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LOOKING FOR WATER
29th April 2012

Ziggy DuckFor the DAVID BOWIE fan who has everything!... I've ordered mine from here... bathtime will never be the same again!

Give your bath time a little boost with this premium designer rubber duck. 'Bud' are the original and world's most collectible designer luxury rubber bath duck range.

Each is beautifully made in quality phthalate free pvc, is lovingly printed or painted and formed in individual character designs at Bud© by Design-room©.

They come presented in a transparent gift box with a character description card and mini 'Bud' range booklet, the outer package is also hologram sealed as proof of authenticity. Measures approx. 11cm x 8cm x 10cm.

The Ziggy Ducks are temporarily sold out - but keep checking the Funky Lighting and Gadget Shop to see when more become available.

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UNRELEASED 1973 INTERVIEW
27th April 2012

This is never before released audio of CHERRY VANILLA quizzing DAVID BOWIE in New York in 1973.

As his spokesperson, Cherry did this in order to provide more informed responses to interview questions about Bowie by journalists and DJs.


This private recording is now finally released via her official website


SUKITA/BOWIE BOOK VIDEO
27th April 2012

Genesis Publications presents the making of the DAVID BOWIE and MASAYOSHI SUKITA new signed limited edition book and vinyl set, 'Speed Of Life'.


Available to order now from genesis-publications.com or call +44 (0) 1483 540970.


D&I HAPPY 20th ANNIVERSARY!David and Iman
24th April 2012

Wishing a very Happy 20th Wedding Anniversary to DAVID and IMAN, who married during a civil ceremony in Switzerland, at the Lausanne Registrar Office this very day twenty years ago on 24th April 1992.

Then later they held their wedding ceremony in Florence, Italy on the 6th June 1992.

The traditional 20th anniversary gift is china and the contemporary or modern gift is platinum.


ALL THE WAY FROM WASHINGTON
24th April 2012

SPACE ODDITY: DAVID BRIGHTON's tribute to DAVID BOWIE are performing at the Admiral Theatre in Washington, USA this coming weekend on Saturday 28th April.

David Brighton and the Space Oddity Band    Venue: The Admiral Theatre.
   Address: 515 Pacific Avenue, Bremerton, WA 98337, USA.

This performance will be the full stage show with the Space Oddity Band (featuring former members of Quiet Riot, Eddie Money's Band, Gene Loves Jezebel, etc.), dancers, full staging, light show, and the works!

Show time is 8pm. Tickets: 360-373-6743. You can purchase tickets online

David has also been interviewed by the Kitsap Sun which was published today. The article/interview entitled: 'Being Bowie is a challenge David Brighton relishes' can be read here

Check out davidbowietribute.com for more details and information.


MOJO: BOWIE WRITES
22nd April 2012

There is a DAVID BOWIE feature in the forthcoming issue of MOJO magazine for June (issue 223).

The Beach Boys are featured on the cover and the Bowie blurb states: 'Bowie Writes'.

Don't get too excited though it isn't anything brand new. The article is based around Sukita's new book which features some of David's comments and thoughts that are taken from the Speed Of Life publication.

Their contents index states: David Bowie: The man himself remembers, dissects and annotates a stunning series of portraits taken over the years by his court photographer, Sukita.

More details and information can be found over at mojo4music.com website.


RECORD STORE DAY BOWIE RELEASES
21st April 2012

Starman 2012 As predicted there are lots and lots of the Record Store Day exclusive release of DAVID BOWIE's 'Starman' / 'Starman' (TOTP Mix) over on eBay

Sellers from multiple countries are listing the 7" picture disc, which is numbered and housed in a clear plastic sleeve.

I suggest that if you're after a copy then get hold of one in the next few days. The prices seem to be holding at between £28-£38 GBP mark. Not bad considering that if you queued up for hours you had to pay anywhere between £12 and £15 in the record stores anyway.

There are plenty of ridiculous BuyItNow prices, I would ignore these for now. Get one while you can. Once 1,000 Bowie collectors get hold of theirs, the prices will start to creep up.

Check out eBay and tweak the search results page if necessary.


Over in the USA, there were two other Bowie-related RSD exclusive releases specifically for the American market...

Mick Rock Collectors Tin The Mick Rock Tins were on sale in the USA. I'm sure you already know that these were available in Europe for £20 for quite a while now. The collectors tin contains an exclusive red coloured 7" single 'Starman' / 'Suffragette City' and a 128-page photo book.

If you are in Europe and are still after one of these at the original listed price pop on over to Loudclothing.com - plenty are available without paying silly money. Unfortunately the Bowie tins have been out of stock for quite a while over at mickrockcollectables.com


Tebowie Also released was a 3,500 limited edition 7" single from JIMMY FALLON of 'Tebowie', backed with 'Reading Rainbow'.

Released on the Warner Bros label, this again was a RSD Exclusive Release and the first time this has been physically available.

More details and information can be found over at recordstoreday.com and recordstoreday.co.uk websites.


AND THE BITS FLEW FAR AND WIDE...
19th April 2012

There are already quite a few listings on eBay for the 2012 Record Store Day Exclusive of DAVID BOWIE's Starman / Starman (Top of the Pops Mix 6/7/72) on a very limited edition 7 inch picture disc. If you can't make it to any participating record stores on Saturday and are planning on purchasing online - you can view all eBay listings here - this search link will continually update over the next few weeks...

The RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS are to release a digital-only EP entitled 'We Salute You' on 1st May via Warner Brothers. The EP contains six tracks all cover versions which includes a live-version of DAVID BOWIE's 'Suffragette City'...

The NEW MUSICAL EXPRESS are asking to you vote for your ultimate icon. Pop on over the the NME website and make your choice. DAVID BOWIE is listed at number 12. No registration is neccessary - [VOTE NOW]...

Well worth checking out the Speakeasy Blog written by Jon Friedman which talks about the forthcoming publication by KEN SCOTT Abbey Road to Ziggy Stardust - [Read here]...

DAVID BOWIE tribute band ALADDINSANE are to perform at The Diamond in Sutton in Ashfield, Mansfield, England on Friday 20th April...

The European Union's anti-trust regulators on Thursday approved SONY CORPORATION's $2.2 billion acquisition of EMI's publishing business, which would create the world's largest music publishing group with rights to about 2 million songs including some by DAVID BOWIE, Stevie Wonder and others...

MARKS AND SPENCER had a Terry O'Neill range of items on sale which included notebooks, ceramic and travel mugs, wash bags, diaries and calendars. One of particular interest to you all is the DAVID BOWIE A6 Notebook which features a great photograph by Terry. This mini notebook features an eyecatching photograph of David during the Diamond Dogs photo sessions, with a description from Terry O'Neill on the reverse. The book contains lined pages and has an unusual fabric type feel to the cover. Apparently these have been on sale for quite a while - [Thanks to SweetyThang for the pointer]...


STARMAN ON RECORD STORE DAY
17th April 2012

Starman 2012 Starman 2012 Reminder: Don't forget that this coming weekend (Saturday 21st) EMI Records will release a 2012 Record Store Day Exclusive of DAVID BOWIE's Starman / Starman (Top of the Pops Mix 6/7/72) on a very limited edition 7 inch picture disc. (Cat. No. EMI DBSTAR40 / 5099955979177).

If you can't make it to any participating record stores on Saturday - a dealer from Canada already has one up for grabs over on eBay and I'm sure there will be plenty of other listings shortly.

There are already quite a few listings already up - check out all eBay listings - this link will continually update over the next few weeks.

Check out the participating Record Store Day retail stores


THE DEALERS DISCOVERY
15th April 2012

D Head VII Be on the look-out for an upcoming episode of DEALERS - broadcast on the Discovery Channel - where DAVID BOWIE artwork and memorabilia is featured and fought over!

According to their website, during the programme, dealers Scott Diament come to blows with Jenny Pat as they fight to buy the Bowie painting.

In episode six, a David Bowie fan hoping to raise funds to emigrate to Australia, brings artwork in by David, as well as a Christmas card. The 1994 Christmas card was sent out by David and Iman to 150 acquaintances which featured artwork by David.

The new series begins tomorrow 16th April at 9pm only on Discovery.

Check out the discoveryuk.com website for more details and information. A sneak preview featuring the artwork is available now to watch here.

D Head VII is a self-portrait created by David in 1995 and is acrylic and computer collage on canvas. If you are a major collector and maybe interested in purchasing this artwork feel free to email me and I will forward on the seller details. In terms of price, the seller would like offers in the region of £5,000 GBP (plus postage and packaging).


LBC BOWIE PHOTOGRAPHS
9th April 2012

I'm sure you all know the name LEEE BLACK CHILDERS - photographer and ex MainMan employee.

Leee first met David when he was the stage manager for Andy Warhol's play Pork which came to London in 1971. The majority of the Pork entourage ended up working for MainMan.

Leee worked for MainMan in the Seventies and took many photographs of DAVID BOWIE whilst on the road and live on-stage.

You now have the opportunity to purchase some of his fabulous photographs. Each photograph is sized at 7x9 on 8.5x11 high quality photo paper and are each pesonally signed by Leee.

The photographs include David on the Trans-Siberian Railway travelling back to his home country after his successful worldwide tour, David in Red Square in front of the Kremlin and on stage during The 1980 Floor Show at the Marquee in London.

There is also a set of 4 live photographs taken onstage (in the wings out of sight) at Radio City Music Hall in New York City in February 1973.

David Bowie in Siberia David Bowie in Red Square David Bowie on stage The 1980 Floor Show

David Bowie at Radio City Music Hall 1973 David Bowie at Radio City Music Hall 1973 David Bowie at Radio City Music Hall 1973 David Bowie at Radio City Music Hall 1973

There is also a photograph of Amanda Lear in her Octobriana get-up (note the star on her forehead). Although Leee didn't take this photograph (I think it was taken by Karl Stoecker) it looks like a MainMan arranged photo session for the promotion of the cancelled Octobriana project that David was intending to produce with Amanda.

Be sure to check out his other photographs of Mick Ronson with Ian Hunter, Iggy and The Stooges and Jayne County amongst many others.


DAVID BOWIE CONVENTION DVD
8th April 2012

The 2012 UK David Bowie Convention DVDUpdate: The 2012 UK DAVID BOWIE Convention is now available to purchase via eBay.

The 2012 UK David Bowie Convention was held on 25th February 2012 at Esquires, Bedford, England.

Featuring live music by Lipstick Torpedo, Funmilayo, Rob Hallward, Nick Fielding as Amannin Sane and David Priest and John Morey.

Bowie fans bopped to the sounds of their hero for 10 hours and the man himself also sent along a personal message to his fans.

The highlights are all here on this wonderful DB512 Convention DVD complete with an unused mint condition ticket for the event.

Over 2 hours of rockin' music plus lots of extra footage from the soundcheck and a digital slideshow too.

This is the official DVD+R in plain white paper slip sleeve.


WHEN ZIGGY PLAYED GUITAR
7th April 2012

PREFACE TO PUBLISH BOWIE CELEBRATION BY DYLAN JONES TO COINCIDE WITH 40TH ANNIVERSARY OF ICONIC TOP OF THE POPS 'STARMAN' BROADCAST.

When Ziggy Played Guitar - David Bowie and Four Minutes that Shook the World by Dylan Jones Preface Publisher Trevor Dolby has bought world rights to When Ziggy Played Guitar: David Bowie and Four Minutes that Shook the World by Dylan Jones from Ed Victor at Ed Victor Ltd.

For each generation there are certain moments that become cultural turning points. For Dylan Jones, the urbane, influential long-standing editor of GQ magazine, and many others of his generation, they will pick out the same moment. July 6th 1972 at 7.25 and 33 seconds. Top of the Pops. When David Bowie sang Starman in the guise of Ziggy Stardust.

With a tall, flame-orange cockade quiff (stolen from a Kansai Yamamoto model on the cover of Honey), lavishly applied make-up, white nail polish, and wearing a multi-coloured jump-suit that looked as though it were made from fluorescent fish skin (chosen by Ziggy co-shaper, the designer Freddie Burretti), and carrying a brand spanking new blue acoustic guitar, Bowie appeared not so much as a pop singer, but rather as some sort of benevolent alien. Suddenly Bowie - a man called Alias - had the world at his nail-varnished fingertips, and in no time at all he would be the biggest star in the world.

When Ziggy Played Guitar will be published just ahead of the 40th anniversary of the broadcast on 6th July. Dylan Jones has had unique access and the book will be illustrated with previously unseen photographs.

Dolby said: 'I was in the Wolseley in Piccadilly with the editor of GQ moaning that we had known each other nearly twenty years and where the f**k had the time gone. As blokes do - remember Robert Redford in The Way We Were? - we started 'best concert? best single? best album? best Debbie Harry moment?...' When Dylan announced that above all the key moment in his and his mate Tony Parson's youth was 6th July 1972 at 7.25pm. I leapt from my seat, 'David Bowie sings Starman on TOTPs!' I shouted, and When Ziggy Played Guitar was born...'

Dylan Jones is the multi-award winning Editor of GQ magazine. He has been an editor at i-D magazine, The Face, Arena, The Observer and The Sunday Times. He writes for the Mail on Sunday, is a Vice President of the Hay Festival and a board member of the Norman Mailer Foundation. He has written ten books and is currently working with U2 on a book celebrating their record-breaking 360 Tour, due from Preface late 2012.

When Ziggy Played Guitar will be published in hardback on 28th June 2012.

You can now pre-order When Ziggy Played Guitar: David Bowie and Four Minutes that Shook the World NOW and receive a 47% discount.

From Amelia @ Random House Group.


ZIGGY LANDS IN LIMERICK
7th April 2012

There are two DAVID BOWIE exhibitions currently taking place in Limerick City, Ireland.

Curated by Michele Horrigan 'SPIDERS FROM MARS' features artists: Andrew Dodds, Jeronimo Hagerman, Louise Manifold, Mark McGreevy and Oswaldo Ruiz.

The Belltable and Occupy Space present Spiders from Mars, two exhibitions experimentally linking a series of contemporary art positions to David Bowie's 1972 concept album The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and The Spiders from Mars.

Ziggy Stardust is an alien from a faraway galaxy struggling against the temptations and vices of earth while attempting to give humanity a message of hope in the last five years of its existence. With the world about to end due to all natural resources being exhausted, Ziggy ends up in a rock 'n' roll band, but with no electricity left to play his message aloud. Rebellious youth then go out and pillage the planet's remains.

Imagined as a loose cohort of reactionaries, the artists in Spiders From Mars twist and contort the environments around them, exposing numerous possibilities for otherworldly encounters in everyday experience. Ziggy's predicament is situated and played out in Limerick City centre, an urban agglomeration now verging on an apocalyptic recessional dilemma, a place where visual artists and independently-led art spaces have now plundered and taken over the city's commercial core.

Opening Times:

Occupy Space: exhibition runs until 28th April, Wednesday - Saturday, 1-5pm.

The Belltable: exhibition runs until 11th May, Monday - Friday, 10am-5pm.

Links: occupyspace.com and belltable.ticketsolve.com

There are also screenings of Labyrinth on Saturday 28th April at 3.30pm and The Man Who Fell to Earth at 5.30pm both at The Belltable Theatre, 69 O'Connell Street, Limerick.

From Brendan Maher.


CLOTHES ALWAYS FIT YA
6th April 2012

CHARLES OF LONDON an independent rock 'n' roll fashion label have a new range of clothing that features DAVID BOWIE in the design.

There are tops, jackets, leggings, tees and sweats all with an exclusive Charles of London Bowie fabric.

Bowie High Collar JacketBowie One PieceBowie Body SuitBowie Drape JacketBowie Drape JacketBowie Collage SweatshirtBowie Union Jacket

Tops:
Bowie and Black PVC Zip Up One Piece **New** exclusive fabric and black PVC high collar zip up one piece hot pants jumpsuit - [View here]
Bowie Body. **New** Exclusive fabric 1 piece body - [View here]
Bowie Collage. Highest quality heat transfer printed Bowie Collage Sweatshirt. - [View here]

Jackets:
Bowie High Collar Jacket. **New** Exclusive fabric high collar crop jacket with silver lining - [View here]
Bowie and Black Leather Drape Coat. **New** Bowie Print Drape Coat with black leather collar and cuff and black lining *Unisex* - [View here]
Bowie and Union Jacket Rock Jacket. **New** Satin glam rock tuxedo jacket with silver metallic lining - [View here]

Menswear:
Teddy Boy Bowie Drape Coat featuring exclusive Bowie fabric - [View here]
Bowie Sweat with silver foil star - [View here]
Bowie Guitar Flash T. Swarovski detail - [View here]

Accessories:
Bowie Collage Leggings **New** - [View here]

Visit charlesoflondon.com to view their full range of clothing.


EMI OFFICIAL PRESS RELEASE
5th April 2012

DAVID BOWIE
40TH ANNIVERSARY 2012 REMASTER OF
'THE RISE AND FALL OF ZIGGY STARDUST AND THE SPIDERS FROM MARS'

- CD AND VINYL/HI-RESOLUTION AUDIO & 5.1 MIX DVD EDITIONS -

DVD (HI-RESOLUTION AUDIO & 5.1 MIX) INCLUDING PREVIOUSLY UNRELEASED 5.1 MIX & STEREO BONUS TRACKS.

U.K. RELEASE DATE: JUNE 4, 2012
U.S. RELEASE DATE: JUNE 5, 2012


Ziggy Stardust 40th Anniversary Vinyl and DVD release EMI is excited to announce the release of a 40th anniversary edition of David Bowie's truly groundbreaking and hugely influential album, The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and The Spiders From Mars.

Originally released through RCA Victor on 6th June 1972, Ziggy Stardust was David Bowie's fifth album, co-produced by Bowie and Ken Scott. Incredibly, the album was written whilst Bowie was recording 1971's Hunky Dory album, with recording beginning a couple of months before that album's release. It was recorded at Trident Studios, London between 8th November 1971 and 4th February 1972, with the line up: Mick Ronson (guitar, piano, backing vocals, string arrangements), Trevor Bolder (bass), Mick Woodmansey (drums), Rick Wakeman (keyboards) and backing vocals on 'It Ain't Easy' by Dana Gillespie. As well as performing vocals, Bowie also played acoustic guitar, saxophone and harpsichord on the album and was involved in the arrangements, too.

The album eventually peaked at #5 on the UK Album Chart on 22nd July having entered the chart at #15 on 1st July. Key to the album's rise in the UK were the two TV performances of 'Starman' on Granada TV's Lift Off With Ayshea and nationally on the BBC's Top Of The Pops. The album's influence is immeasurable - it converted legions of fans, becoming the zeitgeist and a major influence on the next generation, particular those who were involved in the punk movement - musicians, artists, designers - and the subsequent re-birth of rock and pop.

Famously Bowie killed Ziggy at his peak at London's Hammersmith Odeon, on July 3rd, 1973, though Ziggy Stardust's influence was to redefine popular culture forever: pop music was never the same again.

This 40th anniversary edition has been remastered by original Trident Studios engineer Ray Staff (at London's Air Studios). It will be available on CD and a special, limited edition format of vinyl featuring the new 2012 remaster with a 5.1 mix and high resolution audio on DVD - the DVD features previously unreleased 5.1 and stereo bonus 2003 Ken Scott mixes of Moonage Daydream (instrumental), The Supermen, Velvet Goldmine and Sweet Head.

Tracklistings:

Ziggy Stardust 40th Anniversary CD release CD Album
  01. Five Years (2012 - Remaster).
  02. Soul Love (2012 - Remaster).
  03. Moonage Daydream (2012 - Remaster).
  04. Starman (2012 - Remaster).
  05. It Ain't Easy (2012 - Remaster).
  06. Lady Stardust (2012 - Remaster).
  07. Star (2012 - Remaster).
  08. Hang On To Yourself (2012 - Remaster).
  09. Ziggy Stardust (2012 - Remaster).
  10. Suffragette City (2012 - Remaster).
  11. Rock 'N' Roll Suicide (2012 - Remaster).

180G Vinyl with DVD featuring a new 2012 stereo remaster and 2003 5.1 & stereo mixes (audio only) LP 180G heavyweight vinyl.

Side 1
  01. Five Years (2012 - Remaster).
  02. Soul Love (2012 - Remaster).
  03. Moonage Daydream (2012 - Remaster).
  04. Starman (2012 - Remaster).
  05. It Ain't Easy (2012 - Remaster).

Side 2
  01. Lady Stardust (2012 - Remaster).
  02. Star (2012 - Remaster).
  03. Hang On To Yourself (2012 - Remaster).
  04. Ziggy Stardust (2012 - Remaster).
  05. Suffragette City (2012 - Remaster).
  06. Rock 'N' Roll Suicide (2012 - Remaster).

Ziggy Stardust 40th Anniversary Vinyl and DVD release DVD Audio only.

Side 1
  01. Five Years (2012 - Remaster).
  02. Soul Love (2012 - Remaster).
  03. Moonage Daydream (2012 - Remaster).
  04. Starman (2012 - Remaster).
  05. It Ain't Easy (2012 - Remaster).
  06. Lady Stardust (2012 - Remaster).
  07. Star (2012 - Remaster).
  08. Hang On To Yourself (2012 - Remaster).
  09. Ziggy Stardust (2012 - Remaster).
  10. Suffragette City (2012 - Remaster).
  11. Rock 'N' Roll Suicide (2012 - Remaster).
  12. Five Years (5.1 mixes: DTS 48/24 and Dolby Digital/Stereo mixes: 48/24 LPCM stereo).
  13. Soul Love (5.1 mixes: DTS 48/24 and Dolby Digital/Stereo mixes: 48/24 LPCM stereo).
  14. Moonage Daydream (5.1 mixes: DTS 48/24 and Dolby Digital/Stereo mixes: 48/24 LPCM stereo).
  15. Starman (5.1 mixes: DTS 48/24 and Dolby Digital/Stereo mixes: 48/24 LPCM stereo).
  16. It Ain't Easy (5.1 mixes: DTS 48/24 and Dolby Digital/Stereo mixes: 48/24 LPCM stereo).
  17. Lady Stardust (5.1 mixes: DTS 48/24 and Dolby Digital/Stereo mixes: 48/24 LPCM stereo).
  18. Star (5.1 mixes: DTS 48/24 and Dolby Digital/Stereo mixes: 48/24 LPCM stereo).
  19. Hang On To Yourself (5.1 mixes: DTS 48/24 and Dolby Digital/Stereo mixes: 48/24 LPCM stereo).
  20. Ziggy Stardust (5.1 mixes: DTS 48/24 and Dolby Digital/Stereo mixes: 48/24 LPCM stereo).
  21. Suffragette City (5.1 mixes: DTS 48/24 and Dolby Digital/Stereo mixes: 48/24 LPCM stereo).
  22. Rock 'N' Roll Suicide (5.1 mixes: DTS 48/24 and Dolby Digital/Stereo mixes: 48/24 LPCM stereo).
  23. Moonage Daydream (Instrumental) PREV. UNREL MIXES (5.1 mixes: DTS 48/24 & Dolby Digital/Stereo mixes: 48/24 LPCM stereo).
  24. The Supermen PREV. UNRELEASED MIXES (5.1 mixes: DTS 48/24 and Dolby Digital/Stereo mixes: 48/24 LPCM stereo).
  25. Velvet Goldmine PREV. UNRELEASED MIXES (5.1 mixes: DTS 48/24 and Dolby Digital/Stereo mixes: 48/24 LPCM stereo).
  26. Sweet Head PREV. UNRELEASED MIXES (5.1 mixes: DTS 48/24 and Dolby Digital/Stereo mixes: 48/24 LPCM stereo).

From EMI Music North America.

You can now pre-order the limited edition vinyl plus dvd and also the CD edition of the 40th Anniversary Edition NOW.


UPCOMING ECHO BOWIE GIGS
3rd April 2012

Dutch DAVID BOWIE tribute band ECHO BOWIE have several gigs lined up for April and May.

After the highly succesful 'Speed Of Life - David Bowie 65' event in Holland on January 7th, which Echo Bowie organised with International David Bowie Fanclub The Voyeur, the band is taking the show to clubs and festivals in Holland coming April and May.

Where possible the band will do the full stage show including the lights and the lovely visuals by Robert Muda. And as can be expected by Echo Bowie - the setlist will feature some surprises. Singer Hans Schlatman: 'We aim to perform some acoustic songs each gig, which gives us the opportunity to perform songs like Andy Warhol, Loving The Alien, Seven and even Bus Stop in stripped down versions. We pick different ones each gig to keep it fresh for both the audience and us'.

The upcoming dates are:

April 7th: The Rambler, Eindhoven, Holland. Starts 22.00 hrs.

April 21st: Tavenu, Waalwijk, Holland. Starts 21.00 hrs. Echo Bowie performs 'Speed Of Life - David Bowie 65'.

May 17th: Vijverparkfestival, Brunssum, Holland.

May 19th: De Piek, Vlissingen, Holland. Starts 21.00 hrs. Echo Bowie performs 'Speed Of Life - David Bowie 65'.

May 26th: Buttonpop, Lisse, Holland. Starts 13.00 hrs. Echo Bowie performs 'Speed Of Life - David Bowie 65'


Keep checking echobowie.com and facebook.com/echobowie for more news, gigs and videos.


INTRODUCING THE GOODS
3rd April 2012

Former DAVID BOWIE backing singer HOLLY PALMER has teamed up with Lucy Woodward and Michelle Lewis to form a new band THE GOODS.

Holly says we are basically what it would sound like if Bridgette Jones and The Andrews Sisters got together and started freaking out. Their first show was in Los Angeles last Tuesday at Hotel Cafe.

After that she is off to Australia to sing with SEAL and his gang. They did six weeks in Europe last summer and she's looking forward to this next adventure. Following that, she'll be in London recording with Pete Glenister, her dear friend and songwriting partner from the first album and Tenderhooks days. They have begun work on a new solo album.

Check out hollypalmer.com for more details and information.


PETER BLAKE REVISITS ICONIC ARTWORK
2nd April 2012

Vintage Blake British artist SIR PETER BLAKE has taken inspiration from one of his most famous artworks The Beatles' Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club album cover to celebrate the British cultural figures he most admires as he marks his 80th birthday.

Blake states: "I've chosen people I admire, great people and some who are dear friends. "I had a very long list of people who I wanted to go in but couldn't fit everyone in - I think that shows how strong British culture and its legacy of the last six decades is."

Blake digitally created the 2012 version rather than assembling and hand-colouring cardboard cut outs as he did for the 1967 cover of Sgt. Pepper, but still found the work very time consuming.

This new revised version has been created for a special birthday celebration of Peter's life at Wayne Hemingway's Vintage Festival at Boughton House, Northamptonshire, in July.

Hemingway, co-founder of the Red or Dead fashion brand, said: "The new artwork is a tribute to Britain's standing as the world's leading creative nation."

Wayne Hemingway said: It was "an incredible honour" for Blake to "reimagine such an iconic work of art". "We are proud to be dedicating the Sunday at Vintage this year to celebrate his 80th birthday and creative and cultural legacy."

So see who you can spot? Obviously DAVID BOWIE is included.

If you eyesight is as good as mine, it might be an idea to visit bbc.co.uk where you can view a larger version complete with a list of everyone who is included.

Thanks to Neville for the pointer.


THE THIN WHITE DUKE
1st April 2012

If you are ever near Carlisle in Cumbria you simply have to visit the THIN WHITE DUKE Bar and Kitchen.

Looking through the cocktail drinks menu you can partake in the following DAVID BOWIE named berages:

   The Duke - Gin, Amaretto, Fresh Lemon and Lime Juice, topped with Lemonade... The Patek Phillipe of Drink'.
   Space Oddity - Midori, Triple Sec, Vodka and Pineapple Juice... 'As part of a nutritious Breakfast'.
   V-2 Schneider - Citrus Vodka, Fresh Lime and Lemonade... 'Karl Bartos, No Relation to Neville'.
   Moonage Daydream - Amaretto, Vodka, Grenadine, Raspberry Liqueur and Lemonade... 'Marc Almond's Favourite Bakery Treat'.
   Rebel Rebel - Vodka, Kahula, Coke and a Dash of Jim Beam Black.... This cocktail says: 'I'll Ride Around Your House on a Motorcycle'.
   China Girl - Vodka, Peach Schnapps, Cranberry and Pineapple Juice... 'Tasty with a Number 7'.
   Major Tom - Banana Liqueur, Vodka, Grenadine and Moo Moo... 'May Impair Your Ground Control'.
   Hunky Dory - Strawberry Liqueur, Vodka, Grenadine and Lemonade... 'We Miss You Amy x'.
   Aladdin Sane - Vodka, Peach Schnapps, Fresh Orange Juice and Grenadine... 'You Won't Learn About This In Books'.
   The Jean Genie - Vodka, Peach Schnapps with a Blue Lemonade Twist... 'Let Yourself Go'.

The establishment is located at 1 Devonshire Street, Carlisle, England CA3 8LG.

You can check out their website at thinwhiteduke.info and their Facebook page.

(Ed. Not sure if they have a dart board though? ;)


LULLABY VERSIONS OF DAVID BOWIE
1st April 2012

Lullaby Versions of David Bowie Twinkle Twinkle Little Rock Star is proud to release 'Lullaby Versions of DAVID BOWIE' featuring lush instrumental versions of our favourite Bowie tracks.

Calm all the young dudes with these soothing Ziggy renditions. Let the children lose it, let the children use it, let all the children boogie.

The lullaby versions of David Bowie songs are as follows:

       Space Oddity
       Absolute Beginners
       Ziggy Stardust
       Peace On Earth/Little Drummer Boy
       When I'm Five
       All The Young Dudes
       Changes
       The Prettiest Star
       Heroes
       Life On Mars?
       Starman
       Sound and Vision

TTLRS is the premier pop music lullaby line with 64 titles to choose from across soundtracks, pop, rock, metal, country, alternative and more. Be sure to also check out our lullabies by Radiohead, Rocky Horror Picture Show, The Smiths and Depeche Mode.

All the tracks are available for purchase and download here and more details and information can be found over at the ttlrs.com website.

From Paul Modiano (Roma Music Group).


BOWIE BOOKS IN THE PIPELINE
1st April 2012

David Bowie Style by Danny Lewis A new hardcover publication entitled DAVID BOWIE STYLE is all set for publication on 30th October.

Author Danny Lewis has put together 128 pages and A&C Black are the publishers.

As you can see the book cover is still at the draft stage, so maybe expect a change or two.

The Man Who Sold The World: David Bowie And The 70's by Peter Doggett You can pre-order David Bowie Style NOW and receive a 10% discount.


Also scheduled for October this year is 'The Man Who Sold The World: DAVID BOWIE And The 1970s' by Peter Doggett which is to be republished in paperback form.

Containing 400-pages, the paperback is scheduled for publication by Vintage on 4th October.

You can pre-order The Man Who Sold The World: David Bowie And The 1970s NOW and save 10%.


When Ziggy Played Guitar - David Bowie and Four Minutes that Shook the World by Dylan Jones Preface are to publish a brand new hardback book entitled When Ziggy Played Guitar: David Bowie and Four Minutes that Shook the World by Dylan Jones.

Dylan has had unique access and this publication will be illustrated with previously unseen photographs.

All scheduled for publication on Thursday 28th June to coincide with the 40th Anniversary of the iconic Top of the Pops 'Starman' broadcast - (see news item above for full details and information).


LET'S SPEND THE NIGHT TOGETHER... DAVID BOWIE NIGHT
1st April 2012

Update: EVENT CANCELLED Following the success of the DAVID BOWIE UK Convention in February, we are celebrating the 40th Anniversary of Ziggy Stardust and The Spiders From Mars' fantastic performance at the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium with a night of Bowie / Bowie-related music including live music by Skin Machine who will be recording their live album.

Those that were present at the Bowie Convention know what a wonderful atmosphere it was... this will be just the same and it is expected to sell out fast. I realise that it's a few months away, but tickets have already started selling.

'Lets' Spend The Night Together'... David Bowie Night takes place on Saturday 20th October at 7:00 pm until 2:00 am at Holy Moly's @ Esquires in Bedford, England.

Tickets are available at £8.50 in advance from - they will also be available from Danny's Bar at Esquires from Saturday 14th April. There is a limit of 250 inside the venue, so once the ticket allocation has gone, there will not be any more issued. There will be 30 tickets on the door priced £10 available on the night. Telephone: 01234 327346.

Hot food will also be available. Anyone arriving early will be able to drink in Danny's Bar until Holy Moly's opens.

If any of you are planning on staying at the Bedford Travelodge, you will get a far better deal by booking early.

Check out the Facebook events page for more information.


DAVID BOWIE CONVENTION DVD
1st April 2012

DB512 Convention 2012 flyer The DB512 DAVID BOWIE Convention DVD will be ready to mail out this week if anyone is interested.

It features the live performances by Nick Fielding, Rob Hallward, Funmilayo, Lipstick Torpedo and Mudhoney. Plus the reading of David Bowie's personal message by Paul Kinder and my own presentation of David Buckley's 'Strange Fascination' book to Phil Calvert.

Lots of bonus features: 400+ high quality digital images split into 3 slideshows. Bonus footage filmed from the floor level in front of the stage during the performances and the sound checks.

Please contact me @ for more details and information.

If you prefer you can now also purchase via eBay - the DVD also complete with an unused mint condition ticket for the event.

From David Priest.


THE BUDDHA OF SUBURBIA
1st April 2012

4 Plaistow Grove, Bromley Living in lies by the railway line... The house that DAVID BOWIE lived in with his parents from June 1955 until April 1965 is currently for sale.

David lived there for ten years... from eight years of age until he was eighteen.

The beautifully presented Victorian terrace situated at 4 Plaistow Grove in Bromley, BR1 3PB is available for £279,950 via Independent Estate Agents George Proctor and Partners.

Situated in a sought after road literally around the corner from Sundridge Park Station. The property benefits from a ground floor rear extension that provides for a good size kitchen/dining room, the kitchen having been re-fitted. This is situated behind the 21' reception room with its bay window to front and attractive brick fireplace. Stairs from here lead to the first floor where there are 2 bedrooms and a bathroom with modern white suite. The property features sealed unit double glazing and gas central heating via radiators.

Visit georgeproctor.co.uk to view multiple photographs, floor plans and more details on this property.

Update: The property is also listed on Rightmove and DezRez property portals.

Thanks to Chris R for the pointer.






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