many of you will be aware, one of the casualties
of the insane London riots last night (August
8) was the Sony warehouse used by distributor
PIAS, which was set alight, destroying the bulding
and, presumably, all the content.
are the main distributor in the UK for indie film
and music labels - the very labels that release
much of the stuff you read about on Strange
Things. Arrow, Eureka, Network, Terracotta,
Crabtree... the list goes on. And some 30% of
independent record labels also use PIAS. As well
as back catalogue stock being lost, this will
also delay new releases reaching shops (shops
that have also been looted and destroyed).
are small companies, not giant multinationals.
For them to lose all their stock is a huge, and
for some quite possibly fatal, blow. We feel terrible
for everyone who has lost their business, their
home and their community during these pathetic
riots. For our friends at the labels affected
by this - and for those we don't know - we can
only offer our condolences and support.
you want to play your part, this week might be
the week to buy that indie DVD or CD you'd been
putting off. Or to (legally) download a movie
or album. Hopefully, once things settle down,
film screenings, gigs and events can also take
place to help all the innocent victims of this
week of insanity. If anyone is organising anything,
let us know.