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AND THE BITS FLEW FAR AND WIDE...
29th December 2013

Check out an excellent online interview with Mott The Hoople guitarist MICK RALPHS who talks about working with DAVID BOWIE - [Read here]...

The Next Day by DAVID BOWIE comes out on top in THE IRISH INDEPENDENT newspaper review of the top 3 albums of 2013... 'Rock: The Rebel who fell to Earth' by Barry Egan - [Read here]...

On New Year's Day tune into BBC RADIO 6 MUSIC for ADAM BUXTON at 7.00pm (GMT) who is presenting a selection of DAVID BOWIE tracks and interviews from three decades of his glittering career - [More details] (thanks to Sophie for the heads-up)...

Then later at midnight in case you missed it back in April 2013... 'Bowie's Heroes' (Episode 1/2) Dave Grohl, Frank Black, Nile Rogers, Tony Visconti and Brian Eno discuss DAVID BOWIE - [More details]... On 2nd January episode 2/2 is to be aired - [More details]...

No doubt you are aware that DAVID BOWIE (or was it Elvis?) sent in a recorded message on the BBC RADIO SIX MUSIC show 'This Is Radio Clash' on Boxing Day. If you missed the complete show you can listen in via the BBC iPlayer or if you scroll down on the page there is a link to just the db message - [Listen here]...

THE GUARDIAN newspaper website has The G2 DAVID BOWIE quiz of 2013 for you to have a bash at. Twelve questions - [Partake here]...

ROLLING STONE magazine in France have published a DAVID BOWIE collectors special for January/February 2014...

Apologies in order... sorry I've had no direct access to BowieWonderworld ftp servers... back home now!...


BOWIE GOODIES UP FOR GRABS
29th December 2013

Ziggyology by Simon Goddard David Bowie Is Walking In Soho David Bowie Is There are still a few more days to get your hands on some brand new DAVID BOWIE free goodies.

       - David Bowie Is Inside book by Victoria Broackes and Geoffrey Marsh.
       - Ziggyology book by Simon Goodard.
       - David Bowie is Walking in Soho leaflets (x20).

All you have to do is click LIKE on the BowieWonderworld Facebook page and inbox me with your name and address. I will pick the winners randomly. Competition ends midnight on 31st December UK time.

If you don't use FB, simply email me at and you'll be included in the free prize draw.


FOUR ROOMS WANT BOWIE
26th December 2013

The UK CHANNEL 4 TV hit series FOUR ROOMS is back and looking for people who want to sell their show stopping DAVID BOWIE items for life changing amounts of money.

Do you own something unique or extraordinary that you want to sell?

Our top dealers are waiting to buy your antiques, collectables and memorabilia - anything with a proven story!

From paintings and furniture, to the weird and wonderful, the dealers are ready to part with their cash.

To apply please call 01494 733 575 or email

If you are unfamiliar with the format, Four Rooms, sees people who own valuable and rare items, bring these items onto the programme to try and sell them to one of our four high-end dealers. Our dealers are looking to buy a range of items, including famous pop culture memorabilia and collectables.

We are currently searching for items and sellers to feature in our new series and I was hoping some of your visitors might have a fantastic piece of 'Bowie history' that you would be interested in bringing onto the programme.

It would be fantastic to feature something relating to David Bowie in the new series, particularly since we will be in a new, prime-time slot this year and A-list celebrity collectables are high on our dealers' wish lists!

From Katie @ Boundless Productions.


MERRY CHRISTMAS TO EVERYONE!
25th December 2013

Merry Christmas 2013 to everyoneMERRY CHRISTMAS TO ALL DAVID BOWIE FANS EVERYWHERE

Wishing you all a Cool Yule! Hoping you all receive everything you ever wish for

Very Best Wishes from Paul (aka Rednik).



BOWIE ON VINYL IN GLOSSOP
22nd December 2013

Bowie on Vinyl GLOSSOP RECORD CLUB's New Year kicks off on Thursday 9th January with a session dedicated to the music of DAVID BOWIE.

On the day after the Thin White Duke's 67th birthday, music fans are invited to Glossop Labour Club to listen to two of Bowie's classic albums on vinyl and in full: Hunky Dory (1971) and one of the highly influential 'Berlin trilogy' released in the late 1970s - Low, "Heroes" and Lodger - which will be decided on by a poll on the record club website.

There'll also be lots of other Bowie-related music on the night, from the likes of Iggy Pop, Lou Reed and Mott The Hoople, and the chance to hear rarities and lesser-heard songs rubbing shoulders with classics from his 50-year career.

People can bring their own favourite Bowie record along for a spin too.

For organiser Simon Galloway, this record club session will be one close to his heart. "David Bowie is my favourite artist and has been for most of my life, so I'm really looking forward to the evening. Not just the main albums, but also the other records people bring along. There are a few big Bowie fans amongst the regulars, and doing a Bowie night has been a popular suggestion since we started Glossop Record Club."

The session starts at 8pm and entry is free. See glossoprecordclub.wordpress.com for further details.

GLOSSOP RECORD CLUB presents BOWIE ON VINYL
       Thursday 9th January, 8-11pm.
       Glossop Labour Club, Chapel Street, Glossop, SK13 8AT, Derbyshire.
       Free entry.


WARNER MUSIC JAPANESE 2014 REISSUES
15th December 2013

WARNER MUSIC in Japan are reissuing SEVENTEEN DAVID BOWIE CDs early next year.

Originally remastered in 1999, these are scheduled for release in Japan on 29th January 2014 on his new record label.

The full list runs as follows:

Space Oddity
       Warner Music Japan. Cat: No. WPCR-80085

The Man Who Sold The World
       Warner Music Japan. Cat: No. WPCR-80086

Hunky Dory
       Warner Music Japan. Cat: No. WPCR-80087

The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stardust And The Spiders From Mars
       Warner Music Japan. Cat: No. WPCR-80088

Aladdin Sane
       Warner Music Japan. Cat: No. WPCR-80089

Pin Ups
       Warner Music Japan. Cat: No. WPCR-80090

Diamond Dogs
       Warner Music Japan. Cat: No. WPCR-80091

Young Americans
       Warner Music Japan. Cat: No. WPCR-80092

Station To Station
       Warner Music Japan. Cat: No. WPCR-80093

Low
       Warner Music Japan. Cat: No. WPCR-80094

"Heroes"
       Warner Music Japan. Cat: No. WPCR-80095

Lodger
       Warner Music Japan. Cat: No. WPCR-80096

Scary Monsters (And Super Creeps)
       Warner Music Japan. Cat: No. WPCR-80097

Let's Dance
       Warner Music Japan. Cat: No. WPCR-80098

Tonight
       Warner Music Japan. Cat: No. WPCR-80099

Never Let Me Down
       Warner Music Japan. Cat: No. WPCR-80100

Tin Machine
       Warner Music Japan. Cat: No. WPCR-80101

You can pre-order NOW via cdjapan - all priced at a mere 1400 yen (approx US $13.56 / GBP 8.32).

If you prefer not to pay importy duty, they are also listed for pre-order on the David Bowie Amazon Store with a release date of 4th February 2014.


THREE GRAMMY NOMINATIONS
7th December 2013

Congratulations to DAVID BOWIE who has three nominations in this years GRAMMY'S...

Category 12: Best Rock Performance.
       The Stars (Are Out Tonight).
       David Bowie.
       Track from: The Next Day.

Category 15: Best Rock Album.
       The Next Day.
       David Bowie.

Category 53: Best Recording Package.
       The Next Day.
       Jonathan Barnbrook, art director (David Bowie).

You can download the full 56th GRAMMY Awards Final Nominations list here [pdf].


THE NEXT DAY: 'IT'S A F***ING MASTERPIECE'
6th December 2013

NOEL GALLAGHER was interviewed by ROLLING STONE magazine over the telephone yesterday. With his usual Manc humour and wit, he comments on 2013 music... and DAVID BOWIE gets quite a few mentions...

Q: "Do you think 2013 has been a good year for music, overall?"
"It's been okay. There's been some catchy tunes, for sure. I think any year that David Bowie puts an album out has got to be a great year, eh?"

Q: "So the Bowie album lived up to your expectations?"
"I thought at the time, and I still think now, that it's a f**king masterpiece. I love it. Nobody has the right to be that f**king good at this point in their career. Apart from Neil Young, all of the people that are in his league are basically f**king shit. Do you know what I mean?"

Q: "Like who?"
"Well, I'm not going to start naming names! We all know who they are. But 'Valentine's Day,' that song is just f**king outrageous. There's at least three songs on there that you listen to them and immediately pick the guitar up and just think, 'F**king bastard! Why did I never write that?' I think it's some of the best stuff he's ever done. I'd give it 10 out of 10. I'd give it 11 out of 10, if I could."

Q: "Did you get a chance to talk to Bowie this year?"
"Me? [Laughs] Me, talk to David Bowie? F**king hell, no. I've met him a couple of times down the years. But why would I get a chance to talk to David Bowie? Just, like, call him up? I don't think he's been in England. As soon as he lands in England, he's going to get taken to the Tower of London, and they're not going to let him out until he's done a gig, so I don't think he'll ever come back."

Q: "Do you think you'll put out a new record next year?"
"No. I haven't started recording yet, so I was kind of going to see the rest of the year out and then kind of spend most of next year in the studio. I hope to do some recording in New York, because I've never done it before, and maybe on the off chance I might bump into David Bowie somewhere on the street, and get him to come down to the studio, dressed as an elf, and do a little mime while I'm putting an acoustic guitar track."

Be sure to read the complete interview via the rollingstone.com website.


I'D RATHER BE HIGH ON VIDEO
6th December 2013

A brand new DAVID BOWIE promotional video has been created for 'I'd Rather Be High' The Venetian Mix (Wasted Edit) which was directed by TOM HINGSTON.

The Tom Hingston Studio say: 'Our film for the Venetian mix of 'I'd Rather Be High', comprises 109 clips of archive material, taken from the fearless soldiers (and their camera men) who fought in both World Wars. We are proud to announce this as our first music video for Mr. Bowie, which forms part of 'The Next Day' Special Edition album campaign.

"We wanted it to feel like a found relic, discovered, as if from another time," says Tom. "In early conversations, Mr. Bowie and I discussed exploring archival footage that brought to life another side of war - footage that featured soldiers celebrating; young servicemen and women, in moments of jubilation and euphoria - drinking, dancing and partying... these moments of total euphoria, juxtaposed with extreme violence, serve as a powerful reminder of the futility of war," he explains. - [Read more] via creativereview.co.uk

The song features on the upcoming limited edition 12 inch white vinyl release of 'Love Is Lost' later this month on 16th December.

Side A features 'Love Is Lost' (Hello Steve Reich Mix by James Murphy for the DFA) and Side B 'I'd Rather Be High' (Venetian Mix) and 'Love Is Lost' (Hello Steve Reich Mix by James Murphy for the DFA - Edit).

You should be able to pre-order here by now, if not grab yourself a bargain via eBay listings.



       Directed by: Tom Hingston.
       Produced by: Jacob Swan Hyam.
       Executive Producer: Svana Gisla.
       Production Company: Black Dog Films.
       Edited by: Amanda James at Final Cut and Owen Oppenheimer at The Quarry.
       Production and Clearing Assistant: Stephanie Werrell-Smyth.
       Archive Researchers: Sara Garcia Andersson, Matt Bowron, Jess Waterhouse.
       Grading/VFX: Markus Lehtonen and Yusuke Murakami at Tom Hingston Studio.
       Additional online: Electric Theatre Collective.
       Conform: Unit Post.

Also be sure to check out a new photograph of David taken by Jimmy King over at davidbowie.com website.


DAVID BOWIE WEEKEND ON BBC 4
3rd December 2013

There's an upcoming DAVID BOWIE weekend on BBC 4 television starting at 9:00pm on Friday 13th December.

Just in case you missed them first time around, you'll get the opportunity to watch the latest documentaries made.

The programmes start off with David Bowie - Five Years, a 90-minute documentary first shown back in May. It covers five 'critical' years in David Bowie's career, including his Ziggy Stardust and Thin White Duke days, evolution into a soul man on the Young Americans album, acting career, regeneration in Berlin, work with Nile Rodgers on Let's Dance, and more. This captivating biopic that took 10 years to make and features unseen footage, rare out-takes and stories from his closest collaborators.

The Genius of David Bowie, a collection of BBC archive performances, is next at 10.30pm, followed by David Bowie and the Story of Ziggy Stardust at 11.30pm and the DA Pennebaker feature film, Ziggy Stardust and The Spiders from Mars, at 12.30am.

All the documentaries are repeated over the next couple of days...

13th December.
       David Bowie - Five Years documentary, 21.00 GMT.
       The Genius of David Bowie, 22.30 GMT.
       David Bowie and the story of Ziggy Stardust, 23.30 GMT.

14th December.
       Ziggy Stardust and The Spiders From Mars, (DA Pennebaker), 00.30 GMT.
       David Bowie - Five Years documentary, 2.00 GMT.

15th December.
       David Bowie - Five Years documentary, 22.00 GMT.

16th December.
       Ziggy Stardust and The Spiders From Mars, (DA Pennebaker) 00.30 GMT.
       The Genius of David Bowie, 2.00 GMT.

Check out the BW Monthly Planner for all upcoming TV shows worldwide.


ALL AMERICAN BOWIE
1st December 2013

All American Bowie A brand new limited edition publication All American Bowie has just been published by Cygnet Committee.

The full story of Ziggy's best-selling show at Long Beach, CA on 10th March 1973 is illustrated with exclusive, previously-unseen colour photographs.

All of the Long Beach photographs were taken by a member of the audience. As well as the pouts, poses and costume changes, we think he did a great job of capturing the energy and excitement of this classic Aladdin Sane-era gig.

Hand numbered and certificated, this limited edition publication of 1,000 copies, contains forty-pages and is sized at 220mm x 220mm

More details, information and purchasing options can be found over at cygnetcommittee.co.uk

Cygnet Committee publications are compiled, written and designed solely by DAVID BOWIE fans.

Make sure that you bookmark the site. More publications and limited edition photographs are planned for the future.

Website: cygnetcommittee.co.uk
Facebook: Cygnet Committee Facebook
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TMWFTE ARTWORK AT CHRISTIE'S
1st December 2013

Auctioneers CHRISTIE'S have up for grabs the original artwork used for the front cover of The Man Who Fell To Earth paperback that was published by Alpha Books in 1979.

Lot 50 was created by illustrator Tony Wright, the gouache and oil on board also features a printed copy of the cover signed by the artist on the reverse of the frame.

The opening bid has been set at 3,000 GBP.

Check out the listing here


LOVE IS LOST ON A 12 INCH
1st December 2013

davidbowie.com have announced details of the limited edition 12 inch white vinyl release of 'Love Is Lost' later this month on 16th December.

Side A features 'Love Is Lost' (Hello Steve Reich Mix by James Murphy for the DFA) and Side B 'I'd Rather Be High' (Venetian Mix) and 'Love Is Lost' (Hello Steve Reich Mix by James Murphy for the DFA - Edit).

You should be able to pre-order here by now, if not grab yourself a bargain via eBay listings.

From davidbowie.com.


'THE NEXT DAY EXTRA' COLLECTOR'S EDITION BOX SET
1st December 2013

The Next Day Extra by David Bowie An excellent Christmas stocking filler is THE NEXT DAY EXTRA a three-disc Collectors Edition Box Set by DAVID BOWIE.

The set contains FIVE unheard songs, two brand new remixes and a DVD featuring all four promotional videos shot for The Next Day album.

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 purchase The Next Day Extra (Collector's Edition) NOW.

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


THE GLASS SPIDER BAND EVENING IN LONDON
1st December 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.






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