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AND THE BITS FLEW AND WIDE...
30th June 2012

Watch this space tomorrow night for a BowieWonderworld competition to win 1 of 3 copies of When Ziggy Played Guitar: David Bowie and Four Minutes that Shook the World by Dylan Jones courtesy of Random House Group...

EYTAN AND THE EMBASSY have just released a world record setting music video. The promo has 18 costume changes in a one take unedited video. The changes reflect musicians throughout time and includes a DAVID BOWIE tribute - [View here]...

Check out the advertising commercial for the newly published memoirs of legendary producer/engineer KEN SCOTT entitled Abbey Road To Ziggy Stardust ...


BOWIE: THE STUDIO YEARS
28th June 2012

Bowie The Studio Years by Paolo Hewitt A new book due for publication this October is BOWIE: THE STUDIO YEARS (ISBN-10: 1780972172) by author Paolo Hewitt.

The 288-page hardcover book will be published by Carlton Books in the UK and Commonwealth, France (Les Editions Fetjaine), Sweden (Forma Publishing) and Germany (Edel Germany GmbH) on 11th October.

With an introduction by Robert Elms and featuring 200 illustrations in colour and black and white, Bowie: The Studio Years is impeccably designed and illustrated, featuring a retrospective and chronology of each of the 27 studio albums, with many previously unpublished photographs.

Bowie: The Studio Years is published to acknowledge the 40th anniversary of The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and The Spiders From Mars and Bowie's first number-one album Aladdin Sane.

To take a sneak preview CLICK HERE.

You can pre-order David Bowie the Studio Years NOW and receive a 15% discount.


WHEN ZIGGY PLAYED GUITAR OUT NOW
28th June 2012

When Ziggy Played Guitar - David Bowie and Four Minutes that Shook the World by Dylan Jones Published today by Preface is When Ziggy Played Guitar: David Bowie and Four Minutes that Shook the World by Dylan Jones.

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 is published just ahead of the 40th anniversary of the broadcast on 6th July. Dylan Jones has had unique access and the book is illustrated with previously unseen photographs.

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

Watch this space over the next day or so for your chance to win a copy of this fabulous book courtesy of Random House Group.


DUNCAN POPS THE QUESTION!
28th June 2012

DUNCAN JONES popped the question to his girlfriend RODENE RONQUILLO earlier today and they both announced the news via their Twitter feeds.

Duncan tweeted 'Big day today. Put a ring on it. God help me!!' Later Rodene tweeted 'Even if he is just after a green card, he's all mine now. P.S. Yes, I said 'yes'. On cloud 9 with my most favorite person in the whole world.'

Wonderful news! Congratulations to you both from everyone here at BowieWonderworld.

Check out blog.manmademovies.co.uk to see the photos they also tweeted.


ARE YOU LITHUANIAN?
26th June 2012

There was an excellent piece published in THE GUARDIAN yesterday... 'How We Made: Paul Mayersberg and Tony Richmond on The Man Who Fell To Earth' which starred DAVID BOWIE as alien Thomas Jerome Newton.

Interviewed by Phil Hoad, screenwriter Paul Mayersberg gives some interesting comments and views, along with cinematographer Tony Richmond who lets it be known that... 'We had pig's blood lined up for a surgery scene but Bowie objected - so we used mine'!

You can read the whole article over on the guardian.co.uk website.


CALLING ALL BOWIE FANS
24th June 2012

Songs For Dawn charity CD Massive Bowie-fan Robert 'Bodie' Bowman and his friend Steve Brown have just recorded a fundraising album entitled 'Songs For Dawn' which features ten DAVID BOWIE cover songs.

All proceeds from the sale of the album will be split between the three Scottish hospitals who have kept Bodie's two-year-old daughter Dawn alive.

Baby Dawn was born with meningitis and a cleft palate and thanks to the three Infirmaries she is making great progress.

Every single penny raised will go directly to the sick kids' units at the three hospitals in Inverness, Edinburgh and Aberdeen.

Please visit songsfordawn.org where you can make a donation by purchasing the album and give your support over at facebook.com/songsfordawn

Many thanks from Davie.


YOU WANT MORE AND YOU WANT IT FAST
23rd June 2012

Rebel Rebel from The Kelham Island Brewery Hot on the heels of the recently produced 'Major Tom' real ale is the KELHAM ISLAND BREWERY company based in Sheffield, England who have a produced a new real ale beverage called 'Rebel Rebel'.

Rebel Rebel is a continental style Ruby Ale with an alcohol by volume of 4.0%.

As you can see their beer pump clip shows an image of DAVID BOWIE and has their Rebel Rebel name in a Diamond Dogs logo style.

The Kelham Island Brewery was built in 1990 in the Beer Garden of the Fat Cat Pub in Alma Street, Sheffield.

For more details and information on visiting the brewery and their shop check out the kelhambrewery.co.uk website.


BOWIE NIGHT ON BBC FOUR
23rd June 2012

Every night is a Bowie night in my gaff, but last night here in the UK we were treated to a DAVID BOWIE night on BBC FOUR television.

'David Bowie and The Story of Ziggy Stardust' documentary was excellently narrated by JARVIS COCKER. There were contributions from Spiders Trevor Bolder, Mick 'Woody' Woodmansey and Mike Garson, Suzi Ronson, Ken Scott, Lindsay Kemp, Leee Black Childers, John 'Hutch' Hutchinson, Cherry Vanilla, George Underwood, Mick Rock, Dana Gillespie, Elton John, Steve Harley, Rodney Bingenheimer, Marc Almond, Holly Johnson, Gary Kemp, Cherie Currie, Peter Hook, Jon Savage, Peter Doggett and Dylan Jones.

I don't want to spoil anything for people who didn't manage to catch the programmes talking about the content, so don't worry if you missed the show it is repeated just after midnight tomorrow Sunday/Monday 25th June at 00:20 followed by 'The Genius of David Bowie' at 1:25 and 'David Bowie at the BBC' at 2:25.

Obviously don't forget you can also view them via the BBC iPlayer until July 2nd. The links are: David Bowie and The Story of Ziggy Stardust / The Genius of David Bowie / David Bowie at the BBC all available at bbc.co.uk website.


FUNKY LITTLE BOAT RACE
22nd June 2012

Rock & Folk magazine July 2012 DAVID BOWIE appears on the front cover of the French music magazine ROCK & FOLK for their July issue (Number 539).

The front cover blurb states: 'The Legend of Ziggy' by Jerome Soligany. Inside there is an eight-page feature with unpublished photographs and contributions from Ken Scott, Woody Woodmansey and Mike Garson.

(La Legende de Ziggy - un article monument de Jerome Soligany avec photos inedites.)

Check out the rocknfolk.com website.


THE MAN WHO FELL TO EARTH SHOWING ACROSS THE UK
16th June 2012

The Man Who Fell To Earth Sci-Fi movie THE MAN WHO FELL TO EARTH directed by Nicholas Roeg and starring DAVID BOWIE as Thomas Jerome Newton is to be screened across England, Scotland and Wales as part of the 'Made in Britain' season.

If you've never seen this wonderful movie on the big screen then you simply don't know what you're missing.

The movie will be shown on Tuesday 19th June at the forty-seven cinemas listed below. The vast majority of cinemas have ONE showing, but there are a handful with more than one.

ENGLAND:
       Aldeburgh, Aldeburgh Cinema. (1 screening at 19:30). Tickets
       Bath, Little Theatre Cinema. (1 screening at 20:15). Tickets
       Birmingham, Cineworld Broad Street. (1 screening at 21:30). Tickets
       Birmingham, Cannon Hill Park, mac Cinema. (1 screening at 20:15). Tickets
       Bolton, Cineworld. (1 screening at 20:20). Tickets
       Brighton, Duke Of York's Picturehouse. (2 screenings at 11:00, 18:30). Tickets
       Bristol, Watershed. (Cinema Two) (1 screening at 18:10). Tickets
       Bury St Edmunds, Abbeygate Picturehouse. (1 screening at 17:30). Tickets
       Cambridge, Arts Picturehouse. (1 screening at 18:30). Tickets
       Crawley, Cineworld. (1 screening at 20:20). Tickets
       Derby, QUAD. (1 screening at 20:30). Tickets
       Exeter, Picturehouse. (1 screening at 18:30). Tickets
       Henley-on-Thames, Regal Picturehouse. (1 screening at 21:00). Tickets
       Liverpool, Picture at FACT Centre. (1 screening at 20:30). Tickets
       London, Brixton, Ritzy Picturehouse. (1 screening at 18:30). Tickets
       London, Clapham Picturehouse. (1 screening at 18:15). Tickets
       London, East Finchley, Phoenix Cinema. (1 screening at 20:30). Tickets
       London, Enfield, Cineworld. (1 screening at 19:45). Tickets
       London, Greenwich Picturehouse. (1 screening at 20:30). Tickets
       London, Hackney Picturehouse. (1 screening at 18:30). Tickets
       London, Haymarket, Cineworld. (4 screenings at 11:15, 14:15, 17:15, 20:15). Tickets
       London, Notting Hill, Gate Picturehouse. (1 screening at 15:30). Tickets
       London, Stratford East Picturehouse. (1 screening at 20:00). Tickets
       London, The Lexi Cinema, (Screen 1), Kensal Rise NW10. (1 screening at 18:30). Tickets
       London, Wandsworth Cineworld. (1 screening at 21:00). Tickets
       London, West India Quay Cineworld, E14. (1 screening at 19:45). Tickets
       Milton Keynes, Cineworld. (1 screening at 20:55). Tickets
       Newcastle-upon-Tyne, Tyneside Cinema. (1 screening at 17:45). Tickets
       Norwich, CinemaCity. (1 screening at 20:15). Tickets
       Nottingham, Cineworld. (1 screening at 21:20). Tickets
       Oxford, Phoenix Picturehouse. (1 screening at 20:45). Tickets
       Oxford, Ultimate Picture Palace. (1 screening at 18:30). Tickets
       Sheffield, Cineworld. (2 screenings at 13:45, 19:10). Tickets
       Sheffield, Showroom Cinema. (1 screening at 20:30). Tickets
       Southampton, Harbour Lights Picturehouse. (1 screening at 18:00). Tickets
       Stevenage, Cineworld. (1 screening at 20:15). Tickets
       Stratford-upon-Avon, Picturehouse. (2 screenings at 12:30, 18:00). Tickets
       Wells, Film Centre. (1 screening at 19:00). Tickets
       York, City Screen Picturehouse. (1 screening at 20:45). Tickets

SCOTLAND:
       Aberdeen, The Belmont Picturehouse. (1 screening at 20:00). Tickets
       Aberdeen, Cineworld, Union Square. (1 screening at 20:15). Tickets
       Dundee, DCA: Dundee Contemporary Arts. (1 screening at 22:30). Tickets
       Edinburgh, Cameo Picturehouse. (1 screening at 21:00). Tickets
       Edinburgh, Cineworld. (1 screening at 20:15). Tickets
       Glasgow, Cineworld Renfrew Street. (1 screening at 20:15). Tickets
       Inverness, Eden Court. (1 screening at 20:15). Tickets

WALES:
       Cardiff, Cineworld. (1 screening at 19:45). Tickets

Book tickets online for showings at Cineworld Cinemas and save 10%.

The 'Made in Britain' season is brought to you by the Independent Cinema Office - the national organisation for the development and support of independent film exhibition in the UK. For more details and information check out the independentcinemaoffice.org.uk website.


49 BOWIE SONG TITLES FEATURED ON SPRINGWATCH!
15th June 2012

Last night saw the broadcast of the twelfth and final episode of SPRINGWATCH 2012 on BBC Two television.

Since the first episode, presenter CHRIS PACKHAM has been subtly dropping in DAVID BOWIE recorded song titles into his live commentary. Chris managed to squeeze in an incredible FORTY NINE during the series!

Episode Twelve - 3 songs.
Across The Universe / Cracked Actor / Diamond Dogs.
(Unintentional: Fly, Outside, Time, Sunday, Underground).

Episode Eleven - 5 songs.
Life On Mars? / Repetition / The Man Who Sold The World / Eight Line Poem / Space Oddity.
(Unintentional: Seven, Amazing, Outside, Fly, Stay, Survive, Dodo).

Episode Ten - 3 songs.
Hang Onto Yourself / It's No Game / Boys Keep Swinging.
(Unintentional: Days, Fly, Amazing).

Episode Nine - 4 songs.
Drive-In Saturday / After All / Somebody Up There Likes Me / Oh! You Pretty Things.
(Unintentional: Days, Seven, Fly, Amazing).

Episode Eight - 3 songs.
Up The Hill Backwards / Big Brother / Blackout.
(Unintentional: Fascination, Right, Fly, Move On, Changes, When The Wind Blows).

Episode Seven - 4 songs.
The Jean Genie / Rebel Rebel / Moss Garden / Fashion.
(Unintentional: Right).

Episode Six - 3 songs.
Ziggy Stardust / The Width Of A Circle / Young Americans.
(Unintentional: Right, Seven, Fly).

Episode Five - 5 songs.
Wild Is The Wind / Heroes / Golden Years / An Occasional Dream / All The Young Dudes.
(Unintentional: Stay, Right).

Episode Four - 3 songs.
Fame / What In The World / Station To Station.
(Unintentional: Tonight, Days).

Episode Three - 5 songs.
Sweet Thing / Starman / Speed of Life / Unwashed and Somewhat Slightly Dazed / Future Legend.
(Unintentional: Time, Stay, Amazing, Fly, Survive, Move On, Days).

Episode Two - 5 songs.
Fantastic Voyage / Kooks / Be My Wife / The Prettiest Star / Subterraneans.
(Unintentional: Time, Amazing, Seven).

Episode One - 6 songs
Changes / Sound And Vision / Cygnet Committee / Aladdin Sane / Watch That Man / Scary Monsters.
(Unintentional: Sunday, Outside, Amazing, Days).

You can still watch the programmes via the BBC iPlayer

Check out his excellent website chrispackham.co.uk where you can also read his blog 'Planet Earth Is Blue' where he writes specifically about the Bowie song titles.


AND THE BITS FLEW AND WIDE...
13th June 2012

The BBC are utilising DAVID BOWIE's song 'Speed Of Life' as the background music to promote their excellent 'London on Film' series to be shown on BBC Four - [More details]...

Same old thing in brand new drag... if you come across a new DVD entitled DAVID BOWIE - The Calm Before The Storm don't be getting too excited. It's just another re-release of the Under Review 1969-1971 DVD with yet another new title from Chrome Dreams...

'Bowie, Ziggy Stardust and me' - Stephen Russell from the East Anglian Daily Times interviews illustrator TERRY PASTOR about creating the artwork for the DAVID BOWIE albums Hunky Dory and The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and The Spiders From Mars - [Read here]...

Over on ABC News Radio websites Ziggy Stardust producer KEN SCOTT talks 40th Anniversary remasters and working with DAVID BOWIE - [Read here]...

The full programme names, details and times for the upcoming DAVID BOWIE Night on BBC Four on 22nd June can be found below. The two brand new one-hour documentaries are 'David Bowie and the Story of Ziggy Stardust' and 'The Genius of David Bowie'...

Springwatch 2012 presenter CHRIS PACKHAM has now managed to drop in an amazing forty-one DAVID BOWIE song titles into his commentary during the ten episodes so far. Check out chrispackham.co.uk where you can read his blog...

It's well worth checking out the DAVID BOWIE photographs over at ARENAPAL - the performing arts picture library website. There are quite a few shots I've never seen before - [View here]...

A DAVID BOWIE illustration appeared on the front cover of The Independent newspaper supplement RADAR last Saturday. Inside there is a four-page feature - Ultimate pop art - why posters are a sound investment...


ZIGGY STARDUST BURGER
9th June 2012

Diablo Burger The DIABLO BURGER restaurant in Flagstaff, Arizona, USA have a rather interesting burger on their menu...

Besides the fact they have db branded on all their buns (ooh sounds painful) they also have a create your own ZIGGY STARDUST burger available.

Just in case you're in the area and fancy one, below are the options to build your own as listed on their menu...

Cheese: Sharp Cheddar, Swiss, Pepper Jack, Provolone, Blue, Local Black Mesa Chevre.
Spreads: Hatch Chile Mayo, Pesto, Ranch, Chimichurri, DB Special Sauce, Rising Hy Spicy Honey Mustard, Guacamole.
Veggies: Jalapenos, Green Chiles, Beets, Homemade Sauerkraut, Raw Onions, Grilled Onions, Sliced Pickles, Roasted Garlic, Fresh Basil.
Egg: Over/easy, Over/medium or Over/hard.
Bacon: We serve only Local, Hormone and Antiobiotic-free, Yorkshire Style Bacon.
Breads: Regular or Gluten-free English Muffin.

Check out their website and menu at diabloburger.com


BBC FOUR BOWIE NIGHT
7th June 2012

Get ready for an upcoming DAVID BOWIE night on BBC FOUR TV on Friday 22nd June.

Included in the nights viewing are these four programmes:

       The new Ziggy Stardust documentary.
       D.A. Pennebaker 'Ziggy In Concert' film documentary from Hammersmith Odeon 3/7/73.
       'Bowie At The Beeb'.
       'The Genius Of Bowie' - a compilation programme.

Visit bbc.co.uk/bbcfour for more details as they become available.

9:00pm - David Bowie and the Story of Ziggy Stardust (1 hour Documentary). The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars is arguably the most important album in the David Bowie's career, the record that set him on course to becoming one of the best-known pop stars on the planet. Bowie's messianic Martian invaded the minds of the nation's youth with a combination of extraterrestrial rock 'n' roll and outrageous sexuality, all delivered in high-heeled boots, multi-coloured dresses and extravagant make-up. This documentary tells the story of how Bowie arrived at one of the most iconic creations in pop history. Ziggy's instant success gave the impression that he was the perfectly-planned pop star, but it had been a momentous struggle for Bowie to hit on just the right formula. Narrated by Jarvis Cocker, it reveals Bowie's mission to the stars through the musicians and colleagues who helped him in his quest for fame - a musical voyage that led Bowie to doubt his true identity, eventually forcing the sudden demise of his alien alter ego, Ziggy. (Stereo, Widescreen, Subtitles, Audio Described).

10:00pm - The Genius of David Bowie (1 hour Documentary). A selection of some of David Bowie's best performances from the BBC archives, which also features artists who Bowie helped along the way, such as Mott the Hoople, Lulu, Iggy Pop and Lou Reed. (Stereo, Widescreen, Subtitles).

11:00pm - Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders From Mars: Storyville. Classic rock film documenting David Bowie's last public appearance as his androgynous alter ego Ziggy Stardust. This memorable final concert at the Hammersmith Odeon was filmed by DA Pennebaker, famous for such 1960s rock documentaries as Don't Look Back and Monterey Pop. The 17 songs performed include Changes, Time and Suffragette City. Director: D.A. Pennebaker. (Stereo, Repeat, Widescreen, Subtitles).

12:30am - David Bowie at the BBC (1 hour Documentary). David Bowie in concert at the BBC Radio Theatre. Songs include Wild is the Wind, Ashes to Ashes, Absolute Beginners, The Man Who Sold the World and Fame. (Stereo, Subtitles).

Also on Monday 11th June the RADCLIFFE AND MACONIE SHOW features David Bowie's drummer WOODY WOODMANSEY talking about the 40th anniversary re-issue of The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and The Spiders From Mars on BBC Radio 6 Music at 13:00.


NME: TWO ZIGGY COVERS
6th June 2012

NME Ziggy cover 2 of 2 NME Ziggy cover 1 of 2 Don't forget that the NEW MUSICAL EXPRESS have published a DAVID BOWIE Anniversary Special magazine which features David on the front cover.

There are TWO different collectible covers. Featured inside are eleven-pages, 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!...

Both covers are available now at all the usual outlets.

The NME quite rightly state: 'Quite simply, David Bowie is the greatest living British musician of all time ever, and '...Ziggy...' is his best album. So 40 years on, we take a look back at it, to assess how important it is, and speak the only people who were there making it with Bowie, the Spiders From Mars.'

You can also pop on over to the NME website where you can vote for The Greatest David Bowie song.

Vote for the Greatest David Bowie Song


WHERE ZIGGY WAS BORN
6th June 2012

Matt from The Greenwich Vistor recently visited the, what was once, UNDERHILL STUDIO in Greenwich, London, where DAVID BOWIE and The Spiders rehearsed Ziggy Stardust.

He has made a short film of the visit - hope you all like it - [VIEW HERE].


CONGRATS TO DAVID AND IMAN... AND ZIGGY
6th June 2012

Today marks the 20th anniversary of DAVID and IMAN's wedding ceremony at Saint James Episcopal Church, in Florence, Italy.

The best man was David's son Duncan with chief usher Alan Edwards. Iman's maid of honour was her best friend Bethann Hardison.

Besides their immediate family, among the sixty-eight invited guests were Yoko Ono, Brian Eno, Bono, Eric Idle, Geoff MacCormack, George Underwood, Herve Leger and Thierry Mugler.

You can click here to read an article from Hello! magazine entitled 'The Wedding of David Bowie and Iman' in the BW archives.

Today also marks the 40th Anniversary release of the immortal 1972 album 'The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and The Spiders From Mars'.


BOWIE FEATURED ON SPRINGWATCH!
6th June 2012

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

One of the presenters CHRIS PACKHAM keeps subtly slipping in DAVID BOWIE recorded song titles during his live commentary. So far he has managed to squeeze in an amazing FORTY EIGHT titles into the full twelve episodes... including several unintentional ones.

Episode Twelve - 3 songs.
Across The Universe / Cracked Actor / Diamond Dogs.
(Unintentional: Seven, Amazing, Outside, Fly, Stay, Survive, Dodo).

Episode Eleven - 4 songs.
Life On Mars? / Repetition / The Man Who Sold The World / Eight Line Poem.
(Unintentional: Seven, Amazing, Outside, Fly, Stay, Survive, Dodo).

Episode Ten - 3 songs.
Hang Onto Yourself / It's No Game / Boys Keep Swinging.
(Unintentional: Days, Fly, Amazing).

Episode Nine - 4 songs.
Drive-In Saturday / After All / Somebody Up There Likes Me / Oh! You Pretty Things.
(Unintentional: Days, Seven, Fly, Amazing).

Episode Eight - 3 songs.
Up The Hill Backwards / Big Brother / Blackout.
(Unintentional: Fascination, Right, Fly, Move On, Changes, When The Wind Blows).

Episode Seven - 4 songs.
The Jean Genie / Rebel Rebel / Moss Garden / Fashion.
(Unintentional: Right).

Episode Six - 3 songs.
Ziggy Stardust / The Width Of A Circle / Young Americans.
(Unintentional: Right, Seven, Fly).

Episode Five - 5 songs.
Wild Is The Wind / Heroes / Golden Years / An Occasional Dream / All The Young Dudes.
(Unintentional: Stay, Right).

Episode Four - 3 songs.
Fame / What In The World / Station To Station.
(Unintentional: Tonight, Days).

Episode Three - 5 songs.
Sweet Thing / Starman / Speed of Life / Unwashed and Somewhat Slightly Dazed / Future Legend.
(Unintentional: Time, Stay, Amazing, Fly, Survive, Move On, Days).

Episode Two - 5 songs.
Fantastic Voyage / Kooks / Be My Wife / The Prettiest Star / Subterraneans.
(Unintentional: Time, Amazing, Seven).

Episode One - 6 songs
Changes / Sound And Vision / Cygnet Committee / Aladdin Sane / Watch That Man / Scary Monsters.
(Unintentional: Sunday, Outside, Amazing, Days).

You can watch the programmes via the BBC iPlayer

Check out chrispackham.co.uk where you can read his latest blog 'Planet Earth Is Blue' that he published today.


STILL SANE
4th June 2012

Queen Elizabeth by Incwel According to several newspapers and various websites pop culture artist BANKSY is believed to have created his own tribute for the Queen's Diamond Jubilee in his home-town of Bristol.

As you can see Her Majesty has been blessed with the DAVID BOWIE character Aladdin Sane lightning bolt.

Although this piece is sited on a wall previously used by the street artist on Upper Maudlin Street, the actual piece entitled Still Sane was created by INCWEL from the Wooster Collective and not Banksy.


BOSHIER AT THE PALLANT HOUSE
4th June 2012

Lodger artwork by Derek Boshier Lodger artwork by Derek Boshier This summer PALLANT HOUSE GALLERY in Chichester, West Sussex will be holding a season of exhibitions celebrating the links between art and pop music. It will include DEREK BOSHIER's drawings, paintings and studies relating to DAVID BOWIE's 'Lodger' and 'Let's Dance' albums, as well as maquettes for Bowie's stage sets.

There will be an exhibition to mark the 80th birthday of the Pop artist Sir Peter Blake, exploring his paintings of musicians and designs for album covers ranging from The Beatles' 'Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band' to Live Aid, Paul Weller 'Stanley Road, Oasis' 'Stop the Clocks' and the 2012 Brit Award.

Alongside they will be holding an exhibition highlighting the artworks created by pop musicians, bringing together works by some of the most celebrated figures in the music industry. The exhibition will explore the fact that many musicians studied at art school, and amongst the selection we are including artworks by musicians such as Ian Dury, Bryan Ferry, John Squire, Pete Doherty, Bill Wyman and Humphrey Ocean. Each of the musicians to be featured in the show has used visual art as an important creative outlet. Encompassing a variety of media that includes album cover artwork and illustrated lyrics, it will explore how design has been employed alongside songwriting and live performance as a key part of their artistic careers.

Derek Boshier: David Bowie and The Clash opens on Saturday 23rd June and runs through to 7th October.

Venue:
     Pallant House Gallery, 9 North Pallant, Chichester, West Sussex PO19 1TJ, England.

     Showing in Galleries 15 and 16.

Opening Hours:
     Tuesday to Saturday: 10am - 5pm.
     Thursday: 10am - 8pm.
     Sunday and Bank Holidays: 11am - 5pm.
     Mondays: CLOSED.

Also Derek Boshier will be in conversation with writer and author Paul Gorman at Pallant House Gallery on Thursday 28th June at 6pm.

Derek Boshier first came to prominence with his paintings as a student at the Royal College of Art in London in the early 1960s, with fellow students David Hockney, Allen Jones, R.B. Kitaj, and others in the British Pop Art movement. In 1962 he was featured with Peter Blake, Pauline Boty and Peter Phillips in Ken Russell's BBC documentary 'Pop Goes The Easel'.

During the 1970s Boshier experimented with different media, producing photographs, films, collages, constructions, books, posters and record covers. This exhibition focusses on his graphic work for pop musicicians such as his designs for David Bowie's 1979 'Lodger' album and the Clash 2nd Songbook 1979.

Derek Boshier: "The cover for 'Lodger' was a collaboration between David, the photographer Brian Duffy, and myself. I loved this solution to the problem of David being photographed falling. Shooting him from above, on a specially made table built to match the falling form. The table was designed to be completely obscured by David's body (You can see the table in the photograph right centre on the inside of the book-style cover). The wash hand basin was laid underneath the table on the floor." (D.B. 2003).

The cover for Bowie's subsequent 'Let's Dance' album included the projection of a Boshier painting across David Bowie's figure in boxing gloves. The inner sleeve of 'Let's Dance' had line drawings by Boshier including his characteristic heads and walking figures.

David commissioned Boshier for his stage shows in 1978. A logical continuation of Boshier's fascination with installation and environment.

More details and information can be found over at the pallant.org.uk website.


AND THE BITS FLEW FAR AND WIDE...
2nd June 2012

The full two-hour extended version of the DAVID BOWIE radio documentary 'Ziggy Changed My Life' is to be broadcast on BBC 6 MUSIC tonight/tomorrow Sunday 3rd June at 00:00am GMT. Guests include: Trevor Bolder, bass player for The Spiders From Mars; Woody Woodmansey, drummer for The Spiders From Mars, Nick Rhodes from Duran Duran, Suzi Ronson, Leee Black Childers, Lindsay Kemp, Kevin Cann, Kris Needs, Ken Scott, Terry Pastor, George Underwood and Anya Wilson - [Listen in here]...

Reminder: Don't forget that the NEW MUSICAL EXPRESS are publishing a DAVID BOWIE special magazine this month. The magazine which features David on the front cover hits the shelves on Wednesday 6th June. There are TWO different covers. Featured inside are eleven-pages, 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!...

GLAMDAMMIT is pleased to celebrate the 40th Anniversary of 'Ziggy Stardust' with a live performance by Michael T and The Vanities, along with a cavalcade of stars on Saturday 2nd June at The Grand Victory, 245 Grand and Roebling St, Brooklyn, New York, USA at 10:00pm 21+ID. More details @ glamdammit.com...


BOWIE FEATURED ON SPRINGWATCH!
2nd June 2012

Updated: 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 TWENTY FIVE song titles into the first six episodes... including several unintentional ones.

Episode Six - 3 songs.
Ziggy Stardust / The Width Of A Circle / Young Americans.
(Unintentional: Right, Seven, Fly).

Episode Five - 5 songs.
The Supermen / Wild Is The Wind / Golden Years / An Occasional Dream / All The Young Dudes.
(Unintentional: Stay, Right).

Episode Four - 3 songs.
Fame / What In The World / Station To Station.
(Unintentional: Tonight, Days).

Episode Three - 5 songs.
Sweet Thing / Starman / Speed of Life / Unwashed and Somewhat Slightly Dazed / Future Legend.
(Unintentional: Time, Stay, Amazing, Fly, Survive, Move On, Days).

Episode Two - 3 songs.
Kooks / Be My Wife / The Prettiest Star.
(Unintentional: Time, Amazing, Seven).

Episode One - 6 songs
Changes / Sound And Vision / Cygnet Committee / Aladdin Sane / Watch That Man / Scary Monsters.
(Unintentional: Sunday, Outside, Amazing, Days).

You can watch the programmes via the BBC iPlayer


ABBEY ROAD TO ZIGGY STARDUST
1st June 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 purchase Abbey Road To Ziggy Stardust NOW.


WHEN ZIGGY PLAYED GUITAR
1st June 2012

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

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 this month on 28th June 2012.

You can purchase 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.


EMI OFFICIAL PRESS RELEASE
1st June 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.


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






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