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BOWIE FEATURES ON SPRINGWATCH!
31st May 2012

The BBC TWO wildlife programme SPRINGWATCH which airs each evening at 8pm in the UK has something rather strange going on.

One of the presenters CHRIS PACKHAM keeps subtly slipping in DAVID BOWIE song titles during his live commentary.

So far he has managed to squeeze in at least seventeen song titles which were: Changes, Sound and Vision, Cygnet Committee, Aladdin Sane, Watch That Man, Scary Monsters, Kooks, Be My Wife, The Prettiest Star, Sweet Thing, Starman, Speed Of Life, Unwashed and Somewhat Lightly Dazed, Future Legend, Fame, What In The World and Station To Station.

Episode 1 (6 song titles), episode 2 (3 song titles), episode 3 (5 song titles), episode 4 (3 song titles).

I've counted at least 11 other unintentional song titles used multiple times that include Sunday, Outside, Amazing, Days, Time, Seven, Stay, Fly, Survive, Move On and Tonight.

You can watch the programme via the BBC iPlayer

Thanks to Phila, Jade and Martin for the heads up.


NME: BOWIE SPECIAL ISSUE
30th May 2012

NME David Bowie Special June 2012 The NEW MUSICAL EXPRESS are publishing a DAVID BOWIE special magazine next month.

The magazine which features David on the front cover hits the shelves on Wednesday 6th June.

Featured inside, forty years on... NME celebrates the genius of Ziggy Stardust... the album The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and The Spiders From Mars, and also band members The Spiders From Mars speak!

More details and information can be found over at nme.com in the next few days.


Happy Birthday Duncan! HAPPY BIRTHDAY DUNCAN!
30th May 2012

Wishing you a very Happy 41st Birthday Duncan!

Have a really great day. I hope you receive everything you wish for

Many happy returns and best wishes from

Rednik and everyone at Wonderworld


ABBEY ROAD TO ZIGGY STARDUST
29th May 2012

The long-awaited memoirs of legendary producer/engineer KEN SCOTT are to be published on Wednesday 6th June.

Abbey Road To Ziggy Stardust by Ken Scott and Bobby Owsinski will be published by Alfred Music Publishing.

Abbey Road To Ziggy Stardust by Ken Scott and Bobby Owsinski There's no question that producer/engineer Ken Scott holds a unique place in music history. As one of only five engineers on The Beatles records, Ken's work has left an indelible mark on hundreds of millions of fans with his skilled contributions to Magical Mystery Tour and The White Album. As producer of four David Bowie albums (including the seminal Ziggy Stardust and The Spiders From Mars) and two of the biggest-selling Supertramp albums (Crime of the Century and Crisis, What Crisis?), the sound Ken crafted has influenced several generations of music makers that continues to this day.

Those credits alone would be enough to set his name in the annals of music, but that's only a brief slice of what Ken has done. He has literally worked with a who's-who of classic rock acts, including Elton John, Pink Floyd, Procul Harum, Jeff Beck, Duran Duran, Harry Nilsson, The Rolling Stones, Lou Reed, America, Devo, Kansas, The Tubes and Missing Persons, among many others. Ken has also played a big part in the world of jazz, being the first to integrate a more powerful rock sound into the genre via albums by Mahavishnu Orchestra, Billy Cobham, Dixie Dregs, Jeff Beck and Stanley Clarke.

'Abbey Road To Ziggy Stardust' shares the intimate memories of Ken Scott about his days working with not only the biggest acts in the world, but some of the most overlooked as well. Funny, poignant, and oh, so honest, Ken pulls no punches as he tells it as he saw it, as corroborated by a host of famous and not-so famous guests who were there as well.

With enough techy 'how we did it' to satisfy all but the geekiest engineers, Abbey Road To Ziggy Stardust is a book for the fans, as Ken describes his time with the stars of the day as only a insider can. Plus, you'll be privy to several never-known-before stories and facts that will make the years worth the wait.

National press campaign planned around 40th anniversary of Ziggy Stardust release on 6th June 2012 includes never-before-told stories of The Beatles, David Bowie and Elton John. Many never-before-seen photographs.

You can pre-order Abbey Road To Ziggy Stardust NOW.


IN THE STUDIO CELEBRATES ZIGGY
28th May 2012

Official Press Release: DAVID BOWIE's 'InTheStudio' on the 40th anniversary of The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and The Spiders From Mars (including comments from the late Mick Ronson).

Dallas, TX - MAY 29, 2012. North American syndicated rock radio show InTheStudio: The Stories Behind History's Greatest Rock Bands celebrates The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and The Spiders From Mars, a veritable game changer for the course of Rock history. David Bowie had in many ways already shown his chameleon ways from his Mod beginnings to his psuedo-psychedelic folk rock Space Oddity and later with his acoustic inspired Dylan channeling Hunky Dory. But it would be the invention of the cosmic character Ziggy Stardust that would give Bowie mezmerizing control over an otherwise dull musical landscape. David confesses to InTheStudio show host Redbeard what American artists were influencing him at the time.

"I think that the person I was listening to out of America, as much as Little Richard, at the time would have been Lou Reed and the Velvet Underground."

Bowie later goes on to describe the cultural climate that made Ziggy Stardust possible.

"It was a ball of knotty string and there were all these threads running through all of culture, and it really didn't matter which art form it came from, that I felt it could be developed for record and stage and make rock something other than it was at the time."

InTheStudio is syndicated on over 50 radio stations across North America. The David Bowie ZIGGY / InTheStudio programme will air on radio this weekend.

To listen to the interview online - visit here


ZIGGY CHANGED MY LIFE
20th May 2012

The DAVID BOWIE radio documentary 'Ziggy Changed My Life' is available online via the BBC iPlayer.

Gary Kemp - founder and guitarist of Spandau Ballet - presents this programme which marks the 40th anniversary of one of the most influential albums ever recorded - David Bowie's The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and The Spiders From Mars, which was released on 6th June 1972.

Gary finds out how David Bowie created Ziggy, how the album was recorded, how it changed his life and the influence it had, and still has, on several generations of musicians. The programme features interviews with the musicians, artists, designers and producers who recorded and toured with David Bowie during his Ziggy Stardust period.

The show is repeated tonight on the BBC World Service at 2:00 GMT, also on BBC Radio 2 on 6th June at 22:00 GMT.

The main one to catch though is coming up on BBC 6 Music on 3rd June, this is the full two-hour extended version.


LET'S SPEND THE NIGHT TOGETHER... DAVID BOWIE NIGHT
18th May 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.


BOWIE ONLINE SCRAPBOOKS
14th May 2012

David Bowie scrapbooks Check out two online DAVID BOWIE scrapbooks created in the Seventies by Bowie fan Allan Appleby.

Allan says: 'I've just put my old 1972 / 1973 David Bowie scrapbooks online on my website which can be flipped through like a real book and zoomed in to read clearly. It contains some rare newspaper and magazine photos and cuttings from the time, including concert reports from Newcastle City Hall on June 8th 1973 in the local newspapers.'

You can view the flipbooks Scrapbook #1 and Scrapbook #2


ZIGGY CELEBRATION IN DUBLIN
14th May 2012

Rebel Rebel at the Sugar Club The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and The Spiders From Mars 40th Anniversary Celebration featuring Ireland's premiere DAVID BOWIE Tribute Rebel Rebel is taking place at the Sugar Club, Dublin on 1st June to coincide with the EMI release of the 2012 remaster of the album.

After a Bowie documentary screening, Rebel Rebel will take to the stage to perform Bowie hits through the years and finish with a special Ziggy set. DJ's will then spin Bowie tracks and inspirations til late.

After their sell out show in the Grand Social Dublin for Bowie's 65th birthday last January this promises to be a night to remember.

EMI have supplied copies of the 2012 remaster of the album to give away as spot prizes for those who make an effort to capture the spirit of Bowie through the ages in clothes and make up. The remaster will not be available in shops until June 4th.

Venue: The Sugar Club, 8 Lower Leeson Street, Dublin 2, Eire. Phone: +353 1 678 7188.

More information and tickets can be purchased here.

From Peter Quinn.


THE DEALERS DISCOVERY
12th May 2012

D Head VII Reminder: The upcoming episode of DEALERS where DAVID BOWIE artwork and memorabilia is featured and fought over is to be broadcast on 21st, 22nd and 26th May on the Discovery Channel.

       21 May: Dealers (Episode 6), Discovery Channel, UK, 21:00 GMT
       22 May: Dealers (Episode 6), Discovery Channel, UK, 00:00 GMT
       26 May: Dealers (Episode 6), Discovery Channel, UK, 19:00 GMT

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.

Check out the discoveryuk.com website for more details and information.

A sneak preview featuring the Bowie artwork is available now to watch here


SPEED OF LIFE LONDON BOOK LAUNCH
11th May 2012

GENESIS PUBLICATIONS celebrated the UK release of their DAVID BOWIE and MASAYOSHI SUKITA collaboration SPEED OF LIFE with a media book launch at The Arts Club, London, on Tuesday, 8th May. Over 140 members of the press attended, headed by Condé Nast President Nicholas Coleridge, who spoke of his lifelong fascination with David Bowie.

'I don't think I've enjoyed a new Bowie book for years quite as much as 'Speed Of Life'. Everything about it - the Sukita photographs themselves, the production values, the velvet shoe bag the book arrives in, the Bowie autograph on the frontispiece... all adds up to something amazing, to be treasured. An heirloom in fact. I don't actually know what it costs, I expect the same price as a small car. And you know what? It's worth it.' - Nicholas Coleridge, President of Condé Nast International.

Speed Of Life promotional brochure In his speech, company director Nick Roylance thanked the authors that have worked with Genesis over their 40-year history, including Jimmy Page, Geoff MacCormack, Aninha Capaldi and Ross Halfin, who were all present at the event. Gary Kemp and Alex Zane also joined the mix of Bowie's friends and fans in toasting their newest publication.

As well as 'Speed For Life' and a range of their classic titles, a prototype of the upcoming Lou Reed limited edition 'Transformer' was available for guests to view.

If you registered your interested in 'Speed Of Life' on their website, you should of received your rather lovely eight-page full colour A4 promotional brochure via your letter box.

More details and information can be found over at the genesis-publications.com website.


KEEP YOUR 'LECTRIC EYE ON EBAY
11th May 2012

Check out these rare 1965 and 1966 DAVID BOWIE Parlophone and Pye demo and promo seven inch singles all for sale via one seller based in the UK. All have nine bidding days remaining.

I Pity The Fool Parlophone demo   You've Got A Habit Of Leaving Parlophone demo   Can't Help Thinking About Me Pye promo   Do Anything You Say Pye promo


The Manish Boys: I Pity The Fool / Take My Tip. 7" Parlophone R 5250 Demonstration. 1965 - [View here]
Update: 8 bids - final price realised £630 (GBP).

Davy Jones: You've Got A Habit Of Leaving / Baby Loves That Way. 7" Parlophone R 5315 Demonstration. 1965 - [View here]
Update: 13 bids - final price realised £1,670 (GBP).

David Bowie: Can't Help Thinking About Me / And I Say To Myself. 7" Pye 7N 17020. Advance Promotion Copy. 1966 - [View here]
Update: 26 bids - final price realised £499 (GBP).

David Bowie: Do Anything You Say / Good Morning Girl. 7" Pye 7N 17079. Advance Promotion Copy. 1966 - [View here]
Update: 13 bids - final price realised £310 (GBP).


WHEN ZIGGY PLAYED GUITAR
7th May 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 next month on 28th June 2012.

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

From Amelia @ Random House Group.


TALES OF TELEVISION CENTRE
7th May 2012

The 90-minute programme 'Lights! Camera! Action! Tales of Television Centre' is to be broadcast on BBC Four on Thursday 17th May at 9pm.

Directed and produced by Richard Marson, this feature-length documentary tells the story of one of Britain's most iconic buildings as the BBC prepares to leave it.

The story is told by both staff and stars, and as well as a wealth of anecdotes and revelations, there is a rich variety of memorable, rarely seen (and in some cases newly recovered) archive material, including moments from studio recordings of classic programmes like Vanity Fair, Till Death Us Do Part, Top of the Pops and Dr Who, plus a host of vintage behind-the-scenes footage offering a compelling glimpse into this wonderful and eccentric studio complex - home to so many of the most celebrated programmes in British TV history.

There are actually two versions of the programme - a post-watershed version and a pre-watershed version. The former has various adult words and anecdotes, whereas the latter has these replaced with some additional material and archive. The pre-watershed version will be shown whenever the documentary is scheduled before 9pm.

I'm told that DAVID BOWIE's 1972 Top Of The Pops performance of 'The Jean Genie' will be shown in its entirety with no commentary or captions via the RED BUTTON (Channel 301).

Update: Apparently the TOTP performance 'The Jean Genie' will NOT now be shown. According to the Producer/Director: "It won't be shown, sadly. That was the intention when the story of the discovery of the clip and the reason behind its retention was part of the documentary. This had to be cut when the clip was passed on to TOTP2 for screening at Christmas."


DB AND SO TRIBUTE BAND IN SO CAL
6th May 2012

DAVID BOWIE tribute band DAVID BRIGHTON and the Space Oddity Band return to So Cal for a very special show on Saturday May 12th.

The band are performing at Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza, Janet and Ray Scherr Forum Theatre, 2100 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd., Thousand Oaks, CA 91362, USA. Show time 8:30pm.

Tickets and more information available at the toaks.org website.

Check out David Brighton and the Space Oddity Band website.


DAVID ROCKIN' ON IN JAPAN
6th May 2012

Rockin' On June 2012 DAVID BOWIE graces the front cover of Japanese magazine Rockin'on for their June 2012 issue.

Inside there is an eight-page feature on the 40th anniversary of Ziggy Stardust and some of the Sukita photographs from his new book Speed Of Life. Check out ro69.jp website for more details.

Also featured in today's SUNDAY TIMES magazine a new collection of photographs bring back rich memories for early David Bowie fan Waldemar Januszczak. Headlined 'A Starman Is Born', the article features Sukita's photographs from the new book.

'Face Oddity'... When David Bowie breezed into Boscombe in the 1970s, nobody had seen anything like him. A book reveals the changing faces of the pop star who fell to Earth.


MICK RONSON LEGACY GIG 2012
4th May 2012

The Mick Ronson Legacy Gig 2012 The MICK RONSON Legacy Gig 2012 takes place in Hull at Fruit on Saturday May 26th - this fan-based celebration of the life and work of Mick Ronson takes place in his home town of Hull on the anniversary of his birthday.

Admission price this year has been reduced to only £5.00 to make it easier for all and for that money you get a full evenings entertainment with seven live acts appearing.

Live acts include: Ronson Kiplin, Stone Age Heaven, Ched with Vigilante, John Bentley (Squeeze guitarist), The Nicol Band, Creek Cats, Eureka Machines, Speed Jive and Kev Ev.

       Venue: Fruit, 62-63 Humber Street, Hull HU1 1TU, England. [Map]
       Date: Saturday 26th May 2012.
       Time: 5:00pm till 12:00pm.
       Price: £5.00. Tickets available online at fruitspace.co.uk or pay on the door.

Proceeds to the Cancer Care charities MacMillan and Dove House.

From John Bird.


MUSIC IS GREAT CAMPAIGN
3rd May 2012

The Music is GREAT campaign launches on May 14th to celebrate the best in live British Music. A DVD of some of the most memorable British live performances ever seen will be released on the same day to mark the start of a week that will involve live performances, events and discussions on Great British Music.

The DVD includes performances from DAVID BOWIE, Queen, Coldplay, Pulp and Radiohead - all proceeds to go to Save The Children.

The full DVD tracklisting runs as follows:

       01. David Bowie / Ziggy Stardust Hammersmith Odeon, 1973.
       02. The Who / Won't Get Fooled Again Shepperton Studios, 1978.
       03. Queen / Radio Gaga Wembley Stadium, 1986.
       04. Orbital / Chime Glastonbury Festival, 1994.
       05. Pulp / Common People Glastonbury Festival, 1995.
       06. Spice Girls / Wannabe/Who Do You Think You Are? BRIT Awards, 1997.
       07. Radiohead / Karma Police Glastonbury Festival, 1997.
       08. Robbie Williams / Let Me Entertain You Knebworth, 2003.
       09. Muse / Knights Of Cydonia Wembley Stadium, 2007.
       10. George Michael / Faith Earls Court, 2008.
       11. Blur / Tender Glastonbury Festival , 2009.
       12. Adele / Someone Like You BRIT Awards, 2011.
       13. Coldplay / Every Tear Is A Waterfall Glastonbury Festival, 2011.
       14. Take That / The Flood City of Manchester Stadium, 2011.
       Bonus track: Amy Winehouse / Back to Black iTunes Festival , 2007 (available on iTunes download only).

The DVD will be available digitally from iTunes and Amazon and on physical release from HMV stores.

The GREAT campaign is designed to promote the UK abroad, and aims to deliver long-term economic benefits from the unprecedented level of interest generated by the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

The campaign offers a chance for the whole world to discover everything that the UK has to offer, as one of the best places in the world to live, work, visit, invest and do business.

For more information head on over to facebook.com/MusicisGREATBritain to get involved or follow @GREATBritain

From James Smyllie.


GQ FEATURES ZIGGY
2nd May 2012

Ziggy Stardust in GQ June 2012

Rebel Redux is a ten-page feature in the June issue of GQ magazine with nine full page unseen DAVID BOWIE photographs by Sukita taken from his brand new book 'Speed of Life' published by Genesis Publications.

The June 2012 issue of British GQ which features Cheryl Cole on the front cover hits the shelves tomorrow on Thursday 3rd May.

More details and information can be found over at the gq-magazine.co.uk website.


DAVID BOWIE'S IMPACT ON BRITISH CULTURE
2nd May 2012

Hello Bowie's fans,

I am a 20 year-old Illustration student at London University of Arts and I am doing this project about a person, who we think changed British culture in some way. Of course, I have chosen DAVID BOWIE. I am concentrating on the early 70's UK society's life and mentality and I want to emphasis Bowie's huge input on breaking the boundaries of what was so thought 'normal' and 'inappropriate' back then in the 70's.

My plan is to find those original true British Bowie fans, who were in their teens by the time the iconic Ziggy Stardust, Aladdin Sane and The Thin White Duke emerged. I want to collect their memories, stories, photos, opinions and experiences from those times. Maybe you dyed your hair red? Maybe your Dad was annoyed by Bowie's music? How did your friends, neighbours and the whole public react to your idol?

I've been really struggling finding that kind of person. Anything you (or maybe your friends who were fans as well) could write me would be so helpful and you would take a part of this project.

So if you would consider in helping me, please, email me at and I will CONTACT you. This really will not take more than 15 minutes and you would help me so much.

I would so appreciate this, I feel this could be such a meaningful and beautiful project!

Best wishes, Adele Sasnauskaite.


LOOKING FOR WATER
2nd May 2012

Ziggy DuckBACK IN STOCK!... New in 2012 for the DAVID BOWIE fan who has everything!... I've got 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, the outer package is also hologram sealed as proof of authenticity. Measures approx. 11cm x 8cm x 10cm.

The Ziggy Ducks are back in stock but selling fast - keep checking the Funky Lighting and Gadget Shop for up-to-date stock.

Update: I ordered one the other night and it arrived next day. I'm pleased to report that these are classy collectors items and simply too nice to even take out of the packaging, let alone put in the bath!

Obviously these were designed and created by a Bowie fan, as the packaging states: 'I'm an instant duck, just add water' which comes from the famous db 1972 quote: 'I'm an instant star. Just add water and stir'.

Funky Lighting have kindly offered a 15% discount to BowieWonderworlders who purchase ANYTHING from their store. I'm told another batch are arriving in the next day or two. Simply enter the discount code ff20funky at the check-out process when ordering from their oneline store.

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EMI OFFICIAL PRESS RELEASE
1st May 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).

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ECHO BOWIE GIGS THIS MONTH
1st May 2012

Dutch DAVID BOWIE tribute band ECHO BOWIE have several gigs lined up this month.

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 this month.

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:

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.






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