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VMA AWARD FOR ★
29th August 2016

DAVID BOWIE was awarded with a VMA in the 'Best Art Direction' category for his ★ video. (Production Designer: Jan Houllevigue).

BEST ART DIRECTION:
       Beyoncé - "Hold Up" (Production Designer: Jason Hougaard).
       Fergie - "M.I.L.F. $" (Production Designer: Alexander Delgado).
       Drake - "Hotline Bling" (Production Designer: Jeremy MacFarlane).
       David Bowie - "Blackstar" (Production Designer: Jan Houllevigue).
       Adele - "Hello" (Production Designer: Colombe Raby).




THE MAN WHO FELL TO EARTH BOOK - NOW AVAILABLE
27th August 2016

The Man Who Fell To Earth book THE MAN WHO FELL TO EARTH book is now available for pre-ordering.

The Man Who Fell To Earth book Sized at A4, containing 300-pages, with over 600 images from StudioCanal. Insights from director Nic Roeg.

About a year and a half ago, JAY GLENNIE was approached to write the story of the making of DAVID BOWIE's first feature film debut The Man Who Fell To Earth, celebrating its 40th anniversary this year, due to his relationship with the two Oscar-winning producers of the film Michael Deeley and Barry Spikings.

The cast and crew all told him about their fond memories of working with David Bowie who described him as polite and professional as well as being a bit strange. The film's director Nic Roeg spoke of the nervousness of the studio who felt that Bowie was just too weird and out there which, of course, proved to be ideal casting.

Check out some teasers of the double-page spreads...


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Pop on over to themanwhofelltoearth.co.uk where you can get full details and pre-order.

Free Book Promo of The Authorised Definitive Book on The Man Who Fell To Earth. Join the 1st Edition list at themanwhofelltoearth.co.uk


TAKE A QUICK BUTCHERS...
26th August 2016

If you are in Leamington Spa this weekend check out REBEL REBEL the DAVID BOWIE charity art exhibition at Reload Gallery which opens on 27th August through to 10th September - [More details]...

Published now in WAX POETICS magazine (issue 65) which features DAVID BOWIE - Back cover feature explores David Bowie's time in Philly, recording David Live and much of his R&B masterpiece, Young Americans - at the iconic Sigma Sound Studios used by Gamble & Huff and countless Philly soul acts. The in-depth, 20-page story is told with the help of producer Tony Visconti; pianist Mike Garson; model, muse, and singer Ava Cherry; singer Robin Clark, and her husband, guitarist and collaborator Carlos Alomar. Rare photos of Bowie at Sigma by photographer Dagmar! There is also a four-page 'David in Philly' timeline and a five-page interview with Bowie photographer Steve Schapiro. Full details and a sneak peek are available - [More details]...

Check out DAVID BOWIE 1976 tour as the Thin White Duke - in pictures by ANDY KENT - [View here]...


DM INTERVIEW ON RADIO BOSTON
24th August 2016

Listen to a DONNY McCASLIN interview on RADIO BOSTON where he talks about working with DAVID BOWIE and his forthcoming album BEYOND NOW which is scheduled for released on 14th October.

Listen to the interview HERE where you can also listen to 'A Small Plot Of Land' and the title track 'Beyond Now'.


HEROES BOWIE SUKITA
24th August 2016

The "HEROES | BOWIE | SUKITA" exhibition opens on 4th September at the WALL OF SOUND GALLERY in Alba, Italy.

Photographer Sukita will be attending the opening on the 4th at 3pm and will glady meet the public with a special Q&A at Nuova Sala Beppe Fenoglio at 5.30pm on the same day.

Also available for purchase now is the special LP-sized 40-page catalogue. It's only a very limited run and you may order it by emailing - I'm told the price is 25 euros.

Update: The catalogue will be available to order online from the 4th September and it will be a total of 37 euros (which includes shipping to Europe) (42 euros to the USA).

More details and information on the exhibition can be found over at wallofsoundgallery.com website.


AND THE BITS FLEW FAR AND WIDE...
22nd August 2016

DAVID BOWIE gets a memorial plaque at his former Berlin home - [Read here]...

Birthday memories of the lovely TONY MASCIA born on this day in 1933-1991. Former pro boxer, DAVID BOWIE bodyguard and Arthur in TMWFTE...

Happy Birthday wishes to graphic designer JONATHAN BARNBROOK, who as you know graphically worked on Heathen, Reality, The Next Day and Blackstar...

Happy Birthday wishes to a very good friend of mine GEORGE SIMMS, who as you know performed on Let's Dance album, Serious Moonlight Tour, Tonight album, Black Tie White Noise album and Outside Tour...

An absolute must see - THE MAN WHO FELL TO EARTH 2016 movie official artwork print by TIM DOYLE. Absolutely stunning piece work. Photos simply don't do it justice. Check them out at underthefloorboards.com...

The DAVID BOWIE artwork D Head LXII sold for £6,875 at Lyon & Turnbull auctioneers...


TAKE A QUICK BUTCHERS...
19th August 2016

DAVID BOWIE graces the front cover of UNCUT magazine for their October issue. Inside, Tony Visconti tells the full story of David Bowie's 'The Gouster' - and what comes next. The magazine goes on sale 23rd August - [More details]...

Just in case you weren't aware, there are THREE variations of the forthcoming THE MAN WHO FELL TO EARTH Official Soundtrack Recording. There is the Deluxe 2-CD/2-LP Boxed Set the 2-CD Audio and the separate 2-LP Vinyl - all available to pre-order NOW...

Several more cinemas are screening THE MAN WHO FELL TO EARTH 40th Anniversary release. In Birmingham at The Electric Cinema, 47-49 Station Street, Birmingham B5 4DY on 1st October at 2pm (Screen 1) Tickets are available to book now...

TMWFTE showing on 9th-11th September in London at Curzon Bloomsbury, Curzon Goldsmiths and Curzon Soho. Check out the full listings at Park Circus...


SHE CAN DO THAT DEMO
18th August 2016

Listen to the previously unheard 'She Can Do That' (Demo) by DAVID BOWIE, with KRISTEEN YOUNG on vocals, done for the movie Stealth.

Kristeen says: ":This is something maybe 6 people at most have heard. It's a David Bowie vocal demo (with me singing also) for a song for the film Stealth (BT wrote the backing track?)... recorded about 10 years ago? I was new to New York. I was just hanging around the studio. It was a time period when (on a few songs) David had me double his vocal an octave higher. I remember that day he kept saying, 'I don't want to write this. Do YOU want to write this?' I was naive and thought he was joking... but now, I don't think he was. What ended up on the soundtrack sounds very different to this and I didn't get credited (not Bowie's fault) even tho' my voice is on it. P.S. David wrote all the vocals on this. I just sang what he told me to. I. was. a. ro. bot"




TMWFTE 2016 OFFICIAL TRAILER
17th August 2016

Check out the 2016 official trailer for THE MAN WHO FELL TO EARTH, directed by Nicolas Roeg, starred DAVID BOWIE as Thomas Jerome Newton, a humanoid alien who visits our planet in search of water to save his homeland.

Released in 1976, the science fiction film was the launchpad for Bowie's Thin White Duke persona and is often considered his best film role.

The Man Who Fell to Earth, which has been given a 4K restoration to celebrate its 40th anniversary, is re-released in the UK on 9th September and available to buy from 24th October.



Cinemas screening the newly restored movie can be viewed here via Park Circus.


TMWFTE OFFICIAL SOUNDTRACK RECORDING
16th August 2016

TMWFTE Official Soundtrack 2-CD At long last, THE MAN WHO FELL TO EARTH original soundtrack recording is to be released as a 2-CD audio and Deluxe 2-CD/2-LP Boxed Set via Universal Music Company.

To celebrate the 40th anniversary of Nicolas Roeg's enigmatic, DAVID BOWIE film, comes the release of the original movie soundtrack. Previously unavailable in any form until now, the soundtrack contains seminal pieces by Stomu Yamashta and John Phillips, who composed specifically for the film.

The film's score has always been highly celebrated and long sought after by fans, but until now unavailable as a body of work: it can now finally be acknowledged in its own right. Little is known, and much has been asked, as to why the soundtrack was never originally released. Due to lost tapes recently being uncovered it is now possible to present the original recordings restored and remastered for this 2CD set.

The 2-CD audio is to be released next month on 9th September to coincide with the cinema release of the newly restored 4K version of the movie.

TMWFTE Official Soundtrack Boxed Set The Deluxe 2-CD/2-LP Boxed Set is scheduled for release on 18th November.

Inside the the Deluxe edition, are the 2CD, 2LP gatefold 180GM vinyl and in a sumptuous dual format Deluxe Box featuring the CDs, the LPs, poster and a 48-page hardback book with rare photos, and a new essay about from respected music critic and biographer Paolo Hewitt.

The tracklisting runs as follows:

CD1
       01. Stomu Yamashta - Poker Dice.
       02. Louis Armstrong - Blueberry Hill.
       03. John Phillips - Jazz II.
       04. Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra - Venus The Bringer Of Peace.
       05. John Phillips - Boys From The South.
       06. Stomu Yamashta - 33 1/3.
       07. John Phillips - Rhumba Boogie.
       08. The Kingston Trio - Try To Remember.
       09. Stomu Yamashta - Mandala.
       10. John Phillips - America.
       11. Stomu Yamashta - Wind Words.
       12. John Phillips - Jazz.

CD2
       01. Stomu Yamashta - One Way.
       02. John Phillips - Space Capsule.
       03. John Phillips - Bluegrass Breakdown.
       04. John Phillips - Desert Shack.
       05. Stomu Yamashta - Memory Of Hiroshima.
       06. John Phillips - Window.
       07. John Phillips - Alberto.
       08. Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra - Mars: The Bringer Of War (Excerpt).
       09. John Phillips - Liar, Liar.
       10. John Phillips - Hello Mary Lou.
       11. Robert Farnon - Silent Night.
       12. Genevieve Waite - Love Is Coming Back.
       13. John Phillips - The Man Who Fell To Earth (Demo).

The tracklisting for the Vinyl LPs is as follows:

Side: 1:
       1. Stomu Yamashta - Poker Dice.
       2. John Phillips - Jazz II.
       3. John Phillips - Boys From The South.
       4. Stomu Yamashta - 33 1/3.

Side: 2:
       1. John Phillips - Rhumba Boogie.
       2. Stomu Yamashta - Mandala.
       3. John Phillips - America.
       4. Stomu Yamashta - Wind Words.
       5. John Phillips - Jazz.

Side: 3:
       1. Stomu Yamashta - One Way.
       2. John Phillips - Space Capsule.
       3. John Phillips - Bluegrass Breakdown.
       4. John Phillips - Desert Shack.
       5. Stomu Yamashta - Memory Of Hiroshima.

Side: 4:
       1. John Phillips - Window.
       2. John Phillips - Alberto.
       3. John Phillips - Liar, Liar.
       4. John Phillips - Hello Mary Lou.
       5. John Phillips - The Man Who Fell To Earth.

You can pre-order the Deluxe 2-CD/2-LP Boxed Set the 2-CD Audio and the separate 2-LP Vinyl versions NOW.


HAPPY 16th BIRTHDAY TO LEXI
15th August 2016

Happy 16th Birthday to Lexi

Best wishes from everyone at Wonderworld



THE MAN WHO FELL TO EARTH MORE SCREENINGS
15th August 2016

The Man Who Fell To Earth 2016 poster 1 Newly restored in 4K, StudioCanal's 40th Anniversary reissue of THE MAN WHO FELL TO EARTH movie hits cinemas next month starting on Friday 9th September via Park Circus across the UK and Ireland.

More cinemas listed... more tba.

Belfast, Bridport, Glasgow, Leicester, Lincoln, Liverpool and Portsmouth (with introductory talk).

16th-22nd September: Queen's Film Theatre, BELFAST, NI - [More details].

24th September: Bridport Electric Palace, BRIDPORT, Dorset - [More details].

9th-15th September: Duke of York's Picturehouse, BRIGHTON - [More details].

9th-11th September: Curzon Bloomsbury, BLOOMSBURY, London - [More details].

9th-11th September: Curzon Goldsmiths, NEW CROSS, London - [More details].

9th-15th September: Crouch End Picturehouse, CROUCH END, London - [More details].

15th September: Brunswick Moviebowl, DERRY/LONDONDERRY, NI - [More details] - Tickets on sale NOW.

9th-15th September: Irish Film Institute, Temple Bar, DUBLIN 2, Eire - [More details].

16th September: Dundee Contemporary Arts, DUNDEE, Scotland - [More details].

10th-13th September: Cameo Cinema, 38 Home Street, EDINBURGH, Scotland - [More details].

9th-11th September: Glasgow Film Theatre, GLASGOW, Scotland - [More details].

9th-15th September: Hackney Picturehouse, 270 Mare Street, HACKNEY, London E8 1HE - [More details].

23rd-26th September: Phoenix Arts, LEICESTER - [More details].

23rd-29th September: The Venue, LINCOLN - [More details].

23rd-28th September: Liverpool FACT, LIVERPOOL - [More details].

9th-22nd September: BFI Southbank, LONDON - [More details].

9th-15th September: ICA Cinema, The Mall, LONDON SW1Y 5AH - [More details].

9th-15th September: Picturehouse Central, Piccadilly, LONDON W1D 7DH - [More details].

18th/20th/21st September: HOME Manchester, 2 Tony Wilson Place, First St, MANCHESTER M15 4FN - [More details] - Tickets on sale NOW.

17th-19th September: Norwich Picturehouse, NORWICH - [More details] - Tickets on sale now.

24th September: No. 6 Cinema, PORTSMOUTH (with introductory talk) - [More details] - Tickets on sale now.

16th-22nd September: Showroom Cinema, SHEFFIELD - [More details].

9th-11th September: Barn Theatre - Dartington Hall, TOTNES - [More details].

Visit the BW Monthly Planners to view all events taking place.


BEYOND NOW DUE IN OCTOBER
11th August 2016

Beyond Now by Donny McCaslin DONNY McCASLIN who as you know collaborated with DAVID BOWIE on his ★ album is to release a new album entitled: BEYOND NOW scheduled for 14th October.

Beyond Now features the same group of musicians that defined Blackstar's aesthetic - keyboardist Jason Lindner, bassist Tim Lefebvre and Mark Guiliana.

Donny says: "There was a lot of that energy bouncing off of all of us when we were recording Blackstar and I wanted to make sure that that was all present in this new record.

"The title track 'Beyond Now' is directly inspired by a song of David's that we recorded during the Blackstar sessions, but that didn't make the final record. All the originals were written last summer - before he passed away, but while the Blackstar recordings were still really fresh. [The sessions concluded in Spring 2015.] Songs of his were just kind of running through my unconscious. That was part of it."

Also featured on the album are two Bowie cover versions: 'A Small Plot Of Land' (David Bowie/Brian Eno/Reeves Gabrels/Mike Garson/Erdal Kizilcay/Sterling Campbell) and 'Warszawa' (David Bowie/Brian Eno).

The album tracklisting runs as follows:

       1. Shake Loose.
       2. A Small Plot Of Land.
       3. Beyond Now.
       4. Coelacanth 1.
       5. Bright Abyss.
       6. Faceplant.
       7. Warszawa.
       8. Glory.
       9 Remain.

You can purchase A Small Plot Of Land and can now listen to MP3 samples here of each track.

The album is available to pre-order NOW.


CANDY CLARK AT THE PLAZA CLASSIC FEST
11th August 2016

Actress CANDY CLARK is interviewed over on What's Up talking about DAVID BOWIE and TMWFTE.

Candy led a campaign to launch the director's cut of the Nic Roeg film, which had been edited down to two hours for cinema play in the US.

The movie screens at the PLAZA CLASSIC FEST in Oregon this weekend on Saturday, 13th August and Candy is guesting at the event.

She will be signing autographs from 2-3 pm in the El Paso Community Foundation Room, and later will appear with the film's screening at 9 pm for a Q&A session.

You can read the whole interview and get the low-down on the film festival via the whatsuppub.com website.


THE MAN WHO FELL TO EARTH COLLECTORS' EDITION
10th August 2016

The Man Who Fell To Earth Collectors' Edition Blu-ray The Man Who Fell To Earth Collectors' Edition Blu-ray Released on Monday 24th October is THE MAN WHO FELL TO EARTH 40th Anniversary Collectors' Edition Blu-ray 2016 from StudioCanal.

Nicolas Roeg's iconic science fiction odyssey, has been stunningly restored in 4k to mark the 40th anniversary of this cult classic.

This Collectors' Edition contains 4 DISCS, an exclusive bonus John Philips CD, booklet, x 4 artcards, original press book and an A4 poster of the new theatrical quad.

Featuring a startling and era defining lead performance from DAVID BOWIE in his debut feature role and based on the cult novel by Walter Tevis.

The Man Who Fell To Earth endures as, not only a bitingly caustic indictment of the modern world but, also, a poignant commentary on the loneliness of the outsider.

Actors: David Bowie, Rip Torn, Candy Clark, Buck Henry, Bernie Casey.
Directors: Nicolas Roeg.
Producers: Michael Deeley, Barry Spikings.
Number of discs: FOUR.
Classification: 18.
Studio: StudioCanal.
DVD Release Date: 24th October 2016.
Run Time: 139 minutes.

Extras:
- New interview with costume designer May Routh featuring original costume sketches.
- New interview with stills photographer David James featuring behind the scenes stills.
- New interview with fan Sam Taylor-Johnson.
- New interview with producer Michael Deeley.
- New 'The Lost Soundtracks' featurette.
- Interview with Candy Clark.
- Interview with writer Paul Mayersberg.
- Interview with cinematographer Tony Richmond.
- Interview with Nic Roeg.
- Trailers / TV spots.
- Watching the Alien featurette.

In Your Collectors Edition:
- Exclusive bonus John Philips CD.
- Booklet.
- x 4 artcards.
- Original press book.
- A4 poster of new theatrical quad.

You can pre-order The Man Who Fell To Earth 40th Anniversary Collectors' Edition 2016 NOW!


THE MAN WHO FELL TO EARTH DVD / BLU-RAY
10th August 2016

TMWFTE DVD 2016 Released on 24th October is THE MAN WHO FELL TO EARTH 40th Anniversary Blu-ray and DVD 2016 from StudioCanal.

Nicolas Roeg's iconic science fiction odyssey, has been stunningly restored in 4k to mark the 40th anniversary of this cult classic.

Featuring a startling and era defining lead performance from DAVID BOWIE in his debut feature role and based on the cult novel by Walter Tevis, The Man Who Fell To Earth endures as, not only a bitingly caustic indictment of the modern world but, also, a poignant commentary on the loneliness of the outsider.

Actors: David Bowie, Rip Torn, Candy Clark, Buck Henry, Bernie Casey.
Directors: Nicolas Roeg.
Producers: Michael Deeley, Barry Spikings.
Number of discs: 1.
Classification: 18.
Studio: StudioCanal.
DVD Release Date: 24th October 2016.
Run Time: 139 minutes.

TMWFTE Blu-ray 2016 Extras:
- New interview with costume designer May Routh featuring original costume sketches.
- New interview with stills photographer David James featuring behind the scenes stills.
- New interview with fan Sam Taylor-Johnson.
- New interview with producer Michael Deeley.
- New 'The Lost Soundtracks' featurette.
- Interview with Candy Clark.
- Interview with writer Paul Mayersberg.
- Interview with cinematographer Tony Richmond.
- Interview with Nic Roeg.
- Trailers / TV spots.
- Watching the Alien featurette.

You can pre-order both The Man Who Fell To Earth 40th Anniversary on Blu-ray and DVD NOW!


D HEAD LXII AT AUCTION
9th August 2016

D Head LXII Currently available at auction is another of the DAVID BOWIE D Head series of artworks.

D HEAD LXII is signed and dated '97 verso, acrylic and computer collage on canvas, and is sized at 25cm x 21.5 (10in x 8.25 in).

The estimate is priced at £3,000 - £5,000.

This piece was originally donated by David to the 'ArtAid '98' exhibition at the City Art Centre, Edinburgh, Scotland and was available to purchase then at £2,200.

Check out Lot 72 in the Contemporary & Post-War Art Auction at LYON & TURNBULL auctioneers, which takes place on 18th August.

For more details and bidding, please visit the auctions.lyonandturnbull.com website.

Update: Sold for 6,875 at auction.


THE MAN WHO FELL TO EARTH SCREENINGS
8th August 2016

The Man Who Fell To Earth 2016 poster 1 Newly restored in 4K, StudioCanal's 40th Anniversary reissue of THE MAN WHO FELL TO EARTH movie hits cinemas next month starting on Friday 9th September via Park Circus across the UK and Ireland.

More cinemas listed... more tba.

9th-22nd September: BFI Southbank, LONDON.
BFI tickets go on sale tomorrow Tuesday 9th August at 11.30am GMT.
Note: The new 4K digital restoration screenings will be shown in NFT1 and NFT3 only - (2K version shown in NFT2 and Studio) - [More details].

9th-15th September: Hackney Picturehouse, 270 Mare Street, HACKNEY, London E8 1HE - [More details].

9th-15th September: Irish Film Institute, Temple Bar, DUBLIN 2, Eire - [More details].

10th-13th September: Cameo Cinema, 38 Home Street, EDINBURGH, Scotland - [More details].

9th-15th September: Duke of York's Picturehouse, BRIGHTON - [More details].

15th September: Brunswick Moviebowl, DERRY/LONDONDERRY, NI - [More details] - Tickets on sale NOW.

16th September: Dundee Contemporary Arts, DUNDEE, Scotland - [More details].

9th-15th September: Crouch End Picturehouse, Crouch End, LONDON - [More details].

9th-15th September: ICA Cinema, The Mall, LONDON SW1Y 5AH - [More details].

9th-15th September: Picturehouse Central, Piccadilly, LONDON W1D 7DH - [More details].

18th/20th/21st September: HOME Manchester, 2 Tony Wilson Place, First St, MANCHESTER M15 4FN - [More details] - Tickets on sale NOW.

17th-19th September: Norwich Picturehouse, NORWICH - [More details].

16th-22nd September: Showroom Cinema, SHEFFIELD - [More details].

9th-11th September: Barn Theatre - Dartington Hall, TOTNES - [More details].

Visit the BW Monthly Planners to view all events taking place.


THE SOUND AND VISION OF DAVID BOWIE
7th August 2016

The Sound and Vision of David Bowie - A Celebration Taking place on 6th September is THE SOUND AND VISION OF DAVID BOWIE - A Celebration at The Cutting Room in New York City.

Come and celebrate the music of David Bowie with 22 of his classic songs, performed by: Michael C. Hall, Jim Boggia, JJ Appleton, Maika Makovski and Mel Flannery.

Accompanied by David Bowie collaborators and co-conspirators including:: Henry Hey (Keyboard), Mark Plati (Bass), Donny McCaslin (Saxophone), Chris McQueen (Guitar), Matt Beck (Guitar), Brian Delaney (Drums), Catherine Russell (Vocals and Keyboard) and Everett Bradley (Vocals and Percussion).

Venue: The Cutting Room.
Address: 44 East 32nd Street, New York City, NY 10016 (between Park Ave and Madison Ave).
Doors: 6.30pm / Show 7.30pm.
Tickets: $20 advance / $25 day of show.

For more details, information and ticket booking visit tickets.thecuttingroomnyc.com website.


RE-ENTERS UK & IRISH ALBUM CHARTS
6th August 2016

David Bowie Blackstar Nice to see that DAVID BOWIE's ★ album has re-entered several official album charts...

The latest official charts reveal the following: United Kingdom (#57) and vinyl (#17), Scotland (#34) and Ireland (#48).

In other countries around the word, the album is still placed in Belgium (F) (#44), Belgium (W) (#47), Croatia (#13 RE), Czech Republic (#42), Denmark Vinyl (#17), France (#184), Italy (#55) and Spain (#45).

So far, the album has acheived the following official certifications:
PLATINUM: Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Italy, United Kingdom.
GOLD: Denmark, Germany, New Zealand, Poland, Spain and Sweden.

Check out all the official worldwide ★ album chart placings as they become available.


ON THIS DAY...
6th August 2016

On this day, 45 years ago, DAVID BOWIE recorded 'Life On Mars?' at Trident Studios in Soho, London.

David Bowie: "This song was so easy. Being young was easy. A really beautiful day in the park, sitting on the steps of the bandstand. 'Sailors bap-bap-bap-bap-baaa-bap.' An anomic (not a 'gnomic') heroine. Middle-class ecstasy.

"I took a walk to Beckenham High Street to catch a bus to Lewisham to buy shoes and shirts but couldn't get the riff out of my head. Jumped off two stops into the ride and more or less loped back to the house up on Southend Road.

"Workspace was a big empty room with a chaise longue; a bargain-price art nouveau screen ('William Morris,' so I told anyone who asked); a huge overflowing freestanding ashtray and a grand piano. Little else.

"I started working it out on the piano and had the whole lyric and melody finished by late afternoon. Nice.

"Rick Wakeman came over a couple of weeks later and embellished the piano part and guitarist Mick Ronson created one of his first and best string parts for this song which now has become something of a fixture in my live shows."


THE MAN WHO FELL TO EARTH BOOK - OUT SOON
5th August 2016

The Man Who Fell To Earth book Update: The book is available to purchase now...

Coming soon: THE MAN WHO FELL TO EARTH book is almost ready for pre-ordering.

The Man Who Fell To Earth book Sized at A4, containing 300-pages, with over 600 images from StudioCanal. Insights from director Nic Roeg. More details soon.

About a year and a half ago, JAY GLENNIE was approached to write the story of the making of DAVID BOWIE's first feature film debut The Man Who Fell To Earth, celebrating its 40th anniversary this year, due to his relationship with the two Oscar-winning producers of the film Michael Deeley and Barry Spikings.

The cast and crew all told him about their fond memories of working with David Bowie who described him as polite and professional as well as being a bit strange. The film's director Nic Roeg spoke of the nervousness of the studio who felt that Bowie was just too weird and out there which, of course, proved to be ideal casting.

Check out some teasers of the double-page spreads...


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The website for sign up of pre-orders will be properly live next week.

Free Book Promo of The Authorised Definitive Book on The Man Who Fell To Earth. Join the 1st Edition list at themanwhofelltoearth.co.uk


ON THIS DAY...
5th August 2016

On this day, 14 years ago, DAVID BOWIE performed at the Molson Ampitheater, in Toronto, Canada during the Arena: Two Festival in 2002...

On this day, 19 years ago, DAVID BOWIE performed at Rock City in Nottingham during his Earthling World Tour in 1997...

On this day, 26 years ago, DAVID BOWIE performed at Milton Keynes Bowl, Milton Keynes during his Sound+Vision World Tour in 1990...

On this day, 36 years ago, saw DAVID BOWIE performing as John Merrick in The Elephant Man play, which opened in Chicago, at The Blackstone Theatre in 1980...

On this day, 51 years ago, DAVIE JONES AND THE LOWER THIRD performed at The Cliftonville Hall, Margate, Kent in 1965...

Memories of David's father HAYWOOD STENTON JONES who passed away on this day in 1969...


SLOW BURN - FULL PROMO VIDEO
5th August 2016

Check out the previously unreleased FULL promotional video for DAVID BOWIE's 'Slow Burn' - directed by GARY KOEPKE who created it in 2002...




THE MAN WHO FELL TO EARTH SCREENINGS
4th August 2016

The Man Who Fell To Earth 2016 poster 1 Newly restored in 4K, StudioCanal's 40th Anniversary reissue of THE MAN WHO FELL TO EARTH movie hits cinemas next month starting on Friday 9th September via Park Circus across the UK and Ireland.

Four cinemas listed so far are in London, Dublin and Edinburgh.

9th - 22nd September: BFI Southbank, LONDON.
BFI tickets go on sale next Tuesday 9th August at 11.30am GMT.
Note: The new 4K digital restoration screenings will be shown in NFT1 and NFT3 only - (2K version shown in NFT2 and Studio) - [More details].

9th - 15th September: Hackney Picturehouse, 270 Mare Street, HACKNEY, London E8 1HE - [More details].

9th - 15th September: Irish Film Institute, Temple Bar, DUBLIN 2, Eire - [More details].

10th - 13th September: Cameo Cinema, 38 Home Street, EDINBURGH, Scotland - [More details].

Visit the BW Monthly Planners to view all events taking place.


SHORTLISTED FOR MERCURY PRIZE
4th August 2016

David Bowie Blackstar Just announced: DAVID BOWIE's ★ album has been shortlisted in the 2016 MERCURY PRIZE 'Album of the Year'.

For the first time ever, all UK residents are eligible to vote from the 12 albums shortlisted to generate the 6 finalists.

The 12 shortlisted nominations are:

   Anohni - 'Hopelessness'
   Bat For Lashes - 'The Bride'
   David Bowie - 'Blackstar'
   Jamie Woon - 'Making Time'
   Kano - 'Made In The Manor'
   Laura Mvula - 'The Dreaming Room'
   Michael Kiwanuka - 'Love & Hate'
   Radiohead - 'A Moon Shaped Pool'
   Savages - 'Adore Life'
   Skepta - 'Konnichiwa'
   The 1975 - 'I like it when you sleep, for you are so beautiful yet so unaware of it'
   The Comet Is Coming - 'Channel the Spirits'

Go here TO VOTE... you know what to do...

All 6 finalists and the overall winner will be announced as part of the Hyundai Mercury 2016 Awards Show, which takes place on Thursday 15th September at the Eventim Apollo, Hammersmith.

For the second year, BBC MUSIC will be providing live coverage of the Awards on Thursday 15th September on BBC FOUR and BBC RADIO 6 MUSIC.

There will be a specially-made programme for BBC Red Button featuring all 12 of the shortlisted albums, plus further content at bbc.co.uk/music and via the BBC Music app.

BBC Four will broadcast the Awards ceremony live in an hour-long special - Best Album of the Year 2016 - Mercury Prize Live - presented by Lauren Laverne at 9.00pm GMT.

Over the course of the show, Lauren will reveal the six finalists and introduce their performances on stage. The programme will also reflect back across 25 years of the Mercurys, marking this milestone anniversary of the prestigious Prize, and culminates in the thrilling moment the winner is announced live.

Just prior to the BBC Four programme, BBC Red Button will feature an hour-long show from 8-9pm, fronted by 6 Music presenter, Shaun Keaveny, also at the Awards. It will showcase the music of all 12 of the shortlisted acts, featuring the majority in performance on stage earlier that evening at the event.


DAVID ON THE WALL
3rd August 2016

Check out 'David On The Wall' - a short documentary about the DAVID BOWIE mural created in Warsaw, Poland.

The film shows young and creative people who took part in this original and brave plan. Among them you will find: the initiators of the idea of creating a mural (Stacja Muranów), the creator of the graphic design (David Celek) and artists responsible for painting (Ideamo).

Graphic design of the mural was chosen by Internauts in a contest. The author of the winning work was David Celek, an architect and graphic designer who works and lives in Berlin. According to the rules of the contest, the graphic design of mural had to refer to David Bowie's short visit in Warsaw.

In April 1976 the singer was travelling from Berlin to Moscow and during a planned technical stopover, David went on a short walk to Komuna Paryska Square, where he bought a few Polish vinyl records. Among them, was one by Śląsk Song and Dance Ensemble. It was this album and opressive communist reality that inspired the artist to create an instrumental impression from that trip - the song 'Warszawa' which appeared on the Low album.

Experience the story of David Bowie's mural in Warsaw. Meet the people, for whom a short stopover of the artist in Poland, led to many weeks of hard work, crowned with the unveiling of the mural in the 40th anniversary of David Bowie's visit.



Also well worth watching is this film tracing David Bowie's walk through 1970s Warsaw...



The specificic song on the album used for inspiration by David Bowie and Brian Eno is entitled 'Helokanie' - folk music and lyrics performed by The Polish Song and Dance Ensemble 'Śląsk' and conducted by Stanislaw Hadyna.




REBEL REBEL - ROCKIN'1000
1st August 2016

1,000 musicians cover DAVID BOWIE's 'Rebel Rebel all at the same time...

In Cesena, Italy, more than one thousand musicians took over the Dino Manuzzi Stadium, where they gathered to perform David Bowie's 'Rebel Rebel'.

Members of Italy's Rockin'1000, which claims to be the 'biggest rock band on earth', rocked out in sync to Bowie's 1974 classic. Check it out below...




DAVID BOWIE - UNSEEN PHOTOGRAPHS
1st August 2016

DAVID BOWIE unseen photographs are available for the first time in SNAP GALLERIES new exhibition - on show at the gallery from 16th August to 24th September 2016.

David Bowie by Gerald Fearnley 1967 What a dream. Launching a collection of previously unseen photographs of a major artist - like David Bowie. Sadly such events are rare, because by now, pretty much everything worth seeing has been seen.

But imagine if a technically accomplished and intimate set of previously unpublished black and white photographs of David Bowie were uncovered, almost fifty years after they were first taken. That would be pretty special, right?

Time to introduce GERALD FEARNLEY...

Gerald is the brother of "Dek" (Derek) Fearnley, the bass player of the band The Buzz, who backed David Bowie in 1966/1967, and played on his first album.

The band and David Bowie would often stay at Gerald's house in Worcester Park, Surrey. In fact he still remembers David Bowie playing piano with his son Roger on his knee, and how he taught the whole Fearnley family how to play the theme tune to the TV series The Killing Stones on penny whistles. David would often stay alone in the Fearnley family home writing songs, and the band would rehearse there prior to gigs.

Gerald was a professional photographer and this fact, and the connection through his brother Dek, resulted in him taking the colour portrait that appeared on the front cover of David Bowie's first album, the self-titled 1st June 1967 release David Bowie. This is a very well known image - and a rare previously unpublished colour outtake from that cover shoot appears for the first time in the exhibition.

However, while this colour LP cover image is very well known, Gerald's archives contain some completely unknown buried treasure - in the form of an entire session of black and white photographs of David Bowie (taken at his Bryanston Street studio around the time of, but completely distinct from the album cover session) - all previously unpublished.

These intimate portraits, set against a roll of no-seam studio background paper, show David Bowie in playful mood: in face paint, miming, laughing and smiling, throwing shapes, sitting in yoga positions, and clowning around in a superhero sweater and a bowler hat.

Limited editions signed by Gerald Fearnley available now to purchase.

It is with great pleasure that in this exhibition, for the first time anywhere in the world, Snap Galleries are able to offer a carefully curated selection of these photographs to their clients as limited editions signed by Gerald Fearnley.

Each signed photograph is offered in a choice of physical sizes, and edition sizes are reassuringly small. Just 10 signed and numbered examples in each of the three size options are available worldwide - a maximum of 30 prints of each image. The photographs work individually, and in pairs and in combinations of images, and to assist you if you are torn between competing images, we are keeping launch prices very keen.

They will be on show at the gallery from 16th August to 24th September 2016, but are available to order now if you can't wait.

Please visit snapgalleries.com for more information and purchasing options.


WHO CAN I BE NOW? (1974-1976)
1st August 2016

David Bowie Who Can I Be Now? 1974 - 1976) Box Set Released next month is DAVID BOWIE 'WHO CAN I BE NOW? (1974 - 1976) the second in a series of box sets spanning his career from 1969.

This follow up to the awarding winning and critically acclaimed DAVID BOWIE 'FIVE YEARS (1969 - 1973)' will be released on Friday 23rd September and will contain the previously unreleased album from 1974 called 'THE GOUSTER'.

The twelve CD box, thirteen-piece vinyl set and digital download features the material officially released by Bowie during the so-called 'American' phase of his career from 1974 to 1976.

For the 2016 release, Tony Visconti has overseen the mastering from the original tapes and photos taken by Eric Stephen Jacobs have been put together for the sleeve based around one of David's original concepts for the album.

The vinyl box set has the same content as the CD set and is pressed on audiophile quality 180g vinyl.

The box set's accompanying book, 128 pages in the CD box and 84 in the vinyl set, will feature rarely seen and previously unpublished photos by photographers including Eric Stephen Jacobs, Tom Kelley, Geoff MacCormack, Terry O'Neill, Steve Schapiro, and many others as well as historical press reviews and technical notes about the albums from producers Tony Visconti and Harry Maslin.

The CD box set will include faithfully reproduced mini-vinyl versions of the original albums and the CDs will be gold coloured rather than the usual silver.

You can read the official press release for full details of tracklistings and formats.

The Vinyl LP Box Set is available to pre-order NOW, as is the CD Box Set and Digital download


LAZARUS TICKETS ON SALE
1st August 2016

Lazarus by David Bowie and Enda Walsh Tickets for LAZARUS are now on sale for the upcoming London performances.

Written by DAVID BOWIE and Tony Award-winning playwright ENDA WALSH, the off-Broadway production of Lazarus transfers to London's King Cross Theatre.

Directed by IVO VAN HOVE, Lazarus is inspired by Walter Tevis' best-selling 1963 novel 'The Man Who Fell To Earth', and features new songs specially composed by David Bowie, as well as new arrangements of previously recorded songs.

Lead actor MICHAEL C. HALL, SOPHIA ANNE CARUSO and MICHAEL ESPER reprise their roles from the New York production.

Lazarus shows on from Tuesday 25th October until Sunday 22nd January 2017 at the Kings Cross Theatre, Kings Boulevard, London N1C 4BU.

The show times are: Tuesday to Saturday at 8pm. Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday matinees at 3pm.

Please visit lazarusmusical.com to purchase your online tickets.


Update: Actress Sophia Anne Caruso won't be performing on December 18th through January 2nd because of Equity rules.


THE AGE OF BOWIE
1st August 2016

The Age of Bowie by Paul Morley Just published is the "unique and personal biographical critique" entitled: THE AGE OF BOWIE written by PAUL MORLEY via publishers Simon and Schuster.

'The Age of Bowie - How David Bowie made a world of difference' is promised to "capture the greatest moments of Bowie's career; from the recording studio with the likes of Brian Eno and Tony Visconti; to iconic live performances from the 1970s, 80s and 90s, as well as the various encounters and artistic relationships he developed with rock luminaries John Lennon, Lou Reed and Iggy Pop", plus discuss in detail his "much-heralded and critically-acclaimed" ★ album.

Morley said: "On the day it was announced that David Bowie had died, before there was any time to think, I was asked a hundred times what I thought. What I really thought was that it would take a book to help fully process what Bowie meant to me, to music and popular culture, and to the world out there that changed because of him. Then I thought, I need to write that book."

Iain MacGregor, publishing director Simon and Schuster, acquired the world rights (all languages) from David Godwin Associates. S&S will publish the book globally, with Gallery Books releasing it in the US simultaneously.

This 496-page hardcover book The Age of Bowie is available to purchase NOW.

To promote the book, Paul has several in-store signings and talks across the UK over the next three months - check out the BW Monthly Planners to see when and where.


FINGERS CROSSED RELEASED SEPTEMBER
1st August 2016

Fingers Crossed by Ian Hunter and The Rant Band The new studio album FINGERS CROSSED by IAN HUNTER AND THE RANT BAND is to be released next month on 16th September via Proper Records.

Recorded at HOBO Studios in New Jersey, and co-produced by Hunter and Andy York, 'Fingers Crossed' unveils ten new, self-penned songs including his much-anticipated homage to DAVID BOWIE entitled: 'Dandy'.

The compositions on 'Fingers Crossed' see Hunter covering typically wide-ranging subject matter.

'Dandy', his fond tribute to David Bowie reflects on a relationship cemented in 1972 when Bowie produced Mott's album All The Young Dudes and provided its hit title track.

Ian says: "I think 'Dandy' might be my favourite track on the album," Ian admits "I like the line - 'and then we took the last bus home'. David was an incredible artist with an insatiable curiosity for everything."

The full tracklisting runs as follows:

       01. That's When The Trouble Starts.
       02. Dandy.
       03. Ghosts.
       04. Fingers Crossed.
       05. White House.
       06. Bow.
       07. Morpheus.
       08. Stranded In Reality.
       09. You Can't Live In The Past.
       10. Long Time.

The new album is available to pre-order NOW on vinyl / CD and MP3 download


AND THE BITS FLEW FAR AND WIDE...
1st August 2016

A lavish tribute to DAVID BOWIE will be staged at the climax of this year's Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo, organisers have revealed. Images of the iconic rock star will be beamed onto Edinburgh Castle and fireworks will blast off while the massed pipes and drums perform his classic hit Life On Mars?...

DONNY McCASLIN who performed on DAVID BOWIE's ★ album has his own album 'Beyond Now' scheduled for release on 14th October. The album features the same group of musicians that defined ★ aesthetic - keyboardist Jason Lindner, bassist Tim Lefebvre, and Mark Guiliana - and also pays tribute to David with two cover songs: 'Warszawa' and 'A Small Plot of Land'...

THE BOWIE BAYSOX baseball team jersey inspired by DAVID BOWIE auction is now live and runs for one week. Money raised for these goes to the Feeding America charity - [Live Auction]...

THE MAN WHO FELL TO EARTH movie will return to UK cinemas in 4K next month. The movie is also to be released in the US and Germany. The Man Who Fell To Earth will also be released on DVD and Blu-ray in the UK on Monday 10th October by StudioCanal in their 'Vintage Classics Collection', all fully restored and featuring brand new extra content...

The 2016 newly revised and expanded SEVENTH Edition of THE COMPLETE DAVID BOWIE by NICHOLAS PEGG is scheduled for publication on Tuesday 25th October 800-pages via Titan Books...


BOWIE'S BECKENHAM ODDITY FESTIVAL
1st August 2016

Bowie's Beckenham Oddity Flyer back Bowie's Beckenham Oddity Flyer front A festival celebrating the life and legacy of DAVID BOWIE and The Beckenham Arts Lab...

Bowie fans and music lovers from Britain and beyond will come together in Beckenham, South London on Saturday 13th August, in the park where his rise to stardom took off in 1969.

Bowie's Beckenham Oddity will take place at the bandstand at the Croydon Road Recreation Ground, where Bowie and his friends from the Beckenham Arts Lab organised the UK's first Free Festival on 16th August, 47 years ago. The festival coincided with the release of David's first hit single Space Oddity and was immortalised with another hit song, Memory Of A Free Festival.

This year's event kicks off at 1.00 pm with a stellar line up of musical talent, who will reprise lots of Bowie's greatest songs including Life On Mars?, which he wrote while sitting on the bandstand steps. Featured artists include Malcolm Doherty, Daphne Guinness, Maggi Ronson, Phillip Rambow and Boe Huntress.

There's a welcome return from Amory Kane who played at the 1969 Free Festival and also at the 2013 and 2014 Memory of a Free Festival events organised at the bandstand by Beckenham resident Natasha Ryzhova Lau. The avant garde duo Raf & O are also welcomed back, following their performances in 2013 and 2014.

David's co-founder and organiser of The Beckenham Arts Lab, Mary Finnigan, will be signing copies of her recently expanded book Psychedelic Suburbia, and photographer Gaz de Vere will be taking photos at the event.

The two Memory of a Free Festival events raised £16,000 towards the bandstand restoration fund. Bowie's Beckenham Oddity organiser Wendy Faulkner says her aim this year is to raise even more.

"After the devastating news of David's death in January we felt we had to do a tribute for him - and there's no more fitting place to do this than the bandstand where he played in 1969," she says. "It's not just about Bowie, but also all the people who were involved with him along his path to stardom."

Bowie's Beckenham Oddity is supported by The London Borough of Bromley, which has named the bandstand in his honour. When enough money is raised, it will be restored to its former glory.

Other attractions this year include food and drinks by local caterers Dizzy's Diner, plus market stalls. There will be an auction of Bowie memorabilia - including a signed David Bowie item from the Official Bowie Archives - before the end of the day at 7.00pm.

Tickets for the event cost £10 (under tens free) and are available on the day or in advance NOW via wegottickets.com website.

More details and information can be found at facebook.com/bowies.beckenham.oddity


TMWFTE 2016 PRINTS BY DOYLE
1st August 2016

TMWFTE regular print by Tim Doyle TMWFTE foil print by Tim Doyle Besides the cinema posters, artist TIM DOYLE was approached by StudioCanal and Under The Floorboards to create official artwork for THE MAN WHO FELL TO EARTH movie.

He has created a 20x30 inch full-bleed hand-printed silkscreened print, signed and numbered by the artist in a REGULAR edition of #145, and there is a RAINBOW FOIL variant edition of #55.

Tim says: "I specifically wanted to design this poster so that it could hang either direction, there is no true 'up' with this image.

The film features DAVID BOWIE playing an alien come to Earth to help save his family on his home planet, but instead finds his own moral ruin.

My intention was to show him both ascending to salvation and falling to his own destruction. It's truly a haunting and sparse film - if you haven't seen it, seek it out.

The artwork is by me, and the type and art assist is by Tyler Skaggs."

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


TMWFTE TWO NEW MOVIE POSTERS
1st August 2016

Two new movie posters have been created for the 40th Anniversary re-release of THE MAN WHO FELL TO EARTH.


The Man Who Fell To Earth 2016 poster 1    The Man Who Fell To Earth 2016 poster 2


The 40th Anniversary 4K restoration movie hits UK cinemas starting on Friday 9th September.


BOWIE/COLLECTOR AUCTION
1st August 2016

Some 400 pieces of DAVID BOWIE's personal art collection is to go to auction at SOTHEBY'S in November.

BOWIE/COLLECTOR, is a three-part sale, at the heart of which is a remarkable group of more than 200 works by many of the most important British artists of the 20th Century, including Frank Auerbach, Damien Hirst, Henry Moore and Graham Sutherland.

From 1st-10th November, the collection will be exhibited at Sotheby's New Bond Street galleries in London, giving fans, collectors, art lovers and experts a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to immerse themselves in the extraordinary range of objects that informed Bowie's private world.

Ahead of the landmark ten-day event in London, preview exhibitions will be held in New York, Los Angeles and Hong Kong. Full details are listed below.

Preview World Tour
  London: 20th July - 9th August.
  Los Angeles: 20th - 21st September.
  New York: 26th - 29th September.
  Hong Kong: 12th - 15th October.

The Exhibition: Bowie/Collector:
  Sotheby's London 1st - 10th November.

All exhibitions are free and open to all.

The Auctions:
  Part I: Modern and Contemporary Art, Evening Auction, 10th November.
  Part II: Modern and Contemporary Art, Day Auction, 11th November.
  Part III: Post-Modernist Design: Ettore Sottsass and the Memphis Group, 11th November.

The three auction catalogues are available to pre-order here



More details and further information will be posted up at sotheys.com website.

Further reading:
David Bowie Official: [Read here]
BBC: David Bowie art collection revealed for the first time - [Read here]






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