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'DAVID BOWIE: MARS, LONDON... HAMPSTEAD'
26th February 2015

To coincide with the opening of DAVID BOWIE Is in Paris, GEOFFREY MARSH the co-curator will be giving a talk 'David Bowie: Mars, London... Hampstead' at the Keats Community Library, Keats Grove, London NW3.

The talk will include film of the exhibition in London and highlight David's activities in North London.

The event takes place on Tuesday 10th March at 19.30. Tickets £8 (all profits to community library).

Please visit keatscommunitylibrary.org.uk for more details and information.

From Geoffrey Marsh.


SUKITA PHOTO EXHIBITION IN BOLOGNA
26th February 2015

Next month sees the SUKITA/DAVID BOWIE "Heroes" photographic exhibition visit Bologna in Italy.

The ONO Arte Contemporanea gallery hosts from 5th March through to 10th May 2015.

More details can be found at ansa.it website.


YA 40TH ANNIVERSARY RELEASED
23rd February 2015

David Bowie Young Americans 40th Anniversary Pic Disc Single Released today is the DAVID BOWIE Young Americans 40th Anniversary Picture Disc Single Limited Edition on 23rd February 2015 via Parlophone (cat. no. DBYA40A).

       A-Side:
       YOUNG AMERICANS (2007 Tony Visconti mix single edit) (David Bowie).
       Produced and mixed by Tony Visconti.
       2007 Mix by Tony Visconti.
       Pro-Tools engineer Mario McNulty.
       Mixed at Looking Glass Studio, Studio B. With thanks to Dave d'Arcy.

       AA-Side:
       IT'S GONNA BE ME (with strings) (David Bowie).
       Produced and mixed by Tony Visconti.
       Pro-Tools engineer Mario McNulty.
       Mixed at Looking Glass Studio, Studio B.
       String arrangements by Tony Visconti.
       Vocal arrangements by David Bowie and Luther Vandross.
       Recorded at Sigma Sound, Philadelphia, PA.


I CAN SEE THE MAGAZINES
17th February 2015

As expected DAVID BOWIE features in several French magazines to coincide with the opening of the David Bowie Is exhibition in Paris.

THEMA MUSIC magazine (Issue Number 3) features David Bowie exclusively from front to back, and on every page inbetween. I'm told there are some great photographs and it also includes a centre page pull-out poster. On sale now.

Thema Music magazine  Rock and Folk magazine March 2015  Muziq Number 4 David Bowie Special

The March issue ROCK & FOLK magazine features David on their front cover and inside there are twenty-two pages of related content.

On sale now, with more details available at rocknfolk.com website.

Not published just yet is MUZIQ No.4 / DAVID BOWIE SPECIAL which goes on sale 5th March priced at 15,90 euros.

Includes interviews, stories, rare pictures and more... 164 pages.

Featuring Tony Visconti, Mike Garson, Carlos Alomar, Ava Cherry, Nile Rodgers, Earl Slick, Gail Ann Dorsey, Sterling Campbell, Ed Motta, Foxygen, David Richards and Valli Buds.

More details on this publication can be found here along with purchasing information.


AND THE BITS FLEW FAR AND WIDE...
17th February 2015

It has already been documented that DAVID BOWIE used to read out a couple of MASON WILLIAMS poems during some of his gigs in 1968/1969, in particular from 'Bicyclists Dismount', as seen in the photo taken at The Three Tuns in Beckenham. One of Mason Williams' songs that Bowie & Hutch performed together live was entitled 'The Prince's Panties' which appeared on 'The Mason Williams Phonograph Record' album released via Warner Brothers in 1968. Listen to the original - [SONG HERE]...

Only 2 weeks to go... DAVID BOWIE IS exhibition visits Philharmonie de Paris from 3rd March until 31st May 2015 - [More details]...


DAVID BOWIE IN ONE MINUTE, IN ONE TAKE
16th February 2015

If you need a bit of a chuckle, check out 'DAVID BOWIE in one minute, in one take' - wonderful stuff.


RONNO 1992 INTERVIEW
14th February 2015

Check out the MICK RONSON full interview (rough edit) filmed on 20th October 1992 at the Hammersmith Odeon, which was used in the 1996 BBC documentary 'Hang On To Yourself'.


AND THE BITS FLEW FAR AND WIDE...
12th February 2015

Check out lots of factory plant images of DAVID BOWIE's Changes 7" picture disc vinyl being manufacturered at the Optimal record plant on February 11, 2015 in Roebel, Germany - [View here and View here]...

Melbourne Academic Conference: 'The Stardom and Celebrity of DAVID BOWIE 1965-2015' in July - [More details]...

The DAVID BOWIE Is documentary movie showing in several cinemas in France - [More details]...

French TV ARTE DAVID BOWIE Specials coming up on 14th/15th March - [More details]...


REX RAY - REST IN PEACE
9th February 2015

Skeeter and Rex Ray Rex Ray Incredibly sad news to report that artist REX RAY passed away this morning, after a long battle with cancer aged 58.

Rex (real name Michael Patterson), was a fine artist and graphic designer based in San Francisco, USA. His work has been exhibited at galleries and museums throughout the USA and Europe.

It would be nigh on impossible to list all the work he created. I think the art critic DAVID BONETTI summed it up best in 1992 when he stated: "Whether we like it or not, we live in a Rex Ray world."

Rex Ray - (11th September 1956 - 9th February 2015).

Born in Germany to a military family, Michael Patterson took an early interest in art and design, which developed later in college in Colorado; he adopted his memorable nom de guerre Rex Ray (derived from 1950s Rexall Drugs appliances) while involved with mail art, in which handles were customary. In 1980 he moved to San Francisco with $50, sleeping on lawns or in his VW and showering at Aquatic Park until his Tower Records job allowed him to rent an apartment. Fired from Tower, he walked uphill to apply to the San Francisco Art Institute, where he received his BFA. Graduate work, though, was problematic: it was the height of the AIDs crisis, friends were dying, and Ray's monochromatic abstract work found little support at critiques that seemed increasingly irrelevant, so he left school a few units shy of an MFA. Clerking at City Lights Bookstore while learning digital graphic design, he made contacts for book and music design work that brought him attention and acclaim.

After starting his own company, he created posters and album/CD covers for The Residents, Santana, Joe Satriani, Iggy Pop, and, most prominently, DAVID BOWIE, who has commissioned many works; he once boosted Ray's credibility at Bill Graham Presents by asking an exec for the poster artist's autograph.

In 1997, Ray, who'd always considered himself "too feral to hold a real job," found himself rebelling against the designerly strictures of his corporate success, "needing to do something very simple and relaxing, like knitting - something my hands could do without much thought - but employing a process uniquely my own. I had no agenda other than my own pleasure. So every evening I'd leave work by turning off the phones and computers and start cutting up magazines... I'd tumble my way through references to 20th-century Modernism, nature, the body, Fluxus, Surrealism, hard-edged abstraction, kitsch patterns, popular culture of the '60s and '70s, building a theme park of aesthetic liberation."

By Dewitt Cheng @ artltdmag.com

Please be sure to visit rexray.com and check out some of his beautiful art.


Personal note: I had the absolute pleasure of corresponding and chatting with Rex for over seventeen-years. It started off all business-like, talking Internet, designing websites, art and graphics. He found out I was an ex-hot metal Compositor, paste-up artist and graphic designer, and we hit it off with endless talk of typefaces and leading!

Then BowieNet was launched, and it all changed in the chatrooms! LOLs and FUs! Funny, sharp-witted and one of the the kindest men I've ever known. He used to love surprising people by sending them "free stuff" (his words) through the post. He kindly sent me several of his David Bowie one-off pieces, which I adore and treasure.

"My dearest Rex... some geezer named Goethe once said: 'The highest which a man can attain is astonishment.' You did." - Rednik x


RSD 2015 - TWO BOWIE RELEASES
9th February 2015

RSD 2015 Changes by David Bowie davidbowie.com have announced details of the DAVID BOWIE releases for RECORD STORE DAY 2015.

On 18th April a special collectors limited edition 7" picture disc of CHANGES gets the go ahead via Parlophone.

As you can see, both sides of the disc feature shots of David by Brian Ward from the Hunky Dory photo session, with one being previously unseen.

       A-side: Changes (Cat. No. DBRSD2015A).
       (David Bowie). Produced by Ken Scott and David Bowie.

       AA-side: Eight Line Poem (Gem Promo Version). (Cat. No. DBRSD2015AA).
       (David Bowie).

RSD 2015 Kingdom Come by David Bowie Also, released for RSD 2015 is a Side by Side clear vinyl 7" disc via Parlophone/Elektra.

       A-side: Kingdom Come - Tom Verlaine (1979).
       (Tom Verlaine).
       Produced by Michael Ewasko and Tom Verlaine.

       AA-side: Kingdom Come - David Bowie (1980).
       (Tom Verlaine).
       Produced by David Bowie and Tony Visconti.

Check out recordstoreday.com website to find your nearest participating stores.

Update: Another David Bowie related release for RSD 2015 is St. Paul and the Broken Bones - Live from the Alabama Theater 12" (Alabama shaped vinyl 12" Picture Disc featuring live cover of David Bowie's 'Moonage Daydream' - 2,000 copies) SRP: $11.98.


KEEP YOUR 'LECTRIC EYE ON EBAY
7th February 2015

David Bowie and Iggy Pop Rochester 1976 Still up for grabs is this rare, unique and unknown photograph of DAVID BOWIE and IGGY POP from 1976 in Rochester, New York.

The asking price has been reduced by $5,00,000 - Buy It Now or Make Offer.

The seller states: For offer, a very rare photograph. Fresh from a prominent estate in Upstate NY. Never offered on the market until now. Vintage, Old, Original, Antique, NOT a Reproduction - Guaranteed!! This photo came from a man who was present when Bowie and Pop were arrested in Rochester, NY, March 25th, 1976. Most people have seen the famous mug shot, but this is a "behind the scenes" photo taken with undercover officers. Officer on left putting the cuffs on Bowie. Kodak paper. In excellent condition.

Check out the LISTING HERE


BRIAN ENO AUTHORISED BIOGRAPHY
7th February 2015

On Some Faraway Beach: The Life and Times of Brian Eno New papaerback version of On Some Faraway Beach: The Life and Times of Brian Eno is published on Thursday 12th February by Orion.

The authorised biography of Brian Eno - the 'Father of Ambient Music' - a sonic alchemist to the stars, Brian Eno's address book is a veritable who's who of rock and pop. Tellingly, his involvement with Roxy Music, DAVID BOWIE, Talking Heads and U2 has coincided with these artists producing their most challenging and critically revered work.

On Some Faraway Beach is the first serious, critical examination of the life and times of Brian Eno, from an idiosyncratic childhood to 1960s art school and the sharp end of pop charts around the world.

Reviews:

The 450-page biography (written with the help of the famous piss-taster himself) fairly zips along. - (Observer Music Monthly).

This exeptionally well-written biography duly celebrated [Eno's] great achievements with Roxy, Bowie, Talking Heads and his own solo work in compelling detail. - (Uncut).

[An] honourable, authorised attempt to do justice to a mind-bogglingly restless and prolific subject. - (Sunday Times).

David Sheppard's authorised biography dispels some of the myths surrounding Brian Eno and provides a compelling case for his importance as artist and thinker. - (Waterstones Books Quarterly).

An accomplished and sprawling biography reflects Eno's scattershot approach to life - all over the place but fascinating just the same. - (Big Issue - Scotland).

Music Book of the Fortnight 'Few enigmas are as hard to unravel as Brian Peter George St John le Baptiste de la Salle Eno, but the Q contributor has done a bang-up job with this 450-page tome'. - (Hot Press - Ireland).

David Sheppard's meticulously researched biography...[with] the kind of footnote that make this doorstopper such an engaging read. - (The Independent).

On Some Faraway Beach provides an extensive introduction to a lifetime of constructive, and very English, pottering. - (Sunday Telegraph).

Sheppard has corralled the many strands of Eno's hectic creative life into a coherent and highly readable account. On Some Faraway Beach will take some beating as a chronicle of one of popular music's few truly original practitioners. - (Total Music Magazine).

A vivid, well-observed and absorbing biography replete with relevant context and cultural references. - (The Beat).

How do you pin down enigma like Brian Eno? Music journalist David Sheppard makes a valiant stab at it in this lively biography. - (Yorkshire Evening Post).

About the Author:
David Sheppard is a well-respected music journalist. He's written for numerous publications, including Mojo, Q, Uncut and The Observer. He's the author of two previous biographies of Leonard Cohen and Elvis Costello.

You can pre-order On Some Faraway Beach: The Life and Times of Brian Eno NOW.


AND THE BITS FLEW FAR AND WIDE...
7th February 2015

BW Trivia: A quick-thinking GEORGE SIMMS prevents DAVID BOWIE from falling off stage. See if you can spot it? - [View here]...

A long Q&A with EDDIE MURPHY: 'SNL,' Making Reggae Music, Hanging Out with DAVID BOWIE and Michael Jackson's Spirit - [Read here]...

RUTH's and MARTIN's album club invite someone listen to an album for the first time to gauge their opinion. Week 5 was 'Hunky Dory' by DAVID BOWIE with guest listener MATT FORDE - [Read here]...

Check out 17 previously unseen DAVID BOWIE photographs from Vancouver on 2nd February 1976 - [View here]...


LOW PREMIERE IN PARIS
4th February 2015

Announcing a brand new 2015 film entitled 'Low' by Renaud Cojo with the Symphonie no. 1 of PHILIP GLASS.

The movie premieres on 7th/8th March at la Philharmonie de Paris, on the occasion of the DAVID BOWIE Is exhibition.



BOWIE GIG INFORMATION APPEAL
3rd February 2015

DAVID BOWIE fan Kevin Macan-Lind is researching for his new book covering David Bowie gigs in the Beds, Herts, and Bucks areas.

He is hoping to track down people who were at any early gigs in these areas.

If you can help in any way please contact him at


YA 40TH ANNIVERSARY RELEASED THIS MONTH
1st February 2015

David Bowie Young Americans 40th Anniversary Pic Disc Single Released later this month is the DAVID BOWIE Young Americans 40th Anniversary Picture Disc Single Limited Edition on 23rd February 2015 via Parlophone (cat. no. DBYA40A).

       A-Side:
       YOUNG AMERICANS (2007 Tony Visconti mix single edit) (David Bowie).
       Produced and mixed by Tony Visconti.
       2007 Mix by Tony Visconti.
       Pro-Tools engineer Mario McNulty.
       Mixed at Looking Glass Studio, Studio B. With thanks to Dave d'Arcy.

       AA-Side:
       IT'S GONNA BE ME (with strings) (David Bowie).
       Produced and mixed by Tony Visconti.
       Pro-Tools engineer Mario McNulty.
       Mixed at Looking Glass Studio, Studio B.
       String arrangements by Tony Visconti.
       Vocal arrangements by David Bowie and Luther Vandross.
       Recorded at Sigma Sound, Philadelphia, PA.


TREVOR BOLDER GEAR AUCTION
1st February 2015

Ex-Spider From Mars TREVOR BOLDER's old gear auction is now online... your chance to grab a piece of history...

A donation will be made to Pancreatic Cancer Research on behalf of the sales. All items are used, however everything is in amazing condition for its age.

Items listed are as follows:

       Fender Bassman 50 Silverface 1970s Vintage Bass Guitar Amplifier.
       Picato Acoustic Guitar Strings Phosphor Bronze 6 Strings Set.
       Carlsbro CS60PA 1970s Vintage Valve Guitar Amplifier plus Speakers.
       Zoot Cabinet Bass Guitar Light Weight 8x10quot; Speakers Celestion.
       Zoot Cabinet Bass Guitar Light Weight Speakers Celestion 600W.

You can VIEW HERE to check out what is still available.


DAVID BOWIE 2015 UK CONVENTION
1st February 2015

David Bowie 2015 UK Convention Tickets are on sale NOW for the DAVID BOWIE David Bowie 2015 UK Convention in Derby.

A celebration of the life and music of David Bowie, the most influential artist to walk this planet and many other planets too...

Featuring a selection of brilliant live music, from tribute bands to Steampunk and many other genres doing Bowie their way... and a warm gathering of David Bowie fans and music fans, Ziggy Kids, Dukes and Dudes... so much love in the room, it makes life wonderful.

Friday 8th May - The Fringe Gig - 6pm 'til Midnight.
Simon York (Acoustic Set) / Aladdinsane (Bowie Tribute Band) / Baz Dedhevan (Heroes Indie DJ set).

Saturday 9th May - David Bowie Convention - 12 'til Midnight.
BowieD / The Bowie Room (unplugged) / The Featherz / Luxury Stranger / Paul Henderson / Birthrite / Rebel Rebel / Baz Dedhevan Heroes Indie DJ set.

Tickets: £8 for the fringe gig (Fri 8th May 6pm-midnight), £25 for the Main Day (Sat 9th May midday til midnight), or £30 for both events.

Check out the Facebook


TV/WOODY UPCOMING GIGS
1st February 2015

Update: More gigs added...

TONY VISCONTI, WOODY WOODMANSEY's Holy Holy and GLENN GREGORY perform DAVID BOWIE's The Man Who Sold The World album, plus a new set of other classic Bowie songs from 1969-73, with very special guests.

The fourteen gigs announced for June 2015 are as follows:

       12th - Isle of Wight Festival - [Tickets].
       13th - Oxford, Academy - [Tickets].
       14th - Bournemouth, Academy - [Tickets].
       15th - Bristol, Academy - [Tickets].
       17th - Norwich, Arts Centre - [Tickets].
       18th - Liverpool, Academy - [Tickets].
       21st - Leeds, Academy - [Tickets].
       22nd - Hull, The Welly - [Tickets].
       24th - Dublin, Olympia - [Tickets].
       25th - Glasgow, ABC - [Tickets].
       26th - Newcastle, Academy - [Tickets].
       28th - Colchester, Arts Centre - [Tickets].
       29th - Birmingham, Academy - [Tickets].
       30th - London, Shepherds Bush Empire - [Tickets].

The Holy Holy band line-up for this tour are:

       Tony Visconti bass guitar.
       Woody Woodmansey drums.
       Glenn Gregory vocals.
       Lisa Ronson vocals.
       James Stevenson guitar.
       Paul Cuddeford guitar.
       Terry Edwards saxophones, 12-string guitar, percussion.
       Rod Melvin piano.
       Berenice Scott synthesiser.
       Hannah Berridge Ronson keyboard, recorder, backing vocals.

(Ed. TV has hinted that there maybe also a Paris gig).






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