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'STARDUST' MOVIE DETAILS
31st January 2019

News reports of a DAVID BOWIE movie entitled: 'Stardust' have re-emerged with more details.

South Africa-born British actor/musician JOHNNY FLYNN will star in the lead role.

Also starring in the movie are Jena Malone (as Angie Bowie) and Marc Maron (as Mercury publicist Ron Oberman).

The film will focus solely on Bowie's first trip to the USA in January and February 1971, where it turned into a promotional trip with visits to radio stations, press interviews and private parties because of work permit problems.

Christopher Bell is writing the script, directed by Gabriel Range, with filming beginning in June 2019.

London-based Salon Pictures are producing and Christopher Frigg of Piccadilly Pictures is co-financing.

Film Constellation has worldwide rights and will introduce 'Stardust' to potential buyers at the European Film Market next month in Berlin on 7-15th February.

David's son DUNCAN JONES @ManMadeMoon made his feelings known about the project on Twitter stating that no one has secured the music rights or got permission from the Family Estate.

From variety.com


SPYING THROUGH A KEYHOLE
30th January 2019

All set for release on 5th April is the DAVID BOWIE Spying Through A Keyhole 7" Vinyl Box Set.

Spying Through A Keyhole David Bowie Spying Through A Keyhole David Bowie With 2019 marking 50 years since David Bowie's first hit, Space Oddity, Parlophone is set to release a 7" vinyl singles box set of nine previously unreleased recordings* from the era during which Space Oddity was first conceived.

The title 'Spying Through A Keyhole' is a lyric taken from the previously unknown song, Love All Around, and though most of the other titles are known, these versions have never been officially released until late last year. Most of the recordings are solo vocal and acoustic home demo performances, unless otherwise stated.

The design of each single label is presented to reflect the way David sent many of his demos to publishers and record companies, featuring his own handwritten song titles on EMIDISC acetate labels. The singles themselves are all mono and play at 45 r.p.m.

Please note: Due to the nature of some of the solo home demos where Bowie accompanied himself on acoustic guitar, the recording quality isn't always of a usual studio fidelity. This is partly due to David's enthusiastic strumming hitting the red on a couple of the tracks, along with the limitations of the original recording equipment and tape degradation. However, the historical importance of these songs and the fact that the selections are from an archive of tracks cleared for release by Bowie, overrides this shortcoming.

The tracklistings run as follows:

SINGLE 1
Side 1
Mother Grey (demo)
Side 2
In The Heat Of The Morning (demo)

SINGLE 2
Side 1
Goodbye 3d (Threepenny) Joe (demo)
Side 2
Love All Around (demo)

SINGLE 3
Side 1
London Bye, Ta-Ta (demo)
Side 2
Angel, Angel, Grubby Face (demo version 1)

SINGLE 4
Side 1
1. Angel, Angel, Grubby Face (demo version 2)
2. Space Oddity (demo excerpt)
Side 2
Space Oddity (demo) with John 'Hutch' Hutchinson.

*Although this will be the first physical release of these tracks, Parlophone did make them available on streaming services for a limited period only in December.

You can pre-order Spying Through A Keyhole NOW!


THE KON-RADS CHARITY CARDS
30th January 2019

The Kon-rads Charity card Dear all,

Over the years it has become a tradition amongst DAVID BOWIE freaks to support JOYBELL'S Mulandi charity endeavour in Africa, with thousands of £ generously donated to offer scholarship to dozens of beloved children.

We are pleased to offer these professional reproductions of the original 1963 Kon-rads greeting card, signed by David Bowie as Dave Jay - his name at the time - inspired by saxophone based band Peter Jay and the Jaywalkers.

The folded cards are 13.5 x 21.5 cm, printed on stock board, with repro of the original picture.

All we ask is for a donation to the Mulandi Kenyan Children's charity.


The Kon-rads Charity card  The Kon-rads Charity card

The Kon-rads Charity card  The Kon-rads Charity card  Mulandi Charity


Please send your offers to Mark and Reto at considering packing and shipping to you.

These are printed already in limited numbers, please so be quick and fair with your charity donation amount.

The best offers by February 1st will receive this amazing piece of Bowie historical memorabilia.

Remember it is for Charity. Thank you for your support.


About Mulandi, in a few words:

Long term Bowie-freak Joybell has selflessly dedicated the last 10 years of her life to others and self-funded her flights and accommodations for every trip to Kenya to the point where she now provides care to 42 orphans.

Her main goal is to raise funds to offer them a decent education and give them a chance in life. This costs £140 per child per year (scholarship, including one meal per day and uniform).

So, Bowie-Freaks, let's offer them a Starman!


BOWIE ON THE ONE SHOW
29th January 2019

If you missed THE ONE SHOW tonight on BBC ONE you can catch up via the iPlayer.

Guests talking about DAVID BOWIE included his cousin Kristina Amadeus, Francis Whately and John 'Hutch' Hutchinson talking about Space Oddity at his home.

There are some wonderful family photographs shown - well worth watching!

Catch up here via bbc.co.uk

It was also announced that the David Bowie: Finding Fame documentary will be shown on Saturday 9th February on BBC Two at 21:00 to 22:30.


BOWIE SELLS AT OMEGA AUCTIONS
29th January 2019

This afternoon's THE GLAM ROCK COLLECTION auction at OMEGA AUCTIONS contained a plethora of DAVID BOWIE items up for grabs.

Highlights and prices realised included the following:

Lot 84: David Bowie 2nd album (MOWMOM), USA - £240
Lot 116: Changes 7 inch pic sleeve, Germany - £300
Lot 129: You've Got A Habit Of Leaving - £1,900
Lot 195: Space Oddity UK Trident acetate - £11,500
Lot 354: Bowie signed (David R. Jones) Bewley Bros. letter - £3,000
Lot 355: David Bowie signed PRS letter - £1,500
Lot 358: Bowie 1960s unheard recordings cassette - £8,500

Check out all the prices realised at omegaauctions.co.uk website.


HE'S A STARMAN
29th January 2019

Radio Times 2/2/19 David Bowie DAVID BOWIE graces the front cover of the RADIO TIMES (issue 2nd-8th February). The cover blurb states 'Becoming Bowie' - The early years of a rock icon.

Inside, the article 'He's a Starman' - Before he found fame, music icon David Bowie was rejected by the BBC. Here friends and family reflect on the years he was just another stuggling musician...

Francis Whately talks about the newly found footage of Starman from Lift Off with Ayshea first broadcast on 21st June 1972.

A member of the public reportedly came forward to say they had taped the show on their home video recorder using computer tape, a forerunner of VHS and this tape is now being restored. It's down to the wire whether or not this tape will be restored in time for the documentary.

Also featured are David's cousin Kristina Amadeus, (who has supplied a fabulous family photograph), Geoff MacCormack, Hermione Farthingale and others.

Several newspapers are also today quoting from the Radio Times magazine feature...

THE TIMES - Encore for Ziggy Stardust in rare home video recording - [Read here].

THE TELEGRAPH 'Holy Grail' of David Bowie footage is found: first Ziggy Stardust TV performance unearthed - [Read here]

The Radio Times magazine goes on sale this week.


'THE A TO Z OF DAVID BOWIE' PODCAST #53
29th January 2019

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

This episode covers the letter S and discusses Bruce Springsteen and SpongeBob SquarePants.

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

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

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

For the podcast each letter is currently averaged at 2 episodes of 30 plus minutes and will be published at 3am on Tuesday's each week.

You can listen to ALL previous episodes HERE


AN INVITATION TO THE BBC ICONS FINAL
28th January 2019

As you know DAVID BOWIE was the winner in the 'Entertainers' category in the landmark ICONS BBC series - the largest-scale history project on BBC Two for a decade - is a prestigious, detailed and multi-layered exploration of the 20th century.

Icons Over seven advocate-led documentaries, covering seven categories, they are telling the stories of the icons who shaped a century - and the audience will have the chance to vote for whom they feel is the greatest. This will culminate in a live final where the case will be made for each episode winning icon and the television audience will be able to vote to select the ultimate icon.

In the 'Entertainers' episode, hosted by Kathleen Turner, we are celebrating the work of David Bowie. Bowie has reached the final, after winning the public vote. We would love to invite BowieWonderworld visitors and Bowie fans to come and watch the live broadcast of the ICONS final on Tuesday 5th February at 'Indigo at the O2' in London, to cheer on Bowie to win the final!

If you would like to be added to the guest list - here's what you need to do - be quick!...

Please read the information below and respond via email by Friday 1st February.

Date and Time: Tuesday 5th February, to arrive by 1900* (subject to change. You will be notified if this is amended)
Transmission: 2100 - 2200
Venue: Indigo At The O2, Peninsula Square, London SE10 0ES (Inside the O2 Arena).
Public Transport: North Greenwich (Jubilee Line) 5 min walk, various buses.
Dress code: Smart
Age limit: 18+
ID: Please bring Photo ID

Please be aware if you are not at the venue on time your seats could be released to members of the public who have applied for tickets (these will be advertised shortly BBC audience services).

If anyone would like to watch the final and be added to the guest list please email by Friday 1st February. Please let her know if you have any questions or additional requirements for access.

From Bethan (72 Films).


HOW CAN I FORGET YOU? SNIPPET
28th January 2019

Have a listen to the third song snippet from the audio tape coming up for sale at OMEGA AUCTIONS in their 'The Glam Rock Collection' auction tomorrow (Tuesday 29th January) which contains THREE previously unknown and undocumented DAVID BOWIE songs.

Lot 358 Description: DAVID BOWIE 1960s UNHEARD RECORDINGS CASSETTE. A TDK - SA-C60 cassette (circa 1975-77) containing approximately eight minutes of studio recordings, by a young Davy Jones circa 1960s. The tape is sold with two inlay cards, one of which details the three recordings as being titled 'How Can I Forget You?' (02.30), 'I Live In Dreams', which includes a false start and some discussion around key of the song (03.01 with restart) and 'It's True My Love' (02.16) and one of which bears a printed facsimile circa 1960s signature of Davie Jones.

Provenance: The vendor obtained the tape whilst clearing the flat of a friend and musician in London.

Estimate: £3,000 - £5,000 - with bidding starting at £2,500.



There are lots of Bowie items in this auction - way too many to list here.

For more details, catalogue viewing and information please visit bid.omegaauctions.co.uk website.


DAVID BOWIE: FINDING FAME
28th January 2019

Update: The 90-minute documentary is to be shown on Saturday 9th February on BBC Two at 21:00 to 22:30.

Unplaced programmes from 9 February to 15 February

BBC TWO - DAVID BOWIE: FINDING FAME

This feature-length documentary tells the untold story of how David Robert Jones became David Bowie, how Bowie became Ziggy Stardust and how Ziggy became immortal - changing the musical landscape as he did so. David Bowie: Finding Fame is the story that finally makes sense of one of the greatest icons of the 20th and 21st centuries.

With remarkable, unheard audio recordings, unseen archive and unpublished documents alongside exclusive interviews with David's family, girlfriends, lifelong friends and early collaborators, this film shows how his experiences in the 1960s created a blueprint for his entire career.

Starting in 1966, when he changed his name to Bowie, the film traces his interest in everything from Holst to Bill and Ben, the Flowerpot Men, and Anthony Newley to Tibetan Buddhism. Highlights include a deconstruction - through the eight-track masters - of Bowie classics including Space Oddity, The Man Who Sold The World and the song he wanted to forget, The Laughing Gnome. There are previously unheard demos, never-before-seen footage of his journey through Siberia in 1973 and extraordinary Ziggy footage, believed to be lost forever.

Contributors include Bowie's first cousin and lifelong friend Kristina Amadeus, and his former girlfriend and muse Hermione Farthingale - neither of whom have been filmed talking about him before; the late Lindsay Kemp, in his last filmed interview; former girlfriend Dana Gillespie; lifelong friends Geoff MacCormack and George Underwood; producers Mike Vernon, Tony Visconti and Tony Hatch; and Woody Woodmansey, the last remaining Spider From Mars.

This transmission is ahead of the 50th anniversary of the release of David Bowie's Space Oddity.

Directed and produced by Francis Whately, this is the last part of his award-winning and acclaimed David Bowie Trilogy - David Bowie: Five Years, David Bowie: The Last Five Years and now David Bowie: Finding Fame.

The Executive Producer is Phil Dolling.
A BBC Studios Production.

Day and time to be confirmed.
BBC TWO


Guesting on THE ONE SHOW tomorrow (29th Jan) on BBC ONE is "one of the relatives of David Bowie" - starts at 19.00 on BBC One.


I LIVE IN DREAMS SNIPPET
23rd January 2019

Have a listen to the second song snippet from the audio tape coming up for sale at OMEGA AUCTIONS in their 'The Glam Rock Collection' auction on Tuesday 29th January which contains THREE previously unknown and undocumented DAVID BOWIE songs.

Lot 358 Description: DAVID BOWIE 1960s UNHEARD RECORDINGS CASSETTE. A TDK - SA-C60 cassette (circa 1975-77) containing approximately eight minutes of studio recordings, by a young Davy Jones circa 1960s. The tape is sold with two inlay cards, one of which details the three recordings as being titled 'How Can I Forget You?' (02.30), 'I Live In Dreams', which includes a false start and some discussion around key of the song (03.01 with restart) and 'It's True My Love' (02.16) and one of which bears a printed facsimile circa 1960s signature of Davie Jones.

Provenance: The vendor obtained the tape whilst clearing the flat of a friend and musician in London.

Estimate: £3,000 - £5,000 - with bidding starting at £2,500.



One more snippet to follow...

There are lots of Bowie items in this auction - way too many to list here.

For more details, catalogue viewing and information please visit bid.omegaauctions.co.uk website.

Director Paul Fairweather at Omega Auctions and Jonathan Wingate music journalist and former press spokesman featured on this morning's The Emma Barnett Show on BBC Radio 5 Live radio show featuring extracts from the tape were broadcast - you can catch up via BBC website [starts at 54:53].


'THE A TO Z OF DAVID BOWIE' PODCAST #52
22nd January 2019

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

This episode covers the letter S and discusses David Bowie's second album (aka Space Oddity).

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

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

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

For the podcast each letter is currently averaged at 2 episodes of 30 plus minutes and will be published at 3am on Tuesday's each week.

You can listen to ALL previous episodes HERE


AND THE BITS FLEW FAR AND WIDE...
22nd January 2019

Check out an interview with WOODY WOODMANSEY by Peter Ormerod over on The LEAMINGTON SPA COURIER website where he talks about working with DAVID BOWIE and the upcoming HOLY HOLY tour next month - [Read here]...

Taking place at the end of this month is The Man Who Fell To Earth: A Film and Book Tribute to DAVID BOWIE and NICOLAS ROEG event at Queens Library (Central) Auditorium, 89-11 Merrick Boulevard, Jamaica, New York 11432, USA on Monday 30th January at 5:00pm - 8.00pm EST. Join Culture Connection in celebrating two British artistic geniuses. First there will be a film screening of Roeg's sci-fi cult classic 'The Man Who Fell to Earth' followed by a Q&A with authors Susan Compo and Joseph Lanza. Compo penned Earthbound: David Bowie and The Man Who Fell To Earth whilst Lanza wrote Fragile Geometry: The Films, Philosophy, and Misadventures of Nicolas Roeg - [More details]...

In Palmers Green, London The Intimate Theatre building where DAVID BOWIE performed several times on the play 'Pierrot In Turquoise' with Lindsay Kemp in March 1968 has been placed on the 'at risk' list of venues by the Theatres Trust. Researchers for the trust said the building, which was home to a full-time theatre from 1935 to 1969 and still hosts amateur dramatics, is owned by a local church which wants to demolish it. A spokeswoman for the Roman Catholic Diocese of Westminster said the Intimate Theatre had "always been owned by St Monica's Church and has always been used primarily as a function space for parish events". She added that the building needed to be demolished to make way for a new parish hall - [Read here]...


DAVID BOWIE: THE FIRST FIVE YEARS OUT NEXT MONTH
17th January 2019

The eagerly awaited DAVID BOWIE: THE FIRST FIVE YEARS documentary film is to be broadcast next month (February) on BBC TWO.

This 90-minute film, all made by BBC Studios Production, and all produced and directed by Francis Whately.

The documentary features unheard audio recordings, archival footage and interviews. Contributors include David's first cousin and lifelong-friend Kristina Amadeus and former girlfriend and muse Hermione Farthingale - both of whom have never before been filmed talking about him; the late Lindsay Kemp in his last filmed interview, lifelong friend and producer Tony Visconti, former girlfriend and friend Dana Gillespie, lifelong friends Geoff MacCormack and George Underwood, producers Mike Vernon and Tony Hatch and Woody Woodmansey. There are also previously unseen interviews with Mick Ronson, Ken Pitt and Gus Dudgeon.

Francis talks in the latest issue of UNCUT magazine (March - Leonard Cohen front cover) - the one-page feature entitled: 'Put your helmet on..' reveals a previously unseen 1969 Bowie photo taken by Tony Visconti and The Lower Third BBC feedback audition letter.

On sale today and the digital version is available - more details at uncut.co.uk website.

(Ed. Looks like there is a name change to the documentary - 'David Bowie: Finding Fame')


VOTE FOR DAVID BOWIE!
15th January 2019

Update: David Bowie wins!

For UK residents only. You can now vote for DAVID BOWIE in the BBC Icons TV programme in their 'Entertainers' section.

Voting closes tomorrow (Wednesday) at 4pm - Vote for David Bowie HERE.

Category winners so far are...

Leaders - Nelson Mandela
Explorers - Ernest Shackleton
Entertainers - DAVID BOWIE
Activists - Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
Sports Stars - Muhammad Ali
Artists and Writers - Pablo Picasso
Scientists - Alan Turing

All the category winners will go head-to-head in a live final with a public vote on the 5th February on BBC Two. Ultimately, you will get to decide who is the greatest person of the 20th century.

For more details and information about this programme, please visit bbc.co.uk website.

If you missed the programme you can catch up via the BBC iPlayer HERE


'THE A TO Z OF DAVID BOWIE' PODCAST #51
15th January 2019

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

This episode covers the letter S and discusses Space Oddity and Sound+Vision Tour.

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

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

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

For the podcast each letter is currently averaged at 2 episodes of 30 plus minutes and will be published at 3am on Tuesday's each week.

You can listen to ALL previous episodes HERE


AND THE BITS FLEW FAR AND WIDE...
14th January 2019

In the UK tomorrow evening (15th) broadcasting at 9pm on BBC TWO is ICONS: Entertainers. Exploring the achievements of the greatest figures of the 20th century. Kathleen Turner looks at Charlie Chaplin, Billie Holiday, Marilyn Monroe and DAVID BOWIE - [More details]...

On this day, 42 years ago, DAVID BOWIE released his Low album in 1977...

On this day, 53 years ago, DAVID BOWIE released 'Can't Help Thinking About Me' on Pye Records, his first single release using the name 'Bowie' in 1966...


3 UNKNOWN BOWIE SONGS AT AUCTION
11th January 2019

One particular interesting item coming up for sale at OMEGA AUCTIONS in their 'The Glam Rock Collection' auction on Tuesday 29th January is an audio tape containing THREE previously unknown and undocumented DAVID BOWIE songs.

Lot 358 Description: DAVID BOWIE 1960s UNHEARD RECORDINGS CASSETTE. A TDK - SA-C60 cassette (circa 1975-77) containing approximately eight minutes of studio recordings, by a young Davy Jones circa 1960s. The tape is sold with two inlay cards, one of which details the three recordings as being titled 'How Can I Forget You?' (02.30), 'I Live In Dreams', which includes a false start and some discussion around key of the song (03.01 with restart) and 'It's True My Love' (02.16) and one of which bears a printed facsimile circa 1960s signature of Davie Jones.

Provenance: The vendor obtained the tape whilst clearing the flat of a friend and musician in London.

Estimate: £3,000 - £5,000 - with bidding starting at £2,500.

You can listen to snippets of each track below...





There are lots of Bowie items in this auction - way too many to list here.

For more details, catalogue viewing and information please visit bid.omegaauctions.co.uk website.


IN MEMORY OF DAVID
10th January 2019

David Bowie forever

       This way or no way
       You know, I'll be free
       Just like that bluebird
       Now ain't that just like me


'THE A TO Z OF DAVID BOWIE' PODCAST #50
9th January 2019

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

This episode covers the letter S and discusses Scary Monsters (And Super Creeps).

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

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

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

For the podcast each letter is currently averaged at 2 episodes of 30 plus minutes and will be published at 3am on Tuesday's each week.

You can listen to ALL previous episodes HERE


SPYING THROUGH A KEYHOLE
8th January 2019

Spying Through A Keyhole davidbowie.com have exclusively revealed details of an exciting new release entitled: 'DAVID BOWIE - SPYING THROUGH A KEYHOLE (DEMOS AND UNRELEASED SONGS)'.

PARLOPHONE SET TO RELEASE 7" VINYL SINGLES BOX SET OF PREVIOUSLY UNRELEASED* DAVID BOWIE RECORDINGS, INCLUDING EARLIEST KNOWN VERSIONS OF SPACE ODDITY.

With 2019 marking 50 years since David Bowie's first hit, Space Oddity, we are excited to announce that Parlophone is set to release a 7" vinyl singles box set of NINE previously unreleased recordings* from the era during which Space Oddity was first conceived.

The title: Spying Through A Keyhole is a lyric taken from the previously unknown song: Love All Around, and though most of the other titles are known, these versions have never been officially released until late last year (see footnote). Most of the recordings are solo vocal and acoustic home demo performances, unless otherwise stated.

Mother Grey (demo)
This mid-tempo tale of a fledgling son fleeing the nest features multi-tracked vocals, guitars and harmonica from David.

In The Heat Of The Morning (demo)
A well-known early Bowie song but presented here in demo form with final lyrics.

Goodbye 3d (Threepenny) Joe (demo)
A charming demo from 1968.

Love All Around (demo)
A delightful love song from whence the title of this collection came: "I see a pop tune spying through a keyhole from the other room."

London Bye, Ta-Ta (demo)
An early demo version of the song with completely different lyrics in a couple of the verses compared to those of the later full band versions.

Angel, Angel, Grubby Face (demo version 1)
The first and only previously known demo of this song.

Angel, Angel, Grubby Face (demo version 2)
A later version of the same song with alternative lyrics.

Space Oddity (demo excerpt)
The lyric and arrangement variations lend weight to the theory that this is possibly the first ever recorded demo of one of Bowie's most famous songs.

Space Oddity (demo - alternative lyrics) (with Hutch)
Originally conceived as a song for a duo to perform, this is the first known version to feature John 'Hutch' Hutchinson again with lyric and arrangement variations.

Due to the nature of some of the solo home demos where Bowie accompanied himself on acoustic guitar, the recording quality isn't always of a usual studio fidelity. This is partly due to David's enthusiastic strumming hitting the red on a couple of the tracks, along with the limitations of the original recording equipment and tape degradation. However, the historical importance of these songs and the fact that the selections are from an archive of tracks cleared for release by Bowie, overrides this shortcoming.

Spying Through A Keyhole will be limited to a vinyl only release in the spring. However, the recordings may appear in the future on other formats. More details and actual release date to follow from Parlophone.

*Footnote: Although this will be the first physical release of these tracks, Parlophone did make them available on streaming services for a limited period only in December.

You can pre-order Spying Through A Keyhole NOW!

From davidbowie.com


BOWIEWONDERWORLD IS 22 TODAY
8th January 2019

Little Wonderworld Today is also BowieWonderworld's birthday - now twenty-two years online!

Thank you to everyone who helps support the site - it is appreciated more than you'll ever know :)

For those not aware, this web site was first set up as a 50th birthday present for David.

It started life as Little Wonder, then Little Wonderworld on Virgin Net Freespace. The website name was taken from the name of his secret gig at the Hanover Grand, London back in 1997.

I originally wanted the website name BowieWorld but David and Ultrastar also wanted that name for a special virtual 3D chatroom BowieWorld he was about to launch. I obviously gave in and promised not to register it, and let them do their thing.

They never registered that domain name as it became part of Worlds.com in the end (and nether did I, keeping my promise). Eventually a fan in New Zealand did register it and put up some pages.

I patiently waited for the bowieworld.com site to close, and for the domain name to become available again (as the vast majority have over the years) and then claimed it in 2012.

I don't know why I registered it, I've done nothing with it yet. Let's just put it down to sentimental reasons.


OTHER BIRTHDAY WISHES FOR TODAY...
8th January 2019

Besides our DAVID, other famous and well known people also born on the 8th January include the following...

Elvis Presley (singer/actor), Ron Moody (actor), Larry Storch (actor/comedian), Soupy Sales (aka Milton Hinkes) (comedian and father of Tony and Hunt Sales of Tin Machine), Graham Chapman (comedian), Charles Osgood (CBS TV newsman/host/author), Shirley Bassey (singer), Cristy Lane (singer), William Henry Hartnell (actor, the first Doctor Who), Robby Krieger (musician), R. Kelly (singer), Mike Reno (singer), Paul Dresher (composer), Paul King (musician), Jeff Abercrombie (musician), Terry Sylvester (musician), Paul Hester (musician), Stephen Hawking (professor, astrophysicist, author), Amanda Burton (actress), Gil Grand (musician), Ami Dolenz (actress), Amber Benson (actress), Yvette Mimieux (actress), Thelma 'Butterfly' McQueen (actress), Simone De Beauvoir (writer), Evelyn Wood (reading teacher), Gypsy Rose Lee (burlesque entertainer), Bill Graham (concert promoter), Wilkie Collins (author), Frank Doubleday (publisher), Sir Frank Dyson (scientist), Lee Jackson (musician), Vladimir Feltsman (Russian pianist), Little Anthony aka Anthony Gourdine (singer), Ted McDougall (footballer), Michael Ridley (cricketer), Harriet Sansom Harris (actress), Sean Paul (musician), Karen Poole (musician), Jenny Lewis (actress), Richard Cromwell (actor), Jose Ferrer (actor/director), Sam Riley (actor), Ryan Frances (actor), Roy Kinnear (actor), John McTiernan (director), Scott Whyte (actor), Sander Vanocur (broadcaster), Joan Rivers (comedian), Maria Pitillo (actress), Sarah Polley (actress), Loretta Lee (actress), Gabby Hoffman (actress), Maria Pitillo (actress), Brad Snyder (shot putter), Kent Jones (golfer), Virgil Hill (boxer), Vyacheslav Dmitriyevich Zudov (USSR cosmonaut), Terry Brooks (author), Antai Ribari (composer), Serge Poliakoff (Russian/French painter/guitarist), Queen Marie of Yugoslavia, Bronislava Nijinska (ballet choreographer), Storm Jameson (novelist), Frank Nelson Doubleday (publisher), William Wallace Gilchrist (composer), Fannie M. Jackson (pioneer and educator), Lawrence Alma Tadema (Dutch/British painter), David Silva (footballer), Nicolas Coustou (French sculptor) and Henry V (Roman German king/emperor).


BIRTHDAY MEMORIES FOR DAVID
8th January 2019

In loving memory on your 72nd birthday dear David.

Forever in our thoughts x



ASHES TO ASHES: THE SONGS OF DAVID BOWIE, 1976-2016
2nd January 2019

Ashes To Ashes: The Songs of David Bowie, 1976-2016 Published next month is ASHES TO ASHES: THE SONGS OF DAVID BOWIE, 1976-2016 by author CHRIS O'LEARY.

In 2015 Chris O'Leary published the first volume of his two-volume exploration, 'Rebel Rebel', of every known song David Jones / David Bowie ever wrote, in chronological order. This is the second volume.

Ashes To Ashes covers every single Bowie song, whether it was sung, written, or produced by him, from 1976, when he first recorded with Iggy Pop on 'The Idiot,' to his last masterpiece 'Blackstar,' released just days before his death in 2016. Each song is annotated in depth and explored in essays that touch upon the song's creation, production, influences and impact. It hits everything from "Heroes" to the Labyrinth soundtrack, from his 1985 camp duet with Mick Jagger on 'Dancing In the Street' to 'Where Are We Now?' his comeback single in 2013.

Along the way we encounter a vast cast of characters, weaving in and out of Bowie's life and his music: Brian Eno, John Cale, Nile Rodgers, Lou Reed, Freddie Mercury, Scott Walker, Marc Bolan, Arcade Fire, John Lennon, Mickey Rourke, Gary Oldman, Iman, Hanif Kureishi, Julien Temple, Giorgio Moroder, Neil Young and many others. And we range across the globe from Bowie's years in divided Berlin to his 'exile' years in Switzerland through his final years as a New Yorker, recording within walking distance of his home.

About the Author: Chris O'Leary is a writer, editor and journalist based in western Massachusetts. His interviewees range from Richard Fuld, former head of Lehman Brothers, to actor Kiefer Sutherland. He writes for Entertainment Weekly, as well as the Encyclopaedia Britannica. He's the author of Rebel Rebel: All the Songs of David Bowie 1964 - 1976.

This 800-page paperback is published on 19th February.

You can pre-order Ashes To Ashes: The Songs of David Bowie, 1976-2016 NOW!


BACK-TO-BACK BOWIE TOUR IN LONDON
2nd January 2019

Taking place on Saturday 12th January is DAVID BOWIE - From Birth To Stardom: A Double Walking Tour Extravaganza! in London.

Join BOWIE TOUR LONDON for TWO David Bowie Musical Walking Tours back-to-back in Brixton and Soho for a one-off event to celebrate David Bowie.

Our journey begins in David Bowie's fascinating hometown of Brixton on an all-encompassing journey from birth to death that delves into the legendary singer's roots and family history, before taking you to the heart of London's dynamic West End district. Here you will explore Soho on foot and learn of David Bowie's incredible rise to stardom, the making of his classic albums, the brilliant musicians Bowie worked with and also the ones that inspired his famous game-changing persona, 'Ziggy Stardust'.

Our tour will feature both famous and lesser-known David Bowie landmarks, stories and anecdotes from his life and classic songs performed acoustically on route.

For more details and information, pop on over to eventbrite for the full low-down.

From Nick Stephenson @ bowietourlondon.co.uk


'THE A TO Z OF DAVID BOWIE' PODCAST #49
2nd January 2019

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

This episode covers the letter S and discusses 'Star-maker', 'Stylist' or 'She-Devil' - Angie Bowie.

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

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

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

For the podcast each letter is currently averaged at 2 episodes of 30 plus minutes and will be published at 3am on Tuesday's each week.

You can listen to ALL previous episodes HERE


AT THE BIRTH OF BOWIE
1st January 2019

At the Birth of Bowie by Phil Lancaster A much eagerly awaited memoir is to be published this month.

Entitled: AT THE BIRTH OF BOWIE by PHIL LANCASTER this 320-page hardback book is published on 10th January.

Synopsis: It is 1965, and Swinging London is coming into its prime years. The streets are alive with mods and rockers, playboys and good-time girls, all revelling in the blossoming artistic, creative and cultural energies of the decade.

Amid the colour and chaos is a boy sporting drainpipe jeans, an immaculately tailored sports coat and a half-inch wide tie. A devoted fan of The Who, he looks the part in his pristine mod gear. As the lead singer of the Lower Third, his talent is shaping itself into something truly special.

His name is Davie Jones. In ten years, he will be unrecognisable as fresh-faced boy of 1965, and in just over fifty years, his death will be mourned by millions, his legacy the story of the greatest rock star of all time.

And through Bowie's transition from pop group member to solo performer, Phil Lancaster was by his side. As the drummer in Bowie's band, The Lower Third, Phil was there as the singer's musical stripes began to show, and was witness to his early recording techniques, his first experimental forays into drug-taking, and the band's discovery of his bisexuality in shocking circumstances.

In this riveting - and often very funny - memoir, Phil tells the story of life alongside the insecure yet blazingly talented boy who became Bowie, at a critical crossroad of time and place in music history. What follows is an intimate, personal and important perspective on the genesis of one of the most iconic musicians of the twentieth century - one that gets under the skin of the man himself, before the personas and alter-egos masked the fascinating figure beneath them.

At the Birth of Bowie is essential reading for anyone who knows what happened on Bowie's journey, but wants to understand how, and why, it ever began.

About the Author: Phil Lancaster is a professional drummer across multiple styles. Born in Walthamstow on Boxing Day, 1942 Phil was both drawn to show business from a young age and took up the drums to form groups with close school friends, cutting his teeth on the changing musical styles of the day including skiffle, jazz and early rock before finally turning fully professional at the age of 21. After returning from live engagements in Europe and in need of a new group Phil followed up a music paper advert and met a 19-year-old singer called David Jones (who had yet to change his name to Bowie) at the famous Gioconda cafe in Denmark Street, thus becoming a member of Davie Jones and The Lower Third - the band with whom David Jones would become David Bowie - all without a formal audition.

Kevin Cann is a Bowie expert who has worked as a designer and writer for the last 35 years. His publications include David Bowie A Chronology for Vermilion, and Kevin's definitive early years account of Bowie's life and career - Any Day Now, The London Years - 1947-1973 - which received wide recognition, and was also highly regarded by David himself. He also acted as consultant on David and Mick Rock's 2002 Genesis Publications book Moonage Daydream - The Life and Times of Ziggy Stardust. He also researched, co-designed and co-ordinated the reissue of David's back catalogue with EMI (17 albums), and has contributed chronologies and sleeve notes for numerous David Bowie 30th and 40th anniversary releases, including Ziggy Stardust, Diamond Dogs and Station To Station.

You can pre-order NOW and save 12% on the RRP.

Yesterday's MAIL ON SUNDAY EVENT magazine supplement contained a six-page 'Bowie in the 60s' special feature. DB graced the front cover with the blurb: 'Mr & Mr Jones'. Inside featured stories from this forthcoming book.


DAVID BOWIE CONVENTION 2019
1st January 2019

David Bowie Convention 2019 Early bird tickets are now on sale for the DAVID BOWIE CONVENTION 2019 which takes place on Friday 10th and Saturday 11th May at Queens Hall, Derby, England.

There are limited early bird tickets at £50 available now which also include a free T-shirt.

Eight amazing live acts and special guests!

Friday 10th: The Froot, David Live and Andy Yeo's Bowieoke.

Saturday 11th: Miss Bowie and The New Killer Stars, Luxury Stranger, Rebel Heroes, Jonathan Barnbrook, Charlie Brooks Bowie Quiz, Baz and Daz - Heroes Indie DJs, Secret Life, The London Boys and Jean Genie.

Venue: Queens Hall, 125 London Road, Derby DE1 2QQ, England.

For more details and ticket purchasing please visit the Facebook page or you can email Jimster Draper directly at


BOWIE DUBLIN FESTIVAL 2019
1st January 2019

Dublin Bowie Festival 19 The annual Dublin Bowie Festival returns for its fourth edition next week from Monday January 7th until Sunday January 13th and again, fans of the legendary singer are in for a treat with the week-long event set to celebrate 50 years of Space Oddity and the greatest Starman of our time.

Kicking off the festival on Monday 7th January is a real treat for Bowiephiles; a world premiere exclusive Festival performance of the Space Oddity album from start to finish (and other songs from the Bowie Universe) by the I Heart Bowie ensemble alongside the renowned Trinity Orchestra and some very special guest singers in the hallowed National Concert Hall.

The festival is also associating with MCD as they host the Irish performance of A Bowie Celebration in The Olympia Theatre, Wednesday 9th January. Comprising 5 key members of Bowie's band over his long career - Mark Plati, Carmine Rojas, Earl Slick, Dubliner Gerry Leonard and Bowie's longest serving sidekick, pianist Mike Garson - A Bowie Celebration bring an unforgettable and critically acclaimed evening of Bowie songs with world-class vocalists and an ever rotating mix of hits and deep cuts. Gerry was our first guest of honour at DBF 16 and his continual championing of the Festival and background help is always much appreciated.

The festival will also have The Lighthouse Cinema involved again and their Bowie related programme ticks all the boxes as Space lovers can enjoy seeing Bowie's cult sci-fi classic The Man Who Fell To Earth and the movie that inspired Bowie to introduce Major Tom to the universe, Stanley Kubrick's 2001 - A Space Odyssey. We're particularly pleased that they are also screening Moon, the superb debut feature film of one Duncan Jones, Bowie's son. For family fun it's hard to beat the 80's musical fantasy Labyrinth and its noon screening on Saturday 12th kicks off a family friendly day of activities in Smithfield Square that includes talks, workshops and experiments as we engage our inner scientist while gazing up at the stars from inside a Mobile Planetarium looking at The View from Major Tom's Tin Can.

Last year's festival featured in excess of 8,000 with Bowie fans travelling from as far as Australia, the U.S. and continental Europe and the UK to attend, along with thousands of Bowie lovers from all over Ireland. We are delighted to have the support of Dublin City Council and Visit Dublin for DBF 19 and are extremely grateful of the continued backing and expertise that they bring to the Festival.

Here's the full listing of events taking place...

7th January:
'Space Oddity and Other Songs from the Bowie Universe' at National Concert Hall, Dublin 2 - More details

8h January:
Signal: Bowie Gerry Leonard at The Science Gallery, Trinity College, Dublin 2 - More details
1.Outside performed by Art-Crime Inc. at The Grand Social, Dublin 1 - More details

9th January:
Dr. Niamh Shaw - Wallking (Slowly) Towards Space, Science Gallery, Trinity College, Dublin 2 - More details
A Bowie Celebration (Garson, Slick, Leonard, Rojas) at The Olympia Theatre, Dublin - More details
Gifts to the Starman Art exhibition at Phoenix Park Visitors Centre, Dublin - More details
Bowie Photos, Paintings and Prints at St Stephens Green SC, Dublin - More details

10th January:
Bowie On Vinyl: Blackstar at The Big Romance, Parnell St, Dublin - More details
Miriam Aida at The Sugar Club, Dublin - More details
Moon at The Lighthouse Cinema, Dublin 7 - More details
Bowie 19: This Ain't Rock and Roll, This is Cabaret at The Grand Social, Dublin 1 - More details
Gifts to the Starman Art exhibition at Phoenix Park Visitors Centre, Dublin - More details
Bowie Photos, Paintings and Prints at St Stephens Green SC, Dublin - More details

11th January:
Heroes From Mars / The London Boys at The Grand Social, Dublin 1 - More details
The Man Who Fell To Earth at The Lighthouse Cinema, Dublin 7 - More details
Sidewalk Astronomy at Strange Road Car Park - More details
John Rowlands Presentation at N.C.A.D., Dublin - More details
Vedas' Under Pressure at The George, Dublin 2 - More details
Bring Me The Disco King at The Grand Social, Dublin 1 - More details
Gifts to the Starman Art exhibition at Phoenix Park Visitors Centre, Dublin - More details
Bowie Photos, Paintings and Prints at St Stephens Green SC, Dublin - More details

12th January:
The Bowie Brunch at La Cuchina, Dublin 2 - More details
Bowie Market at The Grand Social, Dublin 1 - More details
Labyrinth at The Lighthouse Cinema, Dublin 7 - More details
Man Of Words, Man of Music - Nicholas Pegg at The Grand Social, Dublin 1 - More details
Bowie On Vinyl: Berlin Trilogy Low/"Heroes"/Lodger at The Big Romance, Dublin - More details
Star Gazing at Seafront car park, Clontarf Road, Dublin - More details
Rebel Rebel at The Academy, Dublin 1 - More details
Space Oddities: The Craic Pack at The Grand Social, Dublin 1 - More details
Be Sound (& Vision) Bowie at The Grand Social, Dublin 1 - More details
Space Masquerade Ball with The Salty Dog Allstars at The Grand Social, Dublin 1 - More details
Gifts to the Starman Art exhibition at Phoenix Park Visitors Centre, Dublin - More details
Bowie Photos, Paintings and Prints at St Stephens Green SC, Dublin - More details

13th January:
The Bowie Brunch at La Cuchina, Dublin 2 - More details
2001 - A Space Odyssey at The Lighthouse Cinema, Dublin 7 - More details
Starman Sunday at Phoneix Park Vistors Centre, Dublin - More details
Queen Bitch Quiz at The Grand Social, Dublin 1 - More details
IAS Astronomy Talks at Phoenix Park Vistors Centre, Dublin - More details
Physics Busking at Phoenix Park Vistors Centre, Dublin - More details
The Farthest at The Lighthouse Cinema, Dublin 7 - More details
Looking For The Starman - Star Gazing at Phoenix Park Vistors Centre, Dublin - More details
Gifts to the Starman Art exhibition at Phoenix Park Visitors Centre, Dublin - More details
Bowie Photos, Paintings and Prints at St Stephens Green SC, Dublin - More details
Memory Of A Free Festival at The Grand Social, Dublin 1 - More details

For more details and information please visit dublinbowiefestival.ie or check out the BW monthly planner for January


HAPPY NEW YEAR 2019
1st January 2019

Happy New Year 2019

HAPPY NEW YEAR 2019 TO EVERYONE, EVERYWHERE

May you all find comfort and blessings in this coming new year.

Have fun and be kind

Love on ya! from Paul (aka Rednik)





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