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OPEN UP YOUR EYES REAL WIDE
14th July 2024

Say hello to the latest BowieWonderworld blogger/columnist PER NILSEN.

I'm pretty sure some of you will know him from his DAVID BOWIE book 'People Stared At The Make-Up On His Face', published in 1985, as well as books on Prince, Iggy Pop and The Stooges.

Per's opening written piece for BW titled: 'If You Think We're Gonna Make It - A Commentary On David Bowie's Journey to Ziggy Stardust', concentrates on the recent DAVID BOWIE release Rock 'n' Roll Star! with emphasis on the new information contained in the 5CD/Blu-ray book.

You can read 'If You Think We're Gonna Make It' HERE.


WALKING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF DAVID
11th July 2024

Here's one for your 2025 diary... author PETER CARPENTER has a new book in the pipeline for next year titled: BOWIELAND: WALKING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF DAVID.

Scheduled for publication on 27th March, 2025 this hardcover, containing 320-pages is to be published by Monoray.

Synopsis: BOWIE IS STILL OUT THERE...

Following open heart surgery, poet and writer Peter Carpenter was given one instruction - 'Walk, if you want to stay on this planet'. And so when his hero and inspiration David Bowie died in 2016, he knew what he had to do. The man who was to so many a companion and guide had left no shrine, no focal point of understanding. To reconnect with Bowie, he would take a walk into the past, to the streets, towns and places where David Jones became something more.

Walking to recover, to stay alive, Peter realised he was also recovering his lost hero. Leaving behind Heddon Street and Brixton, well-known Bowie shrines, he moved out through South London edgelands and suburbia to remoter Bowie haunts: Croydon, Aylesbury, Pett Level, Southend-on-Sea. Finding the windows Bowie had stared out from in Clareville Grove; the streets in Beckenham where he'd scurried by. He sifted through debris on a patch of waste ground in Tunbridge Wells where Bowie's parents first met. He turned the handle and entered Shirley Parish Hall to find the same stage where a young Davy Jones and the Kon-Rads set up to play back in 1962; and travelled to Berlin, to emerge from the S-Bahn to gape at the ruined portico of the Anhalter Bahnhof and asked 'What is this?'

In Bowieland, Carpenter's peripatetic trampings seem to echo Bowie's own wandering creative spirit, the walks often uncovering hidden layers, and making fresh connections to key Bowie stories, uncovering and influences conscious and subconscious. Through walking, an understanding is reached of where Bowie sits in the culture, his place among the poets, painters, artists and musicians who came before him, who inhabited the same spaces and in doing so passed on their wisdom to Bowie.

Through Carpenter's travels these suburban lands became a new, very real place, that anyone can visit if they take the time... Welcome to 'Bowieland'

Book Description: A writer's odyssey walking the Bowie heartlands, peeling back the layers of understanding about his hero.

About the Author: Peter Carpenter's poetry has been widely anthologised and praised and his chapter on creative writing appears in The OUP Handbook of British and Irish Poetry.

He has written essays and articles on a wide variety of subjects, from the photography of Boris Mikhailov to the poetry of T. S. Eliot, in journals such as London Magazine and PN Review. He contributed a chapter about rock star Gary Holton in London: City of Disappearances; and in Iain Sinclair's circuit around the M25, London Orbital, Peter appears as a character and guide.

Born in Epsom, Peter now lives in Suffolk with his wife, Amanda, a sustainability activist, who runs the acclaimed Planet Pod. They also co-direct cult independent micropress, Worple. Peter walks for life and still supports his local team.

You can pre-order Bowieland: Walking In The Footsteps Of David' now!


AND THE STARS LOOK VERY DIFFERENT TODAY
11th July 2024

On this day, 55 years ago, DAVID BOWIE released his 'Space Oddity' single in 1969.

First issued on the Philips label, 'Space Oddity' was David Bowie's first UK top 5 hit.

In 1975, it was re-released by RCA as part of a Maximillion Series (3 tracks for the price of 2), containing 'Space Oddity', 'Changes' and 'Velvet Goldmine', which became David's first UK number 1 single.

On 10th May 1970, the song received the 'Special Award for Originality' at the 15th Ivor Novello Awards (presented by the Songwriters Guild of Great Britain).





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10th July 2024

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2025 OFFICIAL BOWIE A3 CALENDAR
10th July 2024

2025 Official David Bowie Calendar 2025 Official David Bowie Calendar Available to pre-order now is the 2025 Official DAVID BOWIE A3 sized Calendar published by Danilo Promotions Ltd.

Published on 1st September, this A3 sized calendar features photographs by Mick Rock, Steve Schapiro, Greg Gorman and Terry O'Neill.

Each month features incredible and vibrant images of the legendary star David Bowie throughout his career.

The large monthly date panels that are featured in this wall calendar have plenty of room for all of your 2025 plans.

© 2024 The David Bowie Archive ®
Under license to Perryscope Productions, LLC/Epic Rights.
Front cover image: photo © Steve Schapiro.


HAPPY 8th BIRTHDAY TO STENTON
10th July 2024

Happy 8th Birthday wishes to STENTON DAVID JONES have a fabulous day!


BOWIE'S BACK ON ORICON
6th July 2024

The latest DAVID BOWIE release Rock 'n' Roll Star! has finally entered the ORICON Official Weekly Album Ranking chart in Japan after the third week, placed at #46.

In Oricon's Official Rock Album chart, it entered at #12, then dropped out of the top 20, and this week has climbed back into the top 10, with its highest place of #9.

In Oricon's Official Western Music Album chart, it entered at #18, then dropped out of the top 30, and this week climbed back into the top 20, with its highest place of #15.

You can view all known chart placings so far in the BW Special Features section.


ALL THE DAYS OF MY LIFE...
6th July 2024

On this day, 15 years ago, DAVID BOWIE VH1 Storytellers album was released in 2009...

Happy 84th Birthday wishes to DENIS 'TEA-CUP' TAYLOR, lead guitarist of The Lower Third.

Formed in Margate, Kent in 1963, they were originally known as 'Oliver Twist And The Lower Third'. The original line-up consisted of Denis Taylor (lead guitar), Les Mighall (drums) and Graham Rivens (bass guitar). The Lower Third held auditions at La Discotheque in Soho, London and Davie Jones, along with his alto saxophone gets the position. He joined the band in April 1965 and the new line-up became: Davie Jones (vocals, tenor & alto saxophone), Denis 'Tea-Cup' Taylor (lead guitar), Graham Rivens (bass guitar), Les Mighall (drums) along with Neil Anderson who performed occasional vocals. Two months later Phil Lancaster replaced Les Mighall on drums...

On this day, 52 years ago, DAVID BOWIE's performance of 'Starman' was broadcast on Top Of The Pops in 1972...




BOWIE'S BACK ON BILLBOARD
3rd July 2024

DAVID BOWIE is back in the US Billboard charts this week with the latest release Rock 'n' Roll Star!.

He has entered three different charts on the initial week of release with healthy positions, namely:

USA Top Current Album Sales - #22
USA Top Album Sales - #27
USA Indie Store Album Sales - #15

Hugh McIntyre reporting for Forbes stated: 'According to Luminate, the box set sold just under 4,000 copies in the first few days it was available. That's a sizable sum, considering the project was made available for well over $100.'

Elsewhere, around the world, after some good initial first week placements, only three countries have second week placements: France (Physical) - #91, Spain (Vinyl) - #62 and UK (Sales) #100, UK (Physical) - #92.

His compilation album 'Legacy' is still hanging on in the official Irish and UK Album Charts, Ireland - #97 (total 396 weeks) and UK - #70 (total 397 weeks).

Once again in Greece, who do things their way, Bowie's 'Station To Station' re-enters their official album chart at #41 and 'Low' at #57.


ZIGGY'S LAST STAND
3rd July 2024

On this day, 51 years ago, DAVID BOWIE laid to rest his persona 'Ziggy Stardust' / 'Aladdin Sane' and retired from live concert performing.

At the time, the majority of fans didn't realise it was Ziggy and not David himself announcing on stage the now legendary statement from the Hammersmith Odeon:

"Everybody... this has been... one of the greatest tours of our life we really... at first I'd like to thank the band... I'd like to thank our road crew and I'd like to thank our lighting people. Er, of all of the shows on this tour, this, this particular show will remain with us the longest because... not only is it... not only is it the last show of the tour, but it's the last show that we'll ever do. Thank you."


ALL THE DAYS OF MY LIFE...
3rd July 2024

On this day, 22 years ago, DAVID BOWIE performed at the Quart Festival at Odderøya, Kristiansand in Norway in 2002...

On this day, 28 years ago, DAVID BOWIE performed at Ha-Yarkron Park, Tel-Aviv, Israel in 1996...

On this day, 35 years ago, TIN MACHINE performed at The Forum, Livingston, Scotland in 1989...

On this day, 36 years ago, DAVID BOWIE performed at Parc Départemental de la Courneuve, Paris, France during his Glass Spider World Tour in 1987...

On this day, 41 years ago, DAVID BOWIE performed the last of three sold-out dates at the Milton Keynes Bowl, Buckinghamshire, England during his Serious Moonlight Tour '83. This venue was a former clay-pit, filled in and raised to form an amphitheatre which holds a capacity of 65,000 peoploids...

On this day, 50 years ago, DAVID BOWIE performed at Seminole Jai-Alai Fronton in Casselberry, Orlando, Florida, USA during The Year of The Diamond Dogs tour in 1974...

On this day, 51 years ago, (and into the next morning till 5am) DAVID BOWIE held an after-show party (commonly known as 'The Last Supper') at the Café Royal, on Regent Street, London, England in 1973...

On this day, 58 years ago, DAVID BOWIE & THE BUZZ performed at the Marquee Club, in Wardour Street, Soho, London, England in 1966...

Happy Birthday wishes to guitarist STACY HEYDON...


QUIZZIN' FOR BLUE JEAN!
1st July 2024

QUIZZIN' FOR BLUE JEAN!
A DAVID BOWIE QUIZ NIGHT HOSTED BY NICHOLAS PEGG
WITH SPECIAL GUESTS AND LIVE MUSIC

Royal Vauxhall Tavern, 372 Kennington Lane, London SE11 5HY
Wednesday, 25th September 2024
Doors open 7:00pm / Quiz begins 7.45pm

Pit your wits against the author of The Complete David Bowie!


Charity David Bowie Quiz Night In recent years, NICHOLAS PEGG's fiendishly tricky DAVID BOWIE trivia quizzes have become the stuff of legend at events as far afield as Liverpool, Dublin and New York - and now, for the first time, Nick is bringing a brand new quiz to London, for a full evening of Bowie-themed entertainment at the famous Royal Vauxhall Tavern.

All proceeds are in aid of the Terrence Higgins Trust, the UK's leading HIV charity.

As well as the quiz there will be a charity raffle of Bowie memorabilia, plus chat and live music from our very special guests, Bowie alumni EVE FERRET (Absolute Beginners, Jazzin' For Blue Jean) and KEVIN ARMSTRONG (Absolute Beginners, Live Aid, Tin Machine and much more).

Doors open at 7:00pm, and the quizzing begins at 7:45pm.

Live music after the quiz. The Royal Vauxhall Tavern is open until midnight.

So get a team together, and prepare to put your Bowie knowledge to the ultimate test!

Admission is £10 per person. Book your tickets now at: outsavvy.com/event/20800


DAVID BOWIE 1967 DELUXE EDITIONS
1st July 2024

The 1967 debut album by DAVID BOWIE is to be re-released later this month in three Deluxe Editions Double Green Vinyl and Audio 2-CD on 26th July.

There is also a Decca Records Store Exclusive Deluxe Edition in Cream/Green Swirl Vinyl.


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David Bowie's groundbreaking debut album is set for a vibrant revival with a reissue on both CD and coloured vinyl, boasting exclusive tracklists to tantalize fans old and new.

Critics of the time commented; with the NME praising Bowie's fresh sound as "all very refreshing" and hailing him as "a very promising talent." Melody Maker lauds the album as "a singularly rewarding collection" with "excellent" production, while expressing surprise that Bowie hadn't yet made a bigger impact on the pop scene. Meanwhile, Disc & Music Echo raves about the album, describing it as "a remarkable, creative debut album by a 19-year-old Londoner" and declaring Bowie as "a new talent that deserves attention."

With such illuminating reviews, this reissue promises to reignite Bowie's early legacy and introduce his visionary artistry to a new generation of listeners.

The 2-CD tracklisting runs as follows:

DISC: 1
01. Uncle Arthur
02. Sell Me A Coat
03. Rubber Band
04. Love You Till Tuesday
05. There Is A Happy Land
06. We Are Hungry Men
07. When I Live My Dream
08. Little Bombardier
09. Silly Boy Blue
10. Come and Buy My Toys
11. Join The Gang
12. She's Got Medals
13. Maid Of Bond Street
14. Please Mr. Gravedigger

DISC: 2
01. Rubber Band (Single Version)
02. The London Boys
03. The Laughing Gnome
04. The Gospel According To Tony Day (Mono)
05. Love You Till Tuesday (Single Version)
06. Did You Ever Have A Dream
07. When I Live My Dream (Single Version) (Mono)
08. Let Me Sleep Beside You
09. Karma Man
10. In the Heat Of The Morning
11. London Bye, Ta Ta
12. When I'm Five
13. Ching Ching A-Ling
14. The Laughing Gnome (Vocal Take 1/mix 1)
15. Sell Me A Coat (Remix) (Mono)
16. Space Oddity (Love You Till Tuesday Version)

You can pre-order the Green Vinyl Double LP and Audio 2-CD now!


DAVID BOWIE WONDERWORLD FB GROUP
1st July 2024

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

Feel free to join in with the other 96,400 plus members, add yourself and invite your Bowie fan friends. You never know what might get posted, or who you might meet...


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2025 OFFICIAL BOWIE CALENDAR
1st July 2024

2025 Official David Bowie Calendar 2025 Official David Bowie Calendar Available to pre-order now is the 2025 Official DAVID BOWIE Collector's Edition Calendar published by Danilo Promotions Ltd.

Published on 1st September, this square calendar comes in a record sleeve style cover and is inspired by David Bowie's album 'Hunky Dory'.

Each month includes imagery from 1971. There is plenty of space on the monthly date panels to write your notes and appointments for 2025.

© 2024 The David Bowie Archive ®
Under license to Perryscope Productions, LLC/Epic Rights.
Photography by Brian Ward.

Also available to pre-order now is the A3 sized 2025 OFFICIAL CALENDAR DAVID BOWIE featuring photographs by Mick Rock, Steve Schapiro, Greg Gorman and Terry O'Neill.


REMINDERS: UPCOMING BOWIE RELEASES and EVENTS...
JULY 2024

DAVID BOWIE: THE COLLECTOR by NICK SMART, paperback, 244-pages - to be published on 21st November - more details

DAVID BOWIE: ROCK 'N' ROLL CHAMELEON by MARTIN POPOFF, hardcover and Kindle, 208-pages - to be published on 3rd October - more details

A CHARITY DAVID BOWIE QUIZ NIGHT, hosted by NICHOLAS PEGG, with special guests and live music on 25th September at Royal Vauxhall Tavern, 372 Kennington Lane, London SE11 5HY. Doors open 7:00pm. Quiz begins 7.45pm - more details

COLLABORATION: DAVID BOWIE 1991-2007 by FRANK OCKENFELS3, hardcover, 256-pages - to be published on 9th September - more details

First ever Dolby Atmos spatial audio version of THE RISE AND FALL OF ZIGGY STARDUST AND THE SPIDERS FROM MARS (Blu-ray Audio) to be released on 6th September - more details

2025 OFFICIAL CALENDAR DAVID BOWIE Collector's Edition - to be published on 1st September - more details

2025 OFFICIAL CALENDAR DAVID BOWIE - A3 size, to be published on 1st September - more details

THE DAVID BOWIE WORLD FAN CONVENTION 2024 in Liverpool on 26th-28th July - tickets on sale now via bowieconvention.com

Debut album by DAVID BOWIE to be released in Deluxe Editions of Green Vinyl and Audio 2-CD on 26th July - there is also a Decca Records Store Exclusive Deluxe Edition in Cream and Green Swirl Vinyl - more details


DAVID BOWIE - ROCK 'N' ROLL STAR! 5CD and Blu-ray Book set - released on 14th June - more details - [25% discount on a limited time deal]

DAVID BOWIE - ROCK 'N' ROLL STAR! 1LP Half-Speed Master alternative takes and mixes - released on 14th June - more details - [25% discount on a limited time deal]

BOWIE ODYSSEY 74 by SIMON GODDARD, limited edition hardcover, 192-pages - published on 11th June - more details

Memoir I WAS THERE: Dispatches from a Life in Rock and Roll by ALAN EDWARDS, hardcover and Kindle, 320-pages - published on 6th June - 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 40 years ago, once they've gone, they've gone!


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