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MAINMAN - PODCAST #14
30th October 2020

MainMan website Over on the MAINMAN website: Podcast episode #14 is now available...

You can listen to the fourteenth podcast now - David Bowie, Marc Bolan, Iggy Pop and the birth of Glam.

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.

MainMain official social media accounts: Website | Facebook | Twitter | YouTube Channel | Instagram


BOWIE ODYSSEY 70
29th October 2020

Bowie Odyssey 70 by Simon Goddard New book BOWIE ODYSSEY 70 by SIMON GODDARD, is a 192-page paperback is released publoshed today.

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 purchase Bowie Odyssey 70 now and receive a discount!


A BOWIE CELEBRATION 2021
27th October 2020

OFFICIAL PRESS RELEASE: 6:00AM (PACIFIC), TUESDAY, OCTOBER 27, 2020

David Bowie Pianist Mike Garson Announces a Star-Studded Birthday Concert for the Rock Legend

Mike Garson's A Bowie Celebration: Just for one day!

Livestreams on January 8, 2021 at 6pm PT; will be available to watch for 24 hours to follow.



In 2016, the legendary David Bowie left this planet far too soon. In 2020, the live music industry was shuttered due to the coronavirus pandemic. On January 8th, 2021, a star-studded group of musicians and vocalists - including those who grew up with his music as well as his friends and bandmates who worked with him and knew him best - will come together on the weekend of the fifth anniversary of Bowie's passing and what would have been his birthday to reconnect, heal, and share the music that has meant so much to so many.

Mike Garson and producers Stacey Sher and Kerry Brown have joined forces with Rolling Live Studios to produce A Bowie Celebration: Just for one day! bringing together dozens of Bowie alumni band members spanning Bowie's career from his 1969 self-titled album to his final album, Blackstar, along with many of the world's most famous voices for a very special experience. The concert will feature performances from William Corgan (The Smashing Pumpkins), Trent Reznor (Nine Inch Nails), Bowie's good friend and Oscar-winning actor Gary Oldman, Gavin Rossdale (Bush), Perry Farrell (Jane's Addiction), Joe Elliott (Def Leppard), Grammy-winning singer Macy Gray, Ian Astbury (The Cult), Lzzy Hale (Halestorm), Gail Ann Dorsey (David Bowie, Lenny Kravitz), Bernard Fowler (Rolling Stones), Corey Glover (Living Color), Tony-winning rocker Lena Hall, vocal phenom Judith Hill (Grammy winner for 20 Feet From Stardom ), and many more to be announced.

A Bowie Celebration 2021 As Bowie's longest and most frequent band member, Mike Garson played on dozens of Bowie albums and performed in 1,000 concerts with the rocker, including both Bowie's first and final performance in the United States. When Garson's most recent A Bowie Celebration tour was abruptly stopped mid-tour as the pandemic devastated the live music industry, Garson began looking for the best way to keep the music playing and the celebration of Bowie and his legacy to continue. He began reaching out to artists and alumni about a very special virtual experience for the fans despite the world looking so different than before. "I reached out to friends who had played with David, people who grew up listening to him, those he inspired and influenced. Artist after artist I spoke with each immediately understood my vision and enthusiastically said yes to taking part in this special show," Garson said. "That's the magic of David's legacy. Like many of the great and timeless songwriters before him - George Gershwin, Cole Porter - David left the world with an amazing and enduring library of music and this is the perfect time to be able to share that music in such a unique and cathartic way."

Alumni members of Bowie's bands from throughout his career will join the event including David's final touring band of Mike Garson, Gail Ann Dorsey, Earl Slick, Sterling Campbell Gerry Leonard and Catherine Russell along with Zack Alford, Carlos Alomar, Kevin Armstrong, Alan Childs, Robin Clark, Emm Gryner, Omar Hakim, Clare Hirst, Erdal Kizilçay, Tim Lefebvre, Martha Mooke, Holly Palmer, Mark Plati, Carmine Rojas, Charlie Sexton, Bowie's long-time record producer and musician Tony Visconti, and many more will collaborate with Garson's special guest vocalists for a setlist of some of Bowie's most memorable hit songs along with a collection of deep cut Bowie gems.

"What we're planning is an amazing show with the most talented musicians from every period of David's career, as well as phenomenal artists from many different genres," said Garson. "We'll hear different interpretations of David's songs; some with totally new arrangements that have never been heard before."

Garson adds that additional vocalists and alumni band members will be announced soon and suggests that fans "stay tuned for more exciting announcements to come!"

Tickets are on sale now at rollinglivestudios.com/bowie with early-bird pricing offered through Sunday, November 1. A variety of VIP ticket bundles are available offering fans a variety of exclusive opportunities and merchandise including everything from access to private rehearsals to access to pre-show soundcheck and an after-show Q&A with members of the band.

To learn more about A Bowie Celebration, visit their Facebook, Twitter and Instagram accounts.


UPCOMING BW COMPETITION
26th October 2020

David Bowie Glamour fanzine #7 Watch this space later this week, to WIN a copy of the latest DAVID BOWIE GLAMOUR fanzine.

DBG kindly sent TWO copies for this prize draw giveaway.

Featuring stunning cover artwork by Helen Green, inside this 104-page issue - which has a focus on Station To Station - there are interviews with Carlos Alomar, Earl Slick, George Murray and producer Harry Maslin.

Also contributing are: Angie Bowie, Barry Schultz, Brian Aris, Debi Lane, Dylan Jones, Geoff MacCormack, Greg Gorman, Justin de Villeneuve, Kevin Cann, Philippe Auliac, Terry O'Neill, fan contributions and much more.

No questions for this giveway, just a simple prize draw to give everyone an equal chance.

This prize draw is open to all visitors of this website via email, BW FB page likers, BW FB Group members and followers on Twitter and Instagram.

You can enter the competition NOW - runs until 30th November 2020.


DAVID BOWIE UNOFFICIAL RECORDS VALUATION GUIDE
26th October 2020

If you're a DAVID BOWIE collector or seller, a new book well worth getting hold is the DAVID BOWIE UNOFFICIAL RECORDS VALUATION GUIDE 2020 by MICHAEL STIMSON.

For a sneak peek, check out the promo advert below...



In the world of collecting unofficial David Bowie recordings, there is so much variation in prices that it can be difficult to keep track of what's good value and what's not. What's overpriced and what isn't. This fully illustrated guide can help both the novice and more experienced collector gain knowledge of what they can expect to pay and how much to sell for.

Containing 165-pages of incredible information and photographs covering Bowie's unofficial records. Each release is fully illustrated, along with a price guide valuation to buying and selling Bowie records.

You can purchase the David Bowie Unofficial Records Valuation Guide 2020 now and receive a 25% discount!


ORIGINAL BOWIE ARTWORK UP FOR GRABS
23rd October 2020

Update: Total raised was £1,700.00 GBP for FareShareUK - congrats to the winner and big respect to Unkle.

A signed DAVID BOWIE 'Star' litho is for sale with all proceeds to @FareShareUK charity, courtesy of @Unklerupert on Twitter.

#ENDCHILDFOODPOVERTY

The current highest bid is £1,150.00 GBP.

1998, lithograph on Fabriano paper, numbered and signed in pencil, 93/175 Bowie 98, unframed, image 10 3/4in x 16 3/4in (27.5cm x 42.5cm), overall 15 1/2in x 22 1/2in (39.5cm x 57cm), bigger obviously due to frame and mount.

DM @Unklerupert on Twitter if you want to make a bid.


David Bowie Star litho David Bowie Star litho @UnkleRupert Twitter



MAINMAN - PODCAST #13
22nd October 2020

MainMan website Over on the MAINMAN website: Podcast episode #13 is now available...

You can listen to the thirteenth podcast now - hear about David Bowie, Marc Bolan and the birth of Glam.

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.

MainMain official social media accounts: Website | Facebook | Twitter | YouTube Channel | Instagram


TAKE A QUICK BUTCHERS...
21st October 2020

BW Competition next week... your chance to win a free copy of the sold out brand new issue of DAVID BOWIE GLAMOUR fanzine #7. Open to all visitors of this website, message board, Facebook page, Facebook group, Twitter and Instagram...

Check out a fabulous taster read with PETER FRAMPTON on the ESQUIRE website. Peter talks about his friendship and working with DAVID BOWIE, the Glass Spider Tour and much more. All excerpted from his memoir Do You Feel Like I Do? which is published next week on 29th October - [More details]...

For anyone who is still unsure about the 'fridge' / 'bridge' opening line of DAVID BOWIE's 'Young Americans' song, have a listen here and let's end this once and for all...




ON THIS DAY...
20th October 2020

On this day, 17 years ago, DAVID BOWIE performed the first of two gigs at Palais Omnisports, Bercy, Paris, France during his A Reality World Tour in 2003...

On this day, 18 years ago, DAVID BOWIE performed at the Beacon Theatre, Broadway, New York, USA during his Heathen Tour in 2002. David named this last leg 'The New York Marathon Tour', as they were playing in each of New York City's five boroughs. He said: "I could get home from all the gigs on roller skates."...

On this day, 19 years ago, DAVID BOWIE performed at the 'Concert for New York City' Benefit show at Madison Square Garden, New York City in 2001. David performed two songs, Paul Simon's 'America' and his own anthemic classic "Heroes"...

On this day, 24 years ago, DAVID BOWIE performed the second of two shows for The Bridge School Benefit Concert at the Shoreline Amphitheatre, Mountain View, California, USA. This acoustic and bottle caps show for the Neil Young Charity saw David perform, alongside Reeves Gabrels and Gail Ann Dorsey in 1996...

On this day, 37 years ago, DAVID BOWIE performed the first of three shows at the Budokan Arena in Tokyo, Japan during his 1983 Serious Moonlight World Tour...

On this day, 46 years ago, DAVID BOWIE performed at the Michigan Palace in Detroit, USA during his 'Soul/Philly Dogs' Tour in 1974...

On this day, 47 years ago, saw the final day of filming by NBC TV of The Midnight Special. DAVID BOWIE's 'The 1980 Floor Show' was filmed over three days at The Marquee, in Soho, London in 1973. In reality, live performance-wise... this was 'Ziggy's Last Stand'...

On this day, 48 years ago, DAVID BOWIE and The Spiders From Mars played the first of two gigs at the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium, Los Angeles, CA, USA in 1972.

This first show was broadcast live on a local FM radio station and also recorded by RCA Records for a planned Ziggy Stardust live double album. The shows at Boston and Santa Monica were also recorded and the artwork created by George Underwood.

The live FM radio broadcast introduced by Steve Martin went as follows: "Steve Martin here, backstage at the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium. It's a cool night in Los Angeles, and as you may know or not know, the Santa Monica Civic is about a hundred yards from the beach so we have a cool breeze blowing off the ocean through the stage at our backs. The auditorium is packed, as a matter of fact, for the first David Bowie concert in the Los Angeles area. There will be one more tomorrow night, this is the concert tonight which will be recorded by RCA for the next David Bowie album and we expect to hear some new material by this British superstar. David and his group, the Spiders From Mars will enter from the other side of the stage. The auditorium is completely blacked out except for flashing strobe lights. Now the entrance music will be the Ode, or should I say the Ode To Joy which is featured in the movie A Clockwork Orange and the house lights are starting to dim... here's David Bowie." - [More details]...

On this day, 52 years ago, TURQUOISE performed at The Country Club, Haverstock Hill, Hampstead, London NW3. The short-lived mixed-media trio Turquoise were: DAVID BOWIE, Hermione Farthingale and Tony Hill. Also appearing at this 1968 Time Out/Free Bank Benefit gig were: Third Ear Band, Doris Henderson, George Smith and Mike Mike Vernon, Pegagus Blues, Mimi and Mouse, Simon Stable and Pete Drummond on Plastic Dream Machine, plus others.

David had placed an advertisement in the International Times way back in June. It stated 'David Bowie needs acoustic guitarist singing/speaking for exciting project, must be alive'. The name 'Turquoise' lasted for only a small number of appearances before Tony Hill's final performance. Tony left to join 'High Tide', a group that David was later to support. His replacement was ex-Buzz member John 'Hutch' Hutchinson. Shortly after the name was changed to FEATHERS...


MAINMAN - PODCAST #12
15th October 2020

MainMan website Over on the MAINMAN website: Podcast episode #12 is now available...

You can listen to the twelfth podcast now - photographer Mick Rock talks about collaborating 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.

MainMain official social media accounts: Website | Facebook | Twitter | YouTube Channel | Instagram


DAVID BOWIE UNOFFICIAL RECORDS VALUATION GUIDE
15th October 2020

David Bowie Unofficial Records Valuation Guide 2020 If you are a DAVID BOWIE collector or seller, a new book well worth getting hold is the DAVID BOWIE UNOFFICIAL RECORDS VALUATION GUIDE 2020 by MICHAEL STIMSON.

In the world of collecting unofficial David Bowie recordings, there is so much variation in prices that it can be difficult to keep track of what's good value and what's not. What's overpriced and what isn't.

This fully illustrated guide can help both the novice and more experienced collector gain knowledge of what they can expect to pay and how much to sell for.

Containing 165-pages of incredible information and photographs covering Bowie's unofficial records.

Each release is fully illustrated, along with a price guide valuation to buying and selling Bowie records.

You can purchase the David Bowie Unofficial Records Valuation Guide 2020 now!


AMERICAN LANDFILL
15th October 2020

Check out the official video for AMERICAN LANDFILL by KRISTEEN YOUNG featuring DAVID BOWIE.

The video directed, shot and edited by Kristeen Young in New York City in late March/April 2020 (utilising whatever was available in the early shelter-in-place-corona virus-lockdown time period).

'American Landfill' (KRO Records/Sony) is a re-imagined re-production of the original song, Saviour (written by Kristeen Young), from the Kristeen Young album, 'Breasticles'.

American Landfill was produced and mixed by Justin Raisen (guitars and synths) and Kristeen Young (piano). Engineered by Anthony Paul Lopez (drums). Original vocals produced by Tony Visconti.

Digital release 14th October, vinyl release on EP compilation, The Turning (Kate's Diary), for the Floria Sigismondi film, The Turning, for Record Store Day 24th October (KRO Records/Sony).



For more details visit kristeenyoung.com


ON THIS DAY...
14th October 2020

On this day, 30 years ago, DAVID BOWIE and IMAN had their first ever date in Los Angeles, USA in 1990. The blind-date was set up by their mutal friend and hairdresser Teddy Antolin...

On this day, 43 years ago, DAVID BOWIE released his "Heroes" album. Recorded at Hansa Tonstudio, Berlin in July and August of 1977, this is the only true album of the so-called "Berlin Trilogy". Produced by Tony Visconti and David Bowie, the album also featured: Carlos Alomar, Dennis Davis, George Murray, Brian Eno, Robert Fripp and Antonia Maass.

RCA marketed the album with the blurbs: "Tomorrow belongs to those who can hear it coming" and "There's Old Wave. There's New Wave. And there's David Bowie..." It reached number #3 in the UK and stayed in the charts for a total of 26 weeks. Both the NME and Melody Maker named it as their 'Album of the Year'. Surely, the highest praise came from JOHN LENNON who stated in a 1980 interview - whilst recording his 'Double Fantasy' album - that his ambition was to "do something as good as "Heroes"."


RAINDANCE 2020 FILM FESTIVAL
13th October 2020

For those interested... the movie STARDUST (starring Johnny Flynn as 'David Bowie') is showing for FREE online for people in the UK on 6th November, followed by a Q&A with Johnny Flynn, as part of Raindance 2020 Film Festival.

You just need to 'Create an Account' (top right-hand corner) then click 'Watch' or 'Donate' to add it to your library then you can watch it on 6 November when it's available.

For more details and information, visit cinema.raindance.org website.


DAVID BOWIE 20/20 VISION
12th October 2020

David Bowie 20/20 Vision by Tony McGee An exhibition opening this month is DAVID BOWIE 20/20 VISION featuring photographs shot by TONY McGEE.

The exhibition takes place in London at the SAATCHI GALLERY from Wednesday 21st October until Sunday 25th October.

You can view a stunning collection of his prints of David Bowie, each one 2 metres tall and breathlessly showing in fine detail this extraordinary man.

Prepare yourself as it is an emotional journey. Circa 1983-1993.

Venue: Saatchi Gallery
Address: Duke of York's HQ, King's Road, Chelsea, London SW3 4RY
Dates: 21st October - 25th October.

For more details and information, please visit saatchigallery.com website.


DAVID BOWIE GLAMOUR FANZINE #7
10th October 2020

The brand new issue of DAVID BOWIE GLAMOUR fanzine is now available to pre-order from midnight.

If you are signed up to their mailing list, email subscribers will have received a password and can pre-order at midnight on Saturday, prior to going on general sale.

Featuring, once again stunning cover artwork by Helen Green, inside this 104-page issue, which has a focus on Station To Station, there are interviews with Carlos Alomar, Earl Slick, George Murray and producer Harry Maslin.

Also contributing are: Angie Bowie, Barry Schultz, Brian Aris, Debi Lane, Dylan Jones, Geoff MacCormack, Greg Gorman, Justin de Villeneuve, Kevin Cann, Philippe Auliac, Terry O'Neill, and many others. Click on the back cover to see the list of this issue's contributors.


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Issue #7 will be shipped out on 24th October.

For more details and information, please visit davidbowieglamour.wordpress.com

Update: As expected there is now only a very limited number of copies remaining. To avoid disappointment, be really quick! Orders end Wednesday 14th October.


COMMENCING COUNTDOWN
9th October 2020

David Bowie on TOTP 1969 On this day, 51 years ago, DAVID BOWIE appeared for the first time on Top Of The Pops performing 'Space Oddity' in 1969.

Hosted by Pete Murray, Bowie had performed the song in Studio G, which was separate from the main studio audience. This was pre-recorded on 2nd October.

The line-up for this episode was as follows:

(#1) TOTP Orchestra - Je T'Aime... Moi Non Plus (and charts)
(#NE) Esther Ofarim - Saturday Night At The World
(#11) Lou Christie - I'm Gonna Make You Mine
(#13) David Bowie - Space Oddity
(#16) The Hollies - He Ain't Heavy, He's My Brother
(#2) Bobbie Gentry - I'll Never Fall In Love Again (film)
(#20) The Temptations - Cloud Nine (crowd dancing) (and credits)

The following week (16th) there was a repeat Space Oddity showing introduced by Alan Freeman, as the song had climbed from #13 to #8.


TMWSTW - DIGITAL SINGLE RELEASE
9th October 2020

The Man Who Sold The World 2020 mix digitalReleased today via Parlophone is the DAVID BOWIE digital single release THE MAN WHO SOLD THE WORLD (2020 MIX).

This track is taken from the upcoming 2020 album METROBOLIST (aka The Man Who Sold The World) which is released next month (6th November) and remixed by original producer Tony Visconti.

You can pre-order Metrobolist on Special Edition CD and Limited Vinyl LP now!

Scroll down to read the Metrobolist official press release.




MAINMAN - PODCAST #11
8th October 2020

MainMan website Over on the MAINMAN website: Podcast episode #11 is now available...

You can listen to the eleventh podcast now - Tony Visconti and Angie Bowie recall the early days of The Hype and their historic gigs at The Roundhouse.

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.

MainMain official social media accounts: Website | Facebook | Twitter | YouTube Channel | Instagram


BW FACEBOOK GROUP
6th October 2020

For those of you who use FACEBOOK - check out the DAVID BOWIE Wonderworld Group.

Feel free to join and add yourself. You never know what might get posted...


David Bowie Wonderworld Group



BRILLIANT LIVE ADVENTURES (1995-1999)
3rd October 2020

David Bowie Brilliant Live Adventures davidbowie.com have announced the release of DAVID BOWIE 'BRILLIANT LIVE ADVENTURES' - a series of SIX David Bowie live albums from the nineties.

Available on vinyl and CD formats, along with limited edition slipcase boxes.

These releases are only available exclusively via the David Bowie Official Store and Warner Music Group Dig! Store as limited one run only pressings.

The first of the six albums, which is available to pre-order now is OUVREZ LE CHIEN (LIVE DALLAS 95) to be released on 30th October.

The first three albums and the special limited edition boxes will be released pre-Christmas, with the remaining three albums coming early next year.

For more details, information and pre-ordering, please visit the davidbowie.com website.



ON THIS DAY...
2nd October 2020

Birthday memories of MARGARET 'PEGGY' JONES who was born on this day in 1913...

On this day, 18 years ago, DAVID BOWIE performed at the Carling Apollo Hammersmith in London, during his 'Heathen' Promo Tour in 2002...

On this day, 33 years ago, DAVID BOWIE performed the second of two gigs at St. Paul Civic Centre in Minneapolis, USA during his Glass Spider World Tour in 1987...

On this day, 56 years ago, DAVIE JONES and The Manish Boys performed in Borehamwood, Hertfordshire in 1964...


HEROES - BOWIE by SUKITA
2nd October 2020

OFFICIAL PRESS RELEASE: The legend of DAVID BOWIE in a hundred shots

From 10 October in Palermo, Palazzo Sant'Elia hosts the photographic exhibition Heroes - Bowie by Sukita

Palermo, 10 October 2020 - 31 January 2021

Sant'Elia Palace - Palermo

"It was 1972 that I started it. And I'm still looking for David Bowie even now." - (Masayoshi Sukita)


Heroes - Bowie by Sukita Over 100 portraits of David Bowie, some exhibited in national preview, to retrace the partnership between the pop legend and the great Japanese master Masayoshi Sukita, probably the most important photographer with whom Bowie has ever worked.

'Heroes - Bowie by Sukita' arrives in Palermo, from Saturday 10 October to Sunday 31 January in the majestic halls of Palazzo Sant'Elia. An interesting experiment that will create a fascinating short circuit between the visionary and very personal, absolutely contemporary, trait of Sukita, the elegance and the baroque halls of an eighteenth-century noble palace.

The retrospective - promoted and organised by OEO Firenze Art and Le Nozze di Figaro with the Sant'Elia Foundation - is curated by Ono Arte Contemporanea on the patronage of the Municipality of Palermo and the Metropolitan City of Palermo; communication office MLC Comunicazione; inserted in the Le Vie dei Tesori circuit.

The collaborative relationship between the two protagonists was born in 1972 when the photographer arrived in London to immortalise Marc Bolan and T.Rex and, although unaware of who David Bowie was, decides to go to one of his concerts because he was irresistibly attracted by the poster that he promoted and depicted him with one leg up, on a black background. They get to know each other thanks to the stylist Yasuko Takahashi, and Bowie's manager arranges a shoot. Bowie is struck by Sukita's style and, although the service proceeds in complete silence due to the language barrier, something clicks between the two, a common feeling based on continuous artistic research that leads to the birth of a professional and human relationship that would last until upon Bowie's passing in 2016.

The exhibition catalogue is published by OEOFirenze.

Venue address:
Palazzo Sant'Elia, Via Maqueda 81, 90133 Palermo PA, Italy.

Opening times:
Tuesday to Friday from 9am-5.30pm
Saturday and Sunday 10am-8pm
Closed Mondays

For more details and ticket information, visit the fondazionesantelia.it website.


MAINMAN - PODCAST #10
1st October 2020

MainMan website Over on the MAINMAN website: Podcast episode #10 is now available...

You can listen to the tenth podcast now - Some of the early visitors to Haddon Hall recall their artistic adventures.

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.

MainMain official social media accounts: Website | Facebook | Twitter | YouTube Channel | Instagram


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

David Bowie : Rainbowman (1983-2016) To be published next month on 5th November 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.

Update: Publication now due on 12th November.


METROBOLIST OUT NEXT MONTH
1st October 2020

davidbowie.com have announced details of the forthcoming METROBOLIST album release...

OFFICIAL PRESS RELEASE 4/9/20:

DAVID BOWIE - 'METROBOLIST' (AKA 'THE MAN WHO SOLD THE WORLD') 50th ANNIVERSARY EDITION

REMIXED BY TONY VISCONTI WITH ARTWORK BASED ON ORIGINAL TITLE & DESIGN

RELEASED 6th NOVEMBER, 2020 ON LIMITED VINYL AND CD FORMATS, ALSO FOR STREAMING AND DOWNLOAD AT STANDARD AND HIGH RESOLUTION DOWNLOAD (96kHz/24bit)


David Bowie Metrobolist Parlophone Records is proud to announce release details for METROBOLIST (aka THE MAN WHO SOLD THE WORLD) 50th ANNIVERSARY EDITION to be released on 6th NOVEMBER, 2020.

This November sees the 50th Anniversary of the release of David Bowie's The Man Who Sold The World in North America. The rest of the world would have to wait until April 1971 to witness Bowie's landmark entry into the 1970s, marking the beginning of a collaboration with guitarist Mick Ronson that would last through classic works including Hunky Dory, Ziggy Stardust and Aladdin Sane - as well as the first in a 10-year series of indispensable albums stretching through 1980's Scary Monsters...

Originally titled Metrobolist, the album's name was changed at the last minute to The Man Who Sold The World - the original stereo master tapes were in fact labelled Metrobolist, with the title ultimately crossed out. The 2020 re-release of the album under its Metrobolist moniker has been remixed by original producer Tony Visconti, with the exception of the track 'After All' which Tony considered perfect as is, and is featured in its 2015 remaster incarnation.

The Metrobolist 50th anniversary artwork has been created by Mike Weller who was behind the originally intended album artwork which Mercury refused to release. The gatefold sleeve also features many images from the infamous Keith MacMillan Mr. Fish 'dress' shoot at Haddon Hall which would cause so much controversy when one of the shots was used on the cover of the The Man Who Sold The World album in the rest of the world in spring of 1971.

The original U.S. release of The Man Who Sold The World utilised some of the original Metrobolist design elements.

As with the Space Oddity 50th anniversary vinyl, as well as a 180g black vinyl edition, it will come in 2020 limited edition handwritten numbered copies on gold vinyl (# 1971 - 2020) and on white vinyl (# 1 - 1970) all randomly distributed.

For the 50th anniversary the 1970 story of the gatefold sleeve can be told in full with unused 'dress' photos. As Mike Weller explains:

"There is a story concealed in the carpet-scattered playing cards, David has thrown a plain 52 card deck in the air as though "casting the runes" but in a significant break from 60s Tarot divinations such as I Ching etc he casts runes using a four-suit pack and switches man-dress, along with the Court Card of the Future from right hand to left, signifying a new decade and new cultural era."

David personally delivered the Metrobolist concept and his gatefold plan to the record company for production and now with this release, it can finally be seen much closer to its original concept. Bowie speaking in 2000 said of the sleeve imagery:

"Mick Weller devised this kind of very subversive looking cartoon and put in some quite personalised things. The building in the background on the cartoon in fact was the hospital where my half brother had committed himself to. So for me, it had lots of personal resonance about it."

DAVID BOWIE METROBOLIST TRACKLISTING

     The Width Of A Circle
     All The Madmen
     Black Country Rock
     After All
     Running Gun Blues
     Saviour Machine
     She Shook Me Cold
     The Man Who Sold The World
     The Supermen

From davidbowie.com


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METROBOLIST ALBUM AVAILABLE 6th NOVEMBER, 2020 ON PARLOPHONE.

You can pre-order Metrobolist on Special Edition CD and Limited Vinyl LP now!


MORRISSEY / BOWIE COSMIC DANCER RELEASE
1st October 2020

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

The vinyl single has now been rescheduled for release on 29th January 2021. You can pre-order the vinyl edition now, which is released on 29th January.

From morrisseycentral.com


HOLY HOLY UK TOUR DATES 2021
1st October 2020

DAVID BOWIE's former producer/bassist TONY VISCONTI and drummer WOODY WOODMANSEY get ready to launch their new Bowie project 'The Best Of Bowie' featuring long-time fan and friend Heaven 17's Glenn Gregory.

The band will perform iconic hits and cult classics from Bowie's extensive back catalogue at eight special shows.

They are joined by: Gregory on vocals, Paul Cuddeford and James Stevenson (guitars), Tony's daughter Jessica Lee Morgan (12-string and sax) and the very talented Janette Mason on piano/keys.

UK TOUR DATES - APRIL 2021

     8th Tramshed, CARDIFF, Wales
     9th Barbican, LONDON
     11th Waterside Theatre, AYLESBURY
     13th Forum, BATH
     14th Town Hall, BIRMINGHAM
     16th Barbican, YORK
     17th Philharmonic Hall, LIVERPOOL
     18th Old Fruitmarket, GLASGOW, Scotland

For more details and information, please visit holyholy.co.uk website.


DAVID BOWIE: ICON
1st October 2020

Just published a few days ago 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.

Price: RRP £50.00. Price now £35.29. Save £14.71 (29% off).

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


ROCK 'N' ROLL WITH ME EXHIBITION
1st October 2020

Bowie.MacCormack exhibition

Update: The museum is closed from 5th November until 2nd December due to current Government restrictions.

Upcoming exhibition... ROCK 'N' ROLL WITH ME - BOWIE / MACCORMACK 1973-76 at Brighton Museum and Art Gallery, opens this month on Saturday 17th October 2020 through to Sunday 6th June 2021.

The photographs will be complemented by a short film never seen before in the UK, shot by Bowie on their trip to Moscow in 1973, music videos of Bowie and MacCormack on stage together, film excerpts and music in the galleries.

Note: Tickets go on sale tomorrow 2nd October.

Address: Royal Pavilion Gardens, Brighton, BN1 1EE

Opening Times:
Tuesday-Sunday: 10am-5pm
Closed Mondays (except Bank Holidays)

For more details and information, please visit brightonmuseums.org.uk website.


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

BRIAN ENO's DIARY - 25th ANNIVERSARY EDITION - A Year with Swollen Appendices, hardback, 352-pages published in the UK on 19th November - more details

MORRISSEY That's Entertainment / Cosmic Dancer (duet with David Bowie) digital version release in November and 7" vinyl single to be released on 29th January - more details

DAVID BOWIE - 'METROBOLIST' (aka 'THE MAN WHO SOLD THE WORLD') 50th ANNIVERSARY EDITION 2020 mix, to be released on 6th November on limited vinyl in gold, white and black and special edition CD format, also streaming and download - more details


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

DAVID BOWIE UNOFFICIAL RECORDS VALUATION GUIDE 2020 by MICHAEL STIMSON, softback, 165-pages, published 20th September - more details

Exhibition ROCK 'N' ROLL WITH ME BOWIE / MACCORMACK 1973-76 at Brighton Museum and Art Gallery, Royal Pavilion Gardens, Brighton, England BN1 1EE. Opens 17th October 2020 runs till 6th June 2021. Open Tuesday-Sunday 10am-5pm. Closed Mondays except Bank Holidays - more details

Japanese import DAVID BOWIE - IMAGES 1966-1967 [Hi-Res CD (MQA x UHQCD)] 2020 DSD master recording, released 16th October - more details or buy direct from CD Japan

DAVID BOWIE: ICON - The Definitive Photographic Collection 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, 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

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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