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28th February 2010

Can't Help Thinking About Me promo Update: Bidding has now ended, with the items raising a very impressive price.

Listed up on eBay is the highly desirable advance promotional Pye Records 7" vinyl of DAVID BOWIE's 'Can't Help Thinking About Me', (7N 17020).

Not only that, this one comes complete with the very rarely seen original Pye Records 8"x10" promotional photograph that was sent out with this release.

Both the record and photograph are in excellent condition.

Bidding is at a mere £55 at present, but expect this to go for big money.

26th February 2010

THE TIMES newspaper reported this morning that the BBC are considering closing two of their digital radio stations and cutting future expansion costs on some of their websites.

The Times claims the measures are part of a plan, due to be made public next month, to reduce the BBC's services and focus on quality over quantity - [Read here].

With the leaked news that one of the radio stations BBC 6 MUSIC may possibly close has caused a huge outcry from the music-loving public, with a Save BBC 6 Music Facebook group organised by 'Rage Against The Machine For Christmas Number One' founders Jon and Tracy Morter attracting over 60,000 fans.

DAVID BOWIE has sent a message in support of 6 Music via his PR agent Outside Organisation on Twitter with the following statement:

'6Music keeps the spirit of broadcasters like John Peel alive and for new artists to lose this station would be a great shame'.

Within hours of the story breaking, Absolute Radio announced that they could bid to purchase the radio station from the BBC if closure went ahead.

Show your support by posting on Twitter at #saveBBC6music and tune into the station at bbc.co.uk/6music

26th February 2010

David Bowie - Rare And Unseen DVD Scheduled for release on 28th June is DAVID BOWIE - Rare And Unseen DVD from Wienerworld Ltd.

Synopsis The seventh title of this exclusive and all new DVD collection for fans, we take an inside look at the British actor, producer and musician for five decades: David Bowie.

Most famous for his alter-ego, the ostentatious, androgynous 'Ziggy Stardust' during the glam-rock era of the early 1970s, Bowie has continually reinvented his music and image and is regarded as an influential innovator, particularly in rock music. He has had numerous top ten hits in the UK charts, most notably 'China Girl', 'Modern Love' and 'Starman', with 'Space Oddity', 'Ashes To Ashes', 'Under Pressure' and 'Let's Dance' all reaching #1, amongst others.

Bowie is also a multi-instrumentalist, singing vocals as well as playing electric, acoustic, and twelve string guitar, keyboards, alto and tenor saxophone, piano, harmonica, Stylophone, tambourine, drums, percussion and many other instruments, making him one of the most multi-talented musicians in the world.

This brand new DVD release is a collection of rare footage, featuring original film and videos of the singer, newsreels and photographs from private collections.

     Title: David Bowie - Rare And Unseen [DVD]
     Format: PAL / Region 2
     Number of discs: 1
     Studio: Wienerworld Ltd
     DVD Release Date: 28th June 2010
     Run Time: 75 minutes

You can pre-order David Bowie - Rare And Unseen [DVD] now and receive a 25% discount.

24th February 2010

'The Legendary Bing Crosby', presenting many of his most memorable performances from his classic network specials, including recently discovered, digitally restored footage and clips that have not been seen since their original broadcast, will be aired on New Jersey Network (NJN1) on the following dates: Friday, February 26th at 8pm / Sunday, February 28th at 6pm / Tuesday, March 2nd at 11:30pm / Thursday, March 4th at 8pm.

Performers also include Bob Hope, Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Fred Astaire, Andy Williams and more. His collaboration with rock star DAVID BOWIE on Peace On Earth/The Little Drummer Boy also is included.

There are also interviews with his wife, Kathryn, daughter, Mary, film critic Leonard Maltin, TV personality Regis Philbin, singer Andy Williams and performer/musicologist Michael Feinstein.

A new Bing Crosby CD will be available to public television viewers through 31st August, and then released to the general public through Collectors' Choice Music.

More details and information can be found at the njn.net website.

22nd February 2010

Can't Help Thinking About Me promo Just listed up on eBay is the highly desirable advance promotional Pye Records 7" vinyl of DAVID BOWIE's 'Can't Help Thinking About Me', (7N 17020).

Not only that, this one comes complete with the very rarely seen original Pye Records 8"x10" promotional photograph that was sent out with this release.

Both the record and photograph are in excellent condition.

You can view the eBay listing - bidding is at a mere £55 at present, but expect this to go for big money.

21st February 2010

Congratulations to DUNCAN JONES who tonight won the BAFTA for 'Outstanding Debut By A British Writer, Director or Producer' Award for his sci-fi movie 'Moon'.

During his acceptance speech Duncan said: "I didn't expect to be so emotional. It's taken me an awful lot of time to work out what I wanted to do with my life. And I think I've finally found it."

Check out the red carpet interview before the awards ceremony began.

Watch the Edith Bowman backstage interview at London's Royal Opera House with Duncan and Colin Firth, who announced and presented the award.

The Sun newspaper report... Further UK success came in the form of DAVID BOWIE's son Duncan Jones, who won the Outstanding Debut award for his sci-fi flick Moon. The writer/director put his love of all things outer space down to quality TV time spent with his rock legend dad during his childhood.

And Jones - who choked back tears when presented with his Bafta - admitted he's keen to recruit Bowie to star in one of his movies. He said: "My dad is watching this live in America so he'll know that I won. Me and my dad used to watch sci-fi movies together, so my interest in sci-fi comes from dad being a dad rather than work that he's done. He's a terrific actor and it would be wonderful to work with him one day."

You can read the complete article here

Other links:
Man Made Movies: Duncan Jones wins BAFTA for outstanding debut by a British Director
Press Association: Love of sci-fi 'comes from Bowie'
Gigwise: Duncan Jones Close To Tears After Winning Bafta Award

If you missed the awards ceremony you'll be able to watch the show via the BBC iPlayer shortly.

19th February 2010

Tomorrow night at the LUCKY 7 TAVERN in Jersey City there's a DAVID BOWIE tribute night taking place.

Select performers will present their showcase of David Bowie songs. The show takes place on Saturday 20th February, starting at 8pm and admission is FREE.

     Lucky 7 Tavern
     322 2nd Street
     Jersey City, New Jersey 07302 USA
     Phone: 201-418-8585

More details and information can be found over at lucky7tavern.com

19th February 2010

Bowie signed guitar If you were one of the unlucky ones not to win a DAVID BOWIE signed promotional guitar to promote A Reality Live CD, but you've got money to spend, here's your chance...

One of the prized Eastwood Airline Dual Tone guitars is now up for grabs on eBay.

This particular one was won in the HMV competition in the UK.

19th February 2010

Tonight DUNCAN JONES was presented with the 'Breakthrough British Film-maker' award for his directorial debut movie 'Moon' by the London Film Critics' Circle. Duncan was also nominated in the 'British Director of the Year' category. The 30th awards ceremony took place at the Landmark Hotel, Marylebone, London - [More details]...

Be sure to watch the British Academy Film Awards (BAFTAs) on BBC ONE at 9pm this Sunday 21st February where DUNCAN JONES is nominated in two categories for 'Moon' namely 'Outstanding British Film' and the 'Outstanding Debut By A British Writer, Director or Producer' Award...

CATHERINE RUSSELL band member on DAVID BOWIE's 'A Reality World Tour' is performing in Sun Valley, Idaho, USA at the nexStage Theatre on Saturday 20th February at 7:30pm. There's an interesting interview with Cat over at sunvalleyonline.com...

Legendary producer TONY VISCONTI is interviewed by Spinner Music and talks briefly about DAVID BOWIE, Bolan, Morrissey et al and his latest work on Danielle Spencer's 'Calling All Magicians' album - [Read here]...

DAVID BOWIE tribute band Diamond Dogs: The Sound and Vision of David Bowie are to perform at House of Blues Cleveland, Cambridge Room, 308 Euclid Avenue, Cleveland, Ohio, USA on Friday 2nd April at 9pm. Tickets are on sale now at $10 and ticket four-pack at $30 - [More details]...

17th February 2010

Former DAVID BOWIE collaborator and guitarist ADRIAN BELEW is to perform at the Big Ears Festival in Knoxville, Tennessee, USA during the weekend of 26th-28th March.

Adrian will introduce his new solo work at the festival.

Check out adrianbelew.net for more details and information on what he's up to.

11th February 2010

Union frockcoat Very sad news to report the passing away of iconic English fashion designer ALEXANDER McQUEEN.

Lee was found dead at his home this morning, after an apparent suicide. He was mourning the loss of his mother nine days ago.

Alexander McQueen fast rose through the fashion ranks to become the one of the leading lights of international design. He graduated from Central St. Martins College of Art and Design in 1991, with a display of such flair and innovation that he was immediately awarded an apprenticeship with Savile Row tailors Anderson and Sheppard. He went on to work for Romeo Gigli and Koji Tatsuno before opening his own studio in East London.

In October 1996, McQueen was named Best British Designer of the Year. Days later, he was also named John Galliano's successor as the new chief designer at Givenchy. In 1997, a year in which he produced four collections for Givenchy and two for his own label, McQueen shared the Best British Designer award with Galliano. But it is McQueen's carefully propagated image - as the raspberrying bad boy of fashion - which made him a star in his own right.

As you are no doubt aware Lee designed various stage costumes for DAVID BOWIE including the Union flag frockcoat and the black spiders web frockcoat from the 'Little Wonder' promotional video as well as costumes for David's Earthling world tour.

7th February 2010

DAVID BOWIE is name dropped in the lastest episode of BEING HUMAN the excellent BBC 3 vampire drama. Episode 5 contains a sixties flashback which features Josie - a single girl living in a flat who Mitchell falls in love with. In one scene Josie states: "I should be married to David Bowie." You can watch via the BBC iPlayer [19:24]...

JEFF BECK is interviewed on the Times Online about his forthcoming album. Beck mentions working with DAVID BOWIE in 1973 at the Hammersmith Odeon on July 3rd. One snippet states: The glorious downside was Bowie's failure to tell Beck that the show was being filmed, meaning the guitarist wore "the most disgusting pair of dirty-white stack-heeled shoes you’ve ever seen". For a while, he actually refused to allow the footage to be used. "And Bowie rang me about 10 times and said, 'Look, man, I understand about the shoes, 'cos I didn't like what I was wearing either'" [Read here]...

SHARLEEN SPITERI has covered the DAVID BOWIE / GIORGIO MORODER track 'Cat People (Putting Out Fire)'. The song appears on her forthcoming album 'Sharleen Spiteri - The Movie Songbook' which as the title suggests features covers on her favourite movie songs. Her album is scheduled for release by Mercury on 1st March - [More details]...

CLASH MUSIC also have a competition running to win a signed DAVID BOWIE guitar. The competition ends on 19th March. Please visit clashmusic.com to enter...

1st February 2010

Former DAVID BOWIE collaborator JOHN HUTCHINSON has several gigs lined up this and next month.

Hutch is performing two gigs in Scotland and his Sunday evening resdency at the Cellars in Scarborough kicks back in from on Valentines Day (14th), followed by a solo gig in Lincoln in March.

     5th February: The Northern Lights, Hatton of Fintray, Inverurie, Scotland.
     John Hutchinson with old friends, local fiddles, guitars and banjos.

     6th February: Inverurie Town Hall, The Square, Inverurie, Scotland.
     The memorial concert for Paddy Byrne.

     14th February: Cellars, Valley Road, Scarborough, England.
     Recommencing Valentines Day, every Sunday evening.
     John Hutchinson plus guest guitarist i.e. Jesse Hutchinson or Sam Forrest or John Watton or Rich Hodgson etc etc.

     6th March: The Jolly Brewer, Lincoln, England.
     Solo gig, south of the Humber again.

More details and information can be found over at johnhutchhutchinson.co.uk

Hutch has also just agreed to perform at the forthcoming MICK RONSON birthday gig in June.

1st February 2010

'Moon' directed by DUNCAN JONES has been nominated in both the 'Outstanding British Film' and 'Outstanding Debut By British Writer, Director or Producer' categories in the forthcoming 2010 Orange British Academy Film Awards (BAFTA). The awards show takes at London's Royal Opera House on Sunday 21st February...

X Factor finalists twins John and Edward Grimes - aka 'Jedward' - have signed a record deal with Sony Music. Their first single just released is 'Under Pressure' (Ice Ice Baby) and is provisonally placed at number two in the downloads charts. 'Ice Ice Baby' was a number one hit for Vanilla Ice, with the track based on a riff from 'Under Pressure', which was previously a number one hit for Queen and DAVID BOWIE. The single is available to download from 31st January...

ONLY AFTER DARK is a DAVID BOWIE / Roxy / Blitz Club / Rum Runner themed disco/club night. The next do takes place on 5th February at The Red Lion, Stratford Road, Shirley, Solihull, England - [More details]...

Only a few days left to enter the fuse.tv competition to win a guitar signed by DAVID BOWIE. Enter the sweepstakes and you could win an autographed Eastwood Airline® Twin Tone Guitar, a new model reissue of the guitar Bowie used on the Reality Tour. Simply fill in the form details to participate here. Sweepstakes is open to persons who are 13 years or older at the time of entry and are a legal resident of the 50 United States. Sweepstakes ends at 11:59 PM EST on February 5th...

1st February 2010

SRO flyer The SEATTLE ROCK ORCHESTRA (SRO) will pay tribute to DAVID BOWIE last month on Friday 26th March at 8:00 pm at the Moore Theatre, Seattle, Washington, USA.

The performance will feature a seventy-piece orchestra, backing band, The Kindness Kind, and guest vocalists John Roderick (The Long Winters), Jon Auer (The Posies), David Terry (Aqueduct), Nouela Johnston (People Eating People), Alessandra Rose (The Kindness Kind) and many more. SRO is directed by bassist and orchestrator Scott Teske.

Tickets are priced as follows: $15.00 in advance, $18.00 day of show, not including applicable fees. Tickets go on sale Friday, January 22nd at 10am, in person at the Paramount Theatre box offices (M-F 10am-6pm), 24-hour kiosks located outside The Paramount and Moore Theatres, charge by phone at 877-784-4849, or online at STGPresents.org web site.

1st February 2010

ST. PAUL'S GALLERY are a publishing company based in the UK and have produced under license fine art limited edition prints of three of DAVID BOWIE's finest early album covers.

'Hunky Dory', 'The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and The Spiders From Mars' and 'Aladdin Sane' prints have all been signed by both the original cover artists / designers and David Bowie himself.

They were produced from the original artwork with the involvement of both Henry Wrenn-Meleck and DAVID BOWIE himself, with only 195 prints of each available worldwide.

     Hunky Dory Limited Edition Signed Print - Pencil Signed By David Bowie and Terry Pastor
     Ziggy Stardust Limited Edition Signed Print - Pencil Signed By David Bowie and Terry Pastor
     Aladdin Sane Limited Edition Signed Print - Pencil Signed By David Bowie and Celia Philo

For more details and information please visit St Pauls Gallery website to order and view.

1st February 2010

Three new columns have been submited their DAVID BOWIE columns (or blogs if you prefer that naming convention).

JIM WILKINSON writes about the newly arrived decade stood in Heddon Street and reflecting on his life as David Bowie fan since 1972 and what it all means to him now - [Read here].

JOHN POWNELL writes about the impact that David had on him from 1972 onwards - [Read here].

TERENCE RUFFLE recalls seeing David Bowie at the Hammersmith Odeon on 2nd July 1973, when he was a 16 year-old youth the day before Ziggy was killed off - [Read here].

Why not become a BW columnist? Are you a budding up and coming writer / blogger / journalist / cartoonist... or just want to be heard? As long as the subject matter relates to DAVID BOWIE in some way or other that's all that's required.

It's your column, you are totally free to write whatever you like, however you like, whenever you like.... you can even write under a pseudomyn, you know, like what some of them proper writers do ;)

If you want some ideas or just want to read what others have penned you can read through the previous BW columns here - alternatively there is a dropdown list at the top of this page.

Feel free to send your contributions to []

Or are you already a columnist on here who's not written something for a while? Then get your finger out and send something in! ;)

(Ed. Someone asked me the other week why are they called 'columnists' and not 'bloggers' on here? Simple answer really, blogs weren't invented when this service was first offered on here eleven years ago).


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