AND THE BITS FLEW FAR AND WIDE... 28th September 2010
• Good news to report that the DAVID BOWIE plaque in Beckenham outside the former Three Tuns public house is to be finally reinstated...
• The long-standing charity CENTREPOINT that helps homeless youths in the United Kingdom, is receiving help via a benefit album '1969: Key To Change' by a whole host of music stars performing songs from 1969, the year the charity was founded. GET CAPE. WEAR CAPE. FLY (aka Sam Duckworth and his band) has recorded the DAVID BOWIE classic 'Space Oddity'. Other musicians and singers appearing on the album include Johnny Marr, Chris Difford, Ian Brown, Hard-Fi, Mick Hucknall, Speech Debelle, Jools Holland and Ruby Turner, Frank Turner, Kevin and Galen Ayers, Pleasure Mob and Bad Lieutenant...
• As mentioned on here last February, the BING CROSBY Archive have dug deep into their vaults to release a treasure trove of rare and unreleased material all ready for the Christmas market. There is a limited-edition 7" red vinyl single of the DAVID BOWIE duet 'The Little Drummer Boy/Peace On Earth' backed with a 1953 Bing Crosby/Ella Fitzgerald duet of 'White Christmas'...
Best of all on 9th November there on is Bing Crosby: The Television Specials, Volume 2 DVD Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only) debut of Bing Crosby's Merrie Olde Christmas, which features the iconic duet. All four specials are presented in their original uncut form which presumably means that David's solo performance of "Heroes" is included. The Los Angeles Chronicle have gone into major detail about each of the releases... I guess you should read about it there - [Read here]...
CRITERION RELEASE MCML 28th September 2010
THE CRITERION COLLECTION have just released #535 which is the excellent 'Mr Christmas Mr. Lawrence' which stars DAVID BOWIE as 'Jack Celliers'.
The newly restored high-definition master movie is released on DVD and Blu-ray today (Region 1 U.S. and Canada only).
In this captivating, exhilarating skewed World War II drama from Nagisa Oshima, David Bowie regally embodies the character Celliers, a high-ranking British officer interned by the Japanese as a POW. Music star Ryuichi Sakamoto (who also composed this film's hypnotic score) plays the camp commander, who becomes obsessed with the mysterious blond major, while Tom Conti is British Lieutenant Colonel Mr. Lawrence, who tries to bridge the emotional and language divides between his captors and fellow prisoners. Also featuring actor-director Takeshi Kitano in his first dramatic role, Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence is a multi layered, brutal, at times erotic tale of culture clash that was one of Oshima's greatest successes.
Disc Features: • New, restored high-definition master (with DTS-HD Master Audio on the Blu-ray edition). • The Oshima Gang, an original making-of featurette. • New video interviews with producer Jeremy Thomas, screenwriter Paul Mayersberg, actor Tom Conti and actor-composer Ryuichi Sakamoto. • Hasten Slowly, an hour-long documentary about author Laurens van der Post, whose autobiographical novel is the basis for the film. • Original theatrical trailer. • PLUS: A booklet featuring an essay by film writer Chuck Stephens and a 1983 interview with director Oshima by film writer Tadao Sato.
Both are numbered 4/14 as both are from set 4 of 14 sets. They are dated 1994 and signed by his Rockgodliness!
As you might be aware, there were 14 sets of 17 prints and set 4 was deliberately split and framed at the instruction of David Bowie and his art dealer Kate Chertavian.
The fact that one day someone might want to collect them all would bump up value if you are buying for an investment. They are really beautiful to just treasure which was my intention, but alas fate the bounder has decided I have to sell.
They are titled (embossed) 'A Preliminary Sketch' and 'The Complete Text'.
'The Complete Text' is a crouching minotaur and is really beautiful, the other 'A Preliminary Sketch' is small black and white images similar to something a design artist or photographer would produce for an example layout board.
The photographs obviously don't do justice to the quality of the prints with the colour much more vibrant, its just the light I took them in.
The prints are available at £750 for EACH plus postage (as these will be valuable one day when someone wants to collect the set). As I SAY I will SPLIT them if necessary.
Please email me for further details and information at
THE RETURN OF THE THIN WHITE DUKE 26th September 2010
The eagerly-awaited re-release of DAVID BOWIE's 1976 masterpiece STATION TO STATION finally hits the stores tomorrow and on Tuesday in the USA.
Released in two editions, there is a 3-CD Special Edition and an individually numbered limited edition box set containing 5-CDs, DVD and heavyweight vinyl Deluxe Edition available.
There is a plethora of reviews of STS in all the major music magazines and online websites, all with good star ratings :) Below are just a handful of links...
The Music Fix: 10/10 review - [Read here] BBC Music: Martin Aston review - [Read here] Stylus Magazine: Ian Mathers review - [Read here] Drowned In Sound: Nick Neyland review - [Read here] No Rip Cord: Sean Caldwell review - [Read here] The Independent: Andy Gill review - [Read here] French magazine ROCK & FOLK October issue has an eight-page feature by Jérôme Soligny - [More details] Two-page review by Paul Trynka in Classic Rock magazine
The next issue of NME (Sept 29th) has a special feature on why David Bowie is more influential now than ever.
Oh and last but not least... why would anyone want a Morrissey signed copy of Station To Station?
GIRL IN A COMA COVER BOWIE 26th September 2010
The San Antonio-based trio GIRL IN A COMA release their excellent version of DAVID BOWIE's 'As The World Falls Down' next month on the Blackheart Records label.
The song appears on their full length CD Adventures in Coverland available on 19th October. In the meantime, you can watch their debut promo video for the track directed by Robert Rodriguez below...
Proud Galleries are launching an exhibition featuring rare and unseen photographs of DAVID BOWIE.
The exhibition starts on Thursday 28th October through to Sunday 5th December 2010.
PROUD CAMDEN presents ANY DAY NOW: DAVID BOWIE - THE LONDON YEARS (1947-1974), an exclusive photographic portrait of the icon's formative years in London, in conjunction with the publication of the book of the same title. This exhibition charts the rise of one of the most influential artists of our time, David Bowie, from his birth in London in 1947 to the height of his success in 1974 with the release of his album Diamond Dogs - and his departure from the UK.
Changing his name from David Jones to Davy Jones to David Bowie and emerging as the icon Ziggy Stardust, this exhibition is an insight into the early Bowie whose distinctive voice, style and quintessential Englishness bear testimony to his enduring appeal.
Including rare and unseen portraits from photographers including Terry O'Neill, Ray Stevenson, Geoff MacCormack, David Bebbington, Jak Kilby and Bob Solly among others; this exhibition provides an insider's view into the early years of one of the most successful and stylish recording artists of all time who has sold over 136 million albums since his rise to success in the late 1960s.
Proud Galleries is launching this exhibition in conjunction with the publication of 'Any Day Now: David Bowie - The London Years (1947-1974)' by Kevin Cann, co-curator of the exhibition.
Any Day Now, published by Adelita Ltd. Spec: 336pp, paperback, 280mm x 230mm, RRP £24.99.
Proud Galleries are located at The Horse Hospital, Stables Market, Chalk Farm Road, London NW1.
The exhibition is open between 11am and 5.30pm Monday to Friday and admission is free.
More details and information can be found over at the proud.co.uk website.
BOWIE ON TAP 25th September 2010
On the sidelines of the 'Circuit', The TAP in Poitiers, France offers from 29th September to 15th October, 2010 a multimedia installation in honour of DAVID BOWIE.
Photographer and director Philippe Auliac opens the photographic record, video and audio as a multimedia projection, photographic installation, projections of new concerts, consulting the book 'Passenger', a collection of photographs of 'The Thin White Duke' with illustrated texts written by Laurence Geslin, Christophe Geudin Pintelon and Veronica.
Looking on the website there is also a play based on Ziggy Stardust by Renaud Cojo.
Get out your glitter platforms as another BOWIEBALL is quickly approaching on Columbus Day Weekend on Sunday 10th October at hot spot Santos Party House in New York.
Participants include Brooklyn-based video/performance collaborative Cheryl, downtown chanteuses Taylor Mac and Bridget Everett and rock n' roll darling Michael T.
The Hunger screening will be at 8pm sharp... David Bowie does not like to wait, so be on time! DJs will spin at 10pm with stunning performance sets peppered through out the night. We'll have glam make up make overs, Bumble&bumble hair overs and costume contest give aways from Vespa Brooklyn and Ben Sherman.
STATION TO STATION OFFICIAL PRESS RELEASE 23rd September 2010
DAVID BOWIE - 'STATION TO STATION' Special and Deluxe editions
Including previously unreleased and much sought-after concert 'Live Nassau Coliseum 1976' Release date: 27th September 2010 (28th North America) Plus new sleevenotes by Cameron Crowe.
EMI are excited to announce the release of a 3-CD Special Edition and 5-CD, DVD and heavyweight vinyl Deluxe Edition of David Bowie's hugely influential 1976's album, Station To Station.
"The return of The Thin White Duke..."
So begins David Bowie's 10th studio album. In part influenced by his role in Nicolas Roeg's film The Man Who Fell To Earth, ever the innovator, Bowie became the character The Thin White Duke; a composite, part his character from the film, alien Thomas Jerome Newton, part Buster Keaton and part European cabaret artist.
After the release of 1975's soul and funk-inspired Young Americans album, Bowie and the album's guitarist Carlos Alomar, Earl Slick (guitar), the E-Street Band's Roy Bittan (piano), Dennis Davis (drums), George Murray (bass) and Warren Peace (backing vocals) entered Cherokee Studios in Los Angeles to record its follow up. Touching on his love of German electronic bands, American R&B and even film music plus the talents of his American band, Bowie crafted an album drawing on both European and American sensibilities; a transition between his recent Plastic Soul period and what would become his re-acquaintance with European culture when he moved to Berlin the following year.
The opening 10-minute title track leaves the listener in no doubt that another ground-breaking Bowie transformation is taking place. From the sound of a moving train and two-note intro, through the introduction and intention of The Thin White Duke - taking in Crowley, Cocaine and Kabbalah and Romanticism - the song is a piece of paranoid and dislocated electronic-funk. This is followed by the distinctive UK and US Top 10 single Golden Years, which hints at the funk and soul of his previous album, though a more regretful lyric urges the listener to "run for the shadows." Word On A Wing is the first of the album's two ballads, with a decidedly Christian theme - a song which in later years Bowie said was something of a cry for help. The back-to-back TVC15 and Stay provide the album with a funkier feel, the former having said to have been influenced by being sprawled in front of a dozen TV monitors and a dream about a girlfriend being eaten by a TV set. A great admirer of Nina Simone's version of the song, the album's second ballad and final track is a cover of Dimitri Tiomkin and Ned Washington's ballad Wild Is The Wind, generally considered an inspired and classic Bowie vocal performance.
Station To Station was a top 5 success in the UK and US. It would, as many commentators said, divide the decade for Bowie. He thereafter left the US for Berlin with Iggy Pop and embarked on a journey which saw the creation of his seminal Berlin Trilogy, as well as playing a major role in Iggy's acclaimed The Idiot and Lust For Life albums.
IN THE STUDIO CELEBRATES DAVID BOWIE 21st September 2010
North American syndicated radio show IN THE STUDIO celebrates DAVID BOWIE's new ultimate deluxe Station To Station box set collection.
Show producer and host REDBEARD speaks with David about the making of his mid-'70s classic Station To Station album, his adjustments in a post-Ziggy Stardust world, and the creative stretching that allowed him to write and record a truly transitional career album which shortly, would inform the debuts of the Talking Heads, The Cars and Gary Numan.
This show airs this week. To find out where to listen or to listen online visit inthestudio.net
OBJECT BY DAVID BOWIE 20th September 2010
At the 2010 Frankfurt Buchmess, Publishers Weekly are reporting that American literary agents The Wylie Agency are offering a new publication entitled 'OBJECT BY DAVID BOWIE' (no U.S. pub, delivery December 2010).
The agency says this is the first in a series of books by the pop icon in which he explores his creative process by featuring 100 things from his "archive." Each item will be "accompanied by a witty, personal text."
CHERRY VANILLA has recently launched her brand new website at cherry-vanilla.com - you really should check it out.
Her forthcoming autobiography Lick Me: How I Became Cherry Vanilla (by way of The Copacabana, Madison Avenue, The Fillmore East, Andy Warhol, David Bowie and The Police), complete with foreword by Rufus Wainwright, is set for publication on 1st November 2010.
Cherry (aka Kathy Dorritie) was an employee of MainMan as DAVID BOWIE's publicist, wrote the Mirabelle My World columns on behalf of David, she was also a member of the Andy Warhol 1971 stage show 'Pork', as well as releasing two solo albums on RCA Records 'Bad Girl' and 'Venus D Vinyl'.
MOKE RECORD SURVIVE 19th September 2010
Dutch band MOKE have a new single released, a cover version of DAVID BOWIE's 'Survive', which they recorded with the Metropole Orchestra.
It's the first single from their forthcoming album which is scheduled for release on 15th October.
The band performed a section the song with musicians of the orchestra in a Dutch television programme the other night, which you can view below.
From Arjan Roos.
THE TIMES PLAYLIST 19th September 2010
DAVID BOWIE appears on the front cover of the THE TIMES 'Playlist' magazine supplement.
Inside the two-page article 'Snapshots of genius' written by Cameron Crowe (which is also included as part of the upcoming Station To Station re-release liner notes) and also includes comments from Paul Weller, Morrissey, Annie Lennox and Tracey Emin.
ZIGGY ON TELERAMA 7th September 2010
Published in France next week is the magazine Télérama, who are producing a six-week special on rock icons (Les Icones du Rock).
The next edition covers DAVID BOWIE which comes complete with a cover-mounted DVD of 'Ziggy Stardust and The Spiders from Mars: The Motion Picture'.
Looking on their website at boutique.telerama.fr you can purchase the full set for a mere 39,90 Euros.
Thanks to Michael for the pointer.
THE BOWIE ROOM WANT YOU! 6th September 2010
Manchester UK band THE BOWIE ROOM are reforming as a five-piece and need musicians to complete their line-up.
They need drums, keys and lead guitar, playing Bowie, Roxy, T.Rex, Lou Reed, Iggy Pop etc.
Please get in touch with Nick if you are interested
AND THE BITS FLEW FAR AND WIDE... 6th September 2010
• Check out a DAVID BOWIE feature on THE QUIETUS website entitled 'Fantastic Voyages From Beyond The Hits', where their writers discuss their favourite tracks from David's back catalogue - but with the focus on lesser acknowledged B-sides and album tracks, rather than well known songs - [Read here] - from Ben...
• Movie director DUNCAN JONES has won yet another movie award. 'Moon' scooped the 2010 Hugo Award for 'Best Dramatic Presentation, Long Category' at Aussiecon 4 in Melbourne, Australia. Also those of you unfortunate to miss the BFI Q&A in London last week can now watch the preceedings in five segments over at moviebrit.com...
•DAVID BOWIE Scottish tribute band TIGERS ON VASELINE are to perform at Oran Mor, 731 Great Western Road, Glasgow G12 8QX on Saturday 25th September. The show kicks off at 7.00pm until 10.00pm. Admission: £10.00 from the venue, Tickets Scotland, Argyle Street, Glasgow - [More details]...
ECHO BOWIE FALL DOG WINTER TOUR 2010 5th September 2010
After their very succesful 2010 European Summer Festival Tour ECHO BOWIE will hit the road again on a tour of small music cafe's and clubs in Holland from October to December.
Next to hits like 'Ziggy Stardust', 'Rebel Rebel' and 'Ashes To Ashes', the setlist will contain gems from albums like 'Station To Station', 'Low' and 'Heathen'.
As Echo Bowie singer Hans says: "We just finished the Festival Tour, but we're already looking forward to playing all those great songs by Bowie again. It's our mission to keep this music alive. We're fans ourselves. And then there's some nice Bowie stuff coming up, like the Station To Station re-release. In Holland the popular band Moke will release their version of Bowie's 'Survive' as their new single. These are nice reasons to feature lots of 'Station To Station' stuff, and maybe we'll put 'Survive' back in. We played that beautiful song regularly some years ago. Although it's not very well known, the audience response was always great and emotional."
Echo Bowie - Fall Dog Winter Tour 2010
October 3, Le Vagabond, Rotterdam October 16, Cafe De Noot, Hoogerheide October 31, Cafe 1614, Monnickendam November 5, Proeflokaal België, Almelo November 27, Cahe Lokaal, Heemskerk December 4, Cafe De Wal, Schiedam
For more details and information check out echobowie.com for updates on the tour.
LOST AND FOUND INTERVIEW UNEARTHED 2nd September 2010
Featured on BLOG TALK RADIO is a never-before aired DAVID BOWIE / TONY SALES interview by Robin Milling for her programme 'Milling About'.
This "lost" nineteen-minute interview from November 1992 with David and Tony touches on topics such as: how the band met, mishaps on stage, touring, relationships, getting married, Shopping For Girls, Tin Machine songs, racism, childhood music, Little Richard, drugs, and Ludwig Van Morrison.
DJ MARK RADCLIFFE gets the 60 second interview treatment in today's METRO newspaper...
One of the questions asked... In your autobiography, 'Thank You For The Days', you describe the most memorable days of your life. If you could relive one, which would you pick?
'I would have to choose meeting DAVID BOWIE. I first heard his music when I was 14 and it encapsulated everything that was great about rock 'n' roll. Bowie seemed so remote and glamorous he was like an alien from a far different planet. The world he occupied seemed entirely removed from the world of someone going to school doing their O-levels in Bolton. So to then meet him and know him - and I can still e-mail him now and he'll reply - just seems so far away from how I ever saw my life panning out.'
You can read the complete interview over at the metro.co.uk website.
STATION TO STATION SPECIAL EDITIONS 1st September 2010
The forthcoming special box editions of DAVID BOWIE's 'Station To Station', album is now scheduled for release by EMI this month on Monday 27th September.
There is a 3-CD Special Edition and an individually numbered limited edition box set containing 5-CDs, DVD and heavyweight vinyl Deluxe Edition available.
CD 1: 2010 transfer of Station To Station from the original stereo analogue master in mini replica sleeve. 1. Station To Station (10.11) 2. Golden Years (4.02) 3. Word On A Wing (6.01) 4. TVC15 (5.31) 5. Stay (6.12) 6. Wild Is The Wind (6.02)
CD 2: Live Nassau Coliseum '76 (Recorded live at the Nassau Coliseum, Uniondale, NY, USA. March 23rd, 1976) in gatefold CD wallet. 1. Station To Station (11.53) 2. Suffragette City (3.31) 3. Fame (4.02) 4. Word On A Wing (6.06) 5. Stay (7.25) 6. Waiting For The Man (6.20) 7. Queen Bitch (3.12)
CD 3: Live Nassau Coliseum '76 (continued) 1. Life On Mars? (2.13) 2. Five Years (5.03) 3. Panic In Detroit (6.03) 4. Changes (4.11) 5. TVC15 (4.58) 6. Diamond Dogs (6.38) 7. Rebel Rebel (4.07) 8. The Jean Genie (7.28)
- 16-page booklet with sleevenotes by Cameron Crowe and chronology by Kevin Cann. - Three period photocards of Bowie in various settings.
The digital download features the same audio content as above but with the added bonus of an unedited alternative mix of 'Panic In Detroit' (13:09).
The Deluxe Edition is an individually numbered limited edition album sized box with lift off lid housed in a foam-packed box, 325 x 325 x 50mm.
CD 1: 2010 transfer of Station To Station from the original stereo analogue master.
CD 2: Station To Station 1985 RCA CD master.
CD 3: Singles Versions E.P. 1. Golden Years 2. TVC15 3. Stay 4. Word On A Wing (first time on CD) 5. Station To Station (previously unreleased version)
CD 4: Live Nassau Coliseum '76.
CD 5: Live Nassau Coliseum '76 (continued).
DVD: Station To Station (original analogue master, 96kHz/24bit LPCM stereo). Station To Station (new Harry Maslin 5.1 surround sound mix in DTS 96/24 and Dolby Digital). Station To Station (original analogue master, LPCM stereo). Station To Station (new Harry Maslin stereo mix, 48kHz/24bit LPCM stereo).
- 12" heavyweight vinyl of Station To Station from the original stereo analogue master in replica sleeve. - 2 x 12" heavyweight vinyl of Live Nassau Coliseum '76 in gatefold sleeve. - 24-page booklet with sleevenotes by Cameron Crowe and chronology by Kevin Cann. - Previously unpublished Steve Shapiro photo. - Geoff MacCormack photos. - Andrew Kent live Nassau photos.
- Replica David Bowie On Stage 1976 press kit folder. Replica Nassau ticket from night of the show. Replica backstage pass. Replica A4 biog. Replica band line-up. 3 x 10x8" press shots.
- Replica 1976 Fan Club Folder. Replica fan club membership card. Fan club certificate. 2 small collector cards. 2 A4 photo cards. Replica 4-page biography. 2 badges. 6 panel folded Steve Shapiro photo poster of Bowie kneeling.