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BOWIE FAN FOCUS 5: Mark Wardel Our fitth Bowie Fan Focus is on Mark Wardel. The pictures here are partly explained in the heavily edited excerpt below. + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + ~ Most valuable Bowie possession you own on an emotional level? MW: The hand written letter Bowie sent me from Berlin in June 1979 (See montage) ...I couldn't believe my eyes when I unexpectedly received it at the Soho advertising agency where I had recently got my first job in London as a junior illustrator. I had taken one of the Bowie artworks I had made at art school to Capital Radio where Bowie was doing an interview in the hope of meeting him and giving him my painting and was hanging out with the hundreds of fans milling about outside the building. One of the fans introduced me to Bowie's lovely American PR lady, Barbara DeWitt, who told me that she thought the picture was great but that Bowie would not be coming out as they were frightened there would be a riot if he did and that she would put the picture in the boot of his car and make sure he got it. This was thrilling enough for me and I soon forgot about it until a few months later when this mysterious air mail letter arrived at my work address. I'm still incredibly touched that David Bowie at the height of his fame, in Berlin, took the time to write me a thank you letter...even writing the envelope himself and presumably also licking the stamp! This is my most prized possession and something I would never consider selling. + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + Read the full thing here, Mark has a great story to tell: https://smarturl.it/BFF05DBFB (Temp link on main page) #BowieFanFocus
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ONE GIANT STEP – DAVID BOWIE’S SPACE ODDITY ON R2 TONIGHT “Do you remember a guy that's been, In such an early song...” Though not officially sanctioned, Tris Penna and Sue Clark’s latest Bowie-related production for BBC Radio 2 airs at 21:00 this evening, and is well worth a mention here. We’re sure you remember their award-winning Exploring Life On Mars? documentary, presented by Martin Kemp and originally broadcast on BBC Radio 2 on January 9th, 2017. The programme won the BBC’s Radio & Music Awards BEST MUSIC PRODUCTION gong last year. Tonight’s look at the evolution of Space Oddity and the continuing saga of Major Tom is surely destined for similar accolades. Listen here: https://smarturl.it/OneGiantStepBBCR2 (Temp link on main page) #BowieOneGiantStep #SpaceOddity50 #BowieAtTheBBC #ExploringLifeOnMars
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SPACE ODDITY GOES GOLD ON DAY OF BOX RELEASE “You’ve really made the grade…” On the very day that the BPI in the UK have announced that Space Oddity has gone gold (again), you’re most likely aware that Parlophone also released a 50th anniversary double 7” box set of Space Oddity today (12th July). Single 1 features both the original mono version of the song plus the original mono B-side, Wild Eyed Boy From Freecloud and it’s contained in a replica of the ultra-rare original promotional UK single sleeve. Single 2, which boasts superb new 2019 mixes of both songs by Tony Visconti, comes in a new sleeve with a Ray Stevenson shot of David taken on stage during a performance of Space Oddity at the ‘Save Rave ‘69’ concert at the London Palladium on 30th November, 1969, in front of a backdrop featuring a NASA astronaut. The single edit of the new 2019 Tony Visconti mix of Space Oddity is also available for streaming and digital download now. The box also contains a double-sided poster featuring an alternative version of aforementioned Ray Stevenson shot at the London Palladium and an original Space Oddity print advertisement, alongside an information card and a print featuring an alternative shot by Jojanneke Claassen from the Space Oddity promo single cover session. All this is housed within a sturdy and quite delicious purple, mirror-board box. Reading some of the comments on Bowie socials, it seems that most are in agreement that this box is a thing of beauty. Get yours here: https://lnk.to/SpaceOddity2x7inch (Temp link on main page) #SpaceOddity50
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BARBIE AS BOWIE AVAILABLE NOW “Ain’t that close to love? Well, ain’t that poster love? Well, it IS that Barbie doll...” In the year that @Barbie celebrates her 60th and on the very day that Space Oddity hit half a century, toymakers Mattel have announced a new collectable doll inspired by Bowie’s Ziggy Stardust wild mutation, Aladdin Sane. Dubbed Barbie as Bowie, the doll is dressed in one of the popular costumes sported by Bowie on his 1973 tour, including the iconic red platform boots, a Schwarzkopf ‘Red Hot Red’ mane of hair and gold disc on the forehead. It’s not yet known if Ken will follow suit, but we reckon he would look great as Halloween Jack or The Thin White Duke. More here: https://t.co/QDpwbJqoI6 (Temp link on main page) #Barbie #BarbieAsBowie
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SPACE ODDITY x UNLOCK THE MOON EXPERIENCE “I shoot at a full moon…” DAVID BOWIE - “SPACE ODDITY x UNLOCK THE MOON EXPERIENCE” - WEBSITE LAUNCHES IN CONJUNCTION WITH 50th ANNIVERSARY OF MOON LANDING As you’re possibly already aware, this month marks the 50th anniversary of two historic cosmic events that shaped the course of history: David Bowie’s classic single “Space Oddity”, originally released 50 years ago today on 11th July, 1969, and the inaugural moon landing. To celebrate these events, Parlophone has launched the new David Bowie “Space Oddity x Unlock The Moon Experience” today. The website, www.spaceoddity50.com (Temp link on main page), allows users to direct their phone’s camera towards the moon and, once perfectly aligned, unlock the brand new 2019 Tony Visconti mix of “Space Oddity” a day before the track is released as a digital single for streaming and digital download. The new “Space Oddity” video will be premiered in its entirety on 20th July during Apollo 11: A 50th Anniversary Celebration—One Small Step, One Giant Leap, a one-night-only tribute to the 1969 moon landing from the National Symphony Orchestra (NSO), in collaboration with NASA on Saturday, 20th July at the Kennedy Center Concert Hall. Parlophone will release a double 7-inch single of “Space Oddity” tomorrow, 12th July, featuring both the original “Space Oddity” mono version plus the original B-side “Wild Eyed Boy From Freecloud” and brand new 2019 mixes of each by Tony Visconti. The single edit of the new 2019 Tony Visconti mix of “Space Oddity” will also be available for streaming and digital download tomorrow. Photo © Ray Stevenson #UnlockTheMoon #SpaceOddity50
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SPACE ODDITY SINGLE IS FIFTY TODAY “Blastoff…” David Bowie’s 1969 breakthrough single, Space Oddity, is fifty today (Thursday 11th July). The review in our montage from the July 12 1969 UK magazine Disc and Music Echo, was by Penny Valentine (a long-time champion of the unknown David Bowie), who starts her appreciation thusly: “I have a bet on in the office that this is going to be a huge hit and knock everyone senseless. There are disbelievers among us!” Well, Penny may have worried she was going to lose her wager for the first few months, but hopefully she collected big time when the record eventually peaked at #5 on the official UK singles chart in November 1969. As you know, her predictions would be further cemented when the 1975 reissue of the song gave Bowie his first #1 in the UK. Stay tuned for some fun Space Oddity related goings on. #SpaceOddity50
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PAUL SMITH ANNIVERSARY EDITION SPACE ODDITY LP “And the papers want to know whose shirts you wear...” @paulsmithdesign is delighted to announce another collaboration with David Bowie in the shape of a multi-colour vinyl version of Bowie’s 1969 album, Space Oddity, to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the landmark release. This limited edition of 3000 copies worldwide will be released tomorrow (11th July, 2019), 50 years to the day from the UK release of the original ‘Space Oddity’ single. The album will be priced at £25 and available from selected Paul Smith shops and online. https://smarturl.it/PaulSmith To accompany the release, a small-scale exhibition of limited edition photographic prints by Vernon Dewhurst and Ray Stevenson offers the opportunity to see some intimate portraits of Bowie at a crucial point in his career. These prints will be on show at Paul Smith’s shop in London’s Mayfair at No. 9 Albemarle Street from July 11th to August 6th. Go here for the full press release: https://smarturl.it/PaulSmithSO50LPBNet (Temp link on main page) #PaulSmithBowie #SpaceOddity50
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SPACE ODDITY SINGLE IS FIFTY TOMORROW “Five, four, three, two, one…” As we reminded you on Monday, David Bowie’s 1969 breakthrough single, Space Oddity, is fifty tomorrow (Thursday 11th July). Stay tuned for groovy stuff. #SpaceOddity50
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SPACE ODDITY SINGLE IS NEARLY FIFTY “Commencing countdown, engines on...” As if you didn’t know, David Bowie’s 1969 breakthrough single, Space Oddity, is fifty on Thursday. What are your memories of the song from across the years? #SpaceOddity50
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D.J. FOLLOWS SUIT AND ENTERS TODAY’S U.K. CHART AT #1 “I've got believers...“ Following the trend started when the Official UK Vinyl Singles Chart started in April 2015, D.J. has entered today’s new chart at #1, after its release last week. Of the 40th Anniversary discs, the only one not to hit the top spot so far is Be My Wife, though it still managed a very respectable second place. It’s also fair to assume that had the chart been around at the time, all of the other 40th Anniversary discs from Starman onwards would have performed similarly well. Currently the Official Vinyl Singles Chart covers the period from 12th April 2015 to 11th July 2019. All releases listed below are 40th Anniversary 7” vinyl picture discs, unless otherwise stated. #1 - D.J. (2017 Tony Visconti mix - single edit) - July 2019 #1 - Boys Keep Swinging (2017 Tony Visconti Mix) - May 2019 #1 - The Rebels - David Bowie’s Revolutionary Song - April 2019 - RSD (Music On Vinyl - Numbered sleeve, transparent blue vinyl 7”) #1 - Breaking Glass EP - November 2018 #2 - Let's Dance (Full Length Demo) - April 2018 – RSD (Black vinyl 12") #1 - Beauty And The Beast - January 2018 #1 - "Heroes" (Single Version) - September 2017 #2 - Be My Wife - June 2017 #1 - No Plan EP - April 2017 – RSD - (Sony Music - Numbered sleeve, transparent blue marbled vinyl 12”) #8 - Placebo Featuring David Bowie ‎- Without You I'm Nothing - April 2017 - RSD - (Universal Music - picture disc 12”) #1 - Sound And Vision (2017 Remastered Version) - February 2017 #1 - TVC15 (Original Single Edit) - April 2016 #1 - Golden Years (Single Version) - November 2015 #1 - Space Oddity (UK Single Edit) - October 2015 #1 - Fame (Original Single Edit) - July 2015 #1 - Changes - April 2015 - RSD #2 - Tom Verlaine Kingdom Come - David Bowie Kingdom Come - April 2015 - RSD (Elektra/Parlophone Side By Side series - translucent white 7") Of course, not only is this an indication of how Bowie’s music endures, it’s also a reflection of how faithful Bowie fans are, for it is you that have made the David Bowie 40th Anniversary 7” vinyl picture disc series the success it is. Thank you. #BowieVinyl #BowieOCC #DBDJ40
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MERCURY DEMOS NOW AVAILABLE TO STREAM “And as the sparrow sings, Dawn chorus for, Someone else to hear...” Following on from recent announcements that both the Spying Through A Keyhole (STAK) set and the Clareville Grove Demos (CGD) are available to stream, we can now tell you that The ‘Mercury’ Demos set is also available from today, 5th July, via the usual streaming outlets. The ‘Mercury’ Demos are 10 early Bowie recordings captured live in one take to a Revox reel to reel tape machine in David’s flat in spring 1969, with Bowie on vocals, guitar and Stylophone and with accompaniment from John ‘Hutch’ Hutchinson on guitar and vocals. Space Oddity Janine An Occasional Dream Conversation Piece Ching-a-Ling I’m Not Quite (aka Letter To Hermione) Lover To The Dawn Love Song When I’m Five Life Is A Circus The vinyl version of the ‘Mercury’ Demos comes in a beautiful replica of the original tape box featuring a mono 33 1/3 rpm vinyl LP, a print, two photo contact sheets and sleeve notes by Mark Adams. The labels of the LP feature the same EMIDISC acetate styling as Spying Through A Keyhole and Clareville Grove Demos with the song titles in David’s own handwriting. #BowieTheMercuryDemos
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NEW SPACE ODDITY VIDEO AT NASA EVENT “Planet Earth is blue...” A new David Bowie video for the 1969 breakthrough single Space Oddity will be premiered at a NASA event at The Kennedy Center in Washington on 20th July. The premiere will commemorate 50 years since Apollo 11 landed on the Moon, as well as the 50th anniversary of Space Oddity’s original release. The video features footage of David Bowie performing Space Oddity at his 50th birthday concert at Madison Square Garden in 1997 (directed by Tim Pope), married to footage shot and directed by Édouard Lock (the founder and choreographer of the Montreal dance troupe La La La Human Steps), for the onscreen back drop of Bowie’s 1990 Sound & Vision tour. Go here for the full press release and ticket link: https://smarturl.it/SpaceOddityNASAevent (Temp link on main page) #SpaceOddity50
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D.J. 2017 TV MIX VIDEO AND BOWIE VS BENASSI EP “One more, weekend, of lights and evening faces...“ As promised yesterday, in celebration of the original issue of D.J. (released 40 years ago today on 29th June 1979), and the release of the 40th anniversary picture disc yesterday, Nacho videos has synced up the original David Mallet-directed video to the 2017 Tony Visconti Mix. Watch the full thing here and read Nacho’s superb notes while you’re there: https://smarturl.it/NachoDJvimeo (Temp link on main page) And for those of you who haven’t already stumbled upon it, the David Bowie Vs Benny Benassi D.J. 8-track remixes EP was also made available for streaming and download again yesterday. #BowieDJ #DBDJ40 #BowieVBenassi #BowieVinyl #ANCIANTbox
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D.J. 40TH ANNIVERSARY PICTURE DISC OUT NOW “I’ve got believers (Kiss-Kiss), Believing me...“ Parlophone has issued the latest 40th anniversary picture disc single today, in the shape of D.J.. Originally released on 29th June 1979, D.J. was the 2nd single from Lodger and the follow up to Boys Keep Swinging. The A side of the 40th anniversary disc features a previously unreleased single edit of the track from the Lodger (2017 Tony Visconti Mix), and in celebration of that Nacho Video has synced up this version to the original David Mallet-directed video. We’ve posted a teaser here and we’ll be posting the full thing in celebration of the original release tomorrow. Go here for much more regarding both sides of the disc: http://smarturl.it/DBDJ40BNetPR (Temp link on main page) #BowieDJ #DBDJ40 #BowieVinyl #ANCIANTbox
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CLAREVILLE GROVE DEMOS NOW AVAILABLE TO STREAM “I will give you dreams...” Following on from last week’s announcement that the Spying Through A Keyhole (STAK) set is available to stream, we can now tell you that the Clareville Grove Demos (CGD) set is also available from 28th June via the usual streaming outlets. The David Bowie (with John 'Hutch' Hutchinson) - Clareville Grove Demos features the following six demo tracks recorded early in 1969, four of which are previously unreleased. Space Oddity Lover To The Dawn Ching-a-Ling An Occasional Dream Let Me Sleep Beside You Life Is A Circus These recordings are not to be confused with The ‘Mercury’ Demos vinyl box also released today. Read more about the Clareville Grove Demos set here: http://smarturl.it/CGDdetailsBNet Photography by Kenneth Pitt © Kenneth Pitt. #BowieCGD
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MERCURY DEMOS LP BOX OUT NOW “Love is what we came here for...” * The ‘Mercury’ Demos are 10 early Bowie recordings captured live in one take to a Revox reel to reel tape machine in David’s flat in spring 1969, with Bowie on vocals, guitar and Stylophone and with accompaniment from John ‘Hutch’ Hutchinson on guitar and vocals. The ‘Mercury’ Demos comes in a beautiful replica of the original tape box featuring a mono 33 1/3 rpm vinyl LP, a print, two photo contact sheets and sleeve notes by Mark Adams. The labels of the LP feature the same EMIDISC acetate styling as Spying Through A Keyhole and Clareville Grove Demos with the song titles in David’s own handwriting. Side 1 Space Oddity Janine An Occasional Dream Conversation Piece Ching-a-Ling I’m Not Quite (aka Letter To Hermione) Side 2 Lover To The Dawn Love Song When I’m Five Life Is A Circus Read more about the release here: https://smarturl.it/MercuryDemosPRonBNet (Temp link on main page) * Today’s lyric quotation is from the Lesley Duncan composition, Love Song. #BowieTheMercuryDemos
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STAK BOX SET NOW AVAILABLE TO STREAM “Looks like you got me, Looks like love all around...” As hinted when we posted the press release back in January for the Spying Through A Keyhole (STAK) 4 x 7" vinyl box set (released via Parlophone on 5th April), STAK will now be available to stream from 21st June via the usual streaming outlets. Go here for more details regarding the vinyl set: http://smarturl.it/BowieSTAK (Temp link on main page) #BowieSTAK
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BOWIE FAN FOCUS 4: Antoine Loogman Our fourth Bowie Fan Focus is on Antoine Loogman. The pictures here are partly explained in the heavily edited excerpt below. + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + ~ Do you have a Bowie related photograph we could use? If so, what’s the story behind it? AL: Early 1978, my parents wanted to visit Berlin. To their great surprise, I asked if I could join them and they agreed that I could. Almost as soon as we arrived I told them about the Bowie concert taking place that same evening that I had read about in a German teenage magazine called 'Bravo'. We drove to the Deutschlandhalle at once, so I could buy the last ticket in the afternoon for a seat at the back but on the ground floor. When the houselights went out I ran forward to the second row and some nice Germans allowed me to squeeze in. So close to my hero! I was already very interested in making concert photos and had taken my Canon AE-1, with 50mm 1:18 lens, which was no problem during concerts at that time. Bowie’s show was beautifully lit with red, yellow and blue lights. During ‘Breaking Glass’ I captured a picture of Bowie with outstretched arm “I'll never touch you!”. Sadly I had just the one 35mm roll of film. I can still remember the smell of incense in the hall. David was pretty happy! I had to wait almost forty years to be able to hear some songs from that show, and with the release of the orange vinyl David Bowie Live In Berlin 1978 album for the David Bowie is exhibition in Brooklyn last year, not only could I finally hear them, but I even had my ‘Breaking Glass’ shot selected for the cover. An official Bowie release! What an honour! + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + Read the full thing here, Antoine has some very cool memories: https://smarturl.it/BFF04DBFB (Temp link on main page) #BowieFanFocus
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6-PAGE TIN MACHINE FEATURE IN JULY UNCUT “A shriekin' and dancing till 4am...” As this week is the 30th anniversary of Tin Machine’s highest UK album chart position ( #3), it’s a good time to mention a couple of Tin Machine things celebrating the anniversary that may have passed you by. The July 2019 issue of @uncut_magazine has a 6-page feature and here’s the introduction to it along with the concluding paragraph. + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + Fawlty Towers viewing marathons! Boat trips with Gary Oldman! Riots on Sunset Boulevard! These are just some of the ingredients in the story of how DAVID BOWIE pulled himself out of his ’80s malaise with TIN MACHINE – a band of “fucking heathens” who paved the way for his creative rebirth in the following decade. Here Reeves Gabrels, Hunt and Tony Sales, Kevin Armstrong and producer Tim Palmer reveal all to Rob Hughes about Bowie’s creative motivations. “David said, ‘Let’s put an end to rock’n’roll. I really want to fuck with it!’” + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + “David said it’d take 25 years before people came around to Tin Machine,” says Reeves Gabrels. “I remember he used to have the Low rejection letter from RCA framed on his wall at his home in Switzerland. They’d sent that to him before it came out, so he’d been through the same thing before. Now it seems as though people are finally appreciating what Tin Machine was all about.” + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + The July issue of Uncut is out now. Also, Reeves Gabrels spoke to ilikeyouroldstuff.com while he was over in Sydney with The Cure. Read the very funny full thing here: https://smarturl.it/ReevesDBandI (Temp link on main page) @timpalmermixer @reevesgabrels @kevarmst #BowieUNCUT #TinMachine1 #TinMachineBowie
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“Dreaming alone and I feel that someone, Listens to me, Angel for life” https://smarturl.it/DavidAndIman19Insta (Temp link on main page) @the_real_iman #BowieForever #EternalLove
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LITTLE LIZA JANE HITS FIFTY FIVE “Well, this little girl is so good to me...” They say it’s not polite to mention a lady’s age, but we’re sure you’ll forgive us in this particular instance. For it was on this day, Friday, June 5th 1964, that Vocalion Pop released a 45 with the catalogue number: V.9221. That record was Bowie’s first ever release: Liza Jane/Louie, Louie Go Home, issued as Davie Jones with The King-Bees. But, despite a handful of positive reviews, the world was not yet ready to embrace the charms of either Davie Jones or Liza Jane. The single ended up in the bargain bins in 1964, and Bowie’s first manager, Leslie Conn (controversially credited with writing Liza Jane) binned several hundred copies of the 45 to clear a bit of space in his garage! These days the disc is one of the most sought after Bowie 45s by serious collectors. Go here to read the piece we posted five years ago for the 50th anniversary: https://smarturl.it/LizaJane50DBFB (temp link on main page) #BowieLizaJane
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BOWIE FAN FOCUS – Andy Barding, 55 (tomorrow) Our Third Bowie Fan Focus is on Andy Barding. The pictures here are explained below and you can read the full thing here: https://smarturl.it/BFF03DBFB (Temp link on main page) + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + ~ Name? AB: Andy Barding ~ Age? AB: I’m as old as Liza Jane (David’s very first single). It’s our birthday tomorrow. ~ What would you have said had you met him, or, if you did meet, what did you say? AB: I asked him when Pixies would be supporting him (this was on the 1990 Sound and Vision tour). We’d heard they were about to take over from Kim Wilde as warm-up act. He responded by singing a few lines of “I Should Be So Lucky” and laughing like a drain... He’s still laughing in my photo that was taken with him (main picture) at that chance meeting (at a motorway service station near the Germany/Austria border). ~ Do you have a Bowie related photograph we could use? If so, what’s the story behind it? AB: (Smaller photo) This is me, David and the aforementioned Alison Hale, outside the Conrad Hotel in Dublin, August 1990. As you can see, a gust of wind caught David’s hair in the split second that the photo was taken. Thanks, gust. My partner, Rhoda, had this picture framed for me as a thoughtful keepsake of two people who mean the world to me and who are both now gone. + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + #BowieFanFocus
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TIN MACHINE #3 THIRTY YEARS AGO TODAY - “Tin machine, Tin machine, Take me anywhere...“ - The first Tin Machine LP entered the Official UK Album Chart at #3 on this day in 1989 (3rd June) and stayed in the Top 40 for seven weeks. Don’t forget that to mark the 30th anniversary of the album’s release (22nd May), Julien Temple’s short promotional film of the band performing a medley of nine songs at The Ritz in NY has finally had an official release for download and streaming. Watch it here: https://smarturl.it/TM9songYT (Temp link on main page) - #TinMachine1 #TinMachineVideo
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50,000 EXTRA TICKETS FOR LAZARUS IN AMSTERDAM - Amsterdam, 3rd June 2019 @lazarus_nl - THE RUN OF BOWIE’S ‘LAST MASTERPIECE’ HAS BEEN EXTENDED THANKS TO OVERWHELMING INTEREST - With more than four months to go until the Lazarus premiere, the David Bowie musical has sold more than 50.000 tickets. Due to the enormous demand for tickets, Stage Entertainment Nederland and the DeLaMar Theatre have decided to extend the show run. There are now 50.000 extra tickets available, which are on sale now via Eventim.nl (http://smarturl.it/LazarusNLtix). Lazarus is the last work David Bowie created before he died, together with director Ivo van Hove. After playing in New York and London, the original production is coming to Amsterdam in the Autumn for an exclusive period in the DeLaMar Theatre. It was announced in December that Gijs Naber will be taking on the role of Newton. The rest of the cast will be announced soon. Albert Verlinde: managing director and producer of Stage Entertainment Nederland: “David Bowie is, and continues to be a phenomenon. I was intrigued as to whether the Dutch public would embrace the production; I could never have foreseen that the reaction would be so overwhelmingly positive. I am truly overwhelmed by the huge interest in the show. There is an enormous demand for tickets. By extending the run of the show we are giving even more people the chance to see David Bowie’s last masterpiece.” Director Ivo van Hove: “Lazarus is David Bowie’s last project. The show means a lot for me personally and it is therefore very special that we are now, after New York and London, able to bring it to the Dutch public.” - #LazarusNL #LazarusMusical
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BARNBROOK AND THE ★ TOOTH “Flashing teeth of class...” Multi award-winning designer of various Bowie projects, Jonathan Barnbrook, has taken the plunge and joined the ranks of those with a permanent physical reminder of David Bowie and ★. Jonathan has kindly given us the exclusive reveal of a rather clever and classy bit of dentistry. ★ + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + “It’s very nice to finally be part of a very special group of people who I have made friends with over the past few years, those with a ★ tattoo. I am very humbled that they show their love for David in that way and think the graphics worthy of it. Bowie influenced me in so many ways, not only in the times I worked with him but also when I was growing up and hungry for new influences, so I like to think of this as ‘You are part of the words I speak, the language I use’”. + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + ★ For those wondering how it was done, the tooth is completely new and the ★ was modelled in 3D software and then added at that stage. Then it was hand-painted for the finished effect. #BowieBarnbrook #BlackstarTattoo #BlackstarTooth
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BOWIE’S DERAM DEBUT IS 52 TODAY - “Did you ever have a Deram?” - David Bowie released his first album this day in 1967, albeit lacking the fanfare of The Beatles’ Sergeant Pepper, purportedly released on the same day. Still worth a read is this excellent article by Pete Paphides, published two years ago on the 50th anniversary of the album, over on The Quietus: http://smarturl.it/QuietusDeramDB (Temp link on main page) Our montage shows the original stereo copies of the US and UK vinyl albums, a peek of the original Deram press release and the impossibly rare US 8-track cartridge...anybody out there got one? More about the 8-track in a collectors’ feature coming soon. - #DavidBowieDeram #DavidBowie1967 #BowieCollector
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LLV CELEBRATES SPACE ODDITY 50 WITH 8-PAGE COVER FEATURE - “This is Ground Control to Major Tom, You've really made the grade...” - Issue 28 (July 2019) of Long Live Vinyl magazine (LLV) has an 8-page cover feature in celebration of the 50th Anniversary of Space Oddity and the associated Parlophone vinyl box sets. Here’s the introduction to John Earls’ piece: + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + Fifty years ago, everything changed for David Bowie. He went from a singer on the fringes to finally having success with Space Oddity. After the failure of his debut album two years earlier, just how did Bowie become the Starman? As a new series of vinyl boxsets show the stages of his transformation, John Earls speaks to the key figures who helped him grow. + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + Alphabetically, those ‘key figures’ include: John Cambridge, Hermione Farthingale, John ‘Hutch’ Hutchinson, Ray Stevenson and George Underwood. The July issue of Long Live Vinyl is out next Thursday, pre-order here: https://smarturl.it/LLV28 - #LLV #SpaceOddity50 #BowieVinyl
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DOGS 45TH RED VINYL AND ORIGINAL REBEL DIGITAL OUT NOW - “Mannequins with kill appeal...” - In celebration of today’s 45th anniversary of the original release of David Bowie’s Diamond Dogs, Parlophone has made the original single mix of Rebel Rebel available as a one-track digital single which is available for download/streaming now. Listen to it here on YouTube: https://smarturl.it/RebelRebelOrigYT (Temp link on main page) The original single mix of Rebel Rebel that featured on the 2016 boxset 'Who Can I Be Now?’, was taken from a pristine copy of the UK Rebel Rebel 45. The original tape (which had been missing since the mid-1970s), has now been found and remastered for this new one-track digital single. As previously announced, David Bowie’s Diamond Dogs is also reissued by Parlophone today, in a 'one-run-only' red vinyl edition featuring the 2016 remaster. This limited pressing will only be available at ‘bricks and mortar’ retail outlets and not through online stores. Diamond Dogs is the latest in a series of 45th anniversary Bowie vinyl albums reissued over the last two years. Previous releases in the series have included gold vinyl versions of Hunky Dory and The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stardust And The Spiders From Mars, plus a silver vinyl release of Aladdin Sane. You’re watching the new Rebel Rebel (Original Single Mix) synced to the Dutch TOP POP performance of the song from 1974 by Nacho Video’s. Keep an eye on their YouTube channel for the full length video: https://smarturl.it/NachoVideoYT - #DiamondDogsRed #BowieRebelRebel #BowieVinyl #NachosVideos
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BOWIE FAN FOCUS 2: Paula Hightower It should be fairly obvious what this new feature is, but for a full explanation and to participate, check out BOWIE KOOKS, the only Official David Bowie Facebook Fan Group: http://smarturl.it/BowieKooksFB (Temp link on main page) Our second Bowie Fan Focus is on Paula Hightower, creator of these wonderful David Bowie portraits, and, indeed, the lady in the picture. Here’s one of the answers she provided for the BOWIE FAN FOCUS feature, regarding the picture here: + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + BOWIE FAN FOCUS – Paula Hightower, 48 ~ Do you have a Bowie related photograph we could use? If so, what’s the story behind it? PH: The pic I had taken with him. It was just as he was leaving after his gig at The Kit Kat Klub, NYC on the 19th of November 1999. I was hanging out with Carla Rhodes, Alex Colby and a couple others and we kept trying to sneak backstage. Each time, we were shooed away by security. But then there was this moment when security hurriedly went to shut a door that opened to a side exit - and it became obvious to us why, so we quickly went out the other door, and there he was coming out of the building. It was a really nice little encounter because there were only about 4 or 5 of us and he seemed happy to stop and chat with us and sign things and take photos for a few minutes. I had been standing there, speechless, but my friend Alex said to him, “Hey, this is Squeakie” to which he then said to me “Oh hi Squeakie!” and give me a hug. He knew the screen name from the BowieNet chat which he frequently would show up in unannounced. That was probably the 2nd best moment of my life. Cheers to Carla Rhodes for taking the photo that I will cherish for the rest of my life. + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + Read the full thing over on BOWIE KOOKS, the only Official David Bowie Facebook Fan Group: http://smarturl.it/BowieKooksFB (Temp link on main page) @art.by.paula #BowieFanFocus
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TIN MACHINE VIDEO RELEASED ON 30TH ANNIVERSARY OF LP - “Among the twilight and stars...“ - To mark the 30th anniversary of the first Tin Machine album today (22nd May), Julien Temple’s short promotional film of the band performing a medley of nine songs at The Ritz in NY finally gets an official release. Go here for the full press release: https://smarturl.it/TM1is30DBFB (Temp link on main page) - #TinMachine1 #TinMachineVideo
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40th ANNIVERSARY BOYS KEEP SWINGING OUT NOW - “Life is a pop of the cherry...“ - To mark the release of the 40th anniversary Boys Keep Swinging (2017 Tony Visconti mix) picture disc today, here’s a minute of the marriage of the original video to the 2017 Tony Visconti mix, created by the brilliant Nacho Videos. See the main page for a temporary link to the full thing. - #DBBKS40 #BowieBKS #NachosVideos #BowieVinyl
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CLAREVILLE GROVE DEMOS OUT NOW - “And tomorrows of rich surprise...” - The David Bowie (with John 'Hutch' Hutchinson) - Clareville Grove Demos 3x7" vinyl singles box set is released today. The set features the following six demo tracks recorded early in 1969, four of which are previously unreleased. Space Oddity Lover To The Dawn Ching-a-Ling An Occasional Dream Let Me Sleep Beside You Life Is A Circus if you’ve not already, you can order here: https://lnk.to/ClarevilleGrove (Temp link on main page) - #BowieCGD
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BOWIE FAN FOCUS STARTS TODAY It should be fairly obvious what this new feature is, but for a full explanation and to participate, check out BOWIE KOOKS, the only Official David Bowie Facebook Fan Group: http://smarturl.it/BowieKooksFB (Temp link on main page) The first Bowie Fan Focus is on the painter, @saracaptain, who created this remarkable David Bowie portrait, among many others of him. Here’s the first question and answer of many she provided for the BOWIE FAN FOCUS feature, which you can find on the above link or on the official David Bowie Facebook main page: https://www.facebook.com/davidbowie/ + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + BOWIE FAN FOCUS – Sara Captain, 48 ~ What does David Bowie mean to you? SC: Everything! The world! Obviously my loved ones, close to me in my own life I mean, are everything to me - but I mean that for Bowie in a different way. Let me explain: Bowie was a man who, for some mysterious reason, was able to touch us fans so personally, and so very deeply - in a way that nobody else could. We often talk about this between us fans, don’t we? There is this real, genuine artistic fire in him, and he has the Muse on his side, so to speak: talent, an open mind and the desire for greatness. All of this gives him the ability to transcend the limits of our finite, puny little lives and to speak a language that is universal. What makes him even more special is that in his work and even in his appearance his soul shines through – and what a beautiful soul that is! He gives so much in performance, and this makes him inimitable. So in a nutshell to me he is the ultimate artist and just a little more than just a human… This is not Bowie mythology. It’s a funny thing maybe, but it is true. + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + Also, check out @galerie_stardust for details of an upcoming exhibition of Sara's work. #BowieFanFocus
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SPACE ODDITY 50TH ANNIVERSARY 2 X 7" VINYL BOX WITH TV REMIXES “Though I'm past eighteen thousand days...” To make sense of today’s Bowie lyric appropriation, fact fans might like to know that 18,262 days will have passed between Space Oddity’s original UK single release on 11th July, 1969, and the 50th anniversary of the single in a couple of months. DAVID BOWIE - SPACE ODDITY - 50th ANNIVERSARY 2 x 7” BOX SET - FEATURING BRAND NEW TONY VISCONTI REMIXES AND SPACE ODDITY (2019 MIX – SINGLE EDIT) 1 TRACK DIGITAL SINGLE RELEASED ON PARLOPHONE 12th JULY 2019 As part of the ongoing celebrations marking 50 years since David Bowie’s first hit, and following announcements of the Spying Through A Keyhole, Clareville Grove Demos and the “Mercury" Demos collections, Parlophone is releasing a very special double 7” single of Space Oddity featuring brand new remixes by Tony Visconti. The set and a 1 track digital single of the single edit of the 2019 mix of Space Oddity for streaming and download will be released by Parlophone on 12th July, 2019, the day after the single’s 50th anniversary. Space Oddity 50th anniversary double 7” set will come in a box including a double-sided poster featuring an original Space Oddity press advertisement and a Ray Stevenson shot of David taken on stage at the Save Rave ‘69 concert at the London Palladium on 30th November, 1969, the backdrop featuring a N.A.S.A. astronaut. The set also includes an information card and a print featuring an alternative shot by Jojanneke Claassen from the Space Oddity promo single cover session. A facsimile of the original ultra-rare unissued UK picture sleeve has been used for the cover of the original mono single, which, along with the label, features the original Philips trademark specifically cleared for this 50th anniversary release. The single itself has been cut from the original analogue single master tape. The jacket housing the 2019 remixes by Tony Visconti is a new design featuring an alternative Ray Stevenson shot from the Save Rave ‘69 concert to that on the poster. Go here for the full press release: http://smarturl.it/SpaceOddity2x45BoxPR (Temp link on main page) #SpaceOddity50
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BECKENHAM 2019 FUNDRAISER TICKETS ON SALE NOW - “Maybe I should announce it? Should I?...” - BOWIE’S BECKENHAM ODDITY (@bowiesbeckenhamoddity) is an annual fundraiser, supported by David Bowie when he provided signed items for auction at the event. This year the Bowie Archive has donated another item signed by him, more details of which will follow before the festival in August. Money raised goes to the Bandstand Restoration & Plaque Fund. Meanwhile visit this Instagram page for links to tickets, etc: @bowiesbeckenhamoddity Photograph by Vernon Dewhurst. - #bowiesbeckenhamoddity #bowiesbandstand
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D.J. 40TH ANNIVERSARY PICTURE DISC “Time flies when you’re having fun...“ The 40th anniversary of Bowie’s D.J. single will be marked by Parlophone’s next picture disc single on 28th June. Originally released on 29th June 1979, D.J. was the 2nd and final single from Lodger and the follow up to Boys Keep Swinging. Echoing the method utilised for Robert Fripp’s improvisational guitar work on "Heroes", Bowie, Eno and Visconti assembled the guitar solo for D.J. from various ‘deaf takes’ by Adrian Belew, wherein he played against backing tracks he hadn’t heard previously and was further disoriented by being given no clue of chord structure or key before he soloed. The same method was used for Boys Keep Swinging and Red Sails, giving all three ‘solos’ their improvised feel. The single release was accompanied by another delightfully mad David Mallet-directed video featuring Bowie as nonchalant DJ in a radio station studio, gradually destroying the equipment and the room around him. These scenes are interspersed with footage of our man rubbing shoulders and getting friendly with some of the wonderful people of Earls Court in London. The whole thing is topped off with Bowie as gas-masked art terrorist, spray-painting the DJ logo. The A side of this D.J. picture disc features a previously unreleased single edit of the track from the Lodger (2017 Tony Visconti Mix) included in the A New Career In A New Town box set. The previously unreleased version of Boys Keep Swinging recorded especially for The Kenny Everett Video Show features on the AA side. This take was recorded by Tony Visconti in Soho in London on the 9th April 1979 and features Sean Mayes on keyboards, Tony Visconti on bass, Simon House on violin, Andy Duncan on drums, Brian Robertson (of Thin Lizzy) on guitar and Ricky Hitchcock on guitar. The Kenny Everett Video Show was filmed on the following day and broadcast on 23rd April, 1979. Go here for more: http://smarturl.it/DBDJ40BNetPR (Temp link on main page) #BowieDJ #DBDJ40 #BowieVinyl #ANCIANTbox
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40 YEARS ON BOYS KEEP SWINGING AND NEW NACHO “They’ll never clone ya...“ Released forty years ago today (27th April 1979), it’s an actual fact that Boys Keep Swinging (the first single from 1979’s Lodger) is one of the very best 45s of all time, not to mention another Top Ten hit for David Bowie in the UK. The Bowie/Visconti produced tongue in cheek ode to the joys of gender stability, was a breath of fresh air in a musical landscape dominated by folk taking themselves a little too seriously. Both the humour and the role reversal of the recording (that’s musicians swapping instruments), transferred perfectly to the David Mallet-directed video (Mallet’s first in a string of classic Bowie promos), with Bowie taking on the guise of his own female backing singers. As you know, 17th May sees the release of the 40th anniversary Boys Keep Swinging (2017 Tony Visconti mix) picture disc, pre-order here: http://smarturl.it/BKS40PreOrder To mark the event, the absurdly talented @TheNachoVideos has married the original video to the 2017 Tony Visconti mix, enjoy that here: http://smarturl.it/NachoBKSvimeo (Temp link on main page) #DBBKS40 #BowieBKS #NachosVideos #BowieVinyl
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MERCURY DEMOS LP BOX DUE IN JUNE “I recall how we lived on the corner of a bed...” As part of the ongoing Space Oddity 50 celebrations and following the recent Spying Through A Keyhole and Clareville Grove Demos collections, Parlophone is releasing a further set of recordings known as The ‘Mercury’ Demos on 28th June 2019. The ‘Mercury’ Demos are 10 early Bowie recordings captured live in one take to a Revox reel to reel tape machine in David’s flat in spring 1969, with Bowie on vocals, guitar and Stylophone and with accompaniment from John ‘Hutch’ Hutchinson on guitar and vocals. The version of ‘Space Oddity’ from the Demos, originally released with edits on the S&V box, is presented here in its true context for the first time. The other recordings on the album are all previously unreleased. In addition to Bowie originals, the session also includes the Roger Bunn’s Life Is A Circus (which features as an earlier demo version on the Clareville Grove Demos set) and the Lesley Duncan composition, Love Song, later recorded by Elton John for his Tumbleweed Connection album. David’s own Conversation Piece is announced as ‘a new song’ and Janine features a short section sung to the melody of The Beatles’ Hey Jude. The session was a document of the ‘Bowie & Hutch’ duo’s set of the time recorded at the request of Mercury Records A&R man Calvin Mark Lee for his boss Bob Reno. Both Calvin and Bob are referenced during the 41-minute recording which was key in securing David his deal with Mercury Records. The ‘Mercury’ Demos comes in a replica of the original tape box and will feature 1 mono 33 1/3 rpm vinyl LP, a print, two photo contact sheets and sleeve notes by Mark Adams. The labels of the LP feature the same EMIDISC acetate styling as Spying Through A Keyhole and Clareville Grove Demos with the song titles in David’s own handwriting. Side 1 Space Oddity Janine An Occasional Dream Conversation Piece Ching-a-Ling I’m Not Quite (aka Letter To Hermione) Side 2 Lover To The Dawn Love Song When I’m Five Life Is A Circus #BowieTheMercuryDemos
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THE WORLD IS WEARING DAVID BOWIE “And so the story goes they wore the clothes...” There’s a great piece by Susannah Cohen over on okwhatever.org titled: The Enduring Appeal of David Bowie Merch. The article also makes the observation that “Someone you know owns a Bowie T-shirt. It's (kind of) a fact.” (http://smarturl.it/OKWhateverDBmerch) Here are a couple of edited excerpts from it: + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + Everything looks better with David Bowie’s face on it. And a lot of people know this. Lady Gaga knew it when she rejoiced over A Star Is Born’s BAFTA win, posting a video to Twitter dressed in nothing but an oversized T-shirt that said “Bowie.” Man Booker Prize-winning author Marlon James knows it, too. He’s been rocking a Bowie tee — a black, long-sleeved one celebrating his Let’s Dance era — in publicity shots for his latest novel, Black Leopard, Red Wolf. And sneaker brand Vans knew it when they launched a limited edition collection based on four different Bowie albums in April. + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + Norman Perry is the president of Perryscope Productions, a licensing and merchandising company that represents David Bowie in partnership with Epic Rights. He believes that Bowie’s personal style has a lot to do with his impact on fashion. “I have four clients [Bowie, Janis Joplin, Miles Davis and Jimi Hendrix] that were fashion forward, and they each looked different on every album cover, every tour, there's a handful of people where clothes were a really significant part of their persona and their aura, and in the case of David Bowie, he was not a predictable man.” + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + FOOTNOTE: Our montage shows David Bowie in 2002 sporting a 1973 live T-shirt. The picture was taken by director/photographer duo Inez van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin. The T-shirt on the left is the latest addition to the Official Bowie Store: BOWIE light bulb logo T-shirts which glow in the dark! Pre-order here: http://hyperurl.co/1zcgtz (Temp link on main page) #BowieMerch #BowieStore
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DAVID BOWIE: GLAMOUR ISSUE 5 ★ SPECIAL “We were born upside-down...” The folk at @davidbowieglamourfanzine (DB:G) have been in touch to give us an exclusive first look at David Bowie Glamour Issue 5. This issue is a ★ special and carries interviews with every member of the ★ band and with ★ sleeve designer, Jonathan Barnbrook. The foreword is by Tony Visconti. DB:G 5 comes with two exclusive lithograph art prints. Editorial content is by And Jones and Nick Smart, with design by Lizzie Capewell and art by Helen Green, including another stunning cover by Helen. Pre-orders are selling quickly, go here now to grab yours: http://smarturl.it/DBGlatest *We are duty-bound to point out that David Bowie: Glamour is not an official publication. #DavidBowieGlamourFanzine
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GOOD LUCK FOR RSD 2019 - “Try and wake up tomorrow...” - Good luck to all of you that are choosing to queue for Record Store Day 2019 tomorrow. (Saturday, 13th April.) Knowing how enthusiastic many of the BOWIE KOOKS are, some fans will already be queueing...Hello Charlie. Our montage shows Parlophone’s Pin Ups picture disc and the blue vinyl The World Of David Bowie released by Universal. More details here: http://smarturl.it/BowieRSD2019 (Temp link on main page) Check out the BOWIE KOOKS FB Group here: http://smarturl.it/BowieKooksFB - #BowieRSD #RSD2019 #BowieVinyl #BowiePinUps #TWODB
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SPYING THROUGH A KEYHOLE OUT NOW “5, 4, 3, 2, 1, BLAST OFF!” Out today (5th April), Spying Through A Keyhole is the first of the 50th anniversary celebrations of David Bowie’s first hit, Space Oddity. The 4 x 7" vinyl box set of nine rare recordings is a fascinating glimpse into the era during which the song was first conceived, including the earliest known versions of Space Oddity itself: https://lnk.to/DBSTAK (Link on main page) Have you already got yours? What’s your favourite track? FOOTNOTE: Those familiar with the better known version of Space Oddity may think there’s an inaccuracy in today’s lyric quotation. However, Bowie did say ‘Blast Off’ on demo versions of the song, before settling on ‘Lift Off’. #BowieSTAK #SpaceOddity50
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VOTE FOR DB IS APP IN 23rd ANNUAL WEBBY AWARDS - “Five, four, three, two, one...” - In June 2007, David Bowie was honoured at the 11th Annual Webby Awards (known as the “Oscars of the Internet”) with the Webby Lifetime Achievement Award for pushing the boundaries between art and technology. So it's appropriate now that the David Bowie is AR app by Planeta has been nominated in two categories in the 23rd Annual Webby Awards. • David Bowie is is a Webby Nominee in Apps, Mobile, and Voice: Best Use of Augmented Reality • David Bowie is is a Webby Nominee in Apps, Mobile, and Voice: Art & Experimental 23rd ANNUAL WEBBY AWARDS PEOPLE'S VOICE You decide the best of the Internet START VOTING: http://smarturl.it/WebbyAwardsVote2019 Search Bowie for vote links (Temp link on main page) Voting is open until Thursday, April 18th On a related note, NYTimes - Magicleap: David Bowie in Three Dimensions has also been nominated. FOOTNOTE: Today's main pic and lyric quotation are related to the 2007 Annual Webby Awards. The picture is from Bowie’s hilarious acceptance speech that went something like this... “So, only got five words...Shit, that was five...Four right there...Three there...Two...” - #WebbyBowie
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BOWIE BY O’NEILL RETAIL EDITION DUE IN AUGUST Cassell Illustrated has acquired Bowie by O'Neill: The definitive collection with unseen images by @terryoneillofficial. Originally released by Red Engine as a deluxe, limited edition art book retailing at £1,500, this long-awaited retail edition will include 16 pages of new material, and will be published on 8th August at £40. With more than 500 photographs (including contact sheets published here for the first time), and an introduction from Terry discussing in detail his experiences of working with David, Bowie by O'Neill is the breath-taking result of a creative partnership over a number of years. O’Neill had a close working relationship with Bowie and their work together includes images from the final Ziggy Stardust performance at The Marquee, recording sessions for Young Americans and the iconic “Jumping Dog” image used for the promotion of Diamond Dogs, Not to mention live shows, film shoots, backstage moments and more. Terry said: “When I first started to collect all my images and contact sheets of David Bowie, I didn’t realize how many I had! That first phone call I received to work with Bowie resulted in a real partnership between us; I was lucky enough to get that call and smart enough to say yes. He was a one-of-a kind, always changing and a true genius. It gives me great pleasure to be able to share with the world the images I captured and my memories of working with this extraordinary artist. He has the most loyal fans I’ve ever come across and I truly hope this book brings them a lot of joy.” Senior Commissioning Editor Joe Cottington said of the acquisition: “Terry is a giant of photography, and his years of collaboration with an artist as fascinating as David Bowie have created a truly exceptional body of work. We’re delighted to be publishing this definitive collection, one that Bowie’s many dedicated fans are going to cherish for years to come.” Iconic Images are offering just 300 signed copies of the Bowie by O’Neill trade edition at a cost of £75.00. They are available to pre-order at Iconic Images Store now: http://smarturl.it/BowieONeillSigned19 (Temp link on main page) #BOWIEbyONEILL
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SPYING THROUGH A KEYHOLE OUT NEXT WEEK - “I’ve got Friday on my mind...” - Released next Friday (5th April), Spying Through A Keyhole is the first of the 50th anniversary celebrations of David Bowie’s first hit, Space Oddity. The 4 x 7" vinyl box set of nine rare recordings is a fascinating glimpse into the era during which the song was first conceived, including the earliest known versions of Space Oddity itself. Pre-order now: https://lnk.to/DBSTAK (Temp link on main page) - #BowieSTAK #SpaceOddity50
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DOGS 45TH RED VINYL AND ORIGINAL REBEL DIGITAL DUE - “You’re a juvenile success...” - On 24th May 2019, 45 years to the day since its original release date, David Bowie’s Diamond Dogs will be reissued by Parlophone in a 'one-run-only' red vinyl edition featuring the 2016 remaster. This strictly limited pressing will only be available at ‘bricks and mortar’ retail outlets and not through online stores. In celebration of the 45th anniversary of Diamond Dogs, there will also be a 1-track digital single of the original single mix of Rebel Rebel. The original single mix of Rebel Rebel featured on the 2016 boxset 'Who Can I Be Now?’ was taken from a pristine copy of a 45rpm vinyl single from the time. The original tape (which had been missing since the mid-1970s), has now been discovered and remastered for this special one-track digital single. Preceding the album by more than three months, Rebel Rebel peaked at #5 on the official UK singles chart. The original single mix was substituted by the shorter, ‘phased’ US single version in North America, featuring a new arrangement and overdubbed vocals. The album originally peaked at #1 on the official UK album chart and #5 on the Billboard album chart in the US. Diamond Dogs is the latest in a series of 45th anniversary Bowie vinyl albums reissued over the last two years. Previous releases in the series have included gold vinyl versions of Hunky Dory and The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stardust And The Spiders From Mars, plus a silver vinyl release of Aladdin Sane. Diamond Dogs 45th anniversary red vinyl and Rebel Rebel (Original Single Mix) download/stream will be released via Parlophone on 24th May 2019. - #DiamondDogsRed #BowieRebelRebel #BowieVinyl
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FAREWELL TO SCOTT WALKER 1943 - 2019 - “We will be gods on nite flights...” Sad to report the passing of Scott Walker at the age of 76, as announced by his record label, 4AD, this morning. Go here for a look at the Bowie/Walker connections and others who were a part of the story along the way: http://smarturl.it/BNetScottRIP (Temp link on main page) - #BowieWalker
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THUMBS UP FOR STAK AND CGD BOX SETS IN UNCUT - “Tom, Tom she whispers low, don't forget my name…” * The May 2019 issue of UNCUT (in shops and online now), has a 4-page feature regarding both the 4 x 7" Spying Through A Keyhole (STAK released 5th April) and the 3 x 7" David Bowie (with John 'Hutch' Hutchinson) - Clareville Grove Demos (CGD released 17th May) 7” box sets. Under the heading of “The right stuff! Ground control prepares for the lift-off of Major Tom, in demo form”, the feature by John Robinson awards STAK 7/10 and CGD 8/10. There’s also a reprint of an NME interview from November 1969 with Gordon Coxhill, following the success of the Space Oddity. Here’s a bit from it: + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + It looked like a piece of master planning, but it wasn’t. It looked like a monster hit, and it was. David Bowie’s “Space Oddity”, inspired by a visit to the film 2001: A Space Odyssey, was released just as the world was staying up all night to watch the moon landing. Like the modest, self-effacing young man he is, David passed the credit on to his record company, but as it was written last November, he can hardly disown his amazing foresight! “Put it down to luck,” he said over the phone from Perth, where he was about to begin a short tour of the Haggisland. “I really am amazed at the success of the record, even though I had confidence in it. I’ve been the male equivalent of the dumb blonde for a few years, and I was beginning to despair of people accepting me for my music. “It may be fine for a male model to be told that he’s a great-looking guy, but that doesn’t help a singer much, especially now that the pretty-boy personality cult seems to be on the way out.” Much as David takes his songwriting seriously, he is amused by pundits who examine his material looking for hidden meanings even he is unaware of. “My songs are all from the heart, and they are wholly personal to me and I would like people to accept them as such.” + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + *Today’s lyric quotation is from Angel Angel Grubby Face (version 2) #BowieSTAK #BowieCGD #BowieUNCUT
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FOUR STAR STAK REVIEW IN MOJO - “And let me kiss you like you’ve never been kissed before...” * - The May 2019 issue of MOJO has a full-page, 4 star review by Mark Paytress of the Spying Through A Keyhole (STAK) 7” box set. Headlined ‘Ignition Time’ the review is introduced thus: Space Oddity’s anniversary year lifts off with a candid peek into the difficult months before that first flush of fame, writes Mark Paytress. Here are the first three paragraphs: + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + DAVID BOWIE spent the months between 1967 and ‘69 cast in a role that now seems unthinkable: he was deeply unfashionable. It was a time of endless auditions, blind alleys and doubt. His record label dropped him. No agent would touch his one-man cabaret show. The Laughing Gnome had become a Threepenny Pierrot. Still Bowie persevered. Early in 1969, with a love affair crumbling, he reached for his 12-string to strum out his despair. It was his salvation. In Space Oddity, melancholy folk­pop enriched with futuristic Stylophone and flyaway brothers Gibb vocal, Bowie flipped hopelessness into 'Pop’s Brightest Hope'. Two newly unearthed versions of the song feature on this nine-track, four-vinyl 45s set, comprising demos from 1968 and thereabouts. The first, a persuasive, 90-second segment, consists of two verses split by the 'tin can' chorus, fading out with “Can you hear me, Major Tom?” Boasting provisional lyrics (“Can I please get back inside/If I may”, “my time on Earth is nearly, through”), it’s Bowie committing it to tape before the moment goes. + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + If you want to read the remaining eight paragraphs, you can find MOJO digitally online or in stores right about now. (http://smarturl.it/MayMOJO2019) Go here http://smarturl.it/LinkToSTAKonDBFB for more information on Spying Through A Keyhole and pre-order links. (Temp link on main page) - *Today’s lyric quotation is from Love All Around - #BowieSTAK #BowieMOJO
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    BOWIE FAN FOCUS 5: Mark Wardel Our fitth Bowie Fan Focus is on Mark Wardel. The pictures here are partly explained in the heavily edited excerpt below. + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + ~ Most valuable Bowie possession you own on an emotional level? MW: The hand written letter Bowie sent me from Berlin in June 1979 (See montage) ...I couldn't believe my eyes when I unexpectedly received it at the Soho advertising agency where I had recently got my first job in London as a junior illustrator. I had taken one of the Bowie artworks I had made at art school to Capital Radio where Bowie was doing an interview in the hope of meeting him and giving him my painting and was hanging out with the hundreds of fans milling about outside the building. One of the fans introduced me to Bowie's lovely American PR lady, Barbara DeWitt, who told me that she thought the picture was great but that Bowie would not be coming out as they were frightened there would be a riot if he did and that she would put the picture in the boot of his car and make sure he got it. This was thrilling enough for me and I soon forgot about it until a few months later when this mysterious air mail letter arrived at my work address. I'm still incredibly touched that David Bowie at the height of his fame, in Berlin, took the time to write me a thank you letter...even writing the envelope himself and presumably also licking the stamp! This is my most prized possession and something I would never consider selling. + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + Read the full thing here, Mark has a great story to tell: https://smarturl.it/BFF05DBFB (Temp link on main page) #BowieFanFocus
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    ONE GIANT STEP – DAVID BOWIE’S SPACE ODDITY ON R2 TONIGHT “Do you remember a guy that's been, In such an early song...” Though not officially sanctioned, Tris Penna and Sue Clark’s latest Bowie-related production for BBC Radio 2 airs at 21:00 this evening, and is well worth a mention here. We’re sure you remember their award-winning Exploring Life On Mars? documentary, presented by Martin Kemp and originally broadcast on BBC Radio 2 on January 9th, 2017. The programme won the BBC’s Radio & Music Awards BEST MUSIC PRODUCTION gong last year. Tonight’s look at the evolution of Space Oddity and the continuing saga of Major Tom is surely destined for similar accolades. Listen here: https://smarturl.it/OneGiantStepBBCR2 (Temp link on main page) #BowieOneGiantStep #SpaceOddity50 #BowieAtTheBBC #ExploringLifeOnMars
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    SPACE ODDITY GOES GOLD ON DAY OF BOX RELEASE “You’ve really made the grade…” On the very day that the BPI in the UK have announced that Space Oddity has gone gold (again), you’re most likely aware that Parlophone also released a 50th anniversary double 7” box set of Space Oddity today (12th July). Single 1 features both the original mono version of the song plus the original mono B-side, Wild Eyed Boy From Freecloud and it’s contained in a replica of the ultra-rare original promotional UK single sleeve. Single 2, which boasts superb new 2019 mixes of both songs by Tony Visconti, comes in a new sleeve with a Ray Stevenson shot of David taken on stage during a performance of Space Oddity at the ‘Save Rave ‘69’ concert at the London Palladium on 30th November, 1969, in front of a backdrop featuring a NASA astronaut. The single edit of the new 2019 Tony Visconti mix of Space Oddity is also available for streaming and digital download now. The box also contains a double-sided poster featuring an alternative version of aforementioned Ray Stevenson shot at the London Palladium and an original Space Oddity print advertisement, alongside an information card and a print featuring an alternative shot by Jojanneke Claassen from the Space Oddity promo single cover session. All this is housed within a sturdy and quite delicious purple, mirror-board box. Reading some of the comments on Bowie socials, it seems that most are in agreement that this box is a thing of beauty. Get yours here: https://lnk.to/SpaceOddity2x7inch (Temp link on main page) #SpaceOddity50
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    BARBIE AS BOWIE AVAILABLE NOW “Ain’t that close to love? Well, ain’t that poster love? Well, it IS that Barbie doll...” In the year that @Barbie celebrates her 60th and on the very day that Space Oddity hit half a century, toymakers Mattel have announced a new collectable doll inspired by Bowie’s Ziggy Stardust wild mutation, Aladdin Sane. Dubbed Barbie as Bowie, the doll is dressed in one of the popular costumes sported by Bowie on his 1973 tour, including the iconic red platform boots, a Schwarzkopf ‘Red Hot Red’ mane of hair and gold disc on the forehead. It’s not yet known if Ken will follow suit, but we reckon he would look great as Halloween Jack or The Thin White Duke. More here: https://t.co/QDpwbJqoI6 (Temp link on main page) #Barbie #BarbieAsBowie
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    SPACE ODDITY x UNLOCK THE MOON EXPERIENCE “I shoot at a full moon…” DAVID BOWIE - “SPACE ODDITY x UNLOCK THE MOON EXPERIENCE” - WEBSITE LAUNCHES IN CONJUNCTION WITH 50th ANNIVERSARY OF MOON LANDING As you’re possibly already aware, this month marks the 50th anniversary of two historic cosmic events that shaped the course of history: David Bowie’s classic single “Space Oddity”, originally released 50 years ago today on 11th July, 1969, and the inaugural moon landing. To celebrate these events, Parlophone has launched the new David Bowie “Space Oddity x Unlock The Moon Experience” today. The website, www.spaceoddity50.com (Temp link on main page), allows users to direct their phone’s camera towards the moon and, once perfectly aligned, unlock the brand new 2019 Tony Visconti mix of “Space Oddity” a day before the track is released as a digital single for streaming and digital download. The new “Space Oddity” video will be premiered in its entirety on 20th July during Apollo 11: A 50th Anniversary Celebration—One Small Step, One Giant Leap, a one-night-only tribute to the 1969 moon landing from the National Symphony Orchestra (NSO), in collaboration with NASA on Saturday, 20th July at the Kennedy Center Concert Hall. Parlophone will release a double 7-inch single of “Space Oddity” tomorrow, 12th July, featuring both the original “Space Oddity” mono version plus the original B-side “Wild Eyed Boy From Freecloud” and brand new 2019 mixes of each by Tony Visconti. The single edit of the new 2019 Tony Visconti mix of “Space Oddity” will also be available for streaming and digital download tomorrow. Photo © Ray Stevenson #UnlockTheMoon #SpaceOddity50
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    SPACE ODDITY SINGLE IS FIFTY TODAY “Blastoff…” David Bowie’s 1969 breakthrough single, Space Oddity, is fifty today (Thursday 11th July). The review in our montage from the July 12 1969 UK magazine Disc and Music Echo, was by Penny Valentine (a long-time champion of the unknown David Bowie), who starts her appreciation thusly: “I have a bet on in the office that this is going to be a huge hit and knock everyone senseless. There are disbelievers among us!” Well, Penny may have worried she was going to lose her wager for the first few months, but hopefully she collected big time when the record eventually peaked at #5 on the official UK singles chart in November 1969. As you know, her predictions would be further cemented when the 1975 reissue of the song gave Bowie his first #1 in the UK. Stay tuned for some fun Space Oddity related goings on. #SpaceOddity50
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    PAUL SMITH ANNIVERSARY EDITION SPACE ODDITY LP “And the papers want to know whose shirts you wear...” @paulsmithdesign is delighted to announce another collaboration with David Bowie in the shape of a multi-colour vinyl version of Bowie’s 1969 album, Space Oddity, to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the landmark release. This limited edition of 3000 copies worldwide will be released tomorrow (11th July, 2019), 50 years to the day from the UK release of the original ‘Space Oddity’ single. The album will be priced at £25 and available from selected Paul Smith shops and online. https://smarturl.it/PaulSmith To accompany the release, a small-scale exhibition of limited edition photographic prints by Vernon Dewhurst and Ray Stevenson offers the opportunity to see some intimate portraits of Bowie at a crucial point in his career. These prints will be on show at Paul Smith’s shop in London’s Mayfair at No. 9 Albemarle Street from July 11th to August 6th. Go here for the full press release: https://smarturl.it/PaulSmithSO50LPBNet (Temp link on main page) #PaulSmithBowie #SpaceOddity50
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    SPACE ODDITY SINGLE IS FIFTY TOMORROW “Five, four, three, two, one…” As we reminded you on Monday, David Bowie’s 1969 breakthrough single, Space Oddity, is fifty tomorrow (Thursday 11th July). Stay tuned for groovy stuff. #SpaceOddity50
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    SPACE ODDITY SINGLE IS NEARLY FIFTY “Commencing countdown, engines on...” As if you didn’t know, David Bowie’s 1969 breakthrough single, Space Oddity, is fifty on Thursday. What are your memories of the song from across the years? #SpaceOddity50
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    D.J. FOLLOWS SUIT AND ENTERS TODAY’S U.K. CHART AT #1 “I've got believers...“ Following the trend started when the Official UK Vinyl Singles Chart started in April 2015, D.J. has entered today’s new chart at #1, after its release last week. Of the 40th Anniversary discs, the only one not to hit the top spot so far is Be My Wife, though it still managed a very respectable second place. It’s also fair to assume that had the chart been around at the time, all of the other 40th Anniversary discs from Starman onwards would have performed similarly well. Currently the Official Vinyl Singles Chart covers the period from 12th April 2015 to 11th July 2019. All releases listed below are 40th Anniversary 7” vinyl picture discs, unless otherwise stated. #1 - D.J. (2017 Tony Visconti mix - single edit) - July 2019 #1 - Boys Keep Swinging (2017 Tony Visconti Mix) - May 2019 #1 - The Rebels - David Bowie’s Revolutionary Song - April 2019 - RSD (Music On Vinyl - Numbered sleeve, transparent blue vinyl 7”) #1 - Breaking Glass EP - November 2018 #2 - Let's Dance (Full Length Demo) - April 2018 – RSD (Black vinyl 12") #1 - Beauty And The Beast - January 2018 #1 - "Heroes" (Single Version) - September 2017 #2 - Be My Wife - June 2017 #1 - No Plan EP - April 2017 – RSD - (Sony Music - Numbered sleeve, transparent blue marbled vinyl 12”) #8 - Placebo Featuring David Bowie ‎- Without You I'm Nothing - April 2017 - RSD - (Universal Music - picture disc 12”) #1 - Sound And Vision (2017 Remastered Version) - February 2017 #1 - TVC15 (Original Single Edit) - April 2016 #1 - Golden Years (Single Version) - November 2015 #1 - Space Oddity (UK Single Edit) - October 2015 #1 - Fame (Original Single Edit) - July 2015 #1 - Changes - April 2015 - RSD #2 - Tom Verlaine Kingdom Come - David Bowie Kingdom Come - April 2015 - RSD (Elektra/Parlophone Side By Side series - translucent white 7") Of course, not only is this an indication of how Bowie’s music endures, it’s also a reflection of how faithful Bowie fans are, for it is you that have made the David Bowie 40th Anniversary 7” vinyl picture disc series the success it is. Thank you. #BowieVinyl #BowieOCC #DBDJ40
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    MERCURY DEMOS NOW AVAILABLE TO STREAM “And as the sparrow sings, Dawn chorus for, Someone else to hear...” Following on from recent announcements that both the Spying Through A Keyhole (STAK) set and the Clareville Grove Demos (CGD) are available to stream, we can now tell you that The ‘Mercury’ Demos set is also available from today, 5th July, via the usual streaming outlets. The ‘Mercury’ Demos are 10 early Bowie recordings captured live in one take to a Revox reel to reel tape machine in David’s flat in spring 1969, with Bowie on vocals, guitar and Stylophone and with accompaniment from John ‘Hutch’ Hutchinson on guitar and vocals. Space Oddity Janine An Occasional Dream Conversation Piece Ching-a-Ling I’m Not Quite (aka Letter To Hermione) Lover To The Dawn Love Song When I’m Five Life Is A Circus The vinyl version of the ‘Mercury’ Demos comes in a beautiful replica of the original tape box featuring a mono 33 1/3 rpm vinyl LP, a print, two photo contact sheets and sleeve notes by Mark Adams. The labels of the LP feature the same EMIDISC acetate styling as Spying Through A Keyhole and Clareville Grove Demos with the song titles in David’s own handwriting. #BowieTheMercuryDemos
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    NEW SPACE ODDITY VIDEO AT NASA EVENT “Planet Earth is blue...” A new David Bowie video for the 1969 breakthrough single Space Oddity will be premiered at a NASA event at The Kennedy Center in Washington on 20th July. The premiere will commemorate 50 years since Apollo 11 landed on the Moon, as well as the 50th anniversary of Space Oddity’s original release. The video features footage of David Bowie performing Space Oddity at his 50th birthday concert at Madison Square Garden in 1997 (directed by Tim Pope), married to footage shot and directed by Édouard Lock (the founder and choreographer of the Montreal dance troupe La La La Human Steps), for the onscreen back drop of Bowie’s 1990 Sound & Vision tour. Go here for the full press release and ticket link: https://smarturl.it/SpaceOddityNASAevent (Temp link on main page) #SpaceOddity50
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    D.J. 2017 TV MIX VIDEO AND BOWIE VS BENASSI EP “One more, weekend, of lights and evening faces...“ As promised yesterday, in celebration of the original issue of D.J. (released 40 years ago today on 29th June 1979), and the release of the 40th anniversary picture disc yesterday, Nacho videos has synced up the original David Mallet-directed video to the 2017 Tony Visconti Mix. Watch the full thing here and read Nacho’s superb notes while you’re there: https://smarturl.it/NachoDJvimeo (Temp link on main page) And for those of you who haven’t already stumbled upon it, the David Bowie Vs Benny Benassi D.J. 8-track remixes EP was also made available for streaming and download again yesterday. #BowieDJ #DBDJ40 #BowieVBenassi #BowieVinyl #ANCIANTbox
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    D.J. 40TH ANNIVERSARY PICTURE DISC OUT NOW “I’ve got believers (Kiss-Kiss), Believing me...“ Parlophone has issued the latest 40th anniversary picture disc single today, in the shape of D.J.. Originally released on 29th June 1979, D.J. was the 2nd single from Lodger and the follow up to Boys Keep Swinging. The A side of the 40th anniversary disc features a previously unreleased single edit of the track from the Lodger (2017 Tony Visconti Mix), and in celebration of that Nacho Video has synced up this version to the original David Mallet-directed video. We’ve posted a teaser here and we’ll be posting the full thing in celebration of the original release tomorrow. Go here for much more regarding both sides of the disc: http://smarturl.it/DBDJ40BNetPR (Temp link on main page) #BowieDJ #DBDJ40 #BowieVinyl #ANCIANTbox
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    CLAREVILLE GROVE DEMOS NOW AVAILABLE TO STREAM “I will give you dreams...” Following on from last week’s announcement that the Spying Through A Keyhole (STAK) set is available to stream, we can now tell you that the Clareville Grove Demos (CGD) set is also available from 28th June via the usual streaming outlets. The David Bowie (with John 'Hutch' Hutchinson) - Clareville Grove Demos features the following six demo tracks recorded early in 1969, four of which are previously unreleased. Space Oddity Lover To The Dawn Ching-a-Ling An Occasional Dream Let Me Sleep Beside You Life Is A Circus These recordings are not to be confused with The ‘Mercury’ Demos vinyl box also released today. Read more about the Clareville Grove Demos set here: http://smarturl.it/CGDdetailsBNet Photography by Kenneth Pitt © Kenneth Pitt. #BowieCGD
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    MERCURY DEMOS LP BOX OUT NOW “Love is what we came here for...” * The ‘Mercury’ Demos are 10 early Bowie recordings captured live in one take to a Revox reel to reel tape machine in David’s flat in spring 1969, with Bowie on vocals, guitar and Stylophone and with accompaniment from John ‘Hutch’ Hutchinson on guitar and vocals. The ‘Mercury’ Demos comes in a beautiful replica of the original tape box featuring a mono 33 1/3 rpm vinyl LP, a print, two photo contact sheets and sleeve notes by Mark Adams. The labels of the LP feature the same EMIDISC acetate styling as Spying Through A Keyhole and Clareville Grove Demos with the song titles in David’s own handwriting. Side 1 Space Oddity Janine An Occasional Dream Conversation Piece Ching-a-Ling I’m Not Quite (aka Letter To Hermione) Side 2 Lover To The Dawn Love Song When I’m Five Life Is A Circus Read more about the release here: https://smarturl.it/MercuryDemosPRonBNet (Temp link on main page) * Today’s lyric quotation is from the Lesley Duncan composition, Love Song. #BowieTheMercuryDemos
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    STAK BOX SET NOW AVAILABLE TO STREAM “Looks like you got me, Looks like love all around...” As hinted when we posted the press release back in January for the Spying Through A Keyhole (STAK) 4 x 7" vinyl box set (released via Parlophone on 5th April), STAK will now be available to stream from 21st June via the usual streaming outlets. Go here for more details regarding the vinyl set: http://smarturl.it/BowieSTAK (Temp link on main page) #BowieSTAK
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    BOWIE FAN FOCUS 4: Antoine Loogman Our fourth Bowie Fan Focus is on Antoine Loogman. The pictures here are partly explained in the heavily edited excerpt below. + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + ~ Do you have a Bowie related photograph we could use? If so, what’s the story behind it? AL: Early 1978, my parents wanted to visit Berlin. To their great surprise, I asked if I could join them and they agreed that I could. Almost as soon as we arrived I told them about the Bowie concert taking place that same evening that I had read about in a German teenage magazine called 'Bravo'. We drove to the Deutschlandhalle at once, so I could buy the last ticket in the afternoon for a seat at the back but on the ground floor. When the houselights went out I ran forward to the second row and some nice Germans allowed me to squeeze in. So close to my hero! I was already very interested in making concert photos and had taken my Canon AE-1, with 50mm 1:18 lens, which was no problem during concerts at that time. Bowie’s show was beautifully lit with red, yellow and blue lights. During ‘Breaking Glass’ I captured a picture of Bowie with outstretched arm “I'll never touch you!”. Sadly I had just the one 35mm roll of film. I can still remember the smell of incense in the hall. David was pretty happy! I had to wait almost forty years to be able to hear some songs from that show, and with the release of the orange vinyl David Bowie Live In Berlin 1978 album for the David Bowie is exhibition in Brooklyn last year, not only could I finally hear them, but I even had my ‘Breaking Glass’ shot selected for the cover. An official Bowie release! What an honour! + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + Read the full thing here, Antoine has some very cool memories: https://smarturl.it/BFF04DBFB (Temp link on main page) #BowieFanFocus
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    6-PAGE TIN MACHINE FEATURE IN JULY UNCUT “A shriekin' and dancing till 4am...” As this week is the 30th anniversary of Tin Machine’s highest UK album chart position ( #3), it’s a good time to mention a couple of Tin Machine things celebrating the anniversary that may have passed you by. The July 2019 issue of @uncut_magazine has a 6-page feature and here’s the introduction to it along with the concluding paragraph. + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + Fawlty Towers viewing marathons! Boat trips with Gary Oldman! Riots on Sunset Boulevard! These are just some of the ingredients in the story of how DAVID BOWIE pulled himself out of his ’80s malaise with TIN MACHINE – a band of “fucking heathens” who paved the way for his creative rebirth in the following decade. Here Reeves Gabrels, Hunt and Tony Sales, Kevin Armstrong and producer Tim Palmer reveal all to Rob Hughes about Bowie’s creative motivations. “David said, ‘Let’s put an end to rock’n’roll. I really want to fuck with it!’” + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + “David said it’d take 25 years before people came around to Tin Machine,” says Reeves Gabrels. “I remember he used to have the Low rejection letter from RCA framed on his wall at his home in Switzerland. They’d sent that to him before it came out, so he’d been through the same thing before. Now it seems as though people are finally appreciating what Tin Machine was all about.” + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + The July issue of Uncut is out now. Also, Reeves Gabrels spoke to ilikeyouroldstuff.com while he was over in Sydney with The Cure. Read the very funny full thing here: https://smarturl.it/ReevesDBandI (Temp link on main page) @timpalmermixer @reevesgabrels @kevarmst #BowieUNCUT #TinMachine1 #TinMachineBowie
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    “Dreaming alone and I feel that someone, Listens to me, Angel for life” https://smarturl.it/DavidAndIman19Insta (Temp link on main page) @the_real_iman #BowieForever #EternalLove
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    LITTLE LIZA JANE HITS FIFTY FIVE “Well, this little girl is so good to me...” They say it’s not polite to mention a lady’s age, but we’re sure you’ll forgive us in this particular instance. For it was on this day, Friday, June 5th 1964, that Vocalion Pop released a 45 with the catalogue number: V.9221. That record was Bowie’s first ever release: Liza Jane/Louie, Louie Go Home, issued as Davie Jones with The King-Bees. But, despite a handful of positive reviews, the world was not yet ready to embrace the charms of either Davie Jones or Liza Jane. The single ended up in the bargain bins in 1964, and Bowie’s first manager, Leslie Conn (controversially credited with writing Liza Jane) binned several hundred copies of the 45 to clear a bit of space in his garage! These days the disc is one of the most sought after Bowie 45s by serious collectors. Go here to read the piece we posted five years ago for the 50th anniversary: https://smarturl.it/LizaJane50DBFB (temp link on main page) #BowieLizaJane
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    BOWIE FAN FOCUS – Andy Barding, 55 (tomorrow) Our Third Bowie Fan Focus is on Andy Barding. The pictures here are explained below and you can read the full thing here: https://smarturl.it/BFF03DBFB (Temp link on main page) + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + ~ Name? AB: Andy Barding ~ Age? AB: I’m as old as Liza Jane (David’s very first single). It’s our birthday tomorrow. ~ What would you have said had you met him, or, if you did meet, what did you say? AB: I asked him when Pixies would be supporting him (this was on the 1990 Sound and Vision tour). We’d heard they were about to take over from Kim Wilde as warm-up act. He responded by singing a few lines of “I Should Be So Lucky” and laughing like a drain... He’s still laughing in my photo that was taken with him (main picture) at that chance meeting (at a motorway service station near the Germany/Austria border). ~ Do you have a Bowie related photograph we could use? If so, what’s the story behind it? AB: (Smaller photo) This is me, David and the aforementioned Alison Hale, outside the Conrad Hotel in Dublin, August 1990. As you can see, a gust of wind caught David’s hair in the split second that the photo was taken. Thanks, gust. My partner, Rhoda, had this picture framed for me as a thoughtful keepsake of two people who mean the world to me and who are both now gone. + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + #BowieFanFocus
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    TIN MACHINE #3 THIRTY YEARS AGO TODAY - “Tin machine, Tin machine, Take me anywhere...“ - The first Tin Machine LP entered the Official UK Album Chart at #3 on this day in 1989 (3rd June) and stayed in the Top 40 for seven weeks. Don’t forget that to mark the 30th anniversary of the album’s release (22nd May), Julien Temple’s short promotional film of the band performing a medley of nine songs at The Ritz in NY has finally had an official release for download and streaming. Watch it here: https://smarturl.it/TM9songYT (Temp link on main page) - #TinMachine1 #TinMachineVideo
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    50,000 EXTRA TICKETS FOR LAZARUS IN AMSTERDAM - Amsterdam, 3rd June 2019 @lazarus_nl - THE RUN OF BOWIE’S ‘LAST MASTERPIECE’ HAS BEEN EXTENDED THANKS TO OVERWHELMING INTEREST - With more than four months to go until the Lazarus premiere, the David Bowie musical has sold more than 50.000 tickets. Due to the enormous demand for tickets, Stage Entertainment Nederland and the DeLaMar Theatre have decided to extend the show run. There are now 50.000 extra tickets available, which are on sale now via Eventim.nl (http://smarturl.it/LazarusNLtix). Lazarus is the last work David Bowie created before he died, together with director Ivo van Hove. After playing in New York and London, the original production is coming to Amsterdam in the Autumn for an exclusive period in the DeLaMar Theatre. It was announced in December that Gijs Naber will be taking on the role of Newton. The rest of the cast will be announced soon. Albert Verlinde: managing director and producer of Stage Entertainment Nederland: “David Bowie is, and continues to be a phenomenon. I was intrigued as to whether the Dutch public would embrace the production; I could never have foreseen that the reaction would be so overwhelmingly positive. I am truly overwhelmed by the huge interest in the show. There is an enormous demand for tickets. By extending the run of the show we are giving even more people the chance to see David Bowie’s last masterpiece.” Director Ivo van Hove: “Lazarus is David Bowie’s last project. The show means a lot for me personally and it is therefore very special that we are now, after New York and London, able to bring it to the Dutch public.” - #LazarusNL #LazarusMusical
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    BARNBROOK AND THE ★ TOOTH “Flashing teeth of class...” Multi award-winning designer of various Bowie projects, Jonathan Barnbrook, has taken the plunge and joined the ranks of those with a permanent physical reminder of David Bowie and ★. Jonathan has kindly given us the exclusive reveal of a rather clever and classy bit of dentistry. ★ + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + “It’s very nice to finally be part of a very special group of people who I have made friends with over the past few years, those with a ★ tattoo. I am very humbled that they show their love for David in that way and think the graphics worthy of it. Bowie influenced me in so many ways, not only in the times I worked with him but also when I was growing up and hungry for new influences, so I like to think of this as ‘You are part of the words I speak, the language I use’”. + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + ★ For those wondering how it was done, the tooth is completely new and the ★ was modelled in 3D software and then added at that stage. Then it was hand-painted for the finished effect. #BowieBarnbrook #BlackstarTattoo #BlackstarTooth
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    BOWIE’S DERAM DEBUT IS 52 TODAY - “Did you ever have a Deram?” - David Bowie released his first album this day in 1967, albeit lacking the fanfare of The Beatles’ Sergeant Pepper, purportedly released on the same day. Still worth a read is this excellent article by Pete Paphides, published two years ago on the 50th anniversary of the album, over on The Quietus: http://smarturl.it/QuietusDeramDB (Temp link on main page) Our montage shows the original stereo copies of the US and UK vinyl albums, a peek of the original Deram press release and the impossibly rare US 8-track cartridge...anybody out there got one? More about the 8-track in a collectors’ feature coming soon. - #DavidBowieDeram #DavidBowie1967 #BowieCollector
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    LLV CELEBRATES SPACE ODDITY 50 WITH 8-PAGE COVER FEATURE - “This is Ground Control to Major Tom, You've really made the grade...” - Issue 28 (July 2019) of Long Live Vinyl magazine (LLV) has an 8-page cover feature in celebration of the 50th Anniversary of Space Oddity and the associated Parlophone vinyl box sets. Here’s the introduction to John Earls’ piece: + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + Fifty years ago, everything changed for David Bowie. He went from a singer on the fringes to finally having success with Space Oddity. After the failure of his debut album two years earlier, just how did Bowie become the Starman? As a new series of vinyl boxsets show the stages of his transformation, John Earls speaks to the key figures who helped him grow. + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + Alphabetically, those ‘key figures’ include: John Cambridge, Hermione Farthingale, John ‘Hutch’ Hutchinson, Ray Stevenson and George Underwood. The July issue of Long Live Vinyl is out next Thursday, pre-order here: https://smarturl.it/LLV28 - #LLV #SpaceOddity50 #BowieVinyl
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    DOGS 45TH RED VINYL AND ORIGINAL REBEL DIGITAL OUT NOW - “Mannequins with kill appeal...” - In celebration of today’s 45th anniversary of the original release of David Bowie’s Diamond Dogs, Parlophone has made the original single mix of Rebel Rebel available as a one-track digital single which is available for download/streaming now. Listen to it here on YouTube: https://smarturl.it/RebelRebelOrigYT (Temp link on main page) The original single mix of Rebel Rebel that featured on the 2016 boxset 'Who Can I Be Now?’, was taken from a pristine copy of the UK Rebel Rebel 45. The original tape (which had been missing since the mid-1970s), has now been found and remastered for this new one-track digital single. As previously announced, David Bowie’s Diamond Dogs is also reissued by Parlophone today, in a 'one-run-only' red vinyl edition featuring the 2016 remaster. This limited pressing will only be available at ‘bricks and mortar’ retail outlets and not through online stores. Diamond Dogs is the latest in a series of 45th anniversary Bowie vinyl albums reissued over the last two years. Previous releases in the series have included gold vinyl versions of Hunky Dory and The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stardust And The Spiders From Mars, plus a silver vinyl release of Aladdin Sane. You’re watching the new Rebel Rebel (Original Single Mix) synced to the Dutch TOP POP performance of the song from 1974 by Nacho Video’s. Keep an eye on their YouTube channel for the full length video: https://smarturl.it/NachoVideoYT - #DiamondDogsRed #BowieRebelRebel #BowieVinyl #NachosVideos
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    BOWIE FAN FOCUS 2: Paula Hightower It should be fairly obvious what this new feature is, but for a full explanation and to participate, check out BOWIE KOOKS, the only Official David Bowie Facebook Fan Group: http://smarturl.it/BowieKooksFB (Temp link on main page) Our second Bowie Fan Focus is on Paula Hightower, creator of these wonderful David Bowie portraits, and, indeed, the lady in the picture. Here’s one of the answers she provided for the BOWIE FAN FOCUS feature, regarding the picture here: + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + BOWIE FAN FOCUS – Paula Hightower, 48 ~ Do you have a Bowie related photograph we could use? If so, what’s the story behind it? PH: The pic I had taken with him. It was just as he was leaving after his gig at The Kit Kat Klub, NYC on the 19th of November 1999. I was hanging out with Carla Rhodes, Alex Colby and a couple others and we kept trying to sneak backstage. Each time, we were shooed away by security. But then there was this moment when security hurriedly went to shut a door that opened to a side exit - and it became obvious to us why, so we quickly went out the other door, and there he was coming out of the building. It was a really nice little encounter because there were only about 4 or 5 of us and he seemed happy to stop and chat with us and sign things and take photos for a few minutes. I had been standing there, speechless, but my friend Alex said to him, “Hey, this is Squeakie” to which he then said to me “Oh hi Squeakie!” and give me a hug. He knew the screen name from the BowieNet chat which he frequently would show up in unannounced. That was probably the 2nd best moment of my life. Cheers to Carla Rhodes for taking the photo that I will cherish for the rest of my life. + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + Read the full thing over on BOWIE KOOKS, the only Official David Bowie Facebook Fan Group: http://smarturl.it/BowieKooksFB (Temp link on main page) @art.by.paula #BowieFanFocus
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    TIN MACHINE VIDEO RELEASED ON 30TH ANNIVERSARY OF LP - “Among the twilight and stars...“ - To mark the 30th anniversary of the first Tin Machine album today (22nd May), Julien Temple’s short promotional film of the band performing a medley of nine songs at The Ritz in NY finally gets an official release. Go here for the full press release: https://smarturl.it/TM1is30DBFB (Temp link on main page) - #TinMachine1 #TinMachineVideo
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    40th ANNIVERSARY BOYS KEEP SWINGING OUT NOW - “Life is a pop of the cherry...“ - To mark the release of the 40th anniversary Boys Keep Swinging (2017 Tony Visconti mix) picture disc today, here’s a minute of the marriage of the original video to the 2017 Tony Visconti mix, created by the brilliant Nacho Videos. See the main page for a temporary link to the full thing. - #DBBKS40 #BowieBKS #NachosVideos #BowieVinyl
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    CLAREVILLE GROVE DEMOS OUT NOW - “And tomorrows of rich surprise...” - The David Bowie (with John 'Hutch' Hutchinson) - Clareville Grove Demos 3x7" vinyl singles box set is released today. The set features the following six demo tracks recorded early in 1969, four of which are previously unreleased. Space Oddity Lover To The Dawn Ching-a-Ling An Occasional Dream Let Me Sleep Beside You Life Is A Circus if you’ve not already, you can order here: https://lnk.to/ClarevilleGrove (Temp link on main page) - #BowieCGD
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    BOWIE FAN FOCUS STARTS TODAY It should be fairly obvious what this new feature is, but for a full explanation and to participate, check out BOWIE KOOKS, the only Official David Bowie Facebook Fan Group: http://smarturl.it/BowieKooksFB (Temp link on main page) The first Bowie Fan Focus is on the painter, @saracaptain, who created this remarkable David Bowie portrait, among many others of him. Here’s the first question and answer of many she provided for the BOWIE FAN FOCUS feature, which you can find on the above link or on the official David Bowie Facebook main page: https://www.facebook.com/davidbowie/ + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + BOWIE FAN FOCUS – Sara Captain, 48 ~ What does David Bowie mean to you? SC: Everything! The world! Obviously my loved ones, close to me in my own life I mean, are everything to me - but I mean that for Bowie in a different way. Let me explain: Bowie was a man who, for some mysterious reason, was able to touch us fans so personally, and so very deeply - in a way that nobody else could. We often talk about this between us fans, don’t we? There is this real, genuine artistic fire in him, and he has the Muse on his side, so to speak: talent, an open mind and the desire for greatness. All of this gives him the ability to transcend the limits of our finite, puny little lives and to speak a language that is universal. What makes him even more special is that in his work and even in his appearance his soul shines through – and what a beautiful soul that is! He gives so much in performance, and this makes him inimitable. So in a nutshell to me he is the ultimate artist and just a little more than just a human… This is not Bowie mythology. It’s a funny thing maybe, but it is true. + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + Also, check out @galerie_stardust for details of an upcoming exhibition of Sara's work. #BowieFanFocus
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    SPACE ODDITY 50TH ANNIVERSARY 2 X 7" VINYL BOX WITH TV REMIXES “Though I'm past eighteen thousand days...” To make sense of today’s Bowie lyric appropriation, fact fans might like to know that 18,262 days will have passed between Space Oddity’s original UK single release on 11th July, 1969, and the 50th anniversary of the single in a couple of months. DAVID BOWIE - SPACE ODDITY - 50th ANNIVERSARY 2 x 7” BOX SET - FEATURING BRAND NEW TONY VISCONTI REMIXES AND SPACE ODDITY (2019 MIX – SINGLE EDIT) 1 TRACK DIGITAL SINGLE RELEASED ON PARLOPHONE 12th JULY 2019 As part of the ongoing celebrations marking 50 years since David Bowie’s first hit, and following announcements of the Spying Through A Keyhole, Clareville Grove Demos and the “Mercury" Demos collections, Parlophone is releasing a very special double 7” single of Space Oddity featuring brand new remixes by Tony Visconti. The set and a 1 track digital single of the single edit of the 2019 mix of Space Oddity for streaming and download will be released by Parlophone on 12th July, 2019, the day after the single’s 50th anniversary. Space Oddity 50th anniversary double 7” set will come in a box including a double-sided poster featuring an original Space Oddity press advertisement and a Ray Stevenson shot of David taken on stage at the Save Rave ‘69 concert at the London Palladium on 30th November, 1969, the backdrop featuring a N.A.S.A. astronaut. The set also includes an information card and a print featuring an alternative shot by Jojanneke Claassen from the Space Oddity promo single cover session. A facsimile of the original ultra-rare unissued UK picture sleeve has been used for the cover of the original mono single, which, along with the label, features the original Philips trademark specifically cleared for this 50th anniversary release. The single itself has been cut from the original analogue single master tape. The jacket housing the 2019 remixes by Tony Visconti is a new design featuring an alternative Ray Stevenson shot from the Save Rave ‘69 concert to that on the poster. Go here for the full press release: http://smarturl.it/SpaceOddity2x45BoxPR (Temp link on main page) #SpaceOddity50
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    BECKENHAM 2019 FUNDRAISER TICKETS ON SALE NOW - “Maybe I should announce it? Should I?...” - BOWIE’S BECKENHAM ODDITY (@bowiesbeckenhamoddity) is an annual fundraiser, supported by David Bowie when he provided signed items for auction at the event. This year the Bowie Archive has donated another item signed by him, more details of which will follow before the festival in August. Money raised goes to the Bandstand Restoration & Plaque Fund. Meanwhile visit this Instagram page for links to tickets, etc: @bowiesbeckenhamoddity Photograph by Vernon Dewhurst. - #bowiesbeckenhamoddity #bowiesbandstand
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    D.J. 40TH ANNIVERSARY PICTURE DISC “Time flies when you’re having fun...“ The 40th anniversary of Bowie’s D.J. single will be marked by Parlophone’s next picture disc single on 28th June. Originally released on 29th June 1979, D.J. was the 2nd and final single from Lodger and the follow up to Boys Keep Swinging. Echoing the method utilised for Robert Fripp’s improvisational guitar work on "Heroes", Bowie, Eno and Visconti assembled the guitar solo for D.J. from various ‘deaf takes’ by Adrian Belew, wherein he played against backing tracks he hadn’t heard previously and was further disoriented by being given no clue of chord structure or key before he soloed. The same method was used for Boys Keep Swinging and Red Sails, giving all three ‘solos’ their improvised feel. The single release was accompanied by another delightfully mad David Mallet-directed video featuring Bowie as nonchalant DJ in a radio station studio, gradually destroying the equipment and the room around him. These scenes are interspersed with footage of our man rubbing shoulders and getting friendly with some of the wonderful people of Earls Court in London. The whole thing is topped off with Bowie as gas-masked art terrorist, spray-painting the DJ logo. The A side of this D.J. picture disc features a previously unreleased single edit of the track from the Lodger (2017 Tony Visconti Mix) included in the A New Career In A New Town box set. The previously unreleased version of Boys Keep Swinging recorded especially for The Kenny Everett Video Show features on the AA side. This take was recorded by Tony Visconti in Soho in London on the 9th April 1979 and features Sean Mayes on keyboards, Tony Visconti on bass, Simon House on violin, Andy Duncan on drums, Brian Robertson (of Thin Lizzy) on guitar and Ricky Hitchcock on guitar. The Kenny Everett Video Show was filmed on the following day and broadcast on 23rd April, 1979. Go here for more: http://smarturl.it/DBDJ40BNetPR (Temp link on main page) #BowieDJ #DBDJ40 #BowieVinyl #ANCIANTbox
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    40 YEARS ON BOYS KEEP SWINGING AND NEW NACHO “They’ll never clone ya...“ Released forty years ago today (27th April 1979), it’s an actual fact that Boys Keep Swinging (the first single from 1979’s Lodger) is one of the very best 45s of all time, not to mention another Top Ten hit for David Bowie in the UK. The Bowie/Visconti produced tongue in cheek ode to the joys of gender stability, was a breath of fresh air in a musical landscape dominated by folk taking themselves a little too seriously. Both the humour and the role reversal of the recording (that’s musicians swapping instruments), transferred perfectly to the David Mallet-directed video (Mallet’s first in a string of classic Bowie promos), with Bowie taking on the guise of his own female backing singers. As you know, 17th May sees the release of the 40th anniversary Boys Keep Swinging (2017 Tony Visconti mix) picture disc, pre-order here: http://smarturl.it/BKS40PreOrder To mark the event, the absurdly talented @TheNachoVideos has married the original video to the 2017 Tony Visconti mix, enjoy that here: http://smarturl.it/NachoBKSvimeo (Temp link on main page) #DBBKS40 #BowieBKS #NachosVideos #BowieVinyl
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    MERCURY DEMOS LP BOX DUE IN JUNE “I recall how we lived on the corner of a bed...” As part of the ongoing Space Oddity 50 celebrations and following the recent Spying Through A Keyhole and Clareville Grove Demos collections, Parlophone is releasing a further set of recordings known as The ‘Mercury’ Demos on 28th June 2019. The ‘Mercury’ Demos are 10 early Bowie recordings captured live in one take to a Revox reel to reel tape machine in David’s flat in spring 1969, with Bowie on vocals, guitar and Stylophone and with accompaniment from John ‘Hutch’ Hutchinson on guitar and vocals. The version of ‘Space Oddity’ from the Demos, originally released with edits on the S&V box, is presented here in its true context for the first time. The other recordings on the album are all previously unreleased. In addition to Bowie originals, the session also includes the Roger Bunn’s Life Is A Circus (which features as an earlier demo version on the Clareville Grove Demos set) and the Lesley Duncan composition, Love Song, later recorded by Elton John for his Tumbleweed Connection album. David’s own Conversation Piece is announced as ‘a new song’ and Janine features a short section sung to the melody of The Beatles’ Hey Jude. The session was a document of the ‘Bowie & Hutch’ duo’s set of the time recorded at the request of Mercury Records A&R man Calvin Mark Lee for his boss Bob Reno. Both Calvin and Bob are referenced during the 41-minute recording which was key in securing David his deal with Mercury Records. The ‘Mercury’ Demos comes in a replica of the original tape box and will feature 1 mono 33 1/3 rpm vinyl LP, a print, two photo contact sheets and sleeve notes by Mark Adams. The labels of the LP feature the same EMIDISC acetate styling as Spying Through A Keyhole and Clareville Grove Demos with the song titles in David’s own handwriting. Side 1 Space Oddity Janine An Occasional Dream Conversation Piece Ching-a-Ling I’m Not Quite (aka Letter To Hermione) Side 2 Lover To The Dawn Love Song When I’m Five Life Is A Circus #BowieTheMercuryDemos
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    THE WORLD IS WEARING DAVID BOWIE “And so the story goes they wore the clothes...” There’s a great piece by Susannah Cohen over on okwhatever.org titled: The Enduring Appeal of David Bowie Merch. The article also makes the observation that “Someone you know owns a Bowie T-shirt. It's (kind of) a fact.” (http://smarturl.it/OKWhateverDBmerch) Here are a couple of edited excerpts from it: + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + Everything looks better with David Bowie’s face on it. And a lot of people know this. Lady Gaga knew it when she rejoiced over A Star Is Born’s BAFTA win, posting a video to Twitter dressed in nothing but an oversized T-shirt that said “Bowie.” Man Booker Prize-winning author Marlon James knows it, too. He’s been rocking a Bowie tee — a black, long-sleeved one celebrating his Let’s Dance era — in publicity shots for his latest novel, Black Leopard, Red Wolf. And sneaker brand Vans knew it when they launched a limited edition collection based on four different Bowie albums in April. + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + Norman Perry is the president of Perryscope Productions, a licensing and merchandising company that represents David Bowie in partnership with Epic Rights. He believes that Bowie’s personal style has a lot to do with his impact on fashion. “I have four clients [Bowie, Janis Joplin, Miles Davis and Jimi Hendrix] that were fashion forward, and they each looked different on every album cover, every tour, there's a handful of people where clothes were a really significant part of their persona and their aura, and in the case of David Bowie, he was not a predictable man.” + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + FOOTNOTE: Our montage shows David Bowie in 2002 sporting a 1973 live T-shirt. The picture was taken by director/photographer duo Inez van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin. The T-shirt on the left is the latest addition to the Official Bowie Store: BOWIE light bulb logo T-shirts which glow in the dark! Pre-order here: http://hyperurl.co/1zcgtz (Temp link on main page) #BowieMerch #BowieStore
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    DAVID BOWIE: GLAMOUR ISSUE 5 ★ SPECIAL “We were born upside-down...” The folk at @davidbowieglamourfanzine (DB:G) have been in touch to give us an exclusive first look at David Bowie Glamour Issue 5. This issue is a ★ special and carries interviews with every member of the ★ band and with ★ sleeve designer, Jonathan Barnbrook. The foreword is by Tony Visconti. DB:G 5 comes with two exclusive lithograph art prints. Editorial content is by And Jones and Nick Smart, with design by Lizzie Capewell and art by Helen Green, including another stunning cover by Helen. Pre-orders are selling quickly, go here now to grab yours: http://smarturl.it/DBGlatest *We are duty-bound to point out that David Bowie: Glamour is not an official publication. #DavidBowieGlamourFanzine
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    GOOD LUCK FOR RSD 2019 - “Try and wake up tomorrow...” - Good luck to all of you that are choosing to queue for Record Store Day 2019 tomorrow. (Saturday, 13th April.) Knowing how enthusiastic many of the BOWIE KOOKS are, some fans will already be queueing...Hello Charlie. Our montage shows Parlophone’s Pin Ups picture disc and the blue vinyl The World Of David Bowie released by Universal. More details here: http://smarturl.it/BowieRSD2019 (Temp link on main page) Check out the BOWIE KOOKS FB Group here: http://smarturl.it/BowieKooksFB - #BowieRSD #RSD2019 #BowieVinyl #BowiePinUps #TWODB
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    SPYING THROUGH A KEYHOLE OUT NOW “5, 4, 3, 2, 1, BLAST OFF!” Out today (5th April), Spying Through A Keyhole is the first of the 50th anniversary celebrations of David Bowie’s first hit, Space Oddity. The 4 x 7" vinyl box set of nine rare recordings is a fascinating glimpse into the era during which the song was first conceived, including the earliest known versions of Space Oddity itself: https://lnk.to/DBSTAK (Link on main page) Have you already got yours? What’s your favourite track? FOOTNOTE: Those familiar with the better known version of Space Oddity may think there’s an inaccuracy in today’s lyric quotation. However, Bowie did say ‘Blast Off’ on demo versions of the song, before settling on ‘Lift Off’. #BowieSTAK #SpaceOddity50
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    VOTE FOR DB IS APP IN 23rd ANNUAL WEBBY AWARDS - “Five, four, three, two, one...” - In June 2007, David Bowie was honoured at the 11th Annual Webby Awards (known as the “Oscars of the Internet”) with the Webby Lifetime Achievement Award for pushing the boundaries between art and technology. So it's appropriate now that the David Bowie is AR app by Planeta has been nominated in two categories in the 23rd Annual Webby Awards. • David Bowie is is a Webby Nominee in Apps, Mobile, and Voice: Best Use of Augmented Reality • David Bowie is is a Webby Nominee in Apps, Mobile, and Voice: Art & Experimental 23rd ANNUAL WEBBY AWARDS PEOPLE'S VOICE You decide the best of the Internet START VOTING: http://smarturl.it/WebbyAwardsVote2019 Search Bowie for vote links (Temp link on main page) Voting is open until Thursday, April 18th On a related note, NYTimes - Magicleap: David Bowie in Three Dimensions has also been nominated. FOOTNOTE: Today's main pic and lyric quotation are related to the 2007 Annual Webby Awards. The picture is from Bowie’s hilarious acceptance speech that went something like this... “So, only got five words...Shit, that was five...Four right there...Three there...Two...” - #WebbyBowie
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    BOWIE BY O’NEILL RETAIL EDITION DUE IN AUGUST Cassell Illustrated has acquired Bowie by O'Neill: The definitive collection with unseen images by @terryoneillofficial. Originally released by Red Engine as a deluxe, limited edition art book retailing at £1,500, this long-awaited retail edition will include 16 pages of new material, and will be published on 8th August at £40. With more than 500 photographs (including contact sheets published here for the first time), and an introduction from Terry discussing in detail his experiences of working with David, Bowie by O'Neill is the breath-taking result of a creative partnership over a number of years. O’Neill had a close working relationship with Bowie and their work together includes images from the final Ziggy Stardust performance at The Marquee, recording sessions for Young Americans and the iconic “Jumping Dog” image used for the promotion of Diamond Dogs, Not to mention live shows, film shoots, backstage moments and more. Terry said: “When I first started to collect all my images and contact sheets of David Bowie, I didn’t realize how many I had! That first phone call I received to work with Bowie resulted in a real partnership between us; I was lucky enough to get that call and smart enough to say yes. He was a one-of-a kind, always changing and a true genius. It gives me great pleasure to be able to share with the world the images I captured and my memories of working with this extraordinary artist. He has the most loyal fans I’ve ever come across and I truly hope this book brings them a lot of joy.” Senior Commissioning Editor Joe Cottington said of the acquisition: “Terry is a giant of photography, and his years of collaboration with an artist as fascinating as David Bowie have created a truly exceptional body of work. We’re delighted to be publishing this definitive collection, one that Bowie’s many dedicated fans are going to cherish for years to come.” Iconic Images are offering just 300 signed copies of the Bowie by O’Neill trade edition at a cost of £75.00. They are available to pre-order at Iconic Images Store now: http://smarturl.it/BowieONeillSigned19 (Temp link on main page) #BOWIEbyONEILL
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    SPYING THROUGH A KEYHOLE OUT NEXT WEEK - “I’ve got Friday on my mind...” - Released next Friday (5th April), Spying Through A Keyhole is the first of the 50th anniversary celebrations of David Bowie’s first hit, Space Oddity. The 4 x 7" vinyl box set of nine rare recordings is a fascinating glimpse into the era during which the song was first conceived, including the earliest known versions of Space Oddity itself. Pre-order now: https://lnk.to/DBSTAK (Temp link on main page) - #BowieSTAK #SpaceOddity50
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    DOGS 45TH RED VINYL AND ORIGINAL REBEL DIGITAL DUE - “You’re a juvenile success...” - On 24th May 2019, 45 years to the day since its original release date, David Bowie’s Diamond Dogs will be reissued by Parlophone in a 'one-run-only' red vinyl edition featuring the 2016 remaster. This strictly limited pressing will only be available at ‘bricks and mortar’ retail outlets and not through online stores. In celebration of the 45th anniversary of Diamond Dogs, there will also be a 1-track digital single of the original single mix of Rebel Rebel. The original single mix of Rebel Rebel featured on the 2016 boxset 'Who Can I Be Now?’ was taken from a pristine copy of a 45rpm vinyl single from the time. The original tape (which had been missing since the mid-1970s), has now been discovered and remastered for this special one-track digital single. Preceding the album by more than three months, Rebel Rebel peaked at #5 on the official UK singles chart. The original single mix was substituted by the shorter, ‘phased’ US single version in North America, featuring a new arrangement and overdubbed vocals. The album originally peaked at #1 on the official UK album chart and #5 on the Billboard album chart in the US. Diamond Dogs is the latest in a series of 45th anniversary Bowie vinyl albums reissued over the last two years. Previous releases in the series have included gold vinyl versions of Hunky Dory and The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stardust And The Spiders From Mars, plus a silver vinyl release of Aladdin Sane. Diamond Dogs 45th anniversary red vinyl and Rebel Rebel (Original Single Mix) download/stream will be released via Parlophone on 24th May 2019. - #DiamondDogsRed #BowieRebelRebel #BowieVinyl
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    FAREWELL TO SCOTT WALKER 1943 - 2019 - “We will be gods on nite flights...” Sad to report the passing of Scott Walker at the age of 76, as announced by his record label, 4AD, this morning. Go here for a look at the Bowie/Walker connections and others who were a part of the story along the way: http://smarturl.it/BNetScottRIP (Temp link on main page) - #BowieWalker
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    THUMBS UP FOR STAK AND CGD BOX SETS IN UNCUT - “Tom, Tom she whispers low, don't forget my name…” * The May 2019 issue of UNCUT (in shops and online now), has a 4-page feature regarding both the 4 x 7" Spying Through A Keyhole (STAK released 5th April) and the 3 x 7" David Bowie (with John 'Hutch' Hutchinson) - Clareville Grove Demos (CGD released 17th May) 7” box sets. Under the heading of “The right stuff! Ground control prepares for the lift-off of Major Tom, in demo form”, the feature by John Robinson awards STAK 7/10 and CGD 8/10. There’s also a reprint of an NME interview from November 1969 with Gordon Coxhill, following the success of the Space Oddity. Here’s a bit from it: + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + It looked like a piece of master planning, but it wasn’t. It looked like a monster hit, and it was. David Bowie’s “Space Oddity”, inspired by a visit to the film 2001: A Space Odyssey, was released just as the world was staying up all night to watch the moon landing. Like the modest, self-effacing young man he is, David passed the credit on to his record company, but as it was written last November, he can hardly disown his amazing foresight! “Put it down to luck,” he said over the phone from Perth, where he was about to begin a short tour of the Haggisland. “I really am amazed at the success of the record, even though I had confidence in it. I’ve been the male equivalent of the dumb blonde for a few years, and I was beginning to despair of people accepting me for my music. “It may be fine for a male model to be told that he’s a great-looking guy, but that doesn’t help a singer much, especially now that the pretty-boy personality cult seems to be on the way out.” Much as David takes his songwriting seriously, he is amused by pundits who examine his material looking for hidden meanings even he is unaware of. “My songs are all from the heart, and they are wholly personal to me and I would like people to accept them as such.” + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + *Today’s lyric quotation is from Angel Angel Grubby Face (version 2) #BowieSTAK #BowieCGD #BowieUNCUT
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    FOUR STAR STAK REVIEW IN MOJO - “And let me kiss you like you’ve never been kissed before...” * - The May 2019 issue of MOJO has a full-page, 4 star review by Mark Paytress of the Spying Through A Keyhole (STAK) 7” box set. Headlined ‘Ignition Time’ the review is introduced thus: Space Oddity’s anniversary year lifts off with a candid peek into the difficult months before that first flush of fame, writes Mark Paytress. Here are the first three paragraphs: + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + DAVID BOWIE spent the months between 1967 and ‘69 cast in a role that now seems unthinkable: he was deeply unfashionable. It was a time of endless auditions, blind alleys and doubt. His record label dropped him. No agent would touch his one-man cabaret show. The Laughing Gnome had become a Threepenny Pierrot. Still Bowie persevered. Early in 1969, with a love affair crumbling, he reached for his 12-string to strum out his despair. It was his salvation. In Space Oddity, melancholy folk­pop enriched with futuristic Stylophone and flyaway brothers Gibb vocal, Bowie flipped hopelessness into 'Pop’s Brightest Hope'. Two newly unearthed versions of the song feature on this nine-track, four-vinyl 45s set, comprising demos from 1968 and thereabouts. The first, a persuasive, 90-second segment, consists of two verses split by the 'tin can' chorus, fading out with “Can you hear me, Major Tom?” Boasting provisional lyrics (“Can I please get back inside/If I may”, “my time on Earth is nearly, through”), it’s Bowie committing it to tape before the moment goes. + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + If you want to read the remaining eight paragraphs, you can find MOJO digitally online or in stores right about now. (http://smarturl.it/MayMOJO2019) Go here http://smarturl.it/LinkToSTAKonDBFB for more information on Spying Through A Keyhole and pre-order links. (Temp link on main page) - *Today’s lyric quotation is from Love All Around - #BowieSTAK #BowieMOJO
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