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LABYRINTH EXHIBITION AND BALL IN ATLANTA
29th April 2016

Labyrinth Ball David Bowie as Jareth The 1986 fantasy movie LABYRINTH which starred DAVID BOWIE has a special upcoming event taking place in Georgia.

The Center for Puppetry Arts in Atlanta are to host a Labyrinth exhibit on Thursday 1st September which will feature creatures and costumes from the movie.

About 25 new Labyrinth-related objects will be in the exhibit, including Bowie's costume from the M.C. Escher-inspired stairway scene, goblins from the climactic battle and a plaster version of the Hoggle character's head.

Some items from Labyrinth are already part of the center's collection, including the fearless, whiskered Sir Didymus, a tiny fox-like creature who joins the protagonist Sarah in her quest.

Venue: Center for Puppetry Arts.
Address: 1404 Spring St NW, Atlanta, GA 30309, United States.
Website: centerforpuppetryarts.com

There is also a Labyrinth-themed Costume Ball taking place at the Midtown puppetry center. Tickets go on sale May 21st.

For more details, pop on over to the ajc.com website.


MEMORIES OF MICK
29th April 2016

Memories of MICK RONSON who sadly passed away 23 years ago this day in 1993.




AND THE BITS FLEW FAR AND WIDE...
29th April 2016

Birmingham gangland TV drama PEAKY BLINDERS writer/director STEVEN KNIGHT has confirmed that series 3 features DAVID BOWIE music. "It's not something I can talk about yet," said Steven. "But you will be hearing music by David Bowie in the series."...

Some new GEORGE UNDERWOOD artwork has arrived at the IMAGINE GALLERY in Suffolk - including two more DAVID BOWIE prints. The exhibition runs until Saturday 7th May. George will be attending the final day of the exhibition in person and will be available to talk to - so come along if you can!...

Tomorrow morning KEVIN CANN is guest of THE DANNY BAKER SHOW on RADIO 5 LIVE at 9am-11am DAVID BOWIE The London Years - [Listen in here]...

LAZARUS co-writer ENDA WALSH talks about working with DAVID BOWIE on Lazarus... "a hugely personal piece for David, so to be involved in writing that with him was a ridiculous honour." - [Read here]...

Last Tuesday, TONY VISCONTI and WOODY WOODMANSEY were interviewed by former Sex Pistol STEV JONES on his 'Jonesy's Jukebox' show talking about DAVID BOWIE - [Listen here] - (See Steve Jones Hammersmith confession below)...



SOPHIA ANNE CARUSO EXCITED FOR LONDON
26th April 2016

Sophia Anne Caruso and Michael C. Hall in Lazarus Sophia Anne Caruso in New York LAZARUS actress SOPHIA ANNE CARUSO is interviewed on the THIS WEEK IN NEW YORK blog.

Highlights mentioning working with DAVID BOWIE include:

SAC: I got to work with him directly; he came into rehearsals often, he gave me notes, we talked. I like to say that I knew him and that I collaborated with him, for sure. I was not aware of his illness; none of the cast was. His death came as a very big surprise to us, and the hard part, but also the good part, of the day after was that we were all together. We were recording our cast album, which was hard because our voices were in shock because of crying and the strain, but being there was bonding. Nothing would have been worse than staying home alone during that day, but we decided to do the cast album. We listened to the recording, and I think that there's something so special about it.

SAC: It's an honor to sing his music. I've always been inspired by his music, and I've always loved it. My mom owned vintage stores, and she always had funky seventies stuff. She was always playing Bowie.

SAC: I'm going to London in the Fall to do Lazarus, which I'm so excited about. I think it will be very well received there.

You can read the whole interview via the twi-ny.com website.


RSD BOWIE RELEASES TOP BOTH CHARTS
25th April 2016

RSD 2016 TMWSTW LP RSD 2016 TVC15 DAVID BOWIE rules the Record Store Day singles and album chart...

Last Saturday, vinyl enthusiasts turned out in their thousands to support Record Store Day 2016, a celebration of local indie record shops.

With 500 limited releases by all manner of artists from megastars to cult heroes, plus live performances and special parties to mark the occasion, the ninth Record Store Day was an unmissable event for any devotee of that hallowed black plastic.

Record Store Day 2016 highlighted that the appetite for music by David Bowie shows little sign of slowing. Of the 500 limited editions available, David Bowie topped both the Record Store Day singles and album chart with his 7" picture disc 'TVC15' and 'The Man Who Sold the World' LP, which featured the original German cover artwork.

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


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

Today is DAVID and IMAN's 24th Wedding Anniversary of their legal ceremony in Lausanne, Switzerland...

Happy Birthday wishes to TONY VISCONTI...

Check out an extract from the brand new DAVID BOWIE book published this month On Bowie by SIMON CRITCHLEY 'A Future Revolution: Simon Critchley on David Bowie' - [Read here]...


AND THE BITS FLEW FAR AND WIDE...
20th April 2016

The 2016 OUTER CRITICS CIRCLE nominees have been announced. The musicial LAZARUS written by DAVID BOWIE and ENDA WALSH has 5 nominations... 'Outstanding New Off-Broadway Musical', 'Outstanding Book of a Musicial (Broadway or Off-Broadway)', 'Outstanding Projection Design' (Tal Yarden), 'Outstanding Featured Actor In A Musicial' (Michael Esper), 'Outstanding Featured Actress In A Musicial' (Sophia Anne Caruso). The winners will be announced on 9th May...

Happy Birthday wishes to KEN SCOTT...

On this day, 3 years ago, DAVID BOWIE released The Stars (Are Out Tonight) 7" white vinyl for RSD 2013...

On this day, 3 years ago, DAVID BOWIE released Drive-In Saturday 40th Anniversary 7" for RSD 2013...

DAVID BOWIE's ★ album has now been certified PLATINUM in both Australia and Austria...

The DAVID BOWIE 2016 UK CONVENTION takes place next month, only a few tickets remaining... be quick! Friday 13th and Saturday 14th May - [More details]...


'BOWIE: THE SESSION' IN ICELAND
18th April 2016

Photographer GAVIN EVANS has his BOWIE: THE SESSION Photographic exhibition currently showing in Iceland.

Located at Harpa's new fourth-floor gallery space, 'Bowie: The Session' runs until the end of August.

Harpa, Austurbakka 2, 101 Reykjavik, Iceland. Open daily 11am - 6pm, entry is 1500 ISK.

More details and tickets purchases are available via the en.harpa.is website.

Gavin is interviewed today by Grapevine, talking about working with David, Iggy and Bjork...

Highlight: Gavin got an email from Bowie's management about the image. "At first I thought 'Oh sh*t, are they going to ask me to stop using it?'" he recalls. "But as I read further down, it said that this was David's favourite image of himself. He wanted to hang it in his Manhattan office, behind his desk.

You can read the complete interview over at grapevine.is website.


DAVID BOWIE IS IN BOLOGNA
18th April 2016

Dates are now confirmed for the DAVID BOWIE Is exhibition in Bologna, Italy.

The V&A exhibition will be travelling to MAMbo on Thursday 14th July through to Sunday 13th November.

Tickets are available to purchase NOW via davidbowieis.it

Exhibition opening days and hours: Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. (ticket counters will shut down at 6 p.m.)
Thursday from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. (ticket counters will shut down at 10 p.m.).
Monday closed.


BOWIE IN BOSTON 1976
16th April 2016

Check out this newly uploaded DAVID BOWIE 8mm fan filmed footage with sound, taken at the Boston Garden, Boston, MA, USA on 17th March 1976.

The three songs are: Changes, Stay and Life On Mars?...



(Ed. Big thanks to Matthew Bourgeois for making this available - the footage was filmed by his father).


RECORD STORE DAY 2016 TODAY!
16th April 2016

RSD 2016 TMWSTW LP RSD 2016 TVC15 Today is the worldwide RECORD STORE DAY 2016 and there are two beautful limited edition DAVID BOWIE picture disc releases available for collectors.

TVC15 40th Anniversary Edition 7 inch and The Man Who Sold The World LP which features the German sleeve of the original Mercury "round cover" release.

TVC15 Limited Edition 40th Anniversary 7 Inch Picture Disc.
   A-Side: TVC15 (Original Single edit).
   Produced by David Bowie and Harry Maslin.
   Recorded at Cherokee Studios and Record Plant Studios, Los Angeles, US.

   AA-Side: Wild Is The Wind (2010 Harry Maslin mix single edit).
   Produced by David Bowie and Harry Maslin.
   Recorded at Cherokee Studios, Los Angeles, US.
   Remixed by Harry Maslin 2010.

For the American market only, there is the DAVID BOWIE 1966 Special 50th Anniversary Release album, apparently limited to 7,500 copies.


SCHAPIRO BOWIE BOOK
13th April 2016

Bowie - Photographs by Steve Schapiro As you are aware, published this month is the eagerly anticipated new hardbook book BOWIE - Photographs by Steve Schapiro on Monday 25th April.

Several interviews, press articles and more of the unseen photos from the book have started appearing online...

Flavorwire: Interview: Legendary Photographer Steve Schapiro on Capturing the Many Characters of David Bowie - [Read here].
Rolling Stone: 'See Wild Seventies David Bowie Photos From New Book' - [Read here].
Vanity Fair: 'These Portraits Capture David Bowie at the Height of His 1970s Glory' - [Read here].
Time: 'Making Love with His Ego: David Bowie and the Photographs of Steve Schapiro' - [Read here].
Cool Hunting: 'Interview: Photographer Steve Schapiro' - [Read here].
Huffington Post: 'Never Before Published Photos Reveal Clues Bowie Left' - [Read here].
Elle: 'Steve Schapiro's Bowie Lifts the Veil on the 'Weirdest Act' in Rock Music' - [Read here].

Published by Powerhouse Books, you can order BOWIE - Photographs by Steve Schapiro NOW and receive a pre-order price guarantee.


BBC PROMS TO HONOUR DB
13th April 2016

The 2016 BBC PROMS is to honour DAVID BOWIE with a late-night Prom on Friday 29th July at the Royal Albert Hall in London.

Featuring Amanda Palmer, Jherek Bischoff, Anna Calvi and other guest singers and collaborators, the Bowie Prom is a celebration and reinterpretation of the music of David Bowie with the Berlin-based, genre-defying musicians; collective s t a r g a z e and its Artistic Director André de Ridder.

You can book Online Tickets via RAH website.


UNBOUND: A INSTAMINISERIES - COMPLETE
12th April 2016

You can now watch the complete UNBOUND: A ★ INSTAMINISERIES (2016).

Unbound is an Instagram project based interpretation of and inspired by DAVID BOWIE's ★ album, featuring Tavi Gevinson, Patricia Clarkson and others.



Also check out a Reuters-produced segment which aired in several countries worldwide. Interviews with the producers Lawrence Peryer and Carolynn Cecilia and behind-the-scenes footage from UNBOUND: A ★ Instaminiseries (2016).




IS BMA NOMINATED
12th April 2016

DAVID BOWIE's ★ album has been nominated in the 'Top Rock Album' category for the 2016 BILLBOARD MUSIC AWARDS.

The nominees in the 'Top Rock Album' category are:
       Alabama Shakes - Sound & Color.
       David Bowie - ★ (Blackstar).
       Coldplay - A Head Full Of Dreams.
       Mumford & Sons - Wilder Mind.
       twenty one pilots - Blurryface.

The awards ceremony takes place at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas on Sunday 22nd May.


SPIDER FROM MARS: MY LIFE WITH BOWIE
12th April 2016

Spider From Mars: My Life With Bowie The memoirs of drummer MICK "WOODY" WOODMANSEY entitled: 'Spider From Mars: My Life With Bowie' are to be published via St. Martin's Press.

Woody reveals what it was like to be at the white-hot centre of Bowie's self-creation, with never-before-told stories and never-before-seen photographs. Woodmansey offers details of the album sessions for The Man Who Sold The World, Hunky Dory, The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and The Spiders From Mars, Aladdin Sane: the four albums that made Bowie sensational. And, as fame beckoned but eventually consumed Bowie, Woodmansey recalls the wild tours, eccentric characters, and rock 'n' roll excess that drove the band apart.

A vivid and unique evocation of a transformative musical era and the enigmatic, visionary musician at the center of it, with a foreword by legendary producer Tony Visconti, Spider from Mars is for everyone who values David Bowie.

The book, which Woody began writing back in June 2014, is scheduled for publication later this year in October 2016.


KEEP YOUR 'LECTRIC EYE ON EBAY
11th April 2016

George Simms Serious Moonlight Ticket Wheel Currently up for grabs on eBay is this Serious Moonlight Tour Ticket Wheel owned by DAVID BOWIE touring band member GEORGE SIMMS.

George says: "RARE AND UNIQUE! I'm moving back to Europe, and I cannot possibly take all of my tour memorabilia with me, so I have decided to part with this treasured memento - a remarkable gift from David Bowie and his organisation.

George Simms Serious Moonlight Ticket Wheel In place of a standard gold or platinum record, band members and principal support staff were given a truly unique souvenir of the 97 sold-out shows of the 1983 Serious Moonlight Tour. One ticket from every performance of the tour - from the opening show on May 18 at the Forest National in Brussels to the December 8 concert at the Hong Kong Coliseum - has been assembled and framed, along with an identification plaque. The central ticket, from the December 8th Hong Kong show, bears the number '016'. That represents my baggage tag number that accompanied me from city to city and hotel to hotel. I will include an original laminated No. 16 baggage tag as a bonus, along with the ticket wheel. Each recipient of a ticket wheel has his or her own baggage tag number as the printed number on the central Hong Kong ticket.

There is no way to estimate what a reasonable auction value would be for such a unique piece of tour memorabilia, so I have randomly selected a starting price of $250."

Be quick, view the eBay listing - there are only 15 hours to go before bidding ends on this treasured item.


SONGBOOK NOW PUBLISHED
8th April 2016

David Bowie Blackstar songbook David Bowie Blackstar songbook David Bowie Blackstar songbook David Bowie Blackstar songbook Just published by Wise Publications is the DAVID BOWIE ★ album songbook for piano, vocal and guitar (PVG).

Every song from DAVID BOWIE's number one album Blackstar (★), arranged for Piano, Voice and Guitar, with full lyrics, chord symbols and chord boxes.

Much of the album relates to life and death, and the lyrical themes have been interpreted as a "parting gift" for fans before his death. The songs have been almost universally acclaimed for their music and lyrics, as well as the ultimate artistic swansong for a man whose life was exceptionally creative and boundary-pushing.

With this ★ sheet music, you can learn to play David Bowie's last album in all its glory, for Piano, Vocal and Guitar.

Also, available now is the brand new David Bowie 1947 - 2016 Songbook (Piano/Vocal/Guitar).

The cheapest place I can find online at present is via Musicroom.com


AND THE BITS FLEW FAR AND WIDE...
8th April 2016

On sale now is MOJO '60s deluxe magazine. This 5th volume features DAVID BOWIE on the front cover and inside is a twenty-page investigation into David's Mod beginnings. Also includes a black and white art print of David - [More details]...

For those who missed this new one and half hour documentary on London Live TV: BOWIE: The Man Who Stole the World, it is next showing on Monday, 11th April at 8pm GMT. The UK premiere was last Tuesday, this new doc was compiled days after David's death and release of Blackstar, it explores his legacy and impact through interviews with Paul Gambaccini and other industry figures - [More details]...

For 3 dates only this month (19th, 23rd and 24th), GEOFFREY MARSH (co-curator of the V&A exhibition DAVID BOWIE Is) will be leading a walking tour through Bowie's Soho haunts. The walk will last an hour and is £15. The walk is a special event as part of the V&A Performance Festival and organised with Look Up London walking tours. There are only a handful of tickets remaining so be quick - More details]...

The Bowie Appreciation Group Bendigo presents Stardust at GoldDust: A DAVID BOWIE tribute party at Gold Dust Lounge, Hotel Shamrock Bendigo, Victoria 3550, Australia on Saturday, 16th April. Starting at 8pm and features a stellar line-up of local musicians performing DB's music, followed by Bowie videos and dance mix until late. Entry by donation to Cancer Council Victoria - [More details]...

Taking place in Leeds on 17th April is 'An Evening with KEN SCOTT' at Headrow House. Ken will be taking part in a one to one interview with Dave Simpson from The Guardian who will be asking him questions about his long, distinguished and very memorable career in the recording studio - [More details]...


DENNIS DAVIS - REST IN PEACE
7th April 2016

Dennis Davis and David Bowie Incredibly sad news to report that DENNIS DAVIS has passed away yesterday after a long battle with illness.

Drummer extraordinaire Dennis played on six iconic DAVID BOWIE studio albums: Young Americans, Station To Station, Low, "Heroes", Lodger and Scary Monsters (And Super Creeps), as well as Iggy Pop's The Idiot album.

Dennis started performing live with David from October 1974, followed by the 1976 and 1978 world tours.

Rest peace dear Dennis.

Sending sincere condolences to all his family.


'ON BOWIE' OUT TODAY
7th April 2016

On Bowie by Simon Critchley Published today is a new DAVID BOWIE book entitled: ON BOWIE by SIMON CRITCHLEY.

Published via Serpent's Tail, this 192-page paperback is also available in the Kindle format.

Synopsis: What made Bowie special? What made him the cultural icon he is today? And what made millions of people around the world tune into his peculiar wavelength and find exactly what they'd been looking for all along?

These are the questions asked by Simon Critchley in this keen-eyed, moving and textured tribute to Bowie. Each of the two dozen deceptively short chapters looks at Bowie from a new angle, slowly unfolding the enigma that was his artistic life into a celebration of what made him unique. From the author's earliest childhood exposure to the bizarre musical and sexual contours of Ziggy Stardust right through to the supernova glow of Blackstar, and covering everything in between, Critchley traces the development of Bowie's music and lyrics to tell the story of how he tapped into zeitgeist - and into our hearts.

Growing up in working-class suburban England, the young Critchley was instantly drawn to this creature from another planet, 'so sexual, so knowing, so strange'. Now a celebrated philosopher who Jonathan Lethem has called 'a figure of quite startling brilliance', Critchley draws on a plethora of cultural and philosophical touchpoints, as well as his own intensely personal response to the music, to paint an essential portrait of Bowie as songwriter, poet, performer and icon.

You can purchase ON BOWIE by Simon Critchley NOW.


DBI IS TOKYO DATES CONFIRMED
6th April 2016

The date of the DAVID BOWIE IS V&A exhibition opening in TOKYO has been confirmed as Sunday 8th January 2017 through to 9th April 2017.

The venue is: Teradasoko G1 Building, Shinagawa-ku, Tokyo Higashi-Shinagawa 2-6-10, Japan.



Their official website is located at davidbowieis.jp where information about ticket sales will be announced later on this year.

(Ed. The Groninger Museum exhibition closes on Sunday 10th April and I'm hearing unofficially that the next venue is The MAMbo - Museo d'Arte Moderna di Bologna, Italy on 7th July 2016).


I CAN'T GIVE EVERYTHING AWAY RELEASE
6th April 2016

David Bowie - I Can't Give Everything Away davidbowie.com have officially announced the release of DAVID BOWIE's third single from his ★ album - I CAN'T GIVE EVERYTHING AWAY (Radio Edit).

The animated visual has been designed and created by JONATHAN BARNBROOK.

"This is really a very simple little video that I wanted to be ultimately positive," Barnbrook says.

"We start off in the black and white world of ★, but in the final chorus we move to brilliant colour, I saw it as a celebration of David, to say that despite the adversity we face, the difficult things that happen such as David's passing, that human beings are naturally positive, they look forward and can take the good from the past and use it as something to help with the present. We are a naturally optimistic species and we celebrate the good that we are given."



From davidbowie.com


BOWIE - PHOTOGRAPHS BY STEVE SCHAPIRO
4th April 2016

Bowie - Photographs by Steve Schapiro Published this month is the eagerly anticipated new hardbook book BOWIE - Photographs by Steve Schapiro on Thursday 28th April.

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 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.'

Bowie - Photographs by Steve Schapiro 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.


THE NEXT DAY GOES PLATINUM IN UK
1st April 2016

The BRITISH PHONOGRAPHIC INDUSTRY (BPI) have announced today that DAVID BOWIE has just received two album UK new certification awards.

'The Next Day' album released in 2013 has now gone Platinum, and 'Young Americans' has been certified Gold.

If you want to see how the ★ album is currently fairing in the worldwide album charts visit the BW Special Features section.


REST IN PEACE MARYAN
1st April 2016

Incredibly sad news to report IMAN's announcement on her official Facebook and Twitter pages.

@The_Real_Iman
Saddened by the death of my mom Maryan Baadi. May Allah grant her the highest jennah
#ripmaryanbadi

Sending our sincere and heartfelt condolences to you and all the family. God bless x


THE MUSIC OF DAVID BOWIE - LIVE-STREAM
1st April 2016

The Music of DAVID BOWIE memorial concert taking place tonight 1st April at Radio City Music Hall will be streamed live worldwide via SKYPE.

The concert organisers have joined forces with Skype and Ammado, and fans who want to watch the show online will be directed to make a minimum donation of £15 (19 euros) to one of a selection of charities for arts, music and education.


The Music of David Bowie


Check out www.musicof.org for more details.


BOWIE ROUNDTABLE
1st April 2016

Check out WFUV 90.7 FM who had GAIL ANN DORSEY, MARK PLATI and TIM LEFEBVRE on their FUV Live Bowie Roundtable discussion, hosted by Rita Houston and Kara Manning.

Wonderful interviews streamed at wfuv.org website.


THE DB 2016 UK CONVENTION
1st April 2016

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.

Update: Only one month away and not many tickets remaining - be quick!


BOWIE - PHOTOGRAPHS BY STEVE SCHAPIRO
1st April 2016

Bowie - Photographs by Steve Schapiro The eagerly anticipated new hardbook book BOWIE - Photographs by Steve Schapiro is to be published on Thursday 28th April.

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.


LAZARUS COMING SOON TO LONDON
1st April 2016

Back in January, Producer ROBERT FOX announced that the musical production LAZARUS written by DAVID BOWIE and ENDA WALSH would be heading for London.

Directed by IVO VAN HOVE, designed by JAN VERSWEYVELD - you can now sign up for updates NOW via lazarusmusical.co.uk

Update: There is now an official Twitter account set up @Lazarus_Musical so you can keep bang up-to-date with news and information. In the meantime, you can sign up at lazarusmusical.co.uk to be informed of any developments.

Update: I'm told that the London theatre venue has been selected. Also the Lazarus cast album is scheduled for release in September.


GEORGE UNDERWOOD NEW EXHIBITION
1st April 2016

IMAGINE GALLERY in Suffolk are hosting a new GEORGE UNDERWOOD art exhibition which features his new original paintings and limited edition prints.

The preview starts on Sunday 3rd April at 12.00 - 4.00 pm, and George will be attendance.

Venue: Imagine Gallery.
Address: Hall Street, Long Melford, Suffolk, CO10 9JQ, England.

The exhibition runs until Saturday 7th May.

For more details and information, please visit the imaginegallery.co.uk website.

Just in case you missed it, make sure you have a listen to the BBC RADIO 5 interview with George - [Listen here].


TWO 'NOTHING HAS CHANGED' CONCERTS
1st April 2016

Next month, The SYDNEY SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA are to pay a musical tribute to DAVID BOWIE with TWO concerts at the Sydney Opera House in Australia.

Conductor: Benjamin Northey, with artists: Tim Rogers, iOTA, Steve Kilbey, Deborah Conway, Adalita and Jack Ladder will share the stage at the Sydney Opera House on 19th and 21st May at 8pm.

Pre-sale bookings are available through Sydney Symphony Orchestra 9am - 5pm Monday to Friday on 8215 4600 or select your own seat and book online via sydneysymphony.com website.


OUT NOW! THE RISE OF DAVID BOWIE, 1972-1973
1st April 2016

The Rise of David Bowie, 1972-1973 by Mick Rock Just published 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. Suffice to say, this standard edition is wonderful and contains 5 lenticular front cover images.

The good news is this standard edition is CURRENTLY priced at only £32.49 GBP if you PURCHASE NOW you SAVE 35%! - (RRP: £49.99).

Hardcover: 310 pages / Published by Taschen GmbH / Lenticular Cover (5 images) / 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 purchase NOW!

SAVE 35%! - £32.49 (RRP: £49.99) - you save a massive £17.50 (35%).


ON THIS DAY...
1st April 2016

DB fishing on April 1st 1990 On this day, 26 years ago, DAVID BOWIE cancels a show at Westfalenhalle, Dortmund, Germany during his Sound+Vision World Tour.

He decides to go fishing on the Wesel-Datteln Canal on April 1st 1990, with several members of the tour crew.

Unfortunately, David only catches one fish, but he becomes really attached to it, and names him 'Ian'.

Three years later, reminiscing about this day, he composed a song for the upcoming television soundtrack 'The Buddha Of Suburbia'.








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