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OFFICIAL 'BOWIE AT THE BEEB' RELEASE RESURFACES
30th April 2000

The Iggy Pop front covered May edition (No. 78) of MOJO magazine reports that DAVID BOWIE has finally been persuaded to release material originally recorded for the BBC between 1967 and 1972. EMI are remaining tight-lipped, but while there is certainly enough material and multiple versions for a double-disc collection, it's likely that after weeding out inferior material and multiple versions, it'll end up being a single CD. Expect it in the autumn.

THE MANISH BOYS: A TEN PAGE SPECIAL FEATURE
29th April 2000

The MAY edition (No. 249) of RECORD COLLECTOR features an eye opening ten page special covering THE MANISH BOYS. Written by Mark Paytress, Record Collector were granted exclusive access to the personal archive of BOB SOLLY ex original band member of R 'n' B group The Manish Boys, which DAVID BOWIE joined up with in 1964.

Davie Jones 1965 The original Manish Boys were previously known as Band Seven, they consisted of: John Watson (original vocalist, guitar), Johnny Flux (lead guitar), Bob Solly (organ), Paul Rodriguez (bass guitar, tenor saxophone, trumpet), Woolf Byrne (baritone saxophone, harmonica) and Mick White (drums). During August 1964, Davie Jones joined the band on vocals and saxophone.

Besides some excellent previously unseen photographs, memorabilia and press cuttings, there are pages from Bob's diary listing various Manish Boys appearances during May through to December 1964. Before David joined the band, Bob also informs us that the band passed an audition for ITV's talent show 'Opportunity Knocks' on 14th June, with legendary compere Hughie Green. Alas the band turned down the opportunity of appearing on the show on the grounds of being 'uncool'.

Amazingly, Bob also brings to light, a previously unknown David Bowie self penned song entitled "So Near To Loving You", which was one of a handful of songs that David worked on with Bob Solly and Paul Rodriguez.

Another exclusive is the fact that David also wrote a series of jingles for Johnny Flux to feature on his 'Johnny Flux Show' and Radio City shows. Tantalisingly, these jingles are apparently still in Johnny's possession.

During November 1964, The Manish Boys secured a deal with the Arthur Howes Booking Agency, and the following month they were booked to appear on a package tour with Gerry And The Pacemakers, The Kinks, Marianne Faithfull and Bobby Shafto. The band's set list included 'Last Night' a instrumental opener, 'I Ain't Got You' (The Yardbirds), 'Duke Of Earl' (Gene Chandler), 'Mary Ann' (Ray Charles), 'Watermelon Man', 'Louie Louie' (The Kingsmen), 'Stupidity' (Solomon Burke), 'Little Egypt' (The Coasters), a James Brown medley and David's own self penned 'Take My Tip'.

Two other set lists from 1965 are also featured. One lists the following songs:

'Last Night', 'I Ain't Got You', 'Duke Of Earl', 'Love Is Strange', 'Mary Ann', 'Watermelon Man', 'Louie Louie', 'Hoochie Coochie Man', 'Take My Tip', 'I Pity The Fool', 'Don't Try To Stop Me', 'Little Egypt', 'Night Train', 'If You Don't Come Back', and 'Big Boss Man'.

The second set list contains:

'Brown' (James Brown medley), 'Louie Louie', 'Block', 'Watermelon Man', 'Stupidity', Hoochie Coochie Man', 'Take Me Tip', 'Can't Nobody Love', 'Nite-Train', 'I Pity The Fool', 'If You Don't Come Back', 'Hallo Stranger', 'Liza Jane', 'Can't Sit Down', 'Believe To Myself' and 'What'd I Say'.

On 6th October at 7.00 p.m., the band were invited to record for Decca Records at Regent Sound Studios in Denmark Street, they did three covers: 'Hello Stranger' (Barbara Lewis), and two of David's suggestions 'Duke Of Earl' and 'Love Is Strange' (Mickey and Sylvia). This wasn't the first Manish Boy studio session... they recorded 'Stupidity', 'She Said Yeah' and 'The Hoochie Coochie Coo' for Joe Meek shortly before David joined them.


THE VOYEUR FANZINE: NEW ISSUE OUT NOW
27th April 2000

The April 2000 issue of THE VOYEUR is out now. In this issue: Copenhagen report, Bowie and family, 'hours...' promo tour part 2, CD reviews, Dark Hall of Fame (The Bad Traders Page), The winners of the Omikron contest, Adverts.

For more information go to The Voyeur web site.

ROCK STYLE MOVES ON TO CLEVELAND...
27th April 2000

Rock Style Premieres at The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum in Cleveland.

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum will open its doors on May 13, 2000 to Rock Style, a new exhibition that will spotlight classic rock and roll performers and their pervasive influence on fashion. Rock Style features approximately 120 of the greatest and most influential rock costumes from the 1950's to the present, including outfits from icons such as DAVID BOWIE, Elvis Presley, Bono, Madonna, Mick Jagger and The Beatles. Rock Style has been revised and expanded since it first opened at The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York last December. The exhibition will mark the opening with a benefit on the evening of May l2th with all proceeds to be earmarked to educational programs at the Museum. The exhibition will be on display through September 12, 2000.

"The collaboration with The Metropolitan Museum of Art and The Hall of Fame has enabled us to put together a stunning collection of rock and roll costumes," said Jim Henke, Vice-President of Exhibitions and Curatorial Affairs for The Hall of Fame. "During the last half of the twentieth century, rock artists have continually redefined what is considered sexy, hip or cool. We are thrilled to be part of this once in a lifetime opportunity and to be able to walk our visitors through the fashions of rock and roll history."

Scores of artists have wielded enormous influence on fashion over the years. Rock Style brings back the pioneers of the fifties, the rebels of the sixties, glam rock of the seventies, the new romantics of the eighties and the teen pop stars of today. The exhibition also features the alter egos' of David Bowie as Ziggy Stardust and U2's Bono as "the Fly" as well as the glamour from divas such as Diana Ross and the Supremes and Tina Turner.

This exhibition has been made possible by Tommy Hilfiger U.S.A., Inc. Support for the exhibition has been provided by Kaufmann's, with additional support by Conde Nast, the Estee Lauder Companies Inc., and the Plain Dealer. This exhibition is being organized by The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum, in Cleveland and The Metropolitan Museum of Art, in New York.

From www.newmediamusic.com.

WIN A TRIP TO THE WEBBY AWARDS 2000
27th April 2000

WIN A TRIP TO SAN FRANCISCO FOR THE WEBBY AWARDS® 2000.

Vote for your favorite Web site and win a trip to the "Oscars of the Internet".

http://www.webbyawards.com/peoplesvoice/

Get ready to rub elbows with the Web's biggest stars. The Webby Awards 2000 announced today that it is giving away an all-expenses-paid trip for two to this year's highly anticipated, star-studded event.

Widely hailed as "the Oscars of the Internet," The Webby Awards are the leading international honors for Web sites. The awards are presented by The International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences, a diverse, 350-person organization whose members include DAVID BOWIE, Francis Ford Coppola, Robin Williams, Julia Child and Esther Dyson.

More than 3,000 digerati and celebrities will descend on San Francisco's legendary Nob Hill for the May 11 awards show, which has become the industry's hottest ticket thanks to its eclectic judges, outrageous fashions, and mandatory five-words-or-less acceptance speeches. The Internet broadcast can be accessed on Yahoo!Ò Entertainment beginning at 6:15 PM PDT.

The winner of the "Whisked to the Webbys" contest, which is co-sponsored by NetRakerTM, will be given the full red-carpet treatment, complete with airfare, hotel accommodations at the hip W Hotel, and tickets to the invitation-only awards show and post-ceremony bash atop San Francisco's famed Nob Hill. Additional winners will be eligible for an array of prizes, including a wireless Palm VII, titanium Oakley TimeBomb watch, a Sony Cybershot digital camera, and a Panasonic portable DVD player.

Web fans can also enter the Webby Awards Audi TT Sweepstakes for a chance to drive away in a brand new 2001 Audi TT Roadster, the official car of The Webby Awards 2000.

To enter the contests, participants must register to vote in The People's Voice Awards, The Webby Awards tribute to democracy on the Web.

Once registered, contestants must pick their own favorite sites and rate the nominees using the same criteria as members of The Academy, such as of content, structure and navigation, visual design, functionality, interactivity, and overall experience. The customized rating system was designed by NetRaker the leading provider of Web site usability and market research applications. Deadline for entries is May 1st, 2000.

About the Webby Awards

Widely hailed as the "Oscars of the Internet," The Webby Awards are the leading international honors for Web sites. Nominees and winners are chosen by The International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences. The Webby Awards are an IDG event. Sponsors for the 2000 Webby Awards include Intel, Hewlett-Packard, PricewaterhouseCoopers, Adobe, Modem Media, Flyswat, Visa, Warburg Dillon Read, BeSeen, Xpedior, AboveNet, Audi, commission junction, worldlyinvestor.com, PlanetClick, Adauction.com, Fleishman Hillard, netRaker, The Creative Group, Netpulse, Ofoto.com, Entertainment Weekly, Business 2.0, Access Magazine, NewCity.com, Metropolis Editorial, MVFX and MVFXi, divisions of Manex Entertainment, Inc., ArtByte, MacWorld, San Francisco Bay Guardian, MacWorld Expo, MSN bCentral, Internet World, Upside Media, EMC, and We Also Walk Dogs. Balloting is audited by PricewaterhouseCoopers. The live Webcast is produced by USA Video Interactive and hosted by Yahoo! Entertainment. For more information, visit http://www.webbyawards.com/press/index.html.

About the International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences

The International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences is dedicated to the creative, technical and professional progress of new media. The goal of the IADAS is to assemble a unique and brilliant panel of leading new media experts, Web visionaries, journalists and luminaries to propel the new medium through the new millennium. IADAS currently boasts over 200 members, including such diverse experts as film director Francis Ford Coppola, musician DAVID BOWIE, Chair of Miramax Talk Media Tina Brown, cyber-guru Esther Dyson, Simpson's creator Matt Groening, Infoseek Chairman Steve Kirsch and computer scientist Jaron Lanier, as well as writers and editors from such publications as Wired, Details, Fast Company, Elle, ARTBYTE, The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, Rolling Stone, Vibe, Forbes, Premier, PC World and Jane. For more information, visit www.iadas.net.

About IDG

The Webby Awards are a business unit of IDG, the world's leading IT media, research and exposition company. IDG publishes more than 290 computer magazines and newspapers and 4,000 book titles and offers online users the largest network of technology-specific sites around the world through IDG.net which comprises more than 250 targeted Web sites in 55 countries. IDG is also a leading producer of 168 computer-related expositions worldwide, and provides IT market analysis through 49 offices in 42 countries worldwide. Company information is available at http://www.idg.com.

About NetRaker Corporation

NetRaker helps web sites perfect their web experience. NetRaker provides comprehensive market and usability research applications and site metrics to increase customer conversion, retention and revenue. The NetRaker Suite includes customizable templates that allow companies to collect high quality user interface and demographic information, such as purchasing performance by real users, customer conversion and retention, and download performance. Available on a subscription basis, the NetRaker Suite is currently being offered on a free, introductory trial basis. To sign up for the free NetRaker Index or a free trial of the complete NetRaker Suite, visit www.netraker.com or call NetRaker toll-free at 877.483.2114.

http://www.webbyawards.com/peoplesvoice/.

STORYTELLERS: ARE YOU SITTING COMFORTABLY?
26th April 2000

Click for larger photo Available now on the Uni/Interscope label is VH1 Storytellers which features fifteen of VH1's biggest names, from DAVID BOWIE to Dave Matthews, from The Bee Gees, to Sheryl Crow and Stevie Nicks dueting on Crow's "Strong Enough." What it does not include is any of them actually talking about their songs on the disc (though each story is told in the artistic booklet that accompanies the CD).

As superstar compilations go, VH1 Storytellers is certainly impressive. In addition to the aforementioned artists, Nicks shows up on her own, doing a rocking "Edge Of Seventeen," Lisa Loeb does a lovely acoustic version of "Stay," Natalie Merchant turns in a strong performance of "Carnival," while Elvis Costello (who VH1 should be commended for including, even if he doesn't have the sales numbers of the rest of the artists) croons "Just A Memory".

Bowie's "China Girl," which starts off with just a piano, before turning into the punk song Iggy Pop originally did it as, and The Eurythmics' "Here Comes The Rain Again," remade into a lush, dramatic ballad, stray furthest from the original album versions. Both artists are rewarded for their wanderlust with highly successful versions of the well-known tunes. In fact, if a single is to be pulled from this collection, here's one vote for "Here Comes The Rain Again."

Musically, VH1 Storytellers is a strong collection. And a portion of the proceeds go to City Of Hope programmes dedicated to fighting pediatric oncology and various forms of cancer. So, it certainly is a worthy cause.

By Steve Baltin.

REMINDER: DAVID CHECKS IN ON 'AIRPORT' TONIGHT
25th April 2000

The excellent BBC1 TV documentary series AIRPORT based on life and work at London's Heathrow, finally catches up with DAVID BOWIE arriving at the airport. Resident press officers Steve Meller and Russell Clisby rub shoulders with David.

Resident reporter Steve Mellor leaps at the chance to interview David Bowie and Kate Winslett, while paramedics Paul and Gerard treat a truck driver who lost a tussle with a passing plane. (T) (S) (4835).

It's on your screens tonight Tuesday 25th April, 8.00 p.m. on BBC1.

IT'S EASTER! THE SODS HAVE RISEN FROM THE DEAD!
24th April 2000

SOD The Sisteurs Of Utter Destruction, are back from the dead to bring you updates to the site... New Sod of the Month, new Bitch of the Month and some answers to "What Would Bowie Do?" Go check it out at www.squeakie.com/sod/.

From sQQQ.

IMAN AND DAVID: HAPPY 8TH WEDDING ANNIVERSARY
24th April 2000

Wishing you both a very Happy 8th Wedding Anniversary

With love and best wishes from

Mr. and Mrs. Rednik

And Everyone here at Wonderworld


"GET YOUR POTATOES 'ERE MISSUS"...
24th April 2000

Get yer spuds ere! For all those DAVID BOWIE anorak trivia specialists out there, here's the detailed answer to something that's been bothering not only me for the last twenty seven years, but also David who said recently "for all I know it could say 'Get your potatoes here'." Although I can't image David not asking Kansai Yamamoto at the time what it meant... so take it as David mentioning this question with his tongue firmly planted in his cheek.

Look at the lettering on the photograph. Each Chinese letter has the sound of de, bi, do, bou and i and translate as the following:

The first letter is read da (/de/), and means 'taking something out'.
The second one is read vi (/bi/), and means 'fire'.
The third one is read d (/do/), and means 'vomiting'.
The fourth one is read bow (/bou/), and means 'violence'.
The last one is read ie (/i/), and means 'threatening'.

Which is read as: 'The man who vomits and fires out provocative words threatening violently'.

So now you know. Check Eri's page where she has explained it in even more detail.

Thanks to EriWilde for her help.

BOWIENET ANNOUNCE 'FANS ONLY' LIVE SHOW!
23rd April 2000

BowieNet have just announced a DAVID BOWIE live show in June for their members only. More details to follow.

BowieNet are also to make some special new offers in conjunction with the re-launch of BowieNet v2. This offer is for members only and coincides with the special fans only show.

(Ed. I'm guessing it's the still unconfirmed 19th June date in NYC).

HEADS AND TALES BY LEONARD OF MAYFAIR
23rd April 2000

One dark December day in the south London of the Nineties, a shambling ageing figure was trundling back to the council flat he shared with his sister. In one swift and traumatic incident, he was mugged by a moronic youth who made off with his watch and left his cream cakes scattered across the pavement.

The watch, the youth was no doubt delighted to discover, was a Rolex and the incident seems to reflect the way inner city life had changed during the last three decades of the 20th century.

The old man wasn't badly hurt and the police had difficulty believing that such a down at heel figure would have had a Rolex. But they couldn't have known the fantastic story that old man could tell. A tale of elegance, glamour, fame, success and hedonism. The man was Leonard Lewis. Illness and ill fortune had torn him from his fabulous lifestyle which, until just a few short years before, had seen him as the most sought after hairdresser in London, friend to the stars.

When film direct Stanley Kubrick heard of Lewis's fall from grace, he famously noted; "You can never lose a gift as extraordinary as that, that kind of talent does not fade."

Lewis, who was subsequently rescued from his fall by the goodwill of the celebrities who refused to abandon him, has chosen to tell him extraordinary tale. To be honest, it could have swung either way. Too many semi celebs are cajoled into the process of memoir writing. What usually emerges is a slab of hollow name dropping.

Occasionally one such book managed to evoke the spirit of a remarkable era. This is such a book. The last time I stumbled across anything as powerfully evocative as this was Simon Napier Bell's stinging memoir, 'You Don't Have To Say You Love Me' which refreshingly depicted an array of pop gods in a state of shallow desperation.

Leonard's book carries you beautifully back to the london of the mid Sixties. He may not be a writer as such, but his direct and unpretentious storytelling works wonders here. He even manages to impart the smell of "Strawberry Fields" josh sticks by night, and more vividly, the stench of peroxide by day.

The insight provided into the day-to-day running of a Mayfair salon during the Sixties is extraordinary. Behind the scenes, a frantic scramble to maintain standards and, on the surface, the sheen of effortless professionalism. Into this environment stars like Joan Collins, Jack Nicholson, DAVID BOWIE, and, later, Michael Jackson and Princess Diana would wander.

The fact that Lewis's glamorous life was preceded by a childhood spent pinballing around the criminals of Shepherd's Bush also seems to mirror the era.

This is a book about a web of friendship and respect that seeps through times good and bad. That, perhaps, is what makes this book so special. One sense that the author, far from endlessly exclaiming his own brilliance, always knew that, ultimately, one of it mattered a jot. It is a book with heart.

Leonard Of Mayfair by Leonard Lewis, published by Hutchinson, priced £17.99.

Review by Mick Middles.

"I HAD TO PHONE SOMEONE SO I PICKED ON YOU"
22nd April 2000

Out now and currently widely publicised on UK TV is TOP OF THE POPS 2: VOLUME 1, a compilation CD box set release, which contains the DAVID BOWIE'S classic track 'Starman'. There's a snippet of David's live performance on TOTP from 1972 in the commercial. Out on the Universal Music TV label, catalogue number 5412742, ASIN: B00004S2G3.

On sale at Amazon.co.uk now, priced £14.99.

QUICK REVIEW: MR ZIGGY LAST NIGHT IN ROME
22nd April 2000

Fantastic show, last night in Rome, of MR ZIGGY AND THE GLASS SPIDERS. A very long show, more than two hours worth, people dancing on tables and chairs, and asking for more and more... The band were in an excellent mood, 'Young Americans' could even get David envious, and 'Rock 'N' Roll Suicide' brings tears in everyone's eyes...

Next show: 5th May, Blackout Club, Rome. NOT TO BE MISSED!

From Gloria.

MIKE GARSON TO RECORD LIVE JAZZ ALBUM
21st April 2000

MIKE GARSON is recording a live album with Joe LaBarbera (drums) and Putter Smith (bass) on Thursday April 27th at the Wyndham Bel Age Hotel in West Hollywood, CA. The show starts at 9:00 p.m. in the "La Brasserie" Restaurant. Admission is free, but there is a two drink (item) minimum. For more info, call the hotel at (310) 854-1111.

From Matthew Gilbert
Webmaster @ Mike Garson's Now! Music Network.

WHERE DID THAT BLOODY BEETLE COME FROM?
20th April 2000

It was twenty-nine years ago when DAVID BOWIE made his first appearance at the GLASTONBURY FESTIVAL. David was scheduled to play on Tuesday 22nd June between 7.30pm and 8.30pm, but there was an over-run by the preceding bands. The local authorities had ordered the concert to end and David had yet to appear.

At dawn, as spectators huddled together in their make shift tents and sleeping bags, David took to the stage and begin to sing. He gave the sleepy freaks a breath of magic with an early morning set of songs to greet the rising sun.

His fingers at first were so cold that he couldn't fret his guitar properly. During the opening number 'Oh! You Pretty Things', David was interrupted by some star-struck Swedish girl on the end of an acid trip, who thought she could add her out of tune voice to David's singing.

He spent a minute or two removing a beetle from between the keys of his electric piano, (a real beetle or an imagined one?) and as the sun began to shine through the grey skies he warmed the bleary eyed audience with 'Kooks'.

Next up he sang 'Changes', followed by 'Amsterdam', 'The Supermen' and 'Memory Of A Free Festival', finally ending his unique performance with 'Song For Bob Dylan'.

Admission for the 8,000 who attended with 1971 Glastonbury Fayre was free. The festival generated a lot of anger among the locals. One shop keeper, John Barkle, refused to allow hippies into self-service store and put up a notice saying "Hippies - the festival is free but we expect payment for goods in this store."

Drug squad officers were mingling with the crowds because conmen were selling suede cleaner for cannabis and junior aspirin dyed with beetroot as LSD or purple hearts. But on the whole, the festival ran smoothly and was enjoyed by everybody concerned, even the the police were full of praise for the people who attended.

Two Australians, John Wilson and Libby Roda, visiting the Fayre were married on Wednesday the 23rd at Pilton Church with the Youth Chaplain for Gloucester standing in as Best Man.

Other artists appearing over the four day event included Skin Alley, Brinsley Schwarz, Quintessence, Quiver, Gentle Giant, Terry Reid, Daevid Allen and Gong, Traffic, Hawkwind. Melanie, Arthur Brown and Kingdom Come, Fairport Convention, Linda Lewis (later on Aladdin Sane back-ups), Pink Fairies, and Edgar Broughton Band.

A triple album titled 'Revelations' was issued in August 1972 featuring a few of the acts who performed at the 1971 Fayre, but sadly contained nothing from David's haunting performance. He did contribute one track 'The Supermen' which was recorded at Trident Studios with The Spiders. On the album's linear notes it stated that Bowie's "live tape recorded at Glastonbury will remain in our vaults until the revolution".

Thanks to John H. for the researching.

MIKE GARSON NEWS: NO DOUBT - SMASHING PUMPKINS - NIN
20th April 2000

MIKE GARSON can be heard on a Bonus Track of No Doubt's new release "Return of Saturn." Found 5:35 into Track 14 - after 60 seconds of silence - Mike is featured in an orchestral version of the song "Too Late."

The Smashing Pumpkins also asked Mike to contribute to their current "Machina" album. Listen closely and you can hear him on Track 13 , "With Every Light."

And - don't forget - Mike also recorded on the current Nine Inch Nails album, The Fragile. He is featured on Track 7 (Left), "Just Like You Imagined," Track 1 (Right), "The Way Out is Through," and Track 11 (Right), "Ripe (with Decay).

From Matthew Gilbert
Webmaster @ Mike Garson's Now! Music Network.

1970-1971 BOWIE PERFORMANCES - UPDATED
20th April 2000

Finally, after another two years worth of investigations and cross checking, mainly with the generous help of DAVID BOWIE fan JOHN HARRISON, there is now another update concerning early concert performances covering 1970 and 1971. Missing dates and venues to the previous listings have been added and updated, along with some new discoveries and unreported performances. I've also added several notes alongside some of the dates.

Check out the David Bowie In Concert Performances 1970-1971.

LATEST PHOTOS... LOU, DAVID AND IGGY TO FOLLOW
20th April 2000

Check out some new exclusive photographs of David's friend LOU REED in Paris. All pictures were taken at the FNAC St. Lazare during a 3 hour Lou Reed exclusive photo shoot. (Reed 01 - 04). There are also more DAVID BOWIE photographs Bowie 30 - Bowie 32 added.

Next pictures to come... IGGY POP during The Idiot sessions.

From Philippe Auliac.

NEW ILLUSTRATED db DISCOGRAPHY v10.9
20th April 2000

The latest version of Ruud Altenburg's ILLUSTRATED db DISCOGRAPHY version 10.9 is online. New sections include Pirates, treating pirate discs, counterfeits and semi-legal compilations, plus the American Psycho soundtrack, featuring a remix of 'Something In The Air'. Thanks to Jeremy Scott Dobry, the "real" Stigmata movie version of 'The Pretty Things Are Going To Hell' has been added.

From Ruud Altenburg. Illustrated db Discography.

GLASTONBURY FESTIVAL 2000 LATEST CONFIRMATIONS
19th April 2000

The latest official confirmations to the GLASTONBURY 2000 FESTIVAL line-up include: Travis, Flaming Lips, Morcheeba, Bentley Rhythm Ace, Kelis and Moloko.

Pyramid Stage: Headliners... Friday Chemical Brothers, Saturday Travis and Sunday DAVID BOWIE. Also confirmed to play the Pyramid stage are Embrace, The Wailers and Ladysmith Black Mambazo.

Other Stage: Confirmed acts include amongst others, Moby, Nine Inch Nails, Leftfield and Basement Jaxx.

Dance Tent: Confirmed acts on Friday include Manchild, Junkie XL, Dave Clark. Saturday sees Bentley Rhythm Ace and Rhinocerose, while on Sunday confirms include Kelis, Gilles Peterson and Mint Royale.

Jazzworld Stage: Confirmed are Groove Armada, Morcheeba, Reprazent and Horace Andy. The New Bands stage headliners will be Flaming Lips.

New facilities and improvements for this years event include extra camping space, extra security, better drainage and a new bus station. Tickets for the 23rd-25th June festival at Worthy Farm, Pilton are available for purchase now priced at £89.

Official Glastonbury Festival Web Site

THE MANISH BOYS FEATURE IN RECORD COLLECTOR
18th April 2000

The May edition of RECORD COLLECTOR magazine, which goes on sale 28th April features: DAVID BOWIE: 'The definitive guide to Bowie's early years with the Manish Boys', including previously unpublished photos.

From Simon G.

BOWIE STYLE: NEW BOOK PUBLISHED IN JUNE
17th April 2000

Bowie Style A dazzling, richly illustrated 160-page chronicle of pop's greatest exponent of style.

This visual examination of a celebrated multi-faceted career documents the impact of David Bowie on twentieth-century fashion and culture, brilliantly capturing his spatial odyssey from dedicated follower to supreme arbiter of rock chic.

As the book says, 'Bowie's "style" has always amounted to more than clothes, hair and cosmetics. Style, for Bowie, is inextricable from art... it is less a flight from reality than an entire way of life.'

The range of photographs is staggering. From his humble Brixton beginnings to the classy pop icon in the last quarter of the old millennium (every year from 1962 to 1999 is amply represented), the book shows a changing glamour gallery of Bowies' down the years, all different and yet somehow all unified by an unerring grasp of Style with a capital S.

Whether it's on-stage with The King Bees in the Sixties, off-stage at Haddon Hall in the Seventies, on-stage (again) with Iggy Pop in the Eighties, or back-stage with Morrissey in the Nineties, Steve Pafford, editor of the UK's 'Crankin' Out' David Bowie magazine, has unearthed some fascinating pix. There are close to 500 images in Bowie Style, an all-time high, and around 40% are guaranteed previously unseen.

There's also an exclusive two-page interview with photographer Mick Rock, contributions from ex-manager Ken Pitt, as well as previously unpublished extracts of Crankin' Out's interviews with collaborator Tony Visconti, clothes designer Natasha Kornilof and Manish Boy Bob Solly.

The informed, incisive text and picture captions are also littered with quotes from David himself, compiled from various media interviews conducted over the years, as well as his chats with Crankin' Out, which appear in print for the very first time.

Written by Mark Paytress, assisted by Steve Pafford, Bowie Style is published by Omnibus Press in June, priced £19.99 in the UK, $29.95 in the US. ISBN 0-7119-7722-4.

You can pre-order the book online here.

From TBB Press Release via BowieNet.

MICK ROCK: NEW BOOK... EXHIBITION... SIGNING... INTERVIEW
17th April 2000

'RAW POWER: Iggy & the Stooges 1972' is the latest publication from photographic legend MICK ROCK. Published in UK on 2nd May and 1st June in US, priced at £17.95 and $24.95 respectively.

You can pre-order the book online here.

To coincide with the publication there's a photographic exhibition at The Scala, in London, at 275 Pentonville Road, Kings Cross, London N1 9NL. Tel: 0207 833 2022. The exhibition opens on 3rd May until 1st July 2000. Open daily 1.00pm till 6pm, except Sundays and Mondays.

Mick is also hosting a book signing/interview 4th May (6pm) at Helter Skelter, 4 Denmark Street, London WC2H 8LL. Tel: 0207 836 1151. There's also an appearance on the Sean Hughes radio show GLR with Mick being interviewed on 30th April at 10.00 am till 12.00.

Check out the Mick Rock Official Web Site.

DAVID GETS THE 'AIRPORT' TREATMENT AT HEATHROW
16th April 2000

The excellent BBC1 TV documentary series AIRPORT based on life and work at London's Heathrow, finally catches up with DAVID BOWIE arriving at the airport. Resident press officers Steve Meller and Russell Clisby rub shoulders with David. It'll be on your screens on Tuesday 25th April on BBC1.

From Rupert and Steph.

2 OF 3 BOWIE NYC GIGS CONFIRMED VIA EARL SLICK SITE
16th April 2000

Two of the three DAVID BOWIE New York City gigs have been confirmed via EARL SLICK'S web site. Rehearsals start in the first two weeks of June, then onto the UK for the Glastonbury Festival 2000. Thirty songs are scheduled for the set which includes 'Station To Station'. There are also TV appearances and a concert taping for the BBC, then they immediately fly back to New York for the recording of David's new album.

From Earl Slick's Web Site

REMINDER: DAVID BOWIE REPEAT ON VH-1 TODAY
16th April 2000

Don't forget there is a DAVID BOWIE 30 minute programme repeat showing on VH-1 today at 10.00 am


EARLY CONCERT BOWIE PERFORMANCES - HUGE UPDATE
16th April 2000

Finally, after another two years worth of investigations and cross checking, mainly with the generous help of DAVID BOWIE fan JOHN HARRISON, there is now a huge update concerning early concert performances mainly covering the Sixties period. Lots of missing dates and venues to the previous listings have been added and updated, along with some new discoveries and unreported performances. I've also added several notes alongside some of the dates.

Keep a lookout for some early Seventies updates to be added in the next week or so.

Check out the David Bowie In Concert Performances 1958-1969.

IMAN LIVE APPEARANCE ON ROSIE SHOW
15th April 2000

IMAN is to appear live on the ROSIE O'DONNELL show this coming Monday 17th April at 10:00 am on the ABC Network.

Info from i-iman.com.

THE WEBBY AWARDS ROLL OUT THE RED CARPET
15th April 2000

For Immediate Release

THE WEBBY AWARDS 2000® ROLL OUT THE RED CARPET FOR STARS OF STAGE, SCREEN, AND BEYOND

Alan Cumming to MC; Sandra Bernhard, Tina Brown, Laurie Anderson to present awards.

Reflecting the remarkable range of the medium it honors, The Webby Awards 2000 today unveiled a dazzling, diverse list of celebrities and luminaries who will be participating in this year's highly-anticipated awards show on May 11th.

In a nod to his Tony Award-winning portrayal of the Emcee in the hit Broadway revival of Cabaret, organizers announced that acclaimed actor Alan Cumming will serve as the evening's Master of Ceremonies.

Cumming, who has appeared in numerous films and television programs, including Eyes Wide Shut and Titus, will also be responsible for holding winners to the Webbys' trademark five-word speech limit.

Widely hailed as "the Oscars of the Internet," The Webby Awards are the leading international honors for Web sites. The awards are presented by The International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences. More than 3,000 people will descend on San Francisco's Nob Hill for the awards, while millions more will tune in to the live Webcast. (For more details visit http://www.webbyawards.com)

Tiffany Shlain, the founder and director of the awards, also revealed a preliminary list of high-profile presenters. According to Shlain, Tina Brown, the editor in chief of Talk Magazine, will present the Best Print/Zine Site, actress and comedian Sandra Bernhard will present the Best Weird Site, and performance artist Laurie Anderson, will present the first annual SFMOMA Webby Prize for Excellence in Online Art.

The Webby Awards 2000 will be judged by the 350-person Academy, whose members include Francis Ford Coppola in Film; Esther Dyson in Finance; DAVID BOWIE in Music; Robin Williams in Games; Deepak Chopra in Health; Julia Child in Living; Sir Richard Branson in Travel; Parker Posey in Film; and Haley Joel Osment in Kids.

"The incredible mix of original performers, artists, innovators, and thinkers on board for this year's Webby Awards truly reflect the diversity of the Web," said Shlain. "Their involvement is going to make for a wildly entertaining evening."

About the Webby Awards

Widely hailed as the "Oscars of the Internet," The Webby Awards are the leading international honors for Web sites. Nominees and winners are chosen by The International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences. The Webby Awards are an IDG event. Sponsors for the 2000 Webby Awards include Intel, Hewlett-Packard, PricewaterhouseCoopers, Adobe, Modem Media, Flyswat, Visa, Warburg Dillon Read, BeSeen, Xpedior, AboveNet, Audi, commission junction, worldlyinvestor.com, PlanetClick, Adauction.com, Fleishman Hillard, netRaker, The Creative Group, Netpulse, Ofoto.com, Entertainment Weekly, Business 2.0, Access Magazine, NewCity.com, Metropolis Editorial, ArtByte, MacWorld, San Francisco Bay Guardian, MacWorld Expo, MSN bCentral, Internet World, Upside Media, and We Also Walk Dogs. Balloting is audited by PricewaterhouseCoopers. For more information, visit http://www.webbyawards.com/press/index.html

About the International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences.

The International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences is dedicated to the creative, technical, and professional progress of the Internet and evolving forms of interactive media. The goal of The Academy is to assemble a unique and brilliant panel of leading new media experts, Web visionaries, journalists, and luminaries to propel the World Wide Web into the future. The Academy is an intellectually diverse organization that includes over 350 members such as film director Francis Ford Coppola, musician David Bowie, Chairman of Miramax Talk Media Tina Brown, cyberguru Esther Dyson, creator of "The Simpsons" Matt Groening, National Public Radio personality Ira Glass, computer scientist Jaron Lanier, and Oxygen Media President Geraldine Laybourne. Members also include writers and editors from publications such as Wired, Details, Fast Company, Elle, The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, Vibe, Forbes, and Premier. For more information, visit www.iadas.net.

About IDG

The Webby Awards is a business unit of IDG, the world's leading IT media, research and exposition company. IDG publishes more than 290 computer magazines and newspapers and 4,000 book titles and offers online users the largest network of technology-specific sites around the world through IDG.net (http://www.idg.net), which comprises more than 250 targeted Web sites in 55countries. IDG is also a leading producer of 168 computer-related expositions worldwide, and provides IT market analysis through 49 offices in 42 countries worldwide. Company information is available at http://www.idg.com.

Press Release Webby Awards.

FUNKY DORY! BECK TO REMIX SEVEN
14th April 2000

Genre-splicing troubadour BECK has remixed the new DAVID BOWIE single 'Seven'. The track will be the third to be taken from Bowie's current album 'hours...' and will be released in June.

It will coincide with Bowie's headlining appearance at Glastonbury at the end of that month. Beck is scheduled to appear at the Reading/Leeds festival in August.

From dotmusic.com news.

DREAM CONTROLS TO MAJOR TOM
14th April 2000

The Nomad Soul

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: THE NOMAD SOUL ON DREAMCAST

Prepare for a new experience. Eidos Interactive is to release the futuristic 3D action-adventure game The Nomad Soul on Dreamcast. Developed by Quantic Dream, The Nomad Soul will be available from May 1st 2000.

Graphically brilliant and strikingly stylistic, the game features one of the best real-time 3D engines available and for the very first time in a video game, facial motion capture in real-time. It also features music by David Bowie and Reeves Gabrels and, for the first time ever in a video game, a virtual album. David also appears in the game, playing the roles of Boz the Virtual Being - the mysterious leader of a terrorist organisation, as well as a young singer of a band called the Dreamers. The game boasts the first virtual concert with David Bowie, Reeves Gabrels and Gail Ann Dorsey performing within the game.

Omikron is a mysterious city sheltering beneath a protective dome in an inhospitable universe. Beneath its foundations lie the ancient ruins of countless dynasties and empires. Its citizens live out their lives in near utopia, oblivious to the evil that lurks just below the surface of their hi-tech city.

The Nomad Soul is a journey into a parallel universe where nothing is as it seems. The player is completely free to move around within Omikron, both in the streets as well as inside the buildings. The player can talk to the people of the city, drive anti-gravity vehicles and fight in 3D (with bare hands, or with a laser gun).

The Nomad Soul introduces virtual reincarnation to the gaming world. In order to move around the city, the player must place his or her soul into the body of someone in Omikron. Whenever this body dies, the soul is transferred into the body of the first person who touches the dead body. From that point on, the player will have to talk, investigate, fight, drive, shoot, ride and explore his way to the conclusion of the game: deliverance from this strange dimension.

The Nomad Soul will immerse the player in a truly virtual world with an ingenious storyline, where you can interact with anyone and everything. The Nomad Soul features dazzling art direction, state-of-the-art 3D effects and an exciting blend of exploring, puzzle solving and combat action that will appeal to adventurers and action gamers alike.

Key features:

- Complete freedom within a city in real-time 3D, with passers-by and vehicles.
- More than 400 different sets in four huge cities.
- Motion capture body and facial movements bring every citizen of Omikron to life.
- 150 different real time 3D motion captured characters.
- More than 300 objects can be used.
- Four hours of dialogue with more than 1200 responses.
- 70 talking characters.
- Experience 'virtual reincarnation', the ability to move directly into the body of the first person who touches you after you die.

Credit: Eidos Interactive. Developer: Quantic Dream.
Release date: May 1st 2000. Format: Dreamcast.
SRP: £39.99 ELSPA rating: 15+

AMERICAN PSYCHO SOUNDTRACK RELEASED
14th April 2000

Buy it here The release of the soundtrack to AMERICAN PSYCHO due on 4th April on Koch Records had been put back two weeks (14th April) in the US because of copyright problems with one of the tracks, namely The Huey Lewis track 'Hip To Be Square'. DAVID BOWIE has contributed the 6:01 MARK PLATI remix of 'Something In The Air'.

Listen You can listen to a RealAudio clip of the Bowie remix here.

Tracklisting:

01. You Spin Me Around (Like A Record) (2:13): Dope.
02. Introductory Monologue 1 (0:38).
03. Something In The Air David Bowie (American Psycho Remix) (6:01): Audio Clip
04. Watching Me Fall (Underdog Remix) (7:12): The Cure.
05. True Faith (5:53): New Order.
06. Monologue 2 (0:30).
07. Trouble (4:15): Daniel Ash with Adrian Utley.
08. Paid In Full (Coldcut Remix) (7:08): Eric B and Rakim.
09. Who Feelin' It (Philip's Psycho Mix) (4:52): Tom Tom Club.
10. Monologue 3 (1:19).
11. What's On Your Mind (Pure Energy Mix) (4:35): Information Society.
12. Pump Up The Volume (4:06): M/A/R/R/S.
13. Paid In Full (Remix) (3:06): The Racket.

There is also a hidden track '38' is another monologue (Whitney Houston 'The Greatest Love Of All' speech).

Read a review of the American Psycho album.

EMM GRYNER UNION SQUARE GIG LINED UP
14th April 2000

EMM GRYNER has another gig lined up on 7th May in New York. She'll hit the stage at 4.00 pm at Union Square for The Union Square Asian Hertiage Festival, in New York, NY.


REDNIK ASKS...? "JUST FOR ONE DAY"
14th April 2000

New poll question up... "Just For One Day"... Given the choice where would you spend the day with David?

Take your pick.

BBC AND YOUTH MUSIC AMNESTY INSTRUMENT APPEAL
13th April 2000

Following on from the news earlier this week that DAVID BOWIE has donated a saxophone to the BBC Music Heritage Music Amnesty Instrument Appeal, here is some background information.

Bring Out Your Brass! A campaign will make sure your unwanted instrument goes to the person who needs it...

Readers, music-lovers and musicians all over the country are being asked to take part in an ambitious scheme to put instruments into the hands of children and young people.

BBC Music Live and its partner, the charity Youth Music, are calling an Instrument Amnesty - anyone who has a working instrument that they can spare is asked to hand it in. It could be the start of a lifelong love of music for one child, or a glittering career for another.

Gavin Henderson, principal of Trinity College of Music and a trustee of Youth Music, says the idea of the Amnesty came about because of a worrying shortage of instruments available to people who desperately wanted to learn to play, and didn't have the opportunity. 'We wanted to find a way of getting good, playable instruments into their hands.

'People said "Is it really an amnesty?" because it's not like handing in weapons. But in a way it is, because these poor old instruments deserve to be played, they deserve to be brought to life.' He believes there are lots of people out there who are harbouring old instruments 'either as curiosities or for sentimental reasons. It would be nice if they saw it as an opportunity to give a child a real chance.'

The campaign kicks off on 30th march and is a focal point of the BBC Music Live weekend from 25 to 29 May. Along with the live music broadcasts, there will be appeals on national and local TV and radio stations to alert the public to the Amnesty.

As Henderson says, 'It could be tremendous. Talk to people and you'll find they have, or know someone who has, an instrument that isn't being played.'

Anyone who has an instrument in good condition that they'd like to donate is asked to phone a BBC helpline. They will be sent an information pack and short questionnaire about their instrument. This will help determine its condition.

Following the close of the Amnesty on 29th May, Youth Music will, with the help of local music shops, organise the reconditioning of instruments, match donors with suitable recipients, and handing over.

Look out for details of the Instrument Amnesty hotlines in the press and on the BBC from 30th March, or phone BBC Music Live on 08700 100125.

From Amanda Holloway BBC Music Magazine May 2000.

GLASTONBURY 2000 LIST GROWS
12th April 2000

The latest list of performers rumoured to appear at this year's GLASTONBURY 2000 FESTIVAL includes: Placebo, Macy Gray, Stereophonics, Catatonia, Paul McCartney, Mobo, Foo Fighters, Leftfield, Burt Bacharach, Eurythmics, James, Englebert Humperdinck, Death In Vegas, Joe Strummer, Mogwai, Mansun, Ocean Colour Scene, Reef, Smashing Pumpkins, Bloodhound Gang and The Bluetones.

The Pet Shop Boys are confirmed to play on the Saturday, The Beta Band have confirmed for the Sunday evening on the second stage, along with Embrace who are second billing to DB on the Sunday night.

DAVID BOWIE is the headliner for the Sunday evening on June 25th, with Embrace as second billing. The event takes place at Worthy Farm, Pilton on the weekend of June 23rd to 25th. Tickets are on sale now, priced at £87 for the full event.

Check out the official Glastonbury 2000 Festival web site.

PLANET ROCK PROFILES THIS WEEK
9th April 2000

There's a repeat showing on Wednesday evening of ITV'S 'PLANET ROCK PROFILES with DAVID BOWIE. Programme starts at 1.25am - 1.55am, April 12th on ITV. (1040139)

(Ed. Some magazines are listing Wednesday's programme as DB and others as John Mellencamp - so take your pick).

DAVID DONATES SAXOPHONE TO BBC SCHEME
9th April 2000

DAVID BOWIE, Elton John, George Martin and Jools Holland are among the stars to make donations to what is believed to be the UK's first "musical instrument amnesty".

The scheme, set up in conjunction with the annual BBC Music Live broadcast festival, is designed to collect 10,000 unwanted instruments which will then be distributed to children and young people all over the country.

Bowie has handed over a saxophone, Elton John some keyboards, George Martin a French horn, and former Roxy Music guitarist Phil Manzanera a tiple, a ten-stringed guitar which originates from Colombia.

Anyone wishing to donate an instrument should contact the BBC on their audience line, 08700 100125.

From Music365.com

AMERICAN PSYCHO SOUNDTRACK DELAYED
6th April 2000

Buy it here The release of the soundtrack to AMERICAN PSYCHO due on 4th April on Koch Records has been put back two weeks (14th April) in the US because of copyright problems with one of the tracks. DAVID BOWIE has contributed the 6:01 MARK PLATI remix of 'Something In The Air'.

While you're waiting for the album to get released you can listen to a Listen RealAudio clip of the Bowie remix here.

The soon-to-be-released film adaption of Brett Easton Ellis's gory, misogynistic tale of an acquisitive '80s serial killer who kills with alacrity and dresses really, really well, gets the soundtrack it likely deserves. Whether or not you think this is a good thing depends on your tolerance for remixed '80s goth rock interspersed with monologues on societal alienation from the film's protagonist, Patrick Bateman (played by Christian Bale), of which there are plenty.

The soundtrack's curators try hard to coat things with an aura of menace, mostly by using redone versions of 80's new wave and gloom rock tracks. This is scarier than it sounds, actually. Songs long thought dead (Dead Or Alive's "You Spin Me Round," throbbingly reconfigured by industrial act Dope; MARRS' "Pump Up the Volume"; New Order's underrated "True Faith") make appearances, as do longtime MIA's like Daniel Ash (who collaborates with Portishead's Adrian Utley on the thin "Trouble") and The Cure (who donate "Watching Me Fall," remixed by Massive Attack's Underdog).

At best, American Psycho is a nice nod to a lost art form, goth having been nudged into mopey irrelevancy by the arrival of grunge sometime back in 1991. Those who miss it will find much to love here, and much to fear as well: Presumably, the inclusion of the record's closing track, Huey Lewis and the News' preternaturally perky "Hip To Be Square," is symbolic of the sort of disposable irony that wasn't even invented in the 1980's. It winds up being the scariest cut of all.

Review by Allison Stewart on CDNow.com.

DAVID BOWIE SPECIAL ON RADIO TONKA
3rd April 2000

Radio Special Flyer Marcel De Groot has been asked by a local radio station (Radio Tonka in The Hague, The Netherlands) to make a DAVID BOWIE special for their radio station on April 11th for two hours. (104.7 FM 8.00 pm - 10.00 pm).

Marcel says: In this program I will talk a lot on Bowie (therefore it's a Bowie Special!) and play some very special tunes for at least two hours. I have just finished the flyer for the programme, however you will not be able to have a listen, since u live to far away, I assume. I will try to record the show and put it in real audio on my homepage, but there is still a question mark if this will be possible. If u need more info please let me know!

From Marcel.

Q UP WITH 'CASH FOR QUESTIONS' WITH DAVID BOWIE
1st April 2000

'Cash For Questions' the monthly feature in Q magazine finally gets around to DAVID BOWIE in their July edition. (On sale in June). Here's the deal. Only the sharpest, funniest, questions will be put to the Dame. £25 for each one printed - so include your name and address. Label all correspondence 'Cash For Questions: David Bowie'. Mail to:

Q Magazine, Mappin House, Winsley Street, London W1N 7AR.
Fax: (44 171) 0171 312 8247.

Email: q@ecm.emap.com

Q web site.

HOLLY AND EMM LIVE NYC GIG TONIGHT
1st April 2000

Singer HOLLY PALMER who recently sang backup vocals on DAVID BOWIE'S mini 'hours...' promo tour, as well as appearing on the album, has more concert dates lined up in New York City.

Tonight's gig (1st April) will also feature EMM GRYNER who also joined DB's promo tour.

Here's the concert schedule:

April 1st - Fez, NYC, NY (with Emm Gryner).
May 2nd - Arlene's Grocery, New York City, NY.
(95 Stanton St. between Ludlow and Orchard).
May 9th - Arlene's Grocery, New York City, NY.
May 16th - Arlene's Grocery, New York City, NY.

Enjoy the shows. More information as it becomes available.

From webmaster Jason at Holly Palmer's web site

Emm Gryner is part way through composing her next record, as well as releasing 'Dead Relatives' which will be available on her web site before she begins touring with David again in June. Emm's 'Living Room Tour' continues with a gig on 7th April in Cork, Ireland, more gigs to be announced soon.

Visit the Emm Gryner web site.



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