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7th April 2014

Very sad news to report the passing away of LEEE BLACK CHILDERS in Los Angeles.

Leee, aged sixty-eight, captured a generation of New York underground culture with his iconic photographs.

In 1971, he focused on his stage-management of Andy Warhol's London stage production of 'Pork' at The Roundhouse in Camden.

Shortly after, he became a MainMan employee, and helped promote DAVID BOWIE to a worldwide audience. His photographs taken of David on and off stage captured iconic and precious moments during the early to mid Seventies.

The above is just a mere snapshot of his life.

In 2012 he released the book: 'Drag Queens, Rent Boys, Pick Pockets, Junkies, Rockstars and Punks'. What a fabulous read. Buy it or lend it, but definitely read it.

Visit Leee's Facebook page.

6th April 2014

The current issue of MAN OF THE WORLD magazine have published a letter written by DAVID BOWIE sent to actor DENNIS HOPPER.

The letter, taken from the Dennis Hopper estate archives was written in December 1981.

Issue seven of the magazine is all about Hollywood, and it's the first time ever they've created a pair of limited-edition collector's covers. They celebrate the careers of two artists who changed the way we see the world: Dennis Hopper, whose estate graciously allowed us exclusive access to his extensive personal archives, and legendary photographer Bruce Weber, whose four feature-length films are explored in-depth for the first time ever.

PageSix report that the letter complains that David was looking for a movie, but that there were no good scripts around. He also mentioned his diet at the time: aspirin, coffee and booze.

'Happy Christmas', David wrote on December 22, 1981. 'My Sunday lunch in Berlin consisted of four aspirins and that stuff that you drink that makes you stand up again, after the other stuff you drink the night before makes you fall down.'

He added: 'There's some really crappy scripts about.' and ends with: 'I will find you, for the shadow knows,' and, 'It would be such a great thing if we could... work on something.'

Eventually, they did get to work together on Julian Schnabel's 'Basquiat' in 1996.

Check out manoftheworld.com for more details.

2nd April 2014

A date for your calendar... The Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago today announced that individual tickets for its upcoming exhibit, DAVID BOWIE IS will go on sale 31st July, via the museum website, at the box office (220 E. Chicago), or via the Bowie Hotline (312) 397-4068...

You can get an advance listen of EMM GRYNER's brand new album 'Torrential' via CBC Music until 8th April - [Listen here]...

BOWIE NIGHT: JEREMY DELLER - English Magic Exhibition on Thursday 19th June, 7pm to 10pm. £10/£7 conc. Over 18s only. Celebrate David Bowie's music and the links to Jeremy Deller's work with an evening of performances by The (Greatness Of The Magnificence) Fantasy Orchestra, plus talks, art and more. To book, call the Museum Shop on 0117 922 3650 - [More details]...

2nd April 2014

JANELLE MONÁE has recorded her version of the DAVID BOWIE / BRIAN ENO 1977 classic "Heroes", which is being used in a PEPSI advertising campaign for Global Futbol.

Check out the Pepsi advert below...

Further reading:
Official Press Release: 'Pepsi Hails Heroes On And Off The Pitch' - [Read here].
Billboard: 'Janelle Monae Covers 'Heroes' In Pepsi's Global Futbol Campaign, Talks Her Love For David Bowie' - [Read here].

2nd April 2014

Bowie by Simon Critchley A new DAVID BOWIE book is to be published in June by OR Books... 'Bowie' by Simon Critchley.

Simon Critchley melds together personal narratives of how David Bowie lit up a dull teenage life in England's suburbs with philosophical forays into the way authenticity and identity are turned inside out in the artist's work.

Simon Critchley first encountered David Bowie in the early seventies, when the singer appeared on Britain's most-watched music show, Top of the Pops. His performance of 'Starman' mesmerized Critchley: it was "so sexual, so knowing, so strange." Two days later Critchley's mum bought a copy of the single; she liked both the song and the performer's bright orange hair (she had previously been a hairdresser). The seed of a lifelong love affair was thus planted in the mind of her son, aged 12.

In this concise and engaging excursion through the songs of one of the world's greatest pop stars, Critchley, whose writings on philosophy have garnered widespread praise, melds together personal narratives of how Bowie lit up his dull life in southern England's suburbs with philosophical forays into the way concepts of authenticity and identity are turned inside out in Bowie's work. The result is nearly as provocative and mind-expanding as the artist it portrays.

100 pages. Paperback: $13/£8 GBP. Paperback ISBN 978-1-939293-54-1. E-book ISBN 978-1-939293-55-8.

Check out the orbooks.com website for more details.

1st April 2014

David Bowie UK Convention 2014 Update: #8 Only a handful of tickets remaining...The DAVID BOWIE UK Convention 2014 is to be held this year on 10th May in Derby, England.

The venue is: The Victoria Inn 12 Midland Place, Derby DE1 2RR.

The convention will be taking over the whole pub, which has a capacity of 180 to 200. The venue is located right next to the train station and hotels are nearby (4 mins from Derby city centre).

A day to celebrate the music and genius of David Bowie starts at 1.00pm through till midnight.

The full line-up of performers are:

- AladdinSane - the top Bowie tribute band around.
- BowieD - A newly formed 4-piece Bowie tribute band who are opening the convention and will blow you away!
- Funmi Abiola and Chris Chesney - A talented duo with a very exciting setlist.
- Luxury Stranger - a great local band, unique... Bowie/Eno influences.
- Ritchie Blount - local talent, acoustic, plays with passion and fire.
- The Bowie Room (unplugged) - Acoustic duo Nick Fielding and Chris Smith - they will rock your world!
- The Featherz - Charisma, style, attitude and full on rock and roll.
- Baz Dedhevan and 'The Heroes' DJs - Compare extraordinaire and tune spinners.

For more information check out the Facebook events page and Twitter #bowieukconv14

Tickets are priced at £22 GBP... be quick - There are only 180 tickets available to Bowie fans. I guarantee this will sell out for sure.

For those of you travelling up earlier, there is an event now happening on the Friday evening in conjunction with the Convention. Check out the FB event page for full details.

1st April 2014

DAVID BOWIE's 2003 Reality album has been issued on vinyl for the first time via Music On Vinyl last month on 17th March.

Released in a time when vinyl popularity was at an all-time low, Reality never saw its proper official vinyl release. Until now. To celebrate this unique occasion, MOV are pressing TWO different coloured issues of 2,500 copies each, all individually numbered. One run will be issued on transparent green vinyl, the other on orange vinyl. Of course, the album will also be readily available in regular black vinyl. Each unit contains a 12-page booklet with lyrics and artwork.

Reality release on vinyl - 180 gram audiophile vinyl.
- Includes a 12-page booklet.
- Available on vinyl for the first time!
- First pressing available in 2 colours:
- 2,500 numbered copies on transparent green vinyl.
- 2,500 numbered copies on orange vinyl.
- Also available on black vinyl.

Side A:
       1. New Killer Star
       2. Pablo Picasso
       3. Never Get Old
       4. The Loneliest Guy
       5. Looking For Water
       6. She'll Drive The Big Car

Side B:
       1. Days
       2. Fall Dog Bombs The Moon
       3. Try Some, Buy Some
       4. Reality
       5. Bring Me The Disco King

You can now purchase Reality (Black Vinyl 180gm Booklet) NOW.

If you're having problems locating the coloured vinyl editions, check out the eBay listings and see if you can pick up a bargain.

1st April 2014

David Bowie Is in Berlin The DAVID BOWIE IS exhibition is heading for Berlin in Germany from May through to August.

The exhibition curated by the Victoria and Albert Museum will be held at Martin-Gropius-Bau on 20th May until 10th August 2014.

Venue: Martin-Gropius-Bau, Niederkirchnerstraße 7, 10963 Berlin.
Opening Hours: 10.00 - 20.00 daily. No closing day. Cash desk closes at 19.15.

More details, information and ticket purchasing available NOW at davidbowie-berlin.de/en

After Berlin, the exhibition carries on to Chicago, Paris and Netherlands.

1st April 2014

Only twenty more days... The V&A DAVID BOWIE Is exhibition currently on a world tour is currently in São Paulo, Brazil at the Museum of Image and Sound.

The exhibitions runs from 31st January until 20th April 2014.

Venue: Avenida Europa, 158 - Pinheiros, São Paulo - SP, 01449-000, Brazil.

Opening times: Closed Mondays. 12 to 21 hr Tuesday to Friday. 11 to 21 hr Saturdays. 11 to 20 hr Sundays and Public Holidays.

Check out TV news coverage via globotv.globo.com website. The report includes interviews with director André Sturm and coordinator Daniel Slater, along with footage from inside the exhibition.

For full details pop on over to the MIS website.

Tickets are available online via the ingressorapido.com.br website.

1st April 2014

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