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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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DONNY, GAIL AND JASON EYE OF THE BEHOLDER VIDEO - “If you can see me, I can see you…” * - We are excited to have been given the exclusive video reveal of Donny McCaslin featuring Gail Ann Dorsey and Jason Lindner in the Eye Of The Beholder. This is the beautiful WMA Studio Session version and you can view the full thing here: http://smarturl.it/EOTBonWMAvid (Temp link on main page) Stay tuned for news regarding a very cool contest to win a copy of ★ signed by the ★ band. The original Eye Of The Beholder appears on Donny’s album, Blow, and here’s a snippet from The New York Times review of the album: “Three years after recording 'Blackstar,' David Bowie’s landmark final album, its musical director Donny McCaslin is still working with the quartet from that recording. It features the pianist and synthesizer daemon Jason Lindner, the electric bassist Tim Lefebvre and the drummer Mark Guiliana, who craft a lush electric atmosphere around Mr. McCaslin’s muscly, arena-scale tenor saxophone. On 'Blow,' his new album, the band is joined by some special guests, like the experimental singer-songwriter Sun Kil Moon and the guitarist Ben Monder.” - * If you’re wondering why this particular Bowie lyric quotation, we reckon somebody will provide you the answer in the comments section. @donnymccaslinmusic @gailanndorsey @flymyspcshp - #DonnyMcCaslinBlow #GailAnnDorsey #BowieMcCaslin
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THE HD PROJECTS PRESENTS LOOK BACK IN ANGER - ““You know who I am,” he said…” - Nacho Videos has been in touch with another great piece of work via @thehdprojects: David Bowie • Look Back in Anger • Dennis Davis Isolated Drums Breakdown by Tony Visconti: Follow the link for some interesting background to this and a very happy birthday to one of the world’s newest teenagers, Hikaru Davis (son of Dennis), thirteen today! https://youtu.be/6gCUBRFkvvU (Temp link on main page) The image of Dennis with Bowie is from Andrew Kent’s superb David Bowie: Behind The Curtain - #TheHDprojects #DennisDavis #NachosVideos #BowieLodger #TonyVisconti #CarlosAlomar #BrianEno
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UNCENSORED CHINA GIRL VIDEO ON BOWIE YOUTUBE - “And when I get excited, My little China Girl says...” - It’s hard to imagine in these times, just how much of an uproar the unedited version of David Bowie’s China Girl video created when it was first released in 1983. The effect on ordinary folk was like that scene in Perfume, with folk ripping off each other's clothes and fornicating in the streets and the like. OK, it wasn’t quite like that, but there was certainly a right brouhaha in the press and it was even banned by TV stations the world over. The David Mallet directed video featured New Zealand model Geeling Ng, and the final moments of the video with her naked in the surf with Bowie (which got some a little hot under the collar), was a visual reference to the film From Here To Eternity. Of course, this was all a bit of a distraction from the intended message of the video and possibly even Iggy Pop’s original lyric too. Mainly shot in the Chinatown district of Sydney, the China Girl video (along with the previous Let’s Dance video), was a critique of racism with Bowie describing it as a “very simple, very direct” statement against racism. Bowie said in Rolling Stone that same year: “Let’s try to use the video format as a platform for some kind of social observation, and not just waste it on trotting out and trying to enhance the public image of the singer involved. I mean, these are little movies, and some movies can have a point, so why not try to make some point.” And in another interview at the time, Bowie opined: “The message that they [the videos] have is very simple, it’s wrong to be racist!” If you’ve never seen it, you can watch the full unedited version on the official David Bowie YouTube channel: http://smarturl.it/ChinaGirlXDBYT (Temp link on main page) - #BowieChinaGirl
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VIEW BOWIE’S MEMPHIS GROUP COLLECTION ONLINE - “It's a very modern world...” - Back in October 2017, the @modernismmuseum) in Mount Dora, Florida, launched one of the most comprehensive exhibitions of Memphis Group art and furniture ever assembled. SPACE ODDITIES: BOWIE | SOTTSASS | MEMPHIS (which closes “early 2019”), takes a look at Bowie’s private collection of art and furniture by The Memphis Group, of which Bowie was an avid collector. Following his passing in 2016, his collection was auctioned off and gathered together for this exhibition. Not everybody would have had the chance to visit either the exhibition or the Sotheby’s auction from whence the Bowie pieces came. However, The Design Tourist has just posted a tour of these incredible objects with some interesting history of The Memphis Group. Watch the fifteen minute video here on you tube: http://smarturl.it/BowieMemphisGroupYT (Temp link on main page) FOOTNOTE: Our montage shows David Bowie sitting on his Palm Springs table in New York in 2009, as later pictured in GQ magazine. Here’s the original caption: “When I was five, I spent an awful lot of time reading and drawing on the living room table, just like this. I don’t want to follow this line of thought to the inevitable conclusion, but it does look as though all that I’m missing is a model train set. The table is by the peculiar Milanese design company Memphis and is probably made out of hardboard and old socks.” In fact the table is made of briar and plastic laminate. The piece on the left is called Casablanca, and both were designed by Ettore Sottsass PALM SPRING – 1984 - Ettore Sottsass: Table in briar and plastic laminate CASABLANCA – 1981 - Ettore Sottsass: Sideboard in plastic laminate with internal shelves No old socks were harmed in the making of the table. - #BowieMemphisGroup
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RIP KENNETH PITT Kenneth Cooper Pitt: 10 November 1922 – 25 February 2019 Kevin Cann has been in touch with the sad news that David Bowie’s former manager, Kenneth Pitt, has died at his home in Hertfordshire. Ken passed on Monday, 25th February, following a short illness. He was 96.
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CLAREVILLE GROVE DEMOS RELEASE DATE AND PRE-ORDER - “Three discs for May, Hear Hutch and Bowie play...” * - As posted exclusively on the official David Bowie FB page a few days ago, here’s the release date and pre-order links for the David Bowie (with John 'Hutch' Hutchinson) - Clareville Grove Demos box set. The 3x7" vinyl singles box featuring six tracks, four of which are previously unreleased recordings, will be released by Parlophone on 17th May 2019. Pre-order here: https://lnk.to/ClarevilleGrove (Temp link on main page) Read more about the set here: http://smarturl.it/CGDdetailsBNet Photography by Kenneth Pitt © Kenneth Pitt. + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + * With apologies to Syd Barrett and Pink Floyd, the creators of See Emily Play. Barrett’s original chorus lyric: There is no other day Let’s try it another way You’ll lose your mind and play Free games for May See Emily play For those not familiar with it, David Bowie himself made a rather good fist of See Emily Play for his 1973 Pin Ups album. - #BowieCGD
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BOWIE TALKS GLASS SPIDER TOUR ON BOWIE TV - “But the Glass Spider would have long gone...” - Have you been keeping an eye on the YouTube Bowie TV channel (https://lnk.to/WatchBowieTVFA)? In the latest instalment (Episode 17), David Bowie talks about preparations for the 1987 Glass Spider World Tour and its demands on the performers. He also highlights the superb setlist, which you can judge for yourself by listening to the Glass Spider (Live Montreal ’87) in the David Bowie: Loving the Alien (1983-1988) box set. - #BowieTV #GlassSpider #LTABox
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REBEL REBEL 45 IS FORTY FIVE TODAY - “Hot tramp, I love you so…” - Though the press adverts proclaimed that it was a Valentine's Day release, Rebel Rebel was actually issued forty five years ago today on the 15th of February, 1974. The release, which had already been put back two weeks (original printed release date on demo label is Feb 1st), was an edited version of the song and a first taste from the upcoming Diamond Dogs LP, though it was considered a bit of a curveball compared to much of the music on that album. The single was backed with Queen Bitch. It was the first release since the dissolution of The Spiders From Mars, though stylistically it may have been more at home on Aladdin Sane, with its up-tempo, Stonesy feel and with an unmistakable and instantly recognisable riff played by Bowie. A riff that he was more than grateful to have conjured up, later saying of it: “It's a fabulous riff! Just fabulous! When I stumbled onto it, it was 'Oh, thank you!'”. The track reached #5 on the UK singles chart (Bowie's sixth Top Five single in the UK), and even managed a placing in the US Billboard Hot 100, no doubt helped by the exclusive New York Mix, which was almost a minute and a half shorter than the regular single mix. The New York Mix was released in North America and Mexico in May 1974 backed with Lady Grinning Soul. This second version was more urgent than the original, with a backward echo effect on the new la, la, la, la, la, la, la, la, la, la backing vocals, castanets and more general excitement all round...more akin to the live version that would be performed shortly on the US Diamond Dogs tour. The main images in our montage show the music press adverts from the UK (left) and the Netherlands (on the right), where David’s performance of the song on the Dutch TV show, Top Pop, was broadcast on the 18th. Watch it here: http://smarturl.it/RebelTopPopYT - #BowieRebelRebel
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LOVING THE ALIEN BREAK-OUTS OUT NOW - “Under the moonlight, this serious moonlight...” - The five selected stand-alone albums from last year’s David Bowie: Loving the Alien (1983-1988) box set are released today (15th February) by Parlophone. The break-outs include the three studio albums, Let’s Dance, Tonight and Never Let Me Down on vinyl LP, CD and various digital formats, plus the two live albums: Serious Moonlight (Live ’83) and Glass Spider (Live Montreal ’87) on CD and digital formats. In addition, the compilation album, Dance (which features twelve remixes), will be available on standard digital. If you haven’t already, you can order here: https://lnk.to/LTABO (Temp link on main page) and go here for the full breakdown: http://smarturl.it/LTAbreakoutsBNet - #LTABox
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BOYS KEEP SWINGING 40TH ANNIVERSARY PICTURE DISC - “Boys always work it out...” - 2019 is the 40th anniversary of Lodger and 17th May sees the release of the latest limited 7" picture disc from Parlophone, Boys Keep Swinging. While originally recording the song, Bowie had hoped to capture a garage band feel with the musicians swapping instruments after a deck of Brian Eno’s Oblique Strategies cards had suggested ‘reverse roles’. So guitarist Carlos Alomar played drums and drummer Dennis Davis played bass. The version featured on the A side is the 2017 mix by Tony Visconti from Lodger, undertaken for the A New Career In A New Town box set, as both Tony and Bowie felt they never had the opportunity to give Lodger the mix it deserved in 1979, due to time and studio constraints. The AA side features I Pray, Ole which was apparently recorded during the Lodger sessions, but remained unreleased until mixed by David and David Richards for inclusion as an extra track on the 1991 reissue of the Lodger album. The track has been commercially unavailable since then. + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + DAVID BOWIE - BOYS KEEP SWINGING LIMITED EDITION 40th ANNIVERSARY 7" PICTURE DISC Side A Boys Keep Swinging (2017 Tony Visconti mix) (David Bowie, Brian Eno) Produced by David Bowie & Tony Visconti Mixed by Tony Visconti at Human Studios, NYC, 2017 Side AA I Pray, Ole (David Bowie) Produced by David Bowie & Tony Visconti Mixed by David Bowie & David Richards, 1991 + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + Boys Keep Swinging limited 40th anniversary 7" picture disc is released by Parlophone on 17th May. - #DBBKS40 #BowieVinyl
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BOWIE COLLECTS EDISON AWARD IN AMSTERDAM 45 YEARS AGO - “It’s made out of old fisherman...” - On this day in 1974 (13th February), David Bowie attended a press reception at the Amstel Hotel in Amsterdam, where Ad Visser (host of Dutch music show Top Pop), presented him with the Edison Award and a certificate for the Most Popular Male Vocalist, with particular recognition given to Ziggy Stardust and The Spiders From Mars. Recalling an earlier trip to London to visit David, Visser poured two glasses of an “old fisherman drink”, Schelvispekel*, to toast David’s win. Check out a brief excerpt from the conference on YouTube to make sense of today’s ‘lyric quotation’: http://smarturl.it/DBinAmsterdam74 (Temp link on main page) * Schelvispekel is a spicy Dutch liqueur produced using brandy and a secret blend of spices. The name translates as 'haddock brine', not a nod to the ingredients, rather that the drink is reminiscent of one early-20th century haddock fishermen would drink to keep them warm on their days at sea. FOOTNOTE: The Edison Award is an annual Dutch music prize awarded for outstanding achievements in the music industry. It is one of the oldest music awards in the world, having been presented since 1960. - #DavidBowieNL
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CLAREVILLE GROVE DEMOS BOX DUE - “I recall how we lived, On the corner of a bed...” - DAVID BOWIE - CLAREVILLE GROVE DEMOS 3 x 7" VINYL SINGLES BOX SET FEATURING PREVIOUSLY UNRELEASED DAVID BOWIE RECORDINGS Following the recent Spying Through A Keyhole announcement, Parlophone is set to further commemorate the 50th anniversary of David Bowie’s first hit, Space Oddity, with a 7" vinyl singles box set of six home demos, four of which are previously unreleased recordings. This set further documents the earliest stages of David’s journey and development as an artist and songwriter. Recorded early in 1969 in David’s flat in Clareville Grove, London, this live to tape demo session features David performing as a duo with John ‘Hutch’ Hutchinson following the end of the Feathers trio, which featured David’s then girlfriend Hermione Farthingale. The photography featured on the box front and the print inside, is by Bowie’s then manager, Ken Pitt, and was taken in the Clareville Grove flat that David shared with Hermione. His military haircut was due to the very brief appearance he had in the movie The Virgin Soldiers. As with the Spying Through A Keyhole vinyl singles box set, the design of each single label is presented to reflect the way David sent many of his demos to publishers and record companies, featuring his own handwritten song titles on EMIDISC acetate labels. The singles themselves are all mono and play at 45 rpm. CLAREVILLE GROVE DEMOS (3 X 7” SINGLE BOX SET) DAVID BOWIE (WITH JOHN ‘HUTCH’ HUTCHINSON) 3 x 7" SET TRACKLISTING Single 1 Side A Space Oddity Side B Lover To The Dawn Single 2 Side A Ching-a-Ling Side B An Occasional Dream Single 3 Side A Let Me Sleep Beside You Side B Life Is A Circus Musicians David Bowie – vocals, guitar and Stylophone John ‘Hutch’ Hutchinson – vocals and guitar Photography by Ken Pitt © Ken Pitt Further details and release date to follow. See DavidBowie.com for track descriptions. - #BowieCGD
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PIN UPS PICTURE DISC FOR RSD 2019 - “Singing old songs he loved...” - Parlophone will be issuing David Bowie’s 1973 album of cover versions as a picture disc for Record Store Day 2019 on Saturday, 13th April. When originally released, the David Bowie/Ken Scott produced album was preceded by the only single from Pin Ups, Sorrow, which reached #3 on the UK chart. Pin Ups itself entered the UK album chart at #1 on the strength of pre-orders alone. Joining Bowie on the sleeve for Justin de Villeneuve’s extraordinary photograph with Bowie is Twiggy, name-checked earlier the same year on Aladdin Sane for Drive-In Saturday: “She’d sigh like Twig the Wonder Kid”. The photo session was shot in Paris for Vogue magazine, but at Bowie's request was used for the album instead. This same image is used for Side 1 of the picture disc. Originally, the back cover and insert featured Mick Rock photographs and Side 2 of the picture disc uses one of his artworks which utilised images from that session. The picture disc includes a reproduction of the insert, and the back cover is as the original with the following note from Bowie: + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + These songs are among my favourites from the '64–67' period of London. Most of the groups were playing the Ricky-Tick (was it a 'y' or an 'i'?) - Scene club circuit (Marquee, eel pie island la-la) Some are still with us. Pretty Things, Them, Yardbirds, Syd's Pink Floyd, Mojos, Who, Easybeats, Merseys, Kinks. Love-on ya! Bowie x + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + David Bowie Pin Ups RSD 2019 picture disc Released via Parlophone on 13th April. Cat #: DB69736P UPC: 0190295511289 - #BowieRSD #RSD2019 #BowieVinyl #BowiePinUps
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SPACE ODDITY FILMED 50 YEARS AGO TODAY - “You’ve really made the grade...” - On Sunday, 2nd February 1969, David Bowie entered Morgan Studios in London’s Willesden to record the soundtrack version of Space Oddity for the proposed television special and promotional vehicle, Love You Till Tuesday. Four days later and fifty years ago today, the Space Oddity segment was filmed for the special and it was clear from this first ‘public’ outing of the song that David Bowie had composed something extraordinary. Here’s Ken Pitt (David’s manager at the time), from his book Bowie The Pitt Report: + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + The next day, February 6, proved to be an important landmark in David’s career for it was then that he was filmed performing the new song Space Oddity. That this was an unusually clever song was apparent from the first hearing, but it was only during the course of the day’s shooting that its wide appeal became evident. During the break for lunch, freed from the silence imposed on them on the set, people were laughing, chattering and singing about the unconventional hero Major Tom. When David came through a doorway someone said “Well, if it isn’t Major Tom.“ After lunch he walked onto the set and rehearsed the final scene where the astronaut, resigned to his chosen fate, is caressed by two seductive sirens, played by Samantha Bond and the production assistant Suzanne Mercer. Admiration was now coupled with envy, perhaps two important ingredients for the hit that had so long eluded us. + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + The Love You Till Tuesday film was not broadcast at the time and the Space Oddity segment didn’t surface for another six years, when the BBC showed it on TOTPs to accompany the reissue of the song that topped the charts in 1975. But that’s a whole other story. The original Love You Till Tuesday film was finally released on video in 1984 and on DVD in 2005. Watch the original Space Oddity segment here: http://smarturl.it/SpaceOddityLYTT50YT (Temp link on main page) - #SpaceOddity50
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DAVID BOWIE: FINDING FAME SPOILERS - “Now it's time to leave the capsule if you dare…” - Having had the pleasure of viewing Francis Whately’s David Bowie: Finding Fame at a private preview on Wednesday evening, we thought we’d highlight a few of the things that might interest you. But, for those of you who would rather wait until the broadcast proper on Saturday, 9th February, at 21:00 on BBC TWO, beware, this item does include spoilers. The preview (in London’s Fitzrovia), was attended by pretty well all of the main contributors, including (alphabetically): Kristina Amadeus, Hermione Farthingale, Dana Gillespie, Phil Lancaster, Geoff MacCormack, George Underwood and Woody Woodmansey. Following the screening, Adam Buxton hosted a Q&A with Francis himself. Aside from emotional (and sometimes hilarious), tributes from those and other contributors, David Bowie: Finding Fame boasts a fair few scoops, including excerpts from the following, in no particular order… Cut scenes from backstage at Hammersmith Odeon, 1973 Audio from Glastonbury, 1971 The Hype at The Roundhouse, 1970 My Death on Russell Harty Plus Pop, 1973 Plus lots of audio teaser snippets of various demos and unreleased tracks. Sadly, the previously mentioned television debut of Starman on Lift Off with Ayshea in 1972, didn’t materialise in time for Wednesday’s screening. It was pointed out that the low quality, black and white footage might not even make the final cut. But, no matter, there’s more than enough here to sate even the hungriest of rare Bowie seeker appetites. But, don’t take our word for it, here’s a line from the just published five-star review by James Hall in The Telegraph: “Above all else, this documentary is about an individual’s relentless impulse to create. It’s about never giving up. And in this sense I’d argue that it is the most fascinating of the three films.” David Bowie: Finding Fame is on BBC TWO on Saturday, 9th February, at 21:00. - #BowieTheFirstFiveYears #DavidBowieFindingFame
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STAK RELEASE DATE AND PRE-ORDER LINKS - “...spying through a keyhole from the other room...” - We posted the press release for Spying Through A Keyhole (STAK) on what would have been David Bowie’s 72nd birthday, with the promise to follow up with the release date and pre-order links. So here they are: DAVID BOWIE - SPYING THROUGH A KEYHOLE (DEMOS AND UNRELEASED SONGS) * 4 x 7" vinyl box set RELEASED ON PARLOPHONE 5th APRIL 2019 Single 1 Side 1 Mother Grey (demo) Side 2 In The Heat Of The Morning (demo) Single 2 Side 1 Goodbye 3d (Threepenny) Joe (demo) Side 2 Love All Around (demo) Single 3 Side 1 London Bye, Ta-Ta (demo) Side 2 Angel Angel Grubby Face (demo version 1) Single 4 Side 1 1.Angel Angel Grubby Face (demo version 2) 2. Space Oddity (demo excerpt) Side 2 Space Oddity (demo) with John ‘Hutch’ Hutchinson The photography that adorns the box front and the print inside is by Ray Stevenson and was taken in Tony Visconti’s flat in the summer of 1968. Each single label is designed to reflect the way David presented many of his demos to publishers and record companies, featuring his own handwritten song titles and originally cut on EMIDISC acetates. The singles themselves are all mono and play at 45 rpm. + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + The Official David Bowie Store has a limited T-shirt and box set bundle: US Webstore: http://smarturl.it/DavidBowieStoreUS EU Webstore: http://smarturl.it/DavidBowieStoreEU + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + Go here for more details regarding the set: http://smarturl.it/BowieSTAK *Although this will be the first physical release of these tracks, Parlophone did make them available on streaming services for a limited period only in December. - #BowieSTAK
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WILL THE STARMAN RETURN IN TIME? - “Five, Four, Three, Two, One, Lift Off...” - The latest Radio Times (dated 2nd-8th February), has a five-page Bowie cover feature in celebration of Francis Whately’s David Bowie: Finding Fame. (Was David Bowie: The First Five Years) Here’s an edited excerpt with exciting news from the piece... + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + Francis Whately is nervously excited. While he sweats, an incredibly rare piece of TV footage is being slowly “baked” – the moisture tentatively extracted from a degraded recording containing a performance by David Bowie not seen in nearly 50 years. The footage in question reveals Ziggy Stardust’s “birth” on TV, a moment in broadcast and music history long considered lost. “For fans, it is something of a Holy Grail,” says Whately. It was broadcast on 15 June 1972, on an ITV children’s pop show called Lift Off with Ayshea, but was wiped from the official archives and has long been regarded as missing presumed extinct. Then, a few months ago, professional “tape diggers” found a fragile recording of it made by the owner off his TV. “It would fall apart if we played it, so it’s had to be very carefully restored,” says Whately. “It will be a real coup if it comes off.” + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + Well, even if Starman isn't ready in time for broadcast, you can rest assured that the content of David Bowie: Finding Fame will still leave you feeling satisfied. Read more about David Bowie: Finding Fame here: http://smarturl.it/DBFindingFame (Temp link on main page) The Radio Times is out now: http://smarturl.it/RadioTimes - #BowieTheFirstFiveYears #DavidBowieFindingFame
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DAVID BOWIE is… The Mobile Exhibition - “And the clock waits so patiently on your song...” - So, you’ve had a couple of weeks to explore the David Bowie is The Mobile Exhibition app that was launched on January 8th. Have you found some of that rare and previously unseen footage yet? What do you think of the app so far? Go here for more information: https://davidbowieisreal.com/ (temp link on main page) App Store: http://smarturl.it/AppStoreDBisV2 Google Play: http://smarturl.it/GooglePlayDBis - #DBisVirtual
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DUNCAN JONES’ MOON IS TEN TODAY - “You are my moon, you are my son...” - Crikey, already ten years since MOON received its first showing. Here’s a piece reflecting that fact from our good friend, Unkle Rupert. + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + MOON Celebrates 10th Anniversary - by @Unklerupert It’s 10 years to the day that Duncan Jones’ debut feature MOON premiered at the Sundance Festival in Utah screening at the Eccles Theatre in Park City on Friday 23rd January 2009. In attendance were cast and crew including; Writer / Director - Duncan Jones, Producers - Trudie Styler & Stuart Fenegan, Star - Sam Rockwell, Writer - Nathan Parker, and special guests Sting and Duncan’s proud father - David Bowie. MOON was very well received by film critics in attendance, here’s a sample of those first reactions. “Not only does it look wonderful, but Sam Rockwell is flawless yet again.” - Alex Billington - First Showing “Moon is yet another impressive work of independent science fiction. In which we have a young director with an ambitious vision, a perfectly cast lead and the creativity to bring it to life without having to work on a Michael Bay-sized budget.” - Neil Miller - Film School Rejects “I’m convinced that Moon is at the beginning of a new renaissance of indie sci-fi feature films which will challenge Hollywood’s big budget computer generated spectacles.” - Peter Sciretta - Film MOON continued to garner high praise from the film community and wider film going audiences around the World, but none more so than from one of Duncan’s Directorial heroes, Terry Gilliam, during a Little White Lies interview published in April 2011 “I think MOON is a really brilliant example of contemporary Sci-fi because it has a message, it has strong visuals but it also has a proper science-fiction core. It’s the closest thing to a modern-day 2001 I have seen.” This day though, this was the day that MOON received its premiere. A premiere attended by a first time feature Director, and his proud Father. Happy 10th Anniversary, MOON x + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + #MOONfilm #ManMadeMOON
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BOWIE AT THE BEEB COLLECTABLES - “Then I got the small white box, And I didn't know what to do...” - This kind of specialist detail isn't for everybody, however, here’s another instalment in our occasional Bowie Collector series, this time focusing on the Bowie At The Beeb CD set, issued by EMI/BBC in September 2000. Aside from the regular releases of the CD in their various permutations, the album was also promoted with the following promo only items in the UK. + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + UK BOWIE AT THE BEEB Promotional Items 8-track sampler CD in facsimile tape box 8-track sampler CD in plastic wallet Vintage Microphone Radio in box Zippo Lighter in box T-shirt A2 Guy Peellaert cover artwork print signed by Bowie and Peellaert in a numbered edition of 25 + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + And that's just the UK. There were territorial variations including various posters, CDs and press kits, including a beautiful US press kit with transparencies. A bit of a headache for the collector hoping to complete their collection, as many of the above are almost impossible to locate today. The one item that does show up regularly for sale at a reasonable price, is the promo 8-track sampler CD in facsimile tape box...well, one version of it does. If you own this sampler, you'll no doubt agree that it is a pretty cool promo, albeit rather sparse once you look inside and take out the disc itself. Well, that's because the original intention was to include a 10-page foldout booklet, with further details regarding the upcoming set, including notes and full tracklisting. Due to some sensitive content, and with no time to replace it with another version, the booklet was withdrawn and destroyed at the last minute before distribution. As is the way with these things, the record company retained "three or four" library copies, one of which is visible if you swipe. It's unlikely any of these will turn up at auction, but there’s still plenty for the Bowie Collector to hunt out from the list above. - #BowieAtTheBeeb #BowieCollector
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JAPANESE LOVING THE ALIEN CD BOX AND CROSSBEAT SPECIAL - “You can't say no to the beauty from the East...” * - For those of you who collect such things, the Japanese version of the David Bowie: Loving the Alien (1983-1988) CD box set, was released last month (12th December). Extras include a 148-page book containing Japanese language notes and interviews from the LTA book with English/Japanese lyrics thrown in. There’s also a 24-page booklet of 1983 Japanese press conference pictures and Serious Moonlight live shots by Masashi Kuwamoto. The folks at CROSSBEAT in Japan were very quick off the mark when they published a 1983-1988 special in celebration of the box set last month too. Fourth in the series, it's a thorough look at the releases of the period, including the films Bowie starred in, with the usual wealth of pictorial content and Bowie interviews we’ve come to expect from their series of Parlophone box set specials, albeit in Japanese. The magazine also focuses on all of the other 2018 Bowie releases, right up to Glastonbury 2000. If you’ve been bitten by the Bowie collecting bug, stay tuned for another instalment in our occasional Bowie Collector series tomorrow. - * Sorry - #BowieJapan #LTAbox #BowieCollector
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THANKYOU FOR VOTING BOWIE BEST ENTERTAINER - “In the world of today, for tomorrow's man...” - No doubt you all know that David Bowie was voted the winner of the Entertainment category of BBC TWO’s ICONS poll yesterday. Many thanks to everybody who voted for our man, it’s really very much appreciated. David Bowie joins Alan Turing (Scientists), Ernest Shackleton (Explorers) Nelson Mandela (Leaders) and three other category winners (yet to be decided), for a place in the final on Tuesday 5th February at 9:00pm on BBC Two. Find everything you need to know about the poll and how to vote in the final, here: http://smarturl.it/BBC2ICONS (Temp link on main page) FOOTNOTE: Today’s lyric quotation was triggered by the BBC’s Bowie tagline: “David Bowie’s cutting-edge music gave the world the sound of the future, today.” (Main image by Этот адрес электронной почты защищён от спам-ботов. У вас должен быть включен JavaScript для просмотра.) - #BBCIcons
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MYSTERY BOWIE FOOTAGE IN BBC’s FIRST FIVE YEARS - “The First Five Years, What a surprise...” - The March 2019 issue of @uncut_magazine has a single-page piece by Peter Watts, including the image here of one of Tony Visconti’s Bowie ‘snaps’ from 1969. The picture illustrates an interview with Francis Whately regarding next month’s broadcast of BBC2’s David Bowie: The First Five Years. Here’s a paragraph from it: + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + “Considering I once said I couldn't make this film because there wasn't enough material, we have found a surprising wealth of new things.” Francis Whately is discussing the third in his series of David Bowie documentaries for the BBC. While his previous films have focused on Bowie's '70s heyday and the final years of his life, David Bowie: The First Five Years is a document of the pre-fame years, starting in 1966 when Bowie legally changed his name from Jones. Filmed content of this period was naturally harder to come by, though Whately does promise “extraordinary footage” of a television performance long believed wiped. + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + Intriguing stuff. And what could that extraordinary footage of a television performance long believed wiped, possibly be? The 1966 footage of Can’t Help Thinking About Me on Ready Steady Go!? Space Oddity on Top Of The Pops from 1969? The TV debut of Starman on Lift Off in 1972, or perhaps the spellbinding performance of My Death on Russell Harty Plus Pop from the following year? Or possibly none of the above. You’ll just have to wait till the broadcast next month to find out. The new Uncut is in shops from Thursday, January 17, but you can also order a copy online here: http://smarturl.it/BuyUNCUT - #BowieUNCUT #BowieTheFirstFiveYears
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DAVID BOWIE is… VIRTUAL LAUNCHED TODAY - “Welcome to reality...” - The quite superb David Bowie is… Augmented Reality app has been made available today (January 8th) on what would have been David Bowie’s 72nd birthday. Go here for download links and more information: https://davidbowieisreal.com/ (Temp link on main page or visit DavidBowie.com) - #DBisVirtual
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PARLOPHONE SET TO RELEASE RARE BOWIE TRACKS - “...spying through a keyhole from the other room...” - On what would have been David Bowie’s 72nd birthday and with 2019 marking 50 years since David Bowie’s first hit, Space Oddity, we are excited to announce that Parlophone is set to release a 7" vinyl singles box set of nine rare recordings from the era during which Space Oddity was first conceived. The title: Spying Through A Keyhole, is a lyric taken from the previously unknown song: Love All Around. Go here for the full details: http://smarturl.it/BowieSTAK (Temp link on main page or visit DavidBowie.com news) - #BowieSTAK
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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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    DONNY, GAIL AND JASON EYE OF THE BEHOLDER VIDEO - “If you can see me, I can see you…” * - We are excited to have been given the exclusive video reveal of Donny McCaslin featuring Gail Ann Dorsey and Jason Lindner in the Eye Of The Beholder. This is the beautiful WMA Studio Session version and you can view the full thing here: http://smarturl.it/EOTBonWMAvid (Temp link on main page) Stay tuned for news regarding a very cool contest to win a copy of ★ signed by the ★ band. The original Eye Of The Beholder appears on Donny’s album, Blow, and here’s a snippet from The New York Times review of the album: “Three years after recording 'Blackstar,' David Bowie’s landmark final album, its musical director Donny McCaslin is still working with the quartet from that recording. It features the pianist and synthesizer daemon Jason Lindner, the electric bassist Tim Lefebvre and the drummer Mark Guiliana, who craft a lush electric atmosphere around Mr. McCaslin’s muscly, arena-scale tenor saxophone. On 'Blow,' his new album, the band is joined by some special guests, like the experimental singer-songwriter Sun Kil Moon and the guitarist Ben Monder.” - * If you’re wondering why this particular Bowie lyric quotation, we reckon somebody will provide you the answer in the comments section. @donnymccaslinmusic @gailanndorsey @flymyspcshp - #DonnyMcCaslinBlow #GailAnnDorsey #BowieMcCaslin
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    THE HD PROJECTS PRESENTS LOOK BACK IN ANGER - ““You know who I am,” he said…” - Nacho Videos has been in touch with another great piece of work via @thehdprojects: David Bowie • Look Back in Anger • Dennis Davis Isolated Drums Breakdown by Tony Visconti: Follow the link for some interesting background to this and a very happy birthday to one of the world’s newest teenagers, Hikaru Davis (son of Dennis), thirteen today! https://youtu.be/6gCUBRFkvvU (Temp link on main page) The image of Dennis with Bowie is from Andrew Kent’s superb David Bowie: Behind The Curtain - #TheHDprojects #DennisDavis #NachosVideos #BowieLodger #TonyVisconti #CarlosAlomar #BrianEno
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    UNCENSORED CHINA GIRL VIDEO ON BOWIE YOUTUBE - “And when I get excited, My little China Girl says...” - It’s hard to imagine in these times, just how much of an uproar the unedited version of David Bowie’s China Girl video created when it was first released in 1983. The effect on ordinary folk was like that scene in Perfume, with folk ripping off each other's clothes and fornicating in the streets and the like. OK, it wasn’t quite like that, but there was certainly a right brouhaha in the press and it was even banned by TV stations the world over. The David Mallet directed video featured New Zealand model Geeling Ng, and the final moments of the video with her naked in the surf with Bowie (which got some a little hot under the collar), was a visual reference to the film From Here To Eternity. Of course, this was all a bit of a distraction from the intended message of the video and possibly even Iggy Pop’s original lyric too. Mainly shot in the Chinatown district of Sydney, the China Girl video (along with the previous Let’s Dance video), was a critique of racism with Bowie describing it as a “very simple, very direct” statement against racism. Bowie said in Rolling Stone that same year: “Let’s try to use the video format as a platform for some kind of social observation, and not just waste it on trotting out and trying to enhance the public image of the singer involved. I mean, these are little movies, and some movies can have a point, so why not try to make some point.” And in another interview at the time, Bowie opined: “The message that they [the videos] have is very simple, it’s wrong to be racist!” If you’ve never seen it, you can watch the full unedited version on the official David Bowie YouTube channel: http://smarturl.it/ChinaGirlXDBYT (Temp link on main page) - #BowieChinaGirl
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    VIEW BOWIE’S MEMPHIS GROUP COLLECTION ONLINE - “It's a very modern world...” - Back in October 2017, the @modernismmuseum) in Mount Dora, Florida, launched one of the most comprehensive exhibitions of Memphis Group art and furniture ever assembled. SPACE ODDITIES: BOWIE | SOTTSASS | MEMPHIS (which closes “early 2019”), takes a look at Bowie’s private collection of art and furniture by The Memphis Group, of which Bowie was an avid collector. Following his passing in 2016, his collection was auctioned off and gathered together for this exhibition. Not everybody would have had the chance to visit either the exhibition or the Sotheby’s auction from whence the Bowie pieces came. However, The Design Tourist has just posted a tour of these incredible objects with some interesting history of The Memphis Group. Watch the fifteen minute video here on you tube: http://smarturl.it/BowieMemphisGroupYT (Temp link on main page) FOOTNOTE: Our montage shows David Bowie sitting on his Palm Springs table in New York in 2009, as later pictured in GQ magazine. Here’s the original caption: “When I was five, I spent an awful lot of time reading and drawing on the living room table, just like this. I don’t want to follow this line of thought to the inevitable conclusion, but it does look as though all that I’m missing is a model train set. The table is by the peculiar Milanese design company Memphis and is probably made out of hardboard and old socks.” In fact the table is made of briar and plastic laminate. The piece on the left is called Casablanca, and both were designed by Ettore Sottsass PALM SPRING – 1984 - Ettore Sottsass: Table in briar and plastic laminate CASABLANCA – 1981 - Ettore Sottsass: Sideboard in plastic laminate with internal shelves No old socks were harmed in the making of the table. - #BowieMemphisGroup
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    RIP KENNETH PITT Kenneth Cooper Pitt: 10 November 1922 – 25 February 2019 Kevin Cann has been in touch with the sad news that David Bowie’s former manager, Kenneth Pitt, has died at his home in Hertfordshire. Ken passed on Monday, 25th February, following a short illness. He was 96.
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    CLAREVILLE GROVE DEMOS RELEASE DATE AND PRE-ORDER - “Three discs for May, Hear Hutch and Bowie play...” * - As posted exclusively on the official David Bowie FB page a few days ago, here’s the release date and pre-order links for the David Bowie (with John 'Hutch' Hutchinson) - Clareville Grove Demos box set. The 3x7" vinyl singles box featuring six tracks, four of which are previously unreleased recordings, will be released by Parlophone on 17th May 2019. Pre-order here: https://lnk.to/ClarevilleGrove (Temp link on main page) Read more about the set here: http://smarturl.it/CGDdetailsBNet Photography by Kenneth Pitt © Kenneth Pitt. + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + * With apologies to Syd Barrett and Pink Floyd, the creators of See Emily Play. Barrett’s original chorus lyric: There is no other day Let’s try it another way You’ll lose your mind and play Free games for May See Emily play For those not familiar with it, David Bowie himself made a rather good fist of See Emily Play for his 1973 Pin Ups album. - #BowieCGD
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    BOWIE TALKS GLASS SPIDER TOUR ON BOWIE TV - “But the Glass Spider would have long gone...” - Have you been keeping an eye on the YouTube Bowie TV channel (https://lnk.to/WatchBowieTVFA)? In the latest instalment (Episode 17), David Bowie talks about preparations for the 1987 Glass Spider World Tour and its demands on the performers. He also highlights the superb setlist, which you can judge for yourself by listening to the Glass Spider (Live Montreal ’87) in the David Bowie: Loving the Alien (1983-1988) box set. - #BowieTV #GlassSpider #LTABox
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    REBEL REBEL 45 IS FORTY FIVE TODAY - “Hot tramp, I love you so…” - Though the press adverts proclaimed that it was a Valentine's Day release, Rebel Rebel was actually issued forty five years ago today on the 15th of February, 1974. The release, which had already been put back two weeks (original printed release date on demo label is Feb 1st), was an edited version of the song and a first taste from the upcoming Diamond Dogs LP, though it was considered a bit of a curveball compared to much of the music on that album. The single was backed with Queen Bitch. It was the first release since the dissolution of The Spiders From Mars, though stylistically it may have been more at home on Aladdin Sane, with its up-tempo, Stonesy feel and with an unmistakable and instantly recognisable riff played by Bowie. A riff that he was more than grateful to have conjured up, later saying of it: “It's a fabulous riff! Just fabulous! When I stumbled onto it, it was 'Oh, thank you!'”. The track reached #5 on the UK singles chart (Bowie's sixth Top Five single in the UK), and even managed a placing in the US Billboard Hot 100, no doubt helped by the exclusive New York Mix, which was almost a minute and a half shorter than the regular single mix. The New York Mix was released in North America and Mexico in May 1974 backed with Lady Grinning Soul. This second version was more urgent than the original, with a backward echo effect on the new la, la, la, la, la, la, la, la, la, la backing vocals, castanets and more general excitement all round...more akin to the live version that would be performed shortly on the US Diamond Dogs tour. The main images in our montage show the music press adverts from the UK (left) and the Netherlands (on the right), where David’s performance of the song on the Dutch TV show, Top Pop, was broadcast on the 18th. Watch it here: http://smarturl.it/RebelTopPopYT - #BowieRebelRebel
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    LOVING THE ALIEN BREAK-OUTS OUT NOW - “Under the moonlight, this serious moonlight...” - The five selected stand-alone albums from last year’s David Bowie: Loving the Alien (1983-1988) box set are released today (15th February) by Parlophone. The break-outs include the three studio albums, Let’s Dance, Tonight and Never Let Me Down on vinyl LP, CD and various digital formats, plus the two live albums: Serious Moonlight (Live ’83) and Glass Spider (Live Montreal ’87) on CD and digital formats. In addition, the compilation album, Dance (which features twelve remixes), will be available on standard digital. If you haven’t already, you can order here: https://lnk.to/LTABO (Temp link on main page) and go here for the full breakdown: http://smarturl.it/LTAbreakoutsBNet - #LTABox
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    BOYS KEEP SWINGING 40TH ANNIVERSARY PICTURE DISC - “Boys always work it out...” - 2019 is the 40th anniversary of Lodger and 17th May sees the release of the latest limited 7" picture disc from Parlophone, Boys Keep Swinging. While originally recording the song, Bowie had hoped to capture a garage band feel with the musicians swapping instruments after a deck of Brian Eno’s Oblique Strategies cards had suggested ‘reverse roles’. So guitarist Carlos Alomar played drums and drummer Dennis Davis played bass. The version featured on the A side is the 2017 mix by Tony Visconti from Lodger, undertaken for the A New Career In A New Town box set, as both Tony and Bowie felt they never had the opportunity to give Lodger the mix it deserved in 1979, due to time and studio constraints. The AA side features I Pray, Ole which was apparently recorded during the Lodger sessions, but remained unreleased until mixed by David and David Richards for inclusion as an extra track on the 1991 reissue of the Lodger album. The track has been commercially unavailable since then. + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + DAVID BOWIE - BOYS KEEP SWINGING LIMITED EDITION 40th ANNIVERSARY 7" PICTURE DISC Side A Boys Keep Swinging (2017 Tony Visconti mix) (David Bowie, Brian Eno) Produced by David Bowie & Tony Visconti Mixed by Tony Visconti at Human Studios, NYC, 2017 Side AA I Pray, Ole (David Bowie) Produced by David Bowie & Tony Visconti Mixed by David Bowie & David Richards, 1991 + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + Boys Keep Swinging limited 40th anniversary 7" picture disc is released by Parlophone on 17th May. - #DBBKS40 #BowieVinyl
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    BOWIE COLLECTS EDISON AWARD IN AMSTERDAM 45 YEARS AGO - “It’s made out of old fisherman...” - On this day in 1974 (13th February), David Bowie attended a press reception at the Amstel Hotel in Amsterdam, where Ad Visser (host of Dutch music show Top Pop), presented him with the Edison Award and a certificate for the Most Popular Male Vocalist, with particular recognition given to Ziggy Stardust and The Spiders From Mars. Recalling an earlier trip to London to visit David, Visser poured two glasses of an “old fisherman drink”, Schelvispekel*, to toast David’s win. Check out a brief excerpt from the conference on YouTube to make sense of today’s ‘lyric quotation’: http://smarturl.it/DBinAmsterdam74 (Temp link on main page) * Schelvispekel is a spicy Dutch liqueur produced using brandy and a secret blend of spices. The name translates as 'haddock brine', not a nod to the ingredients, rather that the drink is reminiscent of one early-20th century haddock fishermen would drink to keep them warm on their days at sea. FOOTNOTE: The Edison Award is an annual Dutch music prize awarded for outstanding achievements in the music industry. It is one of the oldest music awards in the world, having been presented since 1960. - #DavidBowieNL
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    CLAREVILLE GROVE DEMOS BOX DUE - “I recall how we lived, On the corner of a bed...” - DAVID BOWIE - CLAREVILLE GROVE DEMOS 3 x 7" VINYL SINGLES BOX SET FEATURING PREVIOUSLY UNRELEASED DAVID BOWIE RECORDINGS Following the recent Spying Through A Keyhole announcement, Parlophone is set to further commemorate the 50th anniversary of David Bowie’s first hit, Space Oddity, with a 7" vinyl singles box set of six home demos, four of which are previously unreleased recordings. This set further documents the earliest stages of David’s journey and development as an artist and songwriter. Recorded early in 1969 in David’s flat in Clareville Grove, London, this live to tape demo session features David performing as a duo with John ‘Hutch’ Hutchinson following the end of the Feathers trio, which featured David’s then girlfriend Hermione Farthingale. The photography featured on the box front and the print inside, is by Bowie’s then manager, Ken Pitt, and was taken in the Clareville Grove flat that David shared with Hermione. His military haircut was due to the very brief appearance he had in the movie The Virgin Soldiers. As with the Spying Through A Keyhole vinyl singles box set, the design of each single label is presented to reflect the way David sent many of his demos to publishers and record companies, featuring his own handwritten song titles on EMIDISC acetate labels. The singles themselves are all mono and play at 45 rpm. CLAREVILLE GROVE DEMOS (3 X 7” SINGLE BOX SET) DAVID BOWIE (WITH JOHN ‘HUTCH’ HUTCHINSON) 3 x 7" SET TRACKLISTING Single 1 Side A Space Oddity Side B Lover To The Dawn Single 2 Side A Ching-a-Ling Side B An Occasional Dream Single 3 Side A Let Me Sleep Beside You Side B Life Is A Circus Musicians David Bowie – vocals, guitar and Stylophone John ‘Hutch’ Hutchinson – vocals and guitar Photography by Ken Pitt © Ken Pitt Further details and release date to follow. See DavidBowie.com for track descriptions. - #BowieCGD
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    PIN UPS PICTURE DISC FOR RSD 2019 - “Singing old songs he loved...” - Parlophone will be issuing David Bowie’s 1973 album of cover versions as a picture disc for Record Store Day 2019 on Saturday, 13th April. When originally released, the David Bowie/Ken Scott produced album was preceded by the only single from Pin Ups, Sorrow, which reached #3 on the UK chart. Pin Ups itself entered the UK album chart at #1 on the strength of pre-orders alone. Joining Bowie on the sleeve for Justin de Villeneuve’s extraordinary photograph with Bowie is Twiggy, name-checked earlier the same year on Aladdin Sane for Drive-In Saturday: “She’d sigh like Twig the Wonder Kid”. The photo session was shot in Paris for Vogue magazine, but at Bowie's request was used for the album instead. This same image is used for Side 1 of the picture disc. Originally, the back cover and insert featured Mick Rock photographs and Side 2 of the picture disc uses one of his artworks which utilised images from that session. The picture disc includes a reproduction of the insert, and the back cover is as the original with the following note from Bowie: + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + These songs are among my favourites from the '64–67' period of London. Most of the groups were playing the Ricky-Tick (was it a 'y' or an 'i'?) - Scene club circuit (Marquee, eel pie island la-la) Some are still with us. Pretty Things, Them, Yardbirds, Syd's Pink Floyd, Mojos, Who, Easybeats, Merseys, Kinks. Love-on ya! Bowie x + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + David Bowie Pin Ups RSD 2019 picture disc Released via Parlophone on 13th April. Cat #: DB69736P UPC: 0190295511289 - #BowieRSD #RSD2019 #BowieVinyl #BowiePinUps
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    SPACE ODDITY FILMED 50 YEARS AGO TODAY - “You’ve really made the grade...” - On Sunday, 2nd February 1969, David Bowie entered Morgan Studios in London’s Willesden to record the soundtrack version of Space Oddity for the proposed television special and promotional vehicle, Love You Till Tuesday. Four days later and fifty years ago today, the Space Oddity segment was filmed for the special and it was clear from this first ‘public’ outing of the song that David Bowie had composed something extraordinary. Here’s Ken Pitt (David’s manager at the time), from his book Bowie The Pitt Report: + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + The next day, February 6, proved to be an important landmark in David’s career for it was then that he was filmed performing the new song Space Oddity. That this was an unusually clever song was apparent from the first hearing, but it was only during the course of the day’s shooting that its wide appeal became evident. During the break for lunch, freed from the silence imposed on them on the set, people were laughing, chattering and singing about the unconventional hero Major Tom. When David came through a doorway someone said “Well, if it isn’t Major Tom.“ After lunch he walked onto the set and rehearsed the final scene where the astronaut, resigned to his chosen fate, is caressed by two seductive sirens, played by Samantha Bond and the production assistant Suzanne Mercer. Admiration was now coupled with envy, perhaps two important ingredients for the hit that had so long eluded us. + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + The Love You Till Tuesday film was not broadcast at the time and the Space Oddity segment didn’t surface for another six years, when the BBC showed it on TOTPs to accompany the reissue of the song that topped the charts in 1975. But that’s a whole other story. The original Love You Till Tuesday film was finally released on video in 1984 and on DVD in 2005. Watch the original Space Oddity segment here: http://smarturl.it/SpaceOddityLYTT50YT (Temp link on main page) - #SpaceOddity50
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    DAVID BOWIE: FINDING FAME SPOILERS - “Now it's time to leave the capsule if you dare…” - Having had the pleasure of viewing Francis Whately’s David Bowie: Finding Fame at a private preview on Wednesday evening, we thought we’d highlight a few of the things that might interest you. But, for those of you who would rather wait until the broadcast proper on Saturday, 9th February, at 21:00 on BBC TWO, beware, this item does include spoilers. The preview (in London’s Fitzrovia), was attended by pretty well all of the main contributors, including (alphabetically): Kristina Amadeus, Hermione Farthingale, Dana Gillespie, Phil Lancaster, Geoff MacCormack, George Underwood and Woody Woodmansey. Following the screening, Adam Buxton hosted a Q&A with Francis himself. Aside from emotional (and sometimes hilarious), tributes from those and other contributors, David Bowie: Finding Fame boasts a fair few scoops, including excerpts from the following, in no particular order… Cut scenes from backstage at Hammersmith Odeon, 1973 Audio from Glastonbury, 1971 The Hype at The Roundhouse, 1970 My Death on Russell Harty Plus Pop, 1973 Plus lots of audio teaser snippets of various demos and unreleased tracks. Sadly, the previously mentioned television debut of Starman on Lift Off with Ayshea in 1972, didn’t materialise in time for Wednesday’s screening. It was pointed out that the low quality, black and white footage might not even make the final cut. But, no matter, there’s more than enough here to sate even the hungriest of rare Bowie seeker appetites. But, don’t take our word for it, here’s a line from the just published five-star review by James Hall in The Telegraph: “Above all else, this documentary is about an individual’s relentless impulse to create. It’s about never giving up. And in this sense I’d argue that it is the most fascinating of the three films.” David Bowie: Finding Fame is on BBC TWO on Saturday, 9th February, at 21:00. - #BowieTheFirstFiveYears #DavidBowieFindingFame
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    STAK RELEASE DATE AND PRE-ORDER LINKS - “...spying through a keyhole from the other room...” - We posted the press release for Spying Through A Keyhole (STAK) on what would have been David Bowie’s 72nd birthday, with the promise to follow up with the release date and pre-order links. So here they are: DAVID BOWIE - SPYING THROUGH A KEYHOLE (DEMOS AND UNRELEASED SONGS) * 4 x 7" vinyl box set RELEASED ON PARLOPHONE 5th APRIL 2019 Single 1 Side 1 Mother Grey (demo) Side 2 In The Heat Of The Morning (demo) Single 2 Side 1 Goodbye 3d (Threepenny) Joe (demo) Side 2 Love All Around (demo) Single 3 Side 1 London Bye, Ta-Ta (demo) Side 2 Angel Angel Grubby Face (demo version 1) Single 4 Side 1 1.Angel Angel Grubby Face (demo version 2) 2. Space Oddity (demo excerpt) Side 2 Space Oddity (demo) with John ‘Hutch’ Hutchinson The photography that adorns the box front and the print inside is by Ray Stevenson and was taken in Tony Visconti’s flat in the summer of 1968. Each single label is designed to reflect the way David presented many of his demos to publishers and record companies, featuring his own handwritten song titles and originally cut on EMIDISC acetates. The singles themselves are all mono and play at 45 rpm. + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + The Official David Bowie Store has a limited T-shirt and box set bundle: US Webstore: http://smarturl.it/DavidBowieStoreUS EU Webstore: http://smarturl.it/DavidBowieStoreEU + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + Go here for more details regarding the set: http://smarturl.it/BowieSTAK *Although this will be the first physical release of these tracks, Parlophone did make them available on streaming services for a limited period only in December. - #BowieSTAK
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    WILL THE STARMAN RETURN IN TIME? - “Five, Four, Three, Two, One, Lift Off...” - The latest Radio Times (dated 2nd-8th February), has a five-page Bowie cover feature in celebration of Francis Whately’s David Bowie: Finding Fame. (Was David Bowie: The First Five Years) Here’s an edited excerpt with exciting news from the piece... + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + Francis Whately is nervously excited. While he sweats, an incredibly rare piece of TV footage is being slowly “baked” – the moisture tentatively extracted from a degraded recording containing a performance by David Bowie not seen in nearly 50 years. The footage in question reveals Ziggy Stardust’s “birth” on TV, a moment in broadcast and music history long considered lost. “For fans, it is something of a Holy Grail,” says Whately. It was broadcast on 15 June 1972, on an ITV children’s pop show called Lift Off with Ayshea, but was wiped from the official archives and has long been regarded as missing presumed extinct. Then, a few months ago, professional “tape diggers” found a fragile recording of it made by the owner off his TV. “It would fall apart if we played it, so it’s had to be very carefully restored,” says Whately. “It will be a real coup if it comes off.” + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + Well, even if Starman isn't ready in time for broadcast, you can rest assured that the content of David Bowie: Finding Fame will still leave you feeling satisfied. Read more about David Bowie: Finding Fame here: http://smarturl.it/DBFindingFame (Temp link on main page) The Radio Times is out now: http://smarturl.it/RadioTimes - #BowieTheFirstFiveYears #DavidBowieFindingFame
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    DAVID BOWIE is… The Mobile Exhibition - “And the clock waits so patiently on your song...” - So, you’ve had a couple of weeks to explore the David Bowie is The Mobile Exhibition app that was launched on January 8th. Have you found some of that rare and previously unseen footage yet? What do you think of the app so far? Go here for more information: https://davidbowieisreal.com/ (temp link on main page) App Store: http://smarturl.it/AppStoreDBisV2 Google Play: http://smarturl.it/GooglePlayDBis - #DBisVirtual
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    DUNCAN JONES’ MOON IS TEN TODAY - “You are my moon, you are my son...” - Crikey, already ten years since MOON received its first showing. Here’s a piece reflecting that fact from our good friend, Unkle Rupert. + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + MOON Celebrates 10th Anniversary - by @Unklerupert It’s 10 years to the day that Duncan Jones’ debut feature MOON premiered at the Sundance Festival in Utah screening at the Eccles Theatre in Park City on Friday 23rd January 2009. In attendance were cast and crew including; Writer / Director - Duncan Jones, Producers - Trudie Styler & Stuart Fenegan, Star - Sam Rockwell, Writer - Nathan Parker, and special guests Sting and Duncan’s proud father - David Bowie. MOON was very well received by film critics in attendance, here’s a sample of those first reactions. “Not only does it look wonderful, but Sam Rockwell is flawless yet again.” - Alex Billington - First Showing “Moon is yet another impressive work of independent science fiction. In which we have a young director with an ambitious vision, a perfectly cast lead and the creativity to bring it to life without having to work on a Michael Bay-sized budget.” - Neil Miller - Film School Rejects “I’m convinced that Moon is at the beginning of a new renaissance of indie sci-fi feature films which will challenge Hollywood’s big budget computer generated spectacles.” - Peter Sciretta - Film MOON continued to garner high praise from the film community and wider film going audiences around the World, but none more so than from one of Duncan’s Directorial heroes, Terry Gilliam, during a Little White Lies interview published in April 2011 “I think MOON is a really brilliant example of contemporary Sci-fi because it has a message, it has strong visuals but it also has a proper science-fiction core. It’s the closest thing to a modern-day 2001 I have seen.” This day though, this was the day that MOON received its premiere. A premiere attended by a first time feature Director, and his proud Father. Happy 10th Anniversary, MOON x + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + #MOONfilm #ManMadeMOON
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    BOWIE AT THE BEEB COLLECTABLES - “Then I got the small white box, And I didn't know what to do...” - This kind of specialist detail isn't for everybody, however, here’s another instalment in our occasional Bowie Collector series, this time focusing on the Bowie At The Beeb CD set, issued by EMI/BBC in September 2000. Aside from the regular releases of the CD in their various permutations, the album was also promoted with the following promo only items in the UK. + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + UK BOWIE AT THE BEEB Promotional Items 8-track sampler CD in facsimile tape box 8-track sampler CD in plastic wallet Vintage Microphone Radio in box Zippo Lighter in box T-shirt A2 Guy Peellaert cover artwork print signed by Bowie and Peellaert in a numbered edition of 25 + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + And that's just the UK. There were territorial variations including various posters, CDs and press kits, including a beautiful US press kit with transparencies. A bit of a headache for the collector hoping to complete their collection, as many of the above are almost impossible to locate today. The one item that does show up regularly for sale at a reasonable price, is the promo 8-track sampler CD in facsimile tape box...well, one version of it does. If you own this sampler, you'll no doubt agree that it is a pretty cool promo, albeit rather sparse once you look inside and take out the disc itself. Well, that's because the original intention was to include a 10-page foldout booklet, with further details regarding the upcoming set, including notes and full tracklisting. Due to some sensitive content, and with no time to replace it with another version, the booklet was withdrawn and destroyed at the last minute before distribution. As is the way with these things, the record company retained "three or four" library copies, one of which is visible if you swipe. It's unlikely any of these will turn up at auction, but there’s still plenty for the Bowie Collector to hunt out from the list above. - #BowieAtTheBeeb #BowieCollector
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    JAPANESE LOVING THE ALIEN CD BOX AND CROSSBEAT SPECIAL - “You can't say no to the beauty from the East...” * - For those of you who collect such things, the Japanese version of the David Bowie: Loving the Alien (1983-1988) CD box set, was released last month (12th December). Extras include a 148-page book containing Japanese language notes and interviews from the LTA book with English/Japanese lyrics thrown in. There’s also a 24-page booklet of 1983 Japanese press conference pictures and Serious Moonlight live shots by Masashi Kuwamoto. The folks at CROSSBEAT in Japan were very quick off the mark when they published a 1983-1988 special in celebration of the box set last month too. Fourth in the series, it's a thorough look at the releases of the period, including the films Bowie starred in, with the usual wealth of pictorial content and Bowie interviews we’ve come to expect from their series of Parlophone box set specials, albeit in Japanese. The magazine also focuses on all of the other 2018 Bowie releases, right up to Glastonbury 2000. If you’ve been bitten by the Bowie collecting bug, stay tuned for another instalment in our occasional Bowie Collector series tomorrow. - * Sorry - #BowieJapan #LTAbox #BowieCollector
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    THANKYOU FOR VOTING BOWIE BEST ENTERTAINER - “In the world of today, for tomorrow's man...” - No doubt you all know that David Bowie was voted the winner of the Entertainment category of BBC TWO’s ICONS poll yesterday. Many thanks to everybody who voted for our man, it’s really very much appreciated. David Bowie joins Alan Turing (Scientists), Ernest Shackleton (Explorers) Nelson Mandela (Leaders) and three other category winners (yet to be decided), for a place in the final on Tuesday 5th February at 9:00pm on BBC Two. Find everything you need to know about the poll and how to vote in the final, here: http://smarturl.it/BBC2ICONS (Temp link on main page) FOOTNOTE: Today’s lyric quotation was triggered by the BBC’s Bowie tagline: “David Bowie’s cutting-edge music gave the world the sound of the future, today.” (Main image by Этот адрес электронной почты защищён от спам-ботов. У вас должен быть включен JavaScript для просмотра.) - #BBCIcons
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    MYSTERY BOWIE FOOTAGE IN BBC’s FIRST FIVE YEARS - “The First Five Years, What a surprise...” - The March 2019 issue of @uncut_magazine has a single-page piece by Peter Watts, including the image here of one of Tony Visconti’s Bowie ‘snaps’ from 1969. The picture illustrates an interview with Francis Whately regarding next month’s broadcast of BBC2’s David Bowie: The First Five Years. Here’s a paragraph from it: + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + “Considering I once said I couldn't make this film because there wasn't enough material, we have found a surprising wealth of new things.” Francis Whately is discussing the third in his series of David Bowie documentaries for the BBC. While his previous films have focused on Bowie's '70s heyday and the final years of his life, David Bowie: The First Five Years is a document of the pre-fame years, starting in 1966 when Bowie legally changed his name from Jones. Filmed content of this period was naturally harder to come by, though Whately does promise “extraordinary footage” of a television performance long believed wiped. + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + Intriguing stuff. And what could that extraordinary footage of a television performance long believed wiped, possibly be? The 1966 footage of Can’t Help Thinking About Me on Ready Steady Go!? Space Oddity on Top Of The Pops from 1969? The TV debut of Starman on Lift Off in 1972, or perhaps the spellbinding performance of My Death on Russell Harty Plus Pop from the following year? Or possibly none of the above. You’ll just have to wait till the broadcast next month to find out. The new Uncut is in shops from Thursday, January 17, but you can also order a copy online here: http://smarturl.it/BuyUNCUT - #BowieUNCUT #BowieTheFirstFiveYears
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    David Bowie: January 8th 1947 - January 10th 2016 - #BowieForever
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    DAVID BOWIE is… VIRTUAL LAUNCHED TODAY - “Welcome to reality...” - The quite superb David Bowie is… Augmented Reality app has been made available today (January 8th) on what would have been David Bowie’s 72nd birthday. Go here for download links and more information: https://davidbowieisreal.com/ (Temp link on main page or visit DavidBowie.com) - #DBisVirtual
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    PARLOPHONE SET TO RELEASE RARE BOWIE TRACKS - “...spying through a keyhole from the other room...” - On what would have been David Bowie’s 72nd birthday and with 2019 marking 50 years since David Bowie’s first hit, Space Oddity, we are excited to announce that Parlophone is set to release a 7" vinyl singles box set of nine rare recordings from the era during which Space Oddity was first conceived. The title: Spying Through A Keyhole, is a lyric taken from the previously unknown song: Love All Around. Go here for the full details: http://smarturl.it/BowieSTAK (Temp link on main page or visit DavidBowie.com news) - #BowieSTAK
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