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31st July 2000

Now available online at BowieWonderworld are a set of 18 DAVID BOWIE personalised online cyber greeting cards for you to send over the net to your friends and loved ones, and anyone else that might take your fancy.

You can personalise the cards to your own design, including your own messages, colours, backgrounds, photographs etc, you know how it works... you can even add some db music. Go check them out.

30th July 2000

Plan accordingly, because on Monday evening at 8:00 pm EST (01:00am GMT), DAVID BOWIE and Mark Plati will be chatting, giving away prizes and enlisting your help in deciding which version of a song they will include on the 'Bowie At The Beeb' album (on the 3rd CD which will include tracks from the recent BBC performance).

Sign up now This is a BowieNet exclusive, and it will include live video and audio from the recording studio, plus a window for us to chat in while we watch.

BOWIENET MEMBERS ONLY: For information on becoming a member - click here.

Information via BowieNet.

30th July 2000

It's official - Ziggy Stardust is now an icon of cyberspace. Singer DAVID BOWIE received top honours during last week's third annual Yahoo! Internet Life Online Music Awards celebration at New York's Studio 54.

Bowie won The On-line Pioneer of the Year Award in the event hosted by actor John Leguizamo. The award honours individuals at the forefront of the Internet music industry.

Best Internet-Only Album went to Aimee Mann's Bachelor No. 2, while Prince's One Song was named the Best Internet Only Single.

Bowie's Web page, Bowienet, was named the Best Artist's Site, while Paul McCartney's performance at the Cavern Club won Best Live On-line Event.

From Daily Record.

30th July 2000

Update: DAVID BOWIE has leaped up the polling list into top position with 35% of the voting. Paul McCartney has dropped to 20% and Steven Tyler now a miserable 16%. The power of db fans on the internet - 'nuff said! Keep on voting.

Go and vote for David at the VH-1 poll for "Top 25 Sexiest Artists". David was in close third position with 19%, Steven Tyler 20% and Paul McCartney at present topping the list with 21% - come on go vote and put db where he belongs...

Poll from VH-1.com.

30th July 2000

Bassist and songbird GAIL ANN DORSEY has just announced a US Tour, along with Dar Williams accompaning her. There is also a solo gig planned for 30th August in New York City.

Tour schedule:

August 6th: Newport Folk Festival, Newport RI.
August 12th: Edmonton Folk Festival, Edmonton, Canada.
August 22nd-24th: The Bottom Line, New York City.
August 30th: "Songbird Night" at The Bottom Line, New York City. SOLO GIG.
September 14th: Ira Allen Chapel, Burlington, VT.
September 15th: Lupo's, Providence, RI.
September 16th: Penn State, Alumni Hall, University Park, PA.
September 17th: Newton Colony Music & Arts Festival, Newton, NJ.
September 19th: Toad's Place, New Haven, CT.
September 21st: Kraushaar Auditorium, Baltimore, MD.
September 22nd: The Keswick, Glenside, PA.
September 23rd: 9:30 Club, Washington, DC.
September 24th: Ohio Theater, Cleveland, OH.
September 26th: Lee's Place, Toronto, CAN.
September 27th: Michigan Theater, Ann Arbor, MI.
September 29th: Vic Theater, Chicago, IL.
September 30th: Orpheum Theater, Madison, WI.

29th July 2000

Bowie Raids The Archives For Three-CD Bowie At The Beeb Collection:

Joining the ranks of the Beatles, Hendrix, and the Who, DAVID BOWIE has dipped into the BBC's archives to compile the limited edition, three-CD set Bowie At The Beeb, due 26th September from Virgin. Beeb culls performances of both hits and rarities recorded between 1968 and 2000.

Discs one and two feature BBC performances from 1968 to 1972, including "Starman," "Space Oddity," and "Ziggy Stardust." The source tapes from 1968's Top Gear session - neither heard or bootlegged since the day the show originally aired - come from Bowie himself, as the BBC lost the original masters. Disc three of the limited edition package features Bowie's performance for invited guests and fan club members at the BBC Radio Theatre in June, shortly after his appearance at this year's Glastonbury Festival.

A second pressing of Bowie at the Beeb will hit stores later this year featuring only discs one and two. A four-record limited edition vinyl set will also be released later this year, including two bonus tracks not found on any of the CDs.

Highlights of the three-CD set include the historic Sunday Show session, the first time Bowie and guitarist Mick Ronson had performed together live (after meeting just days before), and the Sounds of the '70s tapes, the first - and only - of Bowie's early BBC sessions available in stereo.

The limited edition third CD spans Bowie's career, sporting rarely performed numbers like "This Is Not America" and "Wild Is The Wind," along with "Ashes To Ashes" and "Let's Dance."

Ever the Internet trailblazer, Bowie will give fans a chance a chance to select their favorite version of a live track to appear on the album this Monday (July 31) by logging onto BowieNet (davidbowie.com) for the real-time event broadcast from Bowie's recording studio.

The cover art for Bowie At The Beeb is courtesy of Guy Peellaert, who did the artwork for Bowie's classic Diamond Dogs LP.

In related news, Bowie sounded off on the Napster controversy Monday (July 24) night on CNN. "It's hard for artists who've reached a certain level of economic means to be taken seriously when they start talking about copyright issues," he said. "I will pose a scenario, though: In six months time, when the copyright issues have been resolved, the record labels join up just in time to find a way where you have to pay to use it. Napster will be one of many."

By Pat Berkery.

More related 'Bowie At The Beeb' news piece: [Billboard]

28th July 2000

Go and vote for DAVID BOWIE at the VH-1 poll for "Top 25 Sexiest Artists". David is in close third position with 19%, Steven Tyler 20% and Paul McCartney at present topping the list with 21% - come on go vote and put db where he belongs...

Poll from VH-1.com.

28th July 2000

DAVID BOWIE has been threatening to release a plethora of new albums for the last three years, and it looks like he's ready to make good his promise. Next September, he'll release a limited edition three-CD set culled from his BBC sessions dating from 1968-1972, smack in the middle of his Ziggy Stardust heyday. In fact, the first two discs will not only feature performances of "Ziggy," but continue his intergalactic journey with "Space Oddity" and "Starman." The third CD will showcase a more updated Bowie, taken from his live appearance at the BBC Radio Theatre last month, prior to his headlining appearance at the Glastonbury Festival.

Being the good hyphenate that he is, Bowie the Web maven has invited fans to "mix" one of his new tracks. On July 31, Bowie and producer Mark Plati will stream a few different versions of the selected track at www.davidbowie.com, live from a New York recording studio at 8 p.m. EST. "BowieNetters" will be polled to determine the favorite, which will subsequently be released.

See news item below for full tracklisting...

From RollingStone.com.

27th July 2000

The archive 2CD set 'BOWIE AT THE BEEB 1968-1972' scheduled for release in September, along with a limited edition 3CD set, which includes a bonus CD of the recent recording on 27th June 2000 at the BBC Radio Theatre will contain the following tracks:

CD 1:
In The Heat Of The Morning / London Bye Ta-Ta / Karma Man / Silly Boy Blue / Let Me Sleep Beside You / Janine / Amsterdam / God Knows I'm Good / The Width Of A Circle / Unwashed And Somewhat Slightly Dazed / Cygnet Committee / Memory of A Free Festival / Wild Eyed Boy From Freecloud / Bombers / Looking For A Friend / Almost Grown / Kooks / It Ain't Easy.

CD 2:
The Supermen / Eight Line Poem / Hang Onto Yourself / Ziggy Stardust / Queen Bitch / Waiting For The Man / Five Years / White Light White Heat / Moonage Daydream / Hang Onto Yourself / Suffragette City / Ziggy Stardust / Starman / Space Oddity / Changes / Oh! You Pretty Things / Andy Warhol / Lady Stardust / Rock 'N' Roll Suicide.

LIMITED EDITION 3CD SET (Includes the above 2 CDs and 3rd CD).

CD 3: (Bonus Disc).
Wild Is The Wind / Ashes To Ashes / Seven / This Is Not America / Absolute Beginners / Always Crashing In The Same Car / Survive / Little Wonder / The Man Who Sold The World / Fame / Stay / Hallo Spaceboy / Cracked Actor / I'm Afraid Of Americans / Let's Dance.

A piece of artwork for the 2CD set is to be produced by "Rock Dreams" Belgian artist GUY PEELART, who back in 1974 did the legendary painting for the Diamond Dogs album cover.

The artwork for the bonus CD has been designed by the world's number one graphic designer REX RAY, who also designed the 'hours...' album artwork, various singles, posters and prints. You can see some of his wonderful work at his official web site at www.rexray.com. Go check it out.

Information via BowieNet.

26th July 2000

Various news links reporting on DAVID BOWIE'S and BowieNet's Yahoo! Internet Music Awards victories in the "Best Artist Site" as well as David receiving the "2000 Online Pioneer Honoree" award.

Ananova: Bowie now an internet icon.
VH1 The Wire: Sonicnet and Bowie are heroes at Yahoo! Music Awards and we got the webcast!.
RollingStone.com: David Bowie, Aimee Mann, Chuck D share thoughts on digital downloads.

BBC News: Bowie's double net honour.
Q Magazine: Bowie Wins Internet Gongs.
NME: Stars (On)-Line Up To Receive Awards.
CNN: Bowie win highest honours at Yahoo music awards.

iWon Entertainment: Bowie Winners in Yahoo Web Music Awards.
Billboard: Bowie, Billboard Win Top Yahoo! Internet Life Awards.
Jam! Showbiz: Yahoo! honours David Bowie.
Music365: Bowie Scoops Two Net Awards.

(Ed. Quote of the night from David: "It's the first time I've seen this place in a vertical position").

25th July 2000

Congratulations to everyone at BowieNet [www.davidbowie.com] on winning the Yahoo! Internet Music Award for "Best Artist Site", as well as David receiving the "2000 Online Pioneer Honoree".

Dressed in a smart black suit and tie, David accepted the "Best Artist Site" award from Sandra Bernhard.

David accepts first award Life On Mars? David accepts second award

David, along with Mike Garson on keyboards, performed two songs 'Wild Is The Wind' and 'Life On Mars?' to round off the ceremony at Studio 54 in New York City. He then stepped up to receive his award for the "2000 Online Pioneer Honoree" presented to him by Public Enemy's Chuck D and then delivered his speech.

Listen You can listen to David's Best Artist Site Acceptance Speech
and his 2000 Online Pioneer Honoree Speech here in RealAudio.

You can also see another thirty screen grabs here.

Other News links:

Check out the [Yahoo! Daily News] there's a couple of nice big photographs... [Photo 1] [Photo 2]

[Billboard News] [Jam! Showbiz] [Music365]

If you missed the live cybercast last evening you can now watch it as many times as you like.

Thanks to SteveK for the speech recording.

Happy Birthday Iman! 25th July 2000

To Iman
Wishing you a very Happy Birthday
Have a wonderful day

Best wishes from
Paul and Family and everyone at BowieWonderworld

24th July 2000

Click for cybercast YAHOO INTERNET MUSIC AWARDS: July 24th 2000 at Studio 54, New York City.

Tonight at 9:00 p.m. ET (2:00 a.m. GMT) you can watch the cybercast on VH1.com - you'll need Windows Media Player installed on your computer to watch the show. You can download the free player here.

DAVID BOWIE is the top billing on the show and is to receive an award as the 2000 Online Pioneer Honoree. Expect at least two specially done songs, possibly three. The show hosted by John Leguizamo, also features live performances by: Isaac Hayes, Aimee Mann, Alanis Morissette and DJ Rap. Other nominees include:

David Bowie - Nominated for Best Artist Site.
Teenage Wildlife - Nominated for Best Fan Site.
Reeves Gabrels - Nominated for Best Online Album.
NetAid - Nominated for Best Live Music Event.

Yahoo Internet Life - Music Awards Online Music Awards

Watch the VH1.com Live Cybercast here

You can also read the official press release below from 1st July.

(Good luck and best wishes to all the nominees listed above).

Happy Birthday Val! 24th July 2000

For Raven aka Val
A very Happy Birthday to you... have a great day

Lots of love from
Paul, Dawn, Michael and Jade xxxxx

24th July 2000

DAVID BOWIE'S third single taken from his successful 'hours...' album 'SEVEN' released last Monday has entered the UK Charts at number 32... Read release details here.

The recent auction at Sotheby's for the 'Spitting Image' puppets saw the David Bowie puppet reach an amazing £5,200.... Read the news item here.

Some of the late Linda McCartney's best rock and roll photographs, including a David Bowie print, are going on sale 20th October at Christie's auction house in London...

Several more pix have been added to the Photograph Gallery covering the BowieNet Members Only Gig at Roseland Ballroom 19th June, the BBC Radio Theatre and some more Faces and Names.

23rd July 2000

Well after spending the last three days scanning, cropping, scaling and uploading photographs of DAVID BOWIE at the Roseland Ballroom on the 16th June, I decided I needed some light relief at 4.30am yesterday morning. So I did a little db online game called "David Bowie Concentration".

OK so now I'm hooked... it's very addictive... well not so much addictive as I'm not going to bed until I can beat my son's time. Grrrrr.

Go give it a go and see what you think... David Bowie Concentration.

22nd July 2000

The "Bowie From The Beeb" CD due for for release this coming September will include a Limited Edition 3rd CD with music from the most recent BBC Performance at the BBC Radio Theatre on 27th June, 2000.

The first two CDs chronicle David's sessions from the BBC from the period 1968 to 1972, but this extra disc has now been added to the package.

From BowieNet.

22nd July 2000

The free DAVID BOWIE interactive CD with the August issue of YAHOO! INTERNET LIFE magazine contains a live QuickTime video of 'Seven' taken from the Canadian Musique Plus programme, along with the 'I'm Afraid Of Americans' promo. The 240,000 CDs, complete with Worlds.com software hits the newsstands starting July 25.

The Worlds Player included on the CD, was created by Worlds.com for David Bowie's official online community and branded ISP, "BowieNet." The CD will feature BowieWorld, Worlds.com's interactive 3D David Bowie channel, and an unreleased video and soundtrack by the artist developed by UltraStar and Yahoo! Internet Life.

Yahoo! Internet Life Magazine.

22nd July 2000

The First International DAVID BOWIE Fan Chat / Bootleg Swap (Live via the Internet) on 28th July 1:00 pm GMT (8:00am EST) at britpop.napster.com. This is an opportunity for Bowie fans to meet and swap bootlegs using the latest computer software.

All the essential information can be found at: http://bowie.netfirms.com.

From Adam@BowieNetfirms.

22nd July 2000

I was walking down the High Street... when I....

OK for all you DAVID BOWIE bargain hunters - check these goodies out.

Find your nearest Music Zone Trade Direct outlet or try visiting their web site at www.musiczone.co.uk they have a huge sale going on at present. Here are some of the db items I noticed:

The latest 3 part CD set release 'Seven' are priced at £2.72 each... Three of the new EMI 24 bit digital remasters: 'Tin Machine', 'Tonight' and 'Let's Dance' at an amazing £5.99 each!... 'Absolute Beginners' on video tape at £2.99, big savings on a few of the DB DVD titles and the Strange Fascination hardback book at £5.99.

Also at MusicZone our mam found a cute Iggy Pop book for £1.99! The book entitled 'Iggy Pop' is one of the 'Modern Icons' series of books published by Virgin in 1997. The text isn't exactly brilliant but well worth it for some excellent photos of The Igster, plus there a couple of shots of David that I've never seen before. (ISBN 1 85227 698 3).

I noticed that HMV Records are doing the new 'Young Americans' EMI 24 bit digital remaster release for £9.99.

21st July 2000

Some more of the photographs taken of DAVID BOWIE, the band and fans at the gig at the Roseland Ballroom from 16th June 2000 are now uploaded onto the site and ready for your viewing pleasure. Quick! You've got ten seconds!

There are still lots more to follow shortly, in the meantime here's the pick of the recent bunch from the 16h June, click on thumbnail to view.

David arrives!Allo me old flower!db... the dbDavid at Roseland
Lets sway!Sterling take that candle off your head!What candle?The dogs

You can check the rest out from this gig on the four Photo Gallery: Roseland Ballroom 16.06.00 pages.

[Roseland 16:06:00 #1] [Roseland 16:06:00 #2] [Roseland 16:06:00 #3] [Roseland 16:06:00 #4]

21st July 2000

So what's the 'The David Bowie FanMix' I hear you say? No it ain't a room full of db fans from around the globe, sipping cocktails and nibbling on butties with no crusts, it's the other type of fan.

No Stephen it isn't a set of 4 promo db air coolers either... it's a rather wonderful event that db has planned.

David has just announced that he and Mark Plati are getting dizzy from being in the studio for so long, and they need your help.

On Monday, July 31st at 8:00pm EST - (01:00am GMT), BowieNet will host THE DAVID BOWIE FANMIX, LIVE FROM THE STUDIO!. This is a one hour event which will be streamed live from the studio where they will, among other things, allow YOU to vote in real time on different versions of one song.

You may even have time to chat with the Dynamic Duo! The version you pick will appear on the upcoming album! Check back with upcoming BowieNet News for more information on this historic event!

Go check out BowieNet.

20th July 2000

Last night's special guest in the BowieNet chatroom was legendary guitarist EARL SLICK. Some of the highlights and insights from the chat included:

When asked if he enjoyed the gig earlier with Holly Palmer in NYC Earl replied: "I had a ball. In spite of the fact that I had to play acoustic guitar. A little out of my realm, but it was a lot of fun. Holly was great."

Best question and answer of the evening:

Chipper asks: "What is the meaning of life the universe and everything?".
Earl Slick: A brand new Gibson Firebird.
Simone asks: "What kind of guitar are you using?".
Earl Slick: A brand-new Gibson Firebird.

You can read the complete transcription here on the Chat Transcription pages.

Other special guests and happenings lined up for members of BowieNet in the very near future include:

"FanMix Event" live from the studio with David Bowie and Mark Plati. Not a regular chat, but even more fun! Watch out for details...

Tony Visconti on August 1st, 2000 - 8:00pm EST (01.00am GMT).

Gail Ann Dorsey - Coming in August.

Mike Garson - Coming in August.

Page Hamilton - Coming in August.

Mick Rock - Coming in September.

Holly Palmer - Coming Soon.

Thanks to BowieNet.

20th July 2000

If you are one of the many members of DAVID BOWIE'S official web site BowieNet and have utilised your free web allowance web pages you can register with the new BNetters Web Ring.

Big thanks to MooKid for setting this up.

20th July 2000

MCML DVD cover SECOND SIGHT DVD new releases for July 17th include 'MERRY CHRISTMAS MR. LAWRENCE'. DAVID BOWIE, Tom Conti, Ryuichi Sakamoto and 'Beat' Takeshi Kitano star in Nagisa Oshima's powerful war drama. Released in original ratio format. Bonus features include theatrical trailer and a photo gallery of production stills and delete scene stills.

Special Features: Interactive Menus. Scene Selection. A widescreen presentation. Original Ratio: 1.85:1. Audio: Dolby Digital Stereo. Catalogue Number: 2NDVD3003. RRP £19.99 (or less).

Jeremy Thomas Presents A Nagisa Oshima Film: "Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence'. Starring David Bowie, Ryuichi Sakamoto, Tom Conti. "Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence" Takeshi and Jack Thompson. Executive Producers: Masato Hara, Eiko Oshima, Geoffrey Nethercott and Terry Glinwood. Associate Producer: Joyce Herlihy. Music: Ryuichi Sakamoto. Screenplay by Nagisa Oshima with Paul Mayersberg. Based on the Novel by Sir Laurens van der Post. Produced by Jeremy Thomas. Directed by Nagisa Oshima. DVD Video - 15 Certificate.

..."a tour de force which haunts the memory long after viewing" - The Mail on Sunday.

"the acting is superb throughout" - The Guardian.

"Fine performances enhance this provocative film" - Virgin Film Guide.

This powerful wartime drama sees David Bowie in one of his most celebrated roles, as the enigmatic POW, Major Celliers. The story focuses on a battle of wills and philosophies, fought between himself and the camp commander, Captain Yonnoi (Ryuichi Sakamoto).

Celliers arrives at the camp following a harrowing trial, where he has refused to admit he is a criminal or express any sense of shame for his actions as a soldier. Lieutenant Colonel John Lawrence (Conti) is already held captive at the camp. He speaks Japanese, has a love and understanding of their culture, and as such tries to act as mediator. He knows Celliers, and knows the Japanese will do everything they can to try and destroy his resilient spirit.

Yonnoi is mystified by the new prisoner that he fails to intimidate. He believes he is an evil spirit and beings to feel his authority threatened. In a desperate attempt to restore his sense of power, he provokes Celliers into a final act of defiance that seals both their fates.

1982, Colour, 122 mins. VHS PAL Stereo. 2000 Second Sight Films.

You can purchase this latest David Bowie DVD release here through Amazon.

(Ed. Watch this space for another related David Bowie DVD release from Second Sight next month, the excellent CHRISTIANE F. ).

20th July 2000

In this week's issue of MELODY MAKER out now priced £1.20, features as part of the 8-page full colour supplement a poster of DAVID BOWIE in his guise as "Pirate". You know the photo session... Dutch Top Pop 'Rebel Rebel' footage, eye patch, neck scarf and customised red Kent guitar. Photographed by Barry Schultz, in Holland, February 1974.

19th July 2000

The Illustrated db Discography has reached v 11.2! I have added 10 live-only tracks to the Real Audio section, including two Ziggy-era tracks and a marvellous version of Sister Midnight.

As David received raving reviews of his latest US/UK concerts, I thought it would be nice to add 10 songs to the Real Audio section that are available in live format only. Of course data about these 2000 one-off concerts have been incorporated as well, as have Next Friday - Old School (to Soundtracks), Great Hits USA (to Pirates) and the promo videos Bowie. Soul. Period. and It's Time To Watch (to Music Videos).

From Ruud Altenburg @ Illustrated db Discography.

19th July 2000

YAHOO INTERNET MUSIC AWARDS: July 24th 2000 at Studio 54, New York City.

Check out the blurb I put up on my David Bowie page and the links to the webcast - http://www.angelfire.com/fl/ramoana/.

David Bowie - Nominated for Best Artist Site.
Teenage Wildlife - Nominated for Best Fan Site.
Reeves Gabrels - Nominated for Best Online Album.
NetAid - Nominated for Best Live Music Event.

From RaM.

You can also read the official press release below from 1st July.

19th July 2000

Pianist extraordinaire MIKE GARSON will be celebrating his birthday on Saturday, July 29th. Please send your wishes to birthday@mikegarson.com. We would like to post a special birthday gallery of contributions, so be as creative as possible!

From Matthew Gilbert Webmaster.
Mike Garson's Now! Music Network.

19th July 2000

Just a quick reminder... don't forget that HOLLY PALMER with special guest EARL SLICK is playing tonight in New York City at BROWNIE'S 169 Avenue A (10th & 11th) at 8.00 p.m. (Note new time).

If you can't make the gig at least you can watch the live webcast @ digitalclubnetwork.com

After Earl has finished the gig and packed away his Fender, he'll be rushing over to the BowieNet Chat room for a natter with BowieNet members at 11.00 p.m. EST that's 4.00 a.m. (GMT).

19th July 2000

BowieStyle book SHORT TAKES... BowieStyle


"What?" you may cry, "another Bowie book? Why, it's only a month since Chris Welch's Changes!". But hold fast, pop-pickers, for this is a healthy tome of a different stripe. True, it's a big, fat coffee-table book full of pictures, but unlike most of its type, this one is actually worth reading - the copy is by former RC weird-music specialist Mark Paytress, and his thoughtful prose compliments the illustrations rather well. As for the photographs, these have been researched mainly by Bowie expert Steve Pafford, editor of Crankin' Out fanzine, and they really do cover Bowie's entire career, from school to the present day.

In addition, Pafford's often witty captions bring a lightness to the' affair - a snap of Dave in strides and pirate boots, reclining on a chaise-longue, is entitled "Trouser rehearsal for The Man Who Sold The World cover".

Another thing that sets this book apart from its canon is that it is expressly not about Bowie's music, but rather his image and place in fashion history.

Student of popular culture Paytress has attempted to place Bowie squarely in his social context, and the photos provide evidence of Bowie's long, sartorial journey through the trends of postwar music - Pafford has uncovered some real gems, like a fine colour portrait of the 15-year-old 'Dave Jay' (a name taken from Peter Jay And The Jaywalkers, because they "knew about saxophones", as Bowie himself puts it) togged up for his first band, the Kon-Rads. In fact, a fair amount of the visual material came from Steve's personal collection, although, as he points out: "We concentrated on rare, unpublished photos as much as possible. I spent four months rummaging through photo libraries' archives, hunting down unseen pictures."

A shadowy half-profile of the six-year-old David Jones has him looking almost as detached and 'different' as Newton, the alien he was to play in The Man Who Fell To Earth. It's obvious that, here, we're seeing someone who is destined to turn out 'not quite right'.

In his introduction, Paytress explains why it should be so that someone as strange as Bowie should come from so seemingly mundane a place as leafy Bromley; suburbia's "simple ways and suffocating properness have proved time and again to be a valuable creative aid". Paytress also believes that Bowie's older half-brother, Terry Burns, was important to his development as an outsider. Terry, an image-conscious beatnik, sadly became schizophrenic, and took his own life in 1985. Bowie, allegedly, has always feared the 'family curse' of insanity.

From an early age, as the book demonstrates, David was determined to set himself apart. He was stunned upon encountering rock'n'roll at the age of nine, and his favourite artists had a great effect on him - there was Elvis (with whom Bowie shares the same birthday - January 8th), and, more significantly, Little Richard, who, in 1956, must have seemed to arrive from outer space, covered in so much make-up that he looked like a walking advert for Max Factor.

In these days of pierced faces and whatnot, it's forgotten just how startling even petty deviations from the norm were 40 years ago; a school photo shows David with an electric shock of a half-bleached quiff, like a cross between Tommy Steele and the Bride of Frankenstein.

To ponce around like that, or a few years later (before everyone else), with girl's hair, must have taken real courage and determination. It's surprising that our Dave didn't get a regular kicking, but he only got battered once - in Maidstone in 1964 - though' fellow Manish Boy Bob Solly tells us that Bowie got "jostled a lot", and Bowie himself recalls being jeered at in the street.

So, why did Bowie, who after all is no tough guy - on 'Kooks' he advises "don't pick fights with the bullies or the cads, 'cos I'm not much cop at punching other peoples' dads" - actively invite scorn by flouting convention?

Scattered throughout BowieStyle is the answer, often in magazine-style short chapters like 'Influences and Heroes', in which we read that the 12-year-old David told his teacher that he intended to become "The British Elvis".

Bowie was convinced that he would be a star, and he therefore did all that he could to get attention - when the Manish Boys were due to appear on the pop programme Gadzooks! the then-Davy Jones gained publicity for the new show by conspiring with BBC producers, ostentatiously rejecting their false instructions to have his shoulder-length locks shorn and, by refusing, causing a minor public scandal: "I wouldn't have my hair cut for the Prime Minister, let alone the BBC", he declared.

Harold Wilson's response is unrecorded.

With success frustratingly out of reach throughout the 60s, Bowie succumbed to conformity of a kind, becoming a sort of folkie in the last years of that decade, and jumping, as Paytress says, on the singer-songwriter bandwagon - albeit to little recognition. Despite apparent failure, Bowie's fortunes were about to change, and his new-found fame would inspire him to become the strangest pop beast yet seen - that 'spider from Mars', Ziggy Stardust.

Hence we come to the core of both the book, and Bowie's career.

As Paytress states, "the early 70s were Bowie's crucial period... he was an all-round talent then, and it was inevitable that he would get massive attention. It was then that he changed both music and fashion."

Well, not quite at first - the 70s started with Bowie in his infamous Mr Fish "man's dress", and the streets weren't exactly full of lads copying that image. But it got him noticed, and he certainly wore it well - unlike recent pop cross- dresser Kevin Rowland.

BowieStyle is rich with images of the Ziggy era, with our hero sporting costumes of such stupendous flamboyance that even Liberace would have found them too camp.

But did Bowie invent or merely pre-empt the glam craze?

His propagandists have always portrayed him as a brilliant innovator, while detractors dismiss him as a mere opportunist.

Paytress takes a balanced approach, arguing that Bowie has always been as much of his time as apart from it, and that though he may have shared his garb with others - for example, Roxy Music - his 'specialness' lay in the fact that he epitomised his scene. Paytress: "Rock should epitomise a sense of difference, and Bowie was the epitome of that epitome."

If Bowie was as significant as Paytress describes him, then it's curious that his musical and stylistic influence has not been commensurate with his iconic status - of course, there was Glam, New Romanticism and the hapless Jobriath - but when did you ever hear of anyone being hailed as "the new Bowie"? Perhaps it's his very uniqueness that stops this happening, the uniqueness that BowieStyle describes so well.

Settled now, ageing elegantly and net-surfing on 40 fags a day (no, the bisexual thing was 30 years ago, US readers), I would think that Bowie would be well-pleased with this unbiased but affectionate history, which reminds you of how exciting he once was, and in which he comes across as a rather interesting and decent chap.

By Jack Kane - Record Collector - Issue No. 251).

Bowie Style
Mark Paytress and Steve Pafford
160 pages, fully illustrated in colour, paperback.
ISBN 0-7119-7722-4, £19.99 or less, June 2000

You can purchase a copy of the book online here through Amazon Books.

19th July 2000

Worlds.com Software Featured on David Bowie Enhanced CD Created by Yahoo! Internet Life and UltraStar
240,000 CDs, Complete with Worlds.com Software and Unreleased David Bowie Video and Soundtrack, Hit Newsstands July 25.

New York, NY, July 18, 2000 - Worlds.com (OTC/BB: WDDD.OB), the leading three-dimensional (3D) entertainment portal, announced today that its Worlds Player will be featured on a special DAVID BOWIE enhanced CD created by Yahoo! Internet Life, a Ziff Davis Media publication and the world's leading consumer Net magazine, and by UltraStar, David Bowie's pioneering Internet entertainment company.

The CD will be bundled on 240,000 copies of the newsstand edition of Yahoo! Internet Life's August issue, on-sale starting July 25.

The Worlds Player included on the CD, was created by Worlds.com for David Bowie's official online community and branded ISP, "BowieNet." The CD will feature BowieWorld, Worlds.com's interactive 3D David Bowie channel, and an unreleased video and soundtrack by the artist developed by UltraStar and Yahoo! Internet Life.

The agreement with Yahoo! Internet Life is a continuation of Worlds.com's initiative to partner with established media properties to build brand recognition. In the past year, Worlds has partnered with TEEN Magazine and Gentlemen's Quarterly on CD bundle packages. Worlds.com is also the exclusive 3D technology provider for UltraStar and its subscription-based online communities including BowieNet, Hanson.Net, YankeesXtreme and ClevelandBrowns.com.

"This bundle further establishes the Worlds.com distribution model of working with major entertainment properties and using alternative distribution channels to build our on-line user base," said Thom Kidrin, President/CEO of Worlds.com. "David Bowie is on the cutting edge of technology, music and the Internet and we feel his leadership position accurately reflects on the work we are doing at Worlds.com."

"We are pleased to have David Bowie and his Internet Company's creative contribution to this issue, in which Bowie is honored as the Yahoo! Internet Life Online Music Award's Pioneer of the Year," said Andrew Kramer, Publisher of Yahoo! Internet Life. "Worlds.com's 3D software, included on this co-created CD, adds a new dimension to the Internet experience, particularly as it is focused on our honoree, and provides great value to our readership."

About Worlds.com.

Worlds.com, a 3D entertainment portal, leverages its proprietary technology to offer visitors a network of virtual, multi-user environments that have rich media graphics, text chat, voice-to-voice chat, streaming video and e-commerce. The environments are focused around entertainment interests and targeted communities such as music, sports, and general entertainment environments. In the Worlds' Avatar Gallery, visitors select an avatar (3D character), and customize it into a personal virtual representation of themselves. The avatar is used to travel in and through the various virtual environments and participate in interactive activities involving entertainment, promotions, or e-commerce. Avatars can chat with one another, dance in a nightclub, e-shop, watch video clips and participate in other activities.

Worlds.com is headquartered in New York City. For more information on Worlds.com, please contact Andrew Silver and/or Rebecca Fitts, Middleberg Euro rscg, (212) 699-2589/2663, andys@middleberg.com / rebecca@middleberg.com.

About Ziff Davis Media Inc.

Ziff Davis Media Inc. (www.ziffdavis.com) is the leading information authority for buying, using and experiencing technology and the Internet. It's the largest technology and Internet magazine publisher and the sixth largest magazine publisher in the United States. In the U.S., Ziff Davis publishes PC Magazine, eWEEK, Ziff Davis SMART BUSINESS for the New Economy, Yahoo! Internet Life, eshopper, FamilyPC, Inter@ctive Week, Sm@rt Partner/Sm@rt Reseller, Computer Gaming World, Official U.S. PlayStation Magazine, Expert Gamer, Electronic Gaming Monthly and Macworld through a joint venture with International Data Group (IDG). In April 2000, Willis Stein & Partners in partnership with James D. Dunning, Jr. acquired Ziff-Davis Publishing for $780 million from Ziff-Davis Inc.

About UltraStar.

UltraStar is David Bowie's pioneering entertainment Internet Company that builds and manages exclusive, subscription-based online communities for major entertainment, sports and other affinity properties. The company specializes in developing web-based content, community and commerce sites, and in offering niche-targeted subscriptions and ISPs. Its current roster of projects includes BowieNet, Hanson.Net, YankeesXtreme, and ClevelandBrowns.com. Throughout 2000, UltraStar will announce additional entertainment, music, and sports-related subscription services to be launched during the year.

From Worlds.Com.

18th July 2000



Los Angeles, CA - July 18, 2000 - Rock legend and Internet pioneer DAVID BOWIE has once again made an unprecedented move in the online world. Bowie will make twenty of his classic titles available for commercial download when EMI Recorded Music launches its digital download campaign on July 18th.

Among the Bowie classics that will be available in this campaign are: Aladdin Sane, Diamond Dogs, Earthling, "Heroes", 'hours...', Hunky Dory, Let's Dance, Lodger, Low, The Man Who Sold The World, Never Let Me Down, Outside, Pin-Ups, The Rise And Fall of Ziggy Stardust And The Spiders From Mars, Scary Monsters (And Super Creeps), Space Oddity, Station To Station, Tonight, Young Americans, and Tin Machine.

The largest single release of digital music on the Web by a music company, EMI's download program includes 100 full-length albums from 80 artists, representing over 90 hours of music from a variety of music categories. The recordings include music from such internationally renowned artists as D'Angelo, dc Talk, Janet, Everclear, Pink Floyd, The Smashing Pumpkins, Selena, Ben Harper, Cracker, Gang Starr, Bonnie Raitt, Scarface, Tina Turner, Frank Sinatra, Snoop Dogg, and Spice Girls. Additional artists and songs from EMI's extensive catalogue are expected to be added to in the coming months.

Nancy Berry, vice chairman, Virgin Music Group Worldwide, "We are extremely excited that David has made his most critically acclaimed recordings available for this download program. This is a tremendous opportunity for us and for music fans everywhere. Given David's new media savvy, this move is a testament to EMI's innovative efforts in the digital space."

Music fans should look for these downloads at their favourite retailers starting July 18, 2000. EMI's digital service providers-Amplified (www.amplified.com), Supertracks (www.supertracks.com), and Liquid Audio (www.liquidaudio.com) - will work with major retailers to sell EMI's digital products in both the Microsoft Windows Media and Liquid Audio 5.0 formats. Initially, this content will only be available in North America.

About David Bowie:

DAVID BOWIE, the 2000 recipient of the "Online Pioneer Award" from Yahoo! Internet Life magazine, has set one precedent after another on the Internet. He became the first musical artist ever (in 1998) to launch an Internet Service Provider, BowieNet, the rock legend's innovative and award-winning official online community, music portal and information resource (at www.davidbowie.com). His 1999 critically acclaimed 'hours...' album was made available by Virgin Records for download ahead of its retail release-a first for an artist of his caliber. Back in 1996, he orchestrated another precedent for an artist of his stature. He released a 3 mixes of a previously unreleased track, "Telling Lies" (which would eventually appear on his 1997 album Earthling), exclusively on the Internet, with over 350,000 downloads in the first four days alone.

About EMI Recorded Music:

EMI Recorded Music, the third largest music company in the world, is an international music company with presence in nearly 70 countries. EMI Recorded Music includes important local and international artists, including some of the biggest names in the recorded music industry. EMI has artists in every leading music category, including pop, rock, jazz, classical, Latin, Christian, country, rap/urban and dance. The world famous labels include Capitol, Angel, Blue Note, EMI, Priority and Virgin. Its current roster includes approximately 1,500 artists and it releases over 1,000 albums each year.


From M80:

Some of the promotional details are in the beginning stages at the oment, but for now we know that Bowie will be releasing his entire music catalogue online for download (about 20 albums or so). This continues with the trend Bowie established early on of truly embracing the internet revolution as witnessed through his official web site at http://www.davidbowie.com. It appears that the catalog will be available for download at http://www.davidbowiedownload.com. This site should be up and running by the end of the week. More details will be following this week. For the moment I ask that all of you go to http://www.egroups.com/group/BowieE-StreetTeam and join the online street team that M80 has created. Through this group we will be releasing news on how Bowie will be publishing his catalog, passing out banners for those of you that have websites and generally covering many other things related to the campaign.

EGroups: BowieE-StreetTeam.

18th July 2000

Out now in your local record store in the UK is... "SEVEN" - the latest CD single release from DAVID BOWIE. Released as a 3 part CD set, Seven is the third single taken from David's critically acclaimed top five album 'hours...'

Seven CD Part 1 UK CD1: (7243 8 96928 2 2 / VSCDT 1776 / LC 03098).

1. Seven (Marius de Vries mix) 4:12.
Additional Production and mix by Marius de Vries.
Mix Engineer: Andy Bradfield. Additional Backing Vocals: Steve Balbi.

2. Seven (remix by Beck) 3:44.
Remix by Beck Hansen. Roger Joseph Manning Jr: Acoustic piano on chorus and end.

3. Seven (Demo) 4:05.

Produced by David Bowie and Reeves Gabrels. Written by David Bowie/Reeves Gabrels.
Beck Hansen appears courtesy of Geffen Records, Inc.
Published by Nipple Music (BMI)/RZO Music Ltd., My Half Music/Bug Music, Ltd.
© 2000 Risky Folio, Inc. under exclusive license to Virgin Records America, Inc.

Seven CD Part 2 UK CD2: (7243 8 96928 0 8 / VSCDX 1776 / LC 03098). (Limited Edition with a Free Poster).

1. Seven (Album Version) 4:04.
Additional Production and mix by Mark Plati. Engineer: Kevin Paul.
Roland 707 Drum Programming by David Bowie.
Published by Nipple Music (BMI)/RZO Music Ltd., My Half Music/Bug Music, Ltd.
© 1999 Risky Folio, Inc. under exclusive license to Virgin Records America, Inc.
Everett Bradley appears courtesy of Sony Music Entertainment Germany GmbH/Epic Records.

2. I'm Afraid Of Americans (Nine Inch Nails V1 Mix) 5:31.
Re-Producer: Nine Inch Nails: Trent Reznor, Charlie Clouser, Keith Hillebrandt, Dave "Rave" Ogilvy, Danny Lohner. Co-Producer: Mark Plati, Reeves Gabrels. Additional Production: Nine Inch Nails. Mix: Dave "Rave" Ogilvy. Engineer: Brian Pollock at Nothing Studios, New Orleans. Additional Performances: Nine Inch Nails.
Published by Tintoretto Music/RZO Music Ltd. Opal Music.
© 1997 Risky Folio, Inc. under exclusive license to Virgin Records America, Inc.
Trent Reznor appears courtesy of Nothing/Interscope/TVT.

Interactive Element: I'm Afraid Of Americans (Video) 4:25.
Director: Dom and Nic.
© 1997 Risky Folio, Inc. under exclusive license to Virgin Records America, Inc.
Produced by David Bowie and Reeves Gabrels. Written by David Bowie/Reeves Gabrels. Except track 2: Written by David Bowie/Brian Eno. Produced by David Bowie.
Track 1 recorded at Seaview, Bermuda. Overdubs and Mix: Looking Glass and Chung King Studios, New York. Mastered at Masterdisk.

4 Free PostcardsSeven CD Part 3 UK CD3: (7243 8 96929 2 1 / VSCXX 1776 / LC 03098).
(Limited Edition with 4 free postcards).

1. Seven (Live) 4:00.
2. Something In The Air (Live) 4:50.
3. The Pretty Things Are Going To Hell (Live) 4:10.

Written by David Bowie/Reeves Gabrels. Recorded Live by the SFX Radio Network at the Kit Kat Klub on November 19, 1999. Mix by John Arias. Engineered by Kooster McAllister on the Record Plant remote truck.
Published by Nipple Music (BMI)/RZO Music Ltd., My Half Music/Bug Music, Ltd. Except 3: Published by Nipple Music (BMI)/RZO Music, Ltd., Exploded View Music (ASCAP)/Bug Music, Ltd.

Additional Formats (International).
International Multi-track (Slimline).

1. Seven (Marius de Vries mix) 4:12.
2. Seven (remix by Beck) 3:44.
3. Seven (Live) 4:00.
4. Seven (Album Version) 4:04.
5. I'm Afraid Of Americans (Nine Inch Nails V1 Mix) 5:31.
Interactive Element: I'm Afraid Of Americans (Video) 4:25.

International 2 Track (Pouchette).

1. Seven (Marius de Vries mix) 4:12.
2. Seven (remix by Beck) 3:44.

The two extra additional international format versions are scheduled for release on 31st July.

18th July 2000

The JULY issue of RECORD COLLECTOR (No. 251) this month features a two page short take on "BowieStyle". Jack Kane scans over the BowieStyle book and reflects on David's image over his career. (See above).

File Under Bowie! Also advertised is this month's issue is THE BOWIE CONNECTION SERIES - A series of albums all linked with the early career of David Bowie, from his '66 Pye singles, though to Space Oddity and Ziggy Stardust... from Castle Music.

David Bowie: 'I Dig Everything: The 1996 Pye Singles' (CD: ESMCD712 / 10" Vinyl: ESM10765).
Wood Woodmansey's 'U-Boat' (ESMCD895)..
Junior's Eyes: 'Junior's Eyes' (ESMCD896).
Spiders From Mars: 'Spiders From Mars' (ESMCD894).

... File Under Bowie! Available now at all good record shops or visit www.castlemusic.com.

For a full colour catalogue send £2.50 to Castle Music Limited, A29 Barwell Business Park, Leatherhead Road, Chessington, Surrey KT9 2NY. Tel: (020) 8974 1021. Fax: (020) 8974 2674/2880. Email: info@castlemusic.com

17th July 2000

Free Poster Today sees the release of 'Seven'. It is the third single to be lifted from David's 1999 critically acclaimed top 5 album 'hours...'. This, Bowie's 23rd studio album, has already enjoyed success with the two hit singles 'Thursday's Child' and 'Survive'. The success of 'hours...' throughout Europe has ranged from a Number 1 album in Israel to Gold status in Italy.

'Seven' instantly became a live favourite on David's European promotional tour at the end of last year. Fitting in perfectly amongst classics such as 'Life On Mars', 'Drive In Saturday' and 'China Girl'. The track is also very in keeping with 'hours...' and it's themes of loss and regret set to a strong melody-driven soundtrack which make it one of David's most seemingly personal offerings to date.

Formats will include a mix from Marius De Vries (famed for his work with Madonna) and an extra special reworking form Beck. The pair have been mutual fans for sometime now and hit it off instantly when they spoke about working together.

After finishing 1999 with an exceptionally special show at the London Astoria (audience included Jagger, Townshend, Norman Cook and a Spice Girl amongst others!) David will back to headline and wow audiences at this year's Glastonbury Festival.

'hours...' is now available on Virgin Records to buy in record stores nationwide.

..Seven (Marius de Vries mix).
..Seven (Beck mix).
..Seven (Demo Version).

UK CD2: (Limited Edition with a Free Poster).
..Seven (Album version).
..I'm Afraid Of Americans (Nine Inch Nails version).
..I'm Afraid Of Americans (video).

UK CD3: (Limited Edition with 4 free postcards) (All tracks live from the Kit Kat Klub, NYC).
..Something In The Air.
..The Pretty Things Are Going To Hell.

Additional Formats (International).
International Multi-track (slimline).
..Seven (Marius de Vries mix).
..Seven (Beck mix).
..Seven (Live Kit Kat Klub).
..Seven (Album Version).
..I'm Afraid Of Americans (Nine Inch Nails version) + Enhanced element 'I'm Afraid Of Americans' Video.

International 2 Track (Pouchette).
..Seven (Marius de Vries mix).
..Seven (Beck mix).

17th July 2000

Jenna Elfman keeping abreast of fashion What the celeb icons are wearing now is a good indicator of what we'll soon be wearing.

It's usually Posh Spice and Kate Winslett who grab the front pages so you probably haven't checked out Melanie C, Gail Porter and MTV's JENNA ELFMAN - but they seem to be in the know, so it may be time to dig out that old 'Frankie Says...' T-shirt.

The retro pop fan look has shown Sporty Spice on the cover of Hello! in a vest with an 80s pic of Madonna on it, Gail Porter wore an Elvis-inspired dress to the Baftas, Blam managed to dig out his favourite Flock Of Seagulls sleeveless shirt and Jenna was seen in a Scary Monsters DAVID BOWIE T-shirt at a VH1 event recently. Did they all have nothing else to wear or are we really about to relive the 60s, 70s and 80s?

(Ed. Jenna Elfman a Scary Monster? Nah I don't think so).

16th July 2000

...And on the Seventh day, WRGW created... 'SCARY MONSTERS & SUPER CREEPS!' Don't touch that dial... Tune in, drop in, I mean... Tune in and drop out, what IS that saying?...

Scary Monsters & Super Creeps! EVERY SUNDAY, 6-8pm (EST) on http://www.gwradio.com

Emmanouil "the Troll" offers Sound to the Vision of DAVID BOWIE'S online community. Join the Fantastic Voyage!! First show this SUNDAY JULY 16th with the opening theme: 'Absolute Beginning'.

The radio station is available at 540 on your AM dial!! BUT, you can listen in from anywhere in the world by going here and clicking on the "Listen Live Now!" button at the top right of the page.

Future themes are to include:

  • Trio! Pop, Reed, Bowie
  • Listening to Bowie whilst having sex (Parts I, II, III, etc). (Oooer missus!)
  • Hallo Space-bowie
  • Bowie Love Songs
  • Eno Trilogy
  • Bowie Painting Talk
  • (Ed. Good luck Emmanouil - sounds great!).

    16th July 2000

    VIRGIN are to announce at a News conference tomorrow (Monday)... that the entire DAVID BOWIE catalogue will be available online in three different formats to download from July 18th. All the details to follow tomorrow.

    From Jorge Ornelas
    M80 Internet Marketing Online Music Coordinator.

    16th July 2000

    Here's a collection of photographic links to various web sites that documented happenings during the DAVID BOWIE gigs at Roseland Ballroom in New York City.

    Alys' Photo's: Bowie Weekend | Gilly's Photographs

    Glastonbury 2000 Festival | BowieNet Members Gig, NYC | Roseland Ballroom 16th June 2000

    BowieNetters On The Road | BBC Radio Theatre

    Princess Ramsey's BNetters page | LaLaLinda's Photos | DEmerson's Photos | Penelope's Pictures

    Velvet Goldmine Photos | RaMOANa's BNet Encounter Photos | RaMOANa's Roseland Photos

    Bowie Fans Central Park Picnic | Faces And Names Bar | Leeza's Party

    More photographs from NYC and UK to follow shortly from David's various performances.

    15th July 2000

    The next special guest gracing the BowieNet Chatroom is legendary guitar supremo EARL SLICK on Wednesday, 19th July at 11.00 p.m. EST (4.00 a.m. GMT). Earl will rush over after playing a gig in NYC at Brownies with singer Holly Palmer. See below for updated show details.

    Also lined up and coming soon to the BowieNet chatroom are:

    Tony Visconti (1st August at 8pm EST, 1am GMT), Gail Ann Dorsey (August), Mark Plati, Holly Palmer and Page Hamilton (August).

    Information via BowieNet.

    15th July 2000

    Singer HOLLY PALMER has two more gigs lined up in New York City tonight at:

    19 W. 24th St. (6th & Broadway).
    Saturday July 15th at 9.00 p.m. (Note new time).
    ...with Robin Macatangay and Cuong Vu.

    169 Avenue A (10th & 11th).
    Wednesday July 19th at 8.00 p.m. (Note new time).
    ...with Cuong Vu and special guest Earl Slick.
    Live webcast @ digitalclubnetwork.com

    It's also rumoured that there may be some copies of her new album 'Tender Hooks' for sale... hmmm.

    Holly Palmer's Official Web Site.

    15th July 2000

    'The Jean Genie' Box Set 'The Jean Genie' by Ian Dickson.

    7th Jan 73 Newcastle City Hall In 1995 a deluxe box-set of seven Ziggy Stardust photographs was released called 'The Jean Genie'. It consisted of original 14" x 11" photographs of David Bowie performing live at Newcastle City Hall - all taken by photographer Ian Dickson. Five of the photos of Bowie as Ziggy Stardust were from 7 January 1973 while two were from the previous year - 2 June 1972. Each photo was signed by Ian Dickson. Also included was a copy of Ian's autobiographical booklet called .Hired Gun - The Story of A Freelance Photographer'.

    Box cover - Illustration by NME cartoonist Ray Lowry.

    For full background information about these exclusive Ziggy photographs read here.

    Now the same box set is available for purchase once again ("Special Order Portfolio Edition") but in a superior archive-quality version with fibre-base prints, which are signed and authenticated on the reverse and corner-mounted in hinged museum-board mounts. The biography has now been type-set and wire bound. The price of this new box-set is £325.

    Ian's web site, portfolio and purchase information available here: www.late20thcenturyboy.com

    From Ian Dickson and thanks to Mike Harvey.

    14th July 2000

    DAVID BOWIE and other alternative niteclub music round the clock at http://www.SphinxMontreal.com

    Thanks for listening! Sphinx NiteClub Station, Rockin' 24-7.

    Check out http://www.SphinxMontreal.com

    13th July 2000

    Last night on Channel Four's music programme MIRRORBALL shown at 12.35 am threw the spotlight on video directors DOM and NIC. Besides showing DAVID BOWIE'S 'I'm Afraid Of Americans' promotional video, the directors and promo producer John Madsen had this to say about the filming:

    John Madsen: (Promo Producer) - "Some of the Chemical Brothers stuff that we've done I think is really good... we did erm... a David Bowie video in New York which I still think like is one of the better videos that we've done."

    Nic: "It was interesting working with Trent Reznor, he was erm, he remixed the song for David Bowie, he did a brilliant remix of it which kind of gave it an aggressive edge which helped sort of, sort of motivate us... and he was a really placid sort of character. He was very calm wasn't he?"

    "There was one scene where erm, he's driving the taxi cab and he's getting really completely obsessively into his role as this kind of psychopath obsessed by stalking David Bowie, and he smashed the windscreen of the cab with his bare hand, like that. And er... we sort of turned to each other and sort of thought... 'Bloody hell that's quite cool isn't it?'".

    From Channel 4 TV.

    13th July 2000

    In this week's issue of NME the main interview with PLACEBO sees Brian Molko sending out a message for DAVID BOWIE... Interview extract:

    D'you ever wonder what we amass all this information for, when it seems that the human soul has remained exactly the same since the dawn of creation and all that really changes is technology? As your good chum Dame David Bowie said recently...

    "I read that!" shrieks Brian. "I read that quote! (Triumphantly) He said, 'What I've learnt about life you could put into the end of a condom and shove up a cat's arse,' neh heh heh. Good on yer, Uncle Dave! And good luck with the baby! We love you! We're seeing him in a few weeks..."

    He doesn't of course, bother answering the question.

    Taken from New Musical Express.

    13th July 2000

    Out next week on the Output record label is a cover version of DAVID BOWIE'S "Ashes To Ashes" / "Superbad" by LB.

    NME review: Cover versions are generally bankrupt and joyless additions to the pop cannon, but electro veteran Uwe Schmidt here tackles two unlikely evergreens with anarchic irreverence and wonky good cheer. David Bowie's shrill, self-referential 'Ashes To Ashes' and James Brown's propulsive funk missle 'Superbad' have been updated into weightless, gleaming, vocoder-voiced projectiles of midly hysterical nu-phunk futurism, both sounding full of beans and pop to the max. Schmidt has an entire album of this stuff just around the corner. Bring it on.

    You can hear this and the other week's singles on www.nme.com.

    12th July 2000

    I've just noticed on a trailer... tonight in an hour or so, at 12.35am on Channel Four television in the UK, make sure to catch MIRRORBALL as they are showing the DAVID BOWIE promotional video for "I'm Afraid Of Americans" as part of their Dom and Nic profile special.

    Also showing later on 4Music you can watch PLACEBO LIVE at 1.30am from their last performance at London's Brixton Academy.

    12th July 2000

    The 'hours...' billboard that Virgin erected (oo er missus) up on the Sunset Strip in LA has been nominated for a "Celebrity Tall Wall" award as part of the first annual Sunset Strip Billboard Awards. This Award show is presented by the West Hollywood Chamber of Commerce and was created to recognise those involved in the entertainment and advertising industries who conceive, design and produce these landmark placards. Others nominated include Oscar De La Hoya, Antonio Banderas, Chris Rock, Woody Harrelson and Robin Williams. The event is held this Thursday in Los Angeles.

    From BowieNet.

    11th July 2000

    It was thirty-one years ago today that DAVID BOWIE first released his most famous worldwide million selling smash hit 'SPACE ODDITY' on the Philips and Mercury labels, originally in mono sound and then followed by a stereo version. Frequently mistakenly titled "Ground Control To Major Tom" to your average man in the street, 'Space Oddity' holds probably one of the most unique and quirky music trivia facts of all time... in total the single release of 'Space Oddity' took 6 years and 63 days to eventually reach the No. 1 spot!

    First released on the Philips label in Europe (BF1801) and Mercury in the US, it wasn't until it was re-released by RCA Records (RCA 2593) that it eventually hit the top spot in the UK and USA. RCA as part of their Maximillion Series, re-released the track backed with 'Changes' and the previously unissued 'Velvet Goldmine' on 26th September 1975. In the UK it took only a month to reach the number one spot where it remained for three weeks. Velvet Goldmine was released without David's consent and mixed by person or persons unknown, much to David's disapproval.

    The musicians of the original release were: David Bowie (vocals, 12 string acoustic guitar, stylophone), Herbie Flowers (bass), Terry Cox (drums), Mick Wayne (electric guitar) and Rick Wakeman (keyboards).

    David also recorded a version in Italian titled 'Ragazzo Solo, Ragazza Solo', which literally means 'Lonely Boy, Lonely Girl' on the Philips label (BW704 208).

    In February 1980, RCA also released an alternative acoustic version on the B-side of 'Alabama Song' (RCA BOW5). Recorded in December 1979, it was first publicly aired on The Kenny Everett 'New Year' Show, showing David in the now familiar surroundings of the yet-to-be released 'Ashes To Ashes' promo video. The single contained the immortal groove out words "Sorry Gus" scratched in by producer Tony Visconti as a tribute to the original producer Gus Dudgeon.

    Update after Craig emailed Tony Visconti enquiring about the 'Ashes To Ashes' recording dates:

    ...First, Herbie Flowers was the bass player on 'Space Oddity' 1, not me. David played 12 string acoustic guitar. Mick Wayne played the electric guitar. I hate these inaccurate "reports".

    Although Scary Monsters came out in 1980, all the songs, including 'Ashes To Ashes', were recorded in two periods, February 1979 in New York and finished in April/May 1979 in London. The acoustic version of 'Space Oddity' was recorded for the Kenny Everett show later in 1979, and was never meant to be a single. It turned out so good we did release it. Andy Duncan is on drums and a Bowie lookalike, Zaine Griff, is on bass. I temporarily forget the pianist. David, again, played 12 string.

    Another little known fact is that David never owned his 12 string that he played on 'Space Oddity' and 'The Man Who Sold The World'. It was borrowed from a friend. He now owns his own 12 string.

    Best, Tony

    PS - I'll be in the studio with David next Monday conducting string parts I wrote for two of the songs on his "60's" album.

    Thanks to Craig.

    11th July 2000

    Singer EMM GRYNER and her band are to play the FreshFresh 2000 in Ottawa, Canada this weekend Sunday 16th July. Check out TheFreshFestival.com.

    Available now for download at mp3.com are Emm's tracks 'Yellow' and'Lonely Boy'. Her new album, due on in August is 'Dead Relatives'.

    Info via emmgryner.com and BowieNet.

    11th July 2000

    The Glastonbury 2000 web site has an excellent review of DAVID BOWIE'S performance at the festival, along with some rather nice photographic shots... David Bowie Review.

    While you clicking urls and surfing, click here and see Electric Blue's excellent photographs from the Roseland Ballroom in New York on 16th June.

    From Dave The Owl and EB.

    9th July 2000

    As posted on BowieNet I got the OK from SAILOR to do an online show on a weekly basis. I'm program director at a commercial free, college radio station and we broadcast online using QuickTime. I'm pretty excited about the db show idea and started working on it already.

    Got any cool ideas???? I would like this show to be everybody's voice as a db fan not only mine.

    Email me or post your mesages here or on BowieNet discussion board.

    From Emmanouil the Troll - Take care dbholics.

    9th July 2000

    db fans at Cinema Clasics While Iman was enjoying a break from David's constant singing 'round the flat, and nursing him back to health, Bowie fans gathered at Cinema Classics for several screenings of the man at work.

    Thanks to all who attended, and check cinemaclassics.com for future Bowie-related and non-Bowie-related events.

    Photo: Fans respond to David's sniffles on Dick Cavett show ('74).

    Many thanks from Walter J. Magnuson and Antonio Farruggio.

    8th July 2000

    New chart R'n'B star SAMANTHA MUMBA currently at number two in the UK charts with 'Gotta Tell You', has been given permission by DAVID BOWIE to sample from his 1980 number one smash hit 'Ashes To Ashes'.

    The 17-year-old Dublin-born singer, who's follow up single entitled 'Body To Body' will feature the sample, said: "We recorded the original track and then the producers sent it off to Bowie's management to see if we could use a sample of Ashes To Ashes," reveals Mumba. "They came back and told us he absolutely loved it, I had never heard the original song before and when they first player it to me, I said, 'Can't you get rid of the twiddly bit," she laughs. "But then they played me the video and I saw how it all fitted together," she says, adding "Bowie's going to direct the video for me which we are making later this month. He wants to get really involved with the single, which is great."

    (Ed. David has confirmed that he has allowed the sampling, but he ISN'T involved in directing the video whatsoever).

    Whilst on the subject of rumours and stories currently floating around, David has also confirmed that he has NO involvement whatsoever in the forthcoming Edinburgh Fringe Festival.

    Story from M.E.N. and BowieNet.

    8th July 2000

    This week's issue of MELODY MAKER (July 5-11) contains a full colour guide to DAVID BOWIE after his triumphant Glastonbury 2000 festival appearance with a beginner's guide to the essential Bowie.

    They list and review their top five recommended David Bowie albums, along with another five "don't miss" albums. Along with quotes from Noel Gallagher, Brian Molko and Brett Anderson.

    1. The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stardust And The Spiders From Mars.
    2. "Heroes".
    3. Hunky Dory.
    4. Young Americans.
    5. Low.

    Under their "Also Don't Miss" section, they list: Scary Monsters (And Super Creeps), Aladdin Sane, Let's Dance, Station To Station, Changesonebowie and Changestwobowie.

    Elsewhere in this week's issue... Michael Eavis has declared that Glastonbury 2000 confirmed the event as "the mother of all festivals". Hailing David Bowie as the highlight of the weekend, Eavis said: "He was absolutely fantastic. He promised me the show of a lifetime and he delivered it. Burt Bacharach pulled out and we were able to give David Bowie the two hours that he wanted. And it was marvellous."

    Meanwhile, David Bowie has said of his show stopping performance: It was just so awesome to hear that many people joining in with both 'Life On Mars?' and 'I'm Afraid Of Americans', songs that were written nearly thirty years apart."

    Thanks to Spidey and Don.

    8th July 2000

    The August issue of GQ magazine features 'GQ's 50 Questions' put to the wonderful author and journalist TONY PARSONS. Question number 10 asks:

    Talk us through the best meal you have ever had?

    I went to the Ivy with DAVID BOWIE about seven years ago. After we had dinner, he said there were a few clubs he wanted to check out. I thought, "Is it that easy? Can we just wander in?" We pulled up outside a club and our driver went to the door and said, "David Bowie is in that limo." The crowds parted and we went inside. That was a great moment.


    8th July 2000

    The August 2000 issue of Q magazine (167) contains a 'Glastonbury in glorious 3D eight page psychedelic festival special complete with a free pair of 3D glasses! Wow! Alas there isn't a photograph of 'The Man' in full glorious 3D technicolour, but in the "Where are they now?" section, Q concentrates on ICEHOUSE, the Australian band who supported DAVID BOWIE on several of his 'Serious Moonlight' tour shows in 1983.

    Vocalist IVA DAVIES says: "By the time people saw Icehouse on Top Of The Pops, it was effectively a trading name for me. I would write the music and record it, and only bring in other musicians as and when I needed them, to play parts I couldn't do, or for live work. We did a tour around then, supporting David Bowie, which we nicknamed the Serious Nosebleed tour. I remember the thrill of seeing Bowie dancing in the wings to our music as we opened for him in Hamburg. But our momentum was lost in the UK because we concentrated on America, and our fifth LP gave us two American Top 20 hits, Electric Blue and Crazy. So although no-one in England knew about it, Icehouse was much more successful at the end of the '80s.


    8th July 2000

    Big screen dolls The auction currently underway sale now on Sothebys web site features a unique sale consisting of 203 puppets and original pencil sketches from the mercilessly satirical TV show SPITTING IMAGE. Don't miss this rare opportunity to acquire some eerily lifelike and witty puppets of celebrities who dominated the public eye in the late 20th century.

    One of the puppets up for grabs is a 'unspitting image' of DAVID BOWIE... 'moulded foam latex puppet with wig, eyes with wire operated side to side movement and air operated blink, finger operated mouth, fully clothed foam torso with upper arms'.

    Minimum Bid: $1,000.00 (No Reserve). Estimate: (In U.S. Dollars) (1100 - 1500). Closes In: 12 days. Quantity: One. Location of item: United Kingdom.

    Unbelievably, at present there is a current bid of $1,000.00 with twelve days left to go.

    DAVID BOWIE: PUPPET @ Sothebys.amazon.com.

    Thanks to Dave The Owl for the pointer.

    8th July 2000

    Here's a collection of photographic links to various web sites that documented happenings during the DAVID BOWIE gigs at Roseland Ballroom in New York City.

    Princess Ramsey's BNetters page | LaLaLinda's Photos | DEmerson's Photos | Penelope's Pictures

    Velvet Goldmine Photos | RaMOANa's BNet Encounter Photos | RaMOANa's Roseland Photos

    Bowie Fans Central Park Picnic | Faces And Names Bar | Leeza's Party

    More photographs from NYC and UK to follow shortly from David's various performances.

    7th July 2000

    GLASTONBURY 2000 LIVE is a 64 page special souvenir review of the Glastonbury 2000 Festival priced at £2.00. Inside features a DAVID BOWIE review by Matthew George, along with 3 colour photographs. The souvenir is a Western Daily Press Special Publication, published by Bristol Evening Post and Press Ltd. The official sponsors can be found at uprush.co.uk.

    From John Harrison.

    7th July 2000

    Singer HOLLY PALMER has two gigs lined up for this month both in New York City. First one up is Saturday 15th July at The Cutting Room at 9.00 pm on 19th West Street (212-691-1900) with a full trio.

    Followed three days later with another gig at Brownies in NYC on Wednesday 19th July at 8.00 pm.

    Holly Palmer's Official Web Site.

    7th July 2000

    The band MR. ZIGGY AND THE GLASS SPIDERS are playing in Rome, Italy again, this Sunday 9th July at 10.00 p.m. The place is outside Palacisalfa Theatre.

    From Gloria.

    6th July 2000

    Check out SPUD'S aka Mark's excellent and funny review of TFI Friday, Glastonbury 2000 Festival and the BBC recording. Wonderful stuff!

    You Were Always On My Mind

    Another North East beauty "whey aye man" Spaceface aka Karen has written an excellent piece covering her exploits over the pond in New York City. She covers the db shows, various parties, Central Park picnic, bars, faces, bases, places and Macy's.

    An Englishwoman In New York (2000)

    (Ed. She doesn't mention Macy's - I lied.).

    6th July 2000

    Inside this week's issue of HELLO! magazine (Number 619, July 11), page 64 features a gorgeous photograph of IMAN and DAVID taken backstage at the Roseland Ballroom in New York City on 19th June.

    Another great shot of David is also featured in the current issue of OK! magazine (Issue 220, July 7), on page 6, there's a two page photo feature on the Glastonbury 2000 festival.

    Again as with every single review I've read and seen some 40 plus, OK! magazine agree that David stole the show.

    (Ed. Huge thank you to swishy Blam for having the balls to root through the womens' magazine section).

    6th July 2000

    Here's another chance for UK viewers to see the VH-1 STORYTELLERS: featuring DAVID BOWIE and the band live in New York City.

    Friday 14th July 2000 : 23.00 BST.

    "David Bowie performs tracks from his latest album and talks candidly about his rise to fame, his career to date and the inspirations that helped shape his songwriting."

    Thanks to Spaceface.

    6th July 2000

    The Sisteurs of Utter Destruction (SOD).

    Bowie Fan Site with Bite has been UPDATED!

    New stuff:

    - SOD of the Month (SODOM) Summer 2000
    - New Ask SOD Advice
    - New SOD Asks Poll Question
    - New Feature - SODOSCOPES
    - New SODOM Application

    The Sisteurs of Utter Destruction web site

    6th July 2000

    This week's NME features two snippets about db...

    PUBLIC NME: So Glastonbury's over and we've all enjoyed three days of fun, sunshine and being mugged by gangs of drug-addled scallies bearing axes and electric cattle prods. What fun!

    Last we heard from the site was DAVID BOWIE pulling a classic, '70s-inspired rock 'n' roll trick to fox his legions of fans. On leaving the stage, the Thin White Duke fooled with waiting hordes by pretending to leave in his tour bus, complete with black-out windows motorcycled escort and a trail of paparazzi trailing after him. Minutes later, a man looking suspiciously like Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen was seen being carted out of the backstage arena doubled up in the back of an ambulance, sirens blazing. And yes, it was Bowie.

    ANGST: Letters page

    There have been very few Rock Gods and Goddesses. Bowie's performance at Glastonbury allows him to join the few.

    Ringo Mountbatten, e-mail.

    From nme.com

    4th July 2000

    The pay per view channel SKY BOX OFFICE are to screen 'Mr. Rice's Secret' starring DAVID BOWIE. First showing is Wednesday, 19th July until 25th July, and then again from 26th until 1st August.

    From Nick Farris.

    3rd July 2000

    I have updated my homepage with some beautifull offstage photographs of DAVID BOWIE and band members arriving and leaving the Roseland Ballroom in New York. I've also put up photographs from Iman, Coco, the meeting in Central Park.

    On every page you can read a story about the photograph. I think the photographs are real beautiful.

    Visit my homepage at http://members.xoom.com/Bowie

    From Peter Smit.

    3rd July 2000

    July 3rd 1973: Twenty-seven years ago today at the Hammersmith Odeon, in London, DAVID BOWIE laid to rest his persona 'Ziggy Stardust' and retired from performing.

    When the kids had killed the man, he had to break up the band. At the time fans didn't realise it was Ziggy and not David himself announcing the now legendary statement: "Of all the shows on this tour this show will remain with us the longest because.... because not only is it the last show of the tour, but it's the last show we'll ever do. Thank you."

    David has let slip plans to resurrect Ziggy in 2002, with rumours of a stage show, unseen film footage releases, a 2002 numbered limited edition Ziggy Stardust print, a limited edition book of photographs, a new Ziggy Stardust album with unheard outtakes along with newly written material. For the 30th anniversary... get ready for ziggystardust.com?

    From DG.

    2nd July 2000

    "Put on your red shoes" cuz STARDUST * The David Bowie Tribute Band (USA) has gone techno! Songs like "1984", "China BOY", "Ziggy Stardust", "The Wedding Song", "Glass Spider", "Rebel, Rebel" and many more have been remixed and are being performed live by America's ultimate Bowie tribute band. STARDUST also begins their performances with acoustic numbers such as "Sweet Thing", "An Occasional Dream", "Thursday's Child", "The Bewlay Brothers" and many many more. A world tour is being planned.

    For more information, check out their web site at www.bowietribute.com

    2nd July 2000

    I've updated and have new material for July 2000 on the ZSC site and this can be found here at What's New? - My Special Feature is an extensive Masayoshi Sukita Gallery of Ziggy Stardust images. Other main features added this month include interviews, images, articles and reviews about a December 1972 RCA Press Conference and the Pirates World Amusement Park concert of 17 November 1972 plus transcripts from Part 1 of the recent BBC 2 Radio Show called Golden Years.

    From Mike Harvey.

    1st July 2000

    Seven promo single The promotional CD single for 'Seven', contains the following four tracks:

    1. MARIUS DE VRIES MIX 4:12.
    2. REMIX BY BECK 3:44.
    4. ALBUM VERSION 4:04.

    The 3rd single 'Seven' is set for release on 17th July. See below for full release information and tracklisting.

    The catalogue number is SEVENDPRO1, and comes complete in a card picture sleeve.

    1st July 2000

    July 17th sees the release of 'Seven'. 'Seven' is the third single to be lifted from David's 1999 critically acclaimed top 5 album 'hours...'. This, Bowie's 23rd studio album, has already enjoyed success with the two hit singles 'Thursday's Child' and 'Survive'. The success of 'hours...' throughout Europe has ranged from a Number 1 album in Israel to Gold status in Italy.

    'Seven' instantly became a live favourite on David's European promotional tour at the end of last year. Fitting in perfectly amongst classics such as 'Life On Mars', 'Drive In Saturday' and 'China Girl'. The track is also very in keeping with 'hours...' and it's themes of loss and regret set to a strong melody-driven soundtrack which make it one of David's most seemingly personal offerings to date.

    Formats will include a mix from Marius De Vries (famed for his work with Madonna) and an extra special reworking form Beck. The pair have been mutual fans for sometime now and hit it off instantly when they spoke about working together.

    After finishing 1999 with an exceptionally special show at the London Astoria (audience included Jagger, Townshend, Norman Cook and a Spice Girl amongst others!) David will back to headline and wow audiences at this year's Glastonbury Festival.

    'hours...' is now available on Virgin Records to buy in record stores nationwide.

    UK CD1:
    ..Seven (Marius de Vries mix).
    ..Seven (Beck mix).
    ..Seven (Demo Version).

    UK CD2: (Limited Edition with a Free Poster).
    ..Seven (Album version).
    ..I'm Afraid Of Americans (Nine Inch Nails version).
    ..I'm Afraid Of Americans (video).

    UK CD3: (Limited Edition with 4 free postcards) (All tracks live from the Kit Kat Klub, NYC).
    ..Something In The Air.
    ..The Pretty Things Are Going To Hell.

    Additional Formats (International).
    International Multi-track (slimline).
    ..Seven (Marius de Vries mix).
    ..Seven (Beck mix).
    ..Seven (Live Kit Kat Klub).
    ..Seven (Album Version).
    ..I'm Afraid Of Americans (Nine Inch Nails version) + Enhanced element 'I'm Afraid Of Americans' Video.

    International 2 Track (Pouchette).
    ..Seven (Marius de Vries mix).
    ..Seven (Beck mix).

    1st July 2000

    Click to go Yahoo! Internet Life readers and Web surfers submitted nominees in ten categories - best overall music site, best news site, best Internet-only album, best Internet-only single, best reference site, best artist site, best fan site, best label site, best unsigned band online, and best live music event - which were pared down to five nominees per category by the magazine.

    Winners will be voted on by the "Academy," a group of influential leaders in the music, online, and entertainment industries. In addition, DAVID BOWIE -- founder, producer, and web developer for Internet entertainment company UltraStar, and creator of BOWIENET, the first ever artist produced and designed ISP - will receive the online pioneer award.

    BOWIE will also perform live at the July 24 awards ceremony at New York's Studio 54 nightclub, which will be cybercast live on the Internet.

    Well done and good luck to Evan, webmaster at TeenageWildlife.com for getting nominated in the Best Fan Site Category.

    For more information on the Yahoo! Internet Life Music Awards, visit the Official Web Site.

    David Bowie, Beck, Bjork, Kiss, and the Red Hot Chili Peppers will vie for trophies and David Bowie will perform when this year's Yahoo! Internet Life Online Music Awards are handed out on July 24 in New York.

    Bowie, Bjork, Kiss, the Chili Peppers, and Beck all grabbed nods for Best Artist Site, while Bowie has been named as the recipient of this year's Online Pioneer Award.

    Meanwhile, last year's Online Pioneer Award, Prince, will vie for Best Internet-Only Single along with Nine Inch Nails ("The Fragile"), Alanis Morissette ("These Are The Thoughts"), Elliott Smith ("Division Day"/"No Name #6"), and Jimmy Page and The Black Crowes ("What Is And What Should Never Be"). Page and Crowes also turn up in the Best Internet-Only Album category, with Aimee Mann ("Bachelor No. 2"), They Might Be Giants ("Long Tall Weekend"), Reeves Gabrels ("Ulysses [Della Notte]"), and The Who ("The Blues At The Bush").

    The annual event returns to New York's Studio 54 again this year after the 1999 ceremony, which boasted performances from Prince, Seal, Public Enemy, and Wyclef Jean. Other than Bowie, performers for this year's ceremony have yet to be announced.

    Once again, the Yahoo! Internet Life Online Music Awards will be chosen by a panel comprised of industry insiders as well as such artists as Chuck D, Isaac Hayes, Nile Rogers, Mike Simpson of the Dust Brothers, and Dean and Gene Ween.

    Among the non-artist related nods, Live365.com, MP3.com, Net4Music, Wall Of Sound, and MTV-owned SonicNet will duke it out for Best Overall Music Site. Meanwhile, we here at MTV News Online are up for Best News Site along with AOL Keyword: Music, Billboard, Spin, and Yahoo! Music. MTV.com also sees its "Tori Amos Live And Unrehearsed" nominated for Best Live Music Event against "Paul McCartney At The Cavern Club," "NetAid," "Oasis Live In Toronto," and "Woodstock99."

    Astralwerks , Atomic Pop, Columbia Records, TVT Records, and Universal Music Group are up for Best Label Site, while fans of David Bowie (Teenage Wildlife), Foo Fighters (There's Nothing Left To Lose), Nine Inch Nails (Painful Convictions), Phish (Phish.net), and Rage Against The Machine (RATM.net) are in the running for Best Fan Site.

    Under the radar, the Best Unsigned Band Online category will see Urban Rhythm, Five Wheel Drive, Roger Clyne and The Peacemakers, Red Delicious, or Bassic walk off with the award, and hard core musicheads will no doubt be familiar with the nominees for Best Reference Site: All Music Guide, Net4Music, Rolling Stone, International Lyrics Server, and UBL.com.

    For more details, including links to all the nominated sites, head to the official Yahoo! Internet Life Online Music Awards Web site (at zdnet.com).

    Online Music Awards.

    By Robert Mancini and info via Billboard Online.

    1st July 2000

    First lot of photographs of DAVID BOWIE leaving the BBC Radio Theatre in London last Tuesday evening (27th). Thanks to EB for taking the snaps. Loads of photographs from over the last two weeks to follow over this weekend.

    David aims his marker David outside BBC Radio Theatre Smile John!

    Photographs copyright of Steph.

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