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LOOK AT THE MOON!
29th January 2021

David Bowie Look A The Moon! DAVID BOWIE LOOK AT THE MOON! (Live Phoenix Festival 97) is the fourth in the 'Brilliant Live Adventures' series of 90s live albums.

Available to pre-order now - release date: 12th February.

Recorded live at The Phoenix Festival, Long Marston, England on 20th July 1997, LOOK AT THE MOON! features such previously unreleased rarities as a cover of Laurie Anderson's 'O Superman', which the band had also played at their secret show as 'The Tao Jones Index' at the festival the previous day.

Personnel: David Bowie - vocals, guitar, saxophone, Zachary Alford - drums, Gail Ann Dorsey - bass, vocals, lead vocal on 'O Superman', keyboards, Reeves Gabrels - guitars, synthesisers, vocals, musical director, Mike Garson - piano, keyboards, synthesisers.

The CD tracklisting runs as follows:

01. Quicksand
02. The Man Who Sold The World
03. Driftin' Blues/The Jean Genie
04. I'm Afraid Of Americans
05. Battle For Britain (The Letter)
06. Fashion
07. Seven Years In Tibet
08. Fame
09. Looking For Satellites
10. Under Pressure

CD2:
01. The Hearts Filthy Lesson
02. Scary Monsters (and Super Creeps)
03. Hallo Spaceboy
04. Little Wonder
05. Dead Man Walking
06. White Light/White Heat
07. O Superman
08. Stay

Released in 2-CD and 3-LP formats, these are only available via the official David Bowie Store and Dig! Music Store. For more details visit davidbowie.com


I COULD PLAY THE WILD MUTATION...
29th January 2021

David Bowie Friars 29th January 1972 Today marks the 49th anniversary of the first ever live performance by DAVID BOWIE as his alter ego 'Ziggy Stardust' at the Borough Assembly Hall (Friars) in Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire on 29th January 1972.

This first live gig, after a week's rehearsal at the Royal Ballroom in Tottenham, with the "official" opening gig of the UK tour being on the 10th February at the Toby Jug in Tolworth.

David informs the music press a few days previously that: "Our new stage act will be outrageous, quite outrageous but very theatrical. Its going to be costumed and choreographed, quite different to anything anyone else has tried to do before... No-one has ever seen anything like this before."

The opening act were 'Grand Canyon', who warmed up for David and the as yet unnamed 'Spiders From Mars'. With newly cut and dyed Schwartzkopf red hair and matching red plastic boxing boots, David took the stage sporting a bomber jacket and rolled up trousers, complete with a bulging codpiece a la A Clockwork Orange style... and Ziggy Stardust "the cosmic yob" was born.

His three piece band - Mick Ronson (lead guitar), Trevor Bolder (bass) and Mick 'Woody' Woodmansey (drums) were all togged up in gold outfits but obviously hadn't totally switched over into full on "Martian Spider" mode. Probably with all three feeling rather uncomfortable and not yet fully convinced about this adventure they were about to embark on.

David said: "The Ziggy hair came lock, stock and curler, from the cover of a magazine ('Honey' or the like) and was sported by a model doing a shoot for Kansai Yamamoto's first London show. I couldn't afford the clothes but I could get the hair. Suzi did a straight forward copy. The cut and colour were both Kansai's - Schwartzkopf red was the colour. I had her cut my hair short in early January 1972. No dye. Layed flatish. I believe that it went red and stood up between the 20th and 25th of January 1972, therefore that's when the Kansai show must have been given maximum press."

Originally back in 1969, the Friars Club was started in Aylesbury by a bunch of hippies lead by David Stopps. The very first ever concert they presented was in the New Friarage Hall on 2nd June 1969 and featured Mike Cooper and a band called Mandrake Paddle Steamer. Other acts followed that year including The Pretty Things, King Crimson, Mott The Hoople and a myriad of others. This club was closed down in August 1970 but reopened in April 1971 at a larger venue called the Borough Assembly Hall. Between 1971 and 1975, the Friars presented bands such as David Bowie, Roxy Music, The Velvet Underground, Can, MC5, Mott The Hoople and many more.

Promoter David R. Stopps recalling the Ziggy show said: "I remember him doing 'Rock N' Roll Suicide', maybe for the first time. He shouted at the audience, 'Gimme your hands, 'cos you're wonderful' and nobody got up. In those days they used to sit on the floor, and the stage was reasonably high and somebody got up to give him their hands, but only half-heartedly... I remember thinking, 'Oh that's a strong song, but nobody had heard it.'".

In September 1975, Friars moved yet again to an even larger venue in Aylesbury... the new Aylesbury Civic Centre which was inside the Maxwell Hall, which lasted as a venue until December 1984.

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MORRISSEY / BOWIE: COSMIC DANCER RELEASE
29th January 2021

Cosmic Dancer by Morrissey and David Bowie MORRISSEY's duet with DAVID BOWIE on 7" vinyl will now be released next month on 19th February.

The sleeve front and back photographs of David Bowie and Morrissey were taken in New York City by Linder Sterling.

'Cosmic Dancer' is a song written by Marc Bolan. The additional track is a cover of 'That's Entertainment' by Paul Weller. It is not the version generally available on the Internet from 1993.

Cosmic Dancer is supported by an upgraded and edited video made in Los Angeles by Tim Broad.

The video and That's Entertainment are also available on 13th November. This recording is on Parlophone and is released through Warner.

Artwork (above) has been prepared by Darren Evans.

You can pre-order the vinyl edition now.


MAINMAN - PODCAST #23
28th January 2021

MainMan website Over on the MAINMAN website: Podcast episode #23 is now available...

You can listen to the twenty-third podcast now - in this episode TONY DEFRIES recalls the relationship between MainMan artistes Mick Ronson and John Mellencamp.

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


DAVID BOWIE'S CATALOGUE CAMPAIGN
27th January 2021

A DAVID BOWIE article published in today's MUSIC WEEK is: 'David Bowie's catalogue campaign conquers streaming and delivers big physical sales' by Andre Paine...

Five years after the passing of David Bowie, his music continues to resonate with long-term fans and a new generation on streaming services.

As Warner Music's catalogue division Rhino continues its David Bowie campaign in 2021, Music Week has spoken to director of catalogue marketing Stuart Wheeley about the enduring appeal of the iconic artist. The label will be marking further anniversaries for Bowie in the months ahead.

According to Music Week research based on Official Charts Company data, David Bowie sold 282,300 albums in the UK in 2020 across classic catalogue, reissues on vinyl and CD, and new releases targeted at the fanbase.

A coloured vinyl 45th anniversary edition of Station To Station is the latest Bowie album to make a chart impact. The 1976 LP is chasing a Top 20 finish this week.

David Bowie's posthumous collection Legacy led the way in 2020 with sales last year of 109,359 (85,230 from streams and 19,087 physical copies). It was at No.35 in the year's overall album sales. Legacy has sales to date of 587,824 (including 272,733 from streams) and is helping to drive DSP consumption for Bowie, who has 15,632,767 monthly Spotify listeners.

As well as physical sales for new Bowie product, such as the retitled edition of The Man Who Sold The World, his classic albums are performing consistently well on DSPs.

The biggest-selling David Bowie studio album last year was The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stardust And The Spiders From Mars (1972), which moved 23,725 copies (13,470 from streams and 9,372 physical). It has post-1994 OCC sales of 680,150.

Hunky Dory (1971) was the second biggest studio album of 2020 for Bowie, with sales of 14,561 (and post-1994 sales of 519,094). Let's Dance (1983) - co-produced by Bowie and Nile Rodgers - racked up 8,353 sales last year and has a post-1994 tally of 147,655.

Stuart Wheeley: "We are very fortunate to have a great relationship with his estate, and a fantastic A&R team who continue to create quality products that are always well received. The six Brilliant Live Adventures albums, in particular, have been part of a new style of campaign for us; releasing one strictly limited edition album per month for six months as D2C-only exclusives. It's a great way to deliver something unique and interesting to a specific community within his huge fanbase.

"It's certainly going to be another busy year this year as we celebrate a number of key anniversaries on the way towards what would have been David's 75th birthday in 12 months' time."

You can read the rest of the interview and article over at musicweek.com website.


OMEGA AUCTIONS BOWIE HIGHLIGHTS
26th January 2021

Some of the highlights from today's DAVID BOWIE and GLAM ROCK COLLECTION sale at OMEGA AUCTIONS included:

Lot 207: David Bowie owned and worn Borsalino hat - realised £18,500 GBP.
Lot 216: David Bowie signed postcard - realised £480 GBP.
Lot 266: David Bowie signed Serious Moonlight Tour '83 poster - realised £1,300 GBP.
Lot 325: David Bowie Deth Killers jeans - realised £8,000 GBP.

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GAIL ANN DORSEY ON THE STAGE LEFT
24th January 2021

Well worth listening to is a brand new interview with GAIL ANN DORSEY on THE STAGE LEFT podcast.

Interviewed by Chris Simpson, Gail Ann joins him for a reflective space where she discusses the finer details of working closely in the studio and live with DAVID BOWIE for over two decades, her biggest fears, how she learned intervals on an out of tune guitar and singing joint lead vocal on the most recent record by The National.

Plus so, so much more. A treat for your ears!

"Bowie knew exactly how to get the right people to do what he couldn't" - Gail Ann Dorsey discusses the finer details of recording and touring with David Bowie on the first episode in 2021 of The StageLeft Podcast. Previous guests include Tony Visconti and Steve Cropper.

Pop on over to audioboom.com and tune in.


BOWIE BIRTHDAY SINGLE HITS #1
23rd January 2021

The limited edition DAVID BOWIE 7 inch birthday single release 'MOTHER' / 'TRYIN' TO GET TO HEAVEN' hit the #1 spot in the UK Official Vinyl Singles Chart Top 40 today.

Last week, it entered the chart at #4, and climbed to the top spot this week after the release of the black vinyl edition.


MICK ROCK SHOOTING BOWIE
23rd January 2021

Check some video footage of photographer MICK ROCK shooting DAVID BOWIE at Milk Studios in New York City from 2002.



From TMPG (The Music Photo Gallery) Channel.


MAINMAN - PODCAST #22
21st January 2021

MainMan website Over on the MAINMAN website: Podcast episode #22 is now available...

You can listen to the twenty-second podcast now - in this episode TONY DEFRIES recalls DAVID BOWIE's first visit to America in 1971.

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


DAVID BOWIE & GLAM ROCK AUCTION
19th January 2021

Taking place next Tuesday is the DAVID BOWIE & GLAM ROCK sale at OMEGA AUCTIONS on 26th January at 10:00am GMT.

Many of the Bowie items featured in this auction are from the personal collection of renowned Dutch Bowie fan TON VAN DER HORST, who was part of the Dutch David Bowie fanzine 'The Voyeur' organisation.

There are numerous rare, one-off and desirable items available in this sale including: A Reality Tour signed jeans, Bowie owned and worn Borsalino hat, various Bowie signed items from different eras, Tin Machine II promo statuette, 'hours...' promo clock, various promos, press kits, scrapbooks, rare unique photographs and much, much more.

You can view all the lots via omegaauctions.co.uk website.

Please note: There are no personal viewings allowed due to Covid restrictions.


BOWIE ACETATES SOLD AT AUCTION
15th January 2021

Just sold this afternoon at WESSEX AUCTION ROOMS in Chippenham, Wiltshire are the two DAVID BOWIE Emidisc acetates 'Run Piper Run' and 'Silver Tree Top School For Boys'.


David Bowie Run Piper Run acetate David Bowie Silver Tree Top School For Boys acetate


Lot 297 two-sided acetate featuring a previously unknown and unheard recording from David Bowie on Side A entitled: 'Run Piper Run'. Side B is a demo of 'Lay Your Head Upon My Shoulder' by Ace Kefford (co-founder of The Move) - SOLD FOR £10,000 GBP.

Lot 298 one-sided acetate demo for the song 'Silver Tree Top School For Boys' (misspelled Boy not Boy's on label) by 'Dave Bowie' - SOLD FOR £5,000 GBP.


MAINMAN - PODCAST #21
14th January 2021

MainMan website Over on the MAINMAN website: Podcast episode #21 is now available...

You can listen to the twenty-first podcast now - in this episode MICHAEL OBERMAN recalls DAVID BOWIE's first visit to America in 1971.

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


DAY IN, DAY OUT
14th January 2021

On this day, 44 years ago, DAVID BOWIE released his Low album. Incorrectly known as the first of the "Berlin Trilogy" it was 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, 47 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, 55 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 produced by Tony Hatch...

On this day, 56 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...


CATCH UP ON BOWIE
12th January 2021

With so many events going on in the past few days, I'm sure plenty of people have missed all sorts.

Well worth listening to is the two-hour Nicky Horne radio special 'Conversations with Bowie' on VIRGIN RADIO - you can catch up at virginradio.co.uk.

There are SO many BBC RADIO programmes to catch up on if you missed any visit bbc.co.uk/sounds/ Sounds player and listen in.

For BBC TV programmes, David Bowie: The Last Five Years, The Genius of David Bowie and TOTP2 Bowie Special visit the BBC iPlayer

I've added some links in the BW Monthly Planner, find whichever programme and click 'More details' and that will take you directly to the catch up.


IN MEMORY OF DAVID
10th January 2021

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



RUN PIPER RUN: UNKNOWN BOWIE ACETATE
9th January 2021

Up for grabs at WESSEX AUCTION ROOMS in Chippenham, Wiltshire are two DAVID BOWIE acetates in their Vinyl Records and Memorabilia auction.

Lot 297 is a Emidisc (The Essex Music Group) two-sided acetate featuring a previously unknown and unheard recording from David Bowie on Side A entitled: 'Run Piper Run'. Side B is a demo of 'Lay Your Head Upon My Shoulder' by Ace Kefford (co-founder of The Move) with an estimate of £6,000 - £8,000 GBP - [More details] SOLD FOR £10,000 GBP.

Lot 298 is The Essex Music Group one-sided acetate demo for the song 'Silver Tree Top School For Boys' (misspelled Boy not Boy's on label) by 'Dave Bowie' with an estimate of £3,000 - £5,000 GBP - [More details] SOLD FOR £5,000 GBP.

Logic says that 'Run Piper Run' is a 1967/early 1968 song. Below are the partial lyrics...

Beverley Gay was the light of the day in the village of Sunrise
Daffodil hair, powder blue eyes that could snare any stranger

She sang to the tunes of a sad-faced piper called Moon Eyes
And happily sad, he would skip as he played close behind her

Take the valley road, piper take the road through the valley of hopeful
Trail her 'til the morning comes
Run piper run

Take the valley road...



The auction takes place on Friday 15th January at 10.30am GMT.


BOWIE BIRTHDAY RELEASE OUT TODAY
8th January 2021

David Bowie 74th birthday release A special limited editon DAVID BOWIE birthday 7" vinyl, streaming and digital is released today featuring two previously unreleased cover versions, John Lennon's MOTHER and Bob Dylan's TRYIN' TO GET TO HEAVEN.

MOTHER
(John Lennon)
Produced by David Bowie, Tony Visconti and Reeves Gabrels.
Engineered by Dave Amlen and Zach Wind (NYC) and Reeves Gabrels (Bermuda).
Recorded in Bermuda in 1997 and Sound On Sound Studios, New York, July, 1998.
David Bowie - vocals
Reeves Gabrels - guitars
Tony Visconti - bass, harmony vocals
Andy Newmark - drums
Jordan Ruddess - piano
Richard Barone - harmony vocals

TRYIN' TO GET TO HEAVEN
(Bob Dylan)
Produced by David Bowie. Co-produced by Reeves Gabrels and Mark Plati.
Mixed by Mark Plati.
Recorded at Looking Glass, New York City, February 1998. Mixed at Sony Studios New York City.
David Bowie - vocals, guitar and saxophone
Reeves Gabrels - electric guitar, acoustic guitar, pedal steel, synths and vocals
Mark Plati - synths and programming
Gail Ann Dorsey - bass and vocals
Zach Alford - drums

7" SINGLE
Side A: Mother
Side AA: Tryin' To Get To Heaven (single edit)

The 7" single is limited to 8,147 numbered copies, 1,000 of which will be on cream coloured vinyl available only from the official David Bowie store and Warner Music's Dig! store (the remainder will be black).

Both tracks are also now available to stream and download - you can purchase Mother and Tryin' To Get To Heaven now!

(Ed. The vinyl will be available to purchase this afternoon).


BIRTHDAY MEMORIES FOR DAVID
8th January 2021

In loving memory on your 74th birthday dear David.

Forever in our thoughts x



OTHER BIRTHDAY WISHES FOR TODAY...
8th January 2021

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 24 TODAY
8th January 2021

Little Wonderworld Today is also BowieWonderworld's birthday - now twenty-four 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 pages.

I patiently waited for the bowieworld.com site to close, and for the domain name to become available again (as the vast majority have over the years) 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.


DAVID BOWIE: THROUGH THE YEARS
7th January 2021



CABARET vs CANCER
7th January 2021

The CABARET vs CANCER BOWIE COLLECTIBLES Charity Auction is now underway.

The SIXTH Charity Auction of David Bowie Art and Collectibles, with 100% of net proceeds being donated to Cabaret vs Cancer, helping those affected by cancer.

Auction ends on Sunday, 14th February at 6.30pm GMT.

For more details and information, please visit jumblebee.co.uk


TVC 8121
7th January 2021

Transmitting on 8th January TVC 8121 - a 24-hour Bowie Birthday Transmission.

Two-hundred popular, rare and never seen DAVID BOWIE music videos and appearances.



From Nacho.


THE TAO OF BOWIE
7th January 2021

The Tao of Bowie by Mark Edwards Published today is THE TAO OF BOWIE by MARK EDWARDS.

Synopsis: Buddhism was central to David Bowie's life, but he was a wide-ranging thinker who also drew meaning from Jungian psychology, Nietzschean philosophy and Gnosticism. The Tao of Bowie condenses these concepts - the ideas that inspired and supported Bowie throughout his life and career - into twelve powerful lessons, each with a series of exercises, meditations and techniques to encourage readers to apply these learnings to their own lives.

The Tao of Bowie will help readers understand who they really are, clarify their purpose in life, manage their emotions and cope with setbacks and change. This fresh approach to the search for spirituality and happiness unites the perennial human quest for answers with the extraordinary mind and unique career of one of the most important cultural figures of the past half-century.

Book Description: A unique take on mindfulness, meditation and meaning filtered through the life and work of David Bowie.

About the Author: Mark Edwards is a music journalist who has worked for The Face, Arena, Blitz and has written for The Sunday Times every week for the past twenty-five years. He is also a practising trainer and coach, who teaches Buddhist meditation and mindfulness drawn from Buddhist psychology to corporate clients including Renault, Intercontinental Hotels, Marks and Spencer, Eon, Jaguar Land Rover, Direct Line and the civil service.

You can purchase 'The Tao of Bowie' now.


DAVID BOWIE & GLAM ROCK AUCTION
3rd January 2021

Taking place later this month is the DAVID BOWIE & GLAM ROCK sale at OMEGA AUCTIONS on Tuesday, 26th January at 10:00am GMT.

Many of the Bowie items featured in this auction are from the personal collection of renowned Dutch Bowie fan TON VAN DER HORST, who was part of the Dutch David Bowie fanzine 'The Voyeur' organisation.

There are numerous rare, one-off and desirable items available in this sale including: A Reality Tour signed jeans, Bowie owned and worn Borsalino hat, various Bowie signed items from different eras, Tin Machine II promo statuette, 'hours...' promo clock, various promos, press kits, scrapbooks, rare unique photographs and much, much more.

You can view all the lots via omegaauctions.co.uk website.

Please note: There are no personal viewings allowed due to Covid restrictions.


BW COMPETITION #32 ENDED
1st January 2021

Bowie Odyssey 70 by Simon Goddard Update: Congratulations to the two winners: Rebecca Pick and David Calderbank.

BW COMPETITION NO. 32 has now ended... here was your chance to win one of two copies of the recently published BOWIE ODYSSEY 70 by SIMON GODDARD.

This beautifully written 192-page book covers the David Bowie period of 1970. I've only just finished reading it myself and I highly recommend it. No wonder it is 'A Sunday Times Book of the Year 2020'. Thoroughly deserved.

Synopsis: He starts the decade a teenage pop idol. But the one-hit wonder who sang 'Space Oddity' is still very far from becoming the star who will one day define the 1970s. Not when he still has a band to find, a manager to sack, a mentally ill brother to save, a wife to marry and a rival called Marc Bolan to beat. Not when David Bowie still has no idea who or what David Bowie is. Starting at the beginning of Bowie's incredible ten-year odyssey changing the course of pop music, Simon Goddard's bold and expressionistic biography weaves time, space, rock 'n' roll and social history to relive Bowie's 1970 moment by vivid moment.

Thank you to everyone who entered this competition. The winner will be announced later this week.

This prize draw was open to all visitors of this website, BW Facebook page likers, BW Facebook Group members and followers on Twitter and Instagram.

This competition ended at midnight (GMT UK time) on Tuesday 29th DECEMBER 2020.

VIEW COMPETITION #32 HERE

If competitions aren't your thing, you can purchase Bowie Odyssey 70 now and receive a 28% discount!


LAZARUS: EXCLUSIVE PREMIERE STREAMING ON DICE.FM
1st January 2021

OFFICIAL PRESS RELEASE: London 17th December 2020.

LAZARUS
BY David Bowie and Enda Walsh
DIRECTED BY Ivo van Hove
INSPIRED BY THE NOVEL The Man Who Fell To Earth by Walter Tevis

Exclusive Premiere Streaming on Dice.fm - tickets from £16 - AVAILABLE NOW

Friday 8 January, 7pm - David Bowie's birthday
Saturday 9 January, 7pm
Sunday 10 January, 3pm - fifth anniversary of David Bowie's death

"WILD, FANTASTICAL, EYE-POPPING. A SURREALISTIC TOUR DE FORCE." - Rolling Stone.


David Bowie Lazarus To remember David Bowie on his birthday and to mark the fifth anniversary of his untimely death, producers Robert Fox and RZO Entertainment Inc are exclusively releasing the stream of the London production of Lazarus, captured live on stage. The streaming will be available for three performances only. This will be the UK premiere of the filmed version of this remarkable show.

Lazarus includes songs from Bowie's iconic catalogue as well as new songs written for the stage including the title song, Lazarus.

Inspired by the book, The Man Who Fell To Earth, by Walter Tevis ("The Queen's Gambit") Lazarus focuses on Thomas Newton, as he remains still on Earth - a 'man' unable to die, his head soaked in cheap gin and haunted by a past love. We follow Newton during the course of a few days where the arrival of another lost soul - might finally set him free.

Michael C Hall ("Dexter", "Six Feet Under") stars as Newton, the character famously portrayed by David Bowie in the 1976 screen adaptation of The Man Who Fell To Earth directed by Nicolas Roeg. Lazarus co-stars Sophia Anne Caruso ("Beetlejuice" on Broadway) and the production is directed by Ivo van Hove ("All About Eve", "Network" and "A View From The Bridge").

Lazarus opened at The New York Theatre Workshop in November 2015. The London production opened in November 2016 where it played a sold out run.

This live-streamed event will be available for three performances only in multiple time zones (GMT, AEDT, EST, PST, CST) from Friday 8 to Sunday 10 January 2021.

The Lazarus Cast Album is available on RCA / ISO Records.

From Susie Graves.


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STATION TO STATION 45th ANNIVERSARY EDITION
1st January 2021

David Bowie Station To Station 45th Anniversary Edition vinyl The DAVID BOWIE Station To Station (45th Anniversary Edition) is to be released on 22nd January available in random red or white vinyl.

This special limited edition LP is available at 'bricks and mortar' record stores.

Originally released on 23rd January 1976, Station To Station was David Bowie's tenth studio album. To celebrate its 45th anniversary Parlophone is proud to announce a special limited edition 'bricks and mortar' only red and white vinyl pressing of the album.

45 years on from its release 'Station To Station' is now seen as a musical bridge between the 'plastic soul' of 1975's 'Young Americans' and the experimental beginning of Bowie's 'Berlin era' that was 1977's 'Low'.

The album's first single 'Golden Years' was a hit on both sides of the Atlantic and one of five singles released from the six-song album (though the title track was only released on 45 in France and 'Stay' was a single exclusively in the USA).

The tracklsting runs as follows:

SIDE 1:
    Station To Station
    Golden Years
    Word On A Wing

SIDE 2:
    TVC 15
    Stay
    Wild Is The Wind

From davidbowie.com


BOWIE BIRTHDAY RELEASE
1st January 2021

davidbowie.com have announced details of a special DAVID BOWIE birthday 7" vinyl release.

OFFICIAL PRESS RELEASE: DAVID BOWIE BIRTHDAY SINGLE: 'MOTHER' / 'TRYIN' TO GET TO HEAVEN' TO BE RELEASED 8 JANUARY 2021 ON PARLOPHONE/ISO RECORDS

7" SINGLE LIMITED TO 8,147 COPIES, INCLUDING 1,000 ON CREAM VINYL


David Bowie 74th birthday release To celebrate what would have been David Bowie's 74th birthday on the 8th January, 2021, two previously unreleased cover versions, John Lennon's MOTHER and Bob Dylan's TRYIN' TO GET TO HEAVEN, will be released as a very special limited edition 7" single.

The 7" single is limited to 8,147 numbered copies, 1,000 of which will be on cream coloured vinyl available only from the official David Bowie store and Warner Music's Dig! store (the remainder will be black). Both tracks will be available to stream and download.

Originally recorded by Lennon for his 1970 album John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band, Bowie's version of MOTHER was produced by Tony Visconti in 1998 for a Lennon tribute that never came to fruition. Bob Dylan's original TRYIN' TO GET TO HEAVEN was released on his 1997 Album of the Year GRAMMY winning Time Out Of Mind. David's version was recorded in February 1998 during the mixing sessions for the 'LiveAndWell.com' album.

MOTHER
(John Lennon)
Produced by David Bowie, Tony Visconti and Reeves Gabrels.
Engineered by Dave Amlen and Zach Wind (NYC) and Reeves Gabrels (Bermuda).
Recorded in Bermuda in 1997 and Sound On Sound Studios, New York, July, 1998.
David Bowie - vocals
Reeves Gabrels - guitars
Tony Visconti - bass, harmony vocals
Andy Newmark - drums
Jordan Ruddess - piano
Richard Barone - harmony vocals

TRYIN' TO GET TO HEAVEN
(Bob Dylan)
Produced by David Bowie. Co-produced by Reeves Gabrels and Mark Plati.
Mixed by Mark Plati.
Recorded at Looking Glass, New York City, February 1998. Mixed at Sony Studios New York City.
David Bowie - vocals, guitar and saxophone
Reeves Gabrels - electric guitar, acoustic guitar, pedal steel, synths and vocals
Mark Plati - synths and programming
Gail Ann Dorsey - bass and vocals
Zach Alford - drums

7" SINGLE
Side A: Mother
Side AA: Tryin' To Get To Heaven (single edit)

8,147 copies numbered worldwide limited edition, 1,000 cream vinyl exclusive to the David Bowie store and Dig! The remainder will be black vinyl.

DIGITAL DOWNLOAD and STREAMING
1. Tryin' To Get To Heaven
2. Mother

'MOTHER' and 'TRYIN' TO GET TO HEAVEN' are released on Parlophone/ISO Records on 8th January, 2021.

You can purchase Mother and Tryin' To Get To Heaven streaming and digital now!


BOWIE FIVE YEARS ON
1st January 2021

BBC RADIO 6 and BBC RADIO 4 have announced BOWIE FIVE YEARS ON, a series of programmes to celebrate David Bowie's life and work on the fifth anniversary of his passing.

The programmes include:

'Bowie: Dancing Out In Space', a two-hour show presented by Stuart Maconie to be simulcast for the first time between BBC Radio 4 and BBC Radio 6 Music on 10th January at 20.00-22.00.

BBC Radio 2 Sounds Of The 70s special on BBC Radio 2,

On BBC Four TV there is a night of programming on 8th January showing some classic Bowie documentaries, including 'David Bowie: The Last Five Years'.

There are programmes across 6 Music throughout the day.

For more details and information, visit musicweek.com website.

Check out the listings for January 2021 on the BW Monthly Planner.


DUBLIN BOWIE FESTIVAL 2021
1st January 2021

Dublin Bowie Festival 2021 The DUBLIN BOWIE FESTIVAL 2021 begins this month on Sunday 10th January through to 17th January with a series of special online events.

Highlights include:

In Conversation with Nicholas Pegg: Tony Visconti / Rick Wakeman / Woody Woodmansey / Ken Scott
Tim Burgess: Tim's Twitter Listening Party - (Hunky Dory)
Nicholas Pegg: Bowie Quiz
Rusty Egan: Bowie and The Blitz
State Lights: Turn And Face The Strange

Live Music from Whelans: I Heart Bowie / Heroes From Mars / The London Boys / Art Crime Inc.

To see the full list of events and happenings, please visit the dublinbowiefestival.ie website.


MORRISSEY / BOWIE: COSMIC DANCER RELEASE
1st January 2021

Cosmic Dancer by Morrissey and David Bowie Update: Release delayed until 19th February.

MORRISSEY's duet with DAVID BOWIE on 7" vinyl is released later this month on 29th January.

The sleeve front and back photographs of David Bowie and Morrissey were taken in New York City by Linder Sterling.

'Cosmic Dancer' is a song written by Marc Bolan. The additional track is a cover of 'That's Entertainment' by Paul Weller. It is not the version generally available on the Internet from 1993.

Cosmic Dancer is supported by an upgraded and edited video made in Los Angeles by Tim Broad.

The video and That's Entertainment are also available on 13th November. This recording is on Parlophone and is released through Warner.

Artwork (above) has been prepared by Darren Evans.

You can pre-order the vinyl edition now.

From Morrissey Central.


INSPIRED INNOVATIONS BOWIE RANGE
1st January 2021

THE ROYAL MINT will be releasing their DAVID BOWIE Inspired Innovations range in early 2021.

This range has been made with advanced striking and tooling techniques. The carefully selected Inspired Innovations designs will have new features that enhance the finish of each design.

Special Features:

The lightning bolt appears laced with stardust to create a glitter effect.
The Gold Kilo is the largest and most exclusive coin in the range with a 100mm diameter.
Products coming soon are:

David Bowie UK 2020 2oz Silver Proof Coin - 550 available.
David Bowie UK 2020 5oz Silver Proof Coin - 500 available.
David Bowie UK 2020 2oz Gold Proof Coin - 100 available.
David Bowie UK 2020 5oz Gold Proof Coin - 60 available.
David Bowie UK 2020 Gold Proof Kilo Coin - 11 available.

For more details and to register your interest, please fill in the form for updates on availability at royalmint.com website.


HOLY HOLY UK TOUR DATES 2021
1st January 2021

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

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

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

UK TOUR DATES - APRIL 2021

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

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


HAPPY NEW YEAR 2021
1st January 2021

Happy New Year 2021

HAPPY NEW YEAR 2021 TO EVERYONE, EVERYWHERE

May you all find comfort and blessings in this new year.

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

Love on ya! from Paul (aka Rednik)




REMINDERS: NEW and UPCOMING BOWIE RELEASES...
JANUARY 2021

MORRISSEY Cosmic Dancer (duet with David Bowie) 7" vinyl disc to be released on 19th February - more details

DAVID BOWIE - LOOK AT THE MOON! (Live Phoenix Festival 97) is the fourth in the 'Brilliant Live Adventures' series of 90s live albums. Available to pre-order from 29th January, release date: 12th February. Only available via the official David Bowie Store and Dig! Music Store.

New book DAVID BOWIE (LIVES OF THE MUSICIANS) by ROBERT DIMERY, hardback, 168-pages, published on 4th February - more details


DAVID BOWIE Station To Station (45th Anniversary Edition) album, released on 22nd January in random red or white vinyl at all 'bricks and mortar' record stores.

WEREN'T BORN A MAN autobiography by DANA GILLESPIE and DAVID SHASHA, hardback, 400-pages, published on 18th January - more details

DAVID BOWIE Mother / Tryin' To Get To Heaven 7" limited edition vinyl single, 8,147 numbered copies, 1,000 on cream coloured vinyl available only from the official David Bowie store and Warner Music's Dig! store. The remainder on black vinyl (7,147 copies) are on general release 8th January - more details

THE TAO OF BOWIE by MARK EDWARDS, hardback, 366-pages, published 7th January - more details

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

2018 softback edition of DAVID BOWIE WORLD 7" RECORDS DISCOGRAPHY 1964 - 1981 book by MARSHALL JARMAN and RETO STÖCKLIN visit marmot-publishing.com for more details.

Exclusive DAVID BOWIE lino-cut print available to PURCHASE - don't hang around, these are ALL the remaining original left-over stock from 37 years ago, once they've gone, they've gone!


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