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6th June 2019

An Evening with Phil Lancaster and Kevin Cann Reminder: Taking place tonight is AN EVENING WITH PHIL LANCASTER and KEVIN CANN at Dimbola Museum and Galleries on the Isle Of Wight.

DAVID BOWIE's relationship with the Isle of Wight dates back to his childhood. All about this and much more.

Phil and Kevin will also be signing copies of their Bowie books: 'At The Birth of Bowie' and 'David Bowie: Any Day Now - The London Years (1947-1974)'.

Venue: Dimbola Museum and Galleries
Address: Terrace Lane, Freshwater Bay, Isle of Wight, PO40 9QE, England
Telephone: 01983 756814
Doors: 6.15pm. Starts 7pm.
Tickets: £6 - telephone or visit.

Bowie by Kevin Cummins, Manchester 1973 The next day sees the opening of the ICONIC BOWIE exhibition at the same venue, which runs 7th June through to 18th August.

On the opening night, (Friday), legendary photographer KEVIN CUMMINS will also be giving a talk.

In the exhibition there's a mixture of his prints including some vintage 5x7" work prints he recently found in his archive.

This photograph was taken at the Free Trade Hall in Manchester on 7th June 1973.

Scroll down to read news item below for more details about the exhibition.

For more details please visit dimbola.co.uk

6th June 2019

David and Iman Today marks the 27th anniversary of DAVID and IMAN's wedding ceremony at Saint James Episcopal Church, in Florence, Italy.

The best man was David's son Duncan, with chief usher Alan Edwards.

Iman's maid of honour was her best friend Bethann Hardison.

Besides immediate family, among the sixty-eight invited guests were Yoko Ono, Brian Eno and his wife Anthea, Bono Vox, Eric Idle and his wife Tanya, Geoff MacCormack, George Underwood, Corinne Schwab, Jennifer Ichida (Duncan's then girlfriend), Hervé Léger (who designed Iman's dress), Thierry Mugler (who designed David's suit) and hair arranged by Teddy Antolin. Teddy was a very special guest - in a way responsible for what was happening that day, because it was he who introduced David and Iman at a dinner party two years previously in Los Angeles.

During the ceremony, Geoff MacCormack read Psalm 121 during the service and David's cousin Kristina Amadeus read from Corinthians.

You can click here to read an article from Hello! magazine entitled 'The Wedding of David Bowie and Iman' by Brian Aris from the BW press archive.

5th June 2019

Liza Jane sheet music Today marks the anniversary of DAVID BOWIE's first ever lead vocal single release 'Liza Jane' credited to Davie Jones with The King Bees, which was released 55 years ago today, 5th June 1964 on the Vocalion Pop label (V 9221).

Featuring seventeen-year-old Davie Jones (vocals and saxophone), George Underwood (guitar), Roger Black (guitar), Francis Howard (bass) and Robert Allen (drums).

Although credited to Leslie Conn, David's then manager who negotiated a one-single deal with Decca Records, George Underwood said the song was originally a old Negro spiritual that the band played around with and came up with this R'n'B song.

Leslie Conn's recollection of the events in 1997:

"I can tell you that I have got a pretty retentive memory, but that is something I can't clearly recall. I used to write songs except that I don't write music and I don't play piano. When the boys were jamming to kind of come up with some ideas to make a record, they came up with some six bar blues, which everyone uses. As they were doing that, I came up with my own idea, which came from nowhere, and we improvised and the song came together. I mean, I would never take credit for something that I never did and I know David wouldn't have agreed for me to sign the contract as writer if he had wrote it himself. I would never have stolen someone else's song on principle. I know that I'm quite vague on that and I can't be absolutely sure how it all came about, but I know that I did come up with a lot of ideas. As for the production of the song that was most certainly me, I arranged and organised the whole thing and I always produced the material I was arranging with Decca at that time. George Underwood is definitely wrong on that point.

"There is a funny story while were still on the subject of 'Liza Jane'. When David and I parted company I went off to live and work in Majorca for a few years and one day I was on the phone to my mother and she said, 'what shall I do with those records I have in the garage' which were a few hundred copies of 'Liza Jane'. So I replied, 'Throw them out', and she did. The last time David came up here he said, 'Have you got any of those records we made, you know they're worth over a hundred pounds each!' I told him I got my mother to throw them all out! We had to laugh."

Backed with 'Louie Louie Go Home', written by Paul Revere and Mark Lindsay, which was incidentally pencilled in as the A-side, both songs were recorded in a seven-hour session at Decca Studios in Broadhurst Gardens, West Hampstead.

The single was re-released by Decca in September 1978 (catalogue number F 13807) and beware there are counterfeit Vocalion copies in circulation. Produced in the USA in 70s, the tell-tale difference between the original and the illegal pressings is the matrix number. On the original 1964 issue the matrix number is machine stamped on the vinyl and on the fake copies it is handwritten.

The official press release for the single from the press room of the Dick James Organisation in May 1964 read...


Pop Music isn't all affluence. Just ask new seventeen year old recording star Davie Jones. Time was (two months ago, in fact) when he and his group were almost on their uppers. No money, bad equipment. Then Davie had a brainwave. "I had been reading a lot in the papers about John Bloom," says Davie. "So I put pen to paper and wrote him a letter." David told Bloom that he had the chance of backing one of the most talented and up-and-coming groups on the pop scene. All he had to do was advance the several hundred pounds it requires to outfit a pop group with the best equipment.

Davie didn't get the money, but he did get a telegram next day from John Bloom giving the phone number of Artist's Manager Leslie Conn. Davie got in touch, he was rewarded with a booking at Bloom's Wedding Anniversary Party. "We were a dismal failure", recalls Davie. "It was a dinner dress affair and we turned up in jeans and sweat shirts and played our usual brand of rhythm and blues. It didn't go down too well. Still we'll know better next time."

However, all's well that ends well. Leslie Conn liked the earthy type of music the group played, arranged an audition with Decca Records which resulted in a contract and the first release by David Jones with the King-Bees. "Liza Jane", released by Decca (Vocalion 9221) on June 5th.


Davie Jones met up with his four member backing group the King-Bees when he visited his local barber shop in Bromley. In between clips he got chatting to the four lads, also there to be sheared, about their musical interests, and before you could say "Short back and sides", they decided to join forces.

The group specialise in hard-driving, uncompromising R & B, a brand of music that has won for them a dedicated following in the London area, a following which should soon be spreading throughout the length and breadth of England on the strength of their first disc.

"LIZA JANE", is a beaty, action packed disc which features the direct no-holds-barred Davie Jones vocal delivery. The King-Bees supply a hard core, R & B backing and the whole thing is crowned by a catchy chorus featuring the line "Little Liza Jane".

DAVIE JONES - Seventeen years old, fair haired Davie first got interested in pop music when he was ten. His father's secretary (Davie's father in P.R.O. for Dr. Barnardo's homes) who had previously worked for a disc company, sent Davie a 'Demo' copy of a new Little Richard disc. As the phrase goes, Davie was "knocked out", and when he had scraped together a few pounds of his pocket money, bought a plastic saxophone. Eventually he progressed on to the real thing. Lessons were the next step. "My idol on saxophone has always been Ronnie Ross", says Davie, "So I looked up his name up in the phone book and asked him if he would give me lessons." Ross agreed, but after Davie played him a few bars Ross's comment was: "Right now we can start working on you, that was bloody awful!" Davie gave up his music to take his G.C.E. at 15, then left school and joined an advertising agency as a commercial artist, where he still works.

When he left school Davie was able to concentrated on his music again, this time mainly as a vocalist, playing dance halls and clubs in and around the Bromley area. Then came the hair-cut and the letter to John Bloom...

Davie's favourite vocalists are Little Richard, Bob Dylan and John Lee Hooker. Apart from the saxophone he also plays the guitar. He dislikes Adams apples, and lists as his interests Baseball, American Football and collecting Boots. A handsome six footer with a warm and engaging personality, Davie Jones has all it takes to get to the show business heights, including... talent.

4th June 2019

PEAKY BLINDERS creator Stephen Knight confirms they will be using another track from DAVID BOWIE's 'Blackstar' album in episode five or six of the upcoming season.

You can read the article published on NME website.

4th June 2019

A to Z of David Bowie The final episode of THE A TO Z OF DAVID BOWIE podcast created by MARC RILEY, ROB HUGHES and sound assisted by HOWARD NOCK is now available online for your listening pleasure.

This episode covers the letter Z and discusses: Ziggy Stardust.

Available FREE via your preferred podcast download or streaming. I personally prefer acast.com for streaming - LISTEN HERE

For more information, updates and questions you can follow @zofdavidbowie on Twitter.

Also check out their YouTube channel A to Z of David Bowie and don't forget to subscribe for notifications.

You can listen to ALL previous episodes HERE

4th June 2019

Happy Birthday wishes to REEVES GABRELS.

Published today in I LIKE YOUR OLD STUFF is a wonderful interview with Reeves talking with by Scott McLennan whilst he was touring with The Cure in Australia.

You can read the article entitled: 'David Bowie & I: Socks, Sax and Sex Shops' - HERE

3rd June 2019

Taking place on 18th July is AN EVENING WITH WOOD WOODMANSEY at Quay Arts in the Isle of Wight.

As the powerhouse drummer behind the Spiders From Mars, Woody Woodmansey helped propel DAVID BOWIE to superstardom. From 1970 to 1973, from Changes and Life On Mars? to Starman, The Jean Genie and Drive-In Saturday, Woody pounded out a glam beat for Bowie.

Hear Woody recall those heady Ziggy Stardust days at what promises to be a very special 'Evening With...' event!

Venue: Anthony Minghella Theatre
Address: 15 Sea Street, Newport Harbour, Isle of Wight PO30 5BD, England
Time: 8pm till 10.30pm
Tickets: £12 (on sale now)

For more details, information and booking, please visit quayarts.org website.

In conjunction with the Dimbola Museum and Galleries exhibition 'Iconic Bowie'.

1st June 2019

On this day, 52 years ago, DAVID BOWIE released his debut album 'David Bowie' in 1967...

Check out some of the DAVID BOWIE posters and items available in the next OMEGA AUCTIONS later this month on 25th June in their 'Music Posters, Tour Merchandise and Punk Fashion' auction - [View here]...

Check out an article about TIN MACHINE's debut published on FAR OUT magazine - [Read here]...

Photographer MICK ROCK's DAVID BOWIE exhibition in Beijing, China, is currently underway and runs until 4th August. 798 Art Zone hosts an exciting exhibition featuring 65 photographs of the glam rock legend. There is also an original soundtrack for the exhibit, performance footage, filmed interviews with the iconic British photographer and more. For more details, tickets and information, please visit thatsmags.com...

There's a new DAVID BOWIE book in the pipeline entitled: ME AND THE STARMAN, We Are Cult's editor JAMES GENT and regular contributor JON ARNOLD have put together a massive David Bowie tribute anthology with all profits going to Cancer Research. Three years in the making. Expect it on 11th July. Foreword by Nicholas Pegg and afterword by Tony Zanetta. Published by Chinbeard Books. More details soon...

1st June 2019

The Mercury Demos The Mercury Demos Released later this month is THE 'MERCURY' DEMOS vinyl LP by DAVID BOWIE with JOHN 'HUTCH' HUTCHINSON scheduled for for 28th June.

The tracklisting runs as follows:

Disc: 1
1. Space Oddity (with John 'Hutch' Hutchinson) ['Mercury' Demo]
2. Janine (with John 'Hutch' Hutchinson) ['Mercury' Demo]
3. An Occasional Dream (with John 'Hutch' Hutchinson) ['Mercury' Demo]
4. Conversation Piece (with John 'Hutch' Hutchinson) ['Mercury' Demo]
5. Ching-a-Ling (with John 'Hutch' Hutchinson) ['Mercury' Demo]
6. I'm Not Quite (aka Letter To Hermione) [with John 'Hutch' Hutchinson] ['Mercury' Demo]

Disc: 2
1. Lover To The Dawn (with John 'Hutch' Hutchinson) ['Mercury' Demo]
2. Love Song (with John 'Hutch' Hutchinson) ['Mercury' Demo]
3. When I'm Five (with John 'Hutch' Hutchinson) ['Mercury' Demo]
4. Life Is A Circus (with John 'Hutch' Hutchinson) ['Mercury' Demo]

As part of the ongoing celebrations marking 50 years since David Bowie's first hit, 'Space Oddity', and following the recent Spying Through A Keyhole and Clareville Grove Demos collections, The 'Mercury' Demos are 10 early Bowie recordings captured live in one take to a Revox reel to reel tape machine in David's flat in spring 1969, with accompaniment from John 'Hutch' Hutchinson on guitar and vocals.

The version of 'Space Oddity' from the demos, originally released with edits on the 'Sound + Vision' box set, is presented here in its true context for the first time. The other nine recordings on the album are all previously unreleased.

The other nine recordings on the album are all previously unreleased. In addition to Bowie originals, the session also includes the Roger Bunn composition 'Life Is A Circus' (which features as an earlier demo version on the Clareville Grove Demos set) and the Lesley Duncan composition, 'Love Song', later recorded by Elton John for his Tumbleweed Connection album. David's own 'Conversation Piece' is announced as 'a new song' and 'Janine' features a short nineteen second section sung to the melody of The Beatles' 'Hey Jude'.

The session was a basic recording of the 'Bowie & Hutch' duo's set list at the time and was committed to tape at the request of Mercury Records A&R man Calvin Mark Lee who wanted the tracks to send them to his boss Bob Reno. Both Calvin and Bob are referenced during the 41-minute recording, and the demos were key in securing David his recording deal with Mercury Records.

The 'Mercury' Demos set will come in a replica of the original tape box and will feature 1 vinyl LP, a print, two photo contact sheets and sleeve notes by Mark Adams. The labels of the LP feature the same EMIDISC acetate styling as Spying Through A Keyhole and Clareville Grove Demos with the song titles in David's own handwriting.

You can pre-order The 'Mercury' Demos NOW!

1st June 2019

An Evening with Phil Lancaster and Kevin Cann Taking place this week on Thursday 6th June is AN EVENING WITH PHIL LANCASTER and KEVIN CANN at Dimbola Museum and Galleries on the Isle Of Wight.

DAVID BOWIE's relationship with the Isle of Wight dates back to his childhood. All about this and much more.

Phil and Kevin will also be signing copies of their Bowie books: 'At The Birth of Bowie' and 'David Bowie: Any Day Now - The London Years (1947-1974)'.

Venue: Dimbola Museum and Galleries
Address: Terrace Lane, Freshwater Bay, Isle of Wight, PO40 9QE, England
Telephone: 01983 756814
Doors: 6.15pm. Starts 7pm.
Tickets: £6 - telephone or visit.

For more details please visit dimbola.co.uk

The next day sees the opening of the ICONIC BOWIE exhibition at the same venue, which runs 7th June through to 18th August. Scroll down to read news item below.

1st June 2019

Iconic Bowie A major retrospective of DAVID BOWIE comes to the Isle of Wight next week on 7th June through 18th August...

DIMBOLA MUSEUM & GALLERIES is delighted to be hosting ICONIC BOWIE, a major retrospective of the extraordinary life of DAVID BOWIE. A journey in which the Isle of Wight witnessed his first public musical performance at a Corf Scout Camp, Shalfleet in 1958 and Bowie's last UK live show headlining at the Isle of Wight Festival in 2004.

Iconic Bowie showcases both stunning and intimate portraits of Bowie by some of the world's greatest photographers. The photographs, from the extensive Iconic Images archive, were taken over his phenomenal 50-year career and draw into focus the remarkable contribution Bowie made to culture, music and art. These portraits contain rare moments, the force of Bowie's unique nature and his personality on film. Each image is an illuminating artefact of one of the greatest artists that has ever lived:

"Great portrait photographers do a rare thing through extraordinary alchemy that renders light, exposure, emotion, soul, sorrow, joy, beauty forever fixed in time. Iconic Bowie contains images that startle the world and provide an illuminating insight into the astonishing career of David Bowie," - Brian Hinton, Chairman of Dimbola Museum and Galleries.

The Iconic Images archive is one of the biggest collections of David Bowie imagery under one house. Terry O'Neill, Kevin Cummins, Markus Klinko, Justin de Villenuve, Milton H. Greene and Gerald Fearnley all had important roles throughout the visual life of this singular artist. Through the collective lens of these creative photographers, a true visual image of Bowie the artist was realised.

Cummins first photographed Bowie as the star's alter ego, Ziggy Stardust on his Aladdin Sane tour of 1972-1973 and went on to photograph and be influenced by him throughout his career. Cummins can remember the effect of seeing Bowie on stage:

"I went to see David Bowie when I was in my teens. I had never seen anything like that on stage and I had seen various things which were all very flashy and very showy. Now, it may seem normal but at the time nobody really had that kind of theatricality in rock 'n' rock." - Kevin Cummins.

To celebrate Bowie's influence on art and culture, Dimbola has invited contemporary British sculptor Guy Portelli to curate an artists' response to Bowie in the Charles Hay Gallery. The collection, featuring artists Keith Haynes, Chris Myers RBA RI, Guy Portelli PVPRBA FRBS, will show artworks inspired by the music and iconic imagery of David Bowie.

Exploring the Isle of Wight/Bowie connection there will be a rare display of ephemera tracing Bowie's early footsteps on the Island. These include copies of The Bowie Bureau (1977-1982) a magazine produced by two long-standing friends and sent from their Ventnor home to destinations throughout the world as well as adverts from Bowie's three early appearances at Ventnor Winter Gardens with Davy Jones and The Lower Third in the summer of 1965.

ICONIC BOWIE is kindly sponsored by Wightlink, Solo Agency, Style of Wight and The Seaview Hotel. All exhibition images are limited editions and available to purchase.

Venue: Dimbola Museum and Galleries
Address: Terrace Lane, Freshwater Bay, Isle of Wight, England PO40 9QE
Opening times: 7 days a week - 10am - 5pm

There is also Q&A and exclusive insights with Kevin Cummins on Friday 7th June at 19.00 for a Q&A and exclusive insights from the legendary photographer.

Manchester-born Kevin Cummins has an international reputation as one of the world's leading photographers. He has photographed numerous bands and musicians including Joy Division, The Clash, Sex Pistols, R.E.M., U2, Patti Smith, Marc Bolan, The Smiths and of course David Bowie.

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

Further reading: OnTheWight.com 'Major retrospective of David Bowie coming to the Isle of Wight' by Elissa Blizzard - [Read here].

1st May 2019

D.J. 40th Picture Disc Single D.J. 40th Picture Disc Single davidbowie.com have announced details of the next DAVID BOWIE 40th Anniversary 7 Inch Picture Disc Single.

D.J. / BOYS KEEP SWINGING is released next month on 28th June and the tracklisting runs as follows:

Side A:
D.J. (2017 Tony Visconti mix - single edit)
(David Bowie, Brian Eno, Carlos Alomar)
Previously unreleased.
Produced by David Bowie and Tony Visconti.
Mixed by Tony Visconti at Human Studios, New York City, 2017.

Side AA:
Boys Keep Swinging (Kenny Everett Video Show version)
(David Bowie, Brian Eno)
Previously unreleased.
Produced by David Bowie and Tony Visconti.
Recorded at Good Earth Studio, Soho, London, 9th April, 1979.

You can pre-order NOW!

From davidbowie.com

1st June 2019

Bowie's Beckenham Oddity BOWIE's BECKENHAM ODDITY celebrates the 50th anniversary of The Growth Summer Festival and Free Concert of 1969, with the return of some of the original line up!

Venue: Croydon Road Recreation Ground, Beckenham BR3 3PR

Date: Saturday 17th August - door time 12.00 noon - 8.30pm

Live Music (Acts TBC) / Food and Drink / Market Stalls / Bowie Auction / Face Painting / Raffle / Kids Rides.

Join us to celebrate David Bowie and the original festival of 1969, plus help raise money to restore the bandstand and place a plaque there in his memory and for everyone involved in the original event.

Tickets are available now from wegottickets.com

1st June 2019

SPACE ODDITY 50th ANNIVERSARY 2 x 7" BOX SET featuring brand new remixes - to be released on 12th July - available to PRE-ORDER

D.J. / BOYS KEEP SWINGING 40th Anniversary 7" picture disc single to be released on 28th June - available to PRE-ORDER

DAVID BOWIE - THE 'MERCURY' DEMOS (with John 'Hutch' Hutchinson) vinyl LP to be released on 28th June - available to PRE-ORDER

BOYS KEEP SWINGING / I PRAY, OLE 40th Anniversary 7" picture disc single released 17th May - you can purchase NOW!

DAVID BOWIE - CLAREVILLE GROVE DEMOS 7" Vinyl Box Set containing THREE singles and SIX songs released 17th May - you can purchase NOW!

DAVID BOWIE - SPYING THROUGH A KEYHOLE 7" Vinyl Box Set containing FOUR singles and NINE songs released 5th April - you can purchase NOW!

2018 softback edition of DAVID BOWIE WORLD 7" RECORDS DISCOGRAPHY 1964 - 1981 book by MARSHALL JARMAN and RETO STÖCKLIN you can purchase now via marmot-publishing.com

Exclusive DAVID BOWIE lino-cut print available to PURCHASE - don't hang around, these are ALL the remaining original left-over stock from 34 years ago, once they've gone, they've gone!

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