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'DAVID BOWIE IS' WATCH PARTY
21st January 2022

If you missed the 'DAVID BOWIE IS' WATCH PARTY on the Official David Bowie YouTube channel last night you can still catch up.

The 7:18-minute watch party featured talking contributions from: DAVE GROHL, RICKY GERVAIS and YUNGBLUD.




OPR: DAVID BOWIE RAINBOWMAN 1967-1980
19th January 2022

OFFICIAL PRESS RELEASE:
MONORAY TO PUBLISH DEFINITIVE WORK ON DAVID BOWIE'S MUSIC, 1967-1980


MONORAY (part of the Octopus Publishing Group) has announced today that it will publish DAVID BOWIE RAINBOWMAN 1967-1980, by JÉRÔME SOLIGNY, a meticulously detailed history of the moments that shaped Bowie's musical career told by the people who were actually 'in the room' with him.

David Bowie Rainbowman 1967-1980 by Jerome Soligny The book will be released on 8th September 2022 - the year of the 50th anniversary of the release of 'The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stardust And The Spiders From Mars'. Published in France in 2019 as the first of two volumes, it is appearing now in English for the very first time.

This uniquely exhaustive work on Bowie's 1967-1980 albums draws on over 150 extensive interviews with some of the most significant people in David Bowie's life - the musicians, producers and friends who knew Bowie best, including Ken Scott, Hermione Farthingale, Lou Reed, Iggy Pop, George Underwood, Mick Ronson, Carlos Alomar, Trevor Bolder, Mike Garson, Woody Woodmansey and many, many others.

Hermione Farthingale calls it 'a book unlike any other, the definitive analysis of David's music, told in a quiet natural way, but with absolute authenticity, by the people around him'.

Tony Visconti says 'Jérôme Soligny is one of the best authorities in the world of David Bowie's career and life in general... His new biography Rainbowman is a thorough and honest account of the great man'. According to Tony Visconti, Jérôme Soligny was David Bowie's favourite French journalist and over 25 years, he spent time getting to know the artist and his fellow musicians.

With an essay by Soligny on each album, followed by oral histories from the most trusted and influential figures in Bowie's musical life, David Bowie Rainbowman: 1967-1980 is the definitive guide to the musical development of a singular and mercurial genius - the Rainbowman himself.

The essential book is completed by a foreword by Tony Visconti and an introduction by Mike Garson, with a cover photo by Mick Rock, and an iconic cover design by Barnbrook.

Jérôme Soligny is a musician, writer and journalist based in Le Havre, France. Over the course of 25 years, Jérôme spoke with Bowie many times, and interviewed him on numerous occasions for Rock&Folk magazine. He was presented with the Chevalier des Arts et Lettres by Tony Visconti in 2019 and is described by Bryan Ferry as 'one of the great French authorities on contemporary music'.

Jake Lingwood, Publisher said "Rainbowman is a staggering work that is already absolutely essential for Bowie fans who can read French. It's now such a thrill to bring this to English speaking readers around the world for the very first time. Just a word of warning though - it's HUGE, clocking in at almost 300,000 words, so you might want to book some reading time off work in September 2022 when the book is released!"

Jérôme Soligny said "It's an honour and privilege for me to realise that Rainbowman is going to be published in English, the language of rock music and also David Bowie's. The whole project took five years of my life, but as my closest friend say 'There was 40 years of passion before this'. I hope the true lovers of David's music will be as happy to read the book as I've been to write it. Sure, Rainbowman is a heavy brick of paper full of information but also a tribute to musicians and music people - famous and those who stayed in the shadow - who helped David craft his songs and albums. Funnily enough, it's a musician who brought me to Monoray and no, it can't be chance. Some things are written in the stars."

David Bowie Rainbowman 1967-1980, by Jérôme Soligny, will be published on September 8th and is available to pre-order NOW!

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HOLY HOLY 2022 UK SHOWS
18th January 2022

HOLY HOLY rescheduled 'Best Of Bowie' UK tour takes place in March.

Holy Holy 2022 UK Tour 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 nine special shows with Visconti on bass. One of the world's most celebrated producers, Visconti played on Bowie's first two records and went on to produce ten of David's albums throughout his career. Drummer Woody performed and recorded with Bowie during his Ziggy Stardust era. 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.

If you were lucky enough to catch these accomplished musicians on tour as Holy Holy, you will know that Visconti, Woody and Glenn really bring the magic of Bowie to life, with an intoxicating mix of adoration and respect for their old friend and fellow band member. The delivery of these songs effortlessly capture Bowie's spirit and audiences are positively enraptured!

Holy Holy UK Tour March 2022
       Birmingham - 2nd March
       Cambridge - 4th March
       York - 5th March
       Glasgow - 6th March
       Liverpool - 7th March
       Aylesbury - 9th March
       Bath - 11th March
       Cardiff - 12th March
       London - 13th March

Tickets for all shows are available via premier.ticketek.co.uk

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


AN EVENING WITH JOHN CAMBRIDGE
17th January 2022

Bowie, Cambo & All the Hype by John Cambridge Taking place next month is BOWIE, CAMBO & ALL THE HYPE - An Evening with John 'Cambo' Cambridge by Walthamstow Rock 'n' Roll Book Club.

About this event: Bowie, Cambo & All the Hype traces the extraordinary and pivotal friendship between David Bowie and drummer John Cambridge, from the time when Bowie made his first major career breakthrough in 1969 to his death from cancer in 2016.

Drummer, musician and friend John 'Cambo' Cambridge lived with Bowie at Haddon Hall when he had his first hit record 'Space Oddity' and toured with him in Junior's Eyes. He was there for him at many key moments - when Bowie lost his father, passed his driving test, played his first Glam Rock gig with Hype, even acting as best man when Bowie married Angela Barnett in 1970. And if John had not persuaded his former Rats colleague Mick Ronson to join Bowie in February 1970, there might never have been a Ziggy Stardust or the stellar career which followed.

At this special evening with John Cambridge, the author of Bowie, Cambo & All The Hype, we get a backstage pass to key people and events during those crucial early years and will hear, up close and in person, the heartfelt stories of this unique friendship.

John will be in conversation with Garry Burnett and will share with us some rare and special memorabilia.

Venue: William The Fourth, 816 High Road, Leyton, London, E10 6AE.
Date: 21st February at 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm GMT.

Tickets for this event are on sale now via eventbrite.com


MAINMAN - PODCAST #49
17th January 2022

MainMan website Over on the MAINMAN website: Podcast episode #49 is now available...

You can listen to the forty-ninth podcast now - in this episode MainMan founder TONY DEFRIES recalls the embryonic Ziggy Stardust period 50 years ago.

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.

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


TOY HITS THE CHARTS
17th January 2022

David Bowie Toy:Box DAVID BOWIE's latest released album Toy:Box entered the UK Official Album Chart Top 100 on Friday at #5.

Besides the new box set, two other Bowie albums also featured: Legacy at #19 and Hunky Dory at #31.

In the UK Official Vinyl Albums Chart Top 40, Hunky Dory hit #1 followed by Toy:Box at #2, as well as The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and The Spiders From Mars #18 and Legacy at #22.

In the UK Official Vinyl Singles Chart Top 40, the Morrissey/Bowie release Cosmic Dancer is at #22.

Update: Announced worldwide so far, Toy:Box entered the charts in the following positions: Netherlands #4, Switzerland #7, Belgium #8 (V), Belgium #5 (W), Norway #17, Ireland #18, Scotland #2, Italy #21, Italy (Vinyl) #13, Sweden #28, Sweden (Vinyl) #1, Germany #3, Finland #10, Finland (Vinyl) #1, France #12, Denmark (Vinyl) #4, Spain #13, Spain (Vinyl) #18, Japan #80, Japan (Rock) #9, Austria #4, Hungary #14.


STEVE SCHAPIRO - REST IN PEACE
16th January 2022

Incredibly sad news to read that legendary photographer STEVE SCHAPIRO has passed away on Saturday, aged 87.

Steve's photographic career is legendary and historic. He covered the civil rights movement and shot iconic portraits of Muhammad Ali, Barbra Streisand, Andy Warhol, Truman Capote, DAVID BOWIE and many other luminaries during his long career.

Of the 1974 shoot with David Bowie, Steve told Associated Press, 'I didn't know what to expect with Bowie. I anticipated he was going to be flamboyant and that he would come with a big entourage. Bowie was quite spiritual and very serious. We had set up lights at nine in the morning and he finally came at four in the afternoon. He immediately borrowed a cropped neck shirt from one of my assistants and went into the dressing room. He came back 20 minutes later and he had painted white stripes on the shirt, his pants and I think he had even painted his toes white. He started making these circles and drawings on the background paper and on the background paper on the floor he drew a diagram of the tree of life, a Kabbalah diagram. He was very, very serious and I think that shoot was trying out different characterisations to see which [one] might be another personae he could take on. The interesting thing in terms of the stripes, which is the cover of my [2016] Bowie book is that he only used an outfit like that one other time, which was in his last video (Lazarus). So, it's a very spiritual thing. The day he wore it with me he was in a very spiritual mood during the Kabbalah images. Then, of course, he was very spiritual just before he knew he was going to die.'

Further reading: hollywoodreporter.com

Steve Schapiro (16th November 1934 - 15th January 2022) - rest in peace.


ALBUMTOALBUM: REEVES GABRELS
14th January 2022

The latest episode from DAVID BOWIE: ALBUMTOALBUM is now available for your listening pleasure via your favourite streaming device.

This episode #24 features part one of REEVES GABRELS talking with Arsalan Mohammad. In this, the first of an epic conversation about life, music, art, noise, haircuts, farts, Tin Machine, Buck Owens, Mick Ronson, Mick Jagger - oh, yes and more Tin Machine, legendary guitarist, composer and performer Reeves Gabrels joins Arsalan for a wonderfully random chat that charts our hero's early years, his career as a lawn-mower, wedding-party guitarist par excellence right up to meeting the man with whom he would spend the next ten years as a co-writer, guitarist, performer and friend.



From audioboom.com.


DAY IN, DAY OUT
14th January 2022

On this day, 45 years ago, DAVID BOWIE released his Low album. Recorded in France at Chateau d'Herouville studios, located in the Val d'Oise département near Paris. 'New Music: Night And Day' was the original title and initial RCA Canadian cassette tapes made it onto the market with that title printed on the tape before quickly being pulled. The advertising blurb for the album release stated: 'Two sides of Bowie you've never heard before.'...

On this day, 48 years ago, DAVID BOWIE was photographed by Kate Simon at Olympic Studios, 117 Church Road, Barnes, West London SW13 9HL in 1974. On this particular day, he records 'Rock & With Me', 'Candidate' and 'Big Brother'...

On this day, 56 years ago, 'Can't Help Thinking About Me' was the first solo release from DAVID BOWIE after changing his stage name. Released on the Pye label (Pye 7N 17020) it was backed by 'And I Say To Myself', both tracks were produced by Tony Hatch...

On this day, 57 years ago, DAVID JONES & The Manish Boys audition for Rocky River Promotions at the London Palladium for possible bookings at the Star-Club in Hamburg. Unfortunately, they don't receive an offer to perform there...


RS PODCAST: STATION TO STATION
13th January 2022

Well worth listening to is the latest episode of the ROLLING STONE podcast 'Rolling Stone's 500 Greatest Albums', where DAVID BOWIE's 1976 masterpiece album Station To Station is discussed.

Featuring David Bowie, Cameron Crowe, Carlos Alomar, Earl Slick, Roy Bittan, Harry Maslin and Glenn Hughes...



From rollingstone.com website.


AND THE BITS FLEW FAR AND WIDE...
12th January 2022

It looks like DAVID BOWIE's new album Toy will make an impact on the official UK chart on Friday, according to the mid-week chart information it is currently placed at #2...

ROGER TAYLOR interviewed by Stephen Dalton for CLASSIC ROCK and talkinga bout DAVID BOWIE states: "I did a version with him of Criminal World, which wasn't very good, actually," Taylor says, laughing. "I think we had probably had too much to drink. Then he did another version that came out on Let's Dance... Hmmm, I don't think we did anything else. It's all a bit hazy. No, nothing that I can remember, anyway. Mind you, I do keep hearing things that I've forgotten we did. I would have loved to have done more with David, because I found him a joy and a delight and an extraordinary person." - [Read here]...

In the 2021 End of Year Album Charts, DAVID BOWIE's Legacy was positioned at #42 in UK and #36 in Ireland...

LULU is interviewed by VARIETY where she remembers Sidney Poitier (rest in peace) and working with DAVID BOWIE - [Read here]...

There are only twelve days left to catch the Rock 'N' Roll With Me Bowie/MacCormack 1973-76 exhibition at the Brighton Museum and Art Gallery. The exhibition closes on Sunday 23rd January - [More details]. Note: there are still a few Bowie/MacCormack exhibition souvenirs available in the museum shop, namely, notebook, B2 exhibition poster and tote bag. Every purchase you make supports the work of the Royal Pavilion & Museums Trust, helping to preserve Brighton & Hove's heritage for future generations...

Well worth reading is an article over on MUSIC WEEK by Andrew Paine entitled: 'DAVID BOWIE's Toy story: How Warner Music finally released the rock icon's lost album'. In the article, questions are directed to Tom Gallacher, Rhino/Warner Music director, who gives some interesting background information and insights into what is planned for this year - [Read here]...


SPECIAL BOWIE SCREENING AT SAG HARBOR
12th January 2022

Ziggy Stardust at Sag Harbor Cinema In New York, at the SAG HARBOR CINEMA there is to be a special 35mm screening of Ziggy Stardust and The Spiders From Mars on Sunday 16th January.

The screening is followed by a Q&A with filmmakers Chris Hegedus, Frazer Pennebaker, Nick Doob and Founding Artistic Director, Giulia D'Agnolo Vallan.

As worldwide celebrations mark what would have been DAVID BOWIE's 75th birthday (January 8th), Sag Harbor Cinema hosts a rare screening of Ziggy Stardust and The Spiders From Mars, D.A. Pennebaker's film of David Bowie's legendary final performance as Ziggy Stardust, held at the Hammersmith Odeon on July 3, 1973.

Part of the yearlong retrospective created by the Cinema to celebrate the work of D.A. Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus, the special screening will offer the audience an exclusive opportunity to see the film in a 35mm print from the filmmakers' personal collection.

David Bowie's final electrifying performance as Ziggy Stardust in 1973 at London's Hammersmith Odeon Theatre. The feature length film captures the aura surrounding one of the most unusual stars of the contemporary music scene.

Framed by a smattering of behind-the-scenes footage, the bulk of the film concerns the actual concert, notable as the final time that Bowie would perform under the Ziggy Stardust persona, an announcement that, at the time, led many fans to mistakenly believe Bowie was retiring altogether.

Venue: 90 Main Street, Sag Harbor 11963, New York.
Website: sagharborcinema.org


IN MEMORY OF DAVID
10th January 2022

David Bowie forever


       This way or no way
       You know, I'll be free
       Just like that bluebird
       Now ain't that just like me



"FANCY HAVING A BLEEDIN' WAX MUSEUM..."
9th January 2022

MADAME TUSSAUD's in London have announced they will be honouring DAVID BOWIE with a second waxwork figure.

The new statue will be unveiled in London at their Baker Street venue in their brand new music zone section in March 2022.




SPECIAL BIRTHDAY MEMORIES FOR DAVID
8th January 2022

In loving memory on your 75th birthday dear David.

Forever and always in our thoughts x



OTHER BIRTHDAY WISHES FOR TODAY...
8th January 2022

Besides our DAVID, other famous and well known people also born on the 8th January include the following...

Elvis Presley (singer/actor), Ron Moody (actor), Larry Storch (actor/comedian), Soupy Sales (aka Milton Hinkes) (comedian and father of Tony and Hunt Sales of Tin Machine), Graham Chapman (comedian), Charles Osgood (CBS TV newsman/host/author), Shirley Bassey (singer), Cristy Lane (singer), William Henry Hartnell (actor, the first Doctor Who), Robby Krieger (musician), R. Kelly (singer), Mike Reno (singer), Noah Cyrus (singer), Paul Dresher (composer), Paul King (musician), Jeff Abercrombie (musician), Terry Sylvester (musician), Paul Hester (musician), Stephen Hawking (professor, astrophysicist, author), Amanda Burton (actress), Gil Grand (musician), Ami Dolenz (actress), Amber Benson (actress), Yvette Mimieux (actress), Thelma 'Butterfly' McQueen (actress), Simone De Beauvoir (writer), Evelyn Wood (reading teacher), Gypsy Rose Lee (burlesque entertainer), Bill Graham (concert promoter), Wilkie Collins (author), Frank Doubleday (publisher), Sir Frank Dyson (scientist), Lee Jackson (musician), Vladimir Feltsman (Russian pianist), Little Anthony aka Anthony Gourdine (singer), Ted McDougall (footballer), Michael Ridley (cricketer), Harriet Sansom Harris (actress), Sean Paul (musician), Karen Poole (musician), Jenny Lewis (actress), Richard Cromwell (actor), Jose Ferrer (actor/director), Sam Riley (actor), Ryan Frances (actor), Roy Kinnear (actor), John McTiernan (director), Scott Whyte (actor), Sander Vanocur (broadcaster), Joan Rivers (comedian), Maria Pitillo (actress), Sarah Polley (actress), Loretta Lee (actress), Gabby Hoffman (actress), Maria Pitillo (actress), Brad Snyder (shot putter), Kent Jones (golfer), Virgil Hill (boxer), Vyacheslav Dmitriyevich Zudov (USSR cosmonaut), Terry Brooks (author), Antai Ribari (composer), Serge Poliakoff (Russian/French painter/guitarist), Queen Marie of Yugoslavia, Bronislava Nijinska (ballet choreographer), Storm Jameson (novelist), Frank Nelson Doubleday (publisher), William Wallace Gilchrist (composer), Fannie M. Jackson (pioneer and educator), Lawrence Alma Tadema (Dutch/British painter), David Silva (footballer), Tom Watson (English politician), Nicolas Coustou (French sculptor) and Henry V (Roman German king/emperor).


BOWIEWONDERWORLD IS 25 TODAY
8th January 2022

Little Wonderworld Today is also BowieWonderworld's birthday - now twenty-five years online!

Thank you to everyone who helps support the site - it is appreciated more than you'll ever know :)

For those not aware, this web site was first set up as a 50th birthday present for David.

It started life as Little Wonder, then Little Wonderworld on Virgin Net Freespace. The website name was taken from the name of his secret gig at the Hanover Grand, London back in 1997.

I originally wanted the website name BowieWorld, but David and Ultrastar also wanted that name for a special virtual 3D chatroom BowieWorld he was about to launch. I obviously gave in and promised not to register it, and let them do their thing.

They never registered that domain name as it became part of Worlds.com in the end (and neither did I, keeping my promise). Eventually a Bowie fan in New Zealand did register it and put up some fan pages.

I patiently waited for the bowieworld.com site to close, and for the domain name to become available again and then claimed it in 2012.

I don't know why I registered it, I've done nothing with it yet. Let's just put it down to sentimental reasons.


BOWIE+HYPE AT ATOMIC SUNRISE
7th January 2022

Heads up... streaming soon is Atomic Sunrise Festival featuring DAVID BOWIE+HYPE, Genesis and Hawkwind filmed at The Roundhouse in London on 9th-15th March 1970.


Atomic Sunrise Festival  Atomic Sunrise Festival


Bookmark atomicsunrise1970.com

Check out and follow @atomicsunrisefestival on Instagram for updates.


TOY:BOX RELEASED TODAY!
7th January 2022

Released today is DAVID BOWIE TOY:BOX which is available as a three CD set and six 10" Vinyl formats.

David Bowie Toy:Box CD David Bowie Toy:Box TOY:BOX is a special edition of the unreleased TOY album. The 'capture the moment' approach of the recording sessions are extended to the sleeve artwork designed by Bowie featuring a photo of him as a baby with a contemporary face. The package also contains a 16-page full-colour book featuring previously unseen photographs by Frank Ockenfels 3. TOY was recorded following David's Glastonbury 2000 performance. Bowie entered the studio with his band to record new interpretations of songs he'd first recorded from 1964-1971. The plan was to record the album 'old school' with the band playing live, choose the best takes and then release it as soon as humanly possible. Unfortunately, in 2001 the concept of the 'surprise drop' album release and the technology to support it were still quite a few years off, making it impossible to release TOY at the time.

Included in TOY:BOX is a second CD/set of 10"s of alternative mixes and versions including proposed B-Sides (versions of David's debut single 'Liza Jane' and 1967's 'In The Heat Of The Morning'), later mixes by Tony Visconti and the 'Tibet Version' of 'Silly Boy Blue' recorded at The Looking Glass Studio at the time of the 2001 Tibet House show in New York featuring Philip Glass on piano and Moby on guitar.

The third CD/set of 10"s features 'Unplugged & Somewhat Slightly Electric' mixes of thirteen TOY tracks. Producer Mark Plati "While we were recording the basic tracks Earl Slick suggested that he and I overdub acoustic guitars on all the songs. He said this was a Keith Richards' trick, sometimes these guitars would be a featured part of the track, and at other times they'd be more subliminal. Later while mixing, David heard one of the songs broken down to just vocals and acoustic guitars; this gave him the idea that we ought to do some stripped-down mixes like that and that maybe one day they'd be useful. Once we put a couple of other elements in the pot, it felt like it could be a completely different record. I was only too happy to finish that thought some two decades after the fact."

The Toy:Box 3-CD and Toy:Box six-10" Vinyl are both available to purchase now!

Also released today is the Hunky Dory Limited Edition 50th Anniversary Vinyl Picture Disc which can also be purchased now.


HE'S THE SHADOW MAN
6th January 2022

Check out the official DAVID BOWIE lyric video for Shadow Man (Unplugged & Somewhat Slightly Electric Mix).

Tomorrow (7th January) sees the next streaming single release on ISO Records via Parlophone - 'Shadow Man (Unplugged & Somewhat Slightly Electric Mix)' / 'Shadow Man (Early Version)' TOY 2 (TOY 2A).





OPR: SHADOW MAN
6th January 2022

OFFICIAL PRESS RELEASE: "SHADOW MAN (UNPLUGGED & SOMEWHAT SLIGHTLY ELECTRIC MIX)"

AVAILABLE FROM 7th JANUARY AS STREAMING SINGLE ON ISO RECORDS VIA PARLOPHONE

PREVIOUSLY UNRELEASED B-SIDE "SHADOW MAN (EARLY VERSION)" EXCLUSIVE TO THIS SINGLE

A-SIDE TAKEN FROM TOY (TOY:BOX) 3CD & 6 x 10" VINYL BOXSET AVAILABLE FROM 7th JANUARY ON ISO RECORDS VIA PARLOPHONE


ISO Records/Parlophone Records are proud to announce the release of SHADOW MAN (UNPLUGGED & SOMEWHAT SLIGHTLY ELECTRIC MIX), which is a stripped-down mix of a re-recording of a song David Bowie initially recorded in late 1970. SHADOW MAN appears on the album TOY, which features in the DAVID BOWIE 5. BRILLIANT ADVENTURE (1992-2001) boxset and the Unplugged & Somewhat Slightly Electric Mix is on CD3/10" #2 in the TOY (TOY:BOX) boxsets which are both available from 7th January.

The 'unplugged' studio recording is coupled with an early studio demo version recorded in the closing months of 1970 - not recorded during the Ziggy Stardust album sessions as often stated, and is exclusive to this single.

Bowie initially recorded SHADOW MAN in late 1970, once more in Autumn 1971 and then thirty years later for the legendary 'lost' album TOY. The song finally saw the light of day in 2002 on singles from the album HEATHEN and again on the NOTHING HAS CHANGED compilation in 2014.

TOY was recorded following David's triumphant Glastonbury 2000 performance. Bowie entered the studio with his band, Mark Plati, Sterling Campbell, Gail Ann Dorsey, Earl Slick, Mike Garson, Holly Palmer and Emm Gryner, to record new interpretations of songs he'd first recorded from 1964-1971. David planned to record the album 'old school' with the band playing live, choose the best takes and then release it as soon as humanly possible in a remarkably prescient manner. Unfortunately, in 2001 the concept of the 'surprise drop' album release and the technology to support it were still quite a few years off, making it impossible to release TOY, as the album was now named, out to fans as instantly as David wanted. In the interim, David did what he did best; he moved on to something new, which began with a handful of new songs from the same sessions and ultimately became the album HEATHEN, released in 2002 and now acknowledged as one of his finest moments.

The third CD/set of 10"s features 'Unplugged & Somewhat Slightly Electric' mixes of thirteen TOY tracks. Producer Mark Plati: "While we were recording the basic tracks Earl Slick suggested that he and I overdub acoustic guitars on all the songs. He said this was a Keith Richards' trick, sometimes these guitars would be a featured part of the track, and at other times they'd be more subliminal. Later while mixing, David heard one of the songs broken down to just vocals and acoustic guitars; this gave him the idea that we ought to do some stripped-down mixes like that and that maybe one day they'd be useful."

Available in 3CD or 6x10" vinyl formats, TOY (TOY:BOX) is a special edition of the TOY album. The 'capture the moment' approach of the recording sessions are extended to the sleeve artwork designed by Bowie featuring a photo of him as a baby with a contemporary face. The package also contains a 16-page full-colour book featuring previously unseen photographs by Frank Ockenfels 3.

Included in TOY:BOX is a second CD/set of 10"s of alternative mixes and versions including proposed B-Sides (versions of David's debut single 'Liza Jane' and 1967's 'In The Heat Of The Morning'), later mixes by Tony Visconti and the 'Tibet Version' of 'Silly Boy Blue' recorded at The Looking Glass Studio at the time of the 2001 Tibet House show in New York featuring Philip Glass on piano and Moby on guitar. The third CD/set of 10"s features the aforementioned 'Unplugged & Somewhat Slightly Electric' mixes of thirteen TOY tracks.


TAKE A QUICK BUTCHERS...
5th January 2022

Free-to-enter DAVID BOWIE Birthday Celebration Sweepstakes - ends 31st January. Three winners will each receive: David Bowie Brilliant Adventure (1992-2001) Box Set / David Bowie TOY:BOX Box Set / Hunky Dory 50th Anniversary Edition / Bowie Limited Edition Stylophone / A $100 gift card to the David Bowie Official Store - [More details]...

Cute piece on the TIMES UNION newspaper website by John Barry entitled: 'Golden Years: Remembering DAVID BOWIE's time in the Catskills' - [Read here]...

The 7th annual DAVID BOWIE 'Cabaret vs Cancer' charity art and collectibles auction goes live tomorrow on Thursday 6th January. For more details and bidding please visit [jumblebee.co.uk/bowie22]...

Nice article in THE COURIER by Murray Chalmers entitled: 'DAVID BOWIE wrote to me and changed my life forever' - [Read here]...


BOWIE ON TV AND RADIO
5th January 2022

There's plenty of DAVID BOWIE upcoming programmes on TV and radio to celebrate his 75th birthday.

A few of the highlights include:

6th January:
David Bowie in Conversation with Andy Peebles, BBC 6 Music, UK, 1.00 GMT

7th January:
Mary Anne Hobbs (Bowie Special), BBC 6 Music, UK, 10.30 GMT
Sounds of the Seventies, features Bowie, BBC Four, UK, 19.00 GMT
Screenshot: Bowie Special, BBC Radio 4, FM and Longwave, UK, 19.15 GMT
David Bowie: Five Years documentary, BBC Four, UK, 22.50 GMT

8th January:
TOTP2 David Bowie Special, BBC Four, UK, 00.20 GMT
David Bowie and the Story of Ziggy Stardust, BBC Two, 22.10 GMT
Bowie Birthday Tribute, MTV Classic, UK, 8.00 GMT
David Bowie at Glastonbury 2000, BBC Two, UK, 23.10 GMT
David Bowie: The Last Five Years, HBO, USA, 11.00am ET
Pride Weekend: David Bowie, MTV, Germany, 22.00 CET

Check out the rest of the listings in the BW Planner.


I'LL MAKE YOU A DEAL
3rd January 2022

DAVID BOWIE Estate Sells His Publishing Catalogue to Warner Chappell - Variety exclusive.

After months of negotiations, David Bowie's estate has sold the singer's formidable publishing catalogue to Warner Chappell Music for a price upwards of $250 million, sources confirm to Variety. The catalogue spans six decades.

The agreement comprises songs from the 26 David Bowie studio albums released during his lifetime, as well as the posthumous studio album release, 'Toy', which comes out on Friday. It also includes the two studio albums from Tin Machine, along with tracks released as singles from soundtracks and other projects.

The deal brings nearly all of Bowie's music into the Warner system. Last September, the estate announced a global partnership with Warner Music that will bring the late artist's vast recorded-music catalogue from 1968 through 2016 under the company's umbrella; the deal includes Bowie's albums from 2000 through 2016, which were originally released via Sony Music. News that Bowie's estate was in negotiations to sell his publishing was broken by Financial Times in October.

The announcement comes amid the 'Bowie 75' celebration, surrounding the late singer's 75th birthday on Saturday, January 8th. The campaign also includes pop-up stores in New York and London and the release in November of the 'Brilliant Adventure (1992-2001)' boxed set and, on Friday, his previously unreleased 'Toy' album, comprising re-recorded versions of relatively obscure songs dating from early in his career; while that album is available as part of the boxed set, it will be released separately on Friday.

In a statement confirming the news on Monday, Warner Chappell Music Co-Chair and CEO Guy Moot said: "All of us at Warner Chappell are immensely proud that the David Bowie estate has chosen us to be the caretakers of one of the most groundbreaking, influential, and enduring catalogues in music history. These are not only extraordinary songs, but milestones that have changed the course of modern music forever. Bowie's vision and creative genius drove him to push the envelope, lyrically and musically - writing songs that challenged convention, changed the conversation, and have become part of the canon of global culture. His work spanned massive pop hits and experimental adventures that have inspired millions of fans and countless innovators, not only in music, but across all the arts, fashion, and media. We are looking forward to tending his unparalleled body of songs with passion and care as we strive to build on the legacy of this most extraordinary human being."

"I'd like to thank everyone involved with making this wonderful deal happen," Moot continued, "including Bill Zysblat, Tom Cyrana, and the entire Bowie team at RZO, attorney Allen Grubman and firm, as well as our very own 'Team Bowie' made up of Warner Chappell colleagues Alice Aleksandrovich, Steve Butler, Michael LoBiondo, and David Woirhaye."

WCM Co-Chair and COO Carianne Marshall noted: "This fantastic pact with the David Bowie estate opens up a universe of opportunities to take his extraordinary music into dynamic new places. This isn't merely a catalogue, but a living, breathing collection of timeless songs that are as powerful and resonant today as they were when they were first written. We were pleased that the estate felt that Warner Chappell has the knowledge, experience, and resources to take the reins and continue to promote a collection of this stature. All of our global leaders and departments are incredibly excited and primed to get to work with these brilliant songs across multiple avenues and platforms. And with both sides of WMG now representing Bowie's career, we couldn't be better set up to represent this illustrious body of work."

On behalf of the David Bowie Estate and RZO, Allen Grubman added: "We are truly gratified that David Bowie's body of music will now be in the capable hands of Warner Chappell Music Publishing. We are sure they will cherish it and take care of it with the greatest level of dignity."

Bowie, who died of cancer in January of 2016, was fastidious about maintaining control of his work and regularly snapped up stray recordings and other items from his career whenever they became available. While his estate owns his catalogue from 1968 forward, his earliest officially released material - a string of singles and one self-titled 1967 album, all of which are vastly inferior to his classic work - is outside of the Warner deal, although ironically, many of the songs from that era appear in new versions on 'Toy'.

You can read the whole article by Jem Aswad on the Variety website.


TAKE A QUICK BUTCHERS...
1st January 2022

To celebrate DAVID BOWIE's 75th birthday on 8th January... his friends and relatives are marking the occasion by holding A BOWIE CELEBRATION. The livestreaming event via RollingLiveStudios.com will feature Def Leppard, Simon Le Bon, John Taylor, Living Colour, Gary Oldman, Rob Thomas, Walk The Moon, Jake Wesley Rogers, and a special appearance by Ricky Gervais. The backing band will lead by longtime Bowie keyboardist Mike Garson and feature fellow Bowie veterans Earl Slick, Charlie Sexton, Alan Childs, Steve Elson, Mark Guiliana, Omar Hakim, Stan Harrison, Tim Lefebvre, Gerry Leonard, and Carmine Rojas. Guest singers will include Gail Ann Dorsey, Bernard Fowler, Judith Hill, Gaby Moreno, Gretchen Parlato and Joe Sumner - [Read here]...

BOWIE: STARMAN AND THE SILVER SCREEN - The British Film Institute will kick off 2022 with a season celebrating actor and performer David Bowie's seventy-fifth birthday; whether bit-part or starring role, David Bowie was always magnetic on screen. Bowie: Starman and the Silver Screen will feature screenings of titles including: The Man Who Fell To Earth (Nicolas Roeg, 1976), Merry Christmas, Mr. Lawrence (Nagisa Oshima, 1983), Absolute Beginners (Julien Temple, 1986), Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me (David Lynch, 1992), Labyrinth (Jim Henson, 1986) and many more. As a composer, innovator and concept artist, Bowie's fascination for film fed an insatiable creative drive, which the season will also explore via a selection of titles that influenced the eclectic artist - from 2001: A Space Odyssey, The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari, Un Chien Andalou, A Clockwork Orange, Metropolis and Taxi Driver. Venue: BFI Southbank, Belvedere Road, Bishop's, London SE1 8XT - More details...


TOY:BOX RELEASED NEXT WEEK!
1st January 2022

Released next week is DAVID BOWIE TOY:BOX which is available as a three CD set and six 10" Vinyl formats, on Friday 7th January.

David Bowie Toy:Box CD David Bowie Toy:Box TOY:BOX is a special edition of the unreleased TOY album. The 'capture the moment' approach of the recording sessions are extended to the sleeve artwork designed by Bowie featuring a photo of him as a baby with a contemporary face. The package also contains a 16-page full-colour book featuring previously unseen photographs by Frank Ockenfels 3. TOY was recorded following David's Glastonbury 2000 performance. Bowie entered the studio with his band to record new interpretations of songs he'd first recorded from 1964-1971. The plan was to record the album 'old school' with the band playing live, choose the best takes and then release it as soon as humanly possible. Unfortunately, in 2001 the concept of the 'surprise drop' album release and the technology to support it were still quite a few years off, making it impossible to release TOY at the time.

Included in TOY:BOX is a second CD/set of 10"s of alternative mixes and versions including proposed B-Sides (versions of David's debut single 'Liza Jane' and 1967's 'In The Heat Of The Morning'), later mixes by Tony Visconti and the 'Tibet Version' of 'Silly Boy Blue' recorded at The Looking Glass Studio at the time of the 2001 Tibet House show in New York featuring Philip Glass on piano and Moby on guitar.

The third CD/set of 10"s features 'Unplugged & Somewhat Slightly Electric' mixes of thirteen TOY tracks. Producer Mark Plati "While we were recording the basic tracks Earl Slick suggested that he and I overdub acoustic guitars on all the songs. He said this was a Keith Richards' trick, sometimes these guitars would be a featured part of the track, and at other times they'd be more subliminal. Later while mixing, David heard one of the songs broken down to just vocals and acoustic guitars; this gave him the idea that we ought to do some stripped-down mixes like that and that maybe one day they'd be useful. Once we put a couple of other elements in the pot, it felt like it could be a completely different record. I was only too happy to finish that thought some two decades after the fact."

The tracklisting runs as follows:

TOY

Disc: 1
01. I Dig Everything
02. You've Got A Habit Of Leaving
03. The London Boys
04. Karma Man
05. Conversation Piece
06. Shadow Man
07. Let Me Sleep Beside You
08. Hole In The Ground
09. Baby Loves That Way
10. Can't Help Thinking About Me
11. Silly Boy Blue
12. Toy (Your Turn To Drive)

Produced by David Bowie and Mark Plati. Engineered by Pete Keppler. Mixed by Mark Plati. Assisted by Hector Castillo, Steve Mazur and Todd Parker. Recorded at Sear Sound, The Looking Glass and Alice's Restaurant in New York City, Summer 2000.


Disc: 2
01. Liza Jane (Alternative Mix)
02. You've Got A Habit of Leaving (Alternative Mix) [2021 Remaster]
03. Baby Loves That Way (Alternative Mix) [2021 Remaster]
04. Can't Help Thinking About Me (Alternative Mix)
05. I Dig Everything (Alternative Mix)
06. The London Boys (Alternative Version)
07. Silly Boy Blue (Tibet Version)
08. Let Me Sleep Beside You (Alternative Mix) [2021 Remaster]
09. In The Heat Of The Morning (Alternative Mix)
10. Conversation Piece (Alternative Mix) [2021 Remaster]
11. Hole In The Ground (Alternative Mix)
12. Shadow Man (Alternative Mix) [2021 Remaster]
13. Toy (Your Turn To Drive) [Alternative Mix] [2021 Remix]

Produced by David Bowie and Mark Plati, except 'The London Boys' additional production by Tony Visconti.
'Silly Boy Blue' (Tibet version) Produced by David Bowie and Tony Visconti.
Engineered by Pete Keppler at Sear Sound, assisted by Todd Parker.
Engineered by Mark Plati at Alice's Restaurant.
Recorded at Sear Sound, The Looking Glass and Alice's Restaurant in New York City, Summer 2000.
Except 'Silly Boy Blue' (Tibet version) recorded at The Looking Glass, 2001.
Mixed by Tony Visconti, assisted by Darren S. Moore at the Manhattan Center, early 2001.
Except 'Liza Jane' and 'In The Heat Of The Morning' mixed by Mark Plati, assisted by Hector Castillo at The Looking Glass.


Disc: 3
01. In The Heat Of The Morning [Unplugged & Somewhat Slightly Electric Mix]
02. I Dig Everything [Unplugged & Somewhat Slightly Electric Mix]
03. You've Got A Habit of Leaving [Unplugged & Somewhat Slightly Electric Mix]
04. The London Boys [Unplugged & Somewhat Slightly Electric Mix]
05. Karma Man [Unplugged & Somewhat Slightly Electric Mix]
06. Conversation Piece [Unplugged & Somewhat Slightly Electric Mix]
07. Shadow Man [Unplugged & Somewhat Slightly Electric Mix]
08. Let Me Sleep Beside You [Unplugged & Somewhat Slightly Electric Mix]
09. Hole In The Ground [Unplugged & Somewhat Slightly Electric Mix]
10. Baby Loves That Way [Unplugged & Somewhat Slightly Electric Mix]
11. Can't Help Thinking About Me [Unplugged & Somewhat Slightly Electric Mix]
12. Silly Boy Blue [Unplugged & Somewhat Slightly Electric Mix]
13. Toy (Your Turn To Drive) [Unplugged & Somewhat Slightly Electric Mix]

Produced by David Bowie and Mark Plati.
Engineered by Pete Keppler.
Mixed by Mark Plati, assisted by Hector Castillo, Steve Mazur and Todd Parker.
Recorded at Sear Sound, The Looking Glass and Alice's Restaurant in New York City, Summer 2000.
All songs written by David Bowie except 'Liza Jane' written by Leslie Conn.

The Toy:Box 3-CD and Toy:Box six-10" Vinyl are both available to pre-order now!


Also released on 7th January, is the Hunky Dory Limited Edition 50th Anniversary Vinyl Picture Disc which can be pre-ordered now.


BW FACEBOOK GROUP
1st January 2022

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

Feel free to join in with the other 60.6K plus members, add yourself and invite your friends. You never know what might get posted...


David Bowie Wonderworld Group



GERMAN BOWIE STAMP & COLLECTORS' PACKAGES
1st January 2022

Germany are releasing a special edition DAVID BOWIE 75th birthday postage stamp this Monday 3rd January.

The 85 cent stamp features a Greg Gorman photograph printed on a coated white and fluorescent postage stamp paper.

Size/format 55.00 x 30.00 mm / Assembly of tens sheet size: 130 x 170 mm.

There are also two limited special edition DHL packages. The boxes are ONLY be available for purchase in the Deutsche Post shop. Both packsets are limited to 5,000 pieces - [medium package] and [small package].


Germany David Bowie birthday stamp


You can read and download the official Deutsche Post pdf press release [READ HERE].

For more details and purchasing visit deutschepost.de - the stamp will be available in post offices, in the online shop or by calling the Deutsche Post ordering service.


HAPPY NEW YEAR 2022
1st January 2022

Happy New Year 2022

HAPPY NEW YEAR 2022 TO EVERYONE, EVERYWHERE

May all your wishes and hopes come true in this new year.

Be safe, keep well, have fun and be kind.

Love on ya! from Paul (aka Rednik)




REMINDERS: UPCOMING BOWIE RELEASES and EVENTS...
JANUARY 2022

DAVID BOWIE RAINBOWMAN 1967-1980 by JÉRÔME SOLIGNY, (ENGLISH VERSION), hardback, 704-pages, published on 8th September - more details

DAVID BOWIE WORLD FAN CONVENTION 2022 takes place in Liverpool over three days next year on 17th/18th/19th June. Some weekend tickets still available, once gone they WILL NOT be adding more - more details

DAVID BOWIE - ALL THE SONGS: The Story Behind Every Track by BENOÎT CLERC, hardcover, 624-pages, published on 14th April - more details

HOLY HOLY UK Tour 2022 gigs in Birmingham (2nd), Cambridge (4th), York (5th), Glasgow (6th), Liverpool (7th), Aylesbury (9th), Bath (11th), Cardiff (12th), London (13th). Tickets for all shows available via premier.ticketek.co.uk

BLACKSTAR THEORY: The Last Works of David Bowie by LEAH KARDOS, hardcover and paperback, 224-pages, published on 10th February - 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. Runs till 23rd January. Open Tuesday-Sunday 10am-5pm. Closed Mondays except Bank Holidays. Tickets are on sale at more details


DAVID BOWIE - TOY:BOX, 3-CD set and six 10" vinyl formats to be released 7th January - more details

HUNKY DORY Limited Edition 50th Anniversary Vinyl Picture Disc, released on 7th January - more details

BLACKSTAR THEORY: The Last Works of David Bowie by LEAH KARDOS, Kindle Edition, 323-pages, published on 16th December - more details

DAVID BOWIE - BRILLIANT ADVENTURE (1992 - 2001) available in 18-LP Vinyl and 11-CD box sets, released on 26th November - 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 38 years ago, once they've gone, they've gone!


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