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JAMES BLAKE WINS MERCURY PRIZE
30th October 2013

The 2013 MERCURY PRIZE was awarded to JAMES BLAKE with his album 'Overgrown'.

Tonight's live show on MORE4 broadcast a snippet of DAVID BOWIE's brand new promo video for 'Love Is Lost'.

Hopefully, tomorrow night's broadcast on CHANNEL 4 (Thursday 23.05 GMT) which features all the live performances of bands will broadcast the Bowie video in full.

Either way, the promo will be available to watch online on 1st November over at davidbowie.com, Vevo and YouTube.

THE MIRROR newspaper reported earlier today...

"Last week David had an idea. His new single Love is Lost was to be released this week and a video clip was needed but he didn't want celebrity guests or flashy production.

"So he picked up his small camera from home, rescued a couple of puppets from his legendary archive and developed the entire video over this last weekend at his New York offices.

"Assistant Jimmy King was on camera and best friend Coco Schwab was on hand to help out with all the logistics. They worked through the weekend and finished it off on Monday morning.

"It has a very gothic storyline so was just in time for Halloween. Everyone is really chuffed with it and David thought the Mercury's would be the best place to showcase it."

You can read the complete article 'David Bowie plays with puppets in video to be premiered at Mercury Music Prize' here


GOOD NEWS COMING
30th October 2013

Check out a brand new DAVID BOWIE photograph exclusive over on davidbowie.com taken by Jimmy King.

There's a teaser blurb to go along with the picture... 'Good news coming'.


LOUIS VUITTON / DAVID BOWIE CAMPAIGN
30th October 2013

In today's THE TIMES newspaper there was an article revealing more information on the upcoming DAVID BOWIE / LOUIS VUITTON advertising campaign.

Although The Times is subscription based online, you can gather from the first few paragraphs that a three-minute film, in which Bowie attends a ball in Venice with Arizona Muse, who appeared in a Paris-based campaign for the company last year, will be made available on an app on 7th November.

It features Bowie on a harpsichord playing 'I'd Rather Be High'.

Hang on, there's more.... if you pop on over to BowieWonderworld page on Facebook and look for the Louis Vuitton posting you'll discover a few more details on the campaign including TV and cinema commercials and printed advertisements promoting certain LV products.


UNBOXING THE NEXT DAY EXTRA
30th October 2013

Click on the image below to check out the film footage of the unboxing of The Next Day Extra by DAVID BOWIE.

Not only that... you also get to listen to one of the brand new songs... 'Atomica'.

Unboxing The Next Day Extra


The Next Day Extra is to be released next Monday on 4th November - you can pre-order The Next Day Extra (Collector's Edition) Box Set NOW.

The Japanese ONLY Blu-spec CD2 format is also available to pre-order.


MERCURY PRIZE AWARDS SHOW
29th October 2013

CHANNEL 4 and MORE4 are broadcasting several programmes covering the BARCLAYCARD 2013 MERCURY PRIZE Awards.

As you are aware DAVID BOWIE has been nominated with his current album 'The Next Day'.

First up tomorrow evening (Wednesday 30th) on More4 is the Mercury Prize Live at 21.30 - 22.20 GMT live from London's Roundhouse, coverage and comment from the 'Albums of the Year' Awards Show including the announcement of the overall winner. Hosted by Nick Grimshaw and Lauren Laverne.

Excitingly, davidbowie.com have announced that a David Bowie world premiere visual is to be broadcast during the live broadcast.

There is also a five-minute 'Live Winner Announcement' on Channel 4 at 22.00 GMT.

Then the following evening (Thursday) at 23.05 GMT you get the opportunity again to watch the full coverage of the event, hosted by Lauren Laverne and Nick Grimshaw.

Featuring exclusive live performances from shortlisted artists including Arctic Monkeys, Disclosure, Foals, James Blake, Jake Bugg, Jon Hopkins, Laura Marling, Laura Mvula, Rudimental, Savages and Villagers, as well as the overall winner announcement.

There was an interesting piece in THE TELEGRAPH published on Sunday by Neil McCormick entitled 'David Bowie: the Mercury Prize wouldn't exist without him' - [Read here].


THE NEXT DAY EXTRA: TV AND RADIO
29th October 2013

davidbowie.com have announced details of the THE NEXT DAY EXTRA associated TV and radio broadcasts.

Three of the five brand new DAVID BOWIE songs are to be broadcast on Wednesday 30th November on three different radio stations...

Wed 30th November: Premiere of new song 'Atomica' on Lauren Laverne, BBC 6 Music, 10.50am GMT - [More details]
Wed 30th November: Premiere of new song 'Born In A UFO', Ken Bruce, BBC Radio 2, 11.30am GMT - [More details]
Wed 30th November: Premiere of new song 'Like A Rocket Man', Geoff Lloyd, Absolute Radio, 18.45 GMT - [More details]

A special edition of 'Love Is Lost' (Hello Steve Reich Mix by James Murphy For The DFA) has been made digitally available today and a visual for it will have its world premiere as part of the MORE4 Barclaycard Mercury Prize live TV broadcast at 21.30 on Wednesday 30th October.

You can read the full press release HERE for all the details.


LOU REED - REST IN PEACE
27th October 2013

Very sad news to report the passing away of LOU REED aged seventy-one.

The cause of his death has not yet been released, but Lou underwent a liver transplant in May earlier this year.

ROLLING STONE magazine reported the sad news a few hours ago - [Read here].

New York Daily News: 'Lou Reed dead at 71: New York City rock pioneer, The Velvet Underground musician died Sunday' - [Read here].

On davidbowie.com DAVID BOWIE paid tribute and said of his old friend: "He was a master."


AND THE BITS FLEW FAR AND WIDE...
26th October 2013

Japanese designer KANSAI YAMAMOTO joins the likes of Alexander McQueen, Vivienne Westwood and Jean Paul Gaultier as the subject of the V&A's latest 'Fashion in Motion' exhibition. His extravagant creations - including costumes he made for DAVID BOWIE's 1973 tour - will go on display in a series of free catwalk shows. Tickets are now sold out, but the shows will be streamed live on Facebook at 1pm and 5pm. November 1, 1pm, 3pm, 5pm and 8pm - [Read here]...

According to the latest William Hill online betting odds LAURA MVULA is now favourite to win this year's Mercury Prize ahead of Disclosure and DAVID BOWIE - [Read here]...


THE NEXT DAY EXTRA JAPANESE RELEASE
16th October 2013

The Next Day Extra by David Bowie As you know next month sees the release of THE NEXT DAY EXTRA a three-disc Collectors Edition Box Set by DAVID BOWIE which contains FIVE unheard songs, two brand new remixes and a DVD featuring all four promotional videos shot for The Next Day album.

For the JAPANESE market only, it is being released on the superior Blu-spec CD2 format. (Cat. No. SICP-30411).

Scheduled for release on 27th November by Sony, the full tracklisting runs as follows:

   Disc: 1
       01. The Next Day
       02. Dirty Boys
       03. The Stars (Are Out Tonight)
       04. Love Is Lost
       05. Where Are We Now?
       06. Valentine's Day
       07. If You Can See Me
       08. I'd Rather Be High
       09. Boss Of Me
       10. Dancing Out In Space
       11. How Does The Grass Grow?
       12. (You Will) Set The World On Fire
       13. You Feel So Lonely You Could Die
       14. Heat

The Next Day Extra by David Bowie    Disc: 2
       01. Atomica
       02. Love Is Lost (Hello Steve Reich Mix by James Murphy for the DFA)
       03. Plan
       04. The Informer
       05. Like A Rocket Man
       06. Born In A UFO
       07. I'd Rather Be High (Venetian Mix)
       08. I'll Take You There
       09. God Bless The Girl
       10. So She

   Disc: 3 (DVD)
       01. Where Are We Now? (DVD)
       02. The Stars (Are Out Tonight) (DVD)
       03. Valentine's Day (DVD)
       04. The Next Day (DVD)


The JAPANESE ONLY Blu-Spec CD2 format - scheduled for release by Sony on 27th November is available to pre-order NOW.

You can also pre-order the ENGLISH version of The Next Day Extra (Collector's Edition) NOW.


RESULTS: WHO'S THE BEST-DRESSED BRITON IN HISTORY?
15th October 2013

in the BBC HISTORY MAGAZINE poll to find the best-dressed Briton, DAVID BOWIE won by a country-mile.

Ten fashion experts selected the men and women they believe have set the fashion world alight over the centuries.

David was nominated by English designer Wayne Hemingway.

Wayne says: "I saw David Bowie for the first time on the 1973 Aladdin Sane tour when I was nearly 13: I left the gig utterly blown away by his music and style. Bowie changed youth culture, and had a gift for predicting and anticipating fashion trends, always doing his own thing. His clothes, including the huge-legged striped bodysuit designed by Kansai Yamamoto, were works of art that were the result of his vision and creativity, and as memorable as his music..."

The best-dressed Briton shortlist and results:

       01. David Bowie - 48.5 per cent
       02. Elizabeth I - 13.6 per cent
       03. Georgiana Cavendish, Duchess of Devonshire - 9.5 per cent
       04. George 'Beau' Brummell - 8.4 per cent
       05. Queen Alexandra - 7.1 per cent
       06. Anne Messel - 5.3 per cent
       07. Henry III - 2.5 per cent
       08. Ellen Terry - 2.2 per cent
       09. Charles James Fox - 1.6 per cent
       10. Samuel Pepys - 1.3 per cent

From historyextra.com


SORROW 40th ANNIVERSARY RELEASED
15th October 2013

David Bowie Sorrow 40th Anniversary single Parlophone have now released the DAVID BOWIE 40th Anniversary picture disc vinyl of 'Sorrow'. (Cat. No. DBSOZ 4030) in Europe.

This double A-side single is backed with a live version of Sorrow recorded at the Pacific National Coliseum, Vancouver, Canada during his Serious Moonlight World Tour on 12th September 1983.

This 2013 single was mastered by Ray Staff at AIR Mastering.

Check out the eBay listings and see if you can pick up a bargain.



THE GLASS SPIDER BAND EVENING IN LONDON
12th October 2013

THE GLASS SPIDER BAND Play the Songs of DAVID BOWIE...

An exclusive evening in celebration of Bowie's legendary 1987 world tour featuring a Q&A with original tour member ERDAL KIZILCAY, a screening of the fairytale film Labyrinth and live performances of Bowie's greatest hits on 17th December.

"I either want a bad response or a good response, I hate something in the middle... if it's politely received then it's a total failure for me." - David Bowie, 1987.

The Glass Spider Band The Glass Spider Tour, David Bowie's epic world tour in 1987, was preposterous, seminal, excessive, brilliant and contradictory. Like almost no other artistic endeavour in the history of human creativity, the tour oscillated between absolute genius, kitsch and very bad, and was often all of these simultaneously. In what was a very brave move, Bowie eschewed a sterile greatest hits show, favouring an elaborate set crowned by an enormous spider, five dancers choreographed by Toni Basil and a set list heavily laden with esoteric choices from his back catalogue. Although by far Bowie's most commercially successful period, the mid to late 1980s were seemingly his most difficult as an artist and The Glass Spider Tour, and the Never Let Me Down album that accompanied it, have become symbols of Bowie's desolate nadir.

In 2013, the year of Bowie's triumphant return, a reappraisal of Bowie in 1986/87 is now required. Despite much criticism, the Glass Spider Tour was a major influence on many artists and changed the expectations and look of stadium rock for evermore. To celebrate the legacy of this most Bowie-esque stadium opera, Under the Bridge presents The Glass Spider Band, featuring original tour members Erdal Kizilcay and Richard Cottle. Compered by former presenter of The Word Katie Puckrik, the programme for the evening will also include a screening of the 1986 fairytale film Labyrinth, DJ sets from Jaffo - a performer in Bowie's 1984 Jazzin' For Blue Jean film - and a selection of Bowie's '60s songs performed by legendary Soho character Phil Dirtbox. Puckrik will also interview Erdal Kizilcay about life on the road with David Bowie, providing an insight into the decadence, the music and working under a 60ft high spider for 9 months.

05.00pm - DJ set from Jaffo (Star of Bowie's Jazzin' For Blue Jean video).
05.30pm - Screening of Labyrinth (1986, dir. Jim Henson).
07.15pm - Q&A on touring with David Bowie with Erdal Kizilcay, star of Bowie's Glass Spider Tour, with Katie Puckrik.
07.45pm - Jaffo dj set.
08.00pm - Legendary Soho character Phil Dirtbox performs a selection of Bowie's 1960's songs.
08.45pm - Jaffo dj set.
09.00pm - Performance by The Glass Spider Band. David Bowie collaborators Erdal Kizilcay and Richard Cottle reprise the sound of Bowie's spectacular Glass Spider Tour from 1987; the height of Bowie's fame as a pop star.
10.45pm - Jaffo dj set.

More details, tickets and information can be found over at underthebridge.co.uk website.


PRESS RELEASE: BRAZENHEAD
12th October 2013

Brazenhead EP BRAZENHEAD release their debut EP CD, 'I Never Meant' on Maniac Squat Records on 18th November 2013.

Brazenhead featuring renowned DAVID BOWIE collaborators ERDAL KIZILCAY and WOODY WOODMANSEY formed in 2011.

They play dirty blues-based alternative rock.... the band are:

       Woody Woodmansey: drums - (David Bowie).
       Erdal Kizilcay: keyboards, viola, cornet, bass, vocals - (David Bowie, Iggy Pop).
       Tom Wilcox: vocals, organ, piano - (Maniac Squat, The Chavs, Gillian Glover).
       Paul Waterson: bass - (Claytown Troupe, Valve, The Chavs).
       Trevor Stewart: guitars, backing vocals - (Plazma).
       Keith Godman: guitars, mandolin, backing vocals - (Thud and Blunder).
       Guest backing vocals from: Maggi Ronson, Lisa Ronson, Hannah Berridge Ronson and Gillian Glover.

Woody Woodmansey is a legendary drummer. A 'Spider From Mars', he drummed on 4 of David Bowie's important albums including 'Ziggy Stardust' and 'Hunky Dory'. Erdal Kizilcay worked with David Bowie in the 1980s and 90s recording albums including '1.Outside', 'The Buddha of Suburbia' and 'Never Let Me Down', as well as 'Blah Blah Blah' with Iggy Pop and Bowie. Erdal did two world tours with Bowie in 1987 and 1990. Paul Waterson was in feted late 80s/early 90s rock band Claytown Troupe, a cult band still popular with fans. Woody Woodmansey and Erdal Kizilcay contributed to the songwriting on this release.

The lyrics for the track 'I Felt A Funeral In My Brain' are an Emily Dickinson (1830-1886) poem of the same name. Brazenhead will release an album of new material in 2014.

Tracklisting and songwriting credits:

       1. I Never Meant (Wilcox/Waterson/Kizilcay/Stewart/Woodmansey/W. Wilcox).
       2. I Felt A Funeral In My Brain (Waterson/Wilcox/Kizilcay).
       3. Manhunt In Mannheim (Wilcox/Waterson/Kizilcay/Stewart/W. Wilcox).
       4. Waiting For The Rain (Hale/Holt/Waterson/Bennett).


From Tom at Maniac Squat Records.


NME: HE'S BACK... AGAIN!
7th October 2013

NME 12th October 2013 DAVID BOWIE graces the front cover of the next issue of the NME which hits the shelves this coming Wednesday.

This particular issue sees the launch of their brand new design for the magazine.

The special features inside include TONY VISCONTI's guide to The Next Day Extra Collectors Edition Box Set. Plus exclusive in-depth analysis of every new tune.

There are also personal portraits of 'The Man Who Owned The Year' by: James Murphy, Faris Badwan, Trent Rezor, St Vincent, Black Francis and Irvine Welsh.

From nme.com and musicweek.com



HOLY HOLY
7th October 2013

A new supergroup has formed called HOLY HOLY, featuring Woody Woodmansey, Steve Norman, James Stevenson, Malcolm Doherty, Rod Melvin, Lisa Ronson, Gary McPherson, Hannah Berridge, Elizabeth Westwood, Maggi Ronson, and Tracie Hunter, and we play the songs of DAVID BOWIE 1969-1973.

We played Latitude Festival this past July and it was so much fun for everyone, and so well received, it has sort of taken on a life of its own. We have a few shows coming up and have some shows booked around the third week in December; one at The Lexington, London N1 on December 20th and one at one at Peckham Liberal Club, date and time to be announced.

More details can be found on their Facebook events page

19th December: Peckham Pandemonium, 24 Elm Grove, London SE15 5DE - More details
20th December: The Lexington, London - More details
21st December: The Hospital Club, 24 Endell Street, London WC2H 9HQ - More details

From Lisa Ronson.


WHO'S THE BEST-DRESSED BRITON IN HISTORY?
6th October 2013

Update: David won the poll taking nearly 50% of all the votes.

In the October issue of BBC History Magazine, 10 fashion experts have selected the men and women they believe have set the fashion world alight over the centuries.

DAVID BOWIE was nominated by English designer Wayne Hemingway.

Wayne says: "I saw David Bowie for the first time on the 1973 Aladdin Sane tour when I was nearly 13: I left the gig utterly blown away by his music and style. Bowie changed youth culture, and had a gift for predicting and anticipating fashion trends, always doing his own thing. His clothes, including the huge-legged striped bodysuit designed by Kansai Yamamoto, were works of art that were the result of his vision and creativity, and as memorable as his music..."

The nominees listed are:

       Anne Messel
       Queen Alexandra
       David Bowie
       Henry III
       Georgiana Cavendish
       'Beau' Brummell
       Charles James Fox
       Elizabeth I
       Ellen Terry
       Samuel Pepys

Go and have your say by VOTING HERE - you have until 15th October.

Update: David Bowie is currently leading with 24% of the votes.


BOWIE BALL 2013
6th October 2013

The BOWIE BALL 2013 takes place next weekend on Saturday 12th October at Le Poisson Rouge, New York City.

Back by popular demand, nightlife impresario Deryck Todd presents the Fall 2013 installment of BowieBall: celebrating the apex of electric excess - BowieBall pays homage to the definitive rock icon: DAVID BOWIE, in an anything-goes charity extravaganza bringing together the best in music, art, fashion, and entertainment.

Performances by: Taryn Manning, Jiggly Caliente, Theodora Richards, House of Extravaganza, Lisa McQuade, Miss Pop, Michael Cavadias, Amber Martin, Darlinda Just Darlinda plus many more.

Minimum age: 21+. Doors open 11pm. Showtime 11.00pm.

For full details, purchasing tickets and more information, swish your way over to the bowieballnyc.com website.


JONATHAN ATTEMPTING TO GET BOWIE
5th October 2013

The MIRROR have reported today that JONATHAN ROSS is attempting to secure an interview with DAVID BOWIE for his ITV chat show which kicks off next weekend.

Apparently Jonathan has offered to fly to New York to do the interview without an audience if that helps to make it happen. The request has been made officially as well as in a personal email and negotiations are ongoing.

You can read the article here


'THE NEXT DAY EXTRA' COLLECTORS EDITION BOX SET
4th October 2013

The Next Day Extra by David Bowie Next month sees the release of THE NEXT DAY EXTRA a three-disc Collectors Edition Box Set by DAVID BOWIE which contains FIVE unheard songs, two brand new remixes and a DVD featuring all four promotional videos shot for The Next Day album.

Scheduled for release on 4th November by Sony, the full tracklisting runs as follows:

   Disc: 1
       01. The Next Day
       02. Dirty Boys
       03. The Stars (Are Out Tonight)
       04. Love Is Lost
       05. Where Are We Now?
       06. Valentine's Day
       07. If You Can See Me
       08. I'd Rather Be High
       09. Boss Of Me
       10. Dancing Out In Space
       11. How Does The Grass Grow?
       12. (You Will) Set The World On Fire
       13. You Feel So Lonely You Could Die
       14. Heat

   Disc: 2
       01. Atomica
       02. Love Is Lost (Hello Steve Reich Mix by James Murphy for the DFA)
       03. Plan
       04. The Informer
       05. Like A Rocket Man
       06. Born In A UFO
       07. I'd Rather Be High (Venetian Mix)
       08. I'll Take You There
       09. God Bless The Girl
       10. So She

   Disc: 3 (DVD)
       01. Where Are We Now? (DVD)
       02. The Stars (Are Out Tonight) (DVD)
       03. Valentine's Day (DVD)
       04. The Next Day (DVD)


You can pre-order The Next Day Extra (Collector's Edition) NOW.


DAVID BOWIE'S TOP 100 MUST READ BOOKS
4th October 2013

Last month, the curators of the DAVID BOWIE Is exhibiton - currently showing at AGO in Toronto - supplied OPEN BOOK TORONTO with a list of David's Top 100 Must Read Books.

For some reason the piece was first published with 25 titles missing - this has now been rectified.

David Bowie's Top 100 Must Read Books:

   'The Age of American Unreason' by Susan Jacoby, 2008
   'The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao' by Junot Diaz, 2007
   'The Coast of Utopia (trilogy)' by Tom Stoppard, 2007
   'Teenage: The Creation of Youth 1875-1945' by Jon Savage, 2007
   'Fingersmith' by Sarah Waters, 2002
   'The Trial of Henry Kissinger' by Christopher Hitchens, 2001
   'Mr. Wilson's Cabinet of Wonder' by Lawrence Weschler, 1997
   'A People's Tragedy: The Russian Revolution 1890-1924' by Orlando Figes, 1997
   'The Insult' by Rupert Thomson, 1996
   'Wonder Boys' by Michael Chabon, 1995
   'The Bird Artist' by Howard Norman, 1994
   'Kafka Was The Rage: A Greenwich Village Memoir' by Anatole Broyard, 1993
   'Beyond the Brillo Box: The Visual Arts in Post-Historical Perspective' by Arthur C. Danto, 1992
   'Sexual Personae: Art and Decadence from Nefertiti to Emily Dickinson' by Camille Paglia, 1990
   'David Bomberg' by Richard Cork, 1988
   'Sweet Soul Music: Rhythm and Blues and the Southern Dream of Freedom' by Peter Guralnick, 1986
   'The Songlines' by Bruce Chatwin, 1986
   'Hawksmoor' by Peter Ackroyd, 1985
   'Nowhere To Run: The Story of Soul Music' by Gerri Hirshey, 1984
   'Nights at the Circus' by Angela Carter, 1984
   'Money' by Martin Amis, 1984
   'White Noise' by Don DeLillo, 1984
   'Flaubert's Parrot' by Julian Barnes, 1984
   'The Life and Times of Little Richard' by Charles White, 1984
   'A People's History of the United States' by Howard Zinn, 1980
   'A Confederacy of Dunces' by John Kennedy Toole, 1980
   'Interviews with Francis Bacon' by David Sylvester, 1980
   'Darkness at Noon' by Arthur Koestler, 1980
   'Earthly Powers' by Anthony Burgess, 1980
   'Raw' (graphix magazine), 1980-91
   'Viz' (comic), 1979 -
   'The Gnostic Gospels' by Elaine Pagels, 1979
   'Metropolitan Life' by Fran Lebowitz, 1978
   'In Between the Sheets' by Ian McEwan, 1978
   'Writers at Work: The Paris Review Interviews' Edited by Malcolm Cowley, 1977
   'The Origin of Consciousness in the Breakdown of the Bicameral Mind' by Julian Jaynes, 1976
   'Tales of Beatnik Glory' by Ed Sanders, 1975
   'Mystery Train: Images of America in Rock 'n' Roll' by Greil Marcus, 1975
   'Selected Poems' by Frank O'Hara, 1974
   'Before the Deluge: A Portrait of Berlin in the 1920s' by Otto Friedrich, 1972
   'In Bluebeard's Castle: Some Notes Towards the Redefinition of Culture' by George Steiner, 1971
   'Octobriana and the Russian Underground' by Petr Sadecky, 1971
   'The Sound of the City: The Rise of Rock and Roll' by Charlie Gillett, 1970
   'The Quest For Christa T.' by Christa Wolf, 1968
   'Awopbopaloobop Alopbamboom: The Golden Age of Rock' by Nik Cohn, 1968
   'The Master and Margarita' by Mikhail Bulgakov, 1967
   'Journey into the Whirlwind' by Eugenia Ginzburg, 1967
   'Last Exit to Brooklyn' by Hubert Selby Jr., 1966
   'In Cold Blood' by Truman Capote, 1965
   'City of Night' by John Rechy, 1965
   'Herzog' by Saul Bellow, 1964
   'Puckoon' by Spike Milligan, 1963
   'The American Way of Death' by Jessica Mitford, 1963
   'The Sailor Who Fell From Grace With The Sea' by Yukio Mishima, 1963
   'The Fire Next Time' by James Baldwin, 1963
   'A Clockwork Orange' by Anthony Burgess, 1962
   'Inside the Whale and Other Essays' by George Orwell, 1962
   'The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie' by Muriel Spark, 1961
   'Private Eye' (magazine), 1961 -
   'On Having No Head: Zen and the Rediscovery of the Obvious' by Douglas Harding, 1961
   'Silence: Lectures and Writings' by John Cage, 1961
   'Strange People' by Frank Edwards, 1961
   'The Divided Self' by R. D. Laing, 1960
   'All The Emperor's Horses' by David Kidd,1960
   'Billy Liar' by Keith Waterhouse, 1959
   'The Leopard' by Giuseppe Di Lampedusa, 1958
   'On the Road' by Jack Kerouac, 1957
   'The Hidden Persuaders' by Vance Packard, 1957
   'Room at the Top' by John Braine, 1957
   'A Grave for a Dolphin' by Alberto Denti Di Pirajno, 1956
   'The Outsider' by Colin Wilson, 1956
   'Lolita' by Vladimir Nabokov, 1955
   'Nineteen Eighty-Four' by George Orwell, 1948
   'The Street' by Ann Petry, 1946
   'Black Boy' by Richard Wright, 1945
   'The Portable Dorothy Parker' by Dorothy Parker, 1944
   'The Outsider' by Albert Camus, 1942
   'The Day of the Locust' by Nathanael West, 1939
   'The Beano' (comic), 1938 -
   'The Road to Wigan Pier' by George Orwell, 1937
   'Mr. Norris Changes Trains' by Christopher Isherwood, 1935
   'English Journey' by J.B. Priestley, 1934
   'Infants of the Spring' by Wallace Thurman, 1932
   'The Bridge' by Hart Crane, 1930
   'Vile Bodies' by Evelyn Waugh, 1930
   'As I Lay Dying' by William Faulkner, 1930
   'The 42nd Parallel' by John Dos Passos, 1930
   'Berlin Alexanderplatz' by Alfred Döblin, 1929
   'Passing' by Nella Larsen, 1929
   'Lady Chatterley's Lover' by D.H. Lawrence, 1928
   'The Great Gatsby' by F. Scott Fitzgerald, 1925
   'The Waste Land' by T.S. Eliot, 1922
   'BLAST' edited by Wyndham Lewis, 1914-15
   'McTeague' by Frank Norris, 1899
   'Transcendental Magic, Its Doctrine and Ritual' by Eliphas Lévi, 1896
   'Les Chants de Maldoror' by Comte de Lautréamont, 1869
   'Madame Bovary' by Gustave Flaubert, 1856
   'Zanoni: A Rosicrucian Tale' by Edward Bulwer-Lytton, 1842
   'Inferno' (from the Divine Comedy) by Dante Alighieri, about 1308-1321
   'The Iliad' by Homer, about 800 BC

Update: You can now read David Bowie's Top 100 Must Read Books list with a synopsis of each book and I've fixed the typos (yes there are several on the original list).


SIX BOWIE NOMINATIONS IN Q AWARDS
1st October 2013

DAVID BOWIE has been nominated in SIX categories in the upcoming Q Awards 2013.

This year's Q Awards takes place later this month on Monday 21st October at a central London venue. Help them choose the winners and you could win a pair of tickets to music's most prestigious event. David features in the following categories below:

Q BEST TRACK
       Daft Punk ft Pharrell Williams - Get Lucky
       Arctic Monkeys - Do I Wanna Know?
       David Bowie - Where Are We Now?
       Ellie Goulding - Burn
       Robin Thicke ft TI and Pharrell - Blurred Lines

Q BEST ALBUM Presented By Bose.
       David Bowie - The Next Day
       Vampire Weekend - Modern Vampires Of The City
       Foals - Holy Fire
       Daft Punk - Random Access Memories
       Biffy Clyro - Opposites

Q BEST VIDEO
       Daft Punk ft Pharrell Williams - Get Lucky
       David Bowie - The Stars (Are Out Tonight)
       Manic Street Preachers - Show Me The Wonder
       Vampire Weekend - Diane Young
       Beady Eye - Shine A Light

Q BEST SOLO ARTIST Presented By Citroen
       David Bowie
       Jake Bugg
       Laura Marling
       Ellie Goulding
       John Grant

Q BEST ACT IN THE WORLD TODAY
       David Bowie
       Vampire Weekend
       Arctic Monkeys
       Biffy Clyro
       Foals

Q BEST EVENT
       Glastonbury
       David Bowie at the V&A
       Kraftwerk at Tate Modern
       The Rolling Stones in Hyde Park
       Latitude
       The Killers at Wembley Stadium and The Garage

Go get your voice heard and VOTE HERE - voting closes next week on 11th October.


EVER CHANGING HERO
1st October 2013

David Bowie: Ever Changing Hero book by Sean Egan Another book is due for publication next month is DAVID BOWIE: Ever Changing Hero by Sean Egan.

Hardcover containing 128 pages, foreword by Malcolm Mackenzie and published on 1st November by Flame Tree Publishing.

As author or editor of eighteen books Sean Egan has written books on The Rolling Stones, The Beatles, Coronation Street, Leonardo DiCaprio, Tarzan and Manchester United Football Club. Written extensively for rock magazines, from Classic Rock to Vox, and CD sleevenotes for Mercury, Sanctuary, Factory and more.

Synopsis: David Bowie needs no introduction. An immense star whose music and writing has transcended generations he remains one of the most articulate influencers of modern music. Over fifty years his singles and albums have slid up and down the bestseller charts, adapting to the changing times, exploring new musical themes, always pushing at boundaries in a desperate desire to seek out the new and the different. This fantastic new, unofficial biography covers his life, music, art and movies, with a sweep of incredible photographs.

You can pre-order David Bowie: Ever Changing Hero NOW.


THE NEXT DAY NOMINATED FOR MERCURY PRIZE
1st October 2013

The Barclaycard MERCURY PRIZE 2013 Albums of the Year winner will be announced this month.

As you know, amongst the nominees is DAVID BOWIE with his latest album The Next Day.

The full list of 12 nominees are as follows:

       Arctic Monkeys - AM
       David Bowie - The Next Day
       Foals - Holy Fire
       Laura Marling - Once I Was An Eagle
       Disclosure - Settle
       James Blake - Overgrown
       Jake Bugg - Jake Bugg
       Rudimental - Home
       Laura Mvula - Sing To The Moon
       Jon Hopkins - Immunity
       Savages - Silence Yourself
       Villagers - Awayland

The winner is to be announced on 30th October at the ceremony taking place at The Roundhouse in London.

More details can be found over at mercuryprize.com

If betting is your bag, you can check out the latest daily odds for the outright winner here






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