has previously worked for the NME and XFM.

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Pandamonium!: How Not to Run a Record Label by Simon Williams
Used - Very Good
Bonnier Books Ltd
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