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DAVID BOWIE TRIBUTE/INTERVIEW ON TV5
31st January 2016

There is a repeat showing tomorrow evening of a DAVID BOWIE tribute and interview on C'est du Belge! (features edited interview) on TV5, Germany at 22.02 CET.

The original interview with journalist Bruno Clément was first broadcast on 27th December 2003.

If you prefer to watch it online, you can VIEW HERE now (starts at 6.14 - 9.30).


AND THE BITS FLEW FAR AND WIDE...
30th January 2016

Just in case you missed the DAVID BOWIE: Verbatim programme on BBC RADIO 4 (704) today you can listen in via the iPlayer (and also download the podcast as well) - [Listen here]...

On the BBC ONE TV show THE VOICE tonight, sixteen-year-old HEATHER CAMERON-HAYES from Bracknell performed her version of DAVID BOWIE's classic 'Life On Mars?'. Two of the judges turned around for her BOY GEORGE and RICKY WILSON. George said "I'm always pleased when I hear someone really young singing a Bowie song." George even showed off his Bowie tattoo... Heather decided to chose to join George's team...

Published in the Rolling Stone magazine - MIKE GARSON talks about DAVID BOWIE: 'He Was a Chameleon' - Garson signed an eight-week contract with David Bowie in 1972, and then stuck around for three decades - [Read here]...


STILL NO. 1 IN UK OFFICIAL ALBUM CHART
29th January 2016

David Bowie Blackstar DAVID BOWIE's ★ album remains in the NUMBER ONE position in the Official UK Album Chart for the THIRD week running.

It has been announced today by UK Official Charts that David Bowie has matched ELIVS PRESLEY's Official Albums Chart record.

★ spends a third week at Number 1, and heads up five Bowie releases make the Top 10 simultaneously: Best of Bowie (#3), Nothing Has Changed (#5), Hunky Dory (#9) and The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and The Spiders from Mars (#10). This feat means Bowie is the first act to score five albums in the Top 10 since Michael Jackson managed six in 2009 after his passing.

But that's not all. The Bowie influence continues farther down the Official Albums Chart, with the rock legend landing seven more Top 40 entries, bringing his total to 12. This brings Bowie level with Elvis Presley's chart record for simultaneous Top 40 entries.

The Official Top 100 UK Albums today (29th) are:

#1 ★
#3 Best Of Bowie
#5 Nothing Has Changed
#9 Hunky Dory
#10 The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and The Spiders From Mars
#20 Aladdin Sane
#27 Low
#28 "Heroes"
#30 Diamond Dogs
#31 The Next Day
#32 Station To Station
#36 Scary Monsters (And Super Creeps)
#42 Let's Dance
#43 Young Americans
#52 The Man Who Sold The World
#63 Pinups
#66 Lodger
#79 Space Oddity

In the UK Official Soundtracks Albums Chart Top 50, #4 The Buddha Of Suburbia - OST / #18 Ziggy Stardust and The Spiders From Mars - OST.

In the UK Official Vinyl Albums Chart Top 40, #1 Blackstar / #5 Nothing Has Changed / #16 The Next Day.

As and when other countries announce their latest album charts, this Blackstar album chart page is being continually updated.


FREE DOWNLOAD OF GRAPHICS
28th January 2016

Download ★ graphics Graphic designer/typographer JONATHAN BARNBROOK who as you know created the artwork for DAVID BOWIE's ★ has kindly made all the graphics downloadable for FREE.

Barnbrook loved working with David Bowie, he was simply one of the most inspirational, kind people we have met. So in the spirit of openness and in remembrance of David we are releasing the artwork elements of his last album ★ (Blackstar) to download here free under a Creative Commons NonCommercial-ShareAlike licence. That means you can make t-shirts for yourself, use them for tattoos, put them up in your house to remember David by and adapt them too, but we would ask that you do not in any way create or sell commercial products with them or based on them. Any questions or commercial licence usage please contact

You can DOWNLOAD all the ★ graphics for FREE at bowieblackstar.net

From Barnbrook.

(Ed. For people enquiring, the cut-up stars spelling out 'BOWIE' are NOT an actual font, they are graphics).

There are TEN .zip files in total, 9 are graphics and 1 is the special edition Virus Deja Vu font. Simply, right-click on each of the graphics and "save target as..."

[Bowie_Blackstar_1.zip]
[Bowie_Blackstar_2.zip]
[Bowie_Blackstar_3.zip]
[Bowie_Blackstar_4.zip]
[Bowie_Blackstar_5.zip]
[Bowie_Blackstar_6.zip]
[Bowie_Blackstar_7.zip]
[Bowie_Blackstar_8.zip]
[Bowie_Blackstar_9.zip]
[Bowie_Blackstar_font.zip]


NEW STD. EDITION! THE RISE OF DAVID BOWIE, 1972-1973
28th January 2016

The Rise of David Bowie, 1972-1973 by Mick Rock Well I've certainly been waiting for this!...

To be published on 10th April is THE RISE OF DAVID BOWIE, 1972-1973 by MICK ROCK as a 'Standard Taschen Edition'.

You've all seen the deluxe and collectors' editions of this amazing book, and probably like me salivated over it, whilst counting up your pennies.

The good news is this standard edition is CURRENTLY priced at only £32.49 GBP

Hardcover: 310 pages / Published by Taschen GmbH / Standard Edition / Language: English.



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Synopsis: Rebel. Rebel - The eye of the Bowie storm

In 1972, David Bowie released his groundbreaking album The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and The Spiders From Mars. With it landed Bowie's Stardust alter-ego: A glitter-clad, mascara-eyed, sexually-ambiguous persona who kicked down the boundaries between male and female, straight and gay, fact and fiction into one shifting and sparkling phenomenon of 70s self-expression. Together, Ziggy the album and Ziggy the stage spectacular propelled the softly spoken Londoner into one of the world s biggest stars.

A key passenger on this glam trip into the stratosphere was fellow Londoner and photographer Mick Rock. Rock bonded with Bowie artistically and personally, immersed himself in the singer s inner circle, and, between 1972 1973, worked as Bowie's official photographer. This book brings together the best of Rock's Bowie portfolio with spectacular stage shots as well as intimate backstage portraits.

With a lenticular cover of different head-shots, the book stands to celebrate Bowie's fearless experimentation and reinvention. Inside, pictures for press, album jackets, and stills from promo movies sit alongside around 50 percent previously unpublished images, offering privileged access to the many facets of the Bowie's personality and fame. Through the aloof and approachable, the playful and serious, the candid and the contrived, this is a passionate tribute to an oustanding artist, unique creative vision, and eternal inspiration.

Photographs by Mick Rock, authors Barney Hoskyns and Michael Bracewell, editor Reuel Golden.

This STANDARD edition of The Rise of David Bowie, 1972-1973 by Mick Rock is available to order NOW!

Pre-order now and SAVE 35%! - £32.99 (RRP: £49.99) - you save a massive £17.50 (35%).


UNPUBLISHED 1971 DAVID BOWIE INTERVIEW
28th January 2016

Check out a previously unpublished interview with DAVID BOWIE conducted by JOHN SWENSON back in 1971.

Originally the interview was undertaken for Zygot magazine, which unfortunately closed down several weeks later. This "lost" interview has now been published in OFFBEAT magazine.

Done the day David left the USA to go back home to the UK, after his first promotional visit there, so by my research it was undertaken on Thursday 18th February in Los Angeles.

In the interview, John asks questions about specific songs, including 'Cygnet Committee', 'Memory Of A Free Festival', 'Width Of A Circle', All The Madmen' and 'She Shook Me Cold', his next album, Americans, the English and touches upon Buddhism.

Fascinating reading - thanks John! You can read 'David Bowie - 1971' - HERE via offbeat.com


THE MAN WHO CHANGED THE WORLD
28th January 2016

Bowie: The Man Who Changed The World DVD All set for release on Monday 7th March is a brand new DVD entitled: BOWIE: THE MAN WHO CHANGED THE WORLD via Screenbound Pictures.

Directed by Sonia Anderson, the DVD features contributions from Mick Rock, 'Whispering' Bob Harris, previous manager, Laurence Myers, Suzie Ronson, Kris Needs, Dana Gillespie and many others who shared Bowie's incredible life, this new film recounts the enigma that was Bowie.

Whereas other artists remained constant in appearance, or gradually evolved their musical style, Bowie was in a state of permanent revolution: constantly re-inventing his persona and sound. From the 1960's mixture of psychedelia meets fantasy for Space Oddity, through to the ground-breaking, Ziggy Stardust, Bowie defied any label that the music industry tried to place on him. From Thin White Duke to soulful rocker; music, art, fashion and sexuality were Bowie's playthings - he was truly an artistic chameleon.

Bowie was born David Jones in January 1947, but reinvented himself as David Bowie, in 1966. For the next fifty years Bowie would carve out one of the most individual careers in music, film and the arts.

Featuring contributions from those who collaborated with him and archive interviews with the great man himself, BOWIE is a fascinating exploration of the life and inspiration of a true rock and roll icon who inspired a whole generation to become heroes.

You can pre-order David Bowie: The Man Who Changed The World [DVD] NOW.


DAVID BOWIE IS EXTENDED
28th January 2016

The DAVID BOWIE IS exhibition currently showing in The Netherlands at the GRONINGER MUSEUM has been extended until Sunday 10th April.

Tickets for this 4-week extension period go on sale starting from Monday 1st February are available online.

For more details and ticket sales, please visit groningermuseum.nl website.


"ARE YOU IN A CULT OR SOMETHING?"
28th January 2016

The Linguini Incident Next month THE LINGUINI INCIDENT movie starring DAVID BOWIE and ROSANNA ARQUETTE gets a re-release on DVD.

Synopsis: This is a delightful romantic comedy, which tells the story of a trio of hopefuls chasing their dreams in New York. Lucy (Rosanna Arquette) is a waitress in a classy restaurant who longs to become an escapologist. Her friend Vivien is an eccentric underwear designer and Monte (David Bowie) is an English barman desperate to marry anyone in an attempt to gain a green card. Although Lucy refuses to marry him, the trio become increasingly drawn together, particularly as Vivien begins to pay him a large amount of attention. Lucy hits upon an idea - to rob the place where she works in order to pay for Houdini's wedding ring! The trio unite for the crime which culminates in Lucy having to escape from chains while being handcuffed, upside down and under water!

The DVD is released via ITV Studios Home Entertainment on Monday 8th February.

Specifications: Format: PAL / Language: English / Region 2 / Classification: 15.

You can pre-order The Linguini Incident NOW.


BOWIE - PHOTOGRAPHS BY STEVE SCHAPIRO
28th January 2016

Bowie - Photographs by Steve Schapiro The eagerly anticipated new hardbook book BOWIE - Photographs by Steve Schapiro now has publication date of Thursday 19th May.

At the apex of David Bowie's spectacular rise to fame and glory, photographer Steve Schapiro seized a rare invitation from Bowie's manager for a private photo session with the pop star in LA in 1974...

Bowie - Photographs by Steve Schapiro Synopsis: David Bowie, by 1974, was a man of many faces and as many albums, had already lived the life of Ziggy Stardust and launched Aladdin Sane, with albums Pinups and Diamond Dogs soon to come. A musical force to be reckoned with, Bowie was also widely regarded as a fashion icon, pushing the envelope of sexuality and style and having created an internationally renowned persona.

The mostly never-before-published images in Schapiro's rare collection represent Bowie at his most creative and inspired self and present a glimpse into the intimacy that Schapiro and Bowie shared during their time together. As Schapiro tells it: 'From the moment Bowie arrived, we seemed to hit it off. Incredibly intelligent, calm, and filled with ideas, he talked a lot about Alistair Crowley whose esoteric writings he was heavily into at the time. When David heard that I had photographed Buster Keaton, one of his greatest heroes, we instantly became friends.'

The first photo session started at four in the afternoon and went through the night till dawn. Bowie went through countless costume changes, each more incredible than the last and each seemed to turn him into a totally different person. Bowie relentlessly created these unique characters, each seemingly alive in their own charismatic space for Schapiro to create visual images to complement their very existence and turn them into iconic images for all time.

Bowie and Schapiro kidded and laughed about shooting a series of close-up portraits on a putrid green background because they felt it was the worst possible background colour for a magazine, and so they did on this lark - with the image eventually becoming a People magazine cover.

The last image they made was at four in the morning to wrap up the marathon session when they went outside to shoot Bowie on his motorcycle - the sun hadn't yet risen and the shot was lit dramatically by only the headlights of a car. This image remains one of Schapiro's favourites and is certain to live on in posterity.

This hardcover book contains 76-pages and is published by Powerhouse Books.

You can order BOWIE - Photographs by Steve Schapiro NOW and receive a pre-order price guarantee.


DAVID BOWIE OFFICIAL ARTIST APPROVED ALBUM ART
27th January 2016

Update: "Heroes" has just been added to the range...

BOWIEWONDERWORLD has teamed up with ATHENA to bring you twelve DAVID BOWIE Official Artist Approved Album Cover Artworks.

Athena, the poster company, is back with a brand new range of never before framed larger than life classic album covers.

All are fully licensed with the artists and bands, the range at present includes: David Bowie, The Rolling Stones, Queen, The Jam, Black Sabbath, Elbow, Green Day, and more.

All titles are available in two sizes 46x46cm or 61x61cm and come complete with a charcoal mount, black frame, authenticity sticker and a presentation gift box.


David Bowie Official Artist Approved Art


The twelve David Bowie album cover prints currently available are:

• Hunky Dory
• The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and The Spiders From Mars
• Aladdin Sane
• Low
• "Heroes"
• Let's Dance
• Tonight
• Never Let Me Down
• Black Tie White Noise
• 1.Outside
• Earthling
• Reality

There are a great range of bands available shortly including The Beatles, Jimi Hendrix, Florence and The Machine, Lady Gaga, Roxy Music, U2, with more added weekly.

Check out the AthenaArt,com website to view what is currently available.


WORLDWIDE ALBUM CHART POSITIONS
27th January 2016

David Bowie Blackstar The official album chart positions from various countries for the first and second weeks for ★ (Blackstar) reveal for the second week, the album has maintained top position in several countries and charts: Belgium (F), Belgium (W), Czech Republic, Finland, Ireland, Netherlands, New Zealand, Spain, Switzerland, United Kingdom and US (Tastemaker chart).

The album climbed several places in Greece, Hong Kong, Hungary and South Korea and went to #1 in Austria.

Dropped down one place to #2 in: Australia, Denmark, Germany, Italy, Sweden, US (Alternative), US (Top Rock Albums). Dropped to #4 in US, #3 Top Album Sales, #4 Digital Albums.

In the UK, the album looks like it's remaining in the top position for its THIRD week.

As and when the countries announce their latest album charts, this Blackstar album chart page is being continually updated.

(Ed. If anyone can help with any missing countries and positions please feel free to let me know).


BOWIE AT THE BEEB VINYL BOX SET
27th January 2016

David Bowie at the Beeb VinylDavid Bowie at the Beeb Vinyl Box Set Reminder: Released next month on Friday 26th February is the DAVID BOWIE AT THE BEEB Limited Edition Deluxe Vinyl Box Set.

This box set contains thirty-nine tracks on FOUR vinyl discs contained in a lift-off lid box and features a full colour twenty-page booklet.

This vinyl version features 'Oh! You Pretty Things', broadcast in September 1971, which was previously exclusive to the Japanese CD release in 2000.

Completely exclusive to this collection is the once lost 'The Supermen' from the Sounds Of The 70s Andy Ferris session, recorded in March 1970. Performed by The Hype, this recording was only rediscovered during the research for the original CD set and remained unreleased until now.

The full tracklisting runs as follows:

Record 1 / Side: A
1. In The Heat Of The Morning (2000 Remastered Version) - David Bowie & The Tony Visconti Orchestra.
2. London Bye, Ta-Ta (2000 Remastered Version) - David Bowie & The Tony Visconti Orchestra.
3. Karma Man (2000 Remastered Version) - David Bowie & The Tony Visconti Orchestra.
4. Silly Boy Blue (2000 Remastered Version) - David Bowie & The Tony Visconti Orchestra.
5. Let Me Sleep Beside You (2000 Remastered Version) - David Bowie & Junior's Eyes.
6. Janine (2000 Remastered Version) - David Bowie & Junior's Eyes.

Record 1 / Side: B
1. Amsterdam (2000 Remastered Version) - David Bowie & The Tony Visconti Trio.
2. God Knows I'm Good (2000 Remastered Version) - David Bowie & The Tony Visconti Trio.
3. The Width Of A Circle (2000 Remastered Version) - David Bowie & The Tony Visconti Trio.
4. Unwashed And Somewhat Slightly Dazed (2000 Remastered Version) - David Bowie & The Tony Visconti Trio.

Record 2 / Side: A
1. Cygnet Committee (2000 Remastered Version) - David Bowie & The Tony Visconti Trio.
2. Memory Of A Free Festival (2000 Remastered Version) - David Bowie & The Tony Visconti Trio.
3. Wild Eyed Boy From Freecloud (2000 Remastered Version) - David Bowie & The Hype.
4. The Supermen (2016 Remastered Version) - David Bowie & The Hype.

Record 2 / Side: B
1. Bombers (2000 Remastered Version) - David Bowie & Friends.
2. Looking For A Friend (2000 Remastered Version) - David Bowie & Friends.
3. Almost Grown (2000 Remastered Version) - David Bowie & Friends.
4. Kooks (2000 Remastered Version) - David Bowie & Friends.
5. It Ain't Easy (2000 Remastered Version) - David Bowie & Friends.

Record 3 / Side: A
1. The Supermen [2000 Remastered Version] - David Bowie (with Mick Ronson) .
2. Oh! You Pretty Things [2000 Remastered Version] - David Bowie (with Mick Ronson) .
3. Eight Line Poem (2000 Remastered Version) - David Bowie (with Mick Ronson) .
4. Hang On To Yourself (2000 Remastered Version) - David Bowie & The Spiders From Mars.
5. Ziggy Stardust (2000 Remastered Version) - David Bowie & The Spiders From Mars.
6. Queen Bitch (2000 Remastered Version) - David Bowie & The Spiders From Mars.

Record 3 / Side: B
1. Waiting For The Man (2000 Remastered Version) - David Bowie & The Spiders From Mars.
2. Five Years (2000 Remastered Version) - David Bowie & The Spiders From Mars.
3. White Light/White Heat (2000 Remastered Version) - David Bowie & The Spiders From Mars.
4. Moonage Daydream (2000 Remastered Version) - David Bowie & The Spiders From Mars.

Record 4 / Side: A
1. Hang On To Yourself (2000 Remastered Version) - David Bowie & The Spiders From Mars.
2. Suffragette City (2000 Remastered Version) - David Bowie & The Spiders From Mars.
3. Ziggy Stardust (2000 Remastered Version) - David Bowie & The Spiders From Mars.
4. Starman (2000 Remastered Version) - David Bowie & The Spiders From Mars.
5. Space Oddity (2000 Remastered Version) - David Bowie & The Spiders From Mars.

Record 4 / Side: B
1. Changes (2000 Remastered Version) - David Bowie & The Spiders From Mars.
2. Oh! You Pretty Things (2000 Remastered Version) - David Bowie & The Spiders From Mars.
3. Andy Warhol (2000 Remastered Version) - David Bowie & The Spiders From Mars.
4. Lady Stardust (2000 Remastered Version) - David Bowie & The Spiders From Mars.
5. Rock 'n' Roll Suicide (2000 Remastered Version) - David Bowie & The Spiders From Mars.

You can pre-order David Bowie at the Beeb Limited Edition Deluxe Vinyl Box Set NOW.


CELEBRATING BOWIE
27th January 2016

Celebrate the life of DAVID BOWIE and help fight cancer.

Donate to Cancer Research UK and post your personal tribute to David Bowie.

Please visit the celebatingbowie.com website.



LABYRINTH CHARITY SCREENING TOMORROW
27th January 2016

Labyrinth 30th Anniversary Charity Screening Taking place tomorrow evening (28th January) is a LABYRINTH 30th Anniversary Charity Screening at the Odeon Cinema in Beckenham, England.

Pre-movie drinks 7pm onwards at The White Horse Pub (Bowie on the stereo) and dressing up with prizes for best outfits.

All box office takings are being donated to Cancer Research UK.

Initially, it was only showing in screen 5, but due to public demand it is now also showing in screen 1, the largest screen.

Please click on the 2nd option on the Beckenham Odeon website when purchasing tickets.

More details can be found on the FB events page.


AND THE BITS FLEW FAR AND WIDE...
26th January 2016

Update: Five new interviews published in ROLLING STONE magazine which are featured in their upcoming tribute issue, out 29th January, various artists pay tribute to DAVID BOWIE...

IGGY POP remembers DAVID BOWIE: 'He appreciated oddballs' - [Read here]...

BONO remembers DAVID BOWIE: 'He is my idea of a rock star' - [Read here]...

TRENT REZNOR recalls how David Bowie helped him get sober - [Read here]...

MICK JAGGER remembers David Bowie: 'He would share so much with me' - [Read here]...

David Bowie bassist GAIL ANN DORSEY: 'He altered the course of my life' - [Read here]...

The Bowery in New York City was unofficially renamed for DAVID BOWIE this weekend - [Read here]...

Published in THE NATION today is an article entitled: 'Why DONNY McCASLIN was DAVID BOWIE's David Bowie' - [Read here]...

Published in THE TELEGRAPH... LAZARUS producer ROBERT FOX was one of the few people that DAVID BOWIE confided in about his illness. Here, he remembers a friendship that spanned four decades and David's bravery in his last days - [Read here]...


'DAVID BOWIE: VERBATIM
25th January 2016

Be sure to tune into DAVID BOWIE: Verbatim programme on BBC RADIO 4 (704) on Saturday 30th January.

The programme starts at 20.00 to 21.00 GMT... hear the story of David Bowie's extraordinary life and career, told in his own words. With previously unheard interviews, studio outtakes and a collection of musings from throughout the years, the story of David Bowie's extraordinary life and career told in his own words.

By his own count, David Bowie inhabited seven different personas throughout his career and, while each one of those creations channelled wildly different musical influences that were often difficult to identify, Bowie was always able to articulate with great conviction which musical universe he was inhabiting at each turn even if he often contradicted himself.

You will be able to listen in here via the BBC website.


'UNSEEN BOWIE' PHOTO EXHIBITION
25th January 2016

Opening on Friday is 'UNSEEN BOWIE' a photograph exhibition featuring the excellent work of ROGER BAMBER.

The FREE entry exhibition is taking place at Eve Gallery, Fircroft Way, Edenbridge, Kent TN8 6EL, England.

Preview night opens on Friday 29th January, then public viewing from Saturday 30th through to Friday 19th February 2016.

The gallery is open daily 9.00am-5.00pm, closed Sundays.

For more details and information, pop on over to evegallery.co.uk website.


CBS UNAIRED BOWIE FOOTAGE
25th January 2016

David Bowie on CBS US TV programme CBS '60 Minutes' have dug into their archives and have found previously unaired DAVID BOWIE interviews.

Last night, they broadcast a short segment on TV, but all six are available via their website.

From May to September in 2003, David sat down for several interviews with the broadcast, but the story never came together for air. The raw excerpts below, unearthed by 60 Minutes Overtime, are pulled from those conversations.

They reveal a complicated artist, whose interests and abilities went far beyond making records. In one clip, David compared his approach to music to searching for God. "There's an effort to reclaim the unmentionable, the unsayable, the unspeakable, all those things come into being a composer, into writing music, into searching for notes and pieces of musical information that don't exist."

Bowie's work was often avant-garde, but the man himself was "unbelievably down to earth," recalls 60 Minutes producer Peter Klein, who interviewed him in Woodstock, New York, where he was recording an album in 2003. Bowie was "someone who was so famous and so successful and put on personas so brilliantly," Klein told 60 Minutes Overtime. "You kind of imagine him to have this shell, but he could not have been nicer."


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Visit cbsnews.com to read the whole background story.


NEW BOWIE SOUND AND VISION
24th January 2016

As expected, there are quite a few pieces of film and songs popping up all over the place that have never seen the light of day previously...

Full and unedited interview with DAVID BOWIE in Nottingham on 5th August 1997 during his Earthling tour - [View here]...

Maya Vision International - ever since DAVID BOWIE's tragic death last week, we have been trying to think of some way of paying tribute to him. As some of you might know, Maya Vision's first ever film followed Bowie on tour back in 1983. After a great deal of rummaging, we found this footage... David performing JOHN LENNON's 'Imagine' at the Hong Kong Coliseum on 8th December 1983 during the Serious Moonlight World Tour - [View here]...

The CAMBRIDGE NEWS newspaper were interested in some DAVID BOWIE / TIN MACHINE footage that I filmed in Cambridge back in 1991. Nice to speak to a journalist who actually writes word-for-word what you actually say. Thanks Chris - [View here]...

Currently available for viewing on the BBC iPlayer is MUSIC MOGULS Masters of Pop which features TONY VISCONTI and NILE RODGERS - 'Melody Makers'. Part two of this enlightening series exploring the music business from behind the scenes looks at the music producers. These are the men and women who have created the signature sounds that have defined key periods in rock and pop history. Highlights include a TV first with legendary producer Tony Visconti taking us through DAVID BOWIE's seminal song "Heroes". - [View here]...

The song 'Chilly Down' from LABYRINTH was originally called 'The Wild Things', but because of a copyright issue with the name, the characters were renamed 'The Fireys' and the song renamed 'Chilly Down'. Listen to DAVID BOWIE singing the original version in April 1985 - [Listen here]...


AND THE BITS FLEW FAR AND WIDE...
24th January 2016

Name it DAVID BOWIE... Caltech Astronomers Mike Brown, Ph.D. and Konstantin Batygin Ph.D. talk with NBC4's Conan Nolan about a new name options for the Planet 9 - [View here]...

Check out an article published in THE OBSERVER today entitled: 'I thought Lazarus was DAVID BOWIE's latest guise' written by Kitty Empire. Kitty previously reviewed David's ★ album, which was published on 10 January. With the benefit of hindsight, she reappraises an extraordinary album - [Read here]...

ROCK FOR RONSON is taking place at Hull City Hall, Queen Victoria Square, Hull, England. The event will feature STEVE HARLEY and Cockney Rebel / All For One Choirs / MAGGI RONSON / EARL SLICK / LISA RONSON / Paul Cuddeford. Tickets £30 - [Full details]...

DAVID BOWIE guitarist GERRY LEONARD is interviewed about the icon's final years - [Read here]...

Nice interview with BUFORD JONES talking about working with DAVID BOWIE - [Read here]...

Taking place next month on Sunday 28th February is a special PIPS: DAVID BOWIE All-Day Charity evening at The Witchwood, 152 Old Street, Ashton-under-Lyne, Greater Manchester OL6 7SF, 12 noon till 1pm. Tickets are on sale NOW - [More details]...


STARMAN CHARITY SCREENING
24th January 2016

Starman - Freddie Burretti screening Next month sees a charity movie screening of STARMAN - FREDDIE BURRETTI: The Man Who Sewed The World with all proceeds donated to Willen Hospice.

The event takes place on Wednesday 24th February at 7.30pm at the Odeon Cinema, Milton Keynes, England.

The film will commence at 7.30pm and the duration is 1 hour 30 mins. £5 ticket-donation: All proceeds to Willen Hospice.

For an invitation please email:

The documentary film, created by LEE SCRIVEN, tells the incredible tale of the revered fashion designer Freddie Burretti who created a sensational and inspiring on and off stage wardrobe for his close friend David Bowie.

More details and information can be found over at totalmk.co.uk website.


WORLDWIDE ALBUM CHART POSITIONS
23rd January 2016

David Bowie Blackstar The official album chart positions from various countries as of today reveal that ★ (Blackstar) has hit the NUMBER ONE position in 23 countries...

So far, ★ has reached number one in: United States, United Kingdom, Argentina, Australia, Belgium (V), Belgium (W), Canada, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Ireland, Italy, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Scotland, Sweden, Switzerland and the Worldwide album chart.

As and when the various album charts info appears, updates will added to the Blackstar album chart page.

Special mention has to be paid to the USA, in the Billboard Official Charts on the opening week of release David Bowie was #1 Artist 100, and ★ was #1 in the following chart sections: Billboard 200, Top Album Sales, Digital Albums, Catalog Albums (BoB), Tastemaker Albums, Top Rock Albums, Alternative Albums, LyricFind US and LyricsFind Global has 'Space Oddity' at #1.


'DAVID BOWIE' PHOTOGRAPH EXHIBITION OPEN
23rd January 2016

David Bowie 1984 by Richard Young The RICHARD YOUNG GALLERY is proud to present DAVID BOWIE, an exhibition of photography by Richard Young, Britain's foremost celebrity photographer, paying tribute to the extraordinary, incomparable musical talent.

Spanning nearly 40 years, this exhibition pays homage to David Bowie showcasing 25 photographs personally hand-picked by Richard.

The exhibition opened on 19th January and runs through till 24th March 2016.

Richard Young first met David Bowie as a teenager before he became famous: "In 1964 when I was sixteen, I used to hang out in the Bataclan Club on Princes Street near Oxford Circus - a very cool place to socialise in the day. Occasionally a guy called David Jones would come over and hang out. He was good pals with my old schoolmate Marc Bolan. Little did I know then who David would become!"

David Bowie 1976 by Richard Young Richard Young became a professional photographer in 1974 and began photographing David Bowie in 1976, covering countless international concerts, photocalls, premiere appearances and parties. Through the years Young captured David Bowie both on-stage and off, regularly crossing paths with each other on the social scene in London.

David Bowie at Cannes Film Festival 1983 by Richard Young "We always had a great relationship. He was always kind and friendly, and we loved to chat. I particularly remember when David met Iman. They would often hang out at San Lorenzo and at this point in time David was really getting into the art scene. I had photographed him with many women over the years, but I had never seen him as happy as he was with Iman. This was a true love, and I have not seen that kind of passion between a couple since I photographed Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton in 1974. I find it interesting looking back at some of the photographs I have taken, every now and again I find that I have captured some beautifully tender moments of such amazing icons. This kind of photography does not exist anymore. Everything is controlled and hidden, as today's major stars keep everything hidden behind closed doors."

"When David moved to New York I saw less of him, but when I used to cover The Tribeca Film Festivals for Vanity Fair in the noughties, we re-connected. My fondest memory was of getting into a deep conversation with him at the Tribeca party in 2004. Upon arrival he made a beeline for me, gave me a big hug and we got into a deep conversation about fashion and clothes... a shared passion. We were chatting for so long when out of the corner of my eye I could see Vanity Fair Editor, Graydon Carter, looking at us, very irritated that David was spending so much time with the me, and had not yet spoken to him. I said to David, "You'd better go and say hello to Graydon!" According to the hierarchy of showbusiness, the photographer is often not considered to be a part of the scene, merely the chronicler of the event. Coincidently, I never got invited back to The Tribeca Film Festival ever again! Sadly, that was also one of the last times that I spoke to or ever photographed David."

The photographs displayed in this exhibition present Bowie's ever-changing on-stage persona while also revealing a candid glimpse into his life off-stage. This exhibition is Richard Young's tribute to David Bowie, an irreplaceable icon who will forever be missed.

"David was always so kind and pleasant, always a smile, an absolute gentleman."

The Richard Young Gallery is located at: 4 Holland Street, London W8 4LT.

Gallery Opening Times: Monday 11am-5pm / Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday 10am-6pm / Friday 10am-5pm / Saturday 11am-5pm / Sunday By Appointment.


STARMAN JONES
22nd January 2016

Some of you may have read the DAVID BOWIE obituary published in THE ECONOMIST last week (16th January).

Their article entitled: Starman Jones which wasn't particular well researched, contained several mistakes.

A letter published in current issue, written by David Bowie's cousin KRISTINA AMADEUS, sets one particular misconception straight...

A musical child

I was grateful for the insight and sensitivity in your obituary of David Bowie (January 16th). But it is not true that he "grew up as David Jones, a sharp-toothed kid from dull suburban Bromley whose parents held no aspirations for him". David's parents, especially his father, "John" Jones, encouraged him from the time he was a toddler. His mother, Peggy, spoke often of our deceased grandfather, who was a bandmaster in the army and played many wind instruments. David's first instruments, a plastic saxophone, a tin guitar and a xylophone, were given to him before he was an adolescent. He also owned a record player when few children had one.

When he was 11 we danced like possessed elves to the records of Bill Haley, Fats Domino and Elvis Presley. David's father took him to meet singers and other performers preparing for the Royal Variety Performance. I remember one afternoon in the late 1950s when David was introduced to Dave King, Alma Cogan and Tommy Steele. "My son is going to be an entertainer, too" he said. "Aren't you, David?" "Yes, Daddy," David squeaked in his childish highpitched voice, his face flushed and beaming with pride.

Although Uncle John never lived to see David's huge success, he was convinced it would become a reality. My beloved David fulfilled and exceeded all his father's dreams.

KRISTINA AMADEUS
Cousin of David Bowie
Romney Marsh, Kent.

Thanks to Chris R. for the heads up.


UNEARTHED DAVID BOWIE DOING IMPERSONATIONS
21st January 2016

Listen to DAVID BOWIE impersonating Bruce Springsteen, Neil Young, Iggy Pop, Lou Reed, Tom Waits and others in a newly unearthed recording from 1985.

At the time, David was recording the lead vocal track to Julian Temple's musical 'Absolute Beginners' at Westside Studios in London.

After the session was completed, David decided to have some fun, and sang (to the AB backing track) an impressive array of various performers.

I won't spoil it and name all the performers. Listen below and see if you can hear which performers he takes on...



You can real the whole fascinating story as told by record producer Mark Sanders via thetalkhouse.com website.


DAVID BOWIE DAY DECLARED
21st January 2016

New York declared Wednesday as 'DAVID BOWIE DAY' to honour the late music legend and long-time resident, as one of his final works closed its run at The New York Theatre Workshop.

Mayor Bill de Blasio issued a proclamation making January 20th, 2016 'David Bowie Day' that will be read at the final curtain call of 'Lazarus'.

The symbolic proclamation pays tribute to the British artist as "a global icon who made New York his home."

"Among the most influential and talented artists of our time, Bowie's music, his art, his unique creative vision have left a mark on the lives of generations of fans," said Luis Castro, acting commissioner in the mayor's office of media and entertainment.


LINDSAY BIDS FARELL TO DAVID
19th January 2016

LINDSAY KEMP bids farewell to DAVID BOWIE with this moving film tribute entitled 'Time'.

Only a few weeks ago, Lindsay Kemp announced on his Facebook page the forthcoming release of the video he was making together with his Italian pupil Camilla Fascina.

After the unexpected death of David, this video reveals a remarkable story of synchronicity, and has turned into Lindsay Kemp's last embrace to David Bowie.

As a matter of fact, after the 10th January, the video unveils another meaningful coincidence, a surprising synchronicity between Lindsay and David Bowie's feelings.

Lindsay stares at a candle, consuming itself as a symbol of our time which is inexorably running out, while David Bowie opens ★ with the following lyrics: 'In the villa of Ormen, stands a solitary candle, in the centre of it all, your eyes'.


Thanks to Daniele Pensavalle.


DONATING FOR DAVID
19th January 2016

In light of the passing of DAVID BOWIE on Sunday 10th January due to cancer, please do consider donating to these two incredibly worthwhile cancer charities.


Support Cancer Research    Support Macmillan Nurses


Please read this thank-you letter to David Bowie from a palliative care consultant DR. MARK TAUBERT, which David's son DUNCAN linked to on Sunday.


WORLDWIDE ALBUM CHART POSITIONS
17th January 2016

David Bowie Blackstar Updated: The first official album chart positions from various countries have begun appearing. Charts published starting from 16th January so far reveal that ★ (Blackstar) has gone straight in at NUMBER ONE in the following countries and charts...

United States, United Kingdom, Australia, Belgium (V), Belgium (W), Canada, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Scotland, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and the Global/World Chart.

Besides the release of his new brand album, David's back catalogue did rather well too, below is a breakdown of all known chart positions...

ARGENTINA: #1 Blackstar.

AUSTRALIA: #1 Blackstar / #3 Nothing Has Changed / #9 Best Of Bowie / #14 The Best Of David Bowie 1969/1974 / #21 The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and The Spiders From Mars / #23 The Next Day / #30 The Best Of David Bowie 1980/1987 / #35 Aladdin Sane / #37 Let's Dance / #41 Diamond Dogs / #42 "Heroes" / Hunky Dory / #49 The Best Of David Bowie 1974/1979.

BELGIUM (V): #1 Blackstar / #60 Five Years 1969-1973 Box Set.

BELGIUM (W): #1 Blackstar / #82 Five Years 1969-1973 Box Set.

CANADA: #1 Blackstar / #3 Best Of Bowie / #15 The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and The Spiders From Mars.

CZECH REPUBLIC: #1 Blackstar / #11 Nothing Has Changed / #33 The Next Day / #48 The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and The Spiders From Mars.

DENMARK: #1 Blackstar / #12 Nothing Has Changed / #26 Hunky Dory / #34 Best Of Bowie / #36 The Best Of David Bowie 1969/1974 / #40 The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and The Spiders From Mars.

FINLAND: #1 Blackstar / #31 Nothing Has Changed / #46 The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and The Spiders From Mars.

FRANCE: #1 Blackstar / #22 Nothing Has Changed / #40 A Reality Tour / #51 The Next Day / #68 The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and The Spiders From Mars / #83 Hunky Dory / #95 Best Of Bowie / #97 "Heroes" / #100 Let's Dance / #105 Space Oddity / #113 The Best Of David Bowie 1980/1987 / #123 Aladdin Sane / #131 Scary Monsters / #142 Low / #149 The Man Who Sold The World / #154 Diamond Dogs / #171 Station To Station / #172 Earthling / #191 Pinups / #205 Ziggy Stardust: The Motion Picture / #216 1.Outside / #241 Reality / #246 David Bowie: Live In Santa Monica / #249 Five Years 1969-1973 Box Set.

GERMANY: #1 Blackstar / #5 Nothing Has Changed.

GREECE: #18 Blackstar.

HONG KONG: #4 Blackstar (HMV Tote Bag Edition) (completely sold out).

HUNGARY: #11 Blackstar.

IRELAND: #1 Blackstar / #4 Nothing Has Changed / #17 Best Of Bowie / #20 The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and The Spiders From Mars / #24 Hunky Dory / #27 The Best Of David Bowie 1969-1974 / #33 The Next Day / #37 Aladdin Sane / #47 The Best Of David Bowie 1980-1987 / #77 Low / #94 Let's Dance / #98 The Man Who Sold The World / #100 Space Oddity.

ITALY: #1 Blackstar / #13 Nothing Has Changed / #26 Best Of Bowie / #40 The Best Of David Bowie 1969/1974 / #61 The Next Day / #62 "Heroes" / #84 A Reality Tour / #97 The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and The Spiders From Mars.

JAPAN: #9 Blackstar / (Currently on the daily chart #4 Blackstar and #24 The Next Day).

NETHERLANDS: #1 Blackstar / #7 Nothing Has Changed / #22 The Next Day / #81 The Best Of David Bowie 1969/1974 / #98 The Best Of David Bowie 1980/1987.

NEW ZEALAND: #1 Blackstar / #4 Nothing Has Changed / #6 Best Of Bowie / #14 The Best Of David Bowie 1969/1973 / #16 The Best Of David Bowie 1980/1987 / #20 The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and The Spiders From Mars / #22 Let's Dance / #30 Hunky Dory / #31 The Next Day / #37 Station To Station / #38 The Best Of David Bowie 1974/1979.

SOUTH KOREA: #74 Blackstar.

SWEDEN: #1 Blackstar / #16 Hunky Dory / #18 Best Of Bowie / #19 The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and The Spiders From Mars / #55 Nothing Has Changed.

SWITZERLAND: #1 Blackstar / #5 Nothing Has Changed / #18 Best Of Bowie / #21 The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and The Spiders From Mars / #22 The Next Day / #32 Hunky Dory / #34 "Heroes" / #39 A Reality Tour / #40 Low / #43 Let's Dance / #58 The Best of David Bowie 1969/1974 / #75 Scary Monsters / #78 1.Outside.

UNITED KINGDOM: #1 Blackstar / #5 Nothing Has Changed / #11 The Best Of David Bowie 1969/1974 / #14 Hunky Dory / #17 The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and The Spiders From Mars / #18 Best Of Bowie / #23 Aladdin Sane / #25 The Next Day / #31 Low / #37 Diamond Dogs / #42 Let's Dance / #45 "Heroes" / #55 Station To Station / #59 The Best Of David Bowie 1980/1987 / #60 Young Americans / #61 Scary Monsters / #89 The Man Who Sold The World / #95 Space Oddity / #97 Five Years 1969-1973 Box Set.

UNITED STATES: #1 Blackstar / #4 Best Of Bowie / #21 The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and The Spiders From Mars / #57 Hunky Dory / #65 The Platinum Collection / #68 Nothing Has Changed / #90 Let's Dance / #134 Aladdin Sane / #143 Low / #151 The Next Day.

Looking at the latest chartings published by Billboard - just check this out... Billboard 200: #1 Blackstar / Artist 100: #1 David Bowie / Top Album Sales: #1 Blackstar / Digital Albums: #1 Blackstar / Catalog Albums: #1 Best Of Bowie / Tastemaker Albums: #1 Blackstar / Top Rock Albums: #1 Blackstar / Alternative Albums: #1 Blackstar / Billboard Canada: #1 Blackstar / Germany Albums: #1 Blackstar / France Songs: #1 Life On Mars? / Web: LyricFind U.S. #1 Space Oddity / LyricFind Global #1 Space Oddity.

As and when the rest of the countries announce their latest album charts I shall update this Blackstar album chart page.


DEBUTS AT #1 ON BILLBOARD U.S. CHART!
17th January 2016

David Bowie Blackstar US Number One DAVID BOWIE's new album ★ has entered the BILLBOARD 200 album U.S. chart at NUMBER ONE!

This is the FIRST album of David's to hit the top spot in the USA.

Blackstar issued through ISO/Columbia Records, earned 181,000 equivalent album units in the U.S., during the week ending Jan. 14, according to Nielsen Music. Of that sum, 174,000 were in pure album sales - Bowie's biggest sales week for an album since Nielsen began electronically tracking point-of-sale music purchases in 1991. (His previous sales high in that span of time came when his last album, 2013's The Next Day, bowed with 85,000 sold in its first week).

Not only did Blackstar perform strongly, but he has NINE further albums that either re-enter or debut on the Billboard 200 chart. Among them are two further titles in the top 40: the greatest hits collection Best of Bowie (No. 4) and The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders From Mars (No. 21).

Blackstar and Best of Bowie bring the artist's total of top 10-charting albums to nine. He previously hit the region with The Next Day (peaking at No. 2 in 2013), Let's Dance (No. 4, 1983), ChangesOneBowie (No. 10, 1976), Station To Station (No. 3, 1976), Young Americans (No. 9, 1975), David Live (No. 8, 1974) and Diamond Dogs (No. 5, 1974).

Best of Bowie, released in 2002, returns to the chart at No. 4 (a new peak) with 94,000 units (up from only a few thousand in the week previous). It sold 51,000 in pure album sales, gaining by 6,698 percent. (It originally peaked at No. 70 in 2002).

From billboard.com website.


BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN TRIBUTE
17th January 2016

BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN and the E Street Band performed last night at Pittsburgh's Consol Energy Center for the first stop of their 24-show River Tour.

Bruce and the band paid a wonderful tribute to DAVID BOWIE when they performed 'Rebel Rebel' for the first song of their encore.




DOWN IN NEW ORLEANS... (TWICE)
17th January 2016

This afternoon, ARCADE FIRE and THE PRESERVATION HALL JAZZ BAND managed to close down New Orleans again when they held a second line parade in honour of DAVID BOWIE.

Joined by thousands of fans, many of who came dressed in their best Bowie outfits, the two bands marched through the streets of New Orleans performing his music.

More details, photos and videos over at consequenceofsound.net


BLACKSTAR ON THE BEACH
16th January 2016

At Mwnt Beac, Ceredigion yesterday (15th January) artist MARC TREANOR created a beautiful tribute to DAVID BOWIE on the sands at Mwnt Beach, Cardigan Bay, West Wales.

Photographs by Steffan Llewelyn.

David Bowie art at Welsh beach  David Bowie art at Welsh beach

Check out Marc's sand work over at sandcircles.co.uk and his FB page.


HITS #1 IN UK OFFICIAL CHART
15th January 2016

David Bowie Blackstar UK Number 1 The OFFICIAL UK CHARTS announced today that DAVID BOWIE has hit the NUMBER ONE position with his ★ (pronounced Blackstar) album.

★ was already headed for the number 1 position before the news of David's passing away was announced on Monday.

The Official UK Charts state that according to the the early sales flashes last weekend revealed the record was head and shoulders above the competition.

Including ★ over half a million David Bowie records were picked up this week in the United Kingdom - totalling 623,000 combined sales and streams.

The figure includes 241,000 album sales, 167,000 singles purchased, and Bowie tracks were streamed over 19 million times on audio streaming services.

As the nation pays tribute, David dominates the Top 100 with nineteen albums in this week's Official Albums Chart, and 13 singles in UK Top 100.


David Bowie Uk Official Chart Positions 15th Jan 2016


For the full and complete story, please visit officialcharts.com website.

Also announced today by the BPI is the news that David Bowie's ★ has gone Gold in its week of release and also certified Gold today, is the archive David Bowie collection 'Bowie At The Beeb'.


THANK YOU
14th January 2016

David Bowie by Jimmy King The family of DAVID BOWIE is currently making arrangements for a private ceremony celebrating the memory of their beloved husband, father and friend.

They ask once again that their privacy be respected at this most sensitive of times.

We are overwhelmed by and grateful for the love and support shown throughout the world.

However, it is important to note that while the concerts and tributes planned for the coming weeks are all welcome, none are official memorials organized or endorsed by the family.

Just as each and every one of us found something unique in David's music, we welcome everyone's celebration of his life as they see fit.

From davidbowie.com


TONY VISCONTI INTERVIEW
14th January 2016

There is a new interview with TONY VISCONTI in ROLLING STONE magazine by Brian Hiatt, which was conducted on Wednesday for a DAVID BOWIE memorial package in their next issue.

You can read the whole article via rollingstone.com website.


ON THIS DAY...
14th January 2016

On this day, 39 years ago, DAVID BOWIE released his Low album. Incorrectly known as the first of the "Berlin Trilogy" it was recorded in France at Chateau d'Herouville studios, located in the Val d'Oise département near Paris. 'New Music: Night And Day' was the original title and initial RCA Canadian cassette tapes made it onto the market with that title printed on the tape before quickly being pulled.

On this day, 42 years ago, DAVID BOWIE was photographed by Kate Simon at Olympic Studios, 117 Church Road, Barnes, West London SW13 9HL in 1974. On this particular day, he records 'Rock & With Me', 'Candidate' and 'Big Brother'.

On this day, 50 years ago, 'Can't Help Thinking About Me' was the first solo release from DAVID BOWIE after changing his stage name. Released on the Pye label (Pye 7N 17020) it was backed by 'And I Say To Myself', both tracks produced by Tony Hatch.

On this day, 51 years ago, DAVID JONES & The Manish Boys audition for Rocky River Promotions at the London Palladium for possible bookings at the Star-Club in Hamburg. Unfortunately, they don't receive an offer to perform there.


IS THERE LIFE ON MARS?
13th January 2016

I'm pretty sure that DAVID BOWIE would have loved this if it happens...

Please consider signing this petition to The International Astronomical Union to name a major terrain feature on Mars after DAVID BOWIE. Thank you.

SIGN PETITION HERE



V&A BOWIE FILM SCREENING
12th January 2016

The V&A Museum are to run the DAVID BOWIE exhibition film (David Bowie is Happening Now) at the V&A in London.

There are two showings: tomorrow Wednesday (13th) and 3 on Sunday (17th).

This is their tribute (the exhibition is currently on in Groningen in The Netherlands) and they want as many Bowie fans as possible to come along as the showings are FREE.

More details and information can be found at vam.ac.uk website.

From Geoffrey Marsh (V& Director).


CONAN REMEMBERS DAVID BOWIE
12th January 2016

Live now (TV: TBS tonight 11/10c): CONAN O'BRIEN remembers DAVID BOWIE...

Conan Highlight: David was a frequent guest on 'Late Night' and Conan picks some of his favourite moments. (live now. Worldwide).


David Bowie Secrets: David himself joined in the classic 'Late Night' comedy sketch.


David Bowie's 1997 Performance: David performed a stripped-down acoustic track from his album Earthling.



DAVID BOWIE'S ★ EPITAPH
12th January 2016

David Bowie Blackstar CD versionDavid Bowie Blackstar Vinyl version We all know now in hindsight, that DAVID BOWIE created his latest album ★ (pronounced Blackstar) as his own epitaph. Released two days before he passed away, it is his parting gift to the world.

How on earth he managed to do this under the circumstances is beyond me. It shows what type of man and artist he was, strong, brave and determined till the end.

David's son DUNCAN JONES tweeted a message for his father when he knew ★ was top-selling in 33 countries on the day he died - So proud! Heart bursting for you. :)

Currently, David's ★ is now the world's number one top selling album in 64 countries on the iTunes chart.

#1 Argentina / #1 Australia / #1 Austria / #1 Belgium / #1 Bermuda / #1 Brazil / #1 British Virgin Islands / #1 Bulgaria / #1 Canada / #1 Cayman Islands / #1 Chile / #1 Colombia / #1 Costa Rica / #1 Cyprus / #1 Czech Republic / #1 Denmark / #1 Dominican Republic / #1 Ecuador / #1 El Salvador / #1 Estonia / #1 Finland / #1 France / #1 Gambia / #1 Germany / #1 Greece / #1 Guatemala / #1 Hong Kong / #1 Hungary / #1 Ireland / #1 Israel / #1 Italy / #1 Japan / #1 Kenya / #1 Latvia / #1 Lithuania / #1 Luxembourg / #1 Macau / #1 Malaysia / #1 Malta / #1 Mauritius / #1 Mexico / #1 Netherlands / #1 New Zealand / #1 Norway / #1 Panama / #1 Peru / #1 Philippines / #1 Poland / #1 Portugal / #1 Romania / #1 Russia / #1 Singapore / #1 Slovakia / #1 Slovenia / #1 South Africa / #1 Spain / #1 Sweden / #1 Switzerland / #1 Taiwan / #1 Thailand / #1 Turkey / #1 Ukraine / #1 United States / #1 United Kingdom / #2 Namibia / #2 Trinidad and Tobago / #2 Vietnam / #3 Armenia / #3 Indonesia / / #3 Kazakhstan / #3 Sri Lanka / #10 Botswana / #11 Honduras / #11 The Bahamas / #14 Nicaragua / #20 Azerbaijan / #110 Nigeria

If you haven't listened to David Bowie ★ album... buy it, download it, go round to a friends house to listen to it, steal it, just get hold of it anyway you can.


DAVID BOWIE AT NUMBER ONE WORLDWIDE
12th January 2016

It seems so trite at the moment to even mention this, but I feel everyone needs to know... DAVID BOWIE is currently the number one selling artist in the world.


David Bowie at number one



DAVID BOWIE TRIBUTES
12th January 2016

Below are just a very small selection of some of the worldwide articles, interviews and tributes paid to the inimitable DAVID BOWIE...

ITV NEWS: 'George Underwood: My best friend has died' - [Read here].

ROLLING STONE 'Blackstar' Bassist on Bowie: 'The Greatest Musician I've Ever Heard' - Tim Lefebvre describes the iconic artist's 'immense generosity' and 'extraordinary humor' - [Read here].

NPR MUSIC: 'A Guitarist Remembers: David Bowie Just Wanted A Good Laugh' - [Read here].

THE UNCOOL: 'David Bowie: Self Portrait '76.' by Cameron Crowe - [Read here].

DAILY STAR: 'David Bowie: Hundreds mourn at Brixton street party' - [Read here].

THE TELEGRAPH: 'David Bowie fans gather for sing-along. Thousands flock to Brixton street party to celebrate singer's life and work' - [Read here].

THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER: 'David Bowie, Rock and Roll Chameleon, Dies at 69' - [Read here].

GQ: 'The Heroism of David Bowie' - [Read here].

REUTERS: 'David Bowie died from cancer' - [Read here].

LOS ANGELES TIMES: 'David Bowie was 'an ideal, extraordinary partner,' says the theatre staging 'Lazarus,' his new musical' - [Read here].

ROLLING STONE: 'Brian Eno on David Bowie: 'I Feel a Huge Gap Now' - [Read here].

BBC: 'David Bowie dies of cancer aged 69' - [Read here].


MESSAGE FROM DAVID'S SON DUNCAN
11th January 2016

Message from Duncan Jones


FOR DAVID...
11th January 2016

For the bravest man I've ever known...

44 years ago...
David changed my life.
David was my inspiration.
David was my tutor.
David was my life.

Thank you for the hundreds and hundreds of emails over the years, I will treasure them all till I die too.

Thank you for everything you ever did for me. Generous beyond belief. I am devastated. I will miss you more than I can possibly say.

Sending my sincere and heartfelt condolences to Iman, Duncan, Lexi, all your family, all your friends, all your colleagues and all the fans around the world.

Bye bye, we love you.

Paul (aka Rednik) x


DAVID BOWIE - REST IN PEACE
11th January 2016

January 10 2016 - David Bowie died peacefully today surrounded by his family after a courageous 18 month battle with cancer.

While many of you will share in this loss, we ask that you respect the family's privacy during their time of grief.



NEW DAVID BOWIE ALBUM ENTERS WITH A BULLET!
9th January 2016

Incredibly pleased to announce that DAVID BOWIE's new album ★ is currently the NUMBER 1 best-selling album on AmazonUK and the NUMBER 2 best-selling album on AmazonUS.

On the iTUNES worldwide album charts, David Bowie's ★ was placed at POSITION #2 WORLDWIDE

Yesterday, his album entered the iTunes charts at NUMBER #1 in 33 countries:

For 8th January the full breakdown ran as follows:

#1 Argentina / #1 Austria / #1 Belgium / #1 Bulgaria / #1 Canada / #1 Chile / #1 Cyprus / #1 Czech Republic / #1 Denmark / #1 El Salvador / #1 Estonia / #1 Finland / #1 France / #1 Greece / #1 Hungary / #1 Ireland / #1 Israel / #1 Italy / #1 Latvia / #1 Luxembourg / #1 Netherlands / #1 New Zealand / #1 Norway / #1 Peru / #1 Poland / #1 Portugal / #1 Russia / #1 Slovakia / #1 Slovenia / #1 Spain / #1 Switzerland / #1 Ukraine / #1 United Kingdom / #2 Australia / #2 Brazil / #2 Colombia / #2 Costa Rica / #2 Ecuador / #2 Germany / #2 Mexico / #2 Romania / #2 Singapore / #2 Sweden / #2 United States / #4 Turkey / #5 Azerbaijan / #5 Japan / #6 Hong Kong / #8 South Africa / #8 Vietnam / #7 Macau / #6 Taiwan / #15 Lithuania / #15 Namibia / #15 Thailand / #19 Malta / #16 Sri Lanka / #24 Bermuda / #33 Kazakhstan / #38 Dominican Republic / #41 Trinidad and Tobago / #56 Indonesia / #149 Philippines.

For today 9th January the full breakdown is as follows:

#1 Argentina / #1 Austria / #1 Belgium / #1 Bulgaria / #1 Chile / #1 Czech Republic / #1 Denmark / #1 Estonia / #1 Greece / #1 Ireland / #1 Israel / #1 Italy / #1 Latvia / #1 Luxembourg / #1 Netherlands / #1 Norway / #1 Poland / #1 Portugal / #1 Romania / #1 Russia / #1 Slovakia / #1 Spain / #1 Switzerland / #1 Ukraine / #1 United Kingdom / #2 Canada / #2 Costa Rica / #2 Finland / #2 France / #2 Germany / #2 Hungary / #2 Lithuania / #2 Mexico / #2 New Zealand / #2 Slovenia / #2 Sweden / #2 United States / #3 Australia / #3 Brazil / #3 Colombia / #3 Singapore / #4 El Salvador / #4 Peru / #5 Cyprus / #5 Hong Kong / #5 Philippines / #5 Turkey / #8 Azerbaijan / #8 Japan / #8 South Africa / #9 Vietnam / #10 Namibia / #12 Ecuador / #12 Macau / #14 Taiwan / #18 Thailand / #19 Malta / #26 Sri Lanka / #31 Bermuda / #44 Kazakhstan / #48 Dominican Republic / #49 Trinidad and Tobago / #84 Indonesia / #200 Malaysia.

If, unbelievably, you haven't got around to purchasing this incredible album, do yourself a favour and get hold of it as soon as possible.

Purchase links:
[★ CD] [★ Vinyl LP] [★ Digital album]


RELEASED TODAY!
8th January 2016

David Bowie Blackstar CD versionDavid Bowie Blackstar Vinyl version

Released TODAY is the brand new DAVID BOWIE album entitled ★ (pronounced Blackstar) which is available in both CD and vinyl formats, as well as Digital download. All formats are available to purchase NOW!

The tracklisting and running times are as follows:

       01. Blackstar (9.57).
       02. 'Tis A Pity She Was A Whore (new version) (4.52).
       03. Lazarus (6.22).
       04. Sue (Or In A Season Of Crime) (new version) (4.40).
       05. Girl Loves Me (4.51).
       06. Dollar Days (4.44).
       07. I Can't Give Everything Away (5.47).
       08. Blackstar (Video) (9.57) - (digital download version only).

You can purchase now the CD and vinyl versions.

The Japanese CD digipak edition of Blackstar (Cat. No. SICP-30918) Blu-spec CD2 is also now available to pre-order.

Purchase links:
[★ CD] [★ Vinyl LP] [★ Digital album]


HAPPY BIRTHDAY WISHES TO DAVID
Happy 69th Birthday David 8th January 2016

To David
Wishing you a Very Happy 69th Birthday
Have an exceptionally wonderful day

Best wishes and love from
everyone here at Wonderworld xxx



BIRTHDAY WISHES FROM THE KIDS ROCK CHORUS
8th January 2016


OTHER BIRTHDAY WISHES FOR TODAY...
8th January 2016

Besides our DAVID, other famous and well known people also born on the 8th January include the following...

Elvis Presley (singer/actor), Ron Moody (actor), Larry Storch (actor/comedian), Soupy Sales (aka Milton Hinkes) (comedian and father of Tony and Hunt Sales of Tin Machine), Graham Chapman (comedian), Charles Osgood (CBS TV newsman/host/author), Shirley Bassey (singer), Cristy Lane (singer), William Henry Hartnell (actor, the first Doctor Who), Robby Krieger (musician), R. Kelly (singer), Mike Reno (singer), Paul Dresher (composer), Paul King (musician), Jeff Abercrombie (musician), Terry Sylvester (musician), Paul Hester (musician), Stephen Hawking (professor, astrophysicist, author), Amanda Burton (actress), Gil Grand (musician), Ami Dolenz (actress), Amber Benson (actress), Yvette Mimieux (actress), Thelma 'Butterfly' McQueen (actress), Simone De Beauvoir (writer), Evelyn Wood (reading teacher), Gypsy Rose Lee (burlesque entertainer), Bill Graham (concert promoter), Wilkie Collins (author), Frank Doubleday (publisher), Sir Frank Dyson (scientist), Lee Jackson (musician), Vladimir Feltsman (Russian pianist), Little Anthony aka Anthony Gourdine (singer), Ted McDougall (footballer), Michael Ridley (cricketer), Harriet Sansom Harris (actress), Sean Paul (musician), Karen Poole (musician), Jenny Lewis (actress), Richard Cromwell (actor), Jose Ferrer (actor/director), Sam Riley (actor), Ryan Frances (actor), Roy Kinnear (actor), John McTiernan (director), Scott Whyte (actor), Sander Vanocur (broadcaster), Joan Rivers (comedian), Maria Pitillo (actress), Sarah Polley (actress), Loretta Lee (actress), Gabby Hoffman (actress), Maria Pitillo (actress), Brad Snyder (shot putter), Kent Jones (golfer), Virgil Hill (boxer), Vyacheslav Dmitriyevich Zudov (USSR cosmonaut), Terry Brooks (author), Antai Ribari (composer), Serge Poliakoff (Russian/French painter/guitarist), Queen Marie of Yugoslavia, Bronislava Nijinska (ballet choreographer), Storm Jameson (novelist), Frank Nelson Doubleday (publisher), William Wallace Gilchrist (composer), Fannie M. Jackson (pioneer and educator), Lawrence Alma Tadema (Dutch/British painter), David Silva (footballer), Nicolas Coustou (French sculptor) and Henry V (Roman German king/emperor).

It's also BowieWonderworld's birthday today - now nineteen years online! Thank you to everyone who helps support the site - it's really appreciated :)


AND THE BITS FLEW FAR AND WIDE...
7th January 2016

New BOWIEWONDERWORLD poll is up and running. Which is your favourite track off Blackstar? - [VOTE HERE]...

The DAVID BOWIE Is exhibition will be heading to a JAPANESE venue in Spring 2017. Full details soon...

DAVID BOWIE has once again teamed up with fashion designer PAUL SMITH for official ★ t-shirts to coincide with release of his new album. There are two designs, one white and one black. Both have the wording 'Paul Smith for David Bowie' written in the designer's signature font underneath the design. Priced at £65 - these limited edition t-shirts are on sale NOW from paulsmith.co.uk website...


BELGIAN TELEVISION ADVERT
7th January 2016

Hot on the heels of the 'Lazarus' promo video premiere today, is this brand new TV commercial from Belgium.

Check out the DAVID BOWIE ★ album advert below, which features clips from Blackstar and Lazarus.




LAZARUS VIDEO PREMIERE
7th January 2016

The world premiere of the new DAVID BOWIE for 'Lazarus', directed by Johan Renck.



Director Johan Renck says: "One could only dream about collaborating with a mind like that; let alone twice. Intuitive, playful, mysterious and profound... I have no desire to do any more videos knowing the process never ever gets as formidable and fulfilling as this was. I've basically touched the sun."


BOWIE AT THE BEEB VINYL BOX SET
7th January 2016

David Bowie at the Beeb VinylDavid Bowie at the Beeb Vinyl Box Set Finally set for release next month on Friday 26th February is the DAVID BOWIE AT THE BEEB Limited Edition Deluxe Vinyl Box Set.

This box set contains thirty-nine tracks on FOUR vinyl discs contained in a lift-off lid box and features a full colour twenty-page booklet.

This vinyl version features 'Oh! You Pretty Things', broadcast in September 1971, which was previously exclusive to the Japanese CD release in 2000.

Completely exclusive to this collection is the once lost 'The Supermen' from the Sounds Of The 70s Andy Ferris session, recorded in March 1970. Performed by The Hype, this recording was only rediscovered during the research for the original CD set and remained unreleased until now.

The full tracklisting runs as follows:

Record 1 / Side: A
1. In The Heat Of The Morning (2000 Remastered Version) - David Bowie & The Tony Visconti Orchestra.
2. London Bye, Ta-Ta (2000 Remastered Version) - David Bowie & The Tony Visconti Orchestra.
3. Karma Man (2000 Remastered Version) - David Bowie & The Tony Visconti Orchestra.
4. Silly Boy Blue (2000 Remastered Version) - David Bowie & The Tony Visconti Orchestra.
5. Let Me Sleep Beside You (2000 Remastered Version) - David Bowie & Junior's Eyes.
6. Janine (2000 Remastered Version) - David Bowie & Junior's Eyes.

Record 1 / Side: B
1. Amsterdam (2000 Remastered Version) - David Bowie & The Tony Visconti Trio.
2. God Knows I'm Good (2000 Remastered Version) - David Bowie & The Tony Visconti Trio.
3. The Width Of A Circle (2000 Remastered Version) - David Bowie & The Tony Visconti Trio.
4. Unwashed And Somewhat Slightly Dazed (2000 Remastered Version) - David Bowie & The Tony Visconti Trio.

Record 2 / Side: A
1. Cygnet Committee (2000 Remastered Version) - David Bowie & The Tony Visconti Trio.
2. Memory Of A Free Festival (2000 Remastered Version) - David Bowie & The Tony Visconti Trio.
3. Wild Eyed Boy From Freecloud (2000 Remastered Version) - David Bowie & The Hype.
4. The Supermen (2016 Remastered Version) - David Bowie & The Hype.

Record 2 / Side: B
1. Bombers (2000 Remastered Version) - David Bowie & Friends.
2. Looking For A Friend (2000 Remastered Version) - David Bowie & Friends.
3. Almost Grown (2000 Remastered Version) - David Bowie & Friends.
4. Kooks (2000 Remastered Version) - David Bowie & Friends.
5. It Ain't Easy (2000 Remastered Version) - David Bowie & Friends.

Record 3 / Side: A
1. The Supermen [2000 Remastered Version] - David Bowie (with Mick Ronson) .
2. Oh! You Pretty Things [2000 Remastered Version] - David Bowie (with Mick Ronson) .
3. Eight Line Poem (2000 Remastered Version) - David Bowie (with Mick Ronson) .
4. Hang On To Yourself (2000 Remastered Version) - David Bowie & The Spiders From Mars.
5. Ziggy Stardust (2000 Remastered Version) - David Bowie & The Spiders From Mars.
6. Queen Bitch (2000 Remastered Version) - David Bowie & The Spiders From Mars.

Record 3 / Side: B
1. Waiting For The Man (2000 Remastered Version) - David Bowie & The Spiders From Mars.
2. Five Years (2000 Remastered Version) - David Bowie & The Spiders From Mars.
3. White Light/White Heat (2000 Remastered Version) - David Bowie & The Spiders From Mars.
4. Moonage Daydream (2000 Remastered Version) - David Bowie & The Spiders From Mars.

Record 4 / Side: A
1. Hang On To Yourself (2000 Remastered Version) - David Bowie & The Spiders From Mars.
2. Suffragette City (2000 Remastered Version) - David Bowie & The Spiders From Mars.
3. Ziggy Stardust (2000 Remastered Version) - David Bowie & The Spiders From Mars.
4. Starman (2000 Remastered Version) - David Bowie & The Spiders From Mars.
5. Space Oddity (2000 Remastered Version) - David Bowie & The Spiders From Mars.

Record 4 / Side: B
1. Changes (2000 Remastered Version) - David Bowie & The Spiders From Mars.
2. Oh! You Pretty Things (2000 Remastered Version) - David Bowie & The Spiders From Mars.
3. Andy Warhol (2000 Remastered Version) - David Bowie & The Spiders From Mars.
4. Lady Stardust (2000 Remastered Version) - David Bowie & The Spiders From Mars.
5. Rock 'n' Roll Suicide (2000 Remastered Version) - David Bowie & The Spiders From Mars.

You can finally pre-order David Bowie at the Beeb Limited Edition Deluxe Vinyl Box Set NOW.


RELEASE VARIATIONS
6th January 2016

David Bowie Blackstar CD versionDavid Bowie Blackstar Vinyl version Only 2 more days to go!

The brand new DAVID BOWIE studio album entitled ★ (pronounced Blackstar) which will be available in both CD and vinyl formats, as well as Digital download. All formats are available to pre-order NOW!

The album is released on Friday 8th January 2016 which as you know is David's 69th birthday.

The tracklisting and running times are as follows:

       01. Blackstar (9.57).
       02. 'Tis A Pity She Was A Whore (new version) (4.52).
       03. Lazarus (6.22).
       04. Sue (Or In A Season Of Crime) (new version) (4.40).
       05. Girl Loves Me (4.51).
       06. Dollar Days (4.44).
       07. I Can't Give Everything Away (5.47).
       08. Blackstar (Video) (9.57) - (digital download version only).

You can order now and receive a pre-order price guarantee on both the CD and vinyl versions.

Pre-order links:
[★ CD] [★ Vinyl LP] [★ Digital album]


David Bowie Blackstar Japanese Blu-spec CD2 limited edition For all the collectors out there... here are all the release variations that I can find...

The JAPANESE only CD digipak first limited edition Blu-spec CD2 (Cat. No. SICP-30918) with obi strip is available to pre-order or if you prefer there are plenty available on eBay listings

Update: In Japan at TOWER RECORDS when you purchase the album they are offering a 'clear award' - which is a plastic folder - [view photo] and [view flyer].

Included in the 5,000 total worldwide pressings of the limited edition clear vinyl, there are several "exclusives" from various countries. These variations are the sticker on the front.

I've seen (or read about) these on sale in Holland (sold out), France (FNAC), Germany (JPC - sold out), USA (Barnes & Noble) and Australia (JB Hi-Fi).

In Germany there is a MSD Exclusive with the normal CD release... where you receive a free Blackstar pin (badge).

I'm guessing there will be several more that appear on eBay ★ listings - happy hunting!


LAZARUS VIDEO PREMIERES TOMOROW
6th January 2016

The world premiere of the promotional video for DAVID BOWIE's current single 'Lazarus' takes place tomorrow on Thursday (7th).

davidbowie.com have a second 15-second taster to feast your eyes on...

Lazarus promo video still



REVIEW ROUND-UP
6th January 2016

BBC RADIO 4: Frontrow show - DAVID BOWIE's new jazz-influenced album ★ will be released on Friday to coincide with the singer's 69th birthday. Critic Kate Mossman gives her response to this new studio album, produced by long-term collaborator Tony Visconti, which has been described as 'the most extreme album of his career' - [Listen here] via BBC iPlayer...

BBC RADIO 4 SCOTLAND: The Janice Forsyth Show - Talking about DAVID BOWIE's David Bowie's ★ album. Starts at around 1hr 42 min. mark - [Listen here] via BBC iPlayer...

THE PLAIN DEALER: Cleveland: DAVID BOWIE reveals more personas with new album 'Blackstar' by Churck Yarborough - [Read here]...

MOJO magazine have an in-depth DAVID BOWIE ★ album review and is their album of the week, written by Keith Cameron - [Read here]...


LAZARUS VIDEO PREMIERES THURSDAY
5th January 2016

The world premiere of the promotional video for DAVID BOWIE's current single 'Lazarus' takes place on Thursday (7th).

davidbowie.com have a 15-second taster to feast your eyes on...


Lazarus promo video still



EXTRACTS FROM PSYCHEDELIC SUBURBIA
5th January 2016

Psychedelic Suburbia: David Bowie and the Beckenham Arts Lab by Mary Finnigan Extracts from the memoirs of MARY FINNIGAN entitled: Psychedelic Suburbia DAVID BOWIE and the Beckenham Arts Lab are published today in THE INDEPENDENT newspaper.

The article: 'David Bowie, the lodger from Mars: Mary Finnigan on life with the music star in the 1960s'... Hours after meeting a penniless young man from Bromley, Mary Finnigan invited him to stay. In this extract from her new memoir, she conjures a heady time in the late 1960s when a terrestrial phenomenon on the brink of stardom moved into her home and, briefly, her bed. You can read the whole article here via their website.

Also published today in THIS IS LOCAL LONDON 'Mary Finnigan's book Psychedelic Suburbia reveals personal insights on David Bowie and Beckenham Arts Lab' along some fabulous previously unseen photos via thisislondon.co.uk website.

Another article along with nice gallery photos is published in the BRISTOL POST entitled: 'Bristol grandmother releases book about her time with David Bowie - before he rose to fame' - read here via ristolpost.com website.

Published in THE TIMES newspaper today a piece entitled: 'DAVID BOWIE: sex and drugs and Beckenham' by Jack Malvern. You can read a preview of the article here via The Times website.

The book is published next week on 8th January by Jorvik Press in Portland, Oregon, USA, contains 188-pages and features some amazing previously unpublished photographs.

You can pre-order the book NOW!


THIRD BOWIE BILLBOARD
5th January 2016

David Bowie Blackstar billboard number 3 The huge DAVID BOWIE ★ album billboard in London W14 has just been changed again.

This is now the 3rd variation designed by Jonathan Barnbrook for the album released on Friday 8th January.

If you are going past the junction of Hammersmith Road and North End Road, London W14, right next to Olympia London keep an eye out.

There are also digital signs around London (Holborn).

Photo courtesy of davidbowie.com



ONLY 4 MORE DAYS!
4th January 2016

There are only 4 more days until the release of the new DAVID BOWIE album ★ (Blackstar).

David Bowie Blackstar



AND THE BITS FLEW FAR AND WIDE...
4th January 2016

Check out a DAVID BOWIE Blackstar advertising poster variation from Sony Music Japan - [Download]...

Check out a DAVID BOWIE ★ album review from Michael Bonner via UNCUT magazine blog - [Read here]...

The Italian 18th DAVID BOWIE BASH is taking place in London on Thursday 7th January at The Drury Club, 167 Drury Lane, London WC2B 5PG, England at 19.30 until 2.00am. Check out the FB events page for full details and tickets...

Taking place on Friday 8th January is the annual DAVID BOWIE Birthday Bash in Cork, Ireland from 8pm at The Friary, North Mall, 62 Shandon Street, County Cork. Admission free. There is a movie followed by music all night - [More details]...

In case you didn't catch it - BBC RADIO 4 interview with MARY FINNIGAN talking about her new book Psychedelic Suburbia DAVID BOWIE and the Beckenham Arts Lab on Radio 4 Today Show - [Listen here]...

Be on the look-out for the TV commercial for DAVID BOWIE's new album ★ which was shown on CHANNEL FOUR in the UK yesterday...

Check out an interview published in THE NEW YORKER with HENRY HEY about working with DAVID BOWIE on the LAZARUS theatre production - [Read here]...

In an exclusive insight into the making of the DAVID BOWIE album ★ Grammy winning producer TONY VISCONTI joins THE STAGE LEFT podcast. As well as revealing details of unheard songs on ★, Tony gives an insight into recording techniques he used on "Heroes" and Ashes To Ashes, what it's like to record David Bowie's vocals, his relationship with Marc Bolan and gives his opinion as to why David Bowie no longer tours. Tony also passes on advice to young music producers when dealing with difficult personalities and his thoughts on the future of the music industry - [Listen here]...

After completely denying last November that she was appearing on the UK Channel 5 TV show CELEBRITY BIG BROTHER - and that she "knows absolutely nothing about it" - ANGELA JONES appears on the "leaked list" of 16 guests signed up for the reality show. The 16 names of people entering the house are: Nancy Dell'Olio, Gemma Collins, Angie Bowie, Kristina Rihanoff, Megan McKenna, Stephanie Davis, Danniella Westbrook, Tiffany Pollard, David Gest, John Partridge, Scotty T, Jeremy McConnell, Winston McKenzie, Christopher Maloney, Darren Day, Jonathan Cheban. The show kicks off tomorrow (Tuesday 5th Jan) at 21.00 GMT, followed by 'CB Bit On The Side' at 23.00, and then 'Live From The House' at 00.00 till 1.00. Visit bigbrother.channel5.com where you can watch people slowly crack up (looking at the list I predict 4) and also download the FREE app...


I CAN SEE THE MAGAZINES...
3rd January 2016

Raropiu magazine David Bowie Jan 2016 Rockerilla magazine David Bowie Jan 2016 Over in Italy, there are two magazines that currently feature DAVID BOWIE on their front covers.

First up is the January issue of ROCKERILLA, inside is an article entitled 'Anatomy of a living legend' written by Aldo Chimenti, on the release of his new album ★

For more details and information, pop on over to rockerilla.com website.

David also features on the cover of RAROPIÙ magazine for their Issue 31 (January 2016) with a lovely Sukita photograph.

Mensile di cultura musicale collezionismo e cinema which translates as 'Monthly collections of musical culture and cinema'.

For more details and information, visit raropiu.com website.


AND THE BITS FLEW FAR AND WIDE...
2nd January 2016

DAVID BOWIE a track-by-track preview of his soon-to-be released album ★ (pronounced Blackstar) via Exclaim.ca - [Read here]...

Published today in THE GUARDIAN is a profile piece by Andrew Harrison entitled: 'DAVID BOWIE: Back in the spotlight, still refusing to play along' - [Read here]...

In Australia, check out the free pick-up STACK MUSIC magazine via JB HI-FI which features a double front cover, one featuring DAVID BOWIE and a ★ (pronounced Blackstar) album review. You can view Issue 135 January online - [Read here]...

Yay! DAVID BOWIE's 'Life On Mars?' was playing in The Rovers on CORONATION STREET. That's two DB tunes in a few weeks...

Published in THE INDEPENDENT is a lovely piece about LISA RONSON on her first solo record Emperors Of Medieval Japan, DAVID BOWIE and balancing working as an accountant and going on tour by Emily Jupp - [Read here]...

TONY VISCONTI is interviewed by Asbury Park Press about the upcoming HOLY HOLY tour and the DAVID BOWIE - [Read here]...

Take a listen of the LOST TOGETHER episode 5 podcast with TONY VISCONTI, who talks about Holy Holy and the new album - [Listen here]...


RELEASED NEXT WEEK!
1st January 2016

David Bowie Blackstar CD versionDavid Bowie Blackstar Vinyl version Only 7 more days to go!

Released next week is the brand new DAVID BOWIE album entitled ★ (pronounced Blackstar) which will be available in both CD and vinyl formats, as well as Digital download. All formats are available to pre-order NOW!

The album is released on Friday 8th January 2016 which as you know is David's birthday.

The tracklisting and running times are as follows:

       01. Blackstar (9.57).
       02. 'Tis A Pity She Was A Whore (new version) (4.52).
       03. Lazarus (6.22).
       04. Sue (Or In A Season Of Crime) (new version) (4.40).
       05. Girl Loves Me (4.51).
       06. Dollar Days (4.44).
       07. I Can't Give Everything Away (5.47).
       08. Blackstar (Video) (9.57) - (digital download version only).

You can order now and receive a pre-order price guarantee on both the CD and vinyl versions.

The Japanese CD digipak edition of Blackstar (Cat. No. SICP-30918) Blu-spec CD2 is also now available to pre-order.

Pre-order links:
[★ CD] [★ Vinyl LP] [★ Digital album]

Reminder: Don't forget, the day before the album release on Thursday 7th January the official world premiere of the promotional video for 'Lazarus' takes place.

In the video, directed by Johan Renck, David is seen wearing a similiar black two piece outfit with the white painted stripes that he originally wore back in 1975 for the Station To Station album and tour press coverage.


PSYCHEDELIC SUBURBIA
1st January 2016

Psychedelic Suburbia: David Bowie and the Beckenham Arts Lab by Mary Finnigan The memoirs of MARY FINNIGAN entitled: Psychedelic Suburbia DAVID BOWIE and the Beckenham Arts Lab are to be published next week on 8th January by Jorvik Press in Portland, Oregon, USA.

Written by freelance journalist and friend MARY FINNIGAN, the book tells the story of DAVID BOWIE's pivotal year 1969.

Containing 188 pages and features some amazing previously unpublished photographs.

About the Author:
Mary Finnigan was born in Manchester, England just before the start of World War II. Marrying an older man at eighteen, she produced two children before bolting to London, where she landed a job as a fashion writer on the Daily Mirror. Her print journalism career included feature writing at the Daily Sketch, Daily Express and freelance work at the Sunday Times. During a five-year holiday from the five-day week she met David Bowie. This book tells the story of their adventures together in Beckenham. Returning to journalism, she worked as a reporter, editor and producer at Visnews, Independent Radio News and the London Broadcasting Company. She now contributes to national newspapers, online publications and BBC radio. Mary lives in Bristol in the west of England with her partner, Chris Gilchrist. She has three adult offspring and three granddaughters.

You can pre-order Psychedelic Suburbia NOW!


DAVID BOWIE IN HIS OWN WORDS
1st January 2016

David Bowie In His Own Words DVD DVD scheduled for release later this month on Friday 22nd January entitled: DAVID BOWIE: In His Own Words via I.V. Media.

This documentary DVD features a collection of interviews with the iconic rock star from throughout his career.

Synopsis: While the average pop or rock star, however gifted in their chosen field, is not usually a raconteur, a fascinating speaker or a great wit, there are a select few individuals from the world of music who can knock 'em dead with a few choice expressions or any number of quotable statements. One such artist is David Bowie; always right on the money when it comes to music, Bowie is equally at home talking about the fate of the planet, making wild but intriguing predictions about the future, chatting about the path of music from hereon or discussing any number of writers, poets, philosophers or artists who have inspired him.

The filmed interviews and conversations collected together on this DVD are superb examples of such debates, with Bowie on form on anything and everything he feels passionate about over more than 90 minutes of footage. Taken from right across the man's career, this film will prove a delight to Bowie fans everywhere.

Specifications: Format: Colour / DVD-Video, NTSC / Language: English / Region: Region 2 / Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1 / Run Time: 92 minutes.

You can pre-order David Bowie - In His Own Words NOW.


DAVID BOWIE OFFICIAL ARTIST APPROVED ALBUM ART
1st January 2016

BOWIEWONDERWORLD has teamed up with ATHENA to bring you eleven DAVID BOWIE Official Artist Approved Album Cover Artworks.

Athena, the poster company, is back with a brand new range of never before framed larger than life classic album covers.

All are fully licensed with the artists and bands, the range at present includes: David Bowie, The Rolling Stones, Queen, The Jam, Black Sabbath, Elbow, Green Day, and more.

All titles are available in two sizes 46x46cm or 61x61cm and come complete with a charcoal mount, black frame, authenticity sticker and a presentation gift box.


David Bowie Official Artist Approved Art


The eleven David Bowie album cover prints currently available are:

• Hunky Dory
• The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and The Spiders From Mars
• Aladdin Sane
• Low
• Let's Dance
• Tonight
• Never Let Me Down
• Black Tie White Noise
• 1.Outside
• Earthling
• Reality

There are a great range of bands available shortly including The Beatles, Jimi Hendrix, Florence and The Machine, Lady Gaga, Roxy Music, U2, with more added weekly.

Check out the AthenaArt,com website to view what is currently available.


THE DB 2016 UK CONVENTION
1st January 2016

The DAVID BOWIE 2016 UK CONVENTION events page is now live on Facebook.


The David Bowie 2016 UK Convention


The annual David Bowie UK Convention is a celebration of the music and the genius that is David Bowie. Nine amazing acts, raffle, merchandise and lots of fun, come along and join the Bowie love...

The two-day convention takes place at The Queens Hall, 125 London Road, DERBY, England, DE1 2QQ on Friday 13th May (6pm-2pm) and Saturday 14th May (12pm-2am).

Programme of events:

Friday 13th May - 18.00 till 2.00 am
Stipe
Rebel Rebel
Bowie-oke
Heroes - indie:Alt anthems

Saturday 14th May - 12 noon till 2.00am
Bowie Contingent
Phil Backhouse
Faerground Accidents
Birthrite
Luxury Stranger
Spizz Energi
Aladdinsane
Heroes - indie:Alt anthems

Tickets are on sale NOW. Friday only £12... Saturday only £28... BOTH days Weekender £35.

Contact Jimster Draper for purchasing tickets via Facebook or email him at or 07856969873.

Visit the DB 2016 UK Convention FB page for continued updates.


DUBLIN BOWIE FESTIVAL
1st January 2016

Rebel Rebel Irish Bowie Birthday BashRebel Rebel Irish Bowie Birthday Bash The Irish Bowie Show REBEL REBEL are throwing their annual DAVID BOWIE Birthday Bash takes place over two days on January 9th & 10th at The Grand Social in Dublin.

Special guest GERRY LEONARD is lined up to both guest with the band on the Saturday, and also perform a SPOOKY GHOST gig on the Sunday, as well as giving a talk about being Bowie's Musical Director.

David's record company is also involved, and some nice prizes will be available over the two days.

More detailed information available at thegrandsocial.ie website.

Check out 'Rebel Rebel David Bowie Greatest Hits Show' @ rebelrebeltribute.com and on their Facebook page

If anyone is interested in selling, trading or swapping Bowie collectables there - stalls are available for anyone who is interested. Contact for more details.

From Peter Quinn.


HAPPY NEW YEAR 2016!
1st January 2016

Happy New Year 2016 HAPPY NEW YEAR 2016 TO EVERYONE, EVERYWHERE

May you all receive everything you ever wish for

Love on ya! from Paul (aka Rednik)








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