Books Written by Simon:
Slanted: How an Asian American Troublemaker Took on the Supreme Court
Racist. Hero. Stubborn. Fighter. Chink.
I’ve been called many things on the way to this moment, but ironically, I’ve never been called ‘a slant.’
When Simon Tam started an Asian American dance rock band called The Slants, he didn’t realize that he was starting an entire movement around freedom of expression and discussions on identity. The band flipped stereotypes with their bombastic live shows and community activism. But when Simon applied to register a trademark on the band’s name, the government dragged him all the way to the Supreme Court of the United States.
Slanted is the story of an indomitable spirit who so believes in the idea of justice that he’s willing to risk everything along the way for the dignity of self-identity. Simon shares a deeply personal account that will take you from anime conventions to the Supreme Court, all in the name of justice. The story provides a raw look at our legal system with unflinching honesty and offers timely insights on freedom of speech, how to connect with others we disagree with, and the power of music.
Gripping, funny, enlightening, and ultimately uplifting, Slanted proves that no obstacle is too difficult to conquer –as long as you have a little heart and a lot of rock n’ roll. It’s an irrepressible story that is fresh, alive, and defines what it means to be American.
Music Business Hacks
Do you have 15 minutes to spare? If you want to spend more time doing and less time reading, this is going to be your kind of book. This isn’t the kind of cover-to-cover manual on the music business where you have to figure out how to apply vague concepts to your career. No, this is your recipe book for music business success. Every section is broken down into short bites with specific actions that you can take to begin taking control of your music career right away. Crammed with over 2,000 tips and idea-generators, this book will let you hack your way through the music business. Also, it features advice from A&R reps, label owners, publicists, attorneys, artists, and more!
How to Get Sponsorships and Endorsements
How to Get Sponsorships and Endorsements provides step-by-step, practical advice on how to build sustainable, mutually beneficial partnerships that can help your organization succeed. Whether you are representing a non-profit organization, a musician in a band, or an athlete looking for product and cash support, this book will become a resource that you can turn to over and over again.
Books featuring Simon:
Where Are You From? An Anthology of Asian American Writing (Volume 1)
What does it mean to be an Asian American in the twenty-first century? In mainstream America, cliched stereotypes about Asian people as model minorities, asexual techno-geeks, hypersexual dragon ladies, perpetual foreigners, or Yellow Peril “threats” continue to persist — though they are frequently concealed behind politically correct slogans like colorblindness and diversity. Where Are You From?: An Anthology of Asian American Writing challenges these viewpoints. The writings and art in this anthology envision Asian American identity, culture, and politics on our own terms, through our own experiences and unique perspectives. Incorporating a diverse range of personal essays, stories, critical articles, poems, art, and other work, this anthology seeks to express the truth of our lived realities and to give voice to an Asian America that is frequently marginalized by society. Read Simon’s essay, “A Slanted View” in this anthology!
For more information on the book, check out AsianAmericanWriting.com.
The Millennial Game Plan: Career and Money Secrets to Succeed in Today’s World by Laura Shin
Don’t let a bad job market spoil your goals. The Millennial Game Plan lays out a vital blueprint for success—no matter the economy. Through the stories of millennials thriving on their terms and the author’s tales of her own lessons learned, you’ll learn how to forge a career in an awful economy, earn more, finance your own ventures, focus in an age of distraction, make the grad school decision and manage your money. It covers both tried-and-true advice to last a lifetime, plus offers tips on navigating some new opportunities. The best way to succeed is by starting within.
This book highlights Simon’s career as a marketer, musician, and activist with two chapters on his work.
For more information on the book, check out this article on Forbes.com
Nonprofit Fundraising 101 by Daniel Rodriguez Heyman
Based on expert advice and insights from a variety of respected industry experts, Nonprofit Fundraising 101 is an essential text for nonprofit professionals, volunteers, activists, and social entrepreneurs who want to leverage best practices to promote their cause. Built upon the success of the best-selling Nonprofit Management 101, this easy to digest book provides practical, comprehensive guidance for nonprofit fundraising around the globe. With tips and tools, expert advice, and real-world insights from almost fifty industry leaders, including Simon Tam, this robust resource addresses the entire spectrum of fundraising for nonprofits.