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30th June 2001

Afro-Cuban Jazz Innovator Dies

NEW YORK (AP) - CHICO O'FARRILL, the Afro-Cuban jazz pioneer who composed ballads and fiery, big band be-bop for such greats as Benny Goodman, Stan Kenton and Dizzy Gillespie, has died. He was 79. O'Farrill died Wednesday in New York, but no details about his death were immediately available.

A trumpeter, O'Farrill was most renowned as a composer and arranger of extended jazz pieces. For more than 50 years, he toiled largely in obscurity and spent much of the 1970s and '80s writing jingles for television and radio commercials. But like the musicians of Cuba's Buena Vista Social Club, O'Farrill had recently enjoyed a renaissance. His comeback began in 1995, with the release of his album "Pure Emotion,'' a Grammy nominee for best Latin jazz performance. He released two other acclaimed albums, "Heart of a Legend'' in 1999 and last year's "Carambola.'' And for the past three years, he had weekly shows with his 18-piece band at the Manhattan club Birdland - his first regular gig in New York. O'Farrill was the "dean of Cuban composers,'' clarinetist-saxophonist Paquito D'Rivera told the Los Angeles Times last year. "Whenever there's a conversation between writers about how to do things right, somebody would always say, 'Well, Chico O'Farrill did it this way.' That was it, the final word,'' he said. Last year, O'Farrill's orchestra was featured in Spanish filmmaker Fernando Trueba's "Calle 54.'' Among the other performers in the film was the late superstar Tito Puente.

Arturo O'Farrill was born in Havana on Oct. 28, 1921, the son of an Irish father and a Cuban mother of German descent. His parents sent him to military school in Gainesville, Ga., hoping he would follow his father and grandfather into law. Instead, he became a trumpeter and wound up back in Havana, playing jazz in the city's bustling night clubs when he wasn't studying composing. He recalled in a recent interview that he found Cuban music boring. "Same over and over and over. There was no richness and there was no notes to go to,'' he told the "Fresh Air'' program aired on National Public Radio in February.

His perception of jazz and the music of his homeland changed when he moved to New York in 1948. O'Farrill became one of the creators of Afro-Cuban jazz, dubbed Cubop, a melding of big-band Cuban music with elements of modern jazz. He often wrote arrangements for established composers who had too much work on their hands, including Gil Fuller and Quincy Jones. "This was the cradle of bebop,'' he said of New York in an interview with The New York Times last year. "For me, it was a miracle to be here. I feel more like a New Yorker than Cuban because the city has the music I love.'' He wrote "Undercurrent Blues'' for the Goodman band (it was Goodman who gave him the nickname Chico) and "Cuban Episode'' for Kenton. It was also around this time when O'Farrill heard Machito and His Afro-Cubans - a big band playing a powerful blend of jazz and Latin rhythms. "That's when I saw the possibilities,'' O'Farrill recalled. "You didn't need to sacrifice the richness of jazz to keep that drive going. You didn't have to be simplistic to be rhythmic.'' "The Afro-Cuban Jazz Suite,'' first recorded in 1950 by Machito with Charlie Parker and Buddy Rich, was groundbreaking. O'Farrill followed that with such landmarks as "The Aztec Suite'' for trumpeter Art Farmer and the 12-tone "Six Jazz Moods.''

Over the next three decades, O'Farrill lived in Cuba, Mexico and the United States, working with such artists as Count Basie, Cal Tjader, Clark Terry and Gato Barbieri. Work became scarce as big bands lost popularity. From 1975 until "Pure Emotion,'' the only music released by O'Farrill was for commercials. He was never one to keep a high profile and knew some thought of him as just an Afro-Cuban composer. "Well, once you write something in a certain style, then they typecast you,'' he told "Fresh Air.''

His resurgence included work for DAVID BOWIE'S 1993 album, "Black Tie White Noise,'' and the 1995 work "Trumpet Fantasy'' for Wynton Marsalis. He also wrote symphony pieces, including "Three Cuban Dances.''

Last year, during the first Latin Grammys (news - web sites), O'Farill was nominated for best Latin jazz album. He didn't win, but it didn't seem to bother him. "This renaissance is very, very gratifying,'' he told the Washington Post. "The satisfaction of the recognition, playing again with a big band, coming back to do what I love to do, it's priceless. I feel very happy. I feel younger.''

O'Farrill is survived by his wife, Lupe; a daughter, Georgina; and his son, a pianist who now leads his father's big band.

29th June 2001


'Darkness and Disgrace', the musical cabaret show of DAVID BOWIE songs created by DES DE MOOR and RUSSELL CHURNEY and directed by BARB JUNGR, is off to Edinburgh this year in association with Big Fat Cigar Productions. The run is already picking up press attention: it was one of the shows singled out from the Edinburgh Fringe programme in a recent 'Guardian' piece.

Before that, you can catch London previews of the Edinburgh version of the show at the Rosemary Branch towards the end of July.

Thursday 26, Friday 27 and Sunday 29 July 2001
The Rosemary Branch Theatre, London.
2 Shepperton Road, Islington, LONDON N1 3DT.
Times 2000-2100 (1600-1700 Sunday).
Admission £6.00 / £5.00.
Tel +44 (0)20 7704 6665.
Transport Underground: Angel, Old Street; Rail: Essex Road; Buses from Old Street

Monday 13th - Monday 27th August 2001 (except Sunday 19th)
The Pleasance Dome 4 (Venue 23), Edinburgh Festival Fringe
1 Bristo Square, Edinburgh
Times 00:15-01:15
Admission UK £7.00
Tel +44 (0)131 226 0000.

"Fascinating" - The Times.
"Intelligent and moving...providing new insights at every turn" - What's On In London.
"An endless stream of compelling vignettes" - The Stage.
"A touching show...[that] proves the concept of cabaret based on English songs has a healthy future" - Highbury & Islington Express.
"Inspired...a very clever and entertaining piece" - Bowienet.
"A fascinating and moving show... See it!" - Bowie Wonderworld.

Full details about the show are on Des de Moor's website: @ www.desdemoor.com

28th June 2001

Just a quick note to say that we launched a feature on BowieNet today called 'Q&A for Coco Schwab'. Basically you submit your questions for Coco and she will pick some to respond to. It's open until July 13th. Should be prettttty interesting!

Everyone who knows David Bowie knows the close friendship he shares with Corinne Schwab, his confidante and personal assistant of nearly thirty years. Not one for the spotlight (she rarely gives interviews), BowieNet are very grateful that she has agreed to partake in a Q&A session on BowieNet to share her unique insights on David's life and art.

Questions will be accepted through July 13th, at which point they will be passed on to Coco. She will in turn select the most interesting questions and respond, the final questions and answers to be posted on BowieNet on July 20th!

From Saint Al @ Bowienet.com.

28th June 2001

'AND ZIGGY PLAYED GUITAR'... The Sound and Vision of David Bowie will be playing the following dates for the remainder of June:

Saturday, June 30th at PAT'S COCKTAILS
12121 Riverside @ Cahuenga in N. Hollywood

10:30pm and 12 Midnight. Cover is Free.

The lovely Spiders From Mars are: "DAVID BOWIE" vocals - Stephen Wozniak, "MICK RONSON" guitars and vocals - Mitchel Sigman of BERLIN & SERATONIN "TREVOR BOLDER" bass and vocals - Bernie of GILLIANS CRUSH, "WOODY WOODMANSEY" drums - Craig Rosey of SIBAKU & PANIC STATION and on Keyboards - Beth "Betty" Lovejoy of THE CHERRIES.

Also visit our new site: ziggy.gillianscrush.com - Hope to see you all there! Your "Lad Insane".

From Stephen Wozniak.

27th June 2001

The Langley Schools Music Project is a 60-voice chorus of rural school children from western Canada, untrained but captivated by melodic magic - singing tunes by DAVID BOWIE, Paul McCartney, The Beach Boys, The Bay City Rollers and others.

"The backing arrangement is astounding. Coupled with the earnest if lugubrious vocal performance you have a piece of art that I couldn't have conceived of, even with half of Colombia's finest export products in me." - David Bowie on the Langley students' rendition of 'Space Oddity'.

Scheduled for release: FALL 2001 - BASTA RECORDS (3091102).

Press Contact: IRWIN CHUSID @ info@keyofz.com - Audio clips: http://bastamusic.com/langley.

From Antonio.

26th June 2001

JUSTINE KURLAND is an artist living and working in New York, her photographic work of teenage girls is what she is best known for, however Bowieart are very excited to be able to screen the artist's first ever video work on the site. This work has been seen only once before earlier this year. Floating over the landscape where Starfish was shot are excerpts from interviews with five teenage girls; sometimes confessional, sometimes fantastical but always with a touching beauty.

As the girls were being driven to the location seen in the video they sang DAVID BOWIE'S 'Starman' which, like the narrative, can be heard throughout the film, drifting in and out of the scene. Kurland has had exhibitions at White Cube2 in London at Gorney Bravin & Lee, New York and throughout Europe.

From Bowieart.com

25th June 2001

All Saints by David Bowie The forthcoming DAVID BOWIE album 'All Saints' will now be released on July 23rd featuring sixteen all instrumental songs recorded by between 1977 and 1999. (Catalogue number: 5330452).

Originally compiled by David for a 2CD Christmas present for friends back in 1993, the album has now been reconfigured into a single disc and newly created artwork by David himself.

All of the tracks have been remastered, and three of the tracks - 'All Saints', 'Abdulmajid', and 'Crystal Japan' - are described as being 'currently unavailable on any release.'

Also the 'Christiane F.' soundtrack is now scheduled for 7th August release.

You can pre order All Saints by David Bowie here and get it delivered to your door on the day of release.

Full tracklisting details below.

24th June 2001

DB TV showing tonight in the UK... Glastonbury 2000 featuring David Bowie on BBC Choice, UK at 9:00pm. Then flick channels over to BBC2 to see David portray Andy Warhol in the excellent movie Basquiat on BBC2, at 11:30pm.

24th June 2001

www.WorldsStore.com is closing its doors for good on July 1st and they've taken 75% OFF everything so that you can take advantage of the best deals ever on merchandise from today's hottest artists! This is your LAST CHANCE to save on all t-shirts (less than $5!), accessories (from $.25), import CDs (all under $10!) and collectibles from the bands such as DAVID BOWIE, *NSYNC, Metallica, Backstreet Boys, Shania Twain, 98 Degrees, Deftones, Britney Spears, Korn and over 20 more! Don't forget their Beatles Album Art and Yankees stores either! Don't miss out! All orders will be filled on a first come first served basis, so visit WorldsStore.com today before the shelves are bare!

The few remaining David Bowie items are now ridiculously priced at:

Bowie Net Mousepad WAS $7.75 NOW $1.94.
Omikron: The Nomad Soul (PC version) WAS $49.75 NOW $12.44.
Eyes Lithograph WAS $49.75 NOW $12.44.
Glass Spider Tour '87 Laser Disc (Japan) WAS $89.75 NOW $22.44.
Earthling CD (Germany) WAS $32.75 NOW $8.19.
Singles Collection Vol. 1 CD (Australia) WAS $32.75 NOW $8.19.
Earthling CD (England) WAS $32.75 NOW $8.19.

From WorldsStore.com.

24th June 2001

Today on the MadBlast streaming entertainment show of love they talk with Def Leppard lead singer Joe Elliott about his new side project, The Cybernauts and why the album is only available at the website.

The Cybernauts are the pseudo reforming of David Bowie's 'Spiders From Mars' band. From Changes to Ziggy Stardust, the Cybernauts pay tribute to Bowie and late guitarist Mick Ronson.


22nd June 2001

DAVID BOWIE, Kris Kristofferson and the Rolling Stones' Charlie Watts are among the musicians turned presenters bringing expert insight to RADIO 2 music shows.

First up is Robert Reynolds of The Mavericks examining 'The State Of Country' for the network's celebration of American's Independence Day on 4th July. He is followed by country star and actor Kris Kristofferson, who presents The Bob Dylan Story.

David Bowie stays closer to home with a two-part history of London's Marquee Club. Jazz fan Charlie Watts looks at saxophonist Charlie Parker in a series starting in the autumn, and Phil Collins, Suggs and Steve Harley revisit familiar territory with 'The Big Band Bash', 'Ska Train' and 'Sounds of the Seventies' respectively.

Thanks to Noel for the pointer.

20th June 2001

You may remember the recent New York Academy's Take Home A Nude auction that raises funds for vital support for graduate student scholarships and the program at the college. DAVID BOWIE contributed to the auction again this year and donated three prints produced specially for the event.

Pictured below are each of the three variations of the print, with each set being in an edition of only five they are obviously very desirable.

Take Home A Nude (Olive) by David Bowie  Take Home A Nude (Turquoise) by David Bowie  Take Home A Nude (Pink) by David Bowie

In this specially created print, David has taken images of nudes both male and female, both are idealised though one is a fetishised drawing the other a realistic photograph, the two images have been entangled making viewing the original nudes problematic, how we normally view such images is bought into question.

Each print is 25 x 20 cm, on Arches paper and signed in a limited edition of 5. You will find the prints now available to purchase on Bowieart.com, but you had better be quick if you wish to own one.

19th June 2001

In today's UK newspaper THE MIRROR... Daddy's girl Elizabeth Jagger has persuaded her pop to buy her a pounds 1million apartment near Central Park South in New York. The 17-year-old model acquired his blessing some time ago to live with boyfriend Damien Van Zyl, also a model, in the Rolling Stone's £8 million pad in the Big Apple. Lizzie does a lot of work in America. But now Mick has decided it's time she flew the nest. And the 57-year- old rocker thinks old pal DAVID BOWIE'S two-bedroom flat would be perfect. It's on sale for pounds 1million. Now all they have to do is agree on a price.

From The Mirror via AliCat.

19th June 2001

(From Stephen via BW Message Board)... Surprisingly, I have made other inroads to transfer information about the screenplay that I am writing on DAVID BOWIE'S life story to David via conventional routes, but have yet to indulge the obvious. Now doing so will - I suspect - circulate the concrete truth of its existence and source from the author, writer, actor, Stephen Wozniak and myself. That as it is, I have enlisted many of the key players of David's professional and personal life over the last 30 years to raise its momentum within the film industry.

While nearing completion, I am also seeking out investors whose worth in music and film approaches that of David himself. Needless to say, I need very much to pass along the partial script and promotional package to David, as I would like to secure a space for him as executive producer. Ultimately, I will join on as co-producer and plan to play lead as David in his adult years.

There is far too much information to detail here but I will leave with posting members near and far my e-mail address for the project: andziggyplayedguitar@hotmail.com.

Additionally, I am fronting a band of the same name as the screenplay, as one of many preparations to eventually play David in the feature film.

...AND ZIGGY PLAYED GUITAR will be playing the following dates for the remainder of June:

Thursday, June 21st at GOLDFINGERS
6423 Yucca St. in Hollywood on, only two blocks from Capitol Records.
11:30 PM. Cover is $6.

Saturday, June 30th at PAT'S COCKTAILS
12121 Riverside @ Cahuenga in N. Hollywood.
10:30PM and 12 Midnight. Cover is Free.

The lovely Spiders From Mars are:

'DAVID BOWIE' lead vocals - Stephen Wozniak.
'MICK RONSON' lead guitars - Mitchell Sigman of Berlin and Seratonin and backing vocals.
'WOODY WOODMANSEY' drums - Craig "Rosie" of Sibaku.
'TREVOR BOLDER' bass - Bernie and backing vocals.
and on Keyboards - Beth Lovejoy of The Cherries.

We are delighted to have you as our guests for either or both shows. Of course, please tell valuable friends near and far to join us for another enchanted, stardusted evening.

Feel free to contact me here at: andziggyplayedguitar@hotmail.com if you need to contact us or have any questions at all. We can't wait to see you there! "In walked luck and you looked in time... never look back, walk tall, act fine..."

From Stephen.

18th June 2001

Charly over at BOWIELAND is to host a party this coming weekend on Saturday 23rd June 2001 to celebrate the life and times of Mr. Bowie. They aim to raise money for two very worthwhile charities, 'Save The Children' and 'The National Canine Defence League'.

The party is to be held at: The Red Lion Hotel, Long Street, Atherstone, Warwickshire, England.

For full information please head on over to Charly's Bowieland where you can get full information on how to obtain tickets, venue details and so on.

Starts early - finishes late! Tickets only £10. Please support this event whilst having some fun and at the same time helping a good cause.

  • Welcome Drink On Arrival
  • Buffet and Disco with the legendary TonyDay!
  • Ticket Prize Draw and Prize Quiz
  • Lyric Game
  • Raffle (Proceeds to 'Save The Children' and 'The National Canine Defence League')
  • Sponsor a Dog for the NCDL!
  • Vote for your 5 favourite Bowie records

  • So, if you fancy spending the evening with like minded David Bowie fans, listening to nothing but Bowie music and having fun, maybe even winning a prize, come along to the Bowieland Birthday Bash 2001!

    For further details and how to apply email: party@bowieland.net or telephone: 07790 519404.

    16th June 2001

    From Ibiza To The Norfolk Broads play in Germany at Galerie 'Alte Kegelbahn' (hinter dem UNIKUM)...

    Jean Genie tribute band play The Witchwood, Ashton under Lyne, Greater Manchester, England...

    David Bowie - Serious Moonlight showing on TRIO Network US at 02:00pm ET...

    David portraying Andy Warhol in Basquiat at 12:00 am ET on FLIX Movie channel...

    16th June 2001

    BowieArt.com has announced the 'Window Pain Project', an off-line project in partnership with the Tardis window space that will further increase the profile of a selection of young, fresh and talented artists currently given space on www.Bowieart.com.

    The window space on Turnmill Street gives the artist's involved an opportunity to exhibit their work in an environment independent of a gallery setting, which will attract not only the attention of the art world but passers-by who may not normally go looking for art. Set within a brick façade alongside Farringdon Station, the window is on a street that sees a procession of commuters trek past by day and similar volumes of people with different intentions by night. Planning to change the backdrop to this, the artists involved find themselves bringing into question notions of the city, its urban landscape and consumerism.

    The Window Project is initiated as an extension of Bowieart.com which gives the best young talent free space on-line; a refreshing reminder of how the net can be used to provide information and exposure to talented artists at the most important time in their careers.

    Tardis Studios, 52-56 Turnmill Street, London, EC1.

    For images and further information on the Window Project visit Bowieart @ www.bowieart.com.

    14th June 2001

    Today's BowieNet Special Chat Guest is author NEIL GAIMAN at 6:00 pm EST, that's 11:00 pm GMT...

    From Ibiza To The Norfolk Broads playing in Germany at Galerie 'Alte Kegelbahn' (hinter dem UNIKUM)...

    Double showing of the musical Absolute Beginners on the Flix Movie channel at 09:35 am and 4:30pm ET USA...

    B.U.S.T.E.D. (aka Everybody Loves Sunshine) showing on the STARZ! Theater Channel at 6:00 am, 2:00pm and 10:00pm ET...

    13th June 2001

    Tribute band JEAN GENIE play the Late Cafe tonight (13th June) in Bold Street, Liverpool. Doors open at 9:30pm, members £8, non members £10.

    Liverpool Late Room @ Life Cafe
    1a Bold Street, Liverpool L1 4DJ, England. Tel: 0151-707-2333. Fax: 0151-708-6860. Email: enquiries@lifecafe.uk.com

    Website @ www.lifecafe.uk.com.

    12th June 2001

    Best concert ever! Saturday night seeing RUSTIC OVERTONES in Portland, Maine... They played an amazing set and then did an encore. Then the house lights came on so we walk out... We get outside and are shocked to see the band has set up and is playing acoustically... The singer is standing on a chair singing threw a bullhorn. We were like 3 people back... 1500 people file out of the building and were filling the street and sidewalk... 2 cops are in the street looking at each other like 'What the hell do we do?' It was nuts, people were climbing up lamp posts and stuff. It was around 1:00 am and most everyone was singing along screaming. People in near by apartments trying to sleep must have loved that. The Mayor was at the show earlier to give the band the key to the city and now they were almost inciting a riot. Most everyone behaved though and they played outside for about a half hour.

    I suggest you go see them if they come near you and pick up their new album Viva Nueva (yes, BOWIE is on it!).

    From Doyo.

    12th June 2001

    The DAVID BOWIE based cabaret show DARKNESS AND DISGRACE will be performing several preview shows in London before the Edinburgh Fringe Festival takes place in August.

    Again they will take place at The Rosemary Branch Theatre in London on Thursday 26th July, Friday 27th July and Saturday 28th July at 8:00pm. Tickets will be £6 (£5 cons). It would be lovely to see some Bowie fans down there!!

    Rosemary Branch Theatre, 2A Shepperton Road, Islington, London N1 3DT. 020 7704 6665.

    Click here to read about the Edinburgh Fringe Festival performances.

    Many Thanks for your continued support

    From Mike Leigh - Des De Moor website.

    11th June 2001

    Released in the North America tomorrow on the EAR label Substitute - The Songs Of The Who which features DAVID BOWIE and his excellent version of 'Pictures Of Lily'...

    RADIO 2 DJ Jonathan Ross announced on his BBC Radio 2 show that David will be putting in an appearance either in around 2 months time or in early 2002, depending on when he can get across to the UK. According to Jonathan, it will 'be the last show he ever does' for after meeting David, he's likely to 'spontaneously combust'... (via Calum B).

    TV stuff: Showing three times today B.U.S.T.E.D. (aka Everybody Loves Sunshine on STARZ! Theatre Channel at 6:00am, 2:00pm and 10:00pm EST...

    Also showing on FLIX Movie channel is the movie ABSOLUTE BEGINNERS at 2:35am ET...

    9th June 2001

    Def Leppard's Joe Elliott and Phil Collen Collaborate With Ex-Spiders From Mars Members On Bowie Material, Available Exclusively on www.cybernautsruleok.com, June 7th

    On June 7th, The Cybernauts, comprising of Joe Elliott, Phil Collen, Trevor Bolder (Spiders From Mars, Uriah Heep), Dick Decent (No Commercial Potential, The Red Lemons) and Woody Woodmansey (David Bowie, Spiders From Mars) are set to release a live collaboration album comprising of Bowie material. The 25-track CD entitled Cybernauts Live will contain 18 live tracks and 7 studio tracks and will only be available through the official Cybernauts web site, www.cybernautsruleok.com

    This project first came into fruition for Joe Elliott and Phil Collen at a Def Leppard show in Stockholm. The same day that Mick Ronson passed away, Def Leppard decided to spontaneously play an acoustic version of Ziggy Stardust as a tribute to him. In discussing how the project developed from there, Joe Elliott states, "One year on and we are into the opening bars of Width of A Circle and I can hardly believe it. Little ol' me groovin' away on songs I grew up on that I never thought I'd get the chance to perform live, especially with the original 'Spiders' rhythm section. That was the first Mick Ronson memorial show. Jump forward to 1997 and the opportunity of doing it one more time knocks on the door. Only this time we wanted to take it out a little further."

    A small series of tour dates were shortly after arranged and the Cybernauts are now set to release their album comprised of these shows as a tribute to the artists who have been most influential to them, in particular, David Bowie and Mick Ronson.

    Check out the official Cybernauts web site @ www.cybernautsruleok.com.

    (Ed. Happy Birthday today to Trevor Bolder!)

    8th June 2001

    The BEN STILLER comedy fashion movie ZOOLANDER which features DAVID BOWIE, is set for release on 28th September 2001 by Paramount Pictures.

    The movie, based on a character that Stiller created for skits shown during the 1996 VH1 Fashion Awards, is centered around 'Derek' (Ben Stiller) who is a shallow, self-obsessed male model who has lost his position as the Number One model. Derek is recruited by a rogue CIA agent 'Christine' (Matilda Jeffries) and is brainwashed by the mysterious 'Katinka' (Milla Jovovich) into assassinating the President of Malaysia. Meanwhile, he also has to deal with nemesis 'Owen Wilson' (Hansel), a younger, blonde model who is now the hot stuff on the scene.

    Members of the cast include: Ben Stiller (Derek Zoolander), Owen Wilson (Hansel), Will Ferrell (Jacobim Mugatu), Milla Jovovich (Katinka), Jerry Stiller (Maury Ballstein), Christine Taylor (Matilda Jeffries), David Bowie (as himself), Andy Dick, Fabio (himself), Lenny Kravitz (as himself), Matt Levin (Archie), David Pressman (Phil), Vince Vaughn (cameo) and Billy Zane (as himself).

    Parts of the movie were also shot during the VH1/Vogue 2000 Fashion Awards when David made a surprise guest appearance to present Stella McCartney with her 'Fashion Designer of the Year' award, along with her father Paul.

    David said: "The script is hilarious... "there is a 'fight-club' style 'walk-off' between the two star models and I act as the ref."

    7th June 2001

    When PRINCE CHARLES heard that a fire had damaged the New York Academy of Art, he ordered a lithograph of one of his watercolors taken off the palace wall and sent to New York. It will be auctioned tonight at Christie's in Rockefeller Center along with works by DAVID BOWIE, Eric Fischl and William Wegman salvaged from the academy's building on Franklin Street in Lower Manhattan. "The damage was extensive," said Eileen Guggenheim, an adviser to the trustees. She said the fire apparently started beneath a kiln. "We're formulating a plan."

    The event begins with cocktails and hors d'oeuvres at 7. The silent auction closes at 8:30. Tickets, $175, from (212) 966-0300, or $200 at the door.

    Click here for information on David's contribution.

    7th June 2001

    All Saints by David Bowie Virgin Music Canada have announced that the DAVID BOWIE album 'All Saints' will be released on July 9th featuring sixteen all instrumental songs recorded by between 1977 and 1999.

    Originally compiled by David for a 2CD Christmas present for friends back in 1993, the album has now been reconfigured into a single disc and newly created artwork by David himself.

    All of the tracks have been remastered, and three of the tracks - 'All Saints', 'Abdulmajid', and 'Crystal Japan' - are described as being 'currently unavailable on any release.'

    Below are the official song-by-song descriptions of the 'All Saints' tracks:

    A New Career In Town
    The second short instrumental from side 1 of 'Low' features a battle between European calculated metronomic synths and a Yankee harmonica.

    V-2 Schneider
    Probably the best of the instrumentals on "Heroes", this track features an off-beat sax, great guitars and military-style drumming.

    A haunting middle Eastern-flavoured instrumental previously available as a bonus track on the now deleted Ryko/EMI 1991 remaster of "Heroes".

    Weeping Wall
    A piece inspired by Philip Glass takes on Berlin as its subject matter. Bowie plays all of the instruments on this track from 'Low', including the vibraphone and xylophone.

    All Saints
    A short instrumental, and the title track of this album. Previously available as a bonus track on the now deleted Ryko/EMI 1991 remaster of 'Low'.

    Art Decade
    A stark, unnerving instrumental from 'Low' capturing the ambience and isolation of West Berlin.

    Crystal Japan
    Appeared previously as the B-side to the single 'Up The Hill Backwards' (and as the A-side of a Japanese single), as well as a bonus track on the Ryko/EMI 1991 remaster of 'Scary Monsters.' The track was originally recorded for a Japanese Saki advert, which featured David himself.

    Brilliant Adventure
    The most recent track, recorded for and featured on Bowie's 1999 album 'hours...'

    Sense Of Doubt/Moss Garden/Neukoln
    Three tracks that segue into each other on the album "Heroes". 'Sense Of Doubt' is a funeral minimalist masterpiece that sounds as disturbing today as when it was recorded. 'Moss Garden' has a Japanese flavour and features a Koto, a stringed instrument similar to a guitar. 'Neukoln,' an area in former East Berlin populated in the main by Turkish immigrants, has a Zen quality disturbed by fine guitar work and the lone booming sax, which finishes the piece.

    The Mysteries
    A true ambient piece from the album 'Buddha Of Suburbia' features what sounds like a backwards, slowed-down piano.

    Ian Fish UK Heir
    An intriguing ambient piece featuring copious amounts of surface static. From the album 'Buddha Of Suburbia.'

    This track, or an earlier version of it, was demoed for 'The Man Who Fell To Earth' soundtrack. It eventually appeared as the final piece about Berlin on the 'Low' album.

    This bleak, slow instrumental was Bowie's attempt to capture the essence of the Polish capital and its countryside in general. From the album 'Low,' it features Bowie singing in a non-existent language similar to the 'Sound Poetry' developed by the Dadaists in the 1910's.

    Some Are
    The original instrumental appeared as a bonus track on the Ryko/EMI1991 remaster of 'Low.' This version is the long orchestral version arranged by Philip Glass from his 'Low Symphony.'

    You can pre order All Saints by David Bowie here and get it delivered to your door on the day of release.

    6th June 2001

    Today marks the 29th anniversary of the release of the immortal rock album 'The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars'. First released on 6th June 1972 on RCA Records, just one more year will see the release of a special project from DAVID BOWIE 'Ziggy 2002' which will include previously unheard material, plus newly written tracks.

    Also planned is the release of unseen footage filmed by Mick Rock on DVD/Video, limited edition artwork, as well as the publication of the 'Moonage Daydream' limited edition book by Genesis.

    (Ed. See the front page Happy 29th Ziggy - for a 29 Photo Ziggy Special Pop Up Window).

    6th June 2001

    One year (that's all we've got...) A year from today, 6th June 2002, will be the 30th anniversary of the original release of DAVID BOWIE'S album The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars. To mark the date Genesis will be publishing a Ziggy Stardust limited edition by DAVID BOWIE and MICK ROCK.

    Join the mailing list @ www.genesis-publications.com/books/bowie/index.html.

    From Oliver Craske - Genesis Publications.

    5th June 2001

    You can now read the complete chat transcription from the BOWIENET from last night 4th June 2001.

    David Bowie Chat Transcription - BowieNet 4th June 2001.

    5th June 2001

    Released today is the new album Viva Nueva from the RUSTIC OVERTONES on the Tommy Boy label, which features DAVID BOWIE on two of the tracks. Produced by longtime David Bowie-collaborator Tony Visconti, Barenaked Ladies producer Dave Leonard and Rustic Overtones themselves - captures the fresh and unique blend of rock, funk, jazz and space-age pop they've developed touring some 200 dates a year.


    Viva Neuva by Rustic Overtones ..1. C'Mon.
    ..2. Gas On Skin.
    ..3. Love Underground.
    ..4. Hardest Way Possible.
    ..5. Crash Landing.
    ..6. Smoke.
    ..7. Baby Blue.
    ..8. Revolution AM.
    ..9. Sector Z (features David Bowie).
    10. Combustible.
    11. Valentine's Day Massacre.
    12. Hit Man.
    13. Check.
    14. Boys and Girls.
    15. Beekeeper
    16. Man Without A Mouth (features David Bowie).

    Read the full press release here and check out their official website @ www.rusticovertones.com.

    5th June 2001

    Liza Jane sheet music Today marks the anniversary of DAVID BOWIE'S first ever single release 'Liza Jane' credited to Davie Jones with The King Bees, which was released 37 years ago today, 5th June 1964 on the Vocalion Pop label (V 9221).

    Featuring seventeen year old Davie Jones (vocals and saxophone), George Underwood (guitar), Roger Bluck (guitar), Francis Howard (bass) and Robert Allen (drums), the original 7" vinyl single is now worth in the region of around £500 in mint condition.

    Although credited to Leslie Conn, David's then manager who negotiated a one-single deal with Decca Records, George Underwood said the song was originally an old Negro spiritual that the band played around with and came up with this R'n'B song.

    Leslie Conn's recollection of the events in 1997:

    "I can tell you that I have got a pretty retentive memory, but that is something I can't clearly recall. I used to write songs except that I don't write music and I don't play piano. When the boys were jamming to kind of come up with some ideas to make a record, they came up with some six bar blues, which everyone uses. As they were doing that, I came up with my own idea, which came from nowhere, and we improvised and the song came together. I mean, I would never take credit for something that I never did and I know David wouldn't have agreed for me to sign the contract as writer if he had wrote it himself. I would never have stolen someone else's song on principle. I know that I'm quite vague on that and I can't be absolutely sure how it all came about, but I know that I did come up with a lot of ideas. As for the production of the song that was most certainly me, I arranged and organised the whole thing and I always produced the material I was arranging with Decca at that time. George Underwood is definitely wrong on that point.

    "There is a funny story while were still on the subject of 'Liza Jane'. When David and I parted company I went off to live and work in Majorca for a few years and one day I was on the phone to my mother and she said, 'what shall I do with those records I have in the garage' which were a few hundred copies of 'Liza Jane'. So I replied, 'Throw them out', and she did. The last time David came up here he said, 'Have you got any of those records we made, you know they're worth over a hundred pounds each!' I told him I got my mother to throw them all out! We had to laugh."

    Backed with 'Louie Louie Go Home', written by Paul Revere and Mark Lindsay, which was incidentally pencilled in as the A-side, both songs were recorded in a seven-hour session at Decca Studios in Broadhurst Gardens, West Hampstead.

    The single was re-released by Decca in September 1978 (catalogue number F 13807) and beware there are counterfeit Vocalion copies in circulation. Produced in the USA in 70s, the tell-tale difference between the original and the illegal pressings is the matrix number. On the original 1964 issue the matrix number is machine stamped on the vinyl and on the fake copies it is handwritten.

    The official press release for the single from the press room of the Dick James Organisation in May 1964 read...


    Pop Music isn't all affluence. Just ask new seventeen year old recording star Davie Jones. Time was (two months ago, in fact) when he and his group were almost on their uppers. No money, bad equipment. Then Davie had a brainwave. "I had been reading a lot in the papers about John Bloom," says Davie. "So I put pen to paper and wrote him a letter." David told Bloom that he had the chance of backing one of the most talented and up-and-coming groups on the pop scene. All he had to do was advance the several hundred pounds it requires to outfit a pop group with the best equipment.

    Davie didn't get the money, but he did get a telegram next day from John Bloom giving the phone number of Artist's Manager Leslie Conn. Davie got in touch, he was rewarded with a booking at Bloom's Wedding Anniversary Party. "We were a dismal failure", recalls Davie. "It was a dinner dress affair and we turned up in jeans and sweat shirts and played our usual brand of rhythm and blues. It didn't go down too well. Still we'll know better next time."

    However, all's well that ends well. Leslie Conn liked the earthy type of music the group played, arranged an audition with Decca Records which resulted in a contract and the first release by David Jones with the King-Bees. "Liza Jane", released by Decca (Vocalian 9221) on June 5th.


    Davie Jones met up with his four member backing group the King-Bees when he visited his local barber shop in Bromley. In between clips he got chatting to the four lads, also there to be sheared, about their musical interests, and before you could say "Short back and sides", they decided to join forces.

    The group specialise in hard-driving, uncompromising R & B, a brand of music that has won for them a dedicated following in the London area, a following which should soon be spreading throughout the length and breadth of England on the strength of their first disc.

    "LIZA JANE", is a beaty, action packed disc which features the direct no-holds-barred Davie Jones vocal delivery. The King-Bees supply a hard core, R & B backing and the whole thing is crowned by a catchy chorus featuring the line "Little Liza Jane".

    DAVIE JONES - Seventeen years old, fair haired Davie first got interested in pop music when he was ten. His father's secretary (Davie's father in P.R.O. for Dr. Barnardo's homes) who had previously worked for a disc company, sent Davie a 'Demo' copy of a new Little Richard disc. As the phrase goes, Davie was "knocked out", and when he had scraped together a few pounds of his pocket money, bought a plastic saxophone. Eventually he progressed on to the real thing. Lessons were the next step. "My idol on saxophone has always been Ronnie Ross", says Davie, "So I looked up his name up in the phone book and asked him if he would give me lessons." Ross agreed, but after Davie played him a few bars Ross's comment was: "Right now we can start working on you, that was bloody awful!" Davie gave up his music to take his G.C.E. at 15, then left school and joined an advertising agency as a commercial artist, where he still works.

    When he left school Davie was able to concentrated on his music again, this time mainly as a vocalist, playing dance halls and clubs in and around the Bromley area. Then came the hair-cut and the letter to John Bloom...

    Davie's favourite vocalists are Little Richard, Bob Dylan and John Lee Hooker. Apart from the saxophone he also plays the guitar. He dislikes Adams apples, and lists as his interests Baseball, American Football and collecting Boots. A handsome six footer with a warm and engaging personality, Davie Jones has all it takes to get to the show business heights, including... talent.

    5th June 2001

    David Bowie on BowieNet Chat - Monday June 4th 2001 6:00pm

    Q: "What happened to the Rugrats song. Any chance of hearing it, maybe here on BNet. The video for The Hearts Filthy Lesson reminds me of a Spanish theatre group called La Fura dels Baus. Do you know them: were they an influence?"

    David Bowie: "The Rugrats song is really nice. It is called Skylife. I've definitely got it up for something. I'm not sure which album it will appear on, but it'll probably have a lyric change."

    Q: "When will the Toy album be released?"

    David Bowie: "I'm finding EMI/Virgin seems to have a lot of scheduling conflicts this year, which has put an awful lot on the back burner. Toy is finished and ready to go, and I will make an announcement as soon as I get a very real date. Meantime, I'm already started writing and recording for another album (untitled at the moment). So far I have to say it's back to experimental. But knowing me, it doesn't mean that's how it'll turn out."

    Q: "What's happened to Contamination?"

    David Bowie: "This is hard to believe (heh heh heh), but nothing has gotten lost. Contamination will be one of the many pieces that I will release over time. It's just that my time has gone all elastic.

    "I must say that playing back and doing initial idea mixes on the Contamination material, I've been very pleasantly surprised at how completely nutty it sounds. I'm determined to get it out this millennium."

    Q: "Do you plan to tour at all this year, I loved Glastonbury."

    David Bowie: "A quick tour with the Metropolitan Museum isn't out of the question. Or maybe MOMA..."

    Q: "The new album is produced by Visconti?"

    David Bowie: "Toy has been produced beautifully by Mark Plati. The next album will be produced by Tony Visconti But I'm sure Mark will be involved."

    Q: "How much do ya like being a father again? :)"

    David Bowie: "I really, really love it. To be honest, I really have to pull myself together weekly to focus on my music that sometimes it almost feels like a distraction. The music, I mean. But I think I'm beginning to find a sense of balance between daddyfying and workifying. Mind you, the next album might have lyrics like: 'the wheels on the bus go round and round'..."

    David Bowie Chat Transcription from BowieNet.

    4th June 2001

    Released in the UK today Substitute - The Songs Of The Who which features DAVID BOWIE and his excellent version of 'Pictures Of Lily'...

    Reminder for BowieNet members that DOCTOR JONES will be holding surgery at 6:00pm EST (11:00 GMT) all ailments and questions answered...

    Happy Birthday to plectrum master REEVES GABRELS - have a great day and very best wishes from everyone at Wonderworld :) ...

    4th June 2001

    DAVID BOWIE will make an appearance on Monday, June 4th in the BOWIENET chatroom at 6:00 pm EST, that's 11:00 pm GMT - see worldclock for your local time zone...

    Check out David's official website @ BowieNet.

    3rd June 2001

    Substitute: The Songs of The Who Tomorrow (Monday 4th June) sees the release in the UK of THE WHO tribute album 'Substitute - The Songs Of The Who' which features DAVID BOWIE performing a stunning version of 'Pictures Of Lily'.

    David Bowie says: "The Who's work became a major template for so many of us. The considered and intelligent use of so-called 'art-theory', actively engaged with rock music, was merely one of Pete's phenomenally important contributions to the new 'language' of rock. Nice trousers too!"

    Other artists on the album besides David Bowie, include Pearl Jam, Sheryl Crow, Phish, Stereophonics, Cast, Ocean Colour Scene, Paul Weller plus others have all contributed pieces. Released by Edel (cat. no: 0126242ERE) tomorrow in the UK and June 12th in North America on the company's EAR label.

    David Bowie: 'Pictures of Lily'
    Written by Pete Townshend.
    Published by TRO/Essex.
    Producers David Bowie and Mark Plati.
    Engineered and Mixed by Mark Plati at Looking Glass Studios NYC (Nov 2000).
    Assisted by Hector Castillo. Mastered by Greg Calbi at Sterling Sound.
    Musicians: David Bowie - Lead and Backing vocals, Stylophone.
    Mark Plati - Bass & Guitars, backing vocals.
    Sterling Campbell - Drums, Backing vocals.

    The album was proposed by The Who's long-time studio engineer Bob Pridden, and gained the approval of Pete Townshend. Pridden explains that the set was inspired by a recording session with Liverpool band Cast. After they had suggested recording a version of "The Seeker," which will be on the album, Pridden took the track home and played it to his family, whereupon his daughter Lily hit upon the notion of an entire album. "What a great idea," he writes. "The young bands I had been working with were always telling me what a great influence the Who had been to their careers and this was a great opportunity for them to give something back."

    Townshend adds that it was Pridden's involvement that encouraged him to back the project. "Although I'd been approached to do this many times before, for the first time I felt comfortable with the idea of having Bobby at the helm. Since then I've left him to it and I'm amazed and flattered at the number of great artists he's managed to involve."

    Full Tracklisting:

    01. Cast - 'The Seeker'.
    02. Ocean Colour Scene - 'Anyway, Anyhow, Anywhere'.
    03. Paul Weller - 'Circles'.
    04. David Bowie - 'Pictures Of Lily'.
    05. Pearl Jam - 'The Kids Are Alright'.
    06. Fastball - 'The Real Me'.
    07. UnAmerican - 'Naked Eye'.
    08. Stereophonics - 'Who Are You'.
    09. Phish - '5:15'.
    10. Sheryl Crow - 'Behind Blue Eyes'.
    11. The Who featuring Kelly Jones (Stereophonics) - 'Substitute' (video live at The Royal Albert Hall London).

    DotMusic.com have two exclusive full lengths versions (high/low band) of Pictures Of Lily for your listening pleasure. If you need the lyrics click here.

    You can purchase the album here and have it delivered directly to your door.

    3rd June 2001

    Update: The New York Academy of Art will raise money for scholarships and other programs at an auction at Christie's in Rockefeller Center. More than 300 nude studies will be up for bid, including works by Christo, Eric Fischl, William Wegman and DAVID BOWIE. The event begins with cocktails and hors d'oeuvres at 7. The silent auction closes at 8:30. Tickets, $175, from (212) 966-0300, or $200 at the door.

    Click here for information on David's contribution.

    2nd June 2001

    Ziggy Stardust by Mick Rock Below are the names of only twenty-seven finalists who gave the correct answers in the recent BOWIEWONDERWORLD competition number 9. They all went into my old Trilby hat to find the TWO winners of the signed MICK ROCK limited edition Ziggy Stardust prints.

    The two winners drawn at random by Mrs. Rednik... one winner with a @bowiewonderworld.com email address and one without, were... (drum roll)... numbers 1 and 15.

    Sandra Atkins [Spidey@bowiewonderworld.com]
    Alan Morgan [alan@morgan.gb.com]

    Congratulations to Sandra and Alan!!! Thanks and well done to everyone who answered all six questions correctly. And... I've decided to award a special bonus prize to ZigDust who was the only person to correctly identify Ed Sciaky pictured with David and Bruce Springsteen in the Sigma Sound Studios photograph. ZigDust go and pick something from the BowieWonderworld Vault be careful it's dark in there ;)

    16 Gilly X [Gilly@bowiewonderworld.com]
    03 Linda Gallagher [LadyGrinningSoul@bowiewonderworld.com]
    25 John B [johnb67@bowiewonderworld.com]
    24 Vicky Stardust [vickystardust@bowiewonderworld.com]
    04 Bianca Dietrich [Bianca@bowiewonderworld.com]
    02 DJ [dj@bowiewonderworld.com]
    17 Bill Buddle [bill@bowiewonderworld.com]
    26 Zig Dust [zig@bowiewonderworld.com]
    07 Andy [andy@bowiewonderworld.com]
    23 JulieAnn [julie-ann@bowiewonderworld.com]
    11 Aileen [aileen@bowiewonderworld.com]
    18 Marcel de Groot [marcel@davidbowie.com]
    01 Sandra Atkins [Spidey@bowiewonderworld.com]
    21 Michael Farrin [michaelf@bowiewonderworld.com]

    22 David Robert Jones [mr_david_robert_jones@hotmail.com]
    27 Ewa Moczulska [sevenlives@poczta.wp.pl]
    06 Jack Noordhoek [janoordhoek@chello.nl]
    20 Bowerman [bowerman@davidbowie.com]
    15 Alan Morgan [alan@morgan.gb.com]
    05 Lilith [lilith@davidbowie.com]
    12 John Amendola [a_lad_insane@usa.net]
    19 Buddha of Suburbia [buddhaofsuburbia@hotmail.com]
    08 Chaz [charlad@dccnet.com]
    13 Simone [simone@davidbowie.com]
    09 SS-Pateman [ss-pateman@hahc.org.uk]
    14 Steph Lynch [steph@davidbowie.com]
    10 Thomas Abrahamsson [thomasabrahamsson@bredband.net]

    If you're desperate to get hold of one of these beautiful prints, (well I am!) you can purchase them through Showcase Editions, call 01242 680012 or e-mail sales@showcaseeditions.com

    (Ed. Many thanks to Showcase Editions for their kind generosity in organising this excellent competition).

    2nd June 2001

    Substitute 3-Track Sampler Here's what you've got to do to Claim a FREE The Who tribute three-track sampler CD.

    The DAILY TELEGRAPH has teamed up with Edel Records and Virgin Megastores to give readers the chance to claim an exclusive three-track CD sampler of the new album Substitute The Songs Of The Who, released on Monday 4th June, featuring DAVID BOWIE. Ocean Colour Scene and Fastball.

    The three tracks contained on the sampler are:

    'Pictures Of Lily' by David Bowie (4.59).
    'Anyway, Anyhow, Anywhere' by Ocean Colour Scene (2.10).
    'The Real Me' by Fastball (2.10).

    Hang on there's even more... not only do you get a voucher to claim your free sampler, there is yet ANOTHER voucher to save £2 off the actual album, which is valid until July 31st 2001.

    Substitute 3-Track Sampler To claim your limited edition CD, complete the voucher and take it to a participating Virgin Megastore. The voucher is valid from today (June 2nd) until June 10th 2001. Please note, stocks of the limited edition CD are limited to 30,000 and will be distributed on a first come, first served basis. Only ONE sampler CD can be claimed per reader.

    The participating UK Virgin Megastores are:

    Aberdeen, Basildon, Basingstoke, Belfast, Birkenhead, Birmingham, Bluewater Park, Bradford, Brent Cross, Brighton, Bristol, Bromley, Camberley, Cambridge, Cardiff, Carlisle, Cheltenham, Chester, Colchester, Coventry, Crawley, Crewe, Cribb's Causeway, Croydon, Derby, Derry, Dundee, Edinburgh, Exeter, Falkirk, Gatwick North, Gatwick South, Glasgow (Argyle St), Glasgow (Buchanan St), Grimbsy, Harlow, Harrow, Hasting, Heathrow T1, Heathrow T2 (Airside), Hemel Hempstead, Hull, Ipswich, Kings Road, Kingston, Leeds, Leicester, Liverpool, Maidenhead, Manchester, Manchester Airport T1, Merry Hill, Middlesbrough, Milton Keynes, Newcastle, Northampton, Norwich, Nottingham, Oxford, Oxford Street, Perth, Peterborough, Piccadilly, Plymouth, Portsmouth, Reading, Romford, Salisbury, Sheffield, Warrington, Watford, Wimbledon, Woking, York.

    (Ed. The sampler comes in a card sleeve, for promotional use only, catalogue number SUBTEL 1).

    1st June 2001

    After the devastating fire at New York Academy on Friday, the famous TAKE HOME A NUDE will be back for the third year at a yet undisclosed location. This is an auction with a difference: alluring, provocative and intriguing, all works in the auction take the nude as its subject matter and all proceeds go to a great cause, the New York Academy of Arts. What more could an art collector, or a first time buyer wish for? All funds raised from the event provide vital support for graduate student scholarships and the program at the New York Academy of Art where emphasis is aptly placed on the study of the human figure.

    Guests to the event can place silent bids on a great variety of works from paintings to photographs and sculptures. Artists who have contributed to the event are well-established artists, alongside the Academy's students and alumnae, so there should be something for everyone's taste. There is a great line-up of artists including Eric Fischl, Sam Taylor-Wood, Jeff Koons, John Currin, Sol LeWitt and Todd Oldham as well as many others. DAVID BOWIE is contributing again this year and has donated three prints produced specially for the auction.

    Take Home A Nude (Olive) by David Bowie Pictured here is one of the prints, there are three variations on the print and each set in is an edition of only five, which should make them very desirable once we sell them on Bowieart after the auction. In this specially created print David has taken images of nudes both male and female, both are idealised though one is a fetishised drawing the other a realistic photograph, the two images have been entangled making viewing the original nudes problematic, how we normally view such images is bought into question.

    Each print is 25 x 20 cm, on Arches paper and signed in a limited edition of 5. If you would like further information on the prints or wish to place an order prior to them going live on the site on June 11th then please email bowieart@bowieart.com.

    Take Home a Nude will be open to the public in a yet undisclosed location from June 1st - June 6th 2001. Call the New York Academy for places, times and dates, and we will post further information as we know it! The auction will still take place on Thursday, June 7th from 7:00 pm to 10:00 pm.

    Tickets are required to attend the auction and cost $175 if purchased prior to June 4 or $200 on the door if available. To purchase tickets call 212 966 0300. For further information contact Joe Heissan or Olivia Slocum at the New York Academy of Art, 212.966.0300.

    Update: The New York Academy of Art will raise money for scholarships and other programs at an auction at Christie's in Rockefeller Center. More than 300 nude studies will be up for bid, including works by Christo, Eric Fischl, William Wegman and DAVID BOWIE. The event begins with cocktails and hors d'oeuvres at 7. The silent auction closes at 8:30. Tickets, $175, from (212) 966-0300, or $200 at the door.

    From Bowieart.

    1st June 2001

    If you purchase a copy of UK newspaper THE DAILY TELEGRAPH tomorrow (Saturday 2nd June) inside you will be delighted to discover a FREE voucher. Yeah? Big deal. So what?

    Well if you take it along to your nearest participating VIRGIN record store... guess what you get for FREE? Yep, a three track promotional CD for 'Substitute' the forthcoming WHO tribute album, which includes DAVID BOWIE'S excellent rendition of 'Pictures Of Lily'. Not bad yeah?

    There are advertisements and commercials currently doing the rounds including XFM radio station which uses the said DB track as the background.

    The Who Tribute Substitute album is released on Monday 4th June on the Edel label.

    From Nick :)

    1st June 2001

    Ziggy Stardust by Mick Rock Thanks to everyone who sent in their entries to the BW competition number 9... to be one of TWO lucky winners of the superb limited edition ZIGGY STARDUST print. Both prints signed by legendary photographer MICK ROCK which incidentally are worth over £110 each.

    I will post up the winners as soon as physically possible, there are quite a few entries to sort through. In the meantime here are the answers to the six questions...

    Q1: "Which English University did Mick Rock attend?"
    A1: Mick studied Modern Languages at Cambridge University.

    Sigma Sound Studios 1974 Q2: "Name two of the three people in this photo."
    A2: David Bowie, Ed Sciaky and Bruce Springsteen in the hallway of Sigma Sound Studios, Philadelphia, December 1974.

    Q3: "Name four promotional videos that Mick Rock has filmed for David Bowie?"
    A3: Mick made promotional films for: John I'm Only Dancing, The Jean Genie, Space Oddity (1972 remake), Life On Mars?, Moonage Daydream (unreleased) and Rock 'N' Roll Suicide (unreleased).

    Q4: "Where in England was Mick Rock born?"
    A4: Mick was born in Shepherd's Bush, West London, England.

    Q5: "Who are the publishers of the book 'Blood & Glitter' Glam: An Eyewitness Account' by Mick Rock?"
    A5: The publishers of Mick's book 'Blood & Glitter: Glam: An Eyewitness Account are Vision On.

    Q6: "Which gallery in London held the Blood & Glitter exhibition recently?"
    A6: The 'Blood & Glitter' exhibition was held at Proud Galleries in London.

    If you're desperate to get hold of a print, you can purchase them through Showcase Editions, call 01242 680012 or e-mail sales@showcaseeditions.com

    (Ed. Many thanks to Showcase Editions for their generosity).

    1st June 2001

    The full programme of events for this year's EDINBURGH FRINGE FESTIVAL will be released on 5th June. The event, which runs from 5th August to 27th August, will feature 1,500 shows.

    Clive James and Emo Philips are among the artists so far confirmed to be appearing at the festival. Along with the DAVID BOWIE cabaret show 'Darkness and Disgrace' on 13th-27th August at the Fringe's premier venue The Pleasance venue at 12.15pm every night. Tickets will be £7.50. Read the show reviews here from the London performances at Rosemary Branch Theatre.

    Copies of the Fringe programme, which will cost around £2, can be ordered by calling the hotline number 0907 159 2001, and the full listings will be available at www.edfringe.com from 5th June.

    If there are any David Bowie fans out there running successful companies, who would like to help sponsor the production in return for their company logo etc to be placed on all publicity material please contact Mike Leigh.

    The festival is visited by over 1 million people from all over the world), as the show is costing a small fortune to put on!! If anyone would like any more info on the production or sponsorship opportunities they can contact me via my email address @ beige@bowiewonderworld.com

    Also appearing at the festival is the play FROM IBIZA TO THE NORFOLK BROADS written and directed by Adrian Berry, which runs every night from 1st-26th August at 11.00pm for 26 performances at: C (Venue 34), Adam House, Chambers Street, Edinburgh. Tickets priced £7.50 / £5.50 conc - Box Office: 0131 225 5105.

    You can read some past reviews and interviews here:

    No Control - an interview with Adrian Berry. When I Live My Dream - an interview with Alex Clarke.


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