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22nd January 2012

As you are aware DAVID BOWIE appears on the February front cover of US magazine ROLLING STONE with the artwork created by illustrator TIM O'BRIEN. You can read Tim's blog where he details his thought processes through the various stages of this work project. It's well worth reading this excellent article and his other beautiful Bowie illustrations - [Read here]...

From one DAVID BOWIE book author to another... DAVID BUCKLEY interviews PETER DOGGETT about his recent book 'The Man Who Sold The World'. You can read the whole interview on his website @ david-buckley.com - over the next few months, David hope to add new and old interviews to his site...

DAVID BOWIE tribute band ALADDINSANE are performing at the Palace Theatre, Station Road, Southend-on-Sea, England on Friday 27th January. Tickets are available here...

Italian DAVID BOWIE tribute band MR. ZIGGY AND THE GLASS SPIDERS are to perform at Boogie Club, Rome Italy on Friday 27th January at 22:30 until 00:30 - [More details]...

17th January 2012

Rolling Stone magazine February 2012 DAVID BOWIE graces the front cover of next months issue of ROLLING STONE magazine in the USA.

Their February 2012 publication cover blurb states: The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust: How David Bowie Changed The World'.

The magazine (issue 1449) hits the shelves on Friday, 20th January.

Update: In the new issue of Rolling Stone, contributing editor Mikal Gilmore examines how David Bowie was really just trying to hold on to his sanity while he made rock and roll safe for glitter gods and space oddities.

In 1975 during the release of Young Americas, Bowie developed an obsession with cocaine and it took him into frenzy, delusion and terror. He moved to Los Angeles and continued to disintegrate, staying up for days without sleep, sustaining himself on a diet of milk, peppers and cocaine, studying occult literature and practices.

In late 1976, Bowie moved to West Berlin with his friend Iggy Pop. For a time the retreat only relocated Bowie's troubles. He became a heavy drinker and threw up in alleys at night. He also became intrigued by Third Reich history and Nazi mythology. The worst moment came in 1976, when Bowie arrived in an open-top convertible at London's Victoria Station and was photographed giving what some people wrongly thought was a Nazi salute.

The full article appears in the new issue of Rolling Stone on newsstands Friday. Read the online excerpt.

If you are outside of US, I'm told that several outlets in the UK and Europe stock the US edition including Asda, Tesco's, major record outlets, all major train stations and airports. Most stockists have the magazine the following week.

Updated info from Beth Furtwangler (Publicity Assistant).

17th January 2012

There is an important collection of music photographs to be sold at Dreweatt's Clifton auction room on behalf of Amnesty International.

Three DAVID BOWIE photographs up for grabs in a forthcoming auction in Bristol at DREWEATTS.

The 'Collectors Sale' takes place on Tuesday 24th January at 10:30 am at Bristol Auction Rooms, St. John's Place, Apsley Road, Clifton, Bristol BS8 2ST.

View days: 21st January 9.30am - 1.00pm, 23rd January 9.30am - 6.00pm, Morning of sale from 9.00am.

Lot 164: DAVID BOWIE. A colour full-length portrait photograph, showing the artist in a domestic utility room in Bangkok, Thailand, 1983, by Denis O'Regan, mounted but unframed, overall 56cm x 75cm (image 41cm x 61cm; date of print unknown). Guide Price: £80-£100.

Lot 165: DAVID BOWIE. A colour half-length portrait photograph, showing the artist performing on stage at the Net Aid Concert, Wembley Stadium, 9th October 1999, by Mick Hutson, mounted but unframed, overall 61cm x 72cm (image 39cm x 49.5cm). Guide Price: £60-£80.

Lot 166: DAVID BOWIE. A colour half-length portrait photograph, showing the artist performing on stage at the Phoenix Festival, 18th July 1996, by Mick Hutson, mounted but unframed, overall 72cm x 61cm (image 49cm x 39cm; date of print unknown). Guide Price: £60-£80.

Lot 164 David Bowie    Lot 165 David Bowie    Lot 166 David Bowie

You can view the full online catalogue @ dnfa.com website.

Colin Richardson from Books for Amnesty Bristol, who knew David back in the '60s, said: "As the bookshop runs entirely on donations, it was particularly exciting to receive such a magnanimous one from David Redfern. This is a rare opportunity to buy some very sought after photographs by one of the most important music photographers of our time. We are hopeful that most, if not all, of the lots will sell, as the estimates are a fraction of their true value."

All proceeds from the donated lots will go to the human rights organisation, Amnesty International UK

From Colin Richardson (Books for Amnesty Bristol).

17th January 2012

There is a Columbia UK 12 track promotional test pressing CD doing the rounds, supposedly sent out to both the press and the media.

DAVID BOWIE and DANA GILLESPIE - Trident Studios London UK - 1971

The tracklisting runs as follows:

       01. Oh! You Pretty Things (3:12)
       02. Eight Line Poem (2:55)
       03. Kooks (2:58)
       04. It Ain't Easy (3:01)
       05. Queen Bitch (3:17)
       06. Quicksand (5:07)
       07. Bombers - Andy Warhol Intro (3:30)
       08. Mother Don't Be Frightened (4:15)
       09. Andy Warhol (2:44)
       10. Never Knew (3:32)
       11. All Cut Up On You (3:23)
       12. Lavender Hill (3:22)

This obviously is taken from the original release vinyl GEM BOWPROMO 1A-1 / BOWPROMO 1B1. No word yet if it is a possible genuine release in the near future, but don't hold your breath. I'm pretty sure that it isn't genuine.

16th January 2012

PAUL WELLER and his wife Hannah have become parents to twin boys on Saturday 14th January. They have named their sons BOWIE and JOHN PAUL...

There are only 75 tickets remaining for the upcoming DB512 - THE 2012 UK DAVID BOWIE CONVENTION which will be held at Holy Moly's @ Esquires in Bedford, England on Saturday 25th February - if you intend on going please act now, otherwise you won't get in! See below for full details...

The Sensational DAVID BOWIE Tribute Band perform at Electric Circus, 36-39 Market Street, Edinburgh, Midlothian EH1 1DF Scotland on Saturday 28th January. Tel 0131 226 4224. Over 18's. Starts 7pm. Tickets £7 - [More details]...

Next month on Friday 19th February there's a tribute night for DAVID BOWIE and IGGY POP in Melbourne. 'Life on Mars' is taking place at the Bell Tavern, 1645 Burwood Highway, Belgrave, Melbourne, Australia. Free entry. 3 hour show - [More details]...

US comedian JIMMY FALLON has merged NFL star Tim Tebow, the Denver Broncos quarterback with DAVID BOWIE to create 'Tebowie' and performed a comedy song based on Space Oddity which was performed on his NBC show - [View here]...

14th January 2012

David with The Lower Third Back in 1966, forty-six years ago this very day, saw DAVID JONES release his first ever single 'Can't Help Thinking About Me' as 'DAVID BOWIE with The Lower Third', backed with 'And I Say To Myself'.

David with The Lower Third Released on the Pye label (Pye 7N 17020) in the United Kingdom , the single reached number 34 in the Melody Maker chart and peaked at number 14 on 20th February in the Radio London Fabulous Forty chart.

The musicians on the single were: David Bowie: vocals/tambourine, Dennis Taylor: guitar, Graham Rivens: bass and Phil Lancaster: drums. The producer was Tony Hatch.

Four months later the single was released in the USA on the Warner Brothers label (WB 5815). Later the same year, the track appeared on the Pye compilation album 'Hitmakers Volume 4' (Pye NPL 18144), which marks the first track on an album by 'David Bowie'.

David said of the song during an interview for Melody Maker on 26th February 1966... "Several of the younger teenagers' programmes wouldn't play 'Can't Helping Thinking About Me', because it is about leaving home. The number relates several incidents in every teenager's life - and leaving home is something which always comes up."

Japanese release 1972 Japanese release 1972 Six years later in October 1972, the song was re-released as an EP in the United Kingdom (Pye 7NX.8002) and New Zealand (Pye 7NX 8002).

Also the same month, saw the Japanese 7" single released, backed with 'I'm Not Losing Sleep' (Pye/Teichiku UP-408-Y).

Spanish release 1973 The following year in March 1973, saw a 7" release in Spain (Pye 11.603) backed with 'I Dig Everything', complete with as you can see a rather nice picture sleeve.

June 1978 saw a Canadian-only 7" release on the Pye blue label backed with 'Do Anything You Say' (7N8002), there then follows a list as long as your aunty's left arm of compilations, reissues and repackages containing the track.

In more recent times, David re-recorded a newer version of this song - which was first performed live again during the VH1 StoryTellers show - as well as his Roseland Ballroom 1999 gig in New York City.

Something for the trivia anoraks out there, he actually performed a snippet of this song in San Francisco during his 1997 Earthling world tour.

14th January 2012

Please consider visiting the ALISON HALE Velindre Rose Tribute Fund @ justgiving.com/AlisonHale and donating something to the memory of Alison Ina Hale.

All money raised goes directly to the Velindre Cancer Centre in Wales.

Alison's funeral service will be take place at Shaftesbury Methodist Church in Malpas Road, Newport, Wales on Monday, 23rd January at 12 noon.

This will be followed by internment at St Woolo's Cemetery, Newport at around 1pm.

Following that, and with huge thanks to Sam, everybody is invited back to Le Pub in Caxton Place to celebrate her life to a soundtrack of her favourite songs.

Flowers, if desired, may be sent to Michael G. Ryan Sons and Daughters Ltd, Funeral Directors, 106-108 Malpas Road, Newport, NP20 5PL.

From AndyB.

9th January 2012

Michael T, Benjamin Ickies, Shien Lee, Twig the Wonderkid, and Laura Rebel Angel present Oh! You Pretty Things: David Bowie + Elvis Presley Birthday Bash on Sunday January 15th Martin Luther King Weekend.

Oh! You Pretty Things is proud to present a birthday bacchanalia for rock's two greatest Capricorns Elvis Presley and David Bowie, This Ambitious Orchestra along with Michael T and the Vanities perform larger-than-life arrangements of hit songs from their catalogue with Formika and Queen V as your emcees for this Vegas-style three ring circus.

OH! YOU PRETTY THINGS : DAVID BOWIE + ELVIS PRESLEY BIRTHDAY BASH The spectacular stage show also features a tribute to the King by Eddie Clendening and the Blue Ribbon Boys from the Broadway hit 'Million Dollar Quartet' plus an exciting cast of guest singers including Lady Circus, Hickry Hawkins, Corey Tut, Rob Roth, Saphin and many more, along with burlesque by The Flying Fox and Brewster while DJs Twig the Wonderkid, Rockin' Daddy-O, and James David spin rock n roll, rockabilly, and glam-rock all night.

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From Twig the Wonderkid

8th January 2012

ROLLING STONE have created a DAVID BOWIE trivia online quiz. 'How Well do you know your Bowie?' Take the simple 16-part [test here]...

If you're in Ireland, anywhere near Cork City, Pat Conway, owner of The Pavilion, has had a DAVID BOWIE night for the last couple of years since taking over. Great old music venue in Cork City. To celebrate Bowie hitting the rare old age of 65 Jim X Comet presents a night of film and music. Firstly a screening from Jim's film vaults (upstairs) followed by a live band (downstairs bar) doing Bowie choons all night long. Starts at 8pm and admission is free. The Pav is located just off Patrick Street, on Carey's Lane, in Cork's Huguenot Quarter - [Read here]...

Nice double page DAVID BOWIE spread in The Sunday Mirror newspaper today...

An extensive reappraisal of DAVID BOWIE's 'Black Tie, White Noise' album has been written by Daniel Kalder for The Dabbler, the UK's leading culture blog. You might find it interesting - [Read here]...

8th January 2012

It is incredibly sad news to report that ALISON HALE passed away yesterday :(

Alison was a mere forty-two years of age. She was a really wonderful girl and will be sadly missed by many, many DAVID BOWIE fans worldwide.

Sending our love and heart felt condolences to Alison's family and all her friends - she was one of the nicest people I've ever met.

Sleep well Alicat, we will all miss you - love Paul x

Please consider visiting the Alison Hale Velindre Rose Tribute Fund @ justgiving.com/AlisonHale and donating something to the memory of Alison Ina Hale. All money raised goes directly to the Velindre Cancer Centre in Wales.

Alison's funeral service will be take place at Shaftesbury Methodist Church in Malpas Road, Newport, Wales on Monday, 23rd January. This will be followed by burial at St Woolo's Cemetery, Newport. Times are not yet set, but I believe the service will be at noon with burial to follow at 1pm.

Following that, and with huge thanks to Sam, everybody is invited back to Le Pub in Caxton Place to celebrate her life to a soundtrack of her favourite songs.

Flowers, if desired, may be sent to Michael G Ryan Sons and Daughters Ltd, Funeral Directors, 106-108 Malpas Road, Newport, NP20 5PL.

8th January 2012

As DAVID BOWIE celebrates his 65th birthday, Mancunian artist ED CHAPMAN has specially designed a David Bowie mosaic in honour.

See below for various links to news reports and blogs from around the world relating to David's birthday...

The Telegraph: 'David Bowie fans call for comeback tour as star reaches 65' - [Read here]
Gigwise: 'Happy 65th Birthday David Bowie: The Legend In Photos' - [Read here]
The Mirror: 'David Bowie's 65 birthday: 65 crazy facts and bizarre myths' - [Read here]
This Is Fake DIY: 'Me and Mr Jones: Happy Birthday Bowie, 65 Golden Years' - [Read here]
WN Music: 'Happy 65th to David Bowie' - [Read here]
The Mirror: 'I'm still stalking Bowie at 65, he played the soundtrack of my youth' - [Read here]
Betty Confidential: 'Heroes: A Playlist for David Bowie on his 65th Birthday' - [Read here]
The Mirror: 'David Bowie 65th birthday: 65 iconic images of the ever-changing star' - [Read here]
The Mirror: 'David Bowie set in stone as tile mosaic to celebrate his 65th birthday' - [Read here]

Check out the excellent birthday tribute to David below by ghostgem102...

Happy 65th Birthday David 8th January 2012

To David
Wishing you a very happy birthday - have an absolutely wonderful day

Best wishes and love from
everyone here at Wonderworld xxx

8th January 2012

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

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), 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), Nicolas Coustou (French sculptor) and Henry V (Roman German king/emperor).

It's also BowieWonderworld's birthday - now fifteen years online! Thanks to everyone who supports the site - it is really appreciated :)

6th January 2012

Some 25 years ago, DAVID BOWIE famously turned to a group of goblins and quizzically stated, "You remind me of the babe - The babe with the power!" If comic publisher ARCHAIA has anything to say about it, we may finally learn what on earth he was talking about.

Over the course of the next 12 months, Archaia editor-in-chief STEPHEN CHRISTY will have his hands full overseeing a long-rumoured graphic novel based on Jim Henson's classic fantasy film LABYRINTH. "We can say it's a prequel," he says with understandable excitement. "It's the story of how Jareth is brought into the Labyrinth for the first time. So, it doesn't deal with Sarah, it doesn't deal with Toby or anything like that."

Fans of the 1986 film will recall that Labyrinth centered around the imaginative and introverted Sarah Williams, as portrayed by Jennifer Connelly in one of her earliest roles. Harboring animosity towards her young half-brother, Toby, Sarah called on Jareth the Goblin King to take her crying sibling far away. The film revealed nothing about the King's origins, however, leaving the door wide open for Archaia to explore the character further.

"It's a very tragic story that is the opposite of Sarah's, which has triumph at the end," Christy explains. "It's a prequel, so we know what happens in the movie. We know how it's going to end: Jareth is going to be the Goblin King - so we're showing how he's pulled into the Labyrinth for the first time. It's going to be cool. We're switching up the dynamic of it, but what we're doing is completely true to the spirit of the original."

Since signing a deal in 2009 with The Jim Henson Company, Archaia has adapted several of their properties for comics overseen by illustrator BRIAN FROUD. Having worked alongside Jim Henson to design and realize the unique creatures and environments seen in both Crystal and Labyrinth, Froud is a key ingredient in the mix, and will be "doing all the character designs and all the covers and conceptualising and everything. It's going to be spectacular."

Of course, since music also a played such a large role in the movie, Christy is hoping to see songs integrated into the graphic novel as well. "I don't know if this will work out," he cautions, "but I want to do songs where they're songs being sung (by characters) and we show the notes on the page, so you can actually play along." Which only begs the question: will these be David Bowie songs? "We're talking," he says with a smile. "The budget to get Bowie to do one song would be the budget of all the books, but we're talking to him to at least get his blessing or maybe an introduction or something."

"He also has likeness approval," Christy clarifies, an important fact given that the (as-of-yet-unannounced) artist on the book will be "drawing Jareth like a young David Bowie." The character would be Sarah's age or a little older during the course of the story. "He's kind of a punk in his own way. We're huge fans so we know that if we're getting excited, other fans will."

"I hope that Jim would be happy to see how a whole generation grew up with this movie," he says, reflecting on the film's cult following. "Labyrinth was a big deal to a lot of people. It was one of those movies that stays with you from your childhood. We can probably count on two hands the movies that really affected us when we were kids, and I think for a lot of people Labyrinth was one of them."

Look for Archaia's Labyrinth prequel graphic novel to be released sometime in late 2012.

You can read the whole article by James Gartler over at excellent shelf-life.ew.com website.

6th January 2012

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4th January 2012

Help pick the Ultimate DAVID BOWIE Playlist for his 65th birthday with BBC 6 MUSIC...

As you may have read below 'Now Playing @6Music' on BBC 6 Music this Friday between 7:00 and 9:00 pm (GMT) are putting a special show together to honour David Bowie turning 65 and they want your input.

Full information is on their blog but essentially they want fans to pick their favourite Bowie tracks, collaborations he was involved with, artists who inspired him and people he inspired to make an awesome show celebrating the great man.

Their Facebook page is facebook.com/nowplaying6music and they also have a Spotify playlist that you can suggest tracks on.

Whatever you do, if you're a Bowie fan make sure you're tuned in to Now Playing on BBC 6 Music this Friday from 7pm.

From Will (Producer).

Update: The programme broadcast the following David Bowie Playlist:

       David Bowie - Let's Dance
       Manic Street Preachers - A Design For Life
       Frankie Rose - Know Me
       David Bowie - Queen Bitch
       Mott The Hoople - All The Young Dudes
       The Pretty Things - Don't Bring Me Down
       Placebo - Without You I'm Nothing (featuring David Bowie)
       Bruce Springsteen - Hard to be a Saint in the City
       David Bowie - Helden
       Pixies - Catctus
       Simple Minds - Chelsea Girl
       David Bowie - The Bewlay Brothers
       Iggy Pop - Nightclubbing
       Flight of the Conchords - Bowie
       David Bowie - Moonage Daydream
       Arcade Fire - Wake Up
       David Bowie - The Laughing Gnome
       David Bowie - Starman

(Ed. It was really refreshing to hear some of the more obscure tracks being played on the radio for once! Well done BBC 6 Music).

3rd January 2012

BBC TWO had its strongest Wednesday night in over a month largely thanks to Top of the Pops 2. The Christmas special, featuring previously lost footage of DAVID BOWIE performing 'The Jean Genie', pulled in an average of 2.56m (11.2%) between 7.30pm and 9pm. Between 8.30pm and 9pm, BBC Two overtook BBC One as TOTP2 peaked with 2.94m (12.7%) compared to The Impressions Show's 2.68m (11.5%) - (thanks to Ant for the pointer)...

The Sensational DAVID BOWIE Bowie Tribute Band are to perform on Saturday 28th January at Electric Circus, 36-39 Market Street, Edinburgh, Midlothian EH1 1DF, Scotland. Tel: 0131 226 4224. Over 18's. Starts 7pm. Tickets £7 - [More details]...

Check out a previously unseen photograph of DAVID BOWIE found in photographer HERB RITTS archives - [View here] - (thanks to TinToy for the pointer)...

DAVID BOWIE is the inspiration for another fashion spread photo feature, this time it is DAPHNE GUINNESS photographed by Bryan Adams. The spread appears in the latest German VOGUE magazine - [Read here]...

DAVID BOWIE tribute act SPACE ODDITY - David Brighton's Tribute are performing on Saturday 28th April at the Admiral Theatre, Pacific Avenue, Bremerton, WA 98337, USA at 8pm - [More details]...

2nd January 2012

To celebrate DAVID BOWIE's upcoming birthday there is a myriad of BBC radio and tv programmes being broadcast throughout this week.

On the radio tonight is 'Inspirational Bowie' with Mark Radcliffe presenting on BBC Radio 2, followed by BBC 6 Music who are rebroadcasting the six episodes of 'Golden Years - The David Bowie Story' at midnight each night starting from tomorrow. Then on the 8th January BBC 6 Music go Bowie crazy with nearly every programme dedicated throughout the day.

2nd January
Inspirational Bowie Mark Radcliffe presents, BBC Radio 2, UK, 22:00 GMT.
As David Bowie's 65th birthday approaches [Sunday 8th January], Radio 2 revisits this celebration of the iconic popstar. Mark Radcliffe hears from performers who have been inspired by Bowie and his music, including Boy George, Peter Hook, Marc Almond, Annie Lennox, Debbie Harry, Guy Garvey, Jarvis Cocker and Ricky Gervais. Throughout his impressive career Bowie has embraced new ideas, changing visually and musically. The programme begins with Ziggy Stardust's explosion onto the pop landscape; before covering Bowie's relocation to California and the transformation which led to his Young Americans album. It also considers how Bowie ignored the punk movement and created his own twilight world with three impressive albums in Berlin; and time is devoted to Bowie's move into acting, including The Man Who Fell To Earth and Ricky Gervais' Extras. Inspirational Bowie first broadcast in January 2007 and has been updated to reflect the singer's latest milestone. Producer John Sugar. (57 minutes).

3rd January (start of 6 episodes at midnight each night).
Golden Years - The David Bowie Story, Episode 1/6, BBC 6 Music, Radio, UK, 00:00am GMT.
As part of 6 Music's celebration of David Bowie's 65th birthday, there's another chance to hear Mark Goodier's documentary exploring an extraordinary career. Bowie reflects on his early career and recordings, with contributions from producers Gus Dudgeon and Ken Scott and pianists Mike Garson and Rick Wakeman. First broadcast in 2000. (30 minutes).

5th January
David Bowie In Concert, Jo Whiley presents, BBC Radio Two, UK, 20:00 GMT.
To mark David Bowie's 65th birthday on Sunday 8th January, Jo Whiley presents David Bowie In Concert, an archive gig recorded for the BBC. Producer Bequi Sheehan. (87 minutes).

6th January
Happy Birthday Bowie Now Playing @6Music, BBC 6 Music, Radio, UK, 19:00 GMT.
Now Playing celebrates David Bowie's birthday with a listener led playlist inspired by the Thin White Duke. One of the most influential figures in music, David Bowie has excited, inspired, baffled and bewildered his fans in equal measure over his remarkable four decade career. Displaying a chameleon like talent for reinvention, Bowie has experimented with every musical genre imaginable, from pop and rock via electronica, jazz and even drum 'n' bass. Cited as an influence on every major rock musician over the last 20 years, Bowie's talismanic presence has cast a vast shadow over popular music. His musical silence since 2004's Reality LP only adds to his mystique. As he celebrates his 65th birthday on 8 January, Now Playing doffs its cap to everything Bowie related, asking the 6 Music audience to curate a playlist of tracks related to the Thin White Duke, from influences, influencees, collaborators and conspirators alongside B-sides, rarities and defining moments. (120 minutes).

6th January
Top of the Pops 1977: Big Hits features Bowie (I'm guessing "Heroes" live), BBC Four, UK, 10:35pm GMT.
The Old Grey Whistle Test: 70s Gold features Bowie 1972, BBC Four, UK, 11:35pm GMT.

7th January
6 Music Classic Concert: David Bowie, London 2000, BBC 6 Music, UK, 2:00am GMT.
Marking David Bowie's 65th birthday with concert he recorded at the BBC Radio Theatre in London in 2000 - including Wild is the Wind, Ashes to Ashes and The Man Who Sold the World. (60 minutes).

8th January
The Live Music Hour: David Bowie and Tin Machine Phoenix Festival, 1972 session, Tin Machine, BBC 6 Music, UK, 4:00am GMT.
Continuing to 6 Music's celebration of David Bowie's 65th birthday with highlights of his appearance at the Phoenix Festival in 1996. Plus Bowie in session at the BBC in 1972 and his band Tin Machine recorded in 1991. (60 minutes).

8th January
Cerys on 6 Celebrates David Bowie's 65th birthday, BBC 6 Music, Radio, UK, 10:00 GMT.
Cerys celebrates David Bowie's 65th birthday with some vintage BBC session tracks which were recorded for John Peel at Kensington House on New Year's Day 1972. Author Peter Doggett will be a guest on the show to talk about his recent book, The Man Who Sold the World: David Bowie And The 1970s. It explores the rich heritage of the artist's most productive decade, and traces the way in which his music reflected and influenced the world around him. (120 minutes).

8th January
Bowie At The Beeb, BBC 6 Music, Radio, UK, 12:00 GMT.
As part of 6 Music's celebration of David Bowie's 65th birthday, another chance to hear Andy Peebles looking back at the many radio sessions and a concert he recorded for the BBC early in his career, from 1969 - 1972. Including extracts of an interview with Bowie recorded in 1969 and John Peel's memories of Bowie's work at the BBC. First broadcast in 1987. (60 minutes).

8th January
The Huey Show tribute to Bowie, BBC 6 Music, Radio, UK, 13:00 GMT.
It's David Bowie's 65th birthday today so Huey's paying tribute to 'The Thin White Duke' and his films. That's right, his films. Whether it's The Man Who Fell To Earth, The Prestige, or Labyrinth, Huey will be celebrating Bowie's celluloid successes, and dropping tuneage from the soundtracks. (120 minutes).

8th January
Jarvis Cocker's Sunday Service Bowie Celebration, BBC 6 Music, Radio, UK, 16:00 GMT.
Sit back for a Sunday afternoon full of quality tracks, random thoughts and spoken word. Jarvis rifles through his vast record collection for more beautiful music, with a particular nod to David Bowie archive and rarities, as the "Starman" celebrates his 65th birthday. (120 minutes).

Check out the BW monthly planner for full listings of various programmes from around the world.

2nd January 2012

DAVID BOWIE appears in the February issue of MOJO magazine. Inside there is a Bowie: Eno, Iggy and Low feature. David Bowie: A genuine sonic revolution, Low was an album conceived in chaos and dismissed as 'a piece of crap'. Paul Trynka revisits the lockdowns and spirits that went into its creation. (New Order are on the front cover)...

DB512 Bowie Convention Update: FUNMILAYO has now been added to the schedule of live acts for the day with her acoustic guitarist and will be performing two classic DAVID BOWIE songs during the afternoon session. She is an awesome vocalist from London! So the live acts in this order are now; Amannin Sane (Nick Fielding), Rob Hallward, MudHoney (David Priest and John Morey), Funmilayo, and Lipstick Torpedo. Tickets are now selling fast so if you are wanting to come along please get your tickets soon!...

More than three dozen bands will perform DAVID BOWIE songs in honour of his 65th birthday (which is Sunday). Shows: at 7 p.m. Friday at the State Theatre in St. Petersburg, Florida, USA and 6 p.m. Saturday at Skipper's Smokehouse in Tampa, Florida, USA. $9-$12 in advance and Sunday at Cock and Bull, Sarasota, Florida, USA...

We Can Be Heroes Bowie Birthday Tribute State Theatre, St Petersburg, Florida, USA on 6th January - [More details]...

We Can Be Heroes Bowie Birthday Tribute Skippers Smokehouse, Tampa, Florida, USA on 7th January - [More details]...

We Can Be Heroes Bowie Birthday Tribute Cock and Bull, Sarasota, Florida, USA on 8th January - [More details]...

1st January 2012

DB512 Convention 2012 flyer DB512 - THE 2012 UK DAVID BOWIE CONVENTION will be held at Holy Moly's @ Esquires in Bedford, England on Saturday 25th February 2012.

There is a self-contained bar and a full in-house sound system that will be playing non-stop David Bowie and Bowie-related music from 12 noon until the event is over (9pm).

This is the 5th Bedford David Bowie Convention I have organised (83, 85, 90, 98) and will be by far the most intimate. Those that have attended previous conventions will know that it's the best place meet and mix with other Bowie fans from all over the UK (The Friendliest Bunch You'll Ever Meet), with Holy Moly's being taken over by David Bowie fans for the day/evening.

Live music at the Bowie Convention is provided by Lipstick Torpedo, MudHoney, Amannin Sane (Nick Fielding), Rob Hallward (aka Wayne Beau) frontman of Pink on Pink and Funmilayo.

The schedule runs as follows:

       12:00 - DB Music Mix (2 Hour)
       14:00 - Amannin Sane (30 Min) live on stage
       14:30 - DB Music Mix (1 Hour)
       15:30 - Rob Hallward (30 Min) live on stage
       16:00 - David Bowie Concert Screening
       17:00 - MudHoney (30 Min) live on stage
       17:30 - DB Music Mix (90 Min)
       19:00 - Lipstick Torpedo (1 Hour) live on stage
       20:00 - DB Music Mix (1 Hour)
       21:00 - Convention Ends

As usual there will be the Bowie Raffle taking place, with lots of great things to be won.

There is also room for traders (4 tables), if anyone is interested in selling CDs/DVDs and other Bowie Memorabilia. Tables are £50 for the event and anyone interested should contact DP.

       Venue:        Holy Moly's @ Esquires
       Address:      60a Bromham Road, Bedford, MK40 2QG, England
       Telephone:  01234 340120
       Website:      bedfordesquires.com

Tickets are on sale NOW priced at £15.00 plus £1.50 postage (UK Only) each and are available now via PayPal only. Please make payments to: - tickets will be mailed out during the first week of January.

There will be NO tickets sold on the door. This is a ticket only event. There are only a limited number of 250 tickets due to the size of the venue, so it's a first come first served basis. Once they are gone Paypal account will no longer accept payments and the event will be be sold out. A limited number of tickets are now available from Danny's Bar at Esquires.

Note: If anyone is after tickets but DOES NOT use PayPal, they can contact the above email address and David can send you an invoice from PayPal and you will be able to pay via credit card or debit card.

Check out the Facebook events page at facebook.com/events

From David Priest.

1st January 2012

Update: Both pieces are now sold at the asking price.

For the serious art collectors out there... two pieces of original DAVID BOWIE artwork are available for purchase.

I have two large pieces of original art by His Rock Godliness David of which one is a self portrait. I wish to sell ONE of the pieces. I am willing to sell whichever a buyer prefers, but wish to keep one.

Self Portrait II The first is SELF PORTRAIT II 14 inch x 10 inch - (35.5cm x 28.8 cm). This is a stunningly beautiful piece of Bowie art and any Bowie fan would love owning it. (The frame is much larger so it is a large piece of art in completeness with the frame, which was framed by Bowie's framers not me).

This is a charcoal, chalk and pastel drawing from 1996. It was purchased through David's art dealer Kate Chertavian. I have the receipt and it can be verified by Rokeby Art (taken over from Kate Chertavian).

It is in excellent condition and the photograph does not give true justice to the colours and sharpness.

Last year I was asking £8-£10k, but then something turned up and I didn't need to sell any. However, I would like some money to get me to the next stage of a current project (require £4,500) so will sell either one for this. (No offers please).

I know some Bowie handwritten song lyrics went for £9,375 recently at Christie's, hence we are looking in this region and would deliver personally included in any agreed price.

Ancestor The second original is ANCESTOR (there was an Ancestor II slightly different) both can be seen here - ours is the original - the info on this page refers to both the original and the limited edition prints.

It is a 20 inch x 16 inch acrylic on canvas created in 1995 and is framed with a Zebra type striped frame in beige and black. I purchased it from the David Bowie exhibition at the Cork Street gallery in April 1995.

Kate Chertavian told me at the time of purchasing this, that Bowie did a series of four originals, two called Ancestor and Ancestor II and two called Zenzi (and possibly Zenzi II - I can't quite remember, but these were as I recall a story/series).

Charles Saatchi who is one of, if not the biggest collector of art in the UK bought Zenzi. I have read since he sold a lot of his modern art to fund his gallery so I'm not sure if he still owns Zenzi. Again I would want £4,500 (no offers please).

Please contact the BW webmaster who will forward on any enquiries to me.

Thank you very much for your interest.

1st January 2012

Dr. Keith Gildart from the University of Wolverhampton is currently working on an academic paper on DAVID BOWIE and popular music in the period 1972-75.

He is interested in the memories of fans in England from this period and particularly their engagement with Bowie's music and fashion.

Ideally he would also like to correspond with any fans who attended the Ziggy Stardust shows.

If you would like to share your memories please contact him at

1st January 2012

'Speed of Life - David Bowie 65' - International David Bowie Fanclub THE VOYEUR and David Bowie tribute band ECHO BOWIE also known as 'the next best thing to David Bowie' invite you to celebrate David Bowie's 65th birthday in The Netherlands.

On January 7th 2012 at 8.00 pm. Rocktemple P60 (Amstelveen, The Netherlands) will open its doors for THE David Bowie birthday party.

Speed of Life David Bowie 65 flyer Special guest of the evening is DJ TVQueenBitch (UK) will start the party with an amazing David Bowie set.

David Bowie tribute band 'Echo Bowie' enters the Bowie-P60 stage at 9.30 pm (including a special guest performance by Hans - Mr. Gruppo Sportivo - Vandenburg). Echo Bowie will play Bowie hits, classics and fan favourites from Bowie's entire career from Space Oddity (1969) to "Heroes" (1977), China Girl (1983) and New Killer Star (2003).

At 12.00 am we toast at David Bowie's 65th birthday!

After celebrating, Echo Bowie will return to the stage for another amazing live performance.

       - Unique David Bowie slide show (1978-2008) by Concert Photographer Antoine Loogman.
       - Ziggy Stardust cocktail bar (open all night).
       - Bowie rarities and collectables for sale.

For more information please visit P60.nl and davidbowiefanclub.com.

Tickets (on sale now) for this event can be bought in an easy and secure way online using Paylogic.

From Peter Smit - International David Bowie Fanclub.

1st January 2012

I Can't Believe It's Not David Bowie! As you know on Sunday, January 8th 2012, it will be DAVID BOWIE's 65th birthday and DON'T TOUCH THAT DIAL in Canada have teamed up with three up-and-coming independent Toronto acts to celebrate.

Live bands playing are The Folk, Dany Laj and The Locks, Donlands and Mortimer and Paint, who will be doing their own renditions of some of David Bowie's greatest hits.

Complete with costume contests, glam rock playlists between sets, and door prizes provided by Eyesore Cinema you'll see that The Garrison is the place to be. Tickets are $7 on the doors and it is a 19+ admission show.

The event is presented by 'Don't Touch That Dial' and will be sponsored by 'Eyesore Cinema'.

More details and information can be found over on their Facebook events page.

1st January 2012

David Bowie original album classics box set All scheduled for release this month on Monday 9th January is the DAVID BOWIE original album classics box set.

Released the day after David's 65th birthday, this CD box set released by Columbia/Sony Music contains three albums, namely 1.Outside, Earthling and 'hours...' from 1995, 1997 and 1999 respectively.

For a mere £8.99 you can own all three albums.

You can pre-ORDER NOW.

1st January 2012


I hope you all receive everything you ever wish for

Very Best Wishes from Paul (aka Rednik)


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