Theatre of the Absurd presents

Madzine (C’est La Vie Special Madzine Edition, 2023)

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We’re thrilled to celebrate Madness’ first #1 studio album in 44 years with you. We invite you to join us on a 4-month journey from the beginnings of the new album promotional campaign to the 2023 UK C’est La Vie Tour and the final night in Birmingham. Our 24-page Madzine Special is packed with fascinating stories and insights.

You’ll read about the fan-only announcement of a limited edition CD and the crazy online behavior in the feature “Similarly Late? That’s Life!” We’ll take you behind the scenes of the BMG social media promotion and album reveal, which included efforts to play along that became a viral hit in “Playing The Nonsensical?” You’ll also discover the available formats of the new album in “Options? If I Go Mad…” and you get a chance to reflect on the marketing campaign through radio appearances, TV interviews, music media reviews, in-person signings and Q+A sessions in our exclusive article “Reflection of Madness.” + much more!


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24 Pages


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Publisher Services

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December 1, 2023


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Not Included


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ReleaseTitle: Theatre of the Absurd presents
Issue: C'est La Vie Special Madzine Edition
Edition: First Edition
Subscription: Not Included
PublishingPublisher: Publisher Services
Publication Date: December 1, 2023
ISBN-13: 979-8-3507-1800-3
Year Released: 2023
FormatLanguage: English
Format: Paperback
Pages: 24 Pages
Size: Digest (5.5" x 8.5")
FinishBinding: Staple (Saddle Stitched)
Cover Finish: None
Cover Paper Type: 80lb (Gloss, Colour)
Paper Type: 70lb (Gloss, Colour)
DimensionCover Art: Madness Cover, Robot Cover
Weight: 75 g
Dimensions: 10 × 6 × 0.5 in

Madzine magazine is a semi-professional and non-official publication for Madness and music fans. For those who love Madness, there is an opportunity for a new generation to experience the charm of a “Fanzine”. Although the original fans from the 80s may be content with their past, this Madzine has a unique look, feel, and character that distinguishes it from other publications. Within its pages, readers can delve into the past with one-of-a-kind articles, in-depth research from the Madness archives, and exclusive never-before-seen photography designed to introduce all fans to a new world of Madness.

It’s been several years since any such issue of a Madness zine landed on anyone’s doorstep. Sure, you can get up to the minute Madness news online, but there’s nothing like sitting down with a good zine and giving yourself a break from a screen – even better, you now own a physical piece of Madness history. So join our vibrant community of Madness enthusiasts and collectors from all over the world! Our subscribers hail from countries like Japan, Ireland, New Zealand, the Netherlands, the United States, France, Spain, and the United Kingdom. Join us and connect with fans from various corners of the globe.


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    Esther Alcamo

    The Ultimate “C’Est la Vie” companion:

    Madzine has done it- they’ve created a companion piece to not only the album, but the mad journey that is “C’Est la Vie!” From the background and history, to the descriptions of the album editions and formats, everything is there. Darren Bowen remains up-to the minute with reviews of live performances and appearances, creating a consummate account of the experience from as many perspectives as possible. The author shows his talent for graphic design, creating beautiful and dramatic images fully inspired by the album and promotional artwork. . Lastly, I was honored to participate in a bit of the madness; Darren, thank you for the opportunity to write a piece for the ‘zine, tying in the influence of Absurdism and Samuel Beckett!

    February 10, 2024
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    John Brimble


    Very Happy With My Order

    Brilliant book always liked madness been a fan for years I will definitely be buying more stuff from here again

    January 22, 2024
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    Al L’Heureux


    A beautiful companion to the album

    I absolutely love this companion zine to the new album!! It’s incredibly informative, and adds to the enjoyment of the listening experience as a whole. It’s colourful and very well written. I’d certainly recommend it to any Madness fan who hasn’t already purchased it!!! I’m looking forward to the U.S. tour companion issue!!!

    January 21, 2024
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    Michael Farmer



    Appreciate all the hard work and quality that went into producing this and the other Madzines, no detail left out well done Darren you are an absolute credit to all Madness fans, Wonderful Just Wonderful, Best Fanzine yet, So much information, Brilliant Album deserved this Brilliant Madzine.

    January 18, 2024
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    Andrew Coulter


    A Perfect Companion

    What a wonderful fanzine to accompany Madness’ 1st number one studio album in 44 years full of brilliant facts marketing & song info deffo a nice addition for the collection.🎷🎵👍

    January 16, 2024
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