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2019
Space Oddity (50th Anniversary EP)
2018
Dance
2018
Let's Dance (2018 Remaster)
2018
Serious Moonlight (Live at Pacific National Exhibition Coliseum) [2018 Remaster]
2018
Welcome To the Blackout (Live London '78)
2018
Loving the Alien (1983 - 1988)
2018
Glastonbury 2000 (Live)
2017
Cracked Actor (Live) [Los Angeles '74]
2017
Stage (2017) [Live]
2017
A New Career in a New Town (1977-1982)
2016
Labyrinth (From the Original Soundtrack of the Jim Henson Film)
2016
Who Can I Be Now? (1974 - 1976)
2016
Legacy
2015
David Bowie (2015 Remastered Version)
2015
Hunky Dory (Remastered)
2015
The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders From Mars (2012 Remastered Version)
2015
PinUps (2015 Remastered Version)
2015
Aladdin Sane (2013 Remastered Version)
2015
Five Years 1969-1973
2015
The Man Who Sold the World (2015 Remastered Version)
2015
Blackstar
2013
The Next Day Extra EP
2013
The Next Day
2010
Live Nassau Coliseum '76
2009
VH1 Storytellers: David Bowie (Live)
2009
A Reality Tour (Bonus Track Version) [Live]
2009
I Need Someone (Live In Cleveland U.S.A. In 1977) [With David Bowie]
2008
iSelect
2008
Live Santa Monica '72
2007
Sound + Vision
2007
The Best of David Bowie 1980/1987
2007
Glass Spider (Live Montreal '87) [2018 Remaster]
2006
Black Tie White Noise: Extras
2005
The Platinum Collection
2005
David Live (2005 Mix) [Remastered Version]
2004
Black Tie White Noise
2003
Reality (Bonus Track Version)
2003
Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars (The Motion Picture Soundtrack)
2002
Best of Bowie
2001
All Saints: Collected Instrumentals 1977-1999
2001
Christiane F. – Wir Kinder vom Bahnhof Zoo (Original Soundtrack)
2000
Bowie at the Beeb - The Best of the BBC Radio Sessions 68-72
1999
Let's Dance
1999
Never Let Me Down
1999
Tonight
1999
'Hours...'
1999
'hours...' (Expanded Edition)
1997
The Deram Anthology 1966 - 1968
1997
Earthling (Expanded Edition)
1997
The Best of David Bowie 1969/1974
1997
Earthling
1995
London Boy
1995
1. Outside (Expanded Edition)
1995
Outside
1994
Prokofiev: Peter and the Wolf
1993
The Buddha of Suburbia (Music from the Motion Picture)
1990
Changesbowie
1988
David Bowie Narrates Prokofiev's Peter and the Wolf
1987
Never Let Me Down (Remaster) [Japanese Version]
1987
Never Let Me Down (2018 Remaster)
1984
Tonight (2018 Remaster)
1981
Changestwobowie
1980
Scary Monsters (And Super Creeps) [2017 Remastered Version]
1979
Lodger (2017 Remastered Version)
1979
Heathen
1977
Low (2017 Remastered Version)
1977
"Heroes" (2017 Remastered Version)
1976
Station to Station (2016 Remastered Version)
1976
Changesonebowie
1975
Young Americans (2016 Remastered Version)
1974
Diamond Dogs (2016 Remastered Version)
1967
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David Bowie Aug 21, 2019
VH1 STORYTELLERS SET DUE ON VINYL IN OCTOBER “And so the story goes...” This Friday (23rd August) sees the 20th anniversary of David Bowie’s hugely entertaining musical performance with hilarious spoken interludes at The Manhattan Center’s Grand Ballroom in New York for the VH1 Storytellers series. In celebration, Parlophone will release a limited edition double vinyl LP on 11th October, 2019, with four bonus recordings not included on the original 2009 CD. Keep reading for more details. #BowieStorytellers + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + DAVID BOWIE - VH1 STORYTELLERS AVAILABLE FOR THE FIRST TIME ON STRICTLY LIMITED DOUBLE VINYL ON PARLOPHONE 11th October 2019 On the 23rd of August 1999, David Bowie played an intimate set for invited guests at The Manhattan Center’s Grand Ballroom in New York for the VH1 Storytellers series. Ten years later in 2009 a CD/DVD/Download of the evening was released, and now 20 years on the most complete version available will be released as a strictly limited edition double vinyl LP. The VH1 Storytellers TV series debuted in 1996 and featured several of music’s biggest names performing in front of a live audience while telling stories about the inspirations and memories associated with each song. Among the artists the show has hosted are Bruce Springsteen, Coldplay, Ed Sheeran, Taylor Swift, Foo Fighters, Pearl Jam, Bee Gees, Kanye West & Steely Dan. The Bowie set has long been regarded as one of the most memorable episodes in VH1 Storytellers history, with David delving deep in to his catalogue to perform tracks such as ‘Can’t Help Thinking About Me’ for the first time in 33 years, Aladdin Sane’s ‘Drive-In Saturday' which he had not performed since 1974 and ‘Word On A Wing’ which received its first outing in 23 years. Bill Flanagan, Executive Producer of the VH1 Storytellers “We were used to dealing with legendary musicians. Still, landing David Bowie was more than a big booking. There’s no way to say this without being corny: it was an honour. Bowie has a unique place in rock & roll. He is not only one of the most influential musicians of the era, he does nothing unless he is fully committed”. DAVID BOWIE VH1 STORYTELLERS Side 1: 1. Life On Mars? 2. Rebel Rebel (truncated) 3. Thursday’s Child Side 2: 1. Can’t Help Thinking About Me 2. China Girl 3. Seven Side 3: 1. Drive-In Saturday 2. Word On A Wing 3. Survive* Side 4: 1. I Can’t Read* 2. Always Crashing In The Same Car* 3. If I’m Dreaming My Life* *Bonus recordings not included on the original CD. DAVID BOWIE ‘VH1 STORYTELLERS’ is released on Parlophone 11th October 2019
David Bowie Aug 17, 2019
BOWIE FAN FOCUS 7: Maria Primolan Welcome to the 7th instalment of BOWIE FAN FOCUS. Maria Primolan has an exhibition of her work at today’s 50th anniversary Bowie Bandstand event mentioned here yesterday, For a full explanation and to participate in BOWIE FAN FOCUS, join BOWIE KOOKS (the only Official David Bowie Facebook Fan Group), and then after you have, follow this link: http://smarturl.it/BFFexplainKOOKS #BowieFanFocus + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + ~ Name? MP: Maria Primolan ~ Age? MP: 48 ~ What does David Bowie mean to you? MP: David Bowie is a real inspiration, a guide, a “gift”, a special artist as if he were communicating to me: “it can be done, you must carry on and create”, and I have had more courage to “do”, to “be productive”. He is a great example in this. I love this quote: “I believe that I often bring out the best in somebody’s talents”. ~ When and how did you first become aware of him? MP: I started to listen to David Bowie’s songs when I was a teenager. At my artistic high school in Turin. My schoolmate Margherita told me about him and she made me listen to his songs. In 2016, I tried to contact her after many years, but sadly she had passed away. I have a clear memory of walking on the road wearing headphones with David Bowie's songs: a new feeling of freedom and of a new world to be discovered. I was 15. ~ First item you ever obtained, including music, memorabilia, magazines, etc.? MP: A card with David Bowie’s photo from the ‘80s. ~ Is there a Bowie holy grail for you that you have yet to track down? MP: I would love to go to Berlin to visit David Bowie’s venues, the house in Hauptstrasse 155, and see the Brücke Museum dedicated to German Expressionism. ~ What would you have said had you met him, or, if you did meet, what did you say? MP: I’ve often wondered about my reactions and feelings meeting him, I never had the chance but I would probably have asked him details about his artistic talent as mime and performer besides talented musician and singer, his being onstage has always fascinated me! ~ Favourite album? MP: My favourite album is Low. ~ Item(s) you'd love to see in the Bowie Store? MP: I would to see the Lazarus Musical DVD. ~ Top ten songs? MP: I don’t usually keep listening to the same songs. Sometimes they change, now they are: Life On Mars? Sound And Vision Sunday Lazarus Space Oddity Right Look Back In Anger The Stars (Are Out Tonight) Dollar Days Quicksand ~ Favourite lyric? MP: From Sound And Vision: “I will sit right down, waiting for the gift of sound and vision. And I will sing, waiting for the gift of sound and vision. Drifting into my solitude, over my head.” ~ Favourite film? MP: The Man Who Fell To Earth. I read the book too. ~ Favourite video? MP: Ashes To Ashes ~ Favourite era? MP: Berlin era and the best artistic moment I most admire of his is the Blackstar album. ~ Best Bowie moment? MP: My best Bowie moment is always when I live in first person a “Bowie experience” as to meet special people, to travel, to make a new sculpture inspired to him and feel that the people that see it feel “something”, when I’m able to convey emotions, when people say “He’s Bowie!!!”. When I received the compliments and reviews about my sculptures from David Bowie’s friends George Underwood, Mary Finnigan and Sarah-Rena Hine. ~ Guilty secret? MP: I started to make the first sculpture portrait because I wanted “to shape his visage, so enigmatic” and sometimes I have also kissed my sculptures! ~ What impact upon your life has Bowie had? ~ Does David Bowie influence your working life? MP: I’m a sculptor and since 2016 I have been creating many works dedicated to him and others are in progress. As many fans on 10th January 2016 I felt a deep pain within; as if a close friend or member of my family had passed away. I asked myself, “how can this have happened?”. David Bowie had become so deeply rooted in me. Like many fans, I have visited the exhibition “David Bowie Is”; it came to Bologna in Italy. In November 2016 I travelled to London to watch “Lazarus” in King’s Cross Theatre and of course I took the opportunity to visit the mural in Brixton. Upon my return to Italy I found that artistically I had become completely focused on David Bowie: my tribute to him would be sculptured as an “Angel”. The sculpture is “The Angel’s Gift”, a large piece made of wood - it features a long fracture starting from the head and reaching the whole of the body reminiscent of the lightning flash on the Aladdin Sane cover. Here the angel is alive but incomplete, evoking a sense of loneliness that is reflected in our contemporary society. This theme continues with the partial absence of an arm. The hand contains a black ebony star, representing David’s final gift to us of music and immortal emotions. ~ Do you have a Bowie related photograph we could use? If so, what's the story behind it? MP: Many photos inspire my work: 1. The photo ”Scary Monsters”, 1980, photos by Brian Duffy inspired the life size statue I made in 2018. I chose to represent Bowie wearing his costume as Pierrot, a mask representing his experience with the great mime-artist Lindsay Kemp. I have sought to capture his look expressing strength and sweetness at the same time. I chose white clay to highlight Pierrot’s fragility and beauty. 2. “David Bowie”, Los Angeles, 1975, by Steve Schapiro, with blue backdrop, this session photos inspired many of my sculptures. 3. “David Bowie”, Paris, 1977, photos by Philippe Auliac. ~ Finally, answer the question we did not ask, but you wish we had? MP: In the montage here you can see some of my works made of wood, clay and my last fantastic experience through the Japanese raku ceramic technique that I think particularly effective and wonderful to represent a sculpture dedicated to David Bowie! Here some new photos of the process and new sculpture “Ziggy” made of raku ceramic that I’ve recently finished. The next exhibition will take place at Bowie’s Beckenham Oddity Festival on 17th August 2019 My web site: www.mariaprimolan.it For more info about my sculptures you can contact me by Facebook Messenger. Thank you so much to Mark Adams, Sara Captain and Paola Povesi. + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + #BowieFanFocus
David Bowie Aug 16, 2019
BOWIE BANDSTAND GETS GRADE II LISTING ON 50TH ANNIVERSARY “It was ragged and naïve, It was Heaven...” On the 50th anniversary of David Bowie’s historic appearance at the Growth Summer Festival on 16th August, 1969, the bandstand in Croydon Recreation Ground in Beckenham (on which he performed on the day), has received Grade II listing status on the advice of Historic England. Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport), Rebecca Pow. said: “David Bowie is a cultural icon and 50 years on from his performance at the ‘Bowie Bandstand’ in Beckenham it is right that we remember his influence on music and culture in this way. Our country's music industry is a huge success story and artists like David Bowie will always play an important role in how the rest of the world views the UK, helping us to attract millions of visitors each year to experience and enjoy our rich history and culture." Duncan Wilson, Chief Executive of Historic England said: “Walking past this typical yet characterful bandstand, you probably wouldn’t expect it was once the stage for a young man who would become one of the most iconic musicians of the 20th century. It is a rare survival from a historic iron foundry in its own right, but its significance as a site that inspired David Bowie shows us how powerful our historic places can be and how important it is that we protect them so they will continue to inspire people for years to come.” The bandstand itself was built in 1905, to the design of the McCallum and Hope Iron Foundry and is thought to be the only bandstand from this foundry still standing in Britain. Today it is owned by Bromley Council and watched over by the Friends of Croydon Road Recreation Ground. The bandstand was the stage from which the 22-year-old Bowie performed a set and compered proceedings at the one-day festival. The event inspired him to write Memory Of A Free Festival, a seven minute song recorded for his second album (released in November 1969), and issued as a two-part single in June the following year. Croydon Road Recreation Ground has played host to a one-day festival in August for many years since the Growth Summer Festival of 1969. Today known as Bowie’s Beckenham Oddity, this year’s festival takes place tomorrow (Saturday 17th August), 50 years and a day since Bowie’s original appearance. (https://smarturl.it/BBO2019announceDBFB) Many thanks to the organisers of Bowie’s Beckenham Oddity Festival and Members of the Friends of Croydon Rec, Wendy Faulkner and Brian Blandford, and everybody else involved with the recognition of the Bowie Bandstand’s significance. Bowie's Beckenham Oddity is an annual fundraiser which was supported by David Bowie when he provided signed items for auction at the event. This year the Bowie Archive has donated a postcard signed by him on the 40th anniversary of the event in 2009. FOOTNOTE: The montage here is an amalgamation of David Bebbington’s original photograph of David Bowie performing on the bandstand 50 years ago today and Sara Captain's painting of that picture. (https://smarturl.it/TheCaptainsArtBOWIE) #bowiesbeckenhamoddity #bowiesbandstand #SpaceOddity50
David Bowie Aug 13, 2019
DUNCAN JONES MOON 4K UHD Blu-ray AND MAKING OF BOOK “Don't be afraid of the man in the MOON ...” Ten years ago today, we announced the forthcoming release of the MOON DVD. So what better time to follow up with the recently promised MOON flavoured update from Unkle Rupert, and other exciting Duncan Jones news. Over to you Unkle... Thought we’d give you a breather on all space / Moon related things before letting you all know that not only was it the 50th Anniversary of the Apollo 11 Moon landing and the release of David Bowie’s Space Oddity recently, but this year is also the 10th Anniversary of Duncan Jones’ multi award winning debut feature film, MOON. This occasion is being celebrated in style throughout the year with the release of a brand new 2 disc 10th Anniversary 4K UHD Blu-ray featuring brand new content on the 4K UHD disc - All-New Retrospective Conversation with Duncan Jones and Journalist Joe Utichi - Never-Before-Seen Deleted Scenes - Fan Art Poster Gallery And on the Blu-ray - Audio Commentary with Writer/Director Duncan Jones and Producer Stuart Fenegan - Audio Commentary with Writer/Director Duncan Jones, Director of Photography Gary Shaw, Concept Designer Gavin Rothery, and Production Designer Tony Noble - Whistle Short Film by Duncan Jones - The Making of Moon - Creating the Visual Effects - Science Center Q&A with Director Duncan Jones - Filmmaker’s Q&A at the Sundance Film Festival - Theatrical Trailer All very groovy stuff, but that’s not all. We also had an incredible night at The Barbican Centre in London on Friday 19th July where MOON soundtrack composer, the mighty Clint Mansell, introduced a unique screening of MOON featuring a live soundtrack performed by The London Contemporary Orchestra conducted by Clint’s long-time collaborator, Matt Dunkley. Clint included the story of how he once spent hours meeting with David Bowie to discuss working on something for Darren Aronofsky’s The Fountain! This sadly never came to pass, but just imagine what could have been. This was quite a thing for Clint who cites that moment, as so many often do, of seeing Bowie perform Starman on Top Of The Pops in 1972 as the moment that kick started his journey in music. So you can imagine his surprise at being introduced to Duncan in a pub a couple of years later and their working relationship developing afterwards (as well as MOON, Clint also composed the soundtrack to Duncan’s follow up to MOON, MUTE which you can watch right now on Netflix). As well as the new 4k UHD 10th Anniversary release of MOON out now, we also have a MAKING MOON book by Simon Ward being released later this year (Sept 3rd - Though Amazon UK says October) through Titan Books, Making Moon will take an in-depth look back at the film’s production. It features interviews with the film’s key creatives and includes rare concept and behind-the-scenes images, as well as excerpts from the original shooting script. We’ve also recently announce some VERY ltd edition (100 of each variant; Metallic Silver, Blue, and Orange) MOON posters from AllCity Media. Stunners, details and pre-order over at allcityx.com So that’s MOON, stay tuned for a wee update on what Duncan is up to at the moment other than this. Busy times! #MOONfilm #MOONfilm10 #ManMadeMOON
David Bowie Aug 09, 2019
BOWIE BY O’NEILL RETAIL EDITION OUT NOW “Beware of the Diamond Dogs...” As previously mentioned, the retail edition of Bowie by O'Neill was published yesterday, 8th August, and is the #1 Best Seller in Amazon’s Celebrity Photography books: https://smarturl.it/DBbyTOretailAmazon Among the many delights in the book are the sessions for the Diamond Dogs album, both for the iconic outer cover and the artwork which was produced originally for the inner gatefold of the sleeve. (In the event a photomontage of a cityscape by Leee Black Childers was used inside.) Both paintings were created by Guy Peellaert based on Terry's pictures and you can read more about them here: Diamond Dogs outer sleeve: https://smarturl.it/DDogsOuterDBFB Diamond Dogs original inner sleeve: https://smarturl.it/DDogsInnerDBFB Terry O'Neill Iconic Images #BOWIEbyONEILL
David Bowie Aug 06, 2019
BOWIE FAN FOCUS 6: Richard Miller You’ll all have the hang of this by now, but for a full explanation and to participate, join BOWIE KOOKS (the only Official David Bowie Facebook Fan Group), and then follow this link: http://smarturl.it/BFFexplainKOOKS #BowieFanFocus + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + ~ Name? RM: Richard Miller ~ Age? RM: I was born five days before the release of ‘I Pity The Fool’. An omen…? ~ What does David Bowie mean to you? RM: More than a lot. Not quite everything, but pretty close. ~ When and how did you first become aware of him? RM: Going on a Sunday School trip to see a pantomime at the Theatre Royal, Nottingham around Christmas ’72. I distinctly remember The Jean Genie playing on the radio on the coach. I think that and Life On Mars? were out as singles within a short space of time of each other. The lyrics just fascinated the seven-year-old me… “Bites on the neon and sleeps in a capsule” … “Loves chimney stacks” … “Mickey Mouse has grown up a cow” … “Look at those cavemen go” … What could it all mean? And then Ed ‘Stewpot’ Stewart would play The Laughing Gnome on Junior Choice at the weekends (which had been re-released as a cash-in single). And that was apparently by ‘David Bowie’ too!! I thought it couldn’t possibly be the same person, and there must be two singers plying their trade as David Bowie. ~ First item you ever obtained, including music, memorabilia, magazines, etc.? RM: Around that time I remember getting Music Star magazine pretty regularly, with their fantastic pull-out posters, so there would have been DB one on my wall, amongst the Sweets, Slades and Gary Glitters(!) Music-wise, wind forward a few years, when I had my first paper round at 14, and Boys Keep Swinging was the first single of his I bought. ~ Is there a Bowie holy grail for you that you have yet to track down? RM: I would quite like something with a genuine signature on it. I’m not a mad collector of these things, but that would be nice… even if it was just an old fag packet. Then I’d have something that he’d definitely have touched. ~ Most valuable Bowie possession you own on an emotional level? RM: Either my original Boys Keep Swinging 7-inch, or otherwise my poster featuring Bowie in TMWFTE, promoting the ’Stars Of The British Screen’ photographic exhibition. I framed it up when I got it in 1985, and when he died, it occurred to me that it’s hung pride of place in every place I’ve lived, for over 30 years. ~ The best Bowie show you ever attended? RM: I saw him six times. I think my favourite would have been 1990’s Sound+Vision (at Manchester City’s Maine Road stadium), mainly because it’s the least visually documented tour that I experienced, and following on from the messiness of Glass Spider, I was very impressed by the slickness and simplicity of the presentation, particularly him ‘duetting’ with himself on the enormous black and white video screen on Space Oddity. Nice to see that being used again with the 50th anniversary Space Oddity/moonlandings celebrations very recently. ~ The show you wish you had witnessed? RM: I’d loved to have seen the Iggy Pop tour of 1977 with DB tinkling the ivories in a low-key stylee. Otherwise the only actual DB tour I missed once I was old enough to go to gigs, was Serious Moonlight… and that was entirely my own fault. I’d fallen heavily for him in the late 70s, and bought up all of his albums and most of his singles between 1979 and 1981. Of course, apart from odd bits like Baal and collaborations with Queen and Giorgio Moroder (which didn’t appeal to the post-punk, NME-reading me) it took him an age to put a proper LP out after Scary Monsters. And when he did, it was Let’s Dance, and all the proverbial Phil Collins fans were suddenly David Bowie fans. And my youthful cultural snobbery wasn’t having that, so I refused to go! A friend did bring me a programme back, but on reflection, the more mature me really wishes he’d gone! ~ What would you have said had you met him, or, if you did meet, what did you say? RM: I don’t have a clue. Occasionally one does meet one’s heroes, celebrities or people one admires, and I get terribly tongue-tied. So in all honesty, I’d have been in too much awe and would undoubtedly bottled it! ~ Favourite album? RM: It really depends. The two that I regard as the most ‘perfect’ from start to finish and are the best listening experiences as a whole have to be Low and Blackstar. So, because it’s lived with me the longest, I’d plump for Low. ~ Favourite bootleg? RM: I’m very fond of the ‘Slinky Secrets’ Outside Tour Rehearsals. ~ Item(s) you'd love to see in the Bowie Store? RM: A David Bowie LP/compilation/whatever with my artwork on the cover! ~ Top ten songs? RM: Not always, but in the upper half of my top 30 would always be: Space Oddity Time We Are The Dead Win Stay Heroes Boys Keep Swinging Ashes To Ashes Absolute Beginners Where Are We Now? ~ Favourite lyric? RM: “Heaven loves ya. The clouds part for ya. Nothing stands in your way, when you're a boy” ~ Favourite film? RM: The Man Who Fell To Earth. (Could it possibly be anything else? He’s been in some stinkers!) ~ Favourite video? RM: The videos that Floria Sigismondi did for Earthling are creative and arresting and don’t get talked about very much. Little Wonder is especially good, referring back to the past (the Ziggy character), the future (the Where Are We Now? style puppet/projections) with bits of Dali, David Lynch and Pixies aesthetics thrown into the mix. ~ Favourite era? RM: 76-79 ~ Best Bowie moment? RM: Probably seeing him at the Move Festival in Manchester in 2002. It was the gig I was closest to the stage, and it took place only about a mile away from my house. ~ Guilty secret? RM: Although The Man Who Fell To Earth was an amazing piece of work, I thought the ‘sequel’, the Lazarus play/musical, was absolutely terrible. Sorry! ~ What impact upon your life has Bowie had? Eg: Music, art and literature? Children or pet's names? Tattoos? Mannerisms? Clothing? Choice of life partner? RM: Apart from being a constant drain on the bank balance, TBH, not many of the above! I’m an all-round (alternative) music nut, and was an early adopter of the likes of The Arcade Fire, Pixies, The Cure and the likes, so it was always gratifying when Bowie made clear his appreciation of such artists and that our tastes for the slightly more esoteric were in alignment. I guess I’d not be listening to as much Scott Walker these days were it not for Bowie, but by the same measure, the Anthony Newley section of my record collection is pretty slim! In the 80s, I played in various amateur bands, largely performing original material with the odd cover thrown in. In one of the slightly more successful ones (the other members of which were largely U2 obsessives) I insisted we did a Bowie cover. We regularly performed Rebel Rebel – far from my favourite Bowie song, but one that was simple enough for everyone to get a reasonable handle on, and which the audience would recognise. My partner is German, and my brother in law lives in Berlin, and the first time we went to stay with him (in the early 2000s) I insisted he drove us to all the Bowie sites – Hauptstraße, Hansa Studios etc, just to look at the buildings. I go to Berlin a couple of times a year and inevitably check in at the Neues Ufer and have a wander round the neighbourhood. Meeting like-minded Kooks at events and conventions is always a joy, as there aren’t many folks in day-to-day life who share the obsession. ~ Does David Bowie influence your working life? RM: Latterly he certainly does… I’m a graphic designer by trade. When he died, there was such an outpouring of creativity end emotion of one type or another… culturally, he seemed to be ‘at the centre of it all’ for a while, and my response was to produce some pieces of artwork which when showed to Bowie fan groups online, garnered an incredibly positive response. To cut a long story short, working with the Bowie merchandising people in New York, ensuring I was using the correct source imagery and wording, I’ve been able to turn my designs into officially licensed Bowie merchandise in the form of a set of six high quality art prints and card sets. They’ve been approved by the official Bowie merchandisers, so it’s quite a nice feather to have in my cap. They are available exclusively through my website https://smarturl.it/PureCreativeShop, on the David Bowie stall when it pops up in Brixton, and at as many Bowie events/conventions I can get to. I’ll be at Bowie’s Beckenham Oddity on August 17th with these and other DB-inspired bits and pieces. Pop along and say hello if you’re going. ~ Finally, answer the question we did not ask, but you wish we had? RM: ‘Perfect Day’ by Lou Reed. But I’m not telling you the question and you’ll never guess. (Ed note: actually, did guess correctly!) + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + #BowieFanFocus
David Bowie Aug 06, 2019
BOWIE BY O’NEILL RETAIL EDITION DUE THURSDAY “Yes, I’ve read the morning papers...” The long-awaited retail edition of Bowie by O'Neill: The definitive collection with unseen images by Terry O'Neill is published this Thursday, 8th August. With more than 500 photographs including contact sheets published here for the first time and an introduction from Terry discussing in detail his experiences of working with David, this is the ultimate portrait of an inspiring, challenging and ever-changing artist. O’Neill had a close working relationship with David Bowie, including photographing the iconic “Jumping Dog” image used for the promotion of Diamond Dogs. David once said: “The great thing about Terry was that I was always guaranteed a centrespread in the papers after a photo session with him.” A picture from the particular session illustrated here was first published in the Daily Mirror in January 1975. For UK fans at least, these spreads were always a very welcome first glimpse of a new Bowie look. Terry O’Neill said: “When I first started to collect all my images and contact sheets of David Bowie, I didn’t realize how many I had! That first phone call I received to work with Bowie resulted in a real partnership between us; I was lucky enough to get that call and smart enough to say yes. He was a one-of-a kind, always changing and a true genius. It gives me great pleasure to be able to share with the world the images I captured and my memories of working with this extraordinary artist. He has the most loyal fans I’ve ever come across and I truly hope this book brings them a lot of joy.” The Iconic Images store is offering just 300 copies of Bowie by O’Neill signed by Terry: http://smarturl.it/BowieONeillSigned19 Terry O'Neill Iconic Images #BOWIEbyONEILL
David Bowie Aug 05, 2019
IMAN HONOURED WITH THE FRANCA SOZZANI AWARD “Give my children sunny smiles…” Congratulations to Iman with the news that she will be honoured with the Franca Sozzani Award for her humanitarian work and efforts to make the fashion industry more diverse. The accolade was established by the family of the late Vogue Italia editor-in-chief Franca Sozzani and recognises women for their careers in the arts and their dedication to charitable organisations. The 64-year-old model will receive the award at an event at the Belmond Hotel Cipriani in Venice on 27 August. It will be hosted by Sozzani's son, photographer and film director Francesco Carrozzini, who established the award with his wife Bee Shaffer, daughter of U.S. Vogue editor-in-chief Anna Wintour. “Iman's work has disrupted the fashion industry in a way similar to Franca's: bold, innovative and inclusive," Carrozzini said in a statement. "Using her platform to the best of its potential, Iman's work from lobbying the CFDA (Council of Fashion Designers of America) for an increase of diversity on the runway to impactful humanitarian work, displays her true passion and focus. We are truly honoured for her to accept the Franca Sozzani Award.” Iman follows in the footsteps of Julianne Moore, who was the first-ever recipient of the award back in 2017, and Salma Hayek, who was feted last year. The supermodel began her career in 1975 and was a muse of designers Gianni Versace, Halston, Calvin Klein, and Yves Saint Laurent. She went on to develop her make-up collection, IMAN Cosmetics, which caters specifically for women of colour. Iman has also been involved in humanitarian work for the Children's Defense Fund, Action Against Hunger, and the Raise Hope For Congo campaign. (Source: https://smarturl.it/YahooLifeStyleIman19) FOOTNOTE: David and Iman are pictured here at the 2007 Food Bank of New York Can-Do Awards Dinner. #DavidAndIman
David Bowie Aug 05, 2019
REMEMBERING HAYWOOD STENTON 'JOHN' JONES “When the father steps aside, At the wrong time…” Fifty years ago today on the 5th of August 1969, David Bowie's father, Haywood Stenton 'John' Jones, died of pneumonia (aged just 56), at the family home in Bromley. In 1993, David spoke to writer and fellow one-time Bromley resident, Hanif Kureishi, about the loss of his father. + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + “It was at a point when I was just beginning to grow up a little bit and appreciate that I would have to stretch out my hand a little for us ever to get to know each other. He just died at the wrong damn time, because there were so many things I would have loved to have said to him and asked him about. All those stereotypical regrets when your father dies and you haven’t completed your relationship. I felt so...Damn! Wrong time! Not now, not now!” + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + David is pictured with both parents (John and Margaret Mary 'Peggy' Jones) top left in our montage and bottom left with his father and cousin Kristina. Haywood Stenton "John" Jones - 21 November 1912 to 5 August 1969
David Bowie Aug 03, 2019
GET FREE TICKETS FOR BOWIE TALK WITH AD VISSER “We had a friend, a talking man…” Just two months to go until the Lazarus premiere in Amsterdam (http://smarturl.it/LazarusNLtix). Meanwhile, if you’re in the area on Sunday 25 August, why not pop along to a free talk with Ad Visser at the venue. Here’s the blurb: SIGN UP FOR THE SPECIAL BOWIE TALK WITH AD VISSER Lazarus is coming! During the Uitmarkt you will hear new things about David Bowie and his latest masterpiece. Come to the Bowie Talk from presenter, artist and writer Ad Visser on Sunday 25 August , who first met David Bowie in the early 1970s and got to know him personally. Together with various guests, he takes you into the Bowie universe and the story of Lazarus. Yes, you want to experience this! Venue: De La Mar Theater, Amsterdam Date: August 25 Time: 13:00 and 14:30 Free ticket registration: https://smarturl.it/AdVisserTalkTickets Ad Visser is pictured here presenting Bowie with awards in 1974 and 1977. #BowieAdVisser #LazarusNL #LazarusMusical
David Bowie Aug 03, 2019
FIRST EVER FULL PAGE DB PRESS AD IS 50 “Me, I’m fresh on your pages...” The first ever David Bowie full-page press advert appeared fifty years ago today (2nd August 1969), in the American trade magazine, Billboard. Not the most exciting advert visually, but it conveyed the message well enough. The folks at Mercury were serious about their new boy and they wanted to show it. This was in celebration of the release of the Space Oddity 45 on Mercury in the US, and it was certainly a lot more than Philips in the UK were doing to promote the new record at this point. If you think you know of an earlier David Bowie full-page press advert, published anywhere in the world, please let us know about it. #DBAOTW
David Bowie Jul 29, 2019
OFFICIAL BOWIE 2020 LIMITED WALL CALENDAR PRE-ORDER “It burns my wall with time...” Pre-order here: https://smarturl.it/DB2020calendar2 #BowieLtdCalendar2020
David Bowie Jul 29, 2019
OFFICIAL BOWIE 2020 A3 WALL CALENDAR PRE-ORDER “Hang him on my wall...” Pre-order here: https://smarturl.it/DB2020calendar1 #BowieA3Calendar2020
David Bowie Jul 28, 2019
STAY TUNED FOR THE MOON AND MORE “And it was stalking time for the MOONboys...” Back in January we posted a piece, by our friend Unkle Rupert, regarding the 10th anniversary of Writer/Director Duncan Jones' film MOON. (http://smarturl.it/MOONis10UnkleRupert) This month sees the 10th anniversary of the film going on general release and that event was celebrated by the release of a new 2 disc 10th Anniversary 4K UHD Blu-ray, featuring brand new content on the 4K UHD disc. Stay tuned for a MOON flavoured update from Unkle Rupert, including other exciting Duncan Jones news. Meanwhile, just for fun, today's montage features four things related to the film in one way or another. Can you tell us what the connections are? Chesney Hawkes Matt Berry's Music #MOONfilm #MOONfilm10
David Bowie Jul 28, 2019
DENIS O’REGAN OPENS GALLERY IN HAMMERSMITH “I'd like to launch a gallery, Put you all inside my show...” On the evening that the UK recorded its hottest day ever (Thursday 25th July), the new Denis O'Regan Gallery W6 was successfully launched in London. Here’s a bit of info: As one of Britain’s top rock photographers, Denis O’Regan has collaborated with legendary artists including David Bowie, Queen and the Rolling Stones, creating iconic images and capturing both the grit and the glamour of rock star life. His illustrious 45 year career has seen him serve as official photographer at international festivals such as Glastonbury, Download & Coachella, and on tour for legendary performers including Duran Duran, Thin Lizzy, Spandau Ballet and Pink Floyd. His astounding archive serves as a social history of contemporary music, documenting the emergence and growth of movements such as Punk & New Wave, New Romantic, Heavy Metal and Grunge. Famous for his deceptively relaxed approach, Denis’s easy-going personality ensured Access All Areas on lengthy world tours with a host of seminal musicians and bands, and the natural intimacy of his photographs is due to the friendships he forged in the process. His comprehensive back catalogue features hundreds of thousands of photographs, taken during travels through more than half the world’s nations. Many of Denis’s iconic images will be shown at the gallery - David Bowie in Thailand & Singapore, Freddie Mercury and Queen at Wembley Stadium and their final ever show, at Knebworth, and Spandau Ballet and Pink Floyd images from their international tours. Long before drones were used for crowd shots, Denis took his life in his hands and climbed the scaffolding at Milton Keynes Bowl for his famous shot of David Bowie’s Serious Moonlight show, capturing the 63,000 audience of smiling faces as far as the eye could see. And now, for the first time ever, he’s bringing this entire rock & roll archive under one roof with the opening of the Denis O’Regan Gallery in Hammersmith. The gallery will serve as a retail space with a large selection of Denis’s limited edition prints for sale as well as unique pieces available only at the gallery. His signed limited edition boxed set ‘Ricochet : David Bowie 1983’ which is the only David Bowie book in the permanent collection in London’s V&A Museum, and Duran Duran’s ‘Careless Memories’ will also be available to purchase. Denis O’Regan 271 King Street London W6 9QF #GalleryW6 #DavidBowieRicochet
David Bowie Jul 24, 2019
MAJOR TOM FLOATS ON AS THE APOLLO 11 CREW SPLASHDOWN “My mama said to get things done, You'd better not mess with Major Tom...” Unlike Space Oddity’s anti-hero, Major Tom, the crew of Apollo 11 completed a successful mission with a safe splashdown on this day (24th July) in 1969. Of course, Major Tom’s fate is not fully explained in Space Oddity, having lost contact with Ground Control his final words in the song are: “Here am I floating round my tin can, Far above the Moon, Planet Earth is blue, And there's nothing I can do.” However, Bowie continued to shed light on the fate of the Major throughout his career, most notably in Ashes To Ashes: “Ashes to ashes, funk to funky, We know Major Tom’s a junky, Strung out in heaven’s high, Hitting an all-time low.” Following the release of the original single, Bowie was quick to point out his true feelings about Major Tom and how the character had possibly been misinterpreted in some quarters...but more of that later. The new David Bowie video for Space Oddity (2019 mix) features footage of a performance of Space Oddity at his 50th birthday concert at Madison Square Garden in 1997 (directed by Tim Pope), married to footage shot and directed by Édouard Lock (the founder and choreographer of the Montreal dance troupe La La La Human Steps), for the onscreen back drop of Bowie’s 1990 Sound & Vision tour. The images here are from the latter. View the new David Bowie video for Space Oddity (2019 mix) here: https://smarturl.it/SpaceOddity50vidYT #SpaceOddity50 #Apollo50th
David Bowie Jul 22, 2019
Thanks NASA - National Aeronautics and Space Administration - surely this event will still be celebrated in another fifty years for the 100th anniversary of the moon landing.
David Bowie Jul 21, 2019
SPACE ODDITY (2019 Mix) VIDEO ONLINE AT MIDDAY UK “Commencing countdown, engines on...” As promised yesterday, The new David Bowie video for Space Oddity (2019 mix) that premiered at The Kennedy Center in Washington a few hours ago, and shortly afterwards in Times Square in New York, will be available to view online from midday UK time (BST), today. The video will be viewable on the David Bowie YouTube channel and you can watch it for the first time with other fans by tuning in live at 12:00pm. The chat is open now so follow the link to interact with other fans while you wait: https://youtu.be/ptVbk7r4IcA #SpaceOddity50 #Apollo50th
David Bowie Jul 20, 2019
SPACE ODDITY VIDEO IN WASHINGTON AND TIMES SQUARE TONIGHT “Under the moonlight, this serious moonlight...” As you know, the new David Bowie video for Space Oddity (2019 mix) will be premiered at a NASA event at The Kennedy Center in Washington this evening. The premiere will commemorate 50 years since Apollo 11 landed on the Moon, as well as the 50th anniversary of Space Oddity’s original release. Shortly afterwards (somewhere between 22:30 and 23:00 ish local time (EST)), the video (without sound) will be aired in Times Square. It was originally to be shown with sound, but due to the extreme heat advisory for today (20th July), the City of NY has cancelled all outdoor events for the health and safety of the public. Space Oddity 2019 will be available to view online tomorrow from midday UK time (BST), stay tuned for more details tomorrow morning. The video features footage of David Bowie performing Space Oddity at his 50th birthday concert at Madison Square Garden in 1997 (directed by Tim Pope), married to footage shot and directed by Édouard Lock (the founder and choreographer of the Montreal dance troupe La La La Human Steps), for the onscreen back drop of Bowie’s 1990 Sound & Vision tour. Go here for the full press release regarding the video for Space Oddity (2019 mix): https://smarturl.it/SpaceOddityNASAevent #SpaceOddity50 #Apollo50th
David Bowie Jul 17, 2019
SPACE ODDITY AND APOLLO 11 HEAD FOR SUCCESS “Here am I sitting in a tin can, Far above the world…” Though the early signs weren't looking so good for Space Oddity on 17th July, 1969, Apollo 11 was well on its way to a successful mission following a perfect lift off the previous day. Even with the BBC’s use of Space Oddity as unofficial theme song for the Apollo 11 mission, it would be a few more months before the single would peak on the UK singles chart. However, the crew of Apollo 11 would land successfully on the moon on 20th July 1969, an event being celebrated with a new David Bowie video which will be premiered at the NASA event at The Kennedy Center in Washington on 20th July: https://smarturl.it/SpaceOddityNASAevent #SpaceOddity50
David Bowie Jul 15, 2019
BOWIE FAN FOCUS 5: Mark Wardel You surely have the hang of this by now, but for a full explanation and to participate, join BOWIE KOOKS (the only Official David Bowie Facebook Fan Group), and then follow this link: http://smarturl.it/BFFexplainKOOKS #BowieFanFocus + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + BOWIE FAN FOCUS – Mark Wardel ~ Name? MW: Mark Wardel ~ Age? MW: 61 ~ What does David Bowie mean to you? MW: I learned nothing at school in the 70s. Bowie was my schooling and my route into music, culture, style, fashion, art, film, literature.....everything. ~ When and how did you first become aware of him? MW: At age 14 in June 1972....I grew up in New Brighton, a seaside town just across the Mersey from Liverpool and I had a summer holiday job selling rock and seaside tat from a stall on New Brighton Pier. I had heard 'Starman' on the radio and loved it but had no real idea of who the singer was until one morning before things got busy when I ran over to the Doughnut stall to get a polystyrene cup of tea. Two of the Teddy-boy/Grease Monkey type guys who worked on the fair were also there waiting to be served and one of them was telling his mate about an outrageous concert he'd recently attended at Liverpool Stadium in which the singer was apparently 'half man/half woman', wore makeup and spacesuits on stage and was so pretty that although he was a bloke they all quite fancied him! To my 14 year old ears this sounded more than exciting and I listened in until I caught the singer's name...David Bowie. On my lunch break I ran to the newsagents and bought a couple of girly pop magazines which at that time were full of Ziggy Stardust pin-ups. This was a revelation, the coolest, most stylishly beautiful person I had ever seen...unlike the Teddy Boys I didn't fancy him, he was too feminine...I wanted to BE him and quite literally my life changed from that moment on. ~ First item you ever obtained, including music, memorabilia, magazines, etc.? MW: It was on that June day in 1972...various pop papers and magazines ... Sounds, NME, Jackie, Popswop, etc., followed soon after by 'The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stardust And The Spiders From Mars' album. I still have a lot of cuttings of these pictures and scrapbook pages from back then which are elegantly crumbling away like the Dead Sea Scrolls...and I still have all my original 1970s Bowie vinyl. ~ Is there a Bowie holy grail for you that you have yet to track down? MW: Absolutely......'Cracked Actor' outtakes and the missing extra concert footage from those shows. I have been obsessed with this film ever since I first saw it in January 1975 and 2 years ago was lucky enough to attend a screening of 'Cracked Actor' on the big screen at Picture House Central here in London. Afterwards I was able to chat to Alan Yentob who told me that he and Tony Visconti were trying to locate the missing footage with the intention of creating a feature length version of 'Cracked Actor' for cinema release...this doesn't appear to have surfaced and so remains my Bowie Holy Grail. ~ Most valuable Bowie possession you own on an emotional level? MW: The hand written letter Bowie sent me from Berlin in June 1979 (See montage) ...I couldn't believe my eyes when I unexpectedly received it at the Soho advertising agency where I had recently got my first job in London as a junior illustrator. I had taken one of the Bowie artworks I had made at art school to Capital Radio where Bowie was doing an interview in the hope of meeting him and giving him my painting and was hanging out with the hundreds of fans milling about outside the building. One of the fans introduced me to Bowie's lovely American PR lady, Barbara DeWitt, who told me that she thought the picture was great but that Bowie would not be coming out as they were frightened there would be a riot if he did and that she would put the picture in the boot of his car and make sure he got it. This was thrilling enough for me and I soon forgot about it until a few months later when this mysterious air mail letter arrived at my work address. I'm still incredibly touched that David Bowie at the height of his fame, in Berlin, took the time to write me a thank you letter...even writing the envelope himself and presumably also licking the stamp! This is my most prized possession and something I would never consider selling. ~ The best Bowie show you ever attended? MW: Isolar2 at Earl's Court in 1978...this was my very first day as an adult in London and quite literally the start of my new life in this great city. ~ The show you wish you had witnessed? MW: Any of the 1974 Diamond Dogs/Philly Dogs/Soul Tour shows ~ What would you have said had you met him, or, if you did meet, what did you say? MW: I did meet Bowie in September 1979, three months after receiving my letter from him. I was introduced to him at my friend's Mayfair nightclub, Legends, which he occasionally frequented along with various other West End clubs. People say that when you meet the Queen you are so overawed that you can never remember what she says to you...it was the same for me with Bowie...I just remember him being incredibly charming and when he focussed on you he made you feel like the most interesting person he'd ever met...I was also thrilled to hear him quietly remark to Coco Schwab that he liked my bleached hair and pale blue Lloyd Johnson 50s style suit. A funny anecdote about Legends...one night at closing time a reluctant to leave Bowie was still there and so he stayed behind and helped the bar staff to count up their tips. ~ Favourite album? MW: Diamond Dogs. ~ Favourite bootleg? MW: Curtis Hixon Hall Tampa 1974. ~ Item(s) you'd love to see in the Bowie Store? MW: Terry O'Neill's Bowie book...his Bowie photographs are the absolute best...that and maybe my Bowie masks. ~ Top ten songs? MW: Let me think about that! ~ Favourite lyric? MW: From my all-time favourite song it is...“Wendy's stealing clothes from Marks & Sparks and Freddie’s got spots from ripping off the stars from his face...funky little boat race”...because Wendy Kirby (the 'Wendy' he mentions), is a dear friend of mine who told me that she had complained to Bowie that she was too stylish to steal from Marks & Sparks and why couldn't he have said Harrods? The 'Freddie' is genius designer of the Ziggy era wardrobe and Diamond Dogs stage suits, Freddie Buretti. ~ Favourite film? MW: 'Cracked Actor' (if it counts) and The Man Who Fell To Earth (if not). ~ Favourite video? MW: 'Cracked Actor' I still have the (now worn out) VHS of this I got in 1980 from a friend who worked in a TV company. It doesn't count?...oh well in that case I love the 'John, I'm Only Dancing' video. ~ Favourite era? MW: 1974/76 ~ Best Bowie moment? MW: When I was asked to create an edition of my Bowie life mask sculptures for the V&A 'David Bowie is' exhibition in 2013 and then later when Bowie/Isolar bought 2 from me for inclusion in the official Bowie archive. ~ Guilty secret? MW: If I told you it would no longer be a secret! ~ What impact upon your life has Bowie had? Eg: Music, art and literature? Children or pet’s names? Tattoos? Mannerisms? Clothing? Choice of life partner? MW: The style, elegance and dignity with which he operated have always been a great inspiration to me. In many situations I will ask myself 'How would Bowie react?'. ~ Does David Bowie influence your working life? MW: My life as an artist has always absolutely been influenced by Bowie and a huge amount of my art work is Bowie related and even when it's not specifically about him his aesthetic influence is still at play. I became widely known as a Bowie mask-maker completely by accident and my masks and Bowie related artworks have since been featured in books, magazines, exhibitions and on TV. I'm about to launch a 'Cracked Actor' collection of Bowie masks and poster/prints of my artworks etc., for sale through my online store www.trashdna.com ~ Finally, answer the question we did not ask, but you wish we had? MW: Your question would be “can I give you a huge quantity of my super-rare 1974 Bowie stuff?”...my answer would be...”Yes!”. #BowieFanFocus
David Bowie Jul 13, 2019
ONE GIANT STEP – DAVID BOWIE’S SPACE ODDITY ON R2 TONIGHT “Do you remember a guy that's been, In such an early song...” Though not officially sanctioned, Tris Penna and Sue Clark’s latest Bowie-related production for BBC Radio 2 airs at 21:00 this evening, and is well worth a mention here. We’re sure you remember their award-winning Exploring Life On Mars? documentary, presented by Martin Kemp and originally broadcast on BBC Radio 2 on January 9th, 2017. The programme won the BBC’s Radio & Music Awards BEST MUSIC PRODUCTION gong last year. Tonight’s look at the evolution of Space Oddity and the continuing saga of Major Tom is surely destined for similar accolades. Listen here: https://smarturl.it/OneGiantStepBBCR2 Keep reading for the full blurb. #BowieOneGiantStep #SpaceOddity50 #BowieAtTheBBC #ExploringLifeOnMars + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + One Giant Step – David Bowie’s Space Oddity BBC Radio 2 Tx: Saturday 13th July 2019 at 9 pm Presenter: Tris Penna July is the fiftieth anniversary of the release of David Bowie’s first hit single 'Space Oddity' in 1969 and One Giant Step examines in detail arguably Bowie’s most famous song - one which was to have a vital, brooding presence throughout his career. We look at why on the back of 9 flop singles and many attempts at fame - Space Oddity was written, and examine the influences that led to this career igniting song, with new interviews with his then duet partner John Hutchinson and good friend Dana Gillespie. We hear the earliest known full demo of Space Oddity - performed as a duo with Hutch, but with differing lyrics and arrangements. We have unheard archive interview of Bowie’s manager at the time, Ken Pitt, discussing the unaired TV special 'Love You Till Tuesday' for which the song was written, and we hear a previously unheard studio outtake of the TV recording of the song from February 1969. We learn about his multi-media trio Feathers - which became Bowie and Hutch, one of the origins for the song (having been conceived as a duet) - plus other significant influences such as Stanley Kubrick’s movie ‘2001: A Space Odyssey’. We learn how Bowie admits that 'Gee I am Major Tom' and how the invention of the Major Tom character would be the very first of many character creations in his career. We reveal what Tony Visconti thought of the song and why he gave it to Gus Dudgeon to produce. Bassist Herbie Flowers who played on the track tells us about the original recording session. We also hear from Philips Records executive Olav Wyper on how he helped make the record - against all odds - a hit. We discover how David Bowie’s first UK number one single was a re-issue of Space Oddity in 1975 and hear the 1979 bleak Lennonesque remake. We hear from video director David Mallet - who made the startling video for Space Oddity 1979 which presaged the award winning video for Ashes To Ashes - the song of course prominently features 'Major Tom' who is by now a junky. We have exclusive archive of Bowie talking about Ashes to Ashes and the continuing story of Major Tom. In a brand new interview Pet Shop Boy Neil Tennant tells us how they came to remix ‘Hallo Spaceboy’ - and how it was his idea to 'cut up' the original Space Oddity lyrics and sing them with Bowie on the hit. We also hear audio of the very last time Bowie performed the song in 2002 in Denmark. Space Oddity has by now become such a part of popular culture that it was no surprise when astronaut Chris Hadfield performed Space Oddity live from the Space Station. And in an exclusive interview superstar film director Johan Renck tells us about the creative process of working with Bowie on the Blackstar video - the video that sees Major Tom finally laid to rest, made only months before Bowie’s untimely death. The programme is presented by Tris Penna, who as a record executive and producer knew and worked with David Bowie. Produced by Tris Penna and Sue Clark Productions for BBC Radio 2. + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - +
David Bowie Jul 12, 2019
SPACE ODDITY GOES GOLD ON DAY OF BOX RELEASE “You’ve really made the grade…” On the very day that the BPI in the UK have announced that Space Oddity has gone gold (again), you’re most likely aware that Parlophone also released a 50th anniversary double 7” box set of Space Oddity today (12th July). Single 1 features both the original mono version of the song plus the original mono B-side, Wild Eyed Boy From Freecloud and it’s contained in a replica of the ultra-rare original promotional UK single sleeve. Single 2, which boasts superb new 2019 mixes of both songs by Tony Visconti, comes in a new sleeve with a Ray Stevenson shot of David taken on stage during a performance of Space Oddity at the ‘Save Rave ‘69’ concert at the London Palladium on 30th November, 1969, in front of a backdrop featuring a NASA astronaut. The single edit of the new 2019 Tony Visconti mix of Space Oddity is also available for streaming and digital download now. The box also contains a double-sided poster featuring an alternative version of aforementioned Ray Stevenson shot at the London Palladium and an original Space Oddity print advertisement, alongside an information card and a print featuring an alternative shot by Jojanneke Claassen from the Space Oddity promo single cover session. All this is housed within a sturdy and quite delicious purple, mirror-board box. Reading some of the comments on Bowie socials, it seems that most are in agreement that this box is a thing of beauty. Get yours here: https://lnk.to/SpaceOddity2x7inch #SpaceOddity50
David Bowie Jul 12, 2019
BARBIE AS BOWIE AVAILABLE NOW “Ain’t that close to love? Well, ain’t that poster love? Well, it IS that Barbie doll...” In the year that Barbie celebrates her 60th and on the very day that Space Oddity hit half a century, toymakers Mattel have announced a new collectable doll inspired by Bowie’s Ziggy Stardust wild mutation, Aladdin Sane. Dubbed Barbie as Bowie, the doll is dressed in one of the popular costumes sported by Bowie on his 1973 tour, including the iconic red platform boots, a Schwarzkopf ‘Red Hot Red’ mane of hair and gold disc on the forehead. It’s not yet known if Ken will follow suit, but we reckon he would look great as Halloween Jack or The Thin White Duke. More here: https://t.co/QDpwbJqoI6 #Barbie #BarbieAsBowie
David Bowie Jul 11, 2019
SPACE ODDITY x UNLOCK THE MOON EXPERIENCE “I shoot at a full moon…” DAVID BOWIE - “SPACE ODDITY x UNLOCK THE MOON EXPERIENCE” - WEBSITE LAUNCHES IN CONJUNCTION WITH 50th ANNIVERSARY OF MOON LANDING As you’re possibly already aware, this month marks the 50th anniversary of two historic cosmic events that shaped the course of history: David Bowie’s classic single “Space Oddity”, originally released 50 years ago today on 11th July, 1969, and the inaugural moon landing. To celebrate these events, Parlophone has launched the new David Bowie “Space Oddity x Unlock The Moon Experience” today. The website, spaceoddity50.com, allows users to direct their phone’s camera towards the moon and, once perfectly aligned, unlock the brand new 2019 Tony Visconti mix of “Space Oddity” a day before the track is released as a digital single for streaming and digital download. The new “Space Oddity” video will be premiered in its entirety on 20th July during Apollo 11: A 50th Anniversary Celebration—One Small Step, One Giant Leap, a one-night-only tribute to the 1969 moon landing from the National Symphony Orchestra (NSO), in collaboration with NASA on Saturday, 20th July at the Kennedy Center Concert Hall. Parlophone will release a double 7-inch single of “Space Oddity” tomorrow, 12th July, featuring both the original “Space Oddity” mono version plus the original B-side “Wild Eyed Boy From Freecloud” and brand new 2019 mixes of each by Tony Visconti. The single edit of the new 2019 Tony Visconti mix of “Space Oddity” will also be available for streaming and digital download tomorrow. Photo © Ray Stevenson #UnlockTheMoon #SpaceOddity50