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BECKENHAM SALUTE TO DAVID BOWIE
30th November 2001

The Rat & Parrot Poster Here are the latest updates, information and what's planned for the DAVID BOWIE Plaque and Party at The Rat & Parrot (formerly The Three Tuns) in Beckenham, Kent on 6th December 2001.

If you have already applied for EVENING tickets and still haven't sent off your payment - please do so as soon as possible, otherwise your admission IS NOT guaranteed. The EVENING tickets are on a first come, first served basis.

If you are on the DAYTIME ticket list you should of received your day ticket in your email box. Please print off the number of tickets you have requested and bring PROOF OF ID with you on the day.

IMPORTANT: A daytime ticket DOES NOT automatically guarantee your admission into the EVENING event. Unless your payment has been received by The Rat & Parrot, and Alan, Tammy or Beth have telephoned you to confirm your place - we CANNOT guarantee your admission. Be quick - you have been warned.

The press releases have now been sent out worldwide, with lots of news wires, newspapers, regional papers, magazines, websites and TV all taking up the story. There has been a massive response today from the media. Posters are going up in Beckenham this weekend and we are expecting a sell out by the middle of this coming week.

If you live in the local area, or fancy a night out boozing in The Rat & Parrot - you can purchase and collect your evening tickets over the counter. First come first served.

[INFORMATION GUIDE]  [OFFICIAL PRESS RELEASE]  [WHAT'S PLANNED]

The 'what's planned' page will be continually updated as and when other information and events are confirmed. Click on the links for some new photos and information.

Ticket enquiries or help please email me at 3tuns@bowiewonderworld.com


DAVID CONFIRMED TO PLAY TIBET BENEFIT
29th November 2001

DAVID BOWIE has just been confirmed to play next year's TIBET HOUSE BENEFIT CONCERT on February 22nd 2002 in the Issac Stern Auditorium at Carnegie Hall in New York City, USA.

Other artists so far confirmed to play are Philip Glass and the Kronos Quartet.

Benefit package tickets, which include prime seats at the concert and a supper party afterwards, are now available through Tibet House. Concert-only tickets will be available about two months prior to the concert date through Carnegie Charge (these are not sold through Tibet House), (212) 247-7800, or at the Carnegie Hall Box Office, 154 West 57th Street.

Buy your ticket early as the concert sells out fast!

Tibet US News.

BW COMPETITION NUMBER TEN
29th November 2001

Mr Rice's Secret Just ONE day left to enter... This is your chance to win one of three copies of the DVD (region 2) release of MR. RICE'S SECRET which stars DAVID BOWIE in this powerful and moving drama, full of magic and mystery, which tells of a story of how one man's gift gives a young boy hope and courage.

The prizes which have been generously donated courtesy of Odyssey Video, is officially released on 19th November 2001.

The DVD version of Mr. Rice's Secret features a full frame transfer, Dolby Stereo soundtrack, interviews with the cast and crew, behind-the-scenes B rolls, electronic press kit, biographies, film notes and trailers. So it's obviously well worth getting your mitts on.

The three BowieWonderworld competition number 10 winners will comprise of two @bowiewonderworld.com email address holders plus one 'open' email address open to anyone. Feel free if you would like to sign up for a FREE @bowiewonderworld.com email address for a better chance of winning. Fill in your details here in the form provided.

Please answer all 5 questions that appear below, you can start sending in your entries immediately. To give everyone an equal chance of winning, please only submit ONE entry. Multiple entries will be immediately disqualified.

(Helpful hint: All the competition answers can be found on this web site - please use the search facility on the title page (top right hand corner) to help you if need be.

All competition entries with the correct answers will be given an individual number, then 3 entries will be drawn at random to reveal the prize winners.

This competition ends at midnight (GMT) on Friday 30th November 2001. The webmasters decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into.

Q1: "Who directed the movie?"
Q2: "Which actor plays Owen Walters the 12-year-old boy with Hodgkin's Disease?"
Q3: "What was the movie's original title?"
Q4: "What is the film's certificate rating in the UK?"
Q5: "How old is Mr. Rice in the movie?"

See the competition page for full details. Good luck to everyone.

Please note: the DVD prizes in this competition are for Region 2 ONLY.

The Region 1 (US version) of Mr. Rice's Secret has already been released in the USA which can be purchased here.

REMINDER: PIXIES DOCUMENTARY TONIGHT
28th November 2001

Don't forget that tonight in the UK just after midnight... THE PIXIES documentary 'Gouge' is broadcast on Channel 4 starting at 00:40 to 01:40 (1 hour long) which features contributions from amongst others DAVID BOWIE.

The documentary looks at how the influential US band the Pixies redefined rock music in the 90s. Featuring rare footage of their first London gig in 1988, and contributions from David Bowie, U2, Radiohead, PJ Harvey, Badly Drawn Boy and Blur.

UP THE HILL BACKWARDS
27th November 2001

Turquoise Back in June 1968, DAVID BOWIE placed an advertisement in the International Times. It read: 'David Bowie needs acoustic guitarist singing/speaking for exciting project, must be alive'.

The person who applied and got the 'gig' was a certain TONY HILL who had previously been in the bands The Answers and The Misunderstood.

Three months later, David had created the 'mixed media' trio named TURQUOISE, which featured himself and girlfriend HERMIONE FARTHINGALE on vocals and mime, and Tony Hill on acoustic guitar and vocals.

The name 'Turquoise' only lasted for a couple of appearances, which included a performance at the Round House in London on Sept 14th, before they were renamed FEATHERS. Two days later, inbetween a Middle Earth Club show in Covent Garden, Tony's final performance was at the Wigmore Hall in London.

Tony left to join High Tide, a group that David was later to support. His replacement was ex Buzz member John Hutchinson.

So in the good old tradition of 'Where are they now?' here goes...

David has said that: "Apparently Hermione married an anthropologist and went to live in Irian Jawa in New Guinea. She became a very competent map-maker, discovering and recording the rivers of New Guinea."

John Hutchinson still performs to this day. You can catch him at The Punch Bowl in York performing every Thursday evening.

Tony Hill Tony Hill is still going strong... he has recently released a new CD 'Inexactness' (WOO 46) on the Woronzow Records label.

The liner notes state: 'Tony Hill is the mastermind behind sixties psychedelic legends 'High Tide' not to mention 'The Misunderstood' and for those of you with really long memories 'The Answers'. An extraordinary guitarist and songwriter, he is joined on this album by ex High Tide and Third Ear band bassist Pete Pavli along with Nick, Ade and Andy from the Bevis Frond and a highly talented violinist, Matt Kelly.

You can listen to a sample of one of the tracks on RealAudio here.

Check out the Woronzow Records website.

BECKENHAM'S SALUTE TO DAVID BOWIE
26th November 2001

CELEBRATING DAVID BOWIE AND THE BECKENHAM ARTS LAB

OFFICIAL PRESS RELEASE:

The south London suburb of BECKENHAM may not conjure up visions of youthful exuberance and rock music - but on Thursday, 6th December, hundreds of people will make a nostalgic pilgrimage to THE THREE TUNS pub (now The Rat and Parrot) in the High St. to celebrate DAVID BOWIE - Beckenham's most famous former resident - and the legacy of the Arts Laboratory he co-founded at the pub.

At the start of 1969 David was at a low point in his career. Through his friends Christina Ostrom and Barry Jackson, he met Mary Finnigan and moved into her flat as a lodger. Friendship flourished and the four of them decided to organise a Folk Club at the Three Tuns. It was an immediate success and soon developed into an Arts Laboratory - attracting talent from all over London and the south east. Musicians who played at the Arts Lab included Peter Frampton, Steve Harley, Dave Cousins and the Strawbs, Rick Wakeman, Tony Visconti and Mick Ronson. Lionel Bart gave a dazzling performance.

There was a lot more than music at the Beckenham Arts Lab. Visual artists created original works, poets gave readings, there were light shows, street theatre, dance - and Brian Moore's unforgettable puppets. Between 1969 and 1973 The Beckenham Arts Lab was a crucible for artistic talent and the launch pad for David Bowie's rise to stardom. His anthem to the 1960's 'Space Oddity' became a hit in the autumn of 1969. Many other Arts Lab enthusiasts became established artists - including George Underwood and Christina Ostrom.

On 6th December:
Mary Finnigan and Christina Ostrom will unveil a plaque at the Rat & Parrot at 12 noon.
Steve Harley will give a live performance after the plaque ceremony.

From 7pm there will be a live tribute concert performed by musicians including Little Wonder, Rob Storm and Paul Henderson. A set of previously unseen photographs donated by Stephen Roberts and other memorabilia will be on sale to raise money for the Chernobyl Children Life Line charity.

The event is organised by Cliff Watkins from the local resident's association. He discovered David Bowie's Beckenham connection while researching a photographic CD of the area and its history.

"Liverpool has The Beatles and Beckenham has David Bowie", he says, "so it's about time more people knew about this."

And David's personal message for 6 December?
"I send warm greetings for a wonderful evening from our home in New York."


For further information contact:
Cliff Watkins
Email: lace@clara.co.uk


SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION...

The Rat & Parrot is now part of the Noble House Pub Company who recognise the international importance of the pub and its original name and are supporting the celebrations.

David Bowie spent the best part of five years in Beckenham: firstly in Foxgrove Road before moving into a Victorian Gothic mansion called Haddon Hall, in Southend Road. In Haddon Hall, David was joined by other members of his rock group like Tony Visconti and Mick Ronson, other musicians and people from the recording recording and promotion business. David held court in Haddon Hall for four marvellous years.

As well as David himself, many other Arts Lab performers and enthusiasts became established figures in their chosen careers: rock stars Mick Ronson and Steve Harley; artists - George Underwood and Christina Ostrom; David Bebbington is a professional photographer and Mary Finnigan is a journalist.

As well as 'Space Oddity', the mega hit album created during David's Beckenham Years was The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars. Ziggy's red cockade hairstyle was created by local hair stylist Suzi Fussey, who worked opposite the Three Tuns in the Evelyn Paget (now Gigante) hair salon.

David says: "The Ziggy hair came lock, stock and curler, from the cover of a magazine ('Honey' or the like) and was sported by a model doing a shoot for Kansai Yamamoto's first London show. I couldn't afford the clothes but I could get the hair. Suzi did a straight forward copy. The cut and colour were both Kansai's - Schwartzkopf red was the colour.

"I had her cut my hair short in early January 1972. No dye. Layed flatish. I believe that it went red and stood up between the 20th and 25th of January 1972, therefore that's when the Kansai show must have been given maximum press."

Suzi became David's and the group's full-time hairdresser and wardrobe assistant on the Ziggy Stardust tours. She then went on to become Mick Ronson's personal assistant and later married him. One of the guests attending on 6th December was a close friend of Suzi.

Mary and Christina will be introduced by the Mayor of Bromley, John Holbrook. As well as Beckenham's MP Jacqui Lait and many other leading Beckenham figures, fans from all over the country will be present at the unveiling, Mary and Christina are travelling up from the west of the country.

After Mary Finnigan and Christina Ostrom have unveiled the plaque at 12 noon, Steve Harley will give a special live performance for some of the expected 300 guests attending from all over the country and abroad.

In addition to the evening's live tribute concert performed by musicians including Little Wonder, Rob Storm and Paul Henderson, there is also the distinct possibility of several musicians performing who originally played at The Arts Lab.

Bowie fans will be able to swop memories and view memorabilia on show, which includes a set of previously unseen photographs presented to the pub by Stephen Roberts to help raise money for the Chernobyl Children Life Line charity.

David Bowie's official website www.davidbowie.com has kindly donated several items of memorabilia, which are to be raffled with all monies raised going directly to the charity.

David and Tony Visconti have also kindly offered to both sign several enlargements of the newly discovered photographs from The Three Tuns which will be auctioned at the event and on the internet, with all proceeds raised going directly to the childrens charity. Christina Ostrom has kindly donated one of her painted signed horses and there will be a few more surprises on the way.

The event is organised by Cliff Watkins from the local resident's association (CCARA - Copers Cope Area Residents Association). He discovered David Bowie's Beckenham connection while researching a photographic CD of the area and its history for BPS (Beckenham Photographic Society). Cliff has been a Beckenham resident for 36 years, with the past 6 months being completely pre-occupied with the arrangements for this salute to David Bowie.

Today's young rock stars namecheck Bowie as the greatest influence on their careers - David Bowie ranks alongside John Lennon as one of the all time greats.

"Liverpool has The Beatles and Beckenham has David Bowie," says Cliff. "So it's about time more people knew about this. The Beatles contribute enormously to the economy of Liverpool which has 250,000 visitors a year employing several thousand people."

Beckenham is bracing itself for a media frenzy.


For further information please contact:

Cliff Watkins
on behalf of Beckenham's CCARA
(Copers Cope Area Residents' Association)
Email: lace@clara.co.uk

Alan Hughes (landlord) / The Noble House Pub Company
The Rat & Parrot, 157 High Street, Beckenham, Kent BR3 1AE
Tel: (020) 8658 9618

For ticket information and further details please email: 3tuns@bowiewonderworld.com

Exclusive original and previously unseen photographs from
The Arts Lab are available to newspapers and magazines for publication.
Email: Stephen Roberts @ bowie.photos@bonaventure.co.uk


TWO SIDES OF THE MOON
26th November 2001

Recording and Sound Engineer BARRY RUDOLPH talks about 'Two Sides Of The Moon'...

KEITH MOON was like a light bulb on double voltage that burns very brightly but not for very long. I used to call Keith "Kinetic Keith" because he couldn't sit still for more than a few seconds. I met Keith through Steve Cropper who was charged with producing three songs for an ill-fated solo Keith Moon MCA album. Keith and Cropper chose songs from notable songwriters they both knew. I remember one song by Randy Newman called "Naked Man." It was about a guy caught in bed with another man's wife when the husband comes home. Having only one chance to escape, the guy leaps out of the bedroom window naked. Probably a true story for Keith Moon!

There are many stories told about these recording sessions and the first one is a list of the musicians. We had: Ringo Starr AND Keith on drums, Klaus Voorman on bass, Joe Sample on piano, Cropper and Lee Ritenour (I think) on guitars, Ron Wood on overdubbed guitars, Booker T. Jones on Hammond B3, DAVID BOWIE on backing vocals.

I remember setting up the session and Ringo's drums arriving. I was in total bliss... I was going to record Ringo! When the cartage guys brought in his kit and I saw the trap case and it said "The Beatles," I gulped. The president of Camco drums came and set up, in the middle of the room, a brand new kit for Keith. It was enormous with double bass drums, six tom-toms and an array of cymbals. Keith inspected the kit and announced that the rack toms must withstand the rigors of The Who's shows. The guy looked on as Keith began an elaborate gymnastic/drum solo that culminated in a back flip and a hand stand on top of the rack toms. The brand new hardware supporting the toms caved in under Moon's weight causing Keith to fall. Miraculously, he was unhurt. This hardware was unacceptable to Mr. Moon and he walked out in a huff. The Camco president was very apologetic and assured Keith that reinforced, customized hardware would be immediately built to his specifications.

When Ringo walked in and saw Keith's gigantic kit and then looked to see his diminutive drum set way off in the corner he said: "If you think I'm going to compete with that, I'm f**king leaving!" Ringo started for the door. Cropper allowed both drummers to play together for about one half of a take. Keith's drumming style did not mesh with Ringo's steady, clock-like playing. On the actual tracking session, we ended up overdubbing Keith's drum fills. This worked out well for sonic reasons; the massive drum kit took all 20 inputs of the old Clover Systems console, leaving nothing for the rest of the band.

Keith was a real character during those sessions. He would disappear for hours and nobody would know where he was. He couldn't (or wasn't allowed) to drive and his driver/valet lost track of him several times. We got worried one time and launched a search party at 2 A.M. We found Keith passed out, face down, in a big puddle, in the parking lot. We would never have guessed that event would portend his future!

By Barry Rudolph

'Real Emotion'... Written for the late Who drummer by famed Booker T. And The M.G.'s guitarist Steve Cropper, this previously undiscovered track was apparently recorded for a never-realised second Moon album. The music-hall piano is perfectly suited to Moon's loopy personality, and all concerned seem to be having a whale of a time - which is the impression you should get from a Keith Moon recording. (From 'Two Sides Of The Moon' (reissue) Keith Moon with Ringo Starr, David Bowie and Ron Wood - Real Emotion.

Now available through the King Biscuit Records website the only available issue of this hard-to-find solo album by The Who's irreverent drummer. Features Ringo Starr, Joe Walsh, DAVID BOWIE, Harry Nilsson and more!


JAPANESE DB DVD RELEASES
23rd November 2001

Japanese DVD Ziggy Stardust Live For all you DB DVD completists out there, you maybe pleased to know there are several Japanese DVD releases which differ slightly from normal UK releases.

Over in Japan, which is the DVD Region 2 format (for Japan, Europe and Middle East) I've noticed three differing releases...

The 'Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence' cover is plain black and totally different. Japan have also officially released the Basquiat DVD. Not only those, but there is a rather snazzy and completely different cover to the Ziggy Stardust Live as you can see. It looks like it's the norm over there for their DVDs to come in CD type cases rather than the normal DVD cases.

If you struggle to read Japanese, then try using the new Bable fish translator at AltaVista... they are now supplying a Japanese to English translation there.

Check out these links and see for yourselves... Ziggy Stardust - Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence and Basquiat.

Hang on there's more... David Bowie's 'Black Tie White Noise' has been officially released by BMG in Taiwan: 74321-54062-2. Approx play time: 63 min, NTSC format. Note: the region code for this DVD is 3 & 6. You may need to have an all region DVD player to play it.

I have just received a copy of this release that I bought via eBay and I'm 99.9% positively it isn't a counterfeit copy based primarily on the quality of this release. It is 100% perfect. The tracklisting is the same as the video tape release: You've Been Around / Nite Flights / Miracle Goodnight / Black Tie White Noise Featuring Al B. Sure! / I Feel Free / I Know It's Gonna Happen Someday / Miracle Goodnight (clip) / Jump They Say (clip) / Black Tie White Noise (clip).

Find Bowie items on eBay

Info. from Stephen K.

THE BITS FLEW FAR AND WIDE
23rd November 2001

DB TV around the world today includes: B.U.S.T.E.D. on MAXE2 Cinemax 2 in the USA at 11:10am... a double helping of Tommy Newton in The Man Who Fell To Earth, on BBC America, USA, 12:00am and 11:30pm... Triple showing of Bowie At The Beeb, BBC America, USA, 03:00am, 01:00pm and 09:00pm... David Bowie: A Little Later, BBC America, USA, 04:30am and 02:30pm... Cracked Actor documentary, BBC America, USA, 08:00pm and 10:30pm... phew!

David Bowie's 'Nipple' artwork can be still be seen at the Rupert Goldsworthy Gallery in NYC...

RCA Secret 2001 Exhibition in London, viewing only day at the Royal College of Art in London. View the full list of contributors here...

The David Bowie tribute band Young Americans play at Charter Arms, in Rotherham tonight...

Over in Australia 'Out of the Blue's' project 'Life On Mars' opens at the Newtown Theatre, Sydney, Australia...

Several BowieNetters are having a meet up in Liverpool city centre tomorrow evening at The White Star, Mathew Street, Liverpool (Sat Nov 24th) at 7.30pm...

And the plaque on the wall... for those who emailed and asked - The Beckenham Bowie plaque is red and gold. Red to reflect Ziggy Stardust's cockade hairstyle and metallic gold to glitter because he's a shining star...

Yes I know it's 'the Braque on the wall' but it rhymes rather nicely doesn't it?

PRESS RELEASE FROM BOWIEART.COM
22nd November 2001

Damien Hirst, R.B. Kitaj, Prada, Marc Quinn, Nick Park, Manolo Blahnik, Anish Kapoor, DAVID BOWIE and Billy Childish are just a few of the artists and designers who have donated postcards to this year's RCA SECRET exhibition which bowieart.com are very pleased to be sponsoring. But will you be able to spot who has created which card? That's just part of the fun of RCA Secret, featuring hundreds of original postcards for only £35. The secret is that the identity of the artist isn't known until you've bought it and the signature is revealed on the back.

This hugely popular postcard sale opened for viewing at the Royal College of Art on 21st November and for the first time ever, you can view all the works on bowieart.com meaning that you are able to avoid the crowds attempting to decipher the Damien Hirst or the Terry Frost and that you can view the exhibition in your own time and at your own speed, selecting the cards you may like to purchase and playing the who done it game.

The real time sale starts at 8am on Thursday November 29, but be sure to get there early, as people have been known to queue for days to be first in line to go home with a bargain masterpiece. However even if you don't choose a well-known artist, chances are that you could go home with a star of the future. Many contributing artists are students or recent graduates of the Royal College of Art, destined to go on to big things. See if you can spot the Royal College student from the artists represented her on the site.

The RCA Secret gives the public access to the top names in art and design but is also able to support the next generation of artists, with all monies raised going to the Royal College of Art Fine Art Student Award Fund.

RCA Secret 2001
Royal College of Art, Kensington Gore, London SW7 2EU

Viewing:21-28 November, 10am - 6pm
(22 November: late night opening until 8pm)
Sale29 November, 8am - 8pm
30 November / 1-2 December, 10am - 6pm
Hotline Number+44 (0) 20 7590 4186

Official Press Release from BowieArt.com.

DAVID TO ENTER THREE PIECES?
21st November 2001

According to the Annova website... Art lovers are to be given the chance to buy works by famous contemporary artists for £35 at a fundraising exhibition. A pink pen drawing of dog excrement by Damien Hirst and three prints by DAVID BOWIE are among the postcard pieces up for sale at the RCA Secret exhibition. People are invited to view the works from November 21st to 28th and decide which they want to buy. Once they have been given their postcard they can check the back to see if they've bought an original. Full story here...

You can view all the pieces of artwork on BowieArt.com today.

COMPILATION ALBUM ROUND UP
21st November 2001

Just released is a brand new compilation 2CD set entitled 'Millennium Gold' which features DAVID BOWIE'S 'Ashes To Ashes'. Released on the Universal Music TV label, catalogue number is 5856422...

Also out now is the 'Best Air Guitar Album In The World......Ever' which features DAVID BOWIE'S immortal track 'Rebel Rebel'. Released on the Virgin TV label, cat. number is VTDCD416. If you're hopeless with a guitar and all that chord malarkey, then fear not, because this is the album for you, designed with your lack of musical talent in mind. 'The Best Guitar Album In The World... Ever!' is exactly that - a double-CD compilation that features some of the most memorable and rifftastic tunes in musical history.

From Dire Straits to the Foo Fighters, and David Bowie to Weezer, with a little Chuck Berry, Metallica, Deep Purple and the mighty Black Sabbath thrown in for good measure, be proud to be useless at guitar playing and mime it all instead - after all, it's all in how good you look rather than musical competency that counts. Rock on!..

And from yesterday's Metro newspaper... Shop staff were lost for words when an irate customer demanded the free gift she was promised with the CD she had just bought. They had to explain it to her gently - the advertised gift with 'The Best Air Guitar Album In The World Ever' was... an air guitar. "Apparently she wasn't very happy" said the deputy manager of WH Smith. "Perhaps we should handed her an air guitar and told her not to damage it because we would be unable to exchange it."

HEROES IN THE MODERN WORLD
21st November 2001

THE HEROES charity band are bringing out a new album in the new year called "The Heroes 'Live' in the Modern World". Some of it was recorded at the Manchester Evening News Arena and at other 'live' events over the past 18 months.

There are 5 new tracks on the album and it is being released as a limited edition collectors item on CD with only 100 individually numbered copies available at £25 each. We are also planning to play a few concerts and outdoor events to promote the album. Cassette versions will be available for £5.00 each at these gigs. More details to follow...

From Terry Day.

SERIOUS MOONLIGHT TOUR POSTER
20th November 2001

Gothenburg Poster 11th June 1983 Check out the latest items in the BowieWonderworld Shop - there's a strictly limited number of these DAVID BOWIE Serious Moonlight Tour Posters from the Gothenburg show, in Sweden on 11th June 1983.

Size 90 x 64cm and priced at only £7.99 / $11.99.

Be quick - once they are gone... they're gone. Remember promo posters are part of a one-off print run. When these are sold out they are never reprinted and are gone forever, making them highly collectible.

Do you want music posters? Click here for over 5000 hard to find promo and concert posters around.

NO GAP... A LEGEND IN ONE... A MODEL AUTHOR
20th November 2001

David turns down Gap - One constant will be celebrities, who will continue to drive the creative. "I would love to do a spot with Bowie," says Koepke, but the rock icon has already turned him down. Other stars he'd like to feature include Moby, Thom York of Radiohead, Jack Black, Julian Schnabel and Fatboy Slim. Full story here...

A Legend In One Volume - At the rear of Donna Karan's black lacquer and concrete Madison Avenue store Tuesday night, craning for a glimpse of Iman, the megamodel turned cosmetics mogul. Ms. Karan was celebrating Iman, who has made only rare appearances since the birth of a daughter 14 months ago. The artist and filmmaker Julian Schnabel was there, as were the society scribe Fran Lebowitz, the comedian Sandra Bernhard and her pal the fashion maker turned stage designer Isaac Mizrahi. And so of course was David Bowie, Iman's husband of 18 years (sic 9 years) and the other half of what some see as New York's most iconic couple. Full story here....

A Model Author - Most people shy away from situations that make them uneasy. Not Iman. "I've never been comfortable with being photographed," the retired Somali supermodel tells The Post. "And I hate crowds." Surprising confessions from a woman who made a fortune working the catwalks for crowds and having her mug snapped by the world's finest photographers. Even now, 11 years after leaving the modeling industry, Iman lives in New York, where she's often surrounded by hoards of camera-toting fans, not to mention those of her husband, rock legend David Bowie.

When Iman's not at the I-Iman office or publicizing her book (she came to the interview straight from the 'Rosie O'Donnell Show'), she's at home with Bowie in downtown Manhattan, playing with their 13-month-old daughter, Alexandria-Zahra. Full story here...


HAPPY BIRTHDAY GAIL
20th November 2001

Lottsa of Happy Birthday Wishes to Miss GAIL ANN DORSEY - have a wonderful day and many happy returns of the day


IS PAPER YOUR BAG?
20th November 2001

Just a quick note to tell you about my latest show. As well as being a fun new puppetry musical, the show also features DR. JONES in various guises and a rendition of his perennial hit 'Space Oddity'. Plus any punters who mention BowieWonderworld on the door can get in for a fiver! But hurry - only three shows left!

Marcus Reeves presents... Is Paper Your Bag?

Come and meet three generations of an eccentric South London family, as seen by its youngest member, Marcus Reeves. Watch as an array of cardboard costumes, paper puppets and humanettes conjure up a charming story of birds, butterflies and psychological treatment. So join us on a trip down Memory Lane, dance down the Yellow Brick Road and revel in the carnival spirit of Croydon High Street.

An uplifting celebration of 60 years of domestic life, because there really is no place like home. Or is there?

Fri-Sun 9-11, 16-18, 23-25 Nov, 8pm (Sun 7pm)
£7 (£5 reductions, £4 Kentish Town residents)
Lion & Unicorn Pub Theatre, Gaisford St NW1
Box Office 020 7482 0850
Email lionplusunicorn@hotmail.com

Visit: www.reevescorner.co.uk - Reeves Corner - The Marcus Reeves homepage.

DAVID BOWIE PLAQUE AND PARTY UPDATE
19th November 2001

Bowie Tribute Ticket Here is the latest update for people who plan on attending the DAVID BOWIE plaque and party at the RAT & PARROT (formerly The Three Tuns) in Beckenham, Kent on 6th December 2001.

The DAYTIME party and the evening party are TWO separate meetings, both requiring tickets. The tickets for the daytime event are completely FREE of charge, which the Beckenham Residents Association (CCARA) are sponsoring.

The EVENING party is to be hosted by the Rat & Parrot pub. The ticket price for the evening party will be £7.50 per ticket.

DAYTIME EVENT
To receive your free tickets you must email 3tuns@bowiewonderworld.com with the following information, so that your confirmation can be posted out to you. Your full name, mailing address and numbers required.

EVENING EVENT
To obtain your tickets for the evening party please send a cheque or postal order for £7.50 (per ticket) made out to: Alan Hughes.

Please post to: The Rat & Parrot, 157 High Street, Beckenham, Kent BR3 1AE.

You MUST include your full name, home address and telephone number so that as soon as The Rat & Parrot receive your ticket order they will ring you and confirm your place for the evening event.

If you live nearby in the Beckenham area you can also receive your evening tickets directly from the pub over the counter. Please ask for Beth who is dealing with the ticket details.

Please be reassured that if you have previously enquired about tickets and sent in your information, you're name will be on the list and you will get in.

The pub owners are away for 2 weeks, therefore I am supplying the names for the evening party to Beth who will compile the ticket list. Then on the day, Alan the landlord will distribute your tickets from the list.

Important: Please take along proof of identity on the day.

Just as a double check, and to put everyone's mind at rest, please send the following details (if not done so already) to 3tuns@bowiewonderworld.com and I can forward the information onto her.

Your Full Name:
Your Postal Address:
Your Telephone number:
Number of tickets required for daytime: (FREE)
Number of tickets required for evening: (£7.50 per ticket)

I have sent out emails to everyone who has "missing" information, ie home addresses and telephone numbers. Please check your email and respond as soon as possible. Many thanks.

Watch this space in the next day or so for more details on special guest appearances, performers, raffles, prizes, memorabilia and much much more.

All proceeds and monies raised from the event are to be donated to the Chernobyl Children Life Line Charity which helps children suffering from the after effects of the Chernobyl disaster.

Please take a few minutes of your time to visit their website at www.chernobylchildlifeline.org

MR. RICE'S SECRET DVD EXTRAS
19th November 2001

The DVD (region 2) release of MR. RICE'S SECRET which stars DAVID BOWIE released by Odyssey Video on 19th November 2001 features the following extras:

An Electronic Press Kit - About the Film - Biographies on David Bowie and Bill Switzer - Interactive Menus - Scene Selections - Credits - Interviews - and more.

Interview with David Bowie
1. What he's looking for in a script and how this script meets those requirements. (60 secs)
2. Explains what he likes about 'Exhuming Mr. Rice' (36 secs).
3. Discusses who he thinks would like this film and why (40 secs).
4. Tells us what he thinks 'Mr. Rice' represents (21 secs).
5. Explains what it was like playing an older man and who his inspiration was (33 secs).
6. Comments on working with his co-star Bill Switzer (21 secs).

Bill Switzer Interview
1. Tells us about his character 'Owen' (50 secs).
2. Comments on 'Owen's' attitude, and how 'Mr. Rice' helps him be more positive (56 secs).
3. Comments on working with David Bowie (63 secs).
4. Comments on the film's many elements, twists and turns (39 secs).
5. Explains why the film is called 'Exhuming Mr. Rice' (28 secs).
6. Discusses what he hopes audiences will get out of 'Exhuming Mr. Rice' (50 secs).

Nicholas Kendall (Director) Interview
1. Comments on how the film combines realistic drama with fantasy (43 secs).
2. Explains what 'Mr. Rice' teaches 'Owen' (16 secs).
3. Comments on David Bowie playing 'Mr. Rice' (24 secs).
4. Comments on Bill Switzer who plays 'Owen' (50 secs).
5. Discusses what he hopes audiences come away with from 'Exhuming Mr. Rice' (38 secs).

Colleen Nystedt (Producer) Interview
1. Comments on what she loves about 'Exhuming Mr. Rice' (36 secs).
2. Explains what kind of film this is, and who she thinks will like it (27 secs).
3. Discusses how excited she is to have David Bowie play 'Mr. Rice' (64 secs).
4. Comments on what Bill Switzer bring to the roll of 'Owen' (48 secs).
5. Explains what 'Mr. Rice' teaches 'Owen' (41 secs).

Joel Wyman (Screenwriter) Interview
1. Comments on the odyssey 'Mr. Rice' sends 'Owen' on in the film (49 secs).
2. Discusses what he hope audiences get out of 'Exhuming Mr. Rice' (30 secs).

Behind The Scenes B-Roll Footage
Twenty three minutes and 38 seconds worth of extra footage and behind the scenes b-rolls.

Click here for your chance to win a copy in the BowieWonderworld Competition Number 10.

THE BITS FLEW FAR AND WIDE
19th November 2001

The TORI AMOS version of David's 'After All' which features on the B-side of her new single, 'Strange Little Girls' has been re-scheduled for a November 26th release...

The planned gig by the LITTLE WONDER tribute band at Jongluers, Battersea in London on November 29th has unfortunately been cancelled. You catch them at the David Bowie Plaque and Party Event at The Rat & Parrot, Beckenham on 6th December 2001 along with other acts, Rob Storm, Paul Henderson and hopefully a few surprise guests...

More details of the planned events, along with some surprises for the Rat & Parrot Bowie Event coming up later today, watch this space for details...

DB TV USA: Just in case you missed it, watch out for another repeat showing on VH1 of The Concert for New York City, VH1 in the USA on Thursday 22nd November at 03:00pm ET...

DB TV UK: Here in the UK the following week (Thursday 29th November) don't miss the excellent PIXIES Gouge which features David Bowie on Channel 4, UK TV at 00:40 to 01:40 GMT (1 hour long). The documentary looks at how the influential US band the Pixies redefined rock music in the 90s. Featuring rare footage of their first London gig in 1988, and contributions from David Bowie, U2, Radiohead, PJ Harvey, Badly Drawn Boy and Blur...

Check out the updated monthly planner for more TV and events stuff.

TWO SIDES OF THE MOON AND IGGY LIVE
19th November 2001

Now available through the King Biscuit Records website are these two really hard to find gems.

Two Sides Of The Moon KEITH MOON'S 'Two Sides of the Moon'. The only available issue of this hard-to-find solo album by The Who's irreverent drummer. Features Ringo Starr, Joe Walsh, DAVID BOWIE, Harry Nilsson and more!

Track Listing: * Crazy Like A Fox * Solid Gold * Don't Worry Baby * One Night Stand * The Kids Are Alright * Move Over Mrs. L. * Teenage Idol * Back Door Sally * In My Life * Together * U.S. Radio Spot * I Don't Suppose * Naked Man * Do Me Good * Real Emotion * Don't Worry Baby * Teenage Idol * Together Rap.

Also IGGY POP Live In NYC was recorded by the King Biscuit Flower Hour during the 'Blah, Blah, Blah' tour in 1986. This sold out performance from the legendary Ritz in New York City features a who's-who of eighties celebs including David Bowie, Paul Young, Rick James and Richard Butler from the Psychedelic Furs!

Tracklisting: * I Got A Right * Gimme Danger * Some Weird Sin * Real Wild Child * Sister Midnight * Blah, Blah, Blah * Baby, It Can't Fall * China Girl * Hide Away * Winner and Losers * Lust For Life * Nightclubbing * Fire Girl * Five Foot One * Shades * Down On The Street * (Bonus track) - I Wanna Be Your Dog.

Check out the King Biscuit Records website now.

TRIDENT STUDIOS PIANO UP FOR GRABS
19th November 2001

Up for auction on eBay is the Bechstein Grand Piano from Trident Studios used by many of the most influential recording artists of the 1960s and 1970s, including DAVID BOWIE, The Beatles, Elton John and many others.

Bechstein Grand Piano The ebony finish, metal framed grand piano, serial number 44064, bracing number 11870, from Trident Studios, London. The piano was used on some of the most important recordings of the era, including, The Beatles 'White Album' and the single 'Hey Jude'; David Bowie 'Space Oddity', 'Hunky Dory', 'Ziggy Stardust' and 'Aladdin Sane'; George Harrison 'All Things Must Pass', Harry Nilsson 'Without You', Elton John 'Yellow Brick Road', 'Elton John', 'Single Man' and 'Blue Moves', all of Queen's albums up until 'Bohemian Rhapsody', Carly Simon 'You're So Vain', Mary Hopkin 'Those Were The Days', Supertramp 'Crime of the Century', four Genesis albums and two Peter Gabriel albums. Sold by catalogue only.

The piano was hired to Trident Studios and subsequently purchased from Jacques Samuel Pianos Ltd., London, and is accompanied by a letter confirming this signed by the Company's Director in 1993.

The lot is also accompanied by a transcript from an interview with Trident Engineer Ken Scott. In the interview he is asked If it 'is true that the white piano at Trident Studios used by Mick Ronson on Hunky Dory and Ziggy was the same piano used by The Beatles for 'Hey Jude' on the White Album?'

His response was: 'I have no idea where you go the impression that the Trident piano was white. But yes it was the same piano used on 'Hey Jude', the early Elton John albums, Nilsson, Carly Simon, Genesis and Supertramp amongst many others. That was one of Trident's claims to fame. THE piano sound. It was an amazing piano'.

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GAIL PORTER NIGHT AND DAY
18th November 2001

Featured in today's THE MAIL Sunday magazine (Night and Day) is an interview with that sexy Scottish lass GAIL PORTER. This is what she had to say about DAVID BOWIE...

The one time Gail was asked to conduct an impromptu interview with David Bowie - one of her idols - things went badly wrong. "It was the worst interview I have ever done. I was backstage at this charity concert at Wembley (Ed. NetAid) and suddenly in walked David Bowie. I've never been so gobsmacked to see anyone in my life. He had this amazing gazelle-like woman (his wife, Iman) standing beside him, who looked perfect. I had never seen anyone so perfect. He sat down and said, "What's the interview about?", and my head was spinning. I asked him three times whether he was all right. I was totally star-struck, and just fell apart. I called my mum and she said, "I saw it and you were fine." When my mum says, "It's fine", you know you were awful." Gail laughs.

From Spidey.

CONCERT FOR NEW YORK CITY 2CD
16th November 2001

As reported previously, the soon-to-be released 2CD set THE CONCERT FOR NEW YORK CITY benefit CD will contain both DAVID BOWIE songs performed 'America' and "Heroes".

Concert for NYC 2CD The full tracklisting is:

Disc: 1
01. America - DAVID BOWIE
02. "Heroes" - DAVID BOWIE

03. Livin' On A Prayer - Bon Jovi
04. Wanted Dead Or Alive - Bon Jovi
05. It's My Life - Bon Jovi
06. Izzo (H.O.V.A.) - Jay Z
07. Iris - The Goo Goo Dolls
08. Miami 2017 - Billy Joel
09. New York State Of Mind - Billy Joel
10. Emotion - Destiny's Child
11. Gospel Medley - Destiny's Child
12. I'm Your Hoochie Coochie Man - Eric Clapton
13. Operaman - Adam Sandler
14. Quit Playing Games With My Heart - Backstreet Boys
15. Come To My Window - Melissa Etheridge
16. Born To Run - Melissa Etheridge

Disc: 2
01. Who Are You - The Who
02. Baba O'Reilly - The Who
03. Won't Get Fooled Again - The Who
04. Salt Of The Earth - Mick Jagger featuring Keith Richards
05. Miss You - Mick Jagger featuring Keith Richards
06. With A Little Help From My Friends - Macy Gray
07. Fire and Rain - James Taylor
08. Up On The Roof - James Taylor
09. Peaceful World - John Mellencamp
10. Pink Houses - John Mellencamp (featuring Kid Rock)
11. Superman (It's Not Easy) - Five For Fighting
12. Mona Lisas and Mad Hatters - Elton John
13. I'm Down - Paul McCartney
14. Yesterday - Paul McCartney
15. Let It Be - Paul McCartney
16. Freedom (reprise) - Paul McCartney

You can order the CD here via Amazon UK and Europe here and American buyers here and get it delivered straight to your door on 27th November 2001.

IMAN AND DAVID OFFICIAL CHAT TONIGHT
15th November 2001

Reminder: Don't forget tonight's the night for an official BOWIENET chat with IMAN and DAVID BOWIE. The 'one-of-a-kind' public chat, open to everyone, starts at 8:00 pm EST (that's 1:00 am GMT), followed afterwards by a BNet members only chat.

To celebrate the publication of Iman's new book 'I Am Iman', there will be prizes to win. Your opportunity to win 1 of 20 autographed promotional only CD's and 1 of 10 autographed copies of the book. The 'I Am Iman' promo CD is a limited edition compilation, unavailable in stores, containing five tracks hand picked by David himself.

Click here at www.davidbowie.com/giveaway for more details.

Check the World Clock for your own local time difference.

WONDERWORLD EMAIL ACCOUNTS UPGRADED
14th November 2001

The BowieWonderworld FREE email accounts service has just undergone a major update with a distinct new look and feel. Everything from the welcome page to the options pages have been spruced up. Not only do you get a whopping 6MB space allowance but there are some brand new additions too. Check these out...

Address Book Advancements: New Rolodex-style navigation to quickly view contacts by last name, first name or email address.
Every page is now numbered for faster browsing through large address books.
Import address books exported from popular email software:
Microsoft Outlook 2000 / Outlook Express 6.0 / Netscape Communicator 4.7x / Entourage 9.0.1 / Qualcomm Eudora 5.1 and Yahoo! Mail.
There is also support for additional version of Microsoft, Netscape and Qualcomm email software coming soon!

External email accounts can now be checked individually instead of all at once.

Trash Can now empties itself during log out - automatically.

Come and join the other 2,000 plus David Bowie fans around the world with your exclusive email address 'yourname@bowiewonderworld.com' - you never know what special offers and announcements might arrive in your mailbox in the future.

Feel free if you would like to sign up for your FREE @bowiewonderworld.com email address. Fill in your details here on the form provided.

Why not sign up for a spare email account at BowieWonderworld.com just in case your normal email account is ever down? Claim your name now before someone else does. Better safe than sorry.

You can even 'supercharge' your BowieWonderworld email account now by upgrading to Mail Plus. Mail Plus eliminates persistent ads, quadruples your storage capacity to a massive 25MB send your mail with SMTP, guaranteed technical support and lets you check email with popular software such as Microsoft Outlook.

BW COMPETITION NUMBER TEN
14th November 2001

Mr Rice's Secret This is your chance to win one of three copies of the DVD (region 2) release of MR. RICE'S SECRET which stars DAVID BOWIE in this powerful and moving drama, full of magic and mystery, which tells of a story of how one man's gift gives a young boy hope and courage.

The prizes which have been generously donated courtesy of Odyssey Video, is officially released on 19th November 2001.

The DVD version of Mr. Rice's Secret features a full frame transfer, Dolby Stereo soundtrack, interviews with the cast and crew, behind-the-scenes B rolls, electronic press kit, biographies, film notes and trailers. So it's obviously well worth getting your mitts on.

The three BowieWonderworld competition number 10 winners will comprise of two @bowiewonderworld.com email address holders plus one 'open' email address open to anyone. Feel free if you would like to sign up for a FREE @bowiewonderworld.com email address for a better chance of winning. Fill in your details here in the form provided.

Please answer all 5 questions that appear below, you can start sending in your entries immediately. To give everyone an equal chance of winning, please only submit ONE entry. Multiple entries will be immediately disqualified.

(Helpful hint: All the competition answers can be found on this web site - please use the search facility on the title page (top right hand corner) to help you if need be.

All competition entries with the correct answers will be given an individual number, then 3 entries will be drawn at random to reveal the prize winners.

This competition ends at midnight (GMT) on Friday 30th November 2001. The webmasters decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into.

Q1: "Who directed the movie?"
Q2: "Which actor plays Owen Walters the 12-year-old boy with Hodgkin's Disease?"
Q3: "What was the movie's original title?"
Q4: "What is the film's certificate rating in the UK?"
Q5: "How old is Mr. Rice in the movie?"

See the competition page for full details. Good luck to everyone.

Please note: the DVD prizes in this competition are for Region 2 ONLY.

The Region 1 (US version) of Mr. Rice's Secret has already been released in the USA which can be purchased here.

GERMAN IMAN ONLINE INTERVIEW
13th November 2001

Yesterday there was a long report on German TV on 'Mona Lisa' on German ZDF about IMAN and her new book 'I Am Iman'.

Iman spoke with ML Mona Lisa in New York for an online interview. Click on the link here for the detailed interview. The interview is in German language. If you need to use a translator, cut and paste the following URLs into this translation page.

http://www.zdf.de/ratgeber/monalisa/archiv/55469/index.html

http://www.zdf.de/ratgeber/monalisa/archiv/55470/index.html

From Bianca.

THE BITS FLEW FAR AND WIDE
12th November 2001

For those of you visiting Beckenham next month for the unveiling of the DAVID BOWIE Plaque and Party at The Rat & Parrot, I've added an INFORMATION GUIDE for people who need travelling information, maps, where to stay, and so on...

There's a new DAVID BOWIE exclusive promotional DVD magazine out in Brazil, 'Labirinto: A Magia Do Tempo' which features a free cover mounted DVD of the Labyrinth movie...

Producer Shel Talmy who produced DAVY JONES along with The Manish Boys on the tracks: 'Take My Tip', 'You've Got A Habit Of Leaving', 'Baby Loves That Way' and 'I Pity The Fool' says in an online interview:

Shel: "David Bowie - when I recorded him when he was seventeen, I thought he was one of the brightest kids and I knew he was going to make it and unfortunately I was six years too soon... 'cos eventually what he ended-up doing was no different to what I did, except that then there was a window open for what he was doing. Most everything he did was calculated, he's extremely bright."

Check out Shel's official website @ www.sheltalmy.com.

BEST OF BOWIE SONGBOOK
12th November 2001

Best of Bowie songbook There is a brand new DAVID BOWIE songbook just been published entitled 'Best of David Bowie' - guitar tab. The book has full guitar transcripts for some never before published guitar transcripts.

Best of David Bowie: The Definitive Collection for Guitar. Performed by David Bowie. Guitar Recorded Versions (Authentic note-for-note transcriptions). With notes and tablature. Size 9x12 inches. 112 pages. Published by Hal Leonard. (690491) .

Note-for-note transcriptions with tab for 13 top hits spanning the eclectic career of this innovative and influential artist. Includes: Changes * China Girl * Diamond Dogs * Fame * "Heroes" * I'm Afraid of Americans * Rebel, Rebel * Space Oddity * Station To Station * Suffragette City * TVC 15 * Young Americans * Ziggy Stardust.

About Guitar Recorded Versions: Guitar Recorded Versions are note-for-note transcriptions of guitar music taken directly off recordings. This series, one of the most popular in print today, features some of the greatest guitar players and groups from blues, rock, and heavy metal. Guitar Recorded Versions are transcribed by the best transcribers in the business. Every book contains notes and tablature.

I AM IMAN PROMO CD
11th November 2001

The promotional CD for IMAN'S new publication 'I Am Iman' is a compilation of DAVID BOWIE tracks hand selected by David himself to celebrate Iman's new book.

The tracklisting is:

1. The Wedding.
2. Wild Is The Wind.
3. Loving The Alien.
4. As The World Falls Down.
5. Adbulmajid.

You have the opportunity to win one of twenty of these signed promo CDs during the BowieNet Chat next Thursday (15th November). The public chat starts at 8:00 pm EST (01:00am GMT), followed by a members only chat.

Click here at www.davidbowie.com/giveaway for full details.

ARE YOU GOING TO THE THREE TUNS?
10th November 2001

Big thanks to everyone who has confirmed and responded so far. If you have already emailed or posted on the message board stating you plan on attending, a confirmation email should be in your mail box by now. Please read the attached document and reply to 3tuns@bowiewonderworld.com to secure your tickets.

Due to the response, the evening is now an ALL TICKET event. If you plan on attending the unveiling of the DAVID BOWIE plaque and/or the evening party at the Three Tuns (Rat & Parrot) in Beckenham on 6th December 2001, and still haven't done so - please email 3tuns@bowiewonderworld.com you must email so that tickets can be sent to you before the 6th December.

Details required: Your name and home address, number of tickets required, attending daytime/evening or both.

There will be an information page going online shortly, with details on how to get there, maps and useful information. Beckenham Information Guide how to get there.

Check out the background story here or scroll down to 1st November story below.

YOU KNOW YOU'VE GOT STYLE
9th November 2001

In the November 2001 issue of InStyle magazine, KEIFER SUTHERLAND, whose new TV show '24' is premiered here in the US this week, is profiled as the 'Man Of Style' of this issue. He answers some questions about his sense of style and fashion and this is the best one:

Q: "ANYONE YOU'D WANT TO BE LIKE?"

I've been in love with David Bowie from the time I was 12. I mean, I see a picture of him and it's like the line in the song "Mr. Jones" by Counting Crows: "I wish I was beautiful." I wish I could just for one day walk into a restaurant and try to look that good. There is a Lenny Kravitz video I saw the other day where he's walking around New York in jeans and a tank top. And I thought, 'Wow, to be that beautiful must be amazing.'

Also featured in the October 2001 issue of the same magazine, RICKY MARTIN was asked:

Q: "ANYONE ELSE INSPIRE YOU?"

I thought Billy Idol was cool. I also thought David Lee Roth was rocking, although I did not wear the Lycra pants that he would wear onstage because I had very skinny legs. David Bowie, back in the day, he would do anything. He would be a man-man, he would be a man-woman. People loved it because he dared. I also loved the way Brad Pitt looked in Fight Club - the leather, the big glasses, and the shaved head.

From Monica Castillo.

DAVID AND IMAN LIVE CHAT
7th November 2001

Coming up next week on BOWIENET is an official 'one-of-a-kind' public live chat with DAVID BOWIE and IMAN.

To celebrate the publication of Iman's new book 'I Am Iman', there will be prizes to win. Your opportunity to win 1 of 20 autographed promotional only CD's and 1 of 10 autographed copies of the book. The 'I Am Iman' promo CD is a limited edition compilation, unavailable in stores, containing five tracks hand picked by David himself.

Click here at www.davidbowie.com/giveaway for more details.

The public chat starts at 8:00 pm EST on Thursday 15th November, followed by a members only chat.

See the BW World Clock for your local time zone.

From BowieNet.

FOR THOSE WHO ASKED...
7th November 2001

For those of you who enquired about joining BowieNet and don't hold a credit card - there is an alternative way to sign up...

People outside of the USA and Canada can pay by cheque provided the cheque is paid in US dollars. You can check with your local bank on how to make this arrangement.

You also have to send BowieNet all your information together with a username and password.

BowieNet will create the account for you. Once they receive the cheque, your account will be activated.

Post to: davidbowie.com / Villageworld.com
620 Johnson Ave. Suite 1B
Bohemia, NY 11716
USA

Tell them Paul Kinder (paul@davidbowie.com) told you about signing up this way.
From BowieNet.

DAVID BOWIE SONGBOOK NIGHT
6th November 2001

There's a David Bowie Songbook Night at The Musician in Leicester coming up on Tuesday 13th November at 8:00 pm. For a mere £2 you can sit back with a beer or two and listen to acoustic versions of some of Bowie favourites by a pot pourri of artists.

The Musician, Leicester
Clyde Street, Leicester
Leicestershire LE1 2BG
Telephone: 0116 251 0080
Time: 8:00 pm
Date: Tuesday 13th November, 2001
Price: £2

From SimonG.

I'M GONNA HOP LIKE A FROG
6th November 2001

DAVID BOWIE has contributed his vocal talents on LOU REED'S next album. 'POE-try', a 2-CD soundtrack to his musical theatre collaboration with Robert Wilson. The project is based on the work of Edgar Allen Poe and while Willem Dafoe recites most of Wilson's text, Lou Reed has contributed thirteen new songs.

Guests include David Bowie and Steve Buscemi. The track featuring David's lead vocals is entitled 'Hopfrog'. More details as they come.

From TotalBlamBlam via BowieNet.

RUSSIA HAS ITS GQ MEN
5th November 2001

The latest issue of the Russian version of GQ has an article featuring DAVID BOWIE. Issue number six, on sale now.

Click here for photograph.

From Bianca.

RCA SECRET SNEAK PREVIEW
5th November 2001

As mentioned on the 2nd October (see below) the RCA SECRET 2001 exhibition is the hugely popular annual exhibition and sale of postcards by internationally renowned artists and by students of the Royal College of Art in London.

Up to 2,000 cards will be on show and available for sale, all at the same price, just £35 each. All the proceeds go to the RCA Fine Art Student Fund. For the second year running, the exhibition is sponsored by BowieArt.com, who will also be displaying all the postcards online from 21st November.

For a sneak preview of several pieces of the artwork click here and scroll down.

I AM IMAN PUBLISHED THIS MONTH
3rd November 2001

I Am Iman IMAN'S emergence in 1975 as the first Black supermodel sparked a shift in the representation of cultural identity, initiating a broadening of definitions of beauty that continues today.

Her first book, 'I Am Iman', is an entertaining hybrid visual essay on the cultural-political power of good looks.

A quarter-century of the most famous photographs of Iman by classic image-makers are contextualised with writing from contributors chosen by Iman herself, as well as her own witty take on the contradictions and challenges of her much mythologised career. But this isn't a book that seeks to add further fuel to the cult of personality, instead it widens out beyond the experience of Iman herself to explore attitudes toward Black and 'ethnic' looks in general, and how they adjudicate certain identities for women within the beauty industry. The book's innovative design mixes themes of fashion and fame with content that provokes questions about the skin-deep choices on which this most ephemeral industry runs.

I Am Iman features work by such legendary photographers as Helmut Newton, Irving Penn, Annie Leibowitz, Norman Parkinson, Richard Avedon, Steven Meisel, Bruce Weber, Peter Lindbergh, Ellen Von Unwerth, Paolo Roversi and Herb Ritts.

I Am Iman includes commentaries by Iman's husband, DAVID BOWIE, as well as Isabella Rosselini, Greg Tate, Isaac Mizrahi and the feminist theorist Bell Hooks. Edited by Dean Kuipers. Designed by Jonathan Barnbrook.

Click here to purchase Iman's new book and see some pages from her publication.

LIKE A SERMON ON A BLUES GUITAR
3rd November 2001

The Montreux Jazz and International Music Festival provided the setting for two landmark performances in the career of STEVIE RAY VAUGHAN and his band Double Trouble. For the first time, those two performances are assembled on Live at Montreux 1982 & 1985, which includes 11 previously unreleased tracks. The deluxe 2-CD package features 19 tracks altogether - all 8 songs from the 1982 set, and 11 of the 15 songs from the 1985 set (as CD timing permits). The new album is scheduled to arrive in stores 20th November on Epic/Legacy, a division of Sony Music.

By the summer of 1982, Vaughan was already a veteran of the Southern blues circuit. Searching for his big break, he and his band Double Trouble were asked by legendary Atlantic Records producer Jerry Wexler to play 'Blues Night' at the annual Montreux Jazz Festival in Switzerland. Playing like his life depended on it, Vaughan put on a fiery performance - full of future SRV classics like 'Pride And Joy' and 'Love Struck Baby'. The audience could not have cared less. Every song the artist played was greeted by an increasing wave of boos and hisses and he left the stage heart-broken.

As fate would have it, this would be the most important single show Vaughan ever played. In the audience that night were two figures who would prove instrumental in his subsequent rise to stardom: DAVID BOWIE and Jackson Browne. They recognised the guitarist's raw talent and passion. As a result, Browne offered Vaughan the opportunity to record (free of charge) at his own studio - the tapes that would be 'Texas Flood' - Vaughan's first studio album for Epic Records. In addition, the guitarist was asked to play on Bowie's hugely successful 'Let's Dance' album and tour.

Three years later, when Vaughan was invited back to headline 'Blues Night' at the festival, the crowd, now familiar with his group's songs and albums treated him like the conquering hero.

Magnifying the historic importance of Vaughan's two appearances at the festival, 'Live At Montreux 1982 & 1985' features new essays from David Bowie, Tommy Shannon and Chris Layton of Double Trouble, and Darryl Pitt, the house photographer for both of the Montreux appearances.

Pre-order Live at Montreux 1982 & 1985 now from Amazon.co.uk or from Amazon.com

RCA SECRET 2001 EXHIBITION
2nd November 2001

RCA 2001 The RCA SECRET 2001 exhibition is the hugely popular annual exhibition and sale of postcards by internationally renowned artists and by students of the Royal College of Art in London.

Up to 2,000 cards will be on show and available for sale, all at the same price, just £35 each. All the proceeds go to the RCA Fine Art Student Fund. For the second year running, the exhibition is sponsored by BowieArt.com, who will also be displaying all the postcards online from 21st November.

The secret? The cards are all signed on the reverse, and so it's only once you've bought a postcar that you discover who the artist is. So see if you can spot the work of the big name artists and snap up a bargain, or catch the stars of tomorrow.

Previous contributions include: Damien Hirst, Peter Doig, Tracey Emin, David Hockney, Terry Frost, David Bowie, Nick Park, Cornelia Parker, Christo and Jean-Claude.

For more information call 020 7590 4186.

The exhibition is open for VIEWING ONLY from 21st to 28th November 2001. Sales commence on Thursday 29th November 2001 and finish on Sunday 2nd December 2001. It is not possible to purchase the cards before these dates. Be prepared to queue!

EXHIBITION: (Viewing Only)
21-28 November 2001 10am-6pm
Late viewing: Thursday 22 November till 8pm.
SALE:
29 November 2001 8am-8pm and 30 November - 2 December 2001 10am-6pm.
VENUE:
Royal College of Art, Kensington Gore, London SW7 2EU.
(Nearest Tube: South Kensington/Kensington High Street).

Read the official press release or visit the official website @ www.rca.ac.uk/secret

PRESS RELEASE FROM RG GALLERY NYC
2nd November 2001

ART EXHIBITION: GROUP EXHIBITION FEATURING WORK BY
DAVID BOWIE, STEVEN EVANS, RUPERT GOLDSWORTHY, JANE KAPLOWITZ, MR. LAM, MR. LEONARD AND STEPHEN TASHJIAN.

LOCATION: RUPERT GOLDSWORTHY GALLERY,
453 WEST 17TH ST 2ND FL, NEW YORK, NY 10011
(CORNER OF TENTH AVENUE).

SHOW DATES: NOVEMBER 7TH - DECEMBER 15TH 2001.
OPENING RECEPTION: FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 9TH 2001, FROM 6-8PM.
GALLERY HOURS: WEDNESDAY - SATURDAY 12-6PM

RUPERT GOLDSWORTHY GALLERY is very pleased to announce a group exhibition featuring new work by DAVID BOWIE, Steven Evans, Rupert Goldsworthy, Jane Kaplowitz, Mr. Lam, Mr. Leonard and Stephen Tashjian. The exhibition runs from November 7th to December 15th 2001. There will be an opening reception for the artists on Friday, November 9th from 6-8pm.

The artists featured in this show work in a variety of mediums. David Bowie shows a new painting entitled "Nipples" featuring text in braille. Steven Evans presents a new text piece featuring disco lyrics. Rupert Goldsworthy presents a new painting and artist's book, "Indian Diary" based on a trip to research opening his gallery in Delhi. Jane Kaplowitz will show new paintings of rap music stars. Mr. Lam (Nate Lowman and Jenn Cullen) will show recent photographs and jewellery concerned with "wigga" culture. Mr. Leonard will show photographs which combine his trademark fascinations with gore and seedy beauty. Stephen Tashjian will show a new painting entitled "Jigga meets Jacko" of the rapper Jay-Z meeting Michael Jackson.

For more information concerning this exhibition or to receive images, please call the gallery 212 414 4560 or contact us by e-mail at r_goldsworthy@hotmail.com

From Antonio Farruggio.

THE BITS FLEW FAR AND WIDE
2nd November 2001

IMAN appears on the front cover of the December issue of the woman's magazine JOURNAL photographed by Troy Word. Inside there is a six-page interview entitled 'Iman At The Top', along with some stunning full colour shots. Inside there is the opportunity to win Iman products and there is a free 'Journal' make up bag attached....

IMAN also features on the cover of the BIG ISSUE out tomorrow up North. (thanks to Nelson for the pointers)...

Appearing tonight on 'Later With Jools Holland' on BBC2 at 11:35pm TRAVIS perform their version of David's 'All The Young Dudes' (from Roger)...

GAIL ANN DORSEY plays gigs on Friday and Saturday night (2nd and 3rd Nov) at The Hudson River Theater at 521 Warren Street, in New York. Phone (518) 822-8189 for details...

The forthcoming 2CD set from the 'Concert for New York' benefit concert due for release on 27th November on Columbia Records, is planned to feature BOTH songs performed by DAVID BOWIE at the show, 'America' and "Heroes". Both tracks on the album are mixed by Bob Clearmount...

XM RADIO are featuring an advertisement which plays part of the so-far unreleased song 'Afraid' by DAVID BOWIE in a new commercial in the USA (from TJ)...

The DAVID BOWIE track 'The Pretty Things Are Going To Hell' appears on the soundtrack of new movie FAT GIRL by French film maker Catherine Breillat...

The next BowieWonderworld competition will be your chance to win one of three copies of MR. RICE'S SECRET on DVD (region 2) will start in the middle of next week...


FRENCH TV BOWIE SPECIAL
2nd November 2001

There's another DAVID BOWIE special on French TV coming up. CANAL JIMMY are showing the following programmes:

8th November
08.45pm Ziggy Stardust The Motion Picture.
10.15pm A Little Later - David Bowie.
10.30pm Cracked Actor.

9th November
3.20pm A Little Later - David Bowie.

10th November
01.35am A Little Later - David Bowie.
01.50am Cracked Actor.

From Pascal.

HEROES OR ZEROES
1st November 2001

Reminder from last months news... Tonight Radio Two presenter MARK RADCLIFFE presents the fifth in a series in which he asks whether contemporary rock icons are worthy of their status. The programme dissects the reputation of DAVID BOWIE.

The 'Heroes or Zeroes' radio programme is broadcast tonight (Thursday 1st November) on BBC Radio Two at 22:00 to 22:30 (30 mins long).

You can tune into Radio 2 from anywhere in the world via the internet by clicking here... or tune into BBC Radio 2 on 88-91 FM, on channel 852 on digital satellite, on digital radio and on BBC Online.

Check via the World Time Clock Zone for your local times.

AS I ASK YOU TO FOCUS ON
1st November 2001

Performing this month at the Newton Theatre in Newtown, Sydney, Australia is 'LIFE ON MARS' - a new kind of music theatre sprung from the loins of classic rock operas like JC Superstar and Tommy but with a twenty first century twist. Much of the material comes from the albums Space Oddity, Hunky Dory, Ziggy Stardust, Aladdin Sane and Diamond Dogs. Twenty five DAVID BOWIE classics provide the framework for a narrative that speaks of alien invasion, Warhol, Jean Genies, big brothers, space men and beyond...

"This is a sensory feast, dazzling to the eye and luxuriant to the ear!" - (Blue Mountains Gazette).

Newton Theatre, 354 King Street, Newtown, Sydney.
Nov. 16, 17, 22, 23, 24, 29, 30 and Dec. 1st at 8:00pm
Nov. 25th and Dec. 2nd at 5:00pm

Check out their website @ www.outofthebluetoday.freeservers.com/bowie.html#project

BECKENHAM RESIDENTS TO SALUTE DAVID
1st November 2001

Further to the story published here last August, I can confirm that Beckenham residents and the Noble House Pub Company are going ahead with the celebratory plaque for DAVID BOWIE.

Rat & Parrot aka Three Tuns The date fixed for the unveiling of the plaque on the outside of the Rat & Parrot (formerly Three Tuns) in Beckenham High Street is Thursday, 6th December 2001 at 12 noon. There will be a party in the pub from about 7.30 pm with David Bowie music.

The unveiling will be by Mary Finnigan who with David back in 1969 established the Arts Lab concerts on Sunday evenings in the Three Tuns. Others who participated in Arts Lab events in Beckenham with Mary and David have also been invited. At this event, we hope to hear from a Noble House director that the pub will renamed the Three Tuns after refurbishment in the New Year - which will nicely coincide with the celebrations to mark the 30th anniversary of Ziggy Stardust, who was created during David's days in Beckenham.

The party: Now that we have fixed a date, we are looking for: some performers who can do justice to David's music and Alan the manager at the Rat & Parrot will be pleased to hear from any tribute bands or singers who would like to to perform in the evening on 6th December. If any readers would like to take part, please contact Alan at:

Tel: 020 8658 9618 or email: tedtrotter@tiscali.co.uk

From Cliff Watkins.
CCARA (Copers Cope Area Residents Association)
Beckenham, Kent.

David performs at The Three Tuns Background: The Beckenham Town Centre Residents Association with over two thousand members in Beckenham, Kent are to celebrate and recognise David's association with their town where he lived for almost five years between 1969 and 1973. Their aim is to recognise the fact that during this period, he performed and developed his musical talents in the Arts Lab which was held in The Three Tuns pub in the High Street, and that in 1972, he achieved stardom with the birth of Ziggy Stardust, the character developed when he lived in Haddon Hall in Southend Road. Along with the hairstyle that launched Ziggy was cut by local hair stylist Suzi Fussey, who was working in a hair salon in Beckenham High Street.

(Ed. See news story above for reservations and more info).

MR RICE'S SECRET UK DVD PRESS RELEASE
1st November 2001

INTERNATIONAL SUPERSTAR DAVID BOWIE STARS IN THE MULTI-AWARD WINNING
MR RICE'S SECRET

"Uplifting, enchanting, outstanding" - Hollywood Reporter

Set for retail video and DVD release on 19th November 2001, MR RICE'S SECRET is a powerful and moving drama, full of magic and mystery, which tells of a story of how one man's gift gives a young boy hope and courage.

At an affordable price on video and £15.99 on DVD this exceptional movie is not to be missed. It won a host of awards at the Berlin Film Festival, Cinemagic, Fantasporto and many other important film festivals.

Mr Rice's Secret DAVID BOWIE - one of the most popular icons of this century - stars as the gifted Mr Rice who helps Owen Walters (Bill Switzer), a 12 year old boy with Hodgkin's Disease, come to terms with his terminal condition. The twist is that Mr Rice has recently died and it is only after his death that his magical aura begins to touch the life of the young Owen. The journey Mr Rice guides him though is strangely exciting and also deeply touching as Owen is helped to overcome one of the hardest challenges any human being has to face - coping with his own death. Owen learns to avoid his own prejudices against other sick children by the wise Mr Rice, who shows him how to keep his resentment at bay and instead just be proud to be himself - wherever his destiny may lie. The riddles and clues that Mr Rice lays down for Owen provide an intrigue that manages to create a bizarre need to pursue the road to death instead of running from it.

MR RICE'S SECRET gives a refreshing take on a difficult subject and has appeal for all the family, young and old, and is a guaranteed treat for the millions of Bowie fans across the world.

Released by Odyssey Video. Catalogue Number: ODX20040.

The Region 1 (US version) has already been released can be purchased here.

(Ed. The DVD release has a full frame transfer, Dolby Stereo soundtrack, interviews with the cast and crew, behind-the-scenes B rolls, electronic press kit, biographies, film notes and trailers).






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