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BOWIE, RYKODISC, SALEM: THE UNTOLD STORY
27th May 2016

Bowie, Rykodisc, Salem: The Untold Story The recent talk 'Bowie, Rykodisc, Salem: The Untold Story' by JEFF ROUGVIE in Salem, MA revealed some rather exciting news on unreleased DAVID BOWIE songs that were muted for release via Ryko.

The lovely Julie Stoller at The Boston Survival Guide blog reviewed the show and took some photographs, which reveal some wonderful info.

SPACE ODDITY 'Ryko' album/single/CDV - Proposed Additional Tracks:
Don't Sit Down (Deleted from reissue).
Unwashed And Somewhat Slightly Dazed (US mix).
Janine (Version 2 with Love Me Do).
Wild Eyed Boy From Freecloud (Acoustic version).
Wild Eyed Boy From Freecloud (Orchestral no verse 1).
Wild Eyed Boy From Freecloud (Acoustic: spoken intro).
Prettiest Star (1970 single version).
Conversation Piece (B-side of above).
London Bye Ta-Ta (From above session).
Fool (Later B-side from LP sessions).

CD Single:
A-side: Space Oddity (hit version, 69).
B-side: Memory Of A Free Festival (full length 1969 single version) Pts. 1 and 2.

CDV:
Video Space Oddity (Original Version).
Audio: Space Oddity (French Version).
Audio: Space Oddity (Italian Version).
Audio: Space Oddity (Spanish version).

PINUPS 'Ryko' album/single/CDV - Proposed Additional Tracks:
I Feel Free: (Pin Ups session version) (Cream).
White Light, White Heat: (Unreleased session) (Velvets).
It's Hard To Be A Saint In The City: (73 version unreleased) (Springsteen).
Ladytron: (Unreleased) (Roxy Music).
God Only Knows: (Unreleased 73 version) (Beach Boys).
No Fun: (Unreleased) (Stooges).
Summer In The City: (Unreleased) (Lovin' Spoonful).

CD Single:
A-side: I Can't Explain.
B-side: Sorrow / Amsterdam.

CDV:
Video: I Can't Explain (live?).
Audio: ?

You can read the full review on her blog at bostonsurvivalguide.net

Jeff will be doing another talk in the Fall. Keep your eye on jeffrougvie.com for more details and information.


AND THE BITS FLEW FAR AND WIDE...
27th May 2016

Photographic Exhibition: UNSEEN BOWIE by MARKUS KLINKO is now showing at Artcube Gallery, 9 Place Furstenberg, 75006 Paris, France. Open Monday to Saturday 10.30am to 7.30pm. Exhibition runs until 25th June - [More details]...

The New (S.F. Masterworks) hardback, paperback and Kindle edition of THE MAN WHO FELL TO EARTH by Walter Tevis has now been published via Gollancz. (Date brought forward) - [More details]...

Director DUNCAN JONES was one of the guests on BBC RADIO 2 ARTS SHOW WITH JONATHAN ROSS last night. If you missed the interview, you can listen in here - [More details]...

The 'BELGRADE TO BOWIE' project starts on 28th May in Serbia... Over the next three months, the Serbian capital will pay tribute to one of the greatest 20th century artist, David Bowie, with a rich cultural programme including a photo exhibition, screenings of his movies, concerts, art workshops, panel discussions and music quizzes - [More details]...


MICK ROCK IN-STORE NYC SIGNING
25th May 2016

MICK ROCK will be signing copies of his latest book the 'unlimited edition' of THE RISE OF DAVID BOWIE, 1972-1973 on Wednesday evening 1st June between 7-9pm at the Taschen Gallery in New York City.

There is limited space, so an RSVP required. Please telephone 212-226-2212 or email


CFDA TO HONOUR DAVID
23rd May 2016

DAVID BOWIE is to be honoured at the 2016 CFDA Fashion Awards in New York, USA.

Actress TILDA SWINTON will be accepting the Board of Directors' Tribute Award on his behalf.

The awards ceremony takes place on Monday 6th June at the Hammerstein Ballroom, New York, US.

More details and information can be found over at cfda.com website.


AND THE BITS FLEW FAR AND WIDE...
20th May 2016

Update: New release date of 6th June for the Limited Edition Blu-ray Box Set DISSENT & DISRUPTION: The Complete Alan Clarke at the BBC 1969-1989, the 13-disc set includes DAVID BOWIE in BAAL. Also released the same day as two separate volumes 6-disc DVD Box Set Volume 1: Dissent along with Volume 2: Disruption 6-disc DVD Box Set...

(AP - May 20th) - Music Hall in Detroit has commissioned a ballet as part of a tribute to DAVID BOWIE. The ballet is scheduled to debut on 18th June. Organisers say Complexions Contemporary Ballet will offer interpretations of the work of Bowie that night as well as the band Metallica. The Music Hall says the production will draw from his decades of hits to create a rock opera-style production. Other Michigan tributes to Bowie were earlier announced. The Detroit Symphony Orchestra plans an event titled 'The Music of David Bowie' on July 10 at Meadow Brook Amphitheater in suburban Detroit, and the Grand Rapids Symphony plans a tribute August 2nd at Cannonsburg Ski Area...

Make your own movie trailer for the WARCRAFT movie, directed by DUNCAN JONES. If you are in Birmingham, West Midlands, pop on over to Cineworld Broad Street - [More details]...

BOWIE UNSEEN by MARKUS KLINKO is now open at the MR MUSICHEAD Gallery in Hollywood, Los Angeles. The gallery is open Monday-Saturday 11am-6pm, runs until 15th June - [More details]...

There still seems to be a few people who still haven't grasped how the DAVID BOWIE's ★ vinyl album die-cut works. This new demonstration video explains, and shows it perfectly...




CHANGESONEBOWIE RELEASED
20th May 2016

Out today is the 40th Anniversary release of CHANGESONEBOWIE which is available on heavyweight 180g vinyl in both clear and black colours, also available in CD and digital formats.

For the limited vinyl editions, half are black and half are clear. This is not mentioned anywhere on the LP sleeve, therefore making it completely random as to which one you end up with.

The vinyl tracklisting runs as follows:

CHANGESONEBOWIE Vinyl Side 1:
       Space Oddity.
       John, I'm Only Dancing.
       Changes.
       Ziggy Stardust.
       Suffragette City.
       The Jean Genie.

Side 2:
       Diamond Dogs.
       Rebel Rebel.
       Young Americans.
       Fame.
       Golden Years.

The CD tracklisting is as follows:

       01. Space Oddity (2015 Remastered Version).
       02. John, I'm Only Dancing [Sax Version] (2012 Remastered Version).
       03. Changes (2015 Remastered Version).
       04. Ziggy Stardust (2012 Remastered Version).
       05. Suffragette City (2012 Remastered Version).
       06. The Jean Genie (2013 Remastered Version).
       07. Diamond Dogs (2016 Remastered Version).
       08. Rebel Rebel (2016 Remastered Version).
       09. Young Americans (2016 Remastered Version).
       10. Fame (2016 Remastered Version).
       11. Golden Years (2016 Remastered Version).

CHANGESONEBOWIE is available to purchase on vinyl and CD NOW.


SCHAPIRO IN-STORE SIGNING IN CHICAGO
18th May 2016

Bowie - Photographs by Steve Schapiro If you are in Chicago on Saturday, here's your chance to get your copy of BOWIE - Photographs by Steve Schapiro signed by the man himself.

The event takes place at the Ed Paschke Art Center on 21st May at 3-5pm, where Steve will discuss his new book and esteemed career with a book signing to follow.

Visit edpaschkeartcenter.org for full details.

Synopsis: David Bowie, by 1974, was a man of many faces and as many albums, had already lived the life of Ziggy Stardust and launched Aladdin Sane, with albums Pinups and Diamond Dogs soon to come. A musical force to be reckoned with, Bowie was also widely regarded as a fashion icon, pushing the envelope of sexuality and style and having created an internationally renowned persona.

The mostly never-before-published images in Schapiro's rare collection represent Bowie at his most creative and inspired self and present a glimpse into the intimacy that Schapiro and Bowie shared during their time together. As Schapiro tells it: 'From the moment Bowie arrived, we seemed to hit it off. Incredibly intelligent, calm, and filled with ideas, he talked a lot about Alistair Crowley whose esoteric writings he was heavily into at the time. When David heard that I had photographed Buster Keaton, one of his greatest heroes, we instantly became friends.'

The first photo session started at four in the afternoon and went through the night till dawn. Bowie went through countless costume changes, each more incredible than the last and each seemed to turn him into a totally different person. Bowie relentlessly created these unique characters, each seemingly alive in their own charismatic space for Schapiro to create visual images to complement their very existence and turn them into iconic images for all time.

Bowie and Schapiro kidded and laughed about shooting a series of close-up portraits on a putrid green background because they felt it was the worst possible background colour for a magazine, and so they did on this lark - with the image eventually becoming a People magazine cover.

The last image they made was at four in the morning to wrap up the marathon session when they went outside to shoot Bowie on his motorcycle - the sun hadn't yet risen and the shot was lit dramatically by only the headlights of a car. This image remains one of Schapiro's favourites and is certain to live on in posterity.

This hardcover book contains 76-pages and is published by Powerhouse Books.

You can order BOWIE - Photographs by Steve Schapiro NOW.


AND THE BITS FLEW FAR AND WIDE...
18th May 2016

Listen to a WGN RADIO interview with photographer STEVE SCHAPIRO talking about working with DAVID BOWIE - [Listen here]...

Four DAVID BOWIE items are up for grabs in JULIEN'S AUCTIONS 'Music Icons 2016' auction, bidding on now, ends 21st May. Lot 352: David Bowie fan letter / Lot 353: David Bowie signed Glass Spider Tour costume / Lot 354: David Bowie custom Steinberger guitar / Lot 355: David Bowie and Beezy Bailey oil painting - [View Lots]...

On this day, 37 years ago, DAVID BOWIE released his Lodger album in 1979...

Happy Birthday wishes to RICK WAKEMAN...


RAGAZZO SOLO, RAGAZZA SOLA FOR MAMbo
13th May 2016

Ragazzo Solo, Ragazza Sola 2016 release davidbowie.com have exclusively revealed the next collectors' limited edition 7" single release in conjunction with the travelling DAVID BOWIE IS exhibition.

For the DBI at the MAMbo in Bologna, Italy RAGAZZO SOLO, RAGAZZA SOLA gets the special treatment in blue vinyl released on 14th July.

As I'm sure you aware, 'Ragazzo Solo, Ragazza Sola' is the Italian language variation of 'Space Oddity', which in English is translated as 'Lonely Boy, Lonely Girl'.

The single was originally released for the Italian market in 1970.

David Bowie - 'Ragazzo Solo, Ragazza Sola' - Limited Edition 7" Blue Vinyl
A-side: Ragazzo Solo, Ragazza Sola (Stereo).
Produced by Gus Dudgeon.

B-side: London Bye Ta-Ta (Mono).
Produced by Tony Visconti.

The David Bowie Is exhibition opens at MAMbo on 14th July and runs through to 13th November.


LAZARUS AT KING'S CROSS
13th May 2016

Leaked in the DAILY MAIL newspaper is the news that a new temporary theatre is to be built in King's Cross, London for the upcoming LAZARUS theatre production.

Written by DAVID BOWIE and ENDA WALSH, the musicial is scheduled to hit London at the end of this year.

An 800-seat temporary theatre will be built as part of the King's Cross Theatre complex to house it.

You can read the whole article here

Take a look around this rather beautiful venue at kingscrosstheatre.com


DUNCAN JONES EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW
12th May 2016

Duncan Jones Director DUNCAN JONES is currently promoting his latest movie WARCRAFT which hits movie theatres on 30th May.

In an exclusive filmed interview with Angelique Jackson at a press junket on Wednesday for E!, Duncan talks about his new movie, his father and becoming a father himself very shortly.

You can read the whole piece and watch video over at etonline.com

Warcraft is to be released internationally on 30th May (Duncan's birthday) and on 10th June in North America.

For his next movie MUTE the lead roles will star Alexander Skarsgard and Paul Rudd.

In the story, which is set 40 years in the future, the True Blood actor will be seen playing the role of a mute vigilante 'Leo Beiler', who is unable to speak due to a childhood trauma but goes in search of a missing girl in mid-21st century Berlin.

"I've been working towards making Mute for 12 years now. I cannot tell you how thrilled I am that we're finally going to shoot this utterly unique film," said Duncan.

"The fact that I get to make it with Alexander Skarsgard and Paul Rudd makes it all the more exciting! Mute is a film that will last. It is unlike any other science fiction being made today."


AND THE BITS FLEW FAR AND WIDE...
12th May 2016

DWAINE BUTTERS talks about finding the secret hidden cosmos in DAVID BOWIE's ★ vinyl album - [Read here]...

The DAVID BOWIE themed play FROM IBIZA TO THE NORFOLK BROADS by Adrian Berry will be visiting the mac in Birmingham on Friday 2nd December. Tickets are available to purchase now - [More details]...

The DAVID BOWIE themed play FROM IBIZA TO THE NORFOLK BROADS by Adrian Berry visits the Connaught Theatre in Worthing, BN11 1LG, England on Wednesday 9th November. Tickets are available now - [More details]...

DAVID BOWIE's second album first released in 1969 have broken DISCOG's price record, with a UK vinyl pressing selling for nearly £5,000 ($6,826 / £4,722) - [Read here]...


LABYRINTH BOARD GAME
12th May 2016

Check out the latest news on the forthcoming LABYRINTH board game...

The game will retail for 40 GBP ($60) and is scheduled to ship in late Summer. It comes with highly detailed play pieces and will guide players on a journey to solve the labyrinth just as Sarah did to save her baby brother, Toby, in the film.

Pre-orders are now available via the makers RIVER HORSE GAMES - full details can be found over on the dailydot.com website.

If you want a sneak preview of what the board game actually looks like, check out the movie below.




DAVID BOWIE: FAME, FASHION, PHOTOGRAPHY
10th May 2016

David Bowie: Fame, Fashion, Photography The DAVID BOWIE: Fame, Fashion, Photography fundraiser is taking place in Heddon Street, London on 7th June through 19th June.

This exhibition will showcase a unique collection of David Bowie images from three British photographers. Many have not been exhibited before and have not been seen outside the photographers' studios.

Visitors will be able to buy a limited edition, hand-numbered David Bowie: Fame, Fashion, Photography catalogue, with all proceeds going to Cancer Research UK. The catalogue is only available to purchase at the exhibition.

The space, kindly donated by Regent Street and The Crown Estate, is described as 'one of the natural gravitational points for many fans to pay their respect' after David's passing. Many consider Heddon Street to be the 'birthplace of Ziggy Stardust', the persona that was, to many, the defining face that introduced his music to the world.

The exhibition takes place on the very street where Bowie was photographed for the cover of 'The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and The Spiders from Mars' album.

Venue: The Hub, 10 Heddon Street, London W1B 4BX.

FREE entry, all proceeds go to Cancer Research UK

Opening times are: 11am - 7pm

Coinciding with the exhibition of the unseen images there will be an online auction of a selection of 23 prints taken by Chalkie Davies, Tony McGee and Denis O'Regan.

The auction will begin on 6th June at 6:30pm with images available to bid on until 6:30pm 19th June.

All proceeds raised will be donated to Cancer Research UK in David's memory.

Full details can be found at cancerresearchuk.org website.


AND THE BITS FLEW FAR AND WIDE...
8th May 2016

JONATHAN BARNBROOK talks about DAVID BOWIE's ★ album and design - [Read here]...

BLONDIE namedrop DAVID BOWIE and IGGY POP - [Read here]...

TONY VISCONTI interviewed by Toronto Sun in Canada talking about DAVID BOWIE and Holy Holy performances - [Read here]...


DAVID AND I
8th May 2016

David Bowie and Denis O'Regan 1987 The photographic exhibition: 'DAVID AND I: My photographic account of travelling the world with David Bowie' by photographer DENIS O'REGAN is showing on the following dates:

28th July: Norwich.
2nd August: Brighton.
4th August: Chelmsford.
18th August: Birmingham.
6th October: York.
13th October: Cambridge.
17th November: Edinburgh.
18th November: Glasgow.

More details and tickets are available to purchase now at the offbeatlounge.co.uk website.


"BLACKSTAR? WHAT DOES THAT MEAN?"
3rd May 2016

Peaky Blinders As you all know by now, DAVID BOWIE was a huge fan of the Birmingham gangland BBC TV drama PEAKY BLINDERS.

The writer/director STEVEN KNIGHT has confirmed that series 3 will feature David Bowie music.

"It's not something I can talk about yet," said Steven. "But you will be hearing music by David Bowie in the series.".

A few years back I was asked by a certain someone if I was watching it. I'd only caught part of the very first episode, and I didn't bother watching it again for whatever reason.

With the news the other day of DB music appearing in the new series, I obviously spent the weekend watching the previous two series.

I was gobsmacked to notice the following at 3:49...

"Black star. What does that mean?"
"Black star day. Is the day we take out Billy Kimber and his men."
"No one knows this."

I am 100% certain this is where David initially got the black star name from, and then developed it.

Check out Peaky Blinders - Series 1, Episode 5 - which aired back in September 2014.




Peaky Blinders - S 1 E 5 by t-themindyproject


Also, we know the song Blackstar was originally two songs put together. Some of the lyrics of the middle section tie in, as well as 'Tis A Pity She Was a Whore' - which would fit into the show perfectly.

I highly recommend watching this series - it's absolutely fascinating.


BLACKSTAR VINYL ALBUM SECRET
3rd May 2016

David Bowie Blackstar Vinyl version If you have opened your DAVID BOWIE ★ vinyl, open up the gatefold and hold the cover up to the sunglight and a mirad of stars appear in the die-cut star.

Once the light source is removed, the stars fade away.

Quite a lot of the national press picked up on this newly found discovery.

I'm told the album cover DOES NOT need to be exposed to the sun for a period of time as the articles say, it just needs to be held up to the sunlight and they become visible.

Check out imgur.com to see the original photo and posting.

David's son DUNCAN JONES tweeted...

@ManMadeMoon Leaving us surprises even now. So clever. So missed.


DAY IN, DAY OUT
3rd May 2016

On this day, 40 years ago, DAVID BOWIE began his six-night run at the Empire Pool, Wembley, London in 1976...

Happy Birthday wishes to LINDSAY KEMP...

Happy Birthday wishes to drummer STERLING CAMPBELL...


THE DB 2016 UK CONVENTION
2nd May 2016

The David Bowie 2016 UK Convention


The annual David Bowie UK Convention is a celebration of the music and the genius that is David Bowie. Nine amazing acts, raffle, merchandise and lots of fun, come along and join the Bowie love...

The two-day convention takes place at The Queens Hall, 125 London Road, DERBY, England, DE1 2QQ on Friday 13th May (6pm-2pm) and Saturday 14th May (12pm-2am).

Programme of events:

Friday 13th May - 18.00 till 2.00 am
Stipe
Rebel Rebel
Bowie-oke
Heroes - indie:Alt anthems

Saturday 14th May - 12 noon till 2.00am
Bowie Contingent
Phil Backhouse
Faerground Accidents
Birthrite
Luxury Stranger
Spizz Energi
Aladdinsane
Heroes - indie:Alt anthems

Tickets are on sale NOW. Friday only £12... Saturday only £28... BOTH days Weekender £35.

Contact Jimster Draper for purchasing tickets via Facebook or email him at or 07856969873.

Visit the DB 2016 UK Convention FB page for continued updates.


GEORGE UNDERWOOD EXHIBITION
1st May 2016

IMAGINE GALLERY in Suffolk are currently hosting a GEORGE UNDERWOOD art exhibition which features his new original paintings and limited edition prints.

Venue: Imagine Gallery.
Address: Hall Street, Long Melford, Suffolk, CO10 9JQ, England.

The exhibition runs until Saturday 7th May.

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

Update: Some new artwork has arrived at the gallery, including two more DAVID BOWIE prints. George will be attending the final day of the exhibition (7th May) in person and will be available to talk to - so come along if you can.


TWO 'NOTHING HAS CHANGED' CONCERTS
1st May 2016

This month, The SYDNEY SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA are to pay a musical tribute to DAVID BOWIE with TWO concerts at the Sydney Opera House in Australia.

Conductor: Benjamin Northey, with artists: Tim Rogers, iOTA, Steve Kilbey, Deborah Conway, Adalita and Jack Ladder will share the stage at the Sydney Opera House on 19th and 21st May at 8pm.

Pre-sale bookings are available through Sydney Symphony Orchestra 9am - 5pm Monday to Friday on 8215 4600 or select your own seat and book online via sydneysymphony.com website.


BOWIE - PHOTOGRAPHS BY STEVE SCHAPIRO
1st May 2016

Bowie - Photographs by Steve Schapiro The eagerly anticipated new hardbook book BOWIE - Photographs by Steve Schapiro has now been published.

At the apex of David Bowie's spectacular rise to fame and glory, photographer Steve Schapiro seized a rare invitation from Bowie's manager for a private photo session with the pop star in LA in 1974...

Bowie - Photographs by Steve Schapiro Synopsis: David Bowie, by 1974, was a man of many faces and as many albums, had already lived the life of Ziggy Stardust and launched Aladdin Sane, with albums Pinups and Diamond Dogs soon to come. A musical force to be reckoned with, Bowie was also widely regarded as a fashion icon, pushing the envelope of sexuality and style and having created an internationally renowned persona.

The mostly never-before-published images in Schapiro's rare collection represent Bowie at his most creative and inspired self and present a glimpse into the intimacy that Schapiro and Bowie shared during their time together. As Schapiro tells it: 'From the moment Bowie arrived, we seemed to hit it off. Incredibly intelligent, calm, and filled with ideas, he talked a lot about Alistair Crowley whose esoteric writings he was heavily into at the time. When David heard that I had photographed Buster Keaton, one of his greatest heroes, we instantly became friends.'

The first photo session started at four in the afternoon and went through the night till dawn. Bowie went through countless costume changes, each more incredible than the last and each seemed to turn him into a totally different person. Bowie relentlessly created these unique characters, each seemingly alive in their own charismatic space for Schapiro to create visual images to complement their very existence and turn them into iconic images for all time.

Bowie and Schapiro kidded and laughed about shooting a series of close-up portraits on a putrid green background because they felt it was the worst possible background colour for a magazine, and so they did on this lark - with the image eventually becoming a People magazine cover.

The last image they made was at four in the morning to wrap up the marathon session when they went outside to shoot Bowie on his motorcycle - the sun hadn't yet risen and the shot was lit dramatically by only the headlights of a car. This image remains one of Schapiro's favourites and is certain to live on in posterity.

This hardcover book contains 76-pages and is published by Powerhouse Books.

You can order BOWIE - Photographs by Steve Schapiro NOW.






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