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BFI TMWFTE/LAZARUS Q&A
23rd September 2016

For your viewing pleasure, courtesy of the BFI who screened The Man Who Fell To Earth last week (Sunday 18th Sept) followed by a special Q&A with Lazarus lead actor MICHAEL C. HALL and the show's producer ROBERT FOX.

DAVID BOWIE's last public appearance before his death was at the opening night of Lazarus, the musical he wrote with ENDA WALSH as a sequel to the film The Man Who Fell To Earth (1976). Actor Michael C. Hall, who plays the lead in Lazarus, joins the show's producer Robert Fox to discuss the influence of both the film and Walter Tevis's original novel, as well as Bowie's involvement in the show and the singer's identification with Thomas Jerome Newton.

The Q&A is hosted by BFI programmer Justin Johnson.




TAKE A QUICK BUTCHERS...
23rd September 2016

Competition to win a DAVID BOWIE print signed by TERRY O'NEILL, closes this Sunday at midnight, make sure to sign up at bowiebyoneill.com...

On this day, 36 years ago, The Elephant Man play starring DAVID BOWIE opened in New York on Broadway at the Booth Theatre in 1980...

The 2017 UK DAVID BOWIE Convention heads up... Taking place on Friday 12th and Saturday 13th May at the Boom Bar, 86 Prosepct Street, Hull, the Convention celebrates the life and times of DAVID BOWIE and the SPIDERS FROM MARS. Nine live acts, free raffle, merchandise and more. The acts confirmed so far are: Aladdinsane, Spizz Energi, The Bowie Contingent, Luxury Stranger and Ronson Kipling. More acts to be announced soon. Tickets are on sale now. Contact Jimster Draper on Facebook or email ...


WHO CAN I BE NOW? (1974-1976) RELEASED TODAY
23rd September 2016

David Bowie Who Can I Be Now? 1974 - 1976) Box Set Released today 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)' contains 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


ZIGGY AT HULL IN 2017
23rd September 2016

A musical Humber Bridge, a 14th-Century masterpiece, an outrageous 1960s art collective and THE SPIDERS FROM MARS will all be part of the line-up for Hull's year as UK City of Culture.

The £32m programme will take over streets and venues throughout 2017. HULL 2017 director Martin Green said it will reflect ideas from the city "that have changed and enriched the world".

The year will begin with an outdoor extravaganza using projections and performances to tell the story of Hull. HOLY HOLY, the band made up of Hull's own Spiders From Mars drummer Woody Woodmansey, DAVID BOWIE producer Tony Visconti and Heaven 17's Glenn Gregory will perform The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and The Spiders from Mars live for the first time.

Tickets are on sale now for the gig at Hull City Hall on 25th March 2017 - call 01482 300306.

From BBC.

In addition, a series of screenings in anticipation of Woody Woodmansey's return to Hull as part of Holy Holy, celebrating the impact of what is arguably Hull's most important musical export - David Bowie's band The Spiders From Mars, particularly the legacy of guitarist MICK RONSON.

Featuring live performance films, talks and in-depth documentaries, they will survey Ronson's influence and immense impact. From the Ziggy Stardust album to Hunky Dory and Lou Reed's Transformer, this powerhouse guitarist, musician, arranger and producer made a phenomenal contribution to the music industry. Transformative Film Culture for Hull 2017 is providing a film screening programme across the city for 2017 and is delivered by Film Hub North as part of the BFI Film Audience Network with the support of the BFI awarding funds from The National Lottery.

For more details and information, visit the hull2017.co.uk website.


AND THE BITS FLEW FAR AND WIDE...
23rd September 2016

Tune in to BBC RADIO HUMBERSIDE at 10am today to hear WOODY WOODMANSEY talking about the Ziggy show that's taking place next year on March 25th for Hull 2017 City of Culture...

Check out ROBIN MAYHEW's memories of the late, great DAVID BOWIE - [Read here]...

On the back of the Mercury Prize Album of the Year last week, DAVID BOWIE's ★ album benefits from a 98.4% sales increase, as it re-enters the UK Top 100 from 113-52, registering sales of 1,186...

Will, I'm Only Dancing... On this weekends Strictly Come Dancing WILL YOUNG is to pay tribute to DAVID BOWIE when he dances with Karen Clifton to Let's Dance...

Opening today is the BOWIE BY O'NEILL photo exhibition at Ransom Art, 105 Pimlico Road, Chelsea, London SW1W 8PH. Open 10am-6pm - [More details]...

Opening today is GOLDEN YEARS art exhibition by LOUIS SIDOLI at Halcyon Gallery, 144-146 New Bond Street, London W1S 2PF. Free entry - [More details]...

On this day, 8 years ago, DAVID BOWIE released his iSelect album via EMI in 2008...

On this day, 2 years ago, DAVID BOWIE re-released his Sound+Vision 4CD Box Set in 2014...

On this day, 2 years ago, DAVID BOWIE released the 40th Anniversary picture disc single Knock On Wood in 2014...

Happy Birthday wishes to TONI BASIL (aka Antonia Christina Basilotta). Choreographer for DAVID BOWIE's The Year of The Diamond Dogs in 1974 and The Glass Spider tour in 1987..


TAKE A QUICK BUTCHERS...
19th September 2016

Guitarist ADRIAN BELEW posts... CELEBRATING DAVID BOWIE - The next series of events like last night will be in January 2017. It will be an appreciation of the music of David Bowie in SIX cities around the world: Berlin, London, New York, Los Angeles, Tokyo and Sydney. organised by Scrote and company and featuring musicians who worked with David (myself, Earl Slick, Mike Garson) as well as actors and friends (such as Gary Oldman), strings, horns, film snippets: the works! I'm very excited about it...

US launch of the newly restored THE MAN WHO FELL TO EARTH movie planned for later this year. Check out an interview with Tony Richmond - [Read here]...

Check out an interview with ADE BERRY about his DAVID BOWIE-themed play 'From Ibiza to the Norfolk Broads' - [Read here]...


LAZARUS PRE-ORDERING NOW!
16th September 2016

Original Cast recording of Lazarus Released next month is the original cast recording of the LAZARUS musical written by DAVID BOWIE and ENDA WALSH on Friday 21st October.

Available on 2-CD and Vinyl formats via ISO/Columbia/RCA Records, also included in this release are three David Bowie studio recordings 'No Plan', 'Killing A Little Time' and 'When I Met You'.

Co-produced with Tony Visconti and recorded with Donny McCaslin and his quartet, these 3 songs feature the same musicians that played on the ★ album.

The album artwork has been designed by Jonathan Barnbrook, who also worked with Bowie on his ★, Nothing Has Changed, The Next Day and Heathen albums.

The Lazarus cast album was produced by the show's musical director Henry Hey, who had previously worked with Bowie on 'The Next Day' and features vocals from Michael C. Hall, Sophia Anne Caruso, Cristin Milioti, Michael Esper and other cast members backed by the seven-piece house band Hey assembled for the New York run. The cast album was recorded on 11th January 2016. Upon arriving at the studio, the musicians and cast were shocked and saddened to learn that David had passed away the evening before. Their emotional performances that day are captured on this recording.

The tracklisting for the 2-CD release runs as follows:

CD 1:
01. Hello Mary Lou (Goodbye Heart) - Ricky Nelson.
02. Lazarus - Michael C. Hall & original NY cast of Lazarus.
03. It's No Game - Michael C. Hall, Lynn Craig & original NY cast of Lazarus.
04. This Is Not America - Sophia Anne Caruso & original NY cast of Lazarus.
05. The Man Who Sold The World - Charlie Pollock.
06. No Plan - Sophia Anne Caruso.
07. Love Is Lost - Michael Esper & original NY cast of Lazarus.
08. Changes - Cristin Milioti & original NY cast of Lazarus.
09. Where Are We Now? - Michael C. Hall & original NY cast of Lazarus.
10. Absolute Beginners - Michael C. Hall, Cristin Milioti, Michael Esper, Sophia Anne Caruso, Krystina Alabado & original NY cast of Lazarus.
11. Dirty Boys - Michael Esper.
12. Killing A Little Time - Michael C. Hall.
13. Life On Mars? - Sophia Anne Caruso.
14. All The Young Dudes - Nicholas Christopher, Lynn Craig, Michael Esper, Sophia Anne Caruso & original NY cast of Lazarus.
15. Sound And Vision - David Bowie.
16. Always Crashing In The Same Car - Cristin Milioti.
17. Valentine's Day - Michael Esper & original NY cast of Lazarus.
18. When I Met You - Michael C. Hall & Krystina Alabado.
19. "Heroes" - 4:43 - Michael C. Hall, Sophia Anne Caruso & original NY cast of Lazarus.

CD 2:
01. Lazarus - David Bowie.
02. No Plan - David Bowie.
03. Killing A Little Time - David Bowie.
04. When I Met You - David Bowie.


The tracklisting for the Vinyl LP runs as follows:

LP 1 - Side A:
01. Hello Mary Lou (Goodbye Heart) - Ricky Nelson.
02. Lazarus - Michael C. Hall & Original NY cast of Lazarus.
03. It's No Game - Michael C. Hall, Lynn Craig & original NY cast of Lazarus.
04. This Is Not America - Sophia Anne Caruso & original NY cast of Lazarus.
05. The Man Who Sold The World - Charlie Pollock.

LP 1 - Side B:
01. No Plan - Sophia Anne Caruso.
02. Love Is Lost - Michael Esper & original NY cast of Lazarus.
03. Changes - Cristin Milioti & original NY cast of Lazarus.
04. Where Are We Now? - Michael C. Hall & original NY cast of Lazarus.

LP 2 - Side C:
01. Absolute Beginners - Michael C. Hall, Cristin Milioti, Michael Esper, Sophia Anne Caruso, Krystina Alabado & original NY cast of Lazarus.
02. Dirty Boys - Michael Esper.
03. Killing A Little Time - Michael C. Hall.
04. Life On Mars? - Sophia Anne Caruso.
05. All The Young Dudes - Nicholas Christopher, Lynn Craig, Michael Esper, Sophia Anne Caruso & original NY cast of Lazarus.

LP 2 - Side D:
01. Sound And Vision - David Bowie.
02. Always Crashing In The Same Car - Cristin Milioti.
03. Valentine's Day - Michael Esper & original NY cast of Lazarus.
04. When I Met You - Michael C. Hall & Krystina Alabado.
05. "Heroes" - Michael C. Hall, Sophia Anne Caruso & original NY cast of Lazarus.

LP 3 - Side E (one-sided):
01. Lazarus - David Bowie.
02. No Plan - David Bowie.
03. Killing A Little Time - David Bowie.
04. When I Met You - David Bowie.

You can pre-order both the 3LP Vinyl and the Double CD NOW!

In addition for collectors, there is also a limited coloured vinyl pressing, (the 3rd disc is pressed on white vinyl). This version is available to pre-order via the official website and via Barnes & Noble.


LAZARUS UNBOXING
16th September 2016

Check out the unboxing of the LAZARUS (Original Cast Recording) triple vinyl album...



The Lazarus Original Cast Recording album is released 21st October on 2-CD, 180g Vinyl LP and digital download/streaming.

You can pre-order the 3LP Vinyl NOW!


LAZARUS VISUALS
16th September 2016

Check out the two animated visuals created by designer JONATHAN BARNBROOK for the release of the LAZARUS (Original Cast Recording) album...

'Life On Mars?' performed by SOPHIA ANNE CARUSO and 'Lazarus' performed by MICHAEL C. HALL.





TAKE A QUICK BUTCHERS...
15th September 2016

DAVID BOWIE's ★ album was voted one of the six finalists in the MERCURY PRIZE 2016 Album of the Year. The award was presented by JARVIS COCKER who indicated in his speech that the winner was down to two artists. Congratulations to SKEPTA on winning with his album 'Konnichiwa'. Class act mentioning David Bowie after he won. Thank you and respect JJA. If you missed the show, you can watch the awards via the BBC iPlayer...

Ahead of its hugely anticipated European premiere in a brand new 900-seater venue at Kings Cross Theatre, London, full casting for DAVID BOWIE and Enda Walsh's LAZARUS was announced today. Gabrielle Brooks, Sydnie Christmas, Richard Hansell, Amy Lennox, Maimuna Memon, Jamie Muscato, Tom Parsons and Julie Yammanee will be joining previously announced cast members Michael C. Hall, Michael Esper and Sophia Anne Caruso, who are reprising their roles from the original New York Theatre Workshop production. You can read the full press release HERE...

On this day, 13 years ago, DAVID BOWIE released his Reality album in the UK, Europe and Australia in 2003...


THE COMPLETE DAVID BOWIE 2016 EDITION
14th September 2016

The Complete David Bowie 7th Edition by Nicholas Pegg The 2016 newly revised and expanded Seventh Edition of THE COMPLETE DAVID BOWIE by NICHOLAS PEGG is to be published via Titan Books next month on Tuesday 25th October.

Incorporating 'The Next Day', 'Blackstar', the 'David Bowie Is' exhibition, the 'Lazarus' stage show, this year's heartbreaking news, and every other development in the world of David Bowie since the last update was published back in 2011, this new edition will be the biggest one yet.

I'm told this new edition contains over 600,000 words (to be precise it's 601,946) and it is now officially longer than War And Peace!

For USA... owing to distribution schedules and other logistics, the US publication date has been confirmed as 29th November.

You can pre-order The Complete David Bowie revised and updated 7th edition 2016 NOW!


2016 MERCURY AWARDS
14th September 2016

David Bowie Blackstar Reminder: Tomorrow night (15th) is the 2016 MERCURY MUSIC PRIZE Album of the Year event and as you know DAVID BOWIE's ★ album is nominated.

The 12 nominees are:

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

From the 12 nominees, the six finalists (including the album voted for by the public) and the overall winner will be announced at the Awards Show on Thursday 15th September at Eventim Apollo, Hammersmith.

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.

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.

BBC Radio 6 Music will be covering the Mercury Prize live from 7-10pm on the night of the Awards. Presenters will be bringing the excitement of the build-up to the big prize to the station's listeners. They'll be reflecting the story of this year's Mercury Prize and the social media response to the evening as it unfolds. And throughout the day, 6 Music will play tracks from previous Mercury winners and celebrate the prize.

Michael C. Hall will be performing 'Lazarus' at the event with Henry Hey and the Lazarus house band.


LAZARUS CAST ALBUM DETAILS
12th September 2016

Original Cast recording of Lazarus Released next month is the original cast recording of the LAZARUS musical written by DAVID BOWIE and ENDA WALSH on Friday 21st October.

Available on 2-CD and vinyl formats via ISO/Columbia/RCA Records, also included in this release are three David Bowie studio recordings 'No Plan', 'Killing A Little Time' and 'When I Met You'.

Co-produced with Tony Visconti and recorded with Donny McCaslin and his quartet, these 3 songs feature the same musicians that played on the ★ album.

The album artwork has been designed by Jonathan Barnbrook, who also worked with Bowie on his ★, Nothing Has Changed, The Next Day and Heathen albums.

The Lazarus cast album was produced by the show's musical director Henry Hey, who had previously worked with Bowie on 'The Next Day' and features vocals from Michael C. Hall, Sophia Anne Caruso, Cristin Milioti, Michael Esper and other cast members backed by the seven-piece house band Hey assembled for the New York run. The cast album was recorded on 11th January 2016. Upon arriving at the studio, the musicians and cast were shocked and saddened to learn that David had passed away the evening before. Their emotional performances that day are captured on this recording.

The tracklisting for the 2-CD release runs as follows:

CD 1:
01. Hello Mary Lou (Goodbye Heart) - Ricky Nelson.
02. Lazarus - Michael C. Hall & original NY cast of Lazarus.
03. It's No Game - Michael C. Hall, Lynn Craig & original NY cast of Lazarus.
04. This Is Not America - Sophia Anne Caruso & original NY cast of Lazarus.
05. The Man Who Sold The World - Charlie Pollock.
06. No Plan - Sophia Anne Caruso.
07. Love Is Lost - Michael Esper & original NY cast of Lazarus.
08. Changes - Cristin Milioti & original NY cast of Lazarus.
09. Where Are We Now? - Michael C. Hall & original NY cast of Lazarus.
10. Absolute Beginners - Michael C. Hall, Cristin Milioti, Michael Esper, Sophia Anne Caruso, Krystina Alabado & original NY cast of Lazarus.
11. Dirty Boys - Michael Esper.
12. Killing A Little Time - Michael C. Hall.
13. Life On Mars? - Sophia Anne Caruso.
14. All The Young Dudes - Nicholas Christopher, Lynn Craig, Michael Esper, Sophia Anne Caruso & original NY cast of Lazarus.
15. Sound And Vision - David Bowie.
16. Always Crashing In The Same Car - Cristin Milioti.
17. Valentine's Day - Michael Esper & original NY cast of Lazarus.
18. When I Met You - Michael C. Hall & Krystina Alabado.
19. "Heroes" - 4:43 - Michael C. Hall, Sophia Anne Caruso & original NY cast of Lazarus.

CD 2:
01. Lazarus - David Bowie.
02. No Plan - David Bowie.
03. Killing A Little Time - David Bowie.
04. When I Met You - David Bowie.


The tracklisting for the Vinyl LP runs as follows:

LP 1 - Side A:
01. Hello Mary Lou (Goodbye Heart) - Ricky Nelson.
02. Lazarus - Michael C. Hall & Original NY cast of Lazarus.
03. It's No Game - Michael C. Hall, Lynn Craig & original NY cast of Lazarus.
04. This Is Not America - Sophia Anne Caruso & original NY cast of Lazarus.
05. The Man Who Sold The World - Charlie Pollock.

LP 1 - Side B:
01. No Plan - Sophia Anne Caruso.
02. Love Is Lost - Michael Esper & original NY cast of Lazarus.
03. Changes - Cristin Milioti & original NY cast of Lazarus.
04. Where Are We Now? - Michael C. Hall & original NY cast of Lazarus.

LP 2 - Side C:
01. Absolute Beginners - Michael C. Hall, Cristin Milioti, Michael Esper, Sophia Anne Caruso, Krystina Alabado & original NY cast of Lazarus.
02. Dirty Boys - Michael Esper.
03. Killing A Little Time - Michael C. Hall.
04. Life On Mars? - Sophia Anne Caruso.
05. All The Young Dudes - Nicholas Christopher, Lynn Craig, Michael Esper, Sophia Anne Caruso & original NY cast of Lazarus.

LP 2 - Side D:
01. Sound And Vision - David Bowie.
02. Always Crashing In The Same Car - Cristin Milioti.
03. Valentine's Day - Michael Esper & original NY cast of Lazarus.
04. When I Met You - Michael C. Hall & Krystina Alabado.
05. "Heroes" - Michael C. Hall, Sophia Anne Caruso & original NY cast of Lazarus.

LP 3 - Side E (one-sided):
01. Lazarus - David Bowie.
02. No Plan - David Bowie.
03. Killing A Little Time - David Bowie.
04. When I Met You - David Bowie.

You can pre-order both the 3LP Vinyl and the Double CD NOW!

More details at davidbowie.com website.


MERCURY AWARDS SHOW
12th September 2016

Performing at the 2016 MERCURY PRIZE event this coming Thursday 15th September is MICHAEL C. HALL, who will be performing the song 'Lazarus' with Henry Hey and the Lazarus house band.

As you know, DAVID BOWIE's ★ album is shortlisted for the 'Best Album of the Year 2016'.

The event will be broadcast live on BBC Four and BBC Radio 6 Music plus BBC Red Button at 9.00pm.


WOODY READING IN READING
9th September 2016

My Life with Bowie by Woody Woodmansey WOODY WOODMANSEY is reading from his autobiography at The Olympia Shehnai, 75-77 London Street, Reading RG1 4QA, England on Saturday 29th October.

Tickets only £5. Book now via readingarts.com website.

Woody's book entitled Spider from Mars: My Life with Bowie is published on 3rd November by Sidgwick and Jackson; (Main Market Ed. edition).

This 320-page, hardcover is a poignant memoir by the last surviving member of DAVID BOWIE's The Spiders from Mars band.

About the Author: Woody Woodmansey was the drummer in the Spiders From Mars, and played on six of Bowie's albums:The Man Who Sold The World, Hunky Dory and The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and The Spiders From Mars, Aladdin Sane and two live albums, Ziggy Stardust - The Motion Picture and Santa Monica '72. He currently leads the super group Holy Holy, who tour and perform David Bowie songs from he 1970s.

You can pre-order Spider from Mars: My Life with Bowie NOW.


TAKE A QUICK BUTCHERS...
9th September 2016

The newly restored 4k THE MAN WHO FELL TO EARTH movie hits UK cinemas today and the original soundtrack recording is released on 2-CD audio via Universal Music Company to coincide with the cinema release...

Country stars KEITH URBAN, Dierks Bentley and Little Big Town will sing the 1977 DAVID BOWIE /BRIAN ENO song "Heroes"late during the Stand Up to Cancer telethon which airs tonight at 8pm on all the big US networks including CBS, NBC, ABC, and FOX...

Happy Birthday wishes to CONSTANCE MARIE, dancer on the DAVID BOWIE Glass Spider World Tour in 1987...

An article in today's FINANCIAL TIMES features Beth Greenacre and Kate Chertavian discussing DAVID BOWIE's personal art collection for sale at Sotheby's - [Read here]...

On Wednesday evening IMAN made her first public event appearance since the passing of her husband DAVID BOWIE. Attending the Tom Ford event in New York, she had a short conversation with Joe Zee from ABC News. Iman let it be known that she is wearing a gold necklace designed by Hedi Slimane that spells 'David'. Check out the filmed interview - [View here]...


TMWFTE OFFICIAL PRESS RELEASE
9th September 2016

Official Press Release: THE MAN WHO FELL TO EARTH
40th Anniversary Book

Behind-the-scenes look at the making of landmark sci-fi movie published in September.


The Man Who Fell To Earth book THE MAN WHO FELL TO EARTH is an extensively researched book by Jay Glennie and Darryl Webber that takes a comprehensive look at the making of this landmark British film. Released to coincide with the 40th anniversary of the film's release, it includes exclusive interviews with the cast, crew and a host of other people involved in the production.

Featuring beautiful on-location images, many of which have never been published before, this book is the definitive account of the unlikely and sometimes difficult journey from page to screen of NICOLAS ROEG's visionary film. Every film has its own quirks and kinks before, during and after filming, but The Man Who Fell to Earth, due to its extraordinary collection of characters on and off screen, had more than most. The book details the unusual deal set up to finance the film, the row about whose idea it was to cast DAVID BOWIE and how the producers somehow wangled flying an entirely British crew over to New Mexico for the shoot.

The Man Who Fell to Earth looks at the personality clashes on set, the unconventional working methods of Nic Roeg and the enigmatic, other-worldly behaviour of David Bowie. Through first-hand accounts, we find out what it was like to work with two creative geniuses at the height of their powers and we learn that, as ever, there are many sides to a story. And after a shoot typified by a 'work hard, play hard' approach, we discover there was still more controversy to come with a missing soundtrack, an edited US film release unauthorised by the director and a cool reception from the critics.

That The Man Who Fell to Earth is now seen as a classic that was ahead of its time says something about the enduring power of the film, the genius of Nic Roeg and the mesmerising presence of Bowie.

This beautiful, exclusive 'coffee table' book will have a numbered, limited edition run of just 1,000 copies worldwide and includes more than 600 stunning images licensed from Studio Canal. Now available to pre-order at a special early bird price from themanwhofelltoearth.co.uk. Published at the end of September. It will not be available in bookshops - only exclusively from the website.

Released to coincide with 40th Anniversary.
Limited Edition of 1000 copies worldwide.
296 pages - 16 in colour.
Over 600 stunning images.
Large format hardback coffee table book (page size 240mm x 340mm).
Only available direct from website.


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Jay Glennie is a writer on film. Through his friendship with the Oscar-winning producers of the film. Michael Deeley and Barry Spikings he was able to contact and interview much of the cast and crew of The Man Who Fell to Earth.

Darryl Webber is a journalist, blogger and founder of film review website Chillidog Movies.

Steve Kirkham is a designer who has worked on movie-related books for many years.


The Man Who Fell to Earth is re-released in cinemas from 9th September by Park Circus, opening at BFI Southbank, Irish Film Institute and cinemas nationwide.

The Man Who Fell to Earth will be released on DVD and Blu-ray on 10th October by STUDIOCANAL and is part of the 'Vintage Classics collection' - showcasing iconic British films, all fully restored and featuring brand new extra content.


The Man Who Fell To Earth original soundtrack recording is 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 released today 9th September to coincide with the cinema release of the newly restored 4K version of the movie.


THREE 1965 ACETATES UNCOVERED!
8th September 2016

Featured in the new issue of RECORD COLLECTOR magazine (October #457) is a full-page letter article complete with photographs of three new discoveries.

Owner MR JANES reveals that his father picked up three DAVID BOWIE records at a church sale a while back. The owner filed them away, then when he heard about David's passing, he remembered he had them and dug them out.

The three 8" one-sided acetates by DAVIE JONES & THE LOWER THIRD are:

       1. I Don't Mind.
       2. I Wish You Would.
       3. Born Of The Night.

Collectors will already know about 'Born Of The Night' as it was mentioned by David in a press release at the time. The band were hoping that this song would be released as a single. The song was recorded at Central Sound studio in Denmark Street, played regularly in their live set, but unfortunately, it was rejected by producer Shel Talmy.

As for the other two songs, logic says 'I Wish You Would' is probably the Billy Boy Arnold song. This was covered by The Yardbirds, and as you know DB re-recorded this on his 1973 Pinups album as his nod to the band.

'I Don't Mind' could possibly be the James Brown penned song that was released in 1961 on the King label. This song was covered and released by The Who, The In Crowd and The Moody Blues all in 1965.

Record Collector magazine goes on sale today and features The Beatles on the front cover.


'GOLDEN YEARS' EXHIBITION
8th September 2016

Artist LOUIS SIDOLI has a really unique exhibition of DAVID BOWIE neon artwork which is launching in London on 22nd September at The Halcyon Gallery on New Bond Street.

This FREE entry exhibition launches in London, before visiting Manchester and Birmingham.

David Bowie by Louis Sidoli About 'Golden Years' "David Bowie changed the entire landscape of popular music, fashion, culture and beyond. To create one classic album in a lifetime is more than enough, but between 1970 and 1980 he produced a classic album virtually every year, sometimes two. It was easily the greatest run of albums in rock & pop music history. An incredible burst of artistic creativity. Who else managed to do that apart from The Beatles? Who else since? They most definitely were his "Golden Years".

After David Bowie passed away earlier this year, I tried to analyse why it seemed a major event in my own life and many others. For me personally, without David Bowie I might not have become an artist. It was his song 'Andy Warhol' on the 1971 album 'Hunky Dory' that first ignited my interest in Andy Warhol and the pop art movement from a very early age. I always admired the way in which he was interested in 'everything' and took many different elements, sometimes avant-garde or from the fringes of pop culture and synthesised them into credible, yet accessible music. I think he once referred to himself as a "cultural magpie". It's an attitude that really resonated with me and which has influenced my own career.

For this collection of neon art, I've created a portrait for each of my personal favourite Bowie years, which capture him at the height of his 1970's glory. In each of the portraits I've tried to convey the imagery and references for that particular year. The basis for most of the portraits is a pencil sketch rather than my usual method of working with photographs. Whilst I was drawing them, it made me feel very nostalgic as I used to do these kind of sketches as a teenager. But it's also thrilling to be able to totally transform them into amazing aluminium & neon art works that wouldn't have been possible back then." - Louis Sidoli.

The venues and dates are as follows:

LONDON - 22nd-25th September:
Halcyon Gallery, 144-146 New Bond Street, London W1S 2PF.

MANCHESTER - 17th-27th November
Castle Fine Art, 12-14 King Street, Manchester M2 6AG.

BIRMINGHAM - 10th-18th December:
Castle Fine Art, The Mailbox, 5 Wharfside, Birmingham B1 1RD.

For more details and information, pop on over to the louis-sidoli.com website.


TAKE A QUICK BUTCHERS...
7th September 2016

Someone asked about the DAVID BOWIE Nike Air Max 1 Royals... these AREN'T for sale, they are simply a design concept by graphic designer Patso Dimitrov - [Read here]...

Six degrees of separation with PETER CWALINO - [Read here]...

IAN HUNTER pays tribute to DAVD BOWIE interview in the NME - [Read here]...

Just in case you weren't aware the MARY FINNIGAN memoir publication entitled: Psychedelic Suburbia DAVID BOWIE and the Beckenham Arts Lab has been expanded to include a new chapter and more unseen photographs...


BOWIE BY O'NEILL EXHIBITION
7th September 2016

Iconic Images and Ransom Art announce an exceptional photography exhibition that combines an exclusive collection of classics together with a selection of unseen prints of DAVID BOWIE by TERRY O'NEILL.

This retrospective showcases a collection of some of the best known photographs taken by Terry O'Neill during his 30-year partnership with David Bowie along with rarely seen shots, including the last performance of Ziggy Stardust, will be exhibited at the Random Art Gallery in London from 21st September until 22nd October.

Venue: Ransom Art, 105 Pimlico Road, Chelsea, London SW1W 8PH.
Telephone: (+44) 20 7259 0220
Exhibition Dates: Thursday 22 September - Thursday 22 October
Opening Times: Monday - Saturday 10am-6pm.
Private Viewing: 21st September at 6-9pm
Website: markransom.co.uk


Bowie by O'Neill - the complete behind the scenes story so far. from Red Engine on Vimeo.



AND THE BITS FLEW FAR AND WIDE...
6th September 2016

From DAVID BOWIE to Radiohead - explore the musical past of RICKY GERVAIS interview on The First Time via BBC Radio 6 Music - [Listen here]...

Cinematographer TONY RICHMOND discusses the making of Nicolas Roeg's 1976 sci-fi opus The Man Who Fell To Earth - [Read here]...

Win a pair of tickets to an exclusive London screening of StudioCanal UK's The Man Who Fell To Earth - [Enter here]...

Check out an interview with Belgian director IVO VAN HOVE over on Newsweek talking about DAVID BOWIE, Lazarus, death and stripping theatre to its bones - [Read here]...


WE CAN BE HEROES
5th September 2016

Currently in preparation is 'WE CAN BE HEROES: Visualizing the Music and Life of DAVID BOWIE' at the gallery at THE SYRACUSE TECH GARDEN.

This gallery show has a broad agenda and is open for portraits of Bowie, to artworks interpreting a song or his legacy.

The venue is located at 235 Harrison Street, Syracuse, New York 13202, United States.

The opening reception takes place on 22nd September at 5pm to 7:30pm and the exhibition runs through to 2nd December.

Full details and information and how to go about submitting your artwork can be found over on their Facebook page.


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

DAVID BOWIE's ★ vinyl album designed by JONATHAN BARNBROOK has been nominated in 'The Beazley Design of the Year' in their Graphics category. Now in its 9th year, the award celebrates innovative design that "promotes or delivers change, enables access, extends design practice or captures the spirit of the year". For more details check out designmuseum.org website...

Several more cinemas are screening THE MAN WHO FELL TO EARTH 40th Anniversary release. Check out the updated listings at Park Circus...

On this day, 32 years ago, DAVID BOWIE released his Tonight album in 1984...

Yay! DAVID BOWIE's ★ album has climbed back up the official album charts in Croatia to #2...

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 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 catalogue will be available to order online from the 4th September. More details and information on the exhibition can be found over at wallofsoundgallery.com website...


TMWFTE OFFICIAL SOUNDTRACK RECORDING
1st September 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 this 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.


BEYOND NOW OUT NEXT MONTH
1st September 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 next month 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.


THE MAN WHO FELL TO EARTH COLLECTORS' EDITION
1st September 2016

The Man Who Fell To Earth Collectors' Edition Blu-ray The Man Who Fell To Earth Collectors' Edition Blu-ray Released next month 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
1st September 2016

TMWFTE DVD 2016 Released next month 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!


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

David Bowie Who Can I Be Now? 1974 - 1976) Box Set Released this 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


THE MAN WHO FELL TO EARTH BOOK - NOW AVAILABLE
1st September 2016

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

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 purchasing information.

Update: Heads up... there are only 300 copies remaining of this limited edition numbered book.






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