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AND THE BITS FLEW FAR AND WIDE...
29th September 2015

At the SOTHEBY'S Rock & Pop Auction in London today, the DAVID BOWIE Konrads costume design artwork (lot 63) sold for £4,375 GBP - [More details]...

BETH DITTO has covered DAVID BOWIE's 'Moonage Daydream' which coincides with the Girls Rock Camp Foundation. You can also get a free download - [Read here]...

This Friday (2nd October) DAVID BOWIE releases the next in his 40th Anniversary 7 inch picture single 'Space Oddity', which is available to [pre-order] and this is followed by the next 40th Anniversary single GOLDEN YEARS out on 13th November, now also available to [pre-order]...

DAVID BOWIE tribute band CHANGESTWOBOWIE upcoming gig at Riga Music Bar, upstairs at O'Neills, Southend, England on Saturday 7th November. Tickets can be purchased online or over the bar at O'Neill's - [More details]...

On TV tonight (29th/30th) in Germany is DAVID BOWIE starring in Der Mann, der vom Himmel fiel (TMWFTE) on ZDFkultur at 22.10 CET and 2.20 CET - [More details]...


CHASING DAVID BOWIE AROUND NEWCASTLE
29th September 2015

Check out a lovely article in THE SHIELDS GAZETTE where music fan GARY CRAIG relives his memories of chasing for autographs around Newcastle back in 1978.

Gary recalls one occasion, when he and friend Wavis set off in pursuit of DAVID BOWIE in June 1978.

David Bowie at Gosforth Park Hotel, Newcastle 1978 Some highlights...

"Despite rumours flying around left, right and centre as to Bowie's hotel for his three days in Newcastle, and the determination of the receptionists to keep it quiet, we finally decided to go to Newcastle airport on the off-chance that Bowie was flying in.

"Arriving at 2.15pm, on Wednesday, we discovered there was a flight arriving from Heathrow in half an hour. On waiting on the roof, we were amazed to see Bowie disembarking, alone! Such was our amazement, that we waited at the wrong arrival point and let him slip past us into a waiting car.

"We waited all afternoon without being sure Bowie was even there, although bodyguard Stuart George and other band members appeared from time to time. We finally decided to leave, along with a lad from Lincoln, who had followed Bowie all over the country and Europe, as well as a German girl and French boy.

"In the meantime, however, I had got Carlos Alomar (guitarist and Bowie collaborator) to sign my programme while Dennis Davies (Bowie's drummer) ringed his name of the back of the programme Wavis got for me from the first night)."

So did they manage to get David's autograph or just a photograph? - you can read the whole article by Peter French on the shieldsgazette.com website.


DAVID BOWIE SIGNED BOX SET PRIZE DRAW
29th September 2015

For DAVID BOWIE fans in Australia only...

To celebrate the first in a series of David Bowie box sets released on September 25, CHANNEL SEVEN / WARNER MUSIC AUSTRALIA are giving you the chance to win one for yourself!

All you have to do is register your details HERE and you'll go in the draw to win a limited edition CD box set, signed by David Bowie himself.

Competition closes on Friday 2nd October 2015 @ 9:00am (AEST). Total prize value is $225 and entry is open to all residents of Australia where the Channel Seven signal is received.


David Bowie Box Set Prize Draw


REEVES GABRELS UK OCTOBER TOUR
29th September 2015

Reeves Gabrels UK Tour 2015 REEVES GABRELS and His Imaginary Friends are touring the UK throughout October.

UK Tour Dates:
       1st Norwich, Waterfront Studio.
       2nd Guildford, The Boileroom.
       3rd Liverpool, Studio2 Parr Street.
       5th York, Fibbers.
       7th St Albans, The Horn.
       8th London, Camden, The Black Heart.
       9th Scunthorpe, Café Indiependent.
       10th Glasgow, The Hug and Pint.
       11th Newcastle, The Cluny.
       13th Leicester, The Cookie.
       14th Manchester, Night & Day.
       15th Tunbridge Wells, The Forum.

Tickets can be purchased NOW via reevz.net website.

Support comes from LISA RONSON on all UK dates, who has her debut album Emperors Of Medieval Japan about to be released in November.


GLAMDAMMIT CELEBRATE 11 YEARS
29th September 2015

Glamdammit GLAMDAMMIT celebrates eleven years of fist-pumping Rock 'N' Roll, Punk anthems, and glittery Glam Rock along with live performances and a cavalcade of stars.

Michael T and The Vanities perform selections from 'Scary Monsters and Super Creeps' and other DAVID BOWIE favourites - 1am.
The Nuclears 'Whiskey-Drinking Shit-Kicking Rock and Roll' - Mike Watt of The Minutemen - 12am.
Charm School 'Female-Fronted Melodic Punk Rock From NYC' - 11pm.
Hosted by nightlife icon Astro Erle.
DJ Sets by Twig the Wonderkid and James David.
Pabst Blue Ribbon open bar 11pm to Midnight.

Ten-dollar admission on Saturday 3rd October @ 11pm 21+ID at The Grand Victory, 245 Grand and Roebling St, Brooklyn, NY, USA.

More info @ glamdammit.com website.


FIVE YEARS PROMO ITEMS
28th September 2015

As expected the various promotional items connected with the DAVID BOWIE Five Years Box Set release are now appearing online for sale.

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The known promotional items so far include: T-shirt / tote bag / mouse mat / 10 coaster set / vinyl slip mat / stickers / prints include glossy 12x12 inch cover print and a 10 poster set (one for each album).


CONVERSATION PIECE
28th September 2015

Yesterday DAVID BOWIE fanatic and author DAVID BUCKLEY was guest of BBC Radio in conversation with Johnh Oldham on BBC Local Radio In West including BBC Gloucestershire.

If you missed it, Lee Stone presents some of the highlights from their local community radio stations and you can listen in here for the next 29 days. (Move the slider: starts at 38:30 - ends at 57:05).

David has just recently had his excellent book David Bowie - The Music and The Changes updated and published via Omnibus Press.

David Buckley has a doctorate from Liverpool University and is the author of numerous music books, including David Bowie: Strange Fascination. An earlier edition of this guide to David Bowie's music was personally chosen and reprinted by Bowie to promote his albums Earthling and 'hours...' - In 2012, The Guardian called him 'the best of his [Bowie's] umpteen biographers.'


AND THE BITS FLEW FAR AND WIDE...
26th September 2015

On this day, 5 years ago, DAVID BOWIE released the Station To Station Special Edition Boxed Sets in 2010...

Sending Happy Birthday wishes to TONY FOX SALES born on this day in 1951...

I'm told the DAVID BOWIE Five Years Box set promo items also includes coasters in the US...

The second of two podcasts from The Mouth Magazine that feature an exclusive interview with REEVES GABRELS is now available for your listening pleasure. In it he discusses his solo material (including his forthcoming UK tour) and working with Lou Reed, Public Enemy, Bill Nelson and The Cure - plus, of course, more on DAVID BOWIE - [Listen here]...

This is either breathtakingly brilliant or breathtakingly barmy I can't quite make up my mind yet. Either way, it's breathtaking stuff written and performed by J. Limb. Entitled: 'Ordinary Man', this is a spoof on a rejected DAVID BOWIE song for the James Bond movie Moonraker...


DAY IN, DAY OUT
25th September 2015

The Friars Club 1971 America advert The Friars Club 1971 David Bowie poster The Friars Club 1971 David Bowie gig advert On this day, 44 years ago, DAVID BOWIE and his band played The Friars Club, in Aylesbury in 1971.

This was first gig that featured all 3 future Spiders From Mars, Ronno, Woody and Trevor. (They were also joined by ex-Animal Tom Parker on piano).

David wore his huge dark blue Oxford Bags, knee length boots, a white silk jacket and a large patterned shirt.

Support band America didn't perform due to other commitments. Other support acts were Lol Coxhill and Mick Softley.

After the 250 capacity sold-out gig, manager Tony Defries insists that they must be paid in cash for this performance. Owner/Promoter David Stopps pays the full amount... all in 50p pieces!

You can read the whole transcription of this particular show here.


FIVE YEARS 1969-1973 BOX SET RELEASED
25th September 2015

David Bowie Five Years 1969-1973 Box Set Officially released today is DAVID BOWIE FIVE YEARS (1969-1973) via Parlophone Records, the first in a series of box sets spanning his career.

The ten album / twelve CD box, ten album / thirteen-piece vinyl set and digital download featuring all of the material officially released by Bowie during the nascent stage of his career from 1969 to 1973. All of the formats include tracks that have never before appeared on CD/digitally as well as new remasters.

Exclusive to this box sets is Re:Call 1 a new 2-disc compilation of non-album singles, single versions and b-sides. It features a previously unreleased single edit of 'All The Madmen', which was originally set for a U.S. release but was never actually released. Also included is the original version of Holy Holy, which was only ever released on the original 1971 Mercury single and hasn't been available on any release since.

Also exclusive to all versions of Five Years 1969-1973 is a 2003 stereo remix of 'The Rise and Fall Of Ziggy Stardust And The Spiders From Mars' by the album's original co-producer Ken Scott, previously only available on DVD with the LP/DVD format of the 40th anniversary edition of the album.

The vinyl box set has the same content as the CD set on pressed on audiophile quality 180g vinyl.

The box set's accompanying book, 128 pages in the CD box and 84 in the vinyl set, will feature rarely seen photos as well as technical notes about each album from producers Tony Visconti and Ken Scott, an original press review for each album and a short foreword by legendary Kinks front man Ray Davies.

The CD box set will include faithfully reproduced mini-vinyl versions of the original albums and the CDs will be gold rather than the usual silver.

An alternate cover has been created for the 2003 mix of Ziggy Stardust by Ken Scott, which features an outtake from the original Heddon Street photo session. There is also newly originated artwork for Re:Call 1 featuring a 1973 in-studio image from renowned photographer Mick Rock.

DAVID BOWIE FIVE YEARS (1969-1973)

David Bowie: Five Years 1969-1973 LP Box Set 6 Original Studio Albums:
       David Bowie (aka Space Oddity)*
       The Man Who Sold The World*
       Hunky Dory*
       The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stardust And The Spiders From Mars
       Aladdin Sane
       PinUps*

*New 2015 Remasters.

2 Live Albums:
       Live Santa Monica '72
       Ziggy Stardust: The Motion Picture Soundtrack

Exclusive To All Sets:
       Re:Call 1

       The Rise and Fall Of Ziggy Stardust And The Spiders From Mars (2003 mix)

Re:Call 1 - Tracklisting

David Bowie: Five Years 1969-1973 CD Box Set CD1
       Space Oddity (original UK mono single edit)*
       Wild Eyed Boy From Freecloud (original UK mono single version)*
       Ragazzo Solo, Ragazza Sola
       The Prettiest Star (original mono single version)*
       Conversation Piece*
       Memory Of A Free Festival (Part 1)
       Memory Of A Free Festival (Part 2)
       All The Madmen (mono single edit)*
       Janine*
       Holy Holy (original mono single version)*
       Moonage Daydream (The Arnold Corns single version)*
       Hang On To Yourself (The Arnold Corns single version)*

CD2
       Changes (mono single version)*
       Andy Warhol (mono single version)*
       Starman (original single mix)
       John, I'm Only Dancing (original single version)
       The Jean Genie (original single mix)
       Drive-In Saturday (German single edit)
       Round And Round
       John, I'm Only Dancing (sax version)
       Time (U.S. single edit)
       Amsterdam
       Holy Holy (Spiders version)
       Velvet Goldmine

All tracks stereo except *mono.

The vinyl box set has the same content as the CD box set pressed on audiophile 180g vinyl.

Formats:
       CD Box Set 0825646284085 (UK Cat No: DBX 1)
       Vinyl Box Set 0825646284092 (UK Cat No: DBXL 1)
       Digital download 0825646070602

You can purchase Five Years (1969-1973) CD and Five Years (1969-1973) VINYL NOW.


SUPERCREEPS IMPROV MOCKUMENTARY
25th September 2015

You simpy must check out SUPERCREEPS - an exclusive comedy series produced by WILDSEED STUDIOS.

This 45-minute improv mockumentary is created, written and performed by SAMMY HUTCHINSON.

'Supercreeps' follows the journey of three misfits, Kyle, Craig and Cassie whose attempt to run a failing Camden music venue results in a hilarious sequence of events with one ambitious idea to save it - get DAVID BOWIE to play there.

Will David respond to his calls? Can he get it off the ground? These questions and more are answered in this super-cut of Supercreeps.

From Harry Cymbler (Director) visit wildseedstudios.com


FRANK OCKENFELS 3 EXHIBITION IN SYDNEY
24th September 2015

David Bowie by Frank Ockenfels Asking DAVID BOWIE to take his shirt off is a daring way to start a conversation with one of the world's most celebrated musicians, but that's exactly what American entertainment photographer FRANK OCKENFELS did.

It was 1989 and Bowie was on a publicity tour for his band Tin Machine. Ockenfels was the last photo shoot for the day.

Bowie asked him what he was going to do that no one else had done. "I said, well if you guys all take your shirts off I'm going to light paint you with the flash light. David started laughing and said 'OK, I've got to see this'."

The dare paid off and for the next six years Ockenfels collaborated with Bowie on numerous shoots. "David would call me up and we'd discuss the album he was working on and create images that would illustrate what was going on in his life. It was an amazing time."

Amazing and daunting. "I was working with probably one of the most creative musicians to ever walk the planet. As an artist himself, David is a tremendous painter and sculptor and he can be photographed by anybody, but for a time he just wanted me. Every time the phone rang and he asked me for something else, I was like, oh God what am I going to bring differently to the table?"

Frank Ockenfels 3 exhibition starts on 29th September to 25th October at Black Eye Gallery 3/138 Darlinghurst Road, Darlinghurst, Sydney, Australia.

You can read the whole article 'Frank Ockenfels: the photographer who lights up the stars' by Alison Stieven-Taylor via afr.com website.


SOTHEBY'S BOWIE/KONRADS COLLECTIBLES
23rd September 2015

Updated: Up for grabs in the forthcoming SOTHEBY'S Rock & Pop Auction in London on 29th September are the following DAVID BOWIE / THE KONRADS items...

Lot 63 David Bowie - The Konrads Lot 62: David Bowie - The Konrads.
Sketches and designs for the promotion of The Konrads, circa 1962-1963.
Nine sheets (251 x 189mm.) of pencil sketches and notes, including slogans ("You can't sit down... When the Konrads are around") and preliminary designs for posters, with additional doodles, circa 1962-1963, some light creasing and smudging (9).
Catalogue Note: David Bowie joined his first band in June 1962 at the age of 15. The Konrads had already been performing for around a year before Bowie joined as a saxophonist and vocalist. Over the next twelve months, the band performed most weekends at local pubs and events in South East London and Kent. These rough sketches for promotional ideas reveal both a youthful excitement and an insight into Bowie's mind-set as a young performer. Although Bowie left the Konrads at the end of 1963, the band went on to support the Rolling Stones on tour in March 1965.
Estimate: £6,000-£8,000 GBP.
Provenance: David Hadfield, drummer. Hadfield joined The Konrads in late 1962, having placed an advert in a local record shop window seeking a band to play with. Six years older than Bowie, Hadfield became the "leader" of the group during this period.

Lot 63 David Bowie - The Konrads Lot 63: David Bowie - The Konrads - SOLD FOR £4,375 GBP
Costume Design..
Catalogue Note: Watercolour, ink and pencil costume design for members of The Konrads (276 x 200mm), showing one large figure and one black ink sketch of a torso in a suit, signed 'Dave Jay', the letter 'J' adapted to resemble a saxophone; [with] handwritten receipt and typescript statement from 'Smartwear', Wandsworth Road, London, 10 May 1963, detailing the purchase of "Outfit[s] for Band", including six pairs of trousers, six leather look slipons and six black bow ties, to be delivered to "Mr Hadfield", some light creasing and minor soiling, area of the painted figure's left shoulder and arm covered with a plastic adhesive film (3).
Despite his inexperience and relative youth, Bowie already envisaged The Konrads and himself as a brand that encompassed not only their music but their appearance as well. The drawing is signed using Bowie's first stage name, "Dave Jay", inspired by Peter Jay and the Jaywalkers.
Estimate: £4,000-£6,000 GBP.
Provenance: David Hadfield, drummer.

Lot 63 David Bowie - The Konrads Lot 64: David Bowie - The Konrads.
Group of letters, booking contracts, press clippings and set lists relating to The Konrads, 1962-1963.
Including: seven letters concerning bookings and performances, October 1962 - May 1963, many addressed to David Hadfield and Stella Patton (Hadfield's partner and the band's occasional backing vocalist); local press clippings dated August - December 1963, covering "Wickham Goes Pop" and other performances; two set lists, both dated November 1962; and various other notes, receipts and documents (qty.)
Catalogue Note: Describing the band as "one of the most popular local rock and roll groups", a clipping from the Orpington and Kentish Times on 23 August 1963 reports on the Konrads upcoming booking to record at Decca studios: "the group will... record four titles, including the popular 'I Never Dreamed'".
Estimate: £2,000-£3,000 GBP.
Provenance: David Hadfield, drummer.

Lot 63 David Bowie - The Konrads Lot 65: David Bowie - The Konrads.
Collection of photographs of The Konrads.
Comprising: seven promotional photographs of the band together and individual members; two photographs of the band performing at "Wickham goes Pop", 1963, stamped on the reverse "Supplied by Kentish Times" and accompanied by a clipping featuring a similar photo; and four small photos taken at an engagement party showing the band playing; most photos mounted on sheets of paper, area of rubbing to one photograph, loose photos with glue residue on the verso, occasional soiling and light creasing, not affecting images (13).
Catalogue Note: This collection of photographs includes a number taken at the engagement party held for David Hadfield and Stella Patton, where The Konrads performed a short set including Bowie on saxophone. The promotional photographs of the band and of the individual members were taken by friend of Bowie's father in Stepney, London.
Estimate: £5,000-£7,000 GBP.
Provenance: David Hadfield, drummer.

Venue: Sotheby's, 34-35 New Bond Street, London W1A 2AA, England.
Exhibition times: Thursday, 24th September 9:00am-4:30pm BST / Friday 25th Sept 9:00am-4:30pm / Sunday 27th Sept 12:00pm-5:00pm / Monday 28th Sept 9:00am-4:30pm.

For more details and registering to bid please visit sothebys.com website.


AN EVENING WITH CHERRY VANILLA
23rd September 2015

Cherry Vanilla and David Bowie 1974 CHERRY VANILLA is visiting London from her Hollywood home to talk publicly about her remarkable life which includes her role as DAVID BOWIE's ex publicist.

On Thursday 1st October she is in conversation with esteemed music journalist Rowena Morgan, Cherry Vanilla promises to lift the lid off her fabulous story.

Venue: Surya Live Music Venue, 156 Pentonville Road, London N1 9JL from 7.30pm to 10pm (late bar available).

Tickets are priced at £7.50 and available at eventbrite.com website.

All proceeds from this event are to be shared by Terence Higgins Trust and The Thrussel Trust charities.


DAY IN, DAY OUT
23rd September 2015

On this day, 35 years ago, The Elephant Man stage play starring DAVID BOWIE as John Merrick opened in New York on Broadway at the Booth Theatre in 1980.

The play ran from 23rd September through to 3rd January 1981.

Check out the BBC 2 TV show 'Friday Night... Saturday Morning' originally broadcast in October 1980, where David is interviewed by Sir Tim Rice and features two clips from the stage play.

Trivia:
During the performances, there was some concern that David might fall off the stage. Since most of his vision comes from one eye, he has difficulty perceiving depth. To avoid this catastrophe, the production was moved further away from the edge of the stage.

Once particular scene required David to be sat in a wooden bath. The highlight of the evening, and to the amusement of the other actors and stage crew would be to watch David trying not to crack up laughing when bathing because they had placed various items inside it, such as dildo's and pornographic magazines!


WIN A SIGNED FIVE YEARS BOX SET!
23rd September 2015

David Bowie Five Years Box Set Amazon.co.uk are offering you the opportunity to win a signed DAVID BOWIE Five Years Vinyl Box Set!

The Prize Draw is open to entries from Tuesday, 22nd September 2015 and closes at 23:59 BST on Monday, 12th October 2015.

Available to UK residents only. To enter the David Bowie Prize - the winner will receive the vinyl box set, Five Years (1969-1973), signed by Bowie himself.

The box set comes with six re-mastered studio albums alongside two live albums, all pressed on 180 gram vinyl.

The albums in the box set include Space Oddity, The Man Who Sold The World, Hunky Dory, Pinups, The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust And The Spiders From Mars, Aladdin Sane, Live Santa Monica '72 and Ziggy Stardust: The Motion Picture Soundtrack.

If competitions aren't your thing, you can purchase the CD version and Vinyl NOW and receive guaranteed pricing.

(Ed. Tip: If you visit the links above, scroll to the bottom of the page and change the country to ITALY - you can save some money).


NEW DAVID BOWIE SONG FOR THE LAST PANTHERS
22nd September 2015

The Last Panthers DAVID BOWIE has written an exclusive brand new song for the upoming SKY ATLANTIC / CANAL+ crime TV show THE LAST PANTHERS.

The track is the result of a meeting of minds between David Bowie and the director of the series JOHAN RENCK who met during the filming of the show.

Johan Renck comments: "I was looking for one of the icons of my youth to write the music for the title sequence, but was presented with a God. His first response was precise, engaged and curious. The piece of music he laid before us embodied every aspect of our characters and the series itself - dark, brooding, beautiful and sentimental (in the best possible incarnation of this word). All along, the man inspired and intrigued me and as the process passed, I was overwhelmed with his generosity. I still can't fathom what actually happened..."

The new six-part crime thriller kicks off this November on Sky Atlantic.

Starring Samantha Morton, Tahar Rahim and John Hurt this brand new European crime thriller has been commissioned in partnership with CANAL+, opens with a daring diamond heist before quickly delving into the dark heart of Europe where a shadowy alliance of gangsters and 'banksters' now rules.

Watch the promo trailer and find out more about this show visit sky.com/tv/show/the-last-panthers

Further reading...
Sky: 'David Bowie writes title track for The Last Panthers - to air on Sky Atlantic this November' - [Read here].
The Independent: 'David Bowie announces 'dark' new song The Last Panthers' - [Read here].
The Guardian: 'David Bowie writes his first TV theme for more than 20 years' - [Read here].

Update: (6th October) - The commissioned song is entitled: 'Blackstar'. You can view a preview trailer here which includes a 47-second snippet of the new song.


DAVID BOWIE BOOK BY STEVE SCHAPIRO
21st September 2015

David Bowie by Steve Schapiro It's quite a long way off yet, but here's a heads-up... STEVE SCHAPIRO has a book of his DAVID BOWIE photographs in the pipeline.

Synopsis: At the very apex of David Bowie's spectacular rise to rock 'n' roll fame and glory, photographer Steve Schapiro seized a rare invitation from Bowie's manager for a private photo session with the pop star in Los Angeles in 1974.

Bowie, by 1974, was a man of many faces and as many albums, had already lived the life of Ziggy Stardust and launched Aladdin Sane along with albums Pinups and Diamond Dogs. A musical force to be reckoned with, Bowie was also widely regarded as a fashion icon, pushing the envelope of sexuality and style and having created an internationally renowned persona.

The mostly never-before-published images in Schapiro's rare collection represent Bowie at his most creative and inspired self and present a glimpse into the intimacy that Schapiro and Bowie shared during their time together. As Schapiro tells it: "From the moment Bowie arrived, we seemed to hit it off. Incredibly intelligent, calm, and filled with ideas, he talked a lot about Aleister Crowley whose esoteric writings he was heavily into at the time. When David heard that I had photographed Buster Keaton, one of his greatest heroes, we instantly became friends."

The first photo session started at four in the afternoon and went through the night till dawn. Bowie went through countless costume changes, each more incredible than the last and each seemed to turn him into a totally different person. Bowie relentlessly created these unique characters, each seemingly alive in their own charismatic space for Schapiro to create visual images to complement their very existence and turn them into iconic images for all time.

Bowie and Schapiro kidded and laughed about shooting a series of close-up portraits on a putrid green background because they felt it was the worst possible background colour for a magazine, and so they did on this lark - with the image eventually becoming a People magazine cover.

The last image they made was at four in the morning to wrap up the marathon session when they went outside to shoot Bowie on his motorcycle - the sun hadn't yet risen and the shot was lit dramatically by only the headlights of a car. This image remains one of Schapiro's favourites of all time and is certain to live on in posterity.

The hardcover publication David Bowie by Steve Schapiro is scheduled for release on 26th April 2016 via Brooklyn, NY, publishers powerHouse Books.

Other David Bowie books in the pipeline include: 'Forever Stardust' by Will Brooker (June 2017), 'David Bowie: The Golden Years' by Roger Griffin (October 2016), The Man Who Fell To Earth (S.F. Masterworks) (7th January 2016) and 'David Bowie in Darkness A Study of 1. Outside and the Late Career' by Nicholas P. Greco (November 2015).


NEW OFFER AT ACMI DAVID BOWIE IS
21st September 2015

David Bowie Is at ACMI Melbourne There's a special offer on at the blockbuster DAVID BOWIE Is exhibition currently showing in Melbourne at the ACMI... children under 12 are now admitted FREE*.

Prepare for unprecedented access to objects from the David Bowie Archive that tell the enthralling story of the boy from Brixton who became an international cultural icon. Featuring over 50 legendary costumes, original stage set designs, handwritten lyric sheets, album artwork, rare film, video and photographs and interviews, the exhibition showcases Bowie's impact as a performer and screen star.

David Bowie is became the V&A's fastest-selling exhibition. This once-in-a-lifetime experience is only in Melbourne for a strictly limited season, with limited capacity and no extensions possible.

Avoid the queues and book online; advanced bookings for Friday nights and weekends are recommended.

From now until 1st November 2015, treat yourself to David Bowie is and bring kids under 12 for free between 10am-5pm Monday to Friday*

*Offer only available at the Tickets and Information Desk, Monday to Friday. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

For more details and to book your tickets please visit acmi.net.au


REEVES SPEAKS ON THE MOUTHCAST
18th September 2015

Check out the first of two podcasts from The Mouth Magazine that feature an exclusive interview with REEVES GABRELS.

As his right-hand man, creative collaborator, musical director, co-writer and friend through the 1990s, guitarist Reeves Gabrels has a unique perspective on the career of David Bowie.

In this first episode, Reeves talks in depth about working with DAVID BOWIE, TIN MACHINE, Omikron: The Nomad Soul computer game and much more.

The second part of Reeves Gabrels on The Mouthcast will be published next week. In it he discusses his solo material (including his forthcoming UK tour) and working with Lou Reed, Public Enemy, Bill Nelson and The Cure - plus, of course, more on David Bowie.

[LISTEN IN HERE]

Update: Part 2 of the podcast interview is now available.


NEW LOOK FREE NME
18th September 2015

Today is the launch date of the brand new NME which is now completely FREE.

Included in this first issue is a one page feature on DAVID BOWIE which covers FOUR previously unseen photographs of a young Ziggy shot by Brian Ward.

These images are also included on their website, be sure to check out the blog by Leonie Cooper - 'David Bowie: Previously unseen photos from his early years'.

The photographs are featured in the book that comes with new box set Five Years: 1969-1973 which is released later this month on 25th September.

The weekly music magazine will now be 'Distributed By Hand' - every Friday at Tube and Rail Stations / Universities, 'Pick Up Points' - available all week* at Retail Stores / Music Venues and free digital downloads are also available.

To find out where you can pick up your free copy please visit nme.com/map.


AND THE BITS FLEW FAR AND WIDE...
18th September 2015

Record label FRIDAY MUSIC are to issue DAVID BOWIE's 1. Outside album for Black Friday (27th November). This will be the first time the album has been issued complete on a double vinyl release rather than excerpts. This 20th Anniversary limited edition, tri-fold cover release is mastered impeccably by Joe Reagoso as pressed by R.T.I on white vinyl...

Be sure to check out an interview over on CBC MUSIC where dancer/choreographer LINDSAY KEMP is interviewed about working with DAVID BOWIE - 'The man who taught David Bowie and put glam rock on the map' - [Read here]...

Over on the Texas Archive of the Moving Image check out some silent 8mm colour movie footage from the Alan Frye Collection. No.14 DAVID BOWIE on Stage (1978) at the Dallas Convention Center on April 10th, 1978 - [View here]...

DAVID BOWIE graces the front cover of the French issue of ROLLING STONE magazine for their October issue (number 78). Inside are sixteen-pages of special features: 'Watch that Man!', 'The man who fell to earth', 'Bowie by Mick Rock', 'Ziggy In America', 'Bowie by Iggy', a full page advertisement for the upcoming Five Years box set and a 5-star review - [View here]...

CHRISSIE HYNDE has just published her memoirs: 'Reckless: My Life as a Pretender'. It is revealed that in 1972 she went to Cleveland to see DAVID BOWIE's American debut as 'Ziggy Stardust'. She and her friends ended up driving him to dinner in her mother's Oldsmobile Cutlass. ("This is a nice car," he said politely) - [Read here]...

Your chance to win DAVID BOWIE's Five Years 1969-173 13LP Vinyl Box Set - [Enter here]...

ECHO AND THE BUNNYMEN currently on tour playing in the US are performing an extended version of their 'Lips Like Sugar', which features the chorus of DAVID BOWIE's 'Rock 'n' Roll With Me'...


LET'S DANCE DOCUMENTARY SHOWING
18th September 2015

Tickets are on sale now for the DAVID BOWIE 'Let's Dance' documentary - this intimate behind-the-scenes short will premiere at the 59th BFI London Film Festival.

A startling new film about David Bowie is to have its UK premiere at the BFI Southbank, on 10th October, with a second screening on 12th October in Brixton, where David was born.

In a rare short portrait, 'Let's Dance: Bowie Down Under' explores for the first time the remarkable, forgotten story behind Let's Dance - and how the birth of MTV, and an unlikely journey deep into the Australian outback, led to its unprecedented success.

David Bowie at the Carinda Hotel filming Let's Dance The film features never-before-seen archive with the man himself, plus exclusive, all-new interviews with key collaborators and noted cultural commentators.

The film introduces the forgotten stars of Bowie's groundbreaking 1983 videos, Joelene King and Geeling Ng, as well as award-winning filmmakers David Mallet and Julien Temple, former MTV host and Rolling Stone editor, Kurt Loder, acclaimed DJ and music historian, Norman Jay MBE, and renowned Aboriginal academic, Marcia Langton - all offer insight into this defining era in popular culture. Additional crew also open up for the first time about the historic 35mm shoot. Bowie himself reflects through rare and unseen archive.

The film premiered at the 65th Berlinale and went on to play at the Australian Centre for the Moving Image, alongside the V&A's David Bowie Is touring exhibition, as part of the 64th Melbourne International Film Festival.

The team behind the project, journalists-turned-filmmakers Ed Gibbs and Rubika Shah, have uncovered a wealth of material during a three-year search. Their starting point: uncovering the untold story behind Bowie's landmark videos for Let's Dance, to coincide with the record's 30th anniversary in 2013.

"We are delighted to be bringing this story to audiences in London," the filmmakers said. "We can't wait to screen the film in Bowie's hometown - both at the BFI Southbank and at the Ritzy Cinema in Brixton, where Bowie grew up."

David Mallet, who directed the video for Let's Dance (and its follow-up, China Girl), is one of many collaborators the filmmakers have interviewed for the project. Bowie, Mallet notes, has an uncanny knack of knowing what he wants (and what will work), saying that, "Let's Dance was unlike any other video... MTV jumped on it, and played the hell out of it."

Nile Rodgers, the famed Chic front man who produced the Let's Dance LP with Bowie, adds that their crossover record was "a new kind of dance music" that appealed to both black and white audiences, with its visual interpretation reflecting a broad-based, cross-cultural appeal.

Let's Dance - which introduced contemporary Aboriginal Australians to a worldwide television audience - transformed Bowie from cult hero to global phenomenon. It remains his most popular release, with single and album sales in excess of 10 million copies worldwide.

Tickets are available via the festival's official site bfi.org.uk


LAZARUS CAST ANNOUNCED
17th September 2015

The New York Theatre Workshop (NYTW) have announced the full cast for the upcoming LAZARUS musical/play written by DAVID BOWIE and ENDA WALSH.

Lazarus is inspired by the Walter Tevis novel The Man Who Fell to Earth and directed by IVO VAN HOVE, with previews on 18th November and an opening night set for 7th December.

Joining previously announced Golden Globe winner and six-time Emmy nominee Michael C. Hall (Hedwig and the Angry Inch, 'Dexter') is Tony Award nominee Cristin Milioti, returning to NYTW for the fourth time, having starred in the NYTW productions of Little Foxes, The Heart is a Lonely Hunter, and the Tony Award-winning musical Once; and Michael Esper (Broadway's The Last Ship) in his NYTW debut.

Rounding out the cast is Krystina Alabado (American Idiot), Sophia Anne Caruso (The Nether), Nicholas Christopher (Whorl Inside A Loop), Lynn Craig (Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson), Bobby Moreno (Year of the Rooster), Krista Pioppi (Spring Awakening Nat'l Tour), Charlie Pollock (The Wild Party), and Brynn Williams (Bye Bye Birdie).

Hall, will play 'Thomas Newton', the character famously portrayed by Mr. Bowie in the 1976 screen adaptation directed by Nicolas Roeg. Milioti will play 'Elly', with Esper portraying 'Valentine'.

Lazarus features songs specially composed by Mr. Bowie for this production as well as new arrangements of previously recorded songs.

Tickets go on sale to the general public on the morning of 7th October via nytw.org/tickets/

Lazarus by David Bowie and Enda Walsh


ROCK THROUGH THE AGES EXHIBITION OPENS
17th September 2015

Rock through the Ages Photograph Exhibition GENERATION MUSIC CLUB has partnered with NETWORK RAIL to host a free photography exhibition - 'Rock through the Ages' by renowned photographer DENIS O'REGAN - which has just opened at Piccadilly Station in Manchester.

Besides DAVID BOWIE photographs, there are a whole host of other artists including The Rolling Stones, The Who, Queen, Oasis, Bob Marley, Debbie Harry and many more.

The exhibition runs in Manchester until 9th October before it heads off to visit other railway stations across the UK.

       September - Manchester Piccadilly Station.
       October - Liverpool Lime Street.
       November - Glasgow Central.
       December - Birmingham, New Street.
       January - London King's Cross.
       February - Bristol Temple Meads.

You can view a full archive of Denis' wonderful images over at denis.co.uk


DAY AFTER DAY
16th September 2015

David Bowie and The Lower Third Davy Jones and The Lower Third On this day, 50 years ago, DAVID JONES officially changed his stage name to 'DAVID BOWIE'.

David said: "Back in 1965, I seriously wanted a name change. The first attempt of several. This one was adopted for about three weeks, I even did a photo session for it apparently. The name? TOM JONES."

He chose the name 'Bowie' because it was "the ultimate American knife. It is the medium for a conglomerate of statements and illusions."

The main reason for the change of stage name was because of the emerging fame of Davy Jones on the London theatre stage, who later became the lead singer of The Monkees.


LORD OF THE BOWIES IN NY
16th September 2015

Lord of the Bowies: Trivia Battle and Book Party On Saturday, October 17th, Astoria hotspot Q.E.D. presents LORD OF THE BOWIES: Trivia Battle and Book Party in celebration of the man.

The event will be co-hosted by comedian Christian Finnegan (Chappelle's Show, Best Week Ever) and Chris O'Leary, author of Rebel Rebel (Zero Books, 2015) the definitive Bowie travel atlas.

Combining comedy, music and good ol' fashioned pub trivia, Lord of the Bowie's will crown NYC's biggest Bowie fan.

In addition to the trivia bloodbath, Lord of the Bowies will feature a short audio/visual presentation by O'Leary and some Bowie-related silliness from Finnegan. Once a champion is crowned, O'Leary will sign copies of Rebel Rebel as we drink the night away.

Space is extremely limited! Tickets are $10 and seating is general admission on a first come first served basis. Tickets can be purchased online or in person at Q.E.D.

       Venue: Q.E.D., 27-16 23rd Avenue, Astoria, New York, USA.
       Date and Time: 17th October at 9:30pm - 11:00pm.

For more information and purchasing tickets please visit the qedastoria.com website.


SHOOTING FOR STARDUST VIRTUAL WALK THROUGH
15th September 2015

Take a virtual stroll around MICK ROCK's latest exhibition 'Shooting For Stardust: The Rise of DAVID BOWIE & Co' at the Taschen Gallery in Los Angeles...

Mick Rock Shooting for Stardust exhibition virtual tour

The exhibition runs from 10th September until 11th October.

Address: 8070 Beverly Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90048, USA. Phone: +1-323-852 9098.
Opening Hours: Tuesdays-Saturdays 11am-6pm, Sundays: Noon-5pm.

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


A SALUTE TO THE THIN WHITE DUKE
14th September 2015

A Salute To The Thin White Duke: The Songs Of David Bowie Scheduled for release next month is A Salute To The Thin White Duke: The Songs Of DAVID BOWIE in both CD and vinyl formats.

Released via Los Angeles-based Cleopatra Records on 16th October, this tribute release features performances from: Kittie, Dum Dum Girls, Electric Six, Rogue Wave, Heartless Bastards, The Muffs and more.

The full tracklisting runs as follows:

       01. Modern Love - Rogue Wave.
       02. John, I'm Only Dancing - Jesca Hoop.
       03. Letter To Hermione - Dum Dum Girls.
       04. "Heroes" - The Tulips.
       05. Ashes To Ashes - Icky Blossoms.
       06. Starman - The Deer Tracks.
       07. Rebel Rebel - The KVB.
       08. Cat People (Putting Out Fire) - Magic Wands.
       09. Blue Jean - Electric Six.
       10. Jean Genie - Heartless Bastards.
       11. Suffragette City - Ume.
       12. Fame - The Vacant Lots.
       13. Space Oddity - Kittie.
       14. Moonage Daydream - Boy Hits Car.
       15. Absolute Beginners - Coves.
       16. Changes - The Muffsa.

Update: For Immediate Release - Los Angeles, CA - David Bowie's career has been defined by his unique ability to make artistically complex and challenging music sound like mainstream pop... ok, maybe pop music from an entirely different planet, but pop music all the same. As a result, the definition of rock music has expanded; Bowie never went mainstream, the mainstream always came to him. For these reasons and more, he is one of the most deeply revered and profoundly influential artists in modern rock. And nowhere can Bowie's influence be felt more than in the world of indie rock, where bands and artists have taken Bowie's fiercely independent streak, commitment to artistic integrity, and a diverse array of musical styles into the 21st century and beyond. Now, a truly impressive gathering of indie and modern rockers have gathered to pay tribute to the man with A Salute To The Thin White Duke: The Songs Of David Bowie to be released on both CD and vinyl as well as mp3s on October 2 courtesy of Cleopatra Records.

Among the participants is the all-girl alt metal Canadian quartet Kittie who expressed a sentiment shared by many of the artists here, "We are so excited to be able to contribute to this amazing tribute album. 'Space Oddity' is arguably one of David Bowie's most well known songs so we put all of our efforts into doing all of its intricacies justice, while still retaining our signature, heavy sound." Meanwhile, Detroit's own Electric Six made no bones about their preferred Bowie era, saying "We had to do '80s Bowie because frankly, we couldn't trust the earlier Bowie. And the '90s Bowie is, well... So '80s Bowie was the one for us, and 'Blue Jean' was just sitting there waiting for us to club the shit out of it, and, man, did we club it!" Similarly, Zach from Rogue Wave had this to say of 'Modern Love', the song that opens the album, "My favorite Bowie song from his tailored suit era. All that uptempo beat and those chugging horns couldn't hide the sadness of what it means to come down to earth."

Jared Artaud from The Vacant Lots succinctly expressed the challenges of approaching Bowie's music, "It's hard to touch Bowie. He's an architect. What he#s done, you can't make it better, so we wanted to reconceptualize it and approach the song from another point of view." And The Tulips offer this entirely accurate description, "Covering a Bowie tune was like jumping into a cab and realizing there's a tiger sitting shotgun, and no one says a word." A wild ride indeed! And fans of Bowie will find this collection of covers equally as thrilling!

'A Salute To The Thin White Duke: The Songs Of David Bowie' is available to pre-order NOW.


SPACE ODDITY 40th ANNIVERSARY RELEASE
14th September 2015

Space Oddity 40th Anniversary Picture Disc Single The next DAVID BOWIE 40th Anniversary Picture Disc 7" Single is Space Oddity which is scheduled for release on 2nd October.

As you can see, the A-side picture features the 1969 Philips French picture sleeve, complete with original typo error.

The tacklisting is as follows:

       A-side:
       Space Oddity (UK single edit).
       (David Bowie).
       Produced by Gus Dudgeon.
       Arranged by David Bowie and Paul Buckmaster.

       AA-side:
       Wild Eyed Boy From Freecloud (single B-side with spoken introduction).
       (David Bowie).
       Produced by Gus Dudgeon.
       Arranged by David Bowie and Paul Buckmaster.

The AA-side picture features a beautiful Vernon Dewhurst 1969 photograph.

This next 40th release is available to pre-order NOW.


DAY AFTER DAY...
12th September 2015

On this day, 35 years ago, DAVID BOWIE released his Scary Monsters and Super Creeps album in 1980...

On this day, 48 years ago, filming began on DAVID BOWIE's first ever movie performance in The Image directed and written by Michael Armstrong in 1967. Check out 'David Bowie in The Image Fantastic Films Weekend 2010' [view here] and 'In Conversation with Michael Armstrong on David Bowie in The Image' [view here]..

On this day, 68 years ago, DAVID BOWIE's parents married at Brixton Register Office, Lambeth, South London in 1947..


THE LAST DANCE OF LINDSAY KEMP
8th September 2015

Well worth watching is this seventy-five minute interview with LINDSAY KEMP, which is material for the upcoming documentary 'The Last Dance of Lindsay Kemp'.

This is one of the most comprehensive interviews ever filmed with Lindsay Kemp. Covering Lindsay's early years: DAVID BOWIE, Kate Bush, Ken Russell, Ballet Rambert, Marcel Marceau, Mia Farrow, the origin of 'Flowers' and never before heard details about his time in Paris, the RAF and Salome.

Interview with Lindsay Kemp for 'Lindsay Kemp's Last Dance". [Part 1]. from nendie pinto-duschinsky on Vimeo.


AND THE BITS FLEW FAR AND WIDE...
8th September 2015

Finally got around to watching 'What Do Artists Do All Day?' First episode with DEREK BOSHIER. Inbetween several shots of the Lodger album artwork, Derek had several photos on his wall, when DAVID BOWIE and IMAN paid him a visit. If you missed it there are still 15 days remaining to watch via the BBC iPlayer - [View here]...

Happy Birthday wishes to CONSTANCE MARIE one of the dancers on The Glass Spider World Tour...

Check out a MICK ROCK interview and photos over on Vogue.com - 'Life with Ziggy Stardust: A Legendary Music Lensman on Shooting DAVID BOWIE' - [Read here]...

Nice to see JAMES BAY sporting a DAVID BOWIE t-shirt during his performance on BBC RADIO ONE Live Lounge session - [View here]...


LISA RONSON DEBUT SOLO ALBUM DUE
6th September 2015

Emperors of Medieval Japan by Lisa Ronson Singer/Songwriter LISA RONSON has her debut solo album 'EMPERORS OF MEDIEVAL JAPAN' released on 6th November via Maniac Squat Records.

Following the critical acclaim for her solo single 'Shopping & F' in 2014, Lisa Ronson, daughter of DAVID BOWIE's legendary guitarist MICK RONSON, is to release her debut solo album 'Emperors of Medieval Japan'.

'Emperors of Medieval Japan' features special guest appearances from an inspirational line up of prestigious rock musicians: REEVES GABRELS (The Cure, David Bowie), EARL SLICK (John Lennon and Yoko Ono, David Bowie) and Morgan Fisher (Mott The Hoople, Queen) joining guitarist programmer Paul Cuddeford (Ian Hunter, Bob Geldof) and saxophone player Terry Edwards (PJ Harvey, Gallon Drunk, Yoko Ono).

Ronson's rare sound is a dynamic convergence of synth pop and alternative rock with dystopian and existentialist lyrics. Pioneered by Ronson, this contemporary musical style is referred to by her fans as 'Post Synthetic', an emerging musical movement in London.

Fresh back from the recent Holy Holy tour where she performed guest vocals as part of the Bowie associated super group with her father's fellow Spiders From Mars band mate Woody Woodmansey and producer Tony Visconti, Lisa is no stranger to the stage and recording process. Her own former group The Secret History, a New York based indie art/pop group, gained success and achieved widespread critical acclaim throughout the US and garnered a cult following in the UK.

It's no surprise Lisa was destined for a musical career, her father (who sadly passed away in 1993) was cited by Rolling Stone magazine as one of the top 50 greatest guitarists of all time. Mick Ronson was best known for his work with David Bowie and Lou Reed, along with sessions and tours for Morrissey, Ian Hunter and Bob Dylan.

Lisa's mother, Suzi Ronson, was David Bowie's hairdresser and wardrobe manager in 1972/73.

Lisa was born and brought up in the US, living in Woodstock, New York, and later in New York City itself. She relocated to London in 2012.

The tracklisting runs as follows:

       01. Electra (Lisa Ronson/Tom Wilcox/Paul Cuddeford).
       02. Emperors of Medieval Japan (Lisa Ronson/Tom Wilcox/Paul Cuddeford/Morgan Fisher).
       03. One Lunar Month (Lisa Ronson/Tom Wilcox/Paul Cuddeford).
       04. CKSB (Lisa Ronson/Tom Wilcox/Paul Cuddeford).
       05. Oblivion (Lisa Ronson/Tom Wilcox/Paul Cuddeford).
       06. Shopping and F**king (Lisa Ronson/Tom Wilcox/Paul Waterson/Erdal Kizilcay).
       07. Shakin' All Over (Johnny Kidd).
       08. Get To You (Lisa Ronson/Tom Wilcox/Paul Waterson/Erdal Kizilcay).
       09. Je Déteste (Lisa Ronson/Tom Wilcox/Paul Cuddeford).

Lisa Ronson: Vocals.
Paul Cuddeford: Guitar/Keyboards/Bass/Drums.
Terry Edwards: Saxophones.

Except track 6: Reeves Gabrels: Guitar. Erdal Kizilcay: Guitar/Keyboards/Bass/Drums/Viola, and track 8: Reeves Gabrels: Guitar. Earl Slick: Guitar. Erdal Kizilcay: Guitar/Keyboards/Bass/Drums.
Morgan Fisher: Treated Piano on track 1. Organ/String Orchestra/Synthesizer. Plus sampled Gagaku Oboe and Koto on track 2.
Tom Wilcox: Backing Vocals on tracks 3/4/6/8.

Produced by Paul Cuddeford and Tom Wilcox.
Mixed by Paul Cuddeford with Tom Wilcox and Lisa Ronson, except tracks 6 and 8 mixed by Ben Thackeray.
Engineered by Paul Cuddeford, except for tracks 6 and 8 engineered by Paul Cuddeford and Erdal Kizilcay.
Mastered by Ed Woods.
Executive and art direction by Lisa Ronson and Tom Wilcox for Maniac Squat Records.
Recorded at The Chocolate Factory Studios, London. Additional recording by Erdal Kizilcay in Switzerland.

The CD version of Emperors Of Medieval Japan is available to pre-order now

There will also be a 1,000 limited edition white vinyl LP (cat. no. MSL2015V004) will be available in due course.

Following a debut solo gig on 15th September at The Borderline in London, Lisa will be heading off on tour supporting The Cure guitarist Reeves Gabrels with his trio throughout October.

UK Tour Dates (supporting Reeves Gabrels And His Imaginary Friends) in October:
1st Norwich, Waterfront Studio. / 2nd Guildford, The Boileroom. / 3rd Liverpool, Studio2 Parr Street. / 5th York, Fibbers. / 7th St Albans, The Horn. / 8th London, Camden, The Black Heart. / 9th Scunthorpe, Café Indiependent. / 10th Glasgow, The Hug and Pint. / 11th Newcastle, The Cluny. / 13th Leicester, The Cookie. / 14th Manchester, Night & Day. / 15th Tunbridge Wells, The Forum.

Tickets can be purchased NOW via reevz.net website.


LIKE SOME CATS FROM JAPAN
6th September 2015

New DAVID BOWIE tribute act CATS FROM JAPAN are performing a FREE gig at the Hope and Anchor in Islington, London on 25th September.

They are doing a show to celebrate the release of 'Five Years' box set. It's a free one (and every single one of their paid shows have sold out so get down early).

Cats From Japan are built from a number of different projects so they've put them all on a bill together before they break out the Bowie moves.

Formed at ridiculously short notice for Whiskey Kittens NYE 2012 blow out and devastating the stage ever since, Cats From Japan have been described as London's most exciting Bowie tribute act, with a set spanning from David's Sixties work to his Eighties majesty.

Full details and information can be found over on the dontpaniconline.com website.

For full listings of various David Bowie tribute bands playing around the world - check out the BW Monthly Planner.


MS INTERVIEW: 'HE CHANGED ALL THE LYRICS'
3rd September 2015

American Composer MARIA SCHNEIDER has been interviewed by Pamela Espeland for MinnPost talking about her hometown, leading the band and working with DAVID BOWIE.

MP: You recently worked with David Bowie. How did that happen, and what was it like?

MS: He contacted me about a song he had started. He had another one, too, but I didn't have time for two. I was getting ready to record my new album, and I wasn't even sure I had time for one, but he brought it over and we sat and listened to it to see if we could do something with it together and have me arrange it for my band.

I sat at the piano and played around with harmony a bit and said, "Maybe I can imagine doing something with this." We got together several times and fooled around with ideas. I would work on some things, and he would, and then we'd share them, and he would say "I love that" or "No, I don't like that" - [And eventually] we went into the studio and recorded.

He changed all the lyrics at the end. I never really knew what the lyrics were. I kind of knew the direction the song was taking, but then that changed, and it became about Sue getting murdered for cheating. He wanted it to be really dark.

I thought - oh my gosh, am I going to get a lot of flack for contributing to a song about a man murdering a woman? But I didn't write the lyrics. And it does sound rather good.

MP: Do you think that was a one-off?

MS: He has talked about doing something together again, so maybe we will do more. I would enjoy it. I think we collaborated really well, and he loved working with the band. He's a great fan of music - many kinds of music. He's so brilliant it's scary. He knows so much music and so many things - art and books and just everything, and he loves jazz.

He really likes my dark music. I was talking earlier about my music going to this bright place after Brazil. Who knows? He might have brought my dark side out. That's one of the last things I wrote before I started working on the new record. Maybe my music will get incredibly dark now, because it was sort of fun.

You can read the whole interview over at the excellent minnpost.com website.


AND THE BITS FLEW FAR AND WIDE...
2nd September 2015

Next month the Let's Dance: Bowie Down Under documentary is to be screened at the 59th BFI 2015 FILM FESTIVAL in London at BFI Southbank on 10th October and Ritzy Cinema in Brixton on 12th October. BFI 2015 will run from 7-18 October 2015 - [More details]...

Reminder: Tickets for the forthcoming REEVES GABRELS UK tour in October are on sale now. Tickets are available via reevz.net...

Tickets are on sale NOW for the upcoming DAVID BOWIE Is exhibition at Groninger Museum, 9711 ME Groningen, Netherlands. The exhibition opens 11th December through to 13th March 2016. To book your online tickets and time slots simply visit tickets.davidbowie-groningen.nl website...

At the cinema... LABYRINTH starring DAVID BOWIE is showing on Monday 7th September at The Printworks, Withy Grove, Manchester at 8pm - [More details]...


FIVE YEARS 1969-1973 BOX SET
1st September 2015

Official Press Release:

DAVID BOWIE 'FIVE YEARS 1969-1973' BOX SET RELEASED SEPT 25th

Commencing countdown, engines on, check ignition and may God's love be with you...

DAVID BOWIE 'FIVE YEARS 1969-1973'

The first in a series of David Bowie Box Sets to be released on Sept 25th.

June 23rd 2015 London.

David Bowie Five Years 1969-1973 Box Set On this day in 1971, David Bowie performed for the first time at what was then known as the 'Glastonbury Fair'. Today in 2015 as the Glastonbury Festival approaches once more Parlophone Records are proud to announce DAVID BOWIE FIVE YEARS (1969-1973) the first in a series of box sets spanning his career.

The ten album / twelve CD box, ten album / thirteen-piece vinyl set and digital download featuring all of the material officially released by Bowie during the nascent stage of his career from 1969 to 1973. All of the formats include tracks that have never before appeared on CD/digitally as well as new remasters.

Exclusive to the box sets will be Re:Call 1 a new 2-disc compilation of non-album singles, single versions and b-sides. It features a previously unreleased single edit of All The Madmen, which was originally set for a U.S. release but was never actually released. Also included is the original version of Holy Holy, which was only ever released on the original 1971 Mercury single and hasn't been available on any release since.

Also exclusive to all versions of Five Years 1969-1973 will be a 2003 stereo remix of 'The Rise and Fall Of Ziggy Stardust And The Spiders From Mars' by the album's original co-producer Ken Scott, previously only available on DVD with the LP/DVD format of the 40th anniversary edition of the album.

The vinyl box set has the same content as the CD set on pressed on audiophile quality 180g vinyl.

The box set's accompanying book, 128 pages in the CD box and 84 in the vinyl set, will feature rarely seen photos as well as technical notes about each album from producers Tony Visconti and Ken Scott, an original press review for each album and a short foreword by legendary Kinks front man Ray Davies.

The CD box set will include faithfully reproduced mini-vinyl versions of the original albums and the CDs will be gold rather than the usual silver.

An alternate cover has been created for the 2003 mix of Ziggy Stardust by Ken Scott, which features an outtake from the original Heddon Street photo session. There is also newly originated artwork for Re:Call 1 featuring a 1973 in-studio image from renowned photographer Mick Rock.

DAVID BOWIE FIVE YEARS (1969-1973)

David Bowie: Five Years 1969-1973 LP Box Set 6 Original Studio Albums:
       David Bowie (aka Space Oddity)*
       The Man Who Sold The World*
       Hunky Dory*
       The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stardust And The Spiders From Mars
       Aladdin Sane
       PinUps*

*New 2015 Remasters.

2 Live Albums:
       Live Santa Monica '72
       Ziggy Stardust: The Motion Picture Soundtrack

Exclusive To All Sets:
       Re:Call 1

       The Rise and Fall Of Ziggy Stardust And The Spiders From Mars (2003 mix)

Re:Call 1 - Tracklisting

David Bowie: Five Years 1969-1973 CD Box Set CD1
       Space Oddity (original UK mono single edit)*
       Wild Eyed Boy From Freecloud (original UK mono single version)*
       Ragazzo Solo, Ragazza Sola
       The Prettiest Star (original mono single version)*
       Conversation Piece*
       Memory Of A Free Festival (Part 1)
       Memory Of A Free Festival (Part 2)
       All The Madmen (mono single edit)*
       Janine*
       Holy Holy (original mono single version)*
       Moonage Daydream (The Arnold Corns single version)*
       Hang On To Yourself (The Arnold Corns single version)*

CD2
       Changes (mono single version)*
       Andy Warhol (mono single version)*
       Starman (original single mix)
       John, I'm Only Dancing (original single version)
       The Jean Genie (original single mix)
       Drive-In Saturday (German single edit)
       Round And Round
       John, I'm Only Dancing (sax version)
       Time (U.S. single edit)
       Amsterdam
       Holy Holy (Spiders version)
       Velvet Goldmine

All tracks stereo except *mono.

The vinyl box set has the same content as the CD box set pressed on audiophile 180g vinyl.

Formats:
       CD Box Set 0825646284085 (UK Cat No: DBX 1)
       Vinyl Box Set 0825646284092 (UK Cat No: DBXL 1)
       Digital download 0825646070602

DAVID BOWIE 'FIVE YEARS 1969-1973' is released 25th September on Parlophone Records.

You can pre-order Five Years (1969-1973) CD and Five Years (1969-1973) VINYL NOW and receive guaranteed pricing.


'DAVID BOWIE IS' ITEMS UP FOR GRABS
1st September 2015

I have several DAVID BOWIE Is collectors items available... including the 'David Bowie Is Walking In Soho' Fold-out Maps and 'David Bowie Is Missing' Print Poster (10x15 inches, rare and never on sale to the general public).

David Bowie is Walking In Soho

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SHOOTING FOR STARDUST
1st September 2015

Opening this month at the TASCHEN GALLERY in Los Angeles is MICK ROCK: 'Shooting for Stardust. The Rise of DAVID BOWIE & Co.'

Running from 9th September through to 11th October at the Taschen Gallery, 8070 Beverly Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90048, United States.

Mick Rock Shooting for Stardust

For more details and information please visit the taschen.com website.


'FIFTYONE BOWIE' IN ST. LOUIS
1st September 2015

FiftyOne Bowie by Mark Dethrow Update: Extended until 30th September... Currently showing at the KRANZBERG ARTS CENTER in St. Louis is Sound & Vision - An Art Tribute to Rock & Roll.

Part of this art exhibition is 'FiftyOneBowie' which contains 51 DAVID BOWIE portraits by artist MARK DETHROW.

Fifty-one years ago iconic rocker David Bowie released his first single, 'Liza Jane,' under the name Davie Jones with The King Bees. Since then, Bowie has proven himself to be one of the most visually fascinating figures of our time.

With FiftyOneBowie, artist Mark Dethrow draws inspiration from the wealth of source material that has captured the chameleon performer over the course of his career. Expertly "borrowing" from concert photography and album covers, Dethrow has created fifty-one portraits that honor both Bowie and the many artists who have immortalised him.

Open: 6pm-10pm. Admission FREE. Runs 7th August until 31st August.

Venue Address: 501 N Grand Blvd, St. Louis, MO 63103, USA.

More details and information can be found over at kranzbergartscenter.org website.






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