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BOWIE AT OMEGA AUCTIONS
15th October 2019

Have a listen to three snippets of DAVID BOWIE in the studio circa December 1966.

You'll hear an annoyed Bowie halting a take of 'Please, Mr Gravedigger' because of a unthinking studio guest, then from 12 seconds in Bowie being instructed in timing for 'Sell Me A Coat', followed by an introduction for a take of 'Silly Boy Blue'.

This tape (lot 227) is up for sale at OMEGA AUCTIONS on Wednesday 6th November in 'The Glam Rock Collection' auction.



Check out all the David Bowie items available via omegaauctions.co.uk website.


ON THIS DAY...
14th October 2019

On this day, 29 years ago, DAVID BOWIE and IMAN had their first ever date in Los Angeles, USA in 1990. The blind-date was set up by their mutal friend and hairdresser Teddy Antolin...

On this day, 42 years ago, DAVID BOWIE released his "Heroes" album. Recorded at Hansa Tonstudio, Berlin in July and August of 1977, this is the only true album of the so-called "Berlin Trilogy". Produced by Tony Visconti and David Bowie, the album also featured: Carlos Alomar, Dennis Davis, George Murray, Brian Eno, Robert Fripp and Antonia Maass.

RCA marketed the album with the blurbs: "Tomorrow belongs to those who can hear it coming" and "There's Old Wave. There's New Wave. And there's David Bowie..." It reached No. 3 in the UK and stayed in the charts for a total of 26 weeks. Both the NME and Melody Maker named it as their 'Album of the Year'. Surely, the highest praise came from JOHN LENNON who stated in a 1980 interview - whilst recording his 'Double Fantasy' album - that his ambition was to "do something as good as "Heroes"."


VH1 STORYTELLERS DOUBLE VINYL RELEASED
11th October 2019

David Bowie VH1 Storytellers double vinyl back David Bowie VH1 Storytellers double vinyl Released today is the limited edition double vinyl DAVID BOWIE LP VH1 STORYTELLERS.

On the 23rd August 1999, David Bowie played an intimate set for invited guests at The Manhattan Center's Grand Ballroom in New York for the VH1 Storytellers series. The Bowie set has long been regarded as one of the most memorable episodes in VH1 Storytellers history, with David delving deep in to his catalogue to perform tracks such as 'Can't Help Thinking About Me' for the first time in 33 years, Aladdin Sane's 'Drive-In Saturday' which he had not performed since 1974 and 'Word On A Wing' which received its first outing in 23 years.

This is a first time release on vinyl and contains FOUR bonus recordings which didn't appear on the original 2009 CD version.

The tracklisting runs as follows:

SIDE 1:
       1. Life On Mars?
       2. Rebel Rebel (Truncated)
       3. Thursday's Child

SIDE 2:
       1. Can't Help Thinking About Me
       2. China Girl
       3. Seven

SIDE 3:
       1. Drive-In Saturday
       2. Word On A Wing
       3. Survive*

SIDE 4:
       1. I Can't Read*
       2. Always Crashing In The Same Car*
       3. If I'm Dreaming My Life*

*Bonus recording

You can purchase VH1 Storytellers 2LP Vinyl NOW!


COMMENCING COUNTDOWN
9th October 2019

David Bowie on TOTP 1969 On this day, 50 years ago, DAVID BOWIE appeared for the first time on Top Of The Pops performing Space Oddity in 1969.

Hosted by Pete Murray, Bowie had performed the song in Studio G, which was separate from the main studio audience. This was pre-recorded on 2nd October.

The line-up for this episode was as follows:

(#1) TOTP Orchestra - Je T'Aime... Moi Non Plus (and charts)
(#NE) Esther Ofarim - Saturday Night At The World
(#11) Lou Christie - I'm Gonna Make You Mine
(#13) David Bowie - Space Oddity
(#16) The Hollies - He Ain't Heavy, He's My Brother
(#2) Bobbie Gentry - I'll Never Fall In Love Again (film)
(#20) The Temptations - Cloud Nine (crowd dancing) (and credits)

The following week (16th) there was a repeat Space Oddity showing introduced by Alan Freeman, as the song had climbed from #13 to #8.


HUNKY DORY (WHO KNEW?)
4th October 2019

Hunky Dory (Who Knew?) by Laurence Myers

Published today (4th October) is HUNKY DORY (WHO KNEW?): The best I can remember from twenty years at the heart of '60s and '70s rock and pop by LAURENCE MYERS.

WHAT A STORY! WHAT A LIFE!

A FASCINATING MEMOIR FROM A LEGENDARY MUSIC BUSINESS EXECUTIVE WHO...

Signed the little-known DAVID BOWIE...

Owned the Hunky Dory and Ziggy Stardust albums...

Looked after the The Rolling Stones...

Helped reorganise The Beatles' Apple Corp...

Worked with Mickie Most on The Animals, Herman's Hermits, Donovan, Jeff Beck, and Lulu...

Managed The Tremeloes, The New Seekers, and The Sweet...

Masterminded a landmark court case that disrupted music publishers exploiting songwriters including Elton John...

Started GTO Records, the company that signed Donna Summer, Billy Ocean, The Walker Brothers and Heatwave...

AND WHO...

Had dinner with John Lennon...

Tea with Colonel Parker...

Left Led Zeppelin's cash in a safe and lost the key...

Threw Rod Stewart out of his office...

Turned down chances to manage Queen and Andrea Bocelli...

Almost tempted Stevie Wonder away from Motown...

And foolishly allowed Iggy Pop to stay in his house!

WHO KNEW?

Review: Laurence swam with the bottom feeders and flew with the high-flying divas. He emerged with a smile and a great tale that is very well told in this book. Enjoy! I did. - Andrew Loog Oldham, Manager of The Rolling Stones.

Laurence was the most honest man we were ever involved with in the music business. He backed David at a time when the record industry was not yet interested. We were very grateful. - Angie Bowie (2017).

You can purchase Hunky Dory (Who Knew?) NOW!

Further reading:
DAILY MAIL: The REAL Mr Rock 'N' Roll: The Stones, Bowie, Rod Stewart... Laurence Myers was behind all their careers - and made a mint in the process. But his true wealth lies in his priceless memories - [Read here].


AND THE BITS FLEW FAR AND WIDE...
2nd October 2019

Birthday memories of David's mother MARGARET 'PEGGY' MARY JONES (nee Burns) who was born on this day in 1913...

On this day, 4 years ago, DAVID BOWIE released his 'Space Oddity' 40th Anniversary picture disc 7" single in 2015...

More unseen DAVID BOWIE photographs were revelaed last night at Tramp in London from photographer MARKUS KLINKO - [Read here]...

The brand new IGGY POP video for 'Loves Missing' features a Diamond Dogs nod to DAVID BOWIE. Partly filmed inside Sweat Records in Miami and directed by Simon Taylor. See if you can spot it below...




VIC FAIR RETROSPECTIVE IN LONDON
1st October 2019

TMWFTE film film by Vic Fair A collection of 'The Man Who Fell To Earth' original film posters are to showcase this month at Lauderdale House in London.

This is the first retrospective exhibition featuring the work of the graphic designer and illustrator VIC FAIR (1938-2017).

Vic Fair Retrospective will be on display at Lauderdale House's Lower Gallery during gallery opening times from Friday 4th October until Monday 28th October.

Note: This a FREE event. You do not need to book a ticket.

The gallery is open:
Monday to Wednesday (11am to 4pm)
Thursday (11:30am to 4pm)
Sunday: Special Sunday opening on Sunday 6 October and Sunday 13 October.

The gallery may also be open on select Fridays and Saturdays depending on our schedule of events. Please call 020 8348 8716 to check Friday and Saturday opening times.

TMWFTE billboard in London by Philippe Auliac Vic Fair (1938-2017) was a prolific British graphic designer who extensively worked on thousands of film publicity material over four decades and responsible for creating some iconic pieces including DAVID BOWIE in 'The Man Who Fell To Earth', the 60's psychedelic 'Here We Go Around The Mulberry Bush' and 'A View To A Kill' part of the James Bond franchise.

There will be a number of original pieces on display and available showcasing Fair's truly artistic wit, flair and innovative use of juxtaposition.

Fair's work is held in private collections, the Victoria and Albert Museum and is shortly due to be displayed at the London Transport Museum 'Hidden London' exhibition.

For more details and information, please visit the lauderdalehouse.org.uk website.


CONVERSATION PIECE 5-CD BOX SET
1st October 2019

OFFICIAL PRESS RELEASE:

DAVID BOWIE CONVERSATION PIECE - 5 CD AND DIGITAL BOX SET RELEASED ON 15TH NOVEMBER, 2019

INCLUDES 12 EXCLUSIVE PREVIOUSLY UNRELEASED TRACKS AND BRAND NEW MIX OF SPACE ODDITY ALBUM BY TONY VISCONTI

SPACE ODDITY (2019 MIX) ALBUM ALSO AVAILABLE SEPARATELY ON CD, STANDARD DIGITAL, 96/24 DIGITAL AND RANDOMISED BLACK, EXTREMELY LIMITED NUMBERED SILVER AND GOLD VINYL SINGLE RUN PRESSINGS.

'CONVERSATION PIECE' (2019 MIX) AVAILABLE NOW AS A STREAMING ONLY SINGLE.


David Bowie Conversation Piece 5CD Box Set 4th September 2019 London - Parlophone Records is proud to announce DAVID BOWIE CONVERSATION PIECE a five CD box set and digital equivalent tracking David's early development throughout 1968 and 1969, via his home demos, BBC radio sessions, studio recordings with guitarist John 'Hutch' Hutchinson and the experimental music and mime group, Feathers. The collection also celebrates the 50th anniversaries of the release of the 'Space Oddity' single and David's second album, David Bowie (aka Space Oddity).

DAVID BOWIE CONVERSATION PIECE contains twelve previously unreleased tracks/demos from the period as well as a brand new mix of the Space Oddity (aka David Bowie) album by long-time Bowie producer/collaborator Tony Visconti.

The new mix of the album now features the title track of the boxset 'Conversation Piece' restored to the tracklisting in its initially intended position, before it was originally dropped due to time constraints of vinyl.

Of the 2019 Space Oddity album mix Visconti says "It was so much fun to find hidden gems of musicianship with more time to mix the second time around, a guitar twiddle here, a trombone blast there, Marc Bolan's voice in a group choir and more detail in general that we overlooked all those years ago when the label gave us a week at the most to mix this album. And in the details you will find 22 year old David Bowie, who would soon take the world by storm."

The 120 page hardback book accompanying the box features exclusive memorabilia from the personal collection of David's former manager, the late Ken Pitt, as well as from the David Bowie Archive®, and includes photos by Ray Stevenson, Vernon Dewhurst, David Bebbington, Ken Pitt, Alec Byrne, Tony Visconti and Jojanneke Claasen.

The sleeve notes have been written for the release by Bowie experts Mark Adams, Tris Penna and Kevin Cann along with contributions from David's lifelong friend George Underwood, Tony Visconti, Vernon Dewhurst, Dana Gillespie and John 'Hutch' Hutchinson.

The 2019 mix of the SPACE ODDITY album will also be released separately and individually on CD, standard digital, 96/24 digital and vinyl. The various vinyl configurations will be randomly distributed worldwide with a mixture of hand-numbered labels; numbers 1 to 1969 on silver vinyl numbers and 1970 to 2019 on gold vinyl, with the remainder being black vinyl.


DAVID BOWIE CONVERSATION PIECE

Titles marked * are unreleased and the two Decca tracks presented here are released in superior quality to that released on the Deluxe Edition of David's self-titled debut album on Deram. There is also a rare appearance for the full length mono version of Feathers' 'Ching-A-Ling'.

CD 1 - Home Demos
April's Tooth Of Gold (2.29) *
The Reverend Raymond Brown (Attends the Garden Fête on Thatchwick Green) (2.15) *
When I'm Five (3.18) *
Mother Grey (3.00)
In The Heat Of The Morning (2.59)
Goodbye 3d (Threepenny) Joe (3.19)
Love All Around (2.49)
London Bye, Ta-Ta (3.31)
Angel, Angel, Grubby Face (version 1) (2.31)
Angel, Angel, Grubby Face (version 2) (2.37)
Animal Farm (2.21) *
Space Oddity (solo demo fragment) (2.39)
Space Oddity (version 1) with John 'Hutch' Hutchinson (4.02)
Space Oddity (version 2) with John 'Hutch' Hutchinson (5.00) *
Space Oddity (version 3) with John 'Hutch' Hutchinson (5.10)
Lover To The Dawn with John 'Hutch' Hutchinson (3.50)
Ching-A-Ling with John 'Hutch' Hutchinson (2.58)
An Occasional Dream with John 'Hutch' Hutchinson (2.49)
Let Me Sleep Beside You with John 'Hutch' Hutchinson (2.54)
Life Is A Circus with John 'Hutch' Hutchinson (4.50)
Conversation Piece (3.47) *
Jerusalem (4.19) *
Hole In The Ground with George Underwood (3.29) *

CD 2 - The 'Mercury' Demos with John 'Hutch' Hutchinson
Space Oddity (5.28)
Janine (3.53)
An Occasional Dream (3.18)
Conversation Piece (3.31)
Ching-A-Ling (3.35)
I'm Not Quite (aka Letter To Hermione) (4.00)
Lover To The Dawn (5.01)
Love Song (4.08)
When I'm Five (3.13)
Life Is A Circus (5.33)

CD 3 - Conversation Pieces (Mono)
In The Heat Of The Morning (Decca mono version) (2.51)
London Bye, Ta-Ta (Decca alternative version) (2.36)
BBC Top Gear radio session with the Tony Visconti Orchestra, recorded 13th May, 1968
In The Heat Of The Morning (3.01)
London Bye, Ta-Ta (2.39)
Karma Man (3.07)
When I'm Five (3.14)
Silly Boy Blue (4.32)
Ching-A-Ling (2.51)
Space Oddity (Morgan Studios version - alternative take) (4.22)* with John 'Hutch' Hutchinson
Space Oddity (U.K. single edit) (4.42)
Wild Eyed Boy From Freecloud (single B-side - mono mix) (4.54)
Janine (mono mix) (3.23)
Conversation Piece (3.06)
BBC Dave Lee Travis Show radio session, recorded 20th October, 1969
Let Me Sleep Beside You (3.20)
Unwashed And Somewhat Slightly Dazed (4.03)
Janine (3.03)

CD 4 - 1969 stereo mixes
The original David Bowie (aka Space Oddity) album
Space Oddity (5.14)
Unwashed and Somewhat Slightly Dazed (inc. Don't Sit Down) (6.51)
Letter To Hermione (2.32)
Cygnet Committee (9.31)
Janine (3.21)
An Occasional Dream (2.54)
Wild Eyed Boy From Freecloud (4.46)
God Knows I'm Good (3.17)
Memory Of A Free Festival (7.09)

The Extras
Wild Eyed Boy From Freecloud (single B-side stereo mix) (4.56)
Letter To Hermione (early mix) (2.32) *
Janine (early mix) (3.23) *
An Occasional Dream (early mix) (2.54) *
Ragazzo Solo, Ragazza Sola (full length version) (5.14)

CD 5 - 2019 mixes (all previously unreleased)
The Space Oddity album
Space Oddity (5.20)
Unwashed and Somewhat Slightly Dazed (6.18)
Letter To Hermione (2.32)
Cygnet Committee (9.28)
Janine (3.21)
An Occasional Dream (2.57)
Wild Eyed Boy From Freecloud (4.50)
Conversation Piece (3.11)
God Knows I'm Good (3.16)
Memory Of A Free Festival (7.14)

The Extras
Wild Eyed Boy From Freecloud (single version) (4.59)
Ragazzo Solo, Ragazza Sola (5.20)


DAVID BOWIE CONVERSATION PIECE is released on Parlophone on 15th November 2019.


You can pre-order Conversation Piece 5-CD Box Set, Space Oddity CD (2019 Mix) and Space Oddity (2019 Mix) [VINYL] NOW!

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CONVERSATION PIECE 2019 MIX
1st October 2019

Have a listen to the DAVID BOWIE track 'Conversation Piece' which has had a TONY VISCONTI remix.

The song appears on the upcoming Conversation Piece 5-CD Box Set, as well as the Space Oddity (2019 Mix) album, which are both released in November.




VH1 STORYTELLERS DOUBLE VINYL RELEASE
1st October 2019

David Bowie VH1 Storytellers double vinyl Scheduled for release this month on 11th October is the limited edition double vinyl DAVID BOWIE LP VH1 STORYTELLERS.

On the 23rd August 1999, David Bowie played an intimate set for invited guests at The Manhattan Center's Grand Ballroom in New York for the VH1 Storytellers series. The Bowie set has long been regarded as one of the most memorable episodes in VH1 Storytellers history, with David delving deep in to his catalogue to perform tracks such as 'Can't Help Thinking About Me' for the first time in 33 years, Aladdin Sane's 'Drive-In Saturday' which he had not performed since 1974 and 'Word On A Wing' which received its first outing in 23 years.

This is a first time release on vinyl and contains FOUR bonus recordings which didn't appear on the original 2009 CD version.

The tracklisting runs as follows:

SIDE 1:
       1. Life On Mars?
       2. Rebel Rebel (Truncated)
       3. Thursday's Child

SIDE 2:
       1. Can't Help Thinking About Me
       2. China Girl
       3. Seven

SIDE 3:
       1. Drive-In Saturday
       2. Word On A Wing
       3. Survive*

SIDE 4:
       1. I Can't Read*
       2. Always Crashing In The Same Car*
       3. If I'm Dreaming My Life*

*Bonus recording

You can pre-order VH1 Storytellers 2LP Vinyl NOW!


DOVES FOR PEACE BOWIE ART
1st October 2019

David Bowie artwork Would you like to own an original piece of artwork by DAVID BOWIE?

Online and live charity auction via Fieldings Ltd on 17th October. All funds go to UNICEF.

Please register interest to bid online: HERE.

To raise awareness of the suffering and plight of children caught up in war zones across the globe, DOVES FOR PEACE asked artists and celebrities to do a spontaneous drawing of a dove, the international symbol of peace.

David did his dove piece for the charity in 1999. He was the first person to donate to the charity to get the 'Doves for Peace' campaign rolling.

For more details and information visit dovesforpeace.co.uk

Update: Bowie's art piece (lot 75) realised £4,600, whilst his son DUNCAN JONES also submitted a piece to the auction (lot 107), realising £440.


REMINDERS: NEW and UPCOMING BOWIE RELEASES...
October 2019

Brand new DAVID BOWIE - CONVERSATION PIECE 5-CD Box Set and digital includes TWELVE exclusively previously unreleased tracks - released on 15th November - PRE-ORDER

SPACE ODDITY (2019 MIX) album released on CD, digital and Vinyl - released 15th November - PRE-ORDER

SPACE ODDITY (2019 MIX) album released on Vinyl - the various vinyl configurations will be randomly distributed worldwide with a mixture of hand-numbered labels; numbers 1 to 1969 on silver vinyl numbers and 1970 to 2019 on gold vinyl, with the remainder being black vinyl - released 15th November - PRE-ORDER

New book WHY BOWIE MATTERS by Will Brooker, hardcover, 240 pages, published on 14th November - PRE-ORDER

BOWIE'S BOOKS: The Hundred Literary Heroes Who Changed His Life by John O'Connell, hardcover, 240 pages, published on 14th November - you can PRE-ORDER


Limited edition double vinyl DAVID BOWIE LP VH1 STORYTELLERS first time release on vinyl and contains FOUR bonus recordings, released on 11th October - you can purchase

Official Collectors Limited Edition 2020 DAVID BOWIE WALL CALENDAR square format calendar 12 month, featuring different stunning images each month, size 31.2cm x 31.2cm, published on 26th September - you can purchase

Official 2020 DAVID BOWIE WALL CALENDAR A3 format, 12 month, featuring different stunning images each month, size 42cm x 29.7cm, published on 26th September - you can purchase

New book 'TIL WRONG FEELS RIGHT: Lyrics and More by IGGY POP, hardcover, 288 pages, published on 26th September - you can purchase

2018 softback edition of DAVID BOWIE WORLD 7" RECORDS DISCOGRAPHY 1964 - 1981 book by MARSHALL JARMAN and RETO STÖCKLIN you can purchase now via marmot-publishing.com

Exclusive DAVID BOWIE lino-cut print available to PURCHASE - don't hang around, these are ALL the remaining original left-over stock from 34 years ago, once they've gone, they've gone!


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