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RAGLAN SUPERSTAR 29th July 2008
URBAN OUTFITTERS have created a brand new exclusive line of trendy T-shirts which they've christened 'Beautiful Ones Superstar Raglan'.
The pop culture range features cartoon versions of various "beautiful ones" which obviously includes DAVID BOWIE. Not too sure about the other two "beautiful ones" in the range but hey ho whatever floats your boat.
Whilst you're on the site you might as well check out the exclusive Serious Moonlight T-Shirt which is a soft faded cotton tee with a vintage graphic from Bowie's 1983 Serious Moonlight Tour printed at the front. Exclusive to Urban Outfitters. Imported.
Oh and one more... there's a Bowie 78 a premium cotton tee from Trunk Ltd. with Bowie 78 graphic at the front. Cover stitched side and shoulder seams; embroidered logo at the side. Imported. Machine wash.
(Ed. Trivia: Seven-year-old David Jones attended Raglan Infants School in Bromley from January 1953 to 1958. Surely a piece of sheer coincidence with the range being named 'Beautiful Ones Superstar Raglan'.
GERRY, GAIL ANN AND STERLING GIG 29th July 2008
Irish born guitarist and DB band member GERRY LEONARD aka SPOOKY GHOST performs a solo gig tonight at The Living Room, 157 Ludlow Street, New York, USA at 8pm.
This gig is followed by another at the same venue next month on 12th August with another two DAVID BOWIE band members bassist/vocalist GAIL ANN DORSEY and drummer STERLING CAMPBELL making the trio.
August 14th sees Gerry perform at Bard University as part of the Summerscape Festival at The Spiegel Tent at Bard College, Annadale-on-Hudson, Rhinebeck, New York at 8:30pm.
Last but not least, is a third performance at The Living Room in NYC on 22nd August.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY WISHES IMAN! 25th July 2008
To Iman Wishing you a very very Happy Birthday Have a wonderful and fabulous day
Best wishes from Paul and family and everyone here at BowieWonderworld xxxxx
iSELECTBOWIE WORLDWIDE RELEASE 16th July 2008
EMI are set to release iSELECTBOWIE worldwide in late September/early October.
The CD is identical to the recent UK/Eire Sunday Mail newspaper give-away apart from it being housed in a jewel case and containing a booklet with David's written contribution about each of the songs contained on the album.
DAVID BOWIE tribute band ALADDIN SANE are playing at The Sands Venue in Gainsborough, Lincolnshire, England on Friday 18th July and the venue are going to broadcast the performance live over the net.
Tickets for the show are £8 via the venue and to see it live on the net will cost £2.
Aladdin Sane are a four-piece David Bowie tribute band from Peterborough led by frontman Paul Henderson (as seen on ITV's Stars In Their Eyes).
The first set is a tribute to Bowie's legendary Ziggy Stardust character. The set consists of well known songs like 'Space Oddity', 'Changes', 'Starman', 'The Jean Genie', 'The Man Who Sold The World', 'Moonage Daydream' and many more.
Please visit the-sands.co.uk website for more details and information on how you can watch the live broadcast.
From Paul H.
TAKE A QUICK BUTCHERS... 14th July 2008
• Broadcast tonight on the CANADIAN IDOL TV show are tunes taken the songbook of DAVID BOWIE. The top ten remaining contestants are: Sheri Block, Adama Castelli, Mark Day, Mitch MacDonald, Mookie Morris, Sebastian Pigott, Earl Stevenson, Katherine St-Laurent, Theo Tams, Amberley Thiessen and Drew Wright. Visit idol.ctv.ca where you will be able to view the performances if you are located in Canada...
•RAY DAVIES interviewed by the Calgary Herald - talking about DAVID BOWIE... "David covered Waterloo Sunset on his Reality album and he gave it the Bowie treatment with the big, powerful backing... We did a duet together at Carnegie Hall and (sang) that. That was a fond memory." - [Read complete article]...
•T IN THE PARK Festival goers got to hear HOT CHIP perform a cover of DAVID BOWIE's "Heroes" and The Velvet Underground's 'I'm Waiting For The Man'...
• More T IN THE PARK news... Promoter Geoff Ellis told The Sunday Mail that top of his wish list is to ask DAVID BOWIE back to make up for the disappointment of having to cancel his slot in 2006. He said: "It would be nice for him to do the Main Stage as soon as he feels ready. It feels like unfinished business." - [Read complete article]...
•DAVID BOWIE tribute act DIAMOND DOGS - The Sound and Vision of David Bowie are headlining the 'Rally in the Alley' in Medina, Ohio on Friday 18th July at 7:00pm. Venue: Main Street Cafe, 17 Public Square, Medina, Ohio 36 44256, USA. The free outdoor festival starts at 5:00pm, with Diamond Dogs taking the stage at 7:30pm - [More details]...
•DAVID BOWIE fan Esther emailed in to let everyone know that she makes Bowie record cushions and thought it might be of interest. Check them out on etsy.com website together with other 70s heroes...
LOOK AT THAT SKY, LIFE'S BEGUN 13th July 2008
DAVID BOWIE's 'Golden Years' is one of the songs performed by the YOUNG AT HEART CHORUS, a older aged choral group from Northampton, MA, USA in the documentary film 'Young At Heart' by director Stephen Walker.
The documentary charts the preparations by the group, average age 81, as they prepare for a concert in their home town. The group eschew classic choral songs and instead aim to cover more esoteric fare such as songs by Sonic Youth, The Clash and James Brown.
It turns out that RENÉ MARCIL, a contemporary French painter (1917-1993), was an absolutely huge DAVID BOWIE fan and has produced some incredible images.
He created at least fourteen Bowie pieces for his 'Stars' Series (1984) and in a letter to his wife Evelyn, Marcil wrote: "Bowie is elegance itself, more about lifestyle than about fashion."
To view the artist's biography and view the largest online collection of his work please visit his official website at renemarcil.com
Thanks to Roy French for the pointer.
TAKE A QUICK BUTCHERS... 8th July 2008
• Check out a really great review of new movie AUGUST over at SheKnows. As you know the movie stars Josh Hartnett, Rip Torn and DAVID BOWIE. August follows Tom Sterling (Josh Hartnett) as an aggressive, young dotcom entrepreneur who fights to keep his start-up company afloat. Tom finds himself on a personal and professional downward spiral as he struggles to reunite with girlfriend, Sarah (Naomie Harris), regain control of his company from his investor Ogilvie (David Bowie), and deal with age-old family wounds with his father, David (Rip Torn) and his brother Joshua (Adam Scott). Directed by Austin Chick, the movie is released this week by distributor First Look Studios - [Read here]...
• Famous New York City hangout MAX'S KANSAS CITY has got a shiny new website - pop on over to maxskansascity.com where you can explore DAVID BOWIE - Stardust On Earth mapped poster. No spoilers here just go and check it out for yourselves...
• Update concerning forthcoming book Collaboration: The Bowie Sessions David has announced on BowieNet concerning his written contribution - "A nice idea but not a reality. Love Frank O's work though." - see story below...
COLLABORATION: THE BOWIE SESSIONS 3rd July 2008
Here's one for your diaries... there's another forthcoming DAVID BOWIE publication in the pipeline. This is slightly different proposition though... it's written by David Bowie! Along with photographs from Frank Ockenfels III.
The publication will see the light of day on 10th February 2009
Thanks to John BK for the pointer.
LIVE SANTA MONICA '72 RELEASED 1st July 2008
DAVID BOWIE - LIVE SANTA MONICA '72 was released yesterday by EMI. Check out the links below for some excellent reviews online...
Ground Control: Review by G. Murray Thomas [Read here] NME: Review by Anthony Thornton [Read here] Los Angeles Times: Review by Robert Hilburn [Read here] Billboard: Review [Read here] Pickfork: Review by Tom Ewing [Read here] Guardian: Review by Dave Simpson [Read here]
Recorded at Santa Monica Civic Auditorium, Los Angeles on October 20th 1972 during the first leg of the Ziggy Stardust US tour. Over the last 36 years this historic recording has only been occasionally available as a bootleg. For many, ownership of this concert was regarded as a true test of being a 'proper Bowie fan'. This powerful, galvanizing show allows a more than 70 minute glimpse into the earliest nationwide live radio exposure granted David and the Spiders.
David Bowie says:- "I can tell that I'm totally into being Ziggy by this stage of our touring. It's no longer an act; I am him. This would be around the tenth American show for us and you can hear that we are all pretty high on ourselves. We train wreck a couple of things, I miss some words and sometimes you wouldn't know that pianist Mike Garson was onstage with us but overall I really treasure this bootleg. Mick Ronson is at his blistering best."
CD tracklisting: 01 - Introduction 02 - Hang On To Yourself 03 - Ziggy Stardust 04 - Changes 05 - The Supermen 06 - Life On Mars? 07 - Five Years 08 - Space Oddity 09 - Andy Warhol 10 - My Death 11 - The Width Of A Circle 12 - Queen Bitch 13 - Moonage Daydream 14 - John, I'm Only Dancing 15 - Waiting For The Man 16 - The Jean Genie 17 - Suffragette City 18 - Rock 'N' Roll Suicide
LP tracklisting: Record 1 Side 1 01 - Introduction 02 - Hang On To Yourself 03 - Ziggy Stardust 04 - Changes 05 - The Supermen 06 - Life On Mars? 07 - Five Years
Record 1 Side 2 01 - Space Oddity 02 - Andy Warhol 03 - My Death
Record 2 Side 1 01 - The Width Of A Circle 02 - Queen Bitch 03 - Moonage Daydream 04 - John, I'm Only Dancing
Record 2 Side 2 01 - Waiting For The Man 02 - The Jean Genie 03 - Suffragette City 04 - Rock 'N' Roll Suicide
In 1972, David Bowie set out on his first US tour. He'd recently introduced the world to his Ziggy Stardust persona with his top 5 album 'The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and The Spiders From Mars' and had completed a hugely successful UK tour. The Santa Monica concert, David's first live US radio broadcast, was aired live on KMET in L.A. and was immediately a fan bootleg favourite. The set list is compiled primarily from the 'Hunky Dory' and 'Ziggy Stardust' albums and features two covers, Jacques Brel's 'My Death' and the Velvet Underground's 'Waiting For The Man', alongside the awesome power of 'The Man Who Sold The World' centrepiece 'The Width Of A Circle' (this version is a ten and a half minute sonic assault) and an 'Aladdin Sane' previewing 'The Jean Genie'.
The set list is also quite different from the Ziggy terminating 'Ziggy Stardust - The Motion Picture Soundtrack,' available on CD via EMI along with its counterpart concert film on DVD.
Accompanying David was The Spiders From Mars: Mick Ronson - guitar, vocals, Trevor Bolder - bass, Mick "Woody" Woodmansey - drums and Mike Garson - piano.
This is David Bowie at the pinnacle of his creative power - in 1981 NME critics called it, "(quite simply)... the performer's, and one of rock's, best ever bootlegs."
The CD will initially be released as a limited edition with special packaging featuring shots taken at the actual gig for the first time.
The double LP set will be a numbered limited edition on 180 gram heavyweight vinyl; a must for collectors.