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MORRISSEY / BOWIE COSMIC DANCER RELEASE
31st August 2020

Parlophone Records will release a 7-inch version of MORRISSEY's 'That's Entertainment' in October.

The recording is not the aborted version from 1994, but retains the original Morrissey vocal. New instrumentation and vocals have been added. The song is a cover version of the 45 issued by The Jam and written by Paul Weller.

The flipside of the single is a re-mixed version of Morrissey and DAVID BOWIE dueting on Marc Bolan's 'Cosmic Dancer'. The live recording has been newly produced by Boz Boorer, and was recorded in Los Angeles.

From morrisseycentral.com


RSD 2020 BOWIE RELEASES
29th August 2020

ChangesNowBowie I'm Only Dancing The first of three RECORD STORE DAY 2020 dates takes place today. All DAVID BOWIE releases are available from today in store. If you can't make it in person, several record stores are selling online after 6.00pm.

RSD 2020 sees the release of previously unissued live Bowie 1974 recordings - I'M ONLY DANCING (THE SOUL TOUR 74) on limited edition 2-LP Vinyl and 2-CD formats along with CHANGESNOWBOWIE 1-LP Vinyl and 1-CD Digipack.

DAVID BOWIE - I'M ONLY DANCING (THE SOUL TOUR 74) (2 LP / 2 CD) tracklisting

CD 1
LP Side 1
1. Introduction - Memory Of A Free Festival
2. Rebel Rebel
3. John, I'm Only Dancing (Again)
4. Sorrow
5. Changes
6. 1984

LP Side 2
1. Moonage Daydream
2. Rock 'N Roll With Me
3. Love Me Do / The Jean Genie
4. Young Americans

CD 2
LP Side 3
1. Can You Hear Me?
2. It's Gonna Be Me
3. Somebody Up There Likes Me
4. Suffragette City

LP Side 4
1. Rock 'N' Roll Suicide
2. Panic In Detroit
3. Knock On Wood *
4. Foot Stomping / I Wish I Could Shimmy Like My Sister Kate / Foot Stomping *
5. Diamond Dogs / It's Only Rock 'n' Roll (But I like It) / Diamond Dogs *

Recorded at the Michigan Palace, Detroit on 20th October 1974 and * at the Municipal Auditorium, Nashville on 30th November 1974.

Musicians:

David Bowie - Vocals, 12-string acoustic guitar, harmonica.

The Mike Garson Band:

Earl Slick - Guitar
Carlos Alomar - Guitar
Mike Garson - Piano, Mellotron
David Sanborn - Alto sax, flute
Pablo Rosario - Percussion
Emir Ksasan - Bass
Dennis Davis - Drums

Backing vocals - Warren Peace, Anthony Hinton, Luther Vandross, Ava Cherry, Robin Clark and Diane Sumler.

These recordings have been mastered from the only available sources to provide the best sound quality possible. Any flaws and distortion are inherent in the original sources and we hope the historical importance of the recordings outweighs any such imperfections and does not detract from the enjoyment of the performances.

Other Bowie related releases include:

Biffy Clyro - 'Moderns' - The Modern Lepper / Modern Love Warner Records Label - 7" white vinyl
Includes Biffy Clyro's covers of two incredible songs: Modern Leper (Frightened Rabbit) / Modern Love (David Bowie). All proceeds will be donated to 'Tiny Changes', a mental health charity set up in memory of Scott Hutchison.
More details

Hanterhir - Schizophrenia (Sonic Youth) / Dancing Out In Space (David Bowie) Easy Action 7" colour vinyl
Exclusive covers single. Hanterhir have emerged from the last 18 months with a very respectful bagful of top album reviews and critical acclaim. Prior to the brand-new album 'There is no one to trust' campaign in the late spring - early summer of 2020 they release an exclusive one off covers single of their wild interpretations of songs by Bowie and Sonic Youth. More details

On sale 24th October: OST: The Turning - The Turning: Kate's Diary MusicOnVinyl 1LP dark red and black marbled vinyl
This special soundtrack release includes a brand new, never-before-heard unreleased song 'American Landfill' by Kristeen Young featuring David Bowie, plus an unreleased acoustic version of 'Mother' by Courtney Love. Neither of these tracks appear on the CD version of the soundtrack, and none will be made available again in physical format after this release is sold out. This is a one off chance to own this unique Bowie track! Also includes a song by The Aubreys, featuring Stranger Things actor Finn Wolfhard, and presented on stunning Red/Black marbles vinyl.
UK quantity: 1,000 / Global quanity: 2,500 - More details

Check out the recordstoreday.com website for all artist releases for 2020. Don't forget to view your own country listing releases.


MAINMAN - PODCAST #5
27th August 2020

MainMan website Over on the MAINMAN website: Podcast episode #5 is now available...

You can listen to the fifth podcast now - TONY DEFRIES explains how he deconstructed David, giving him the freedom to become 'Bowie'.

Each week they will release a new episode in their podcast series featuring behind the scenes stories from those who lived and breathed this incredibly evocative period in rock history and the website will be home to a continually expanding collection of fascinating memorabilia from the MainMan vaults - much of it never seen before.

The MainMan group of companies was a first of its kind rights management organisation formed by entrepreneur and impresario Tony Defries in 1972, that supported and helped to develop the careers of various artistes including David Bowie, Iggy Pop, Lou Reed, Mick Ronson, Mott The Hoople, Ian Hunter, Mick Ralphs, Dana Gillespie, Amanda Lear, Wayne/Jayne County, John Cougar Mellencamp and many others.

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EL CARAN SETS SAIL
24th August 2020

The super luxury motor yacht formerly owned by DAVID BOWIE has now completed its 12-month refit and is currently sailing in the Tyrrhenian Sea in the Mediterranean.

Custom built and launched in 1977 by Italian makers BENETTI in Viareggio, this 125.3 footer has gone through a few name changes since then. Originally named 'Deneb', then 'Deneb Star C', 'Intuition' and 'Intutition Lady'.

She now has a new name 'EL CARAN' and is sailing under the flag of Malta.

Watch the walk-thorough video below to see how magnificent she looks after her refit...



When David owned her, she was named Deneb Star C. The eagle-eyed amongst you may have noticed him wearing a captain's shirt with the name embroidered over the pocket during the 1991 secret Tin Machine show at The Waterfront Rock Cafe in Dublin.


MAINMAN - PODCAST #4
20th August 2020

MainMan website Over on the MAINMAN website: Podcast episode #4 is now available...

You can listen to the fourth podcast now - DANA GILLESPIE describes her adventures when the MainMan team moved to New York City.

Each week they will release a new episode in their podcast series featuring behind the scenes stories from those who lived and breathed this incredibly evocative period in rock history and the website will be home to a continually expanding collection of fascinating memorabilia from the MainMan vaults - much of it never seen before.

The MainMan group of companies was a first of its kind rights management organisation formed by entrepreneur and impresario Tony Defries in 1972, that supported and helped to develop the careers of various artistes including David Bowie, Iggy Pop, Lou Reed, Mick Ronson, Mott The Hoople, Ian Hunter, Mick Ralphs, Dana Gillespie, Amanda Lear, Wayne/Jayne County, John Cougar Mellencamp and many others.

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AND THE BITS FLEW FAR AND WIDE...
20th August 2020

Check out a wonderful PLEASE KILL ME interview by Robert Gourley with GAIL ANN DORSEY 'Life Before and After Bowie' where Gail talks about her career and working with DAVID BOWIE - [Read here]...

It's the 20th anniversary of the fabulous ALMOST FAMOUS movie written and directed by CAMERON CROWE. Well worth reading is an interview by Angie Martoccio with Cameron over on the ROLLING STONE website, where he is asked several questions about his famous interviews and getting driven around LA by DAVID BOWIE - [Read here]...

Featured on the latest POD LIKE A HOLE podcast interviews author Professor GLENN HENDLER author of DAVID BOWIE Diamond Dogs (33 1/3) published earlier this year - [Listen here]...

You can now view online all the DAVID BOWIE photographs shot by WATAL ASANUMA in Studio TC8 at the BBC Television Centre during the performance of 'The Jean Genie' on Top Of The Pops on 3rd January 1973 - [View here]...

Plenty of DAVID BOWIE items up for grabs at OMEGA AUCTIONS in their two day 'Music Memorabila and Vinyl Records' auction which takes next month on Tuesday 8th September. You can view the Bowie items HERE...

TIME LIFE have announced the forthcoming release THE BEST OF CHER DVD Box Set. The nine-disc set (Region 1 - US and Canada Only) includes the DAVID BOWIE performance on her CBS TV show from 23rd November 1975. The DVD Box Set is released on 15th September...

The forthcoming unauthorised DAVID BOWIE movie STARDUST has a US distributor agreement in place with IFC Films. The movie will premiere at the Rome Film Festival in October. IFC Films plans to release the movie in Q4 2020. Arianna Bocco, EVP of acquisitions and productions at IFC Films, said, "Stardust isn't the traditional film we are used to seeing when it comes to profiling life-changing cultural icons like David Bowie." - [More details]...


DAVID BOWIE '78 TEXAS ARCHIVE
18th August 2020

Over at the TEXAS ARCHIVE OF THE MOVING IMAGE website you can view some live DAVID BOWIE Super 8mm colour silent footage from 1978.

This home movie is part of the The Alan Frye Collection. This collection of 16mm, 8mm, and Super 8 color and black and white films, date from the 1940s to 1990s, includes home movies, amateur films, and animation projects.

Alan captured footage of David Bowie performing a concert on his 1978 World Tour at the Dallas Convention Center Arena on 10th April 1978.



Visit texasarchive.org website for more details and information.

(Ed. Make sure you watch reel 14 and reel 17).


DAVID BOWIE - THE TELEVISION GENERATION DVD
16th August 2020

David Bowie The Television Generation DVD Update: Here's the detailed tracklisting for the recently released DAVID BOWIE - THE TELEVISION GENERATION DVD.

Description: This DVD selection contains 24 performances of David Bowie On The Box , whereby everyone's all-time favourite show-off comes across doing perfectly what he always did so well. David Bowie's many television performances during his early career, allowed the public at large to witness what was going down, and in turn made the great man the universal superstar he became. Never afraid to use his image to sell his art, Bowie nevertheless always kept a sense of humour in how he presented things and never took himself too seriously, which was part of his huge attraction.

Tracklisting:

- Studio performance (UK TV 1969): Space Oddity.
- The Marquee, London 1973 (US Midnight Special TV show): I Can't Explain, The Jean Genie, Time.
- Dinah Shore Show (US TV 1976): Stay.
- Musikladen (German TV 1978): Beauty And The Beast, "Heroes", Stay, The Jean Genie.
- Saturday Night Live (US TV 1979): The Man Who Sold The World (with Klaus Nomi).
- Tokyo Dome (Japanese TV 1990): Rebel Rebel, China Girl, Sound And Vision, Ziggy Stardust, Station To Station, Young Americans.
- Karel (Dutch TV 1996): The Voyeur Of Utter Destruction (As Beauty), Hallo Spaceboy, Under Pressure.
- Spanish TV 1999: Thursday's Child, Seven, Survive, The Pretty Things Are Going To Hell.
- Imperial College, London (French TV 1972): Suffragette City.

Details:
      Format: NTSC
      Language: English
      Number of discs: 1
      Classification: Exempt
      Studio: Go Faster Records
      DVD Release Date: 7 Aug. 2020
      Run Time: 116 minutes

You can purchase David Bowie - The Television Generation DVD now


HAPPY 20th BIRTHDAY!
15th August 2020

Happy 20th Birthday to Lexi

Best wishes!


MAINMAN - PODCAST #3
13th August 2020

MainMan website Over on the MAINMAN website: Podcast episode #3 is now available...

You can listen to the third podcast now - DANA GILLESPIE talks about how she met and then collaborated with DAVID BOWIE.

Each week they will release a new episode in their podcast series featuring behind the scenes stories from those who lived and breathed this incredibly evocative period in rock history and the website will be home to a continually expanding collection of fascinating memorabilia from the MainMan vaults - much of it never seen before.

The MainMan group of companies was a first of its kind rights management organisation formed by entrepreneur and impresario Tony Defries in 1972, that supported and helped to develop the careers of various artistes including David Bowie, Iggy Pop, Lou Reed, Mick Ronson, Mott The Hoople, Ian Hunter, Mick Ralphs, Dana Gillespie, Amanda Lear, Wayne/Jayne County, John Cougar Mellencamp and many others.

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DAVID BOWIE - ROTTERDAM 1976
11th August 2020

Check out this rare 8mm dubbed footage of DAVID BOWIE performing at Sport Palais Ahoy in Rotterdam on 13th May 1976.




DAVID BOWIE - MY UNRELEASED RECORDINGS
10th August 2020

SHEL TALMY - MONDAY, 10 AUGUST 2020

This is an update on the recordings I produced with David in the mid-1960s that Bowie fans may not know about, apart from the usual Internet rumours!

Firstly, the tracks by The Manish Boys and 'Davy Jones', as he was then, that we released back in 1965, to remind old and new fans how good David was - before he was "discovered" several years later.

The Manish Boys - I Pity The Fool
The Manish Boys - Take My Tip
Davy Jones [and The Lower Third] - You've Got A Habit Of Leaving
Davy Jones [and The Lower Third] - Baby Loves That Way

In the early 1990s, Rhino Records reissued these four tracks, along with a handful more from my archives.

Now, with his passing, Bowie is "hotter" than ever, and there is a great demand for anything he recorded.

The good news for Bowie fans is that I have a further EIGHT completely unreleased David Bowie tracks that I produced in my files, kept in secure storage for many years.

For security reasons, these tracks have never even been played for anybody in their entirety, and are unknown to even the most ardent Bowie-philes.

Now I would like to make this material available, and my intention for this project is for my team and I to be involved and to enter into a deal with a major label.

My attorneys and I have been negotiating with several interested parties, including the Bowie Estate.

So far, unfortunately, it's been very slow-going, and as of this date, I have nothing positive to report.

To all you Bowie fans, worldwide, I'm letting you know I'm trying my best to get this done, and before anybody says "Yeah but"...

I absolutely admit and acknowledge how much this will also benefit me personally!

My colleague, Alec Palao, is preparing a detailed outline expanding upon what I've written, that he hopes to have published soon.

We hope to accomplish something that will satisfy all parties - especially Bowie fans!

From Shel Talmy via his Facebook page.


ALBUMTOALBUM ★ PODCAST #3
9th August 2020

The third and final instalment of the DAVID BOWIE - ALBUMTOALBUM epic conversation with DONNY McCASLIN and LEAH KARDOS takes a behind the scenes look at the recording of David Bowie's final album, ★ in New York.

Donny tells us what it was like to work on Bowie's demos and how even in his last sessions, David B was as inspired, energised and excited as ever by his music and collaborators.

Thanks to Donny for his time and generosity in sharing these precious memories and especially to LEAH KARDOS for her insights and perspectives on the album.



You can listen to all three episodes now...

[Episode #3] - [Episode #2] - [Episode #1]

Presented and produced by ARSALAN MOHAMMAD.

Check out all the other David Bowie: Album To Album podcasts HERE.


BRIAN ENO's DIARY - 25th ANNIVERSARY EDITION
8th August 2020

A Year with Swollen Appendices: Brian Eno's Diary

At the end of 1994, musician, producer and artist BRIAN ENO resolved to keep a diary. His plans to go to the cinema, theatre and galleries fell through quickly. What he did do - and write - however, was astonishing: ruminations on his collaborative work with artists including DAVID BOWIE, U2, James and Jah Wobble, interspersed with correspondence and essays dating back to 1978.

These 'appendices' covered topics from the generative and ambient music Eno pioneered to what he believed the role of an artist and their art to truly be, alongside razor-sharp commentary on his day-to-day tribulations and happenings around the world.

A fascinating, candid and intimate insight into one of the most influential creative artists of our time, A Year with Swollen Appendices is an essential classic, reissued for a new generation of readers.

This beautiful 25th anniversary hardback edition has been re-designed in A5, the same size as the diary that eventually became this book. It features two ribbons, pink paper delineating the appendices (matching the original hardback edition) and a two-tone cover on boards that pays homage to the original design.

Reviews: "A cranium tour of one of the most creative minds of our age." - Wired.

"Brian Eno's dual role in experimental and popular music is without precedent, and his influence on the music scene as a whole is difficult to overstate." - Pitchfork.

"Behind Eno stand John Cage, Marcel Duchamp, and Erik Satie." - New Yorker.

"As singular and as entertaining as anything the pop polymath has produced." - Observer, The 50 Greatest Music Books Ever.

Book Description: The diary and essays of Brian Eno republished twenty-five years on with a new introduction by the artist in a beautiful hardback edition.

About the Author: Brian Eno is a musician, producer, visual artist, and activist who first came to international prominence in the early '70s as a founding member of British band Roxy Music. His visionary production includes albums with Talking Heads, Devo, U2, Laurie Anderson and Coldplay, whilst his long list of collaborations include recordings with David Bowie, David Byrne, Grace Jones, Karl Hyde, James Blake among many. His visual experiments with light and video continue to parallel his musical career with exhibitions all over the globe.

To date he has released over 30 albums of his own music, exhibited extensively as far afield as the Venice Biennale and the sails of the Sydney Opera House and is a founder-member of the Long Now Foundation, a trustee of Client Earth, and Patron of Videre Est Credere. His most recent work includes a 23-track expanded edition of his seminal album, Apollo: Atmospheres & Soundtracks, the soundtrack to Top Boy's current 3rd season (he also scored the first two seasons) and his latest album with brother Roger, Mixing Colours released on Deutsche Grammophon earlier this year.

A Year with Swollen Appendices: Brian Eno's Diary - 25th Anniversary Edition hardback, containing 352-pages is published in the UK on 19th November.

You can pre-order NOW!

(Ed. Scheduled for publication in the US on 9th February 2021 in hardback and e-book format).


JAPANESE IMAGES 1966-1967 HI-RES CD UPDATE
7th August 2020

For those hardcore DAVID BOWIE collectors amongst you waiting on the Japanese limited edition CD release of IMAGES 1966-1967, unfortunately it has been delayed yet again.

The revised date for the Hi-Res CD (MQA x UHQCD) format is now next month on 30th September.

Available as cardboard sleeve packaging for the first time. Features Hi-Res CD format (UHQCD format x MQA technology). The 2020 DSD master is available in 352.8kHz/24bit high resolution (perfect for MQA-enabled audio players / Not digitally distributed up to this time), using the original master tapes made in the US. Cardboard sleeve faithfully replicates its US first pressing LP design (gatefold), including an inner sleeve. Includes an obi, which faithfully replicates its Japanese first press LP design. Comes with lyrics and a description. Green colour label coating.

*The disc can also be played on regular CD players in UHQCD 44.1kHz/16bit resolution. However, MQA-enabled hardware/software is necessary to harness the full potential of this Hi-Res CD.

TRACKLISTING:

Japanese Images 1966-1967 CD      01. Rubber Band
     02. Maid Of Bond Street
     03. Sell Me A Coat
     04. Love You Till Tuesday
     05. There Is A Happy Land
     06. The Laughing Gnome
     07. The Gospel According To Tony Day
     08. Did You Ever Have A Dream?
     09. Uncle Arthur
     10. We Are Hungry Men
     11. When I Live My Dream
     12. Join The Gang
     13. Little Bombardier
     14. Come And Buy My Toys
     15. Silly Boy Blue
     16. She's Got Medals
     17. Please Mr. Gravedigger
     18. The London Boys
     19. Karma Man
     20. Let Me Sleep Beside You
     21. In The Heat Of The Morning

You can pre-order via Amazon or if you prefer your Japanese imports direct from Japan you can order via CDJapan


DAVID BOWIE NOISES!
7th August 2020

This is quite mad, or quite possibly genius. Either way, it's fun working out which DAVID BOWIE songs are which...




BOWIE ODYSSEY 70
7th August 2020

Bowie Odyssey 70 by Simon Goddard New book BOWIE ODYSSEY 70 by SIMON GODDARD, is a 192-page paperback scheduled for publication on 29th October.

Synopsis: He starts the decade a teenage pop idol. But the one-hit wonder who sang 'Space Oddity' is still very far from becoming the star who will one day define the 1970s. Not when he still has a band to find, a manager to sack, a mentally ill brother to save, a wife to marry and a rival called Marc Bolan to beat. Not when David Bowie still has no idea who or what David Bowie is.

Starting at the beginning of Bowie's incredible ten-year odyssey changing the course of pop music, Simon Goddard's bold and expressionistic biography weaves time, space, rock 'n' roll and social history to relive Bowie's 1970 moment by vivid moment.

About the author: Simon Goddard was born in Cardiff in 1971. He grew up in Wales and Scotland and went to art school in the North of England before becoming a music journalist in London. He is the author of six books including Songs That Saved Your Life (hailed by The Guardian as "the best Smiths book"), Mozipedia (a Mojo Readers' Book Of The Year), Ziggyology: A Brief History of Ziggy Stardust, Simply Thrilled, the mock-picaresque biographical novel Rollaresque ("an excellent history of the early years of The Rolling Stones" - The Times) and The Comeback: Elvis and the Story of the '68 Special.

You can pre-order Bowie Odyssey 70 now.


INSPIRED BY FRANKIE
6th August 2020

On this day, 49 years ago, DAVID BOWIE recorded 'Life On Mars?' at Trident Studios in Soho, London.

David Bowie: "This song was so easy. Being young was easy. A really beautiful day in the park, sitting on the steps of the bandstand. 'Sailors bap-bap-bap-bap-baaa-bap.' An anomic (not a 'gnomic') heroine. Middle-class ecstasy.

"I took a walk to Beckenham High Street to catch a bus to Lewisham to buy shoes and shirts but couldn't get the riff out of my head. Jumped off two stops into the ride and more or less loped back to the house up on Southend Road.

"Workspace was a big empty room with a chaise longue; a bargain-price art nouveau screen ('William Morris,' so I told anyone who asked); a huge overflowing freestanding ashtray and a grand piano. Little else.

"I started working it out on the piano and had the whole lyric and melody finished by late afternoon. Nice.

"Rick Wakeman came over a couple of weeks later and embellished the piano part and guitarist Mick Ronson created one of his first and best string parts for this song which now has become something of a fixture in my live shows."



The original working lyrics written by David for Life On Mars? ended up with more than a few changes...

Sailors fighting in the dance hall
Oh man look at those cave men go
It's the freakiest show
Take a look at the law man beating up the wrong
Wonder if he'll ever know
He's in the best selling show
Is there life on Mars
How the hell can we go when we're nowhere
In the light of the stars

There's a shoulder-rock movement and the trembling starts
And a great Lord sighs in vain
What can you buy when there's no one to tell you
What a bargain you made
Is there life on Mars

Just a worker and his dog in the pink light
Just a savage on half-time
What can he see when there's no one to turn to
For the opposite side
Is there life on Mars

Just a laugh and a line
Just joke of the time
It's an evergreen

Just a book and a pen
And the biggest amen
That you've ever seen

Just a kiss in the face of a sub human race
It's an evergreen
And I'm looking at you while you're looking for ?
And I'm looking at you while you're wondering which record I made

© David Bowie.


SOMETHING IN THE AIR
6th August 2020

Parlophone Records is proud to announce the third in a series of three digital DAVID BOWIE live releases from the 90s.

The previously unreleased David Bowie live album, DAVID BOWIE SOMETHING IN THE AIR (LIVE PARIS 99) recorded live at the Élysée Montmartre on 14th October 1999, is available to stream from 14th August.

DRIVE-IN SATURDAY from the same show is available as audio from 7th August, with the video premiere on YouTube this evening at 19:00 GMT.



More details available over on davidbowie.com website.


MAINMAN - LATEST PODCAST
6th August 2020

MainMan website Over on the MAINMAN website: Podcast episode #2 is now available...

You can listen to the second podcast now - TONY ZANETTA 'Z' who was President of MainMan's North America operation tells how he introduced DAVID BOWIE to Andy Warhol in New York in September 1971.

Each week they will release a new episode in their podcast series featuring behind the scenes stories from those who lived and breathed this incredibly evocative period in rock history and the website will be home to a continually expanding collection of fascinating memorabilia from the MainMan vaults - much of it never seen before.

The MainMan group of companies was a first of its kind rights management organisation formed by entrepreneur and impresario Tony Defries in 1972, that supported and helped to develop the careers of various artistes including David Bowie, Iggy Pop, Lou Reed, Mick Ronson, Mott The Hoople, Ian Hunter, Mick Ralphs, Dana Gillespie, Amanda Lear, Wayne/Jayne County, John Cougar Mellencamp and many others.

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ON THIS DAY...
5th August 2020

Memories of DAVID BOWIE's father HAYWOOD STENTON JONES who sadly passed away on this day in 1969, 51 years ago...

On this day, 18 years ago, DAVID BOWIE performed at the Molson Ampitheater, in Toronto, Canada during the Arena: Two Festival in 2002...

On this day, 23 years ago, DAVID BOWIE performed at Rock City in Nottingham during his Earthling World Tour in 1997...

On this day, 30 years ago, DAVID BOWIE performed at Milton Keynes Bowl, Milton Keynes during his Sound+Vision World Tour in 1990...

On this day, 40 years ago, The Elephant Man play opened at the Blackstone Theatre in Chicago starring DAVID BOWIE in the lead role as Joseph 'John' Merrick in 1980...

On this day, 55 years ago, DAVIE JONES AND THE LOWER THIRD performed at The Cliftonville Hall, Margate, Kent in 1965...


HMV VINYL WEEK 2020
3rd August 2020

HMV Absolute Beginners OSD HMV Let's Dance For HMV VINYL WEEK 2020, so far two DAVID BOWIE releases have been revealed.

Absolute Beginners OST - neon pink and blue vinyl - 1,000 copies.
Let's Dance - blue vinyl - limited to 1,500 copies.

HMV are teasing out the vinyl exclusive titles, there's more to come over the next few days, so fingers crossed there's more Bowie.

HMV exclusive vinyl will be available in-store on Saturday, 15th August.

Questions:
Where can I buy the exclusives? Titles will be available in-store from Saturday 15th August from opening. All stores will have a limited quantity of all the exclusives which will be sold on a first-come, first-served basis. Strictly no reservations. Please arrive in store early on Saturday 15th August to avoid disappointment. A very limited number of selected exclusives will also be available online from 6pm on Saturday 15th August.

How many can I buy? A maximum of 1 unit per title per customer can be purchased. As an example, customers are able to buy one copy of each of the exclusive albums, but wouldn't be able to buy multiple copies of the same exclusive.

What happens if I miss out on the day? The titles are very limited and will be sold on a first come, first served basis. However, there will likely be an extremely limited number or remaining copes of some titles - any of these still available stores close on Saturday August 15th will be made available online.

For more details on these exclusive vinyl releases and which other artists albums have been announced so far, visit hmv.com website.


ME AND THE STARMAN
2nd August 2020

For immediate release: DAVID BOWIE CHARITY ANTHOLOGY 'ME AND THE STARMAN' RETURNS TO PRINT


Me and The Starman "Whatever route brought you to David Bowie, and whatever spells he has cast on you power the years, I think you'll find much in this book that strikes a chord." - David Bowie expert Nicholas Pegg.

Everyone knows the story of David Bowie, the Brixton boy who by sheer force of will made himself into the biggest pop star in the world via glam rock, white boy soul and Berlin before signing off by turning even his own death into an artistic statement.

This is not his story.

Instead, charity anthology Me And The Starman is the story of the lipstick traces he left behind: the impact his artistic endeavours made on our lives. How his music, his acting and his presence inspired people and let them think differently about themselves.

Edited by Jon Arnold and James Gent, and published by Cult Ink, Me And The Starman tells the stories from the fans and those who knew him, the story of the connections he made with his art. With a foreword from the author of The Complete David Bowie, Nicholas Pegg, and an afterword from former MainMan USA President Tony Zanetta and including contributions from musicians such as Adamski, Kristian Hoffman, Malcolm Doherty and Jessica Lee Morgan, Glass Spider Tour performer Viktor Manoel, novelist Paul Magrs and Eisner Award winning writer and artist Nick Abadzis amongst many others, it traces the often invisible impact he made on lives that might otherwise have been very different. It's a story that stretches from The Laughing Gnome to Lazarus, from the Beckenham Arts Lab to Blackstar and beyond.

"Me & The Starman works as a useful, highly articulate and enjoyable reminder that David Bowie meant an awful lot of different things to lots of different people." - Author, journalist and broadcaster Keith Topping.

Me And The Starman is a deeply intimate and very personal collection of stories and essays paying tribute to how the man who fell to Earth grounded us all, and helped the weirdest among us feel a little less alone. It's the story of when you give not only your hands but your hearts to an artist. In the words of its editors, "This is a celebration, not a memorial."

"As much as the individual pieces vary in tone and style, they all come across as thoroughly heartfelt. Like Bowie's own songs, nearly every one of them offers an indelible passage that makes the feeling of personal connection concrete, especially when paired with a sense of discovery." - CultureSonar.com review

Originally published by Chinbeard Books in 2019 on the fiftieth anniversary of David Bowie's breakthrough hit single Space Oddity, Me And The Starman returns to print as the inaugural title of Cult Ink, the newly-launched publishing arm of popular culture website We Are Cult edited by James Gent, who curated the anthology in collaboration with writer Jon Arnold, a regular contributor to Obverse Books' The Black Archive range.

As with the previous edition, all profits from this book go toward supporting the work of Cancer Research UK.

Me And The Starman (Eds: Jon Arnold, James Gent) is published by Cult Ink is available to buy from Amazon, RRP £11.99. UK: | US: https://bit.ly/starmanUSA


GARSON GUEST LISTENING PARTY
2nd August 2020

MIKE GARSON will be live tweeting tonight about DAVID BOWIE's Reality album via TIM BURGESS Listening Party on Twitter at 8pm (UK time) // 12pm (PT).

To join in all you have to simply do is... stream or play the album and follow Tim Burgess and Mike Garson on Twitter, then you can read and interact with him as we enjoy and discuss the album in real time.

Ask your questions / share memories and so on using #timstwitterlisteningparty

For more details and information, pop on over to twitter.com/listeningparty


DAVID BOWIE: ICON
1st August 2020

All set for publication on 28th September is DAVID BOWIE: ICON - The Definitive Photographic Collection, a 356-page hardcover book published by ACC Art Books.

The most significant collection of David Bowie images ever assembled.
A luxurious opus published to coincide with the 5th anniversary of David Bowie's passing.
Impeccably printed and sumptuously designed David Bowie: Icon features works from many of the greatest names in photography.

David Bowie: Icon David Bowie: Icon gathers the greatest photographs of one of the greatest stars in history, into a single, luxurious volume. The result is the most important anthology of David Bowie images that has ever been compiled. With work by many of the most eminent names in photography, this book showcases a stunning portfolio of imagery, featuring the iconic, the awe inspiring, the candid and the surprising.

An astonishing 25 photographers from around the world have contributed to this celebration. Their images are accompanied by personal essays and reflections about working with this astonishing artist. From memories of the earliest days at the Arts Lab in Beckenham to what it was like touring the world with Bowie, each contributor shares their experiences of working with and knowing this most extraordinary figure.

From portraits and album covers, performances and rehearsals, to rarely seen private moments and candid snapshots, this collection is at once powerful, sentimental and inspiring. The thoughts and reminiscences of the photographers, many sharing their memories for the first time, give us an insight into this artist unlike any other.

Photography and text by: Fernando Aceves, Brian Aris, Philippe Auliac, Alec Byrne, Kevin Cummins, Chalkie Davies, Justin de Villeneuve, Vernon Dewhurst, Gavin Evans, Gerald Fearnley, Lynn Goldsmith, Greg Gorman, Andrew Kent, Markus Klinko, Geoff MacCormack, Janet Macoska, Terry O'Neill, Denis O'Regan, Norman Parkinson, Mick Rock, John Scarisbrick, Steve Schapiro, Barry Schultz, Masayoshi Sukita and Ray Stevenson. With an introduction by artist and Bowie's life-long friend, George Underwood.

When David Bowie passed away on 10th January 2016, the world lost a musical hero. But his legacy lives on. While his sound and style evolved throughout his career from Ziggy to The Thin White Duke two facts never changed: he was an innovator; and photographers adored him. This book pays homage to this ultimate icon.

Update: Price: RRP £50.00. Price now £35.35. Save £14.65 (29% off).

You can pre-order David Bowie: Icon - The Definitive Photographic Collection now and save 29%


BOWIE BACKSTAGE INTERVIEW
1st August 2020

Just uploaded on the LIVE AID YouTube channel is a backstage interview with DAVID BOWIE just after his performance.



David Bowie performed at Live Aid in front of 72,000 people in Wembley Stadium, London on the 13th July, 1985.

The event was organised by Sir Bob Geldof and Midge Ure to raise funds for the Ethiopian famine disaster. Broadcast across the world via one of the largest satellite link-ups of all time, the concerts were seen by around 40% of the global population.


DAVID BOWIE - THE TELEVISION GENERATION DVD
1st August 2020

Released next week on Friday 7th August is DAVID BOWIE - THE TELEVISION GENERATION DVD.

David Bowie The Television Generation DVD Description: This DVD selection contains 24 performances of David Bowie On The Box , whereby everyone's all-time favourite show-off comes across doing perfectly what he always did so well. David Bowie's many television performances during his early career, allowed the public at large to witness what was going down, and in turn made the great man the universal superstar he became. Never afraid to use his image to sell his art, Bowie nevertheless always kept a sense of humour in how he presented things and never took himself too seriously, which was part of his huge attraction.

Tracklist: 1. Space Oddity / 2. I Can't Explain / 3. The Jean Genie / 4. Time / 5. Stay / 6. Beauty And The Beast / 7. "Heroes" / 8. Stay / 9. The Jean Genie / 10. The Man Who Sold The World (with Klaus Nomi) / 11. Rebel Rebel / 12. China Girl / 13. Sound And Vision / 14. Ziggy Stardust / 15. Station To Station / 16. Young Americans / 17. The Voyeur Of Utter Destruction (As Beauty) / 18. Hallo Spaceboy / 19. Under Pressure / 20. Thursday's Child / 21. Seven / 22. Survive / 23. The Pretty Things Are Going To Hell / 24. Suffragette City

Details:
      Format: NTSC
      Language: English
      Number of discs: 1
      Classification: Exempt
      Studio: Go Faster Records
      DVD Release Date: 7 Aug. 2020
      Run Time: 116 minutes

You can pre-order David Bowie - The Television Generation DVD now!


DAVID BOWIE : RAINBOWMAN (1983-2016)
1st August 2020

David Bowie : Rainbowman (1983-2016) All set for publication in October is DAVID BOWIE : RAINBOWMAN (1983-2016) by JÉRÔME SOLIGNY.

This French language second volume which contains 600 pages covers the years 1983 through to 2016.

The front cover features a MICK ROCK photograph and designed by BARNBROOK.

For Volume 2, there are major contributions from many people including: Reeves Gabrels, Tony Visconti and Hermione Farthingale reflecting on David's musical journey.

This second volume also features some unseen photographs and drawings by Lisa and Margaux Chetteau.

The two volumes, David Bowie : Rainbow Man (1967-1980) and David Bowie : Rainbow Man (1983-2016) are both published by Gallimard and contain 300 exclusive interviews.


YOU CAN'T UNHEAR THIS
1st August 2020

Check out the very first YOU CAN'T UNHEAR THIS interview with ROBIN MAYHEW, a life-long musician whose early days in a forgotten band called The Presidents led him to cross paths with The Beatles, The Rolling Stones and The Who whilst playing in clubs in England in the early 1960s.

Following a brief stint in South Africa, he returned home to England and fell into a new career in the music industry as the live sound engineer for Tucky Buzzard, DAVID BOWIE, Lou Reed, David Essex and many other influential acts of the 1970s.




I'M ONLY DANCING FOR RSD 2020
1st August 2020

Update: All Bowie releases are out later this month on the first of the three rescheduled RSD dates on 29th August, apart from OST: The Turning - The Turning: Kate's Diary which is released on 24th October.

Record Store Day 2020 has now been further postponed worldwide and now takes place on three different dates: 29th August, 26th September and 24th October due to the safety of the general public.

RSD 2020 sees the release of previously unissued live 1974 recordings of DAVID BOWIE entitled: I'M ONLY DANCING (THE SOUL TOUR 74) on 2 LP Vinyl and 2 CD formats released for RECORD STORE DAY 2020 on 20th June.


DAVID BOWIE - RECORD STORE DAY 2020 - NEVER BEFORE HEARD 1974 LIVE RECORDINGS UNEARTHED:

'I'M ONLY DANCING (THE SOUL TOUR 74)' (2 LP / 2 CD) LIMITED EDITION RECORD STORE DAY 2020 RELEASE


In addition to the previously announced Record Store Day 2020 release of CHANGESNOWBOWIE, Parlophone Records are proud to also announce the unearthing of never before heard recordings of David Bowie in concert in 1974 in the form of I'M ONLY DANCING (THE SOUL TOUR 74) on 2 LP and 2 CD.

I'm Only Dancing Taken from recently discovered sources in The David Bowie Archive®, I'M ONLY DANCING (THE SOUL TOUR 74) was recorded mostly during David's performance at the Michigan Palace, Detroit on 20th October 1974, with the encores taken from the Municipal Auditorium, Nashville on 30th November 1974. The only song missing from the full set on the 20th October performance is 'Diamond Dogs' which was unfortunately only recorded in part. To make up for that it was decided to include the encores from the 30th November performance which featured 'Diamond Dogs' but also enables a fuller representation of the set from The Soul Tour including such numbers as 'Knock On Wood' and the 'Foot Stomping' / 'I Wish I Could Shimmy Like My Sister Kate' medley.

The Soul Tour was a radical departure from the first part of the 1974 Diamond Dogs theatrical extravaganza. During a three week break in late 1974, the Diamond Dogs Tour's elaborate six-ton Hunger City stage set was drastically stripped back, and the tour's set list overhauled to include as-yet-unreleased tracks from the Young Americans sessions at Sigma Sound in Philadelphia. The Soul Tour also featured a revamped band, augmented to include musicians and vocalists from those sessions, and rechristened The Mike Garson Band.

I'M ONLY DANCING (THE SOUL TOUR 74) follows on from the previous Record Store Day 2 LP release Cracked Actor (Live Los Angeles '74) and is an incredible historical document of a performer and band at the height of their live powers. The artwork for both the 2 LP and 2 CD releases is based on the original design for the programmes available at venues for dates on The Soul Tour. The Soul Tour has taken on a mythical status among Bowie fans, as the tour visited fewer than twenty cities in the East and South of US. This is the first time that audio from this incarnation of the tour has ever been officially released.

DAVID BOWIE - I'M ONLY DANCING (THE SOUL TOUR 74) (2 LP / 2 CD) tracklisting

CD 1
LP Side 1
1. Introduction - Memory Of A Free Festival
2. Rebel Rebel
3. John, I'm Only Dancing (Again)
4. Sorrow
5. Changes
6. 1984

LP Side 2
1. Moonage Daydream
2. Rock 'N Roll With Me
3. Love Me Do / The Jean Genie
4. Young Americans

CD 2
LP Side 3
1. Can You Hear Me?
2. It's Gonna Be Me
3. Somebody Up There Likes Me
4. Suffragette City

LP Side 4
1. Rock 'N' Roll Suicide
2. Panic In Detroit
3. Knock On Wood *
4. Foot Stomping / I Wish I Could Shimmy Like My Sister Kate / Foot Stomping *
5. Diamond Dogs / It's Only Rock 'n' Roll (But I like It) / Diamond Dogs *

Recorded at the Michigan Palace, Detroit on 20th October 1974 and * at the Municipal Auditorium, Nashville on 30th November 1974.

Musicians:

David Bowie - Vocals, 12-string acoustic guitar, harmonica.

The Mike Garson Band:

Earl Slick - Guitar
Carlos Alomar - Guitar
Mike Garson - Piano, Mellotron
David Sanborn - Alto sax, flute
Pablo Rosario - Percussion
Emir Ksasan - Bass
Dennis Davis - Drums

Backing vocals - Warren Peace, Anthony Hinton, Luther Vandross, Ava Cherry, Robin Clark and Diane Sumler.

These recordings have been mastered from the only available sources to provide the best sound quality possible. Any flaws and distortion are inherent in the original sources and we hope the historical importance of the recordings outweighs any such imperfections and does not detract from the enjoyment of the performances.

From davidbowie.com website.


REMINDERS: NEW and UPCOMING BOWIE RELEASES...
August 2020

BOWIE ODYSSEY 70 by SIMON GODDARD, paperback, 192-pages, to be published on 29th October - more details

Japanese import DAVID BOWIE - IMAGES 1966-1967 [Hi-Res CD (MQA x UHQCD)] 2020 DSD master recording, delayed until 30th September - more details or direct from CD Japan

DAVID BOWIE: ICON - The Definitive Photographic Collection to be published on 28th September, this 356-page hardcover book features an astonishing 25 photographers from around the world who have contributed. Photography and text by: Fernando Aceves, Brian Aris, Philippe Auliac, Alec Byrne, Kevin Cummins, Chalkie Davies, Justin de Villeneuve, Vernon Dewhurst, Gavin Evans, Gerald Fearnley, Lynn Goldsmith, Greg Gorman, Andrew Kent, Markus Klinko, Geoff MacCormack, Janet Macoska, Terry O'Neill, Denis O'Regan, Norman Parkinson, Mick Rock, John Scarisbrick, Steve Schapiro, Barry Schultz, Masayoshi Sukita and Ray Stevenson. With an introduction by artist and Bowie's life-long friend, George Underwood - more details

DAVID BOWIE - CHANGES: A LIFE IN PICTURES 1947-2016 by CHRIS WELCH, hardcover, 160-pages, to be published on 3rd September - more details

OFFICIAL DAVID BOWIE 2021 SQUARE WALL CALENDAR 16 months, 28-pages - available from 31st August - more details


OFFICIAL DAVID BOWIE 2021 CALENDAR Collectors' Edition record sleeve wall format, 14-pages - available from 15th August - more details

DAVID BOWIE - THE TELEVISION GENERATION DVD NTSC, 1 disc, run-time 116 minutes - available from 7th August - more details

ME AND THE STARMAN edited by JON ARNOLD and JAMES GENT - ALL PROFITS from this book go toward supporting the work of CANCER RESEARCH UK - published on 26th July - more details

2018 softback edition of DAVID BOWIE WORLD 7" RECORDS DISCOGRAPHY 1964 - 1981 book by MARSHALL JARMAN and RETO STÖCKLIN visit marmot-publishing.com for more details.

Exclusive DAVID BOWIE lino-cut print available to PURCHASE - don't hang around, these are ALL the remaining original left-over stock from 36 years ago, once they've gone, they've gone!


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