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28th November 2002

From 8pm on New Years Eve @ Arlene Grocery in New York City, a band of downtown musicians featuring Richard (X Spacehog guitarist), Alex Morton (Raging Slab) Adam and Charlie Roth and Mighty Joe Vincent, will perform every DAVID BOWIE album from 'Hunky Dory' to 'Young Americans' LIVE on stage, track for track. With special guest vocalists.

Tickets are $20 and include party favors and champagne.

Address: 95 Stanton Street, NY 10002 - PH (212) 358-1633 - FAX (212) 995-1719.
(between Ludlow and Orchard, just one block South of Houston).

For more details check out www.arlene-grocery.com - The perfect New Years Eve for any Bowie fan.

From Owen.

27th November 2002

The second special auction of DAVID BOWIE items available via the ROCKVAULT website is now underway. Auction 2 is running from November 19th 2002 until midnight 17th December 2002.

Below are the details of Lots 1 through to Lot 7...

Lot 1 - David Bowie Friars Club Aylesbury Contract:
     File photo copy of the original contract for David Bowie's first Ziggy Stardust performance at the original Friars Club in Aylesbury on 21st January 1972. This three-page document, signed by Gem Management's Don Hunter (part of photo copy) has 'Friars Club Aylesbury' boldly written across the front page in pencil (many original Bowie contracts at MainMan were annotated in this way). The copy is a clear and complete copy and the only one kept on file by MainMan to commemorate this important appearance. Has been two-hole-punched for original storage.

Lot 2 - David Bowie 1970 Mercury Records Agreement Variation:
     Original letter to Mercury Records from Gem Management and David Bowie to 'confirm the variation of the Agreement made between us and dated the 20th June 1969'. The unsigned document was Gem's file copy and dated 22nd October 1970. Size: 330mm x 205mm.

Lot 3 - Hype Philips Recording Contract:
     Original four-page Philips Recording Artists Contract for Hype; Tony Visconti, Mike Ronson and Michael Woodlandsley (sic), dated 3rd April 1970. Also contains a loose inner Annexe to the Agreement, also made out to Hype and dated 3rd April 1970. This contract copy was unsigned by any members of the band but is signed by S.W. Turner on behalf of Philips. This complete item is in excellent condition and, although stored flat, was originally folded in half. Size: 344mm x 205mm.

Lot 4 - David Bowie Beverly Wilshire Hotel Invoice:
     Original single sheet Beverly Wilshire Hotel, California invoice. Size: 171mm x 153mm. Total bill for 'David Bowie & Party' residence at the Wilshire $32,370.82!! Has been two-hole-punched for original storage.

Lot 5 - David Bowie Young Americans Hit Factory Invoice:
     Original single sheet Young Americans master copying invoice from New York's The Hit Factory. Referred to here as 'Bowie New Philly Album', the invoice size is 178mm x 215mm and has been two-hole-punched for original storage.

Lot 6 - David Bowie Holiday Inn 8 Page Statement - June 1974:
     Original eight-page Diamond Dogs tour Holiday Inn, Ohio bill noting payment for six rooms including rooms for David, Corinne Schwab and Herbie Flowers. Two (including David's), are personally approved by tour manager Eric Barrett. In all four pages feature original accounts annotation, the invoice dated 26th June 1974. Bills stapled together. A nice piece of early US tour memorabilia.

Lot 7 - David Bowie Diamond Dogs Tour Jules Fisher Invoice:
     Original single sheet Jules Fisher Associates invoice requesting payment for items including 'Three models of David Bowie (stage) set' and duty paid on '29 hats for David Bowie'. With original MainMan accounts annotation. Size US A4.

Next month there are also another 5 Lots being auctioned via BONHAMS December Rock 'n' Roll Auction on RockVault's behalf - you can view items at the RockVault website but all bids must go through Bonhams: www.bonhams.com.

Lot 1 - David Bowie Pin Ups Gold Disc (UK):
     Original Pin Ups gold disc, presented to manager Tony Defries. Inscribed 'Awarded to MainMan for 100,000 of the RCA recording' (1973) 38 x 43.

Lot 2 - David Bowie Aladdin Sane Gold Disc (UK):
     Original Aladdin Sane gold disc, presented to manager Tony Defries. Inscribed 'Awarded to MainMan for 100,000 of the RCA recording' (1973) 38 x 43.

Lot 3 - David Bowie ChangesBowie Gold Disc (US):
     Original ChangesOneBowie gold disc, presented to manager Tony Defries. Inscribed 'Presented to Tony Defries to commemorate the sale of more than 500,000 copies of the Rykodisc Album Cassette & CD CHANGESBOWIE' (1990) 43 x 53.

Lot 4 - David Bowie original signed contract - November 1965:
     Highly collectable early David Bowie contract, signed by his second manager Ralph Horton on 25th November 1965. This ten page buff coloured contract also contains original annotation by Horton - who remained David's manager until January 1967 - overseeing David's move to solo singer and his name change from Jones to Bowie. Signed RJ Horton. Page size: 382mm x 242mm. Pages gathered and bound by a green ribbon. Also enclosed is a loose sheet photocopy of a one-page agreement between Ralph Horton and David Bowie and his parents, canceling their original three year agreement. Dated 20th January 1967. This complete item is in excellent condition and, although stored flat, was originally folded in half. This was David's original copy and given to future manager Tony Defries.

Lot 5 - David & Angela Bowie Paris Photo Session - July 1973:
     A presentation folder of 25 black and white photos by Terry O'Neil, taken in Paris during the recording of David Bowie's LP Pin Ups. Photos are 455mm x 390mm. Some photos were featured in a contemporary Daily Mirror fashion feature and all were taken in and around the Chateau D'Herouville studios. The folder was given to David's manager Tony Defries as a present and souvenir by Terry O'Neil. All of the photos are mounted in a sturdy, zip-up presentation folder. All images are sold without copyright.

To view scans of all the items, register to bid and more information visit RockVault - Online Auctions of Unique Rock Memorabilia.

26th November 2002

LITTLE WONDER the Southend based DAVID BOWIE Tribute band will be serving up something extra special for there home fans this Christmas.

Friday 6th December see's the band fronted by 'Stars In Their Eyes' finalist Tony Perry playing a special show at Chinnerys, Southend seafront.

They will perform two sets with the first set being a performance of Bowie's breakthrough album 'Ziggy Stardust and The Spiders From Mars' in its entirety. The album which celebrates its 30th anniversary this year features Bowie classics such as 'Starman' and 'Suffragette City'.

If that isn't enough for your money, the second set will consist of songs selected by a Little Wonder fan through a competition on the bands website.

The doors open at 8.30pm. Tickets priced just £5 in advance and £6 on the door available from: Honky Tonk Music, PMT, Fives Leigh and Rayleigh. For more information or to book tickets. Visit the bands website @ www.changesbowie.co.uk or contact 01268 795000 and ask for Major Tom.

For interviews or information regarding this press release, contact:- Simon Kinsler +44 (0)1702 319169 or email simonkinsler@blueyonder.co.uk

25th November 2002

Italian Complete David Bowie On the 22th of November the Italian version of THE COMPLETE DAVID BOWIE by Nicholas Pegg will be released.

The book will be published by Arcana with the Italian title 'David Bowie: l'enciclopedia' and it will cost E29.

The publication has been updated to the August 2002 edition.

There's more information in Italian over on Velvet Goldmine, the David Bowie Italian fanclub @ www.velvetgoldmine.it

24th November 2002

'HUNKY DORY' - DAVID BOWIE tribute night on Sunday 8th December, 2002. This is a tribute evening to celebrate the songs of David Bowie. An all-star house band will perform the entire 'Hunky Dory' album as well as loads of other hits. Confirmed artists include Rebecca Barnard, Cyndi Boste, Andy White, Kerri Simpson, Chris Chapple, The Spoils, Raoul Graf, Andy Gordon, Mark Eden, Jona Byron, Peter Maskell and more.

$14/12 at the door - 7.30pm. Licensed till 3:00 AM!

     The Corner Hotel,
     57 Swan Street, Richmond, Melbourne
     VICTORIA, Australia
     Venue Phone: 94277 7300
     Ticket Bookings: 94327 9198
     Website www.cornerhotel.com

From Adam.

22nd November 2002

DAVID BOWIE has confirmed on BowieNet that he will again perform for the TIBET HOUSE BENEFIT at Carnegie Hall in New York City, USA. The benefit show will take place on 28th February 2003.

Tickets for the evening (includes prime concert tickets and entrance to the party) are available now ($375 each or $700 for two). Please contact Kyra Borre at Tibet House on 212 807 0563 or email kyraborre@mindspring.com for reservations. Concert only tickets can be purchased by calling Carnegie Charge, (212) 247-7800 or in person at the Carnegie Hall Box Office, located at 154 West 57th Street. Concert tickets are priced at $30, $35, $45, $50, $80 and $108; available towards the end of next month - December 2002.

Please call (212) 807-0563 for more information or visit www.tibethouse.org.

21st November 2002

Featured in the current issue of LAM Online magazine (Living Abroad Magazine) is an interview with DAVID BOWIE entitled 'Golden Years'.

With Heathen receiving critical acclaim and a new Greatest Hits album, Michael Dwyer catches up with the man himself while Gareth Gorman tackles the back catalogue of the Thin White Duke.

Click here to read the full interview.

From GaryH.

21st November 2002

Ziggy Stardust Skin For any of you out there who one entertain themselves with the JEDI KNIGHT II game. Well there's a downloadable Ziggy Stardust aka DAVID BOWIE skin for your downloading pleasure (3.21 MBtye).

Authored by Mima_Kake who says "this is my first skin ever. Which I made with a little help from a few nice guys. Thanx. It's Ziggy Stardust (David Bowie). I've included sounds and bot. Rock 'n Roll!!!!"

Click here to visit the Ziggy download page @ www.jediknightii.net

Thanks to TheLodger for the pointer.

20th November 2002

The excellent double DVD of DAVID BOWIE'S brand new release 'Best Of Bowie' has hit the NUMBER ONE spot in the UK Music DVD chart placings in the first week of release.

Selling like the proverbial hot cake that it is, lots of people have emailed and posted in stating everywhere they go it's sold out. I don't know what it's like down in that London, but I know for a fact that Woolies in Manchester sold out within an hour on the first day or release. The cry up North is... "Get some more stock in!".

The clever people, couch potatoes and ones without coats know how to do it. Buy online! If you're quick you can receive a 25% discount by purchasing online here - List Price: £19.99 - Our Price: £14.99 - You Save: £5.00 (25% discount).

The Region 1 (US and Canada only) format version has been released this week.

The 2 DVD David Bowie - Best of Bowie is available now - List Price: $34.98 - Our Price: $29.99 - You Save: $4.99 (14% discount).

The UK 2CD version of 'Best Of Bowie' which entered the UK album charts at number 30 has now climbed to the number 11 spot.

20th November 2002

The all too common 'I'm gonna name-drop David Bowie' in the music press to get more notice has arisen again this time with FLAMING LIPS frontman WAYNE COYNE. Coyne with The Flaming Lips currently touring with Beck in the USA, revealed to NME this week that he wants to do more joint tours and has singled out DAVID BOWIE and Björk.

He stated that: "If you run into David Bowie, tell him we're doing this with Beck and we want to go on tour with him. We'll play what we feel are his best songs, kick him into shape."

(Ed. Flaming Lips? Hmm quite).

19th November 2002

China Club in 1985 China Club in 1985 Seventeen years ago to this very day in 1985 DAVID BOWIE appeared on stage at the China Club in New York City, USA. The event was drummer Steve Ferrone's birthday party. On that night, they all decided to stage an impromptu jam session but were in need of a guitarist, so David phoned up Ron Wood of the Rolling Stones and twenty minutes later he turned up.

The jam lasted for over an hour, singing hit after hit. The band consisted of: David Bowie, Iggy Pop, Ronnie Wood, Stevie Winwood, Carlos Alomar, Carmine Rojas and Steve Ferrone...

And talking of special days... Wishing a very special and Happy Birthday to Miss GAIL ANN DORSEY - have a wonderful day!

17th November 2002

Reminder: Just to let you know about the DAVID BOWIE auctions that are ending, in progress and upcoming.

Auction Schedule
*Posters: ends Monday, Nov 18th, 9:15am - 2:55 pm EDT (14:15 - 19:55 GMT).
*Books, Songbooks: ends Monday, Dec 2nd, 8:40 am - 12:15 pm EDT (books), 12:20 pm - 1:35 pm EDT (songbooks). This is 13:40 - 17:15 GMT for books, 17:20 - 18:35 GMT for songbooks.

* Recordings: 12" singles, LPs - Starts Monday, Nov 25th; ends Monday, Dec 16th.
* Recordings: 7" singles, CDs, cassettes, postcard records - Starts Monday, Feb 3rd; ends Monday, Feb 24th. (Other auctions to be scheduled soon).

Buy Now Items: Videos and Private Photos
Videos are currently on sale for just $5 each. Both NTSC and PAL formats are available. I also have many privately taken photographs for sale, for 50p each. Please email me for a list. Finally, I'm accepting offers for a very large audio tape collection, containing many shows, demos, interviews, etc. You can download an excel file of this collection from the 'Audio Tapes' page.

An enormous collection of rare DAVID BOWIE memorabilia is being offered for sale by major Bowie fan and collector JULIE STOLLER, former editor of the U.S. newsletter 'Sound & Vision' (1987-1992).

Recordings, books, fanzines, posters, press kits, promotional items, t-shirts, displays, magazines and newspapers, audio and video tapes, and much more! Most items sold by auction to highest bidder. Offers for particular items or groups of items will be considered during the preview period.

Free Bowie items and Sound & Vision newsletters to winning bidders, while supplies last! Many one-of-a-kind and super rare collectibles!!

Click here to visit and register for the Sound & Vision: The David Bowie Online Auction! @ http://bowiestuff.sytes.net.

From Julie Stoller.

17th November 2002

Four more days left to vote for BowieWonderworld... The IMA recognises the best music websites currently online, but most importantly, they're chosen by you, the fans. The award is open to both official and unofficial websites, i.e. those built and serviced by private individuals, so everyone has a chance to win. Last year 2653 websites registered to take part in the award and over 150,000 music fans cast their votes! Now's your chance to make a difference to this year's results.

This is where you get to be an official judge of the IMA 2002. There are 3 categories that require your votes: best shop, best website and best artist. You can vote for as many different shops, websites and artists as you like, but you can only vote once for the same one. Plus, each time you vote you are automatically entered into our prize draw to win a JVC digital video camera!


From Franck Alfier @ DotMusic.

15th November 2002

David Bowie-Sting Konser Akbar Peduli Bali... The BuGils Newsletter the Indonesian Expat Newsletter that circulates via email in Indonesia contains the following message:

DAVID BOWIE and Sting will together play a concert in Bali in March. Both artists have long connections with Bali. Their purpose it 1) to give ALL of the proceeds to the families of Indonesian victims of the bombs and the local hospitals, and 2) to fill every hotel room in Bali for the weekend and kick-start the return of tourists when they see it is safe.

The government has waived all taxes and fees. Bowie in Bali - it will be a night to remember for a long time.

Mick Jagger, who has a house in Bali and got married there, cannot come because of a world tour. He is often seen sitting on the porch jamming with local kids. He has given one million pounds to the fund.

From Ian L. Betts in Jakarta, Indonesia.

14th November 2002

Holiday Season Special! - From November 1st to December 20th, 2002, Musicfoto offers a 20% discount on ALL photographs, plus an additional 5% on photographs ordered through PayPal!

Includes both photo sizes and no minimum quantity. Does not include Gallery photos. All photographs for personal use only, no reproduction permitted.

The excellent array of DAVID BOWIE photographs available includes the 1974 Diamond Dogs period, 1976 Thin White Duke, 1978 Heroes, 1983 Serious Moonlight and the 1987 Glass Spider world tours.

Check out Musicfoto.com or go directly to the David Bowie section.

13th November 2002

Top international artists' work for just £35. Do you know the secret? The RCA SECRET 2002 is an exhibition and sale of postcard size works of art by international artists, designers, RCA students and graduates. Last year over 800 artists contributed more than 1,500 miniature works of art.

All the cards are signed on the reverse, so the artists' identity remains a secret until the card is bought. You could go home with an original by an art superstar or a star of the future.

How does it work?
Come along to the Royal College of Art during the viewing week to see the exhibition in full and make your choices, or view all the cards online at www.bowieart.com - cards go on sale at the Royal College of Art the following week at just £35 each, with a maximum purchase of 5 cards per person.

This project which raises money for the Fine Art Student Award Fund at the Royal College of Art in London, is again sponsored by BowieNet.

The exhibition is open for VIEWING ONLY from 21st to 28th November 2002. The sale commences on Friday 29th November 2002 and finished on Monday 1st December 2002. It is not possible to purchase cards before these dates.

Remember cards can sell very quickly. Come early for the best choice. Be prepared to queue!

Cards are removed once sold. It is recommended to view in the week before the sale to see the exhibition in full.

Due to the popularity of the project in recent years, it has been decided this year to limit the number of cards to FIVE per person, to give as many people as possible the opportunity to take part in the sale.

When and Where?
Exhibition Open (for viewing ONLY)
21st - 28th November 2002 - 10am-6pm.
Late opening Tuesday 26th November - 10am-8pm.

29th November 2002 - 8am-6pm
30th November - 1st December 2002 - 10am-6pm

Royal College of Art, Kensington Gore, London SW7 2EU

Please note: Last admission 30 minutes prior to closing. Nearest tube South Kensington/High Street Kensington. Bus 9, 10, 52 to The Royal Albert Hall.

For more information visit www.rca.ac.uk/secret.

(Ed. No contribution from David Bowie this year, but you can now view the pieces on Bowieart.com).

12th November 2002

For those of you having trouble locating the 'Easter Eggs' (bonus footage) on the newly released DAVID BOWIE 'Best of Bowie' DVD - all can be found by playing the discs on random or shuffle or individually like this...

     Oh! You Pretty Things (The Old Grey Whistle Test - take 2)
Disc 1: Click on 'Play All' every 2nd time the alternative version will appear.

     Interview with David Bowie and Russell Harty (before Drive-In Saturday)
Disc 1: Click on the hyphen on the tracklisting display.

     Screen ad for forthcoming Ziggy Stardust DVD release (Hammersmith Odeon 1973)
Disc 1: Click on the lightning bolt logo on the tracklisting display.

     Jazzin' For Blue Jean (complete promo)
Disc 1: Click on the ) symbol on the tracklisting display. You will notice the picture change on the right hand side. Highlight and click to play.

     Blue Jean (MTV edit recorded at The Wag Club)
Disc 1: Whilst you are playing the Jazzin' For Blue Jean video, when the girl goes to the jukebox, click on enter when you see the db image appear.

     Day In Day Out (Extended Mix)
Disc 2: Click on 'Play All' every 2nd time the extended mix will appear.

     Miracle Goodnight (Remix)
Disc 2: Play the Miracle Goodnight video wait 5 minutes on the tracklist display and click enter.

     Seven Years In Tibet (Mandarin version)
Disc 2: Click on the Mandarin symbol on the subtitle page.

     Survive (Live in Paris)
Disc 2: Click on 'Play All' every 2nd time the live version will appear.

The Best Of Bowie DVD is available now - see below for more details.

10th November 2002

In a poll of the 'Top 100 No. 1 Singles' of the last 50 years, DAVID BOWIE has found himself placed in three positions.

     10. Queen and David Bowie - Under Pressure
     25. David Bowie - Space Oddity
     75 David Bowie - Ashes To Ashes

Queen topped the chart with 'Bohemian Rhapsody', with John Lennon's 'Imagine' placed at number 2.

You can see the complete 100 by visiting the BBC news website.

From Gary H.

10th November 2002

LOU REED will release his new album, 'The Raven', on 27th January 2003, on Sire/Reprise. The ambitious collection features Reed's musical interpretations of the poetry of Edgar Allen Poe (including actor Willem Dafoe's reading of the classic poem which serves as the title track) in addition to his own original Poe-inspired lyrics.

The Raven - which will be released in a full two-CD format, as well as a shorter, more music-centric version - is the singer-songwriter's latest investigation into the work of the nineteenth century poet. Reed and avant garde theater director Robert Wilson hatched POEtry, a piece of musical theater that debuted in Hamburg, Germany, in 2000. And more recently, Reed took part in producer Hal Willner's annual Poe Invitational Halloween performance at the University of California Los Angeles.

In addition to Dafoe, Reed enlisted actors Steve Buscemi and Amanda Plummer, and musicians DAVID BOWIE, Laurie Anderson, Ornette Coleman, the Five Blind Boys of Alabama, and Anna and Kate McGarrigle to bring the project to life. Reed's regular band - guitarist Mike Rathke, bassist Fernando Saunders and drummer Tony "Thunder" Smith - are also featured on the record. Willner, who produced Reed's last album, 2000's Ecstasy, also recorded The Raven.

"For sure Edgar Allen Poe is that most classical of American writers - a writer more peculiarly attuned to our new century's heartbeat then he ever was to his own," Reed wrote on his Web site. "Obsessions, paranoia, willful acts of self destruction surround us constantly... When given the opportunity to bring him to life through words and music - text and dance - why I leapt at it - I surged towards it like a Rottweiler chasing a bloody bone."

Dafoe and Reed's 'The Raven' is available for download at: www.loureed.org - go check it out.

From Roger B.

9th November 2002

Released last Monday in Norway, the extra bonus footage contained on the DAVID BOWIE 'Best of Bowie' DVD which are found by playing the discs on random include:

     Oh! You Pretty Things (The Old Grey Whistle Test - take 2)
     Interview with David Bowie and Russell Harty (before Drive-In Saturday)
     Jazzin' For Blue Jean (complete promo)
     Blue Jean (MTV edit recorded at The Wag Club)
     Day In Day Out (Extended Mix)
     Miracle Goodnight (Remix)
     Seven Years In Tibet (Mandarin version)
     Survive (Live in Paris)

The DVD is released in the UK on Monday 11th November - see below for more details.

From Steinar.

7th November 2002

Check out an interview with Foo Fighters frontman DAVID GROHL who guest appeared on DAVID BOWIE'S Heathen album, and talks about a previously unknown David Bowie penned track 'My Face' done during the 'Ulysses (Della Notte)' sessions in 1999.

Q: "You recently played guitar for David Bowie's 'Heathen' album; was that years ago?"

DG: "No, that was recently, that was maybe five or six months ago; he just called and asked if I'd play guitar on a song. And I said, yes sure; he sent me the copy of the songs, I played guitar and sent it back. I mean, I went and bought the album last week and it sounds pretty good.

"I recorded something for Reeves Gabriel's (Bowie's guitarist who formed part of metal-experimental Tin Machine) solo record and it was Reeves, Charles from the Pixies, Frank Black, David Bowie and me, we did one song, called 'My Face'. That was a trip, that was pretty amazing, just to be in the studio with Bowie for that."

TH: "Didn't he let you have his lyrics?"

DG: "No, he left. He came in to write lyrics, he sat down on the floor and spread postcards and pictures of things, all over the floor."

TH: "Very Bowie."

DG: "And sat down and started writing down lyrics and the song was called 'My Face' and it says 'I'm nothing without my face'. So, he wrote the lyrics on a notebook paper, and then on the bottom he did a self-portrait of himself. We recorded the songs and by, like, 2 o'clock in the morning everyone was leaving and I looked on the ground and the lyric sheet was just sort of lying there. It was an almost like that last pork-chop on a boat of starving people, everyone was standing there starring at this f**king lyric sheet on the ground, like - who's gonna get it? who's gonna grab it? and I f**king grabbed it and I gave it to my sister, she is a huge David Bowie fan; so, she has it framed in her house. It's f**king cool."

CS: "That's f**king unbelievable."

DG: "It's pretty awesome. But, he is a great guy, I mean, he is the consummate gentlemen and he seems like he should be f**king King, and not a rock star. So, he is very nice. The fact that it was a Neil Young cover ('I've Been Waiting For You') on the ('Heathen') album, made it more, even more inviting."

Q: "When you get into a studio with legends like that, do you feel belittled, humbled..."

DG: "You definitely are intimidated by the people that you consider heroes. We had Brian May come in and play on one song of the record. Usually, if someone like that senses your intimidation they sort of make you feel at ease by the brotherhood of musicians. No one is better than anyone else, everyone has their signature way of doing what they do and the reason you come into a studio together is because you appreciate that person's particular craft. So, it is pretty scary when you are in studio with someone like David Bowie when you are 27 years old and you question why you are there in the first place. So, it is weird."

You can read the complete interview by Sasha Stojanovic here via the DotMusic website.

(Ed. I'm 99.9% certain that the song title was changed to 'Jewel' which DID appear on the album. On 'Jewel' the first verse is sung by Frank Black and Dave Grohl, the second verse is David Bowie and Reeves, and the choruses are Reeves and Frank Black. Looking at the lyrics of 'Jewel', it so obviously could have been entitled 'My Face' at the start). The db verse went as follows:

(Bowie verse):
     I believe my face, a girl's face
     I believe my face is one of a kind
     I point the stars and roll my eyes
     They poison my young mind
     Believe my face, the charming face
     My poison eyes, believe my eyes
     I roll up my sleeves, I rock on my heels
     But I'm nothing without my face
     (Gabrels) And now I'm screaming "Oh my jewel" so happily
     I'm lonely without my face
     (Gabrels) I am a man and I am cruel, I'm the king of cruelty
     I'm nothing without my face
     (Gabrels) But now I'm screaming "Oh my jewel" so happily
     (Gabrels) I am a man and I am cruel, I'm the king of cruelty
     (Gabrels) I'm the king of cruelty
     (Gabrels) I'm the king of cruelty

7th October 2002

To coincide with DAVID BOWIE'S recently released compilation CD the 'Best Of Bowie' the eagerly awaited DVD version is released this coming Monday on 11th November.

Edition Details:
     - Region 2 encoding (Europe, Middle East & Japan only)
     - PAL
     - Number of discs: 2
     - Catalogue Number: 4901039
     - List Price: £19.99. Our Price: £14.99. You Save: £5.00 (25%).

Best Of Bowie DVD 1:
     Oh! You Pretty Things (The Old Grey Whistle Test)
     Queen Bitch (The Old Grey Whistle Test)
     Five Years (The Old Grey Whistle Test)
     Starman (Top Of The Pops)
     John, I'm Only Dancing
     The Jean Genie
     Space Oddity
     Drive-In Saturday
(Russell Harty Plus Pop)
     Ziggy Stardust (from Motion Picture)
     Life On Mars?
     Rebel Rebel
(from Top Pop)
     Young Americans (The Dick Cavett Show)
     Be My Wife
     Boys Keep Swinging
     Look Back In Anger
     Ashes To Ashes
     Wild Is The Wind
     Let's Dance
     China Girl
     Modern Love
     Cat People
(Live From Serious Moonlight tour)
     Blue Jean
     Loving The Alien
     Dancing In The Street

DVD 2:
     Absolute Beginners
     As The World Falls Down
     Day-In Day-Out
     Time Will Crawl
     Never Let Me Down
     Fame '90
     Jump They Say
     Black Tie White Noise
     Miracle Goodnight
     Buddha Of Suburbia
     The Heart's Filthy Lesson
     Strangers When We Meet
     Hallo Spaceboy
     Little Wonder
     Dead Man Walking
     Seven Years In Tibet
     I'm Afraid Of Americans
     Thursday's Child

You can get your copy of the Best Of Bowie 2-DVD Purchase here and receive a 25% discount.

6th November 2002

The recently broadcast A&E biography of DAVID BOWIE is available for purchase via their website. Concert footage, clips from his films and interviews with musicians like Moby highlight this look at the groundbreaking performer. 100 Minutes - Price: $29.95.

Synopsis: David Bowie has released scores of chart-topping hits, starred in films and on Broadway, pioneered new ways of doing business as a performing artist, and gleefully defied conventions and provoked outrage with carefully-constructed personal re-inventions. From his childhood in London to his extensive philanthropic efforts and place on the board of a fine arts magazine, BIOGRAPHY® peels back layers of incarnations, going beyond the Thin White Duke and Ziggy Stardust for an intimate portrait of the man himself. Rare footage from the BBC archives shows the future superstar performing at the age of 17, while musicians like Moby and Trent Reznor reflect on his towering legacy. And a more intimate view is provided by his wife of ten years, Iman.

Here is the complete story of a rock and roll pioneer whose accomplishments go far beyond music.

5th November 2002

Stuck snugly to your new issue of Q magazine is a FREE 18-track CD featuring some of the finest music of the year. The December issue (Q197) CD features DAVID BOWIE, Doves, Idlewild, The Coral, Moby, The Streets, The Datsuns, The Hives, Ms Dynamite, U2 and Coldplay all make an appearance. And why not?

The free cover mounted CD - 'The Best Tracks From The Best Albums 2002' - I'm not sure which db track is on the free CD. Heathen is packed full of great songs, perhaps this will help Heathen back in to the top 75, which it just left after 20 weeks of shimmying up and down the chart. His longest run since Let's Dance.

Update: The David Bowie track included on the free cover mounted CD 'The Best Tracks from The Best Albums from 2002' is 'A Better Future' (4:41). Also featured inside the magazine is three-page Q Review Buyer's Guide on David Bowie, along with a 5 star rating (indispensable/truly exceptional) review of Best Of Bowie released last Monday.

From Roger B.

4th November 2002

D Head II Here is a unique opportunity to acquire an original piece of DAVID BOWIE art.

D HEAD II was painted by David in 1995, the framed painting is an acrylic and computer collage on canvas, the size being 24 x 19 cms.

Besides the signature on the front, the back frame cover is also signed. Please click here to view the back of the frame.

This exclusive painting is being offered by a private English collector at a very reasonable price.

Please contact Paul if you are seriously interested in this original one-off painting by David.

4th November 2002

An exclusive IMAN interview featured in last weekend's issue of THE SUNDAY TIMES. Written by Lisa Grainger, highlights included...

Her life with Bowie is far removed from what she once described as the "cigarettes, champagne and coke that became part of the fashion show". "We're fantastically boring," she says. "An old married couple. We cook, hang out, walk in Central Park, go to the zoo, go to dinner parties. The most exciting thing at the VH1 Fashion Awards was meeting our heroines, Venus and Serena Williams. God, they are tall! David was so thrilled, he had our pictures taken with them."

Iman only works a half-day at her eponymous make-up company, so that she can spend time at home with Bowie and their 26-month-old daughter, Alexandria. "We enjoy eating in, and I'm a great cook. It amazes me that David doesn't get fat. He loves things like shepherd's pie, and insists I cook him a fry-up on Sunday, so he can eat it while reading the British newspapers. He still gets them all. It's sad, he misses London and would move back in a flash if I wanted to."

(c) 2002 Times Newspapers Ltd.

From Marion.

4th November 2002

"Why are you creative?" is an exhibition of drawings and original artwork from DAVID BOWIE to the Dalia Lama and runs till the 24th November in Frankfurt, Museumsufer at the Museum of Kommunikation.

HERMANN VASKE was travelling through 6 continents and 40 countries. Artists, philosophers and musicians, he asked the question "Why are you creative?" During the past 7 years. David Bowie, Bono and Billy Wilder among others have answered this question. The form of the answer can either be verbal or with a picture. Three hundred answers can be seen at the museum in Frankfurt. Often the answers contain small sentences or even slogans like the one from David Hockney: "I have to do it. I love life!"

Hermann Vaske made also a film of the material which can also be seen there and was also shown on "Arte".

From Bianca.

3rd November 2002

DAVID BOWIE graces the front cover of today's S:2 magazine, which is the free supplement with the SUNDAY EXPRESS newspaper in the UK.

The three page report by Mark Anstead is a lead-up to tomorrow's TV interview VH1 Reveals which focuses on our David.

3rd November 2002

As mentioned a few months back (15th Sept) DAVID BOWIE features on VH1 UK tomorrow evening being interview by Gary Crowley.

VH1 Reveals: David Bowie VH1 (UK): 8.00 pm - Gary Crowley gets to grips with Mercury Award nominee and GQ Man of the Year, David Bowie in the newest addition to the VH1 Reveals series. In this hour-long probing interview, and just as his 'Best Of' albums hit the stores, David Bowie reveals his thoughts and inspirations in the lead up to the release of his album 'Heathen', his feelings about becoming a father again, his legendary work in the 70's and how much he loves England.

The programme is repeated the following day on Tuesday 5th November at 12:00am and 8:00pm.

Check out the David Bowie page at the official VH1.co.uk website.

3rd November 2002

Also on television tomorrow is the 2 hour DAVID BOWIE Biography on the A&E Channel in the US. Nicely timed with the release of the new 'Best Of' compilation and DVD.

This two-hour bio David Bowie explores the life of the free-spirited chameleon whose names have included Ziggy Stardust and The Thin White Duke. He was born David Robert Jones in London in 1947. His parents married eight months after his birth and his older half-brother succumbed to suicidal schizophrenia when David was only 14. David grew up wanting to become a musician and at 18 he changed his name to David Bowie and released his first solo single, "Do Anything You Say". Spurred by Angie Barnett, his equally free-spirited wife, Bowie created a controversial androgynous image. He was one of the early inventors of the glam rock style and further shocked audiences by announcing his bisexuality. After filming a documentary of a Ziggy Stardust performance in 1973, Bowie caught the acting bug and went on to star in films such as "The Man Who Fell To Earth", "Labyrinth", "The Last Temptation of Christ" and "Basquiat". He also performed on Broadway in "The Elephant Man". But even with wide critical acclaim for acting, Bowie's passion for music remained dominant, some crediting him with creating a new style of music with his 1977 album "Low".

BIOGRAPHY: DAVID BOWIE relates how in the 1980s Bowie's life changed drastically. He divorced Angie Barnett and found a new outlet to showcase both his musical and dramatic talents: MTV. Bowie also used his celebrity to promote philanthropic projects such as Live Aid. In 1992, he married fashion model Iman. They now have a daughter. Bowie continues to be on the leading edge of cultural revolutions: he's a board member of a fine arts magazine, the first musician to issue bonds, the originator of the first artist-created Internet service provider and an inspiration for fashion designers across the globe.

Highlights include interviews with his wife Iman and musicians Moby and Trent Reznor; footage of his appearance on BBC at age 17; rare family photos, film clips, and music videos from 1969 to the present.

Programme scheduled times are 4th November and repeated the following morning:

     4th November
     A&E Biography David Bowie, also featuring Iman, Moby, Trent Reznor - A&E Channel, USA, 09:00 pm ET.

     5th November
     A&E Biography David Bowie, also featuring Iman, Moby, Trent Reznor - A&E Channel, USA, 01:00 am ET.

2nd November 2002

DAVID BOWIE appeared on the Gucci TV Expose the other night. Featuring a clip of David at the GQ Fashion Awards 2002, in the series about famous Fashion Houses, and for Gucci's turn, a clip of David talking to a designer was shown, resplendent in a silver suit (that's David, not the designer - from TheLodger...

DAVID BOWIE'S highly acclaimed album Heathen has now broken over one million sales worldwide...

Attention bargain hunters - mentioned last month were the details for the region 2 DVD release of EVERYBODY LOVES SUNSHINE - released by Cinema Club and starring DAVID BOWIE as gangster 'Bernie', Goldie and Andrew Goth. Well if you're quick, and I mean real quick... you can purchase your copy for a mere £5.99 - that's a 40% off saving. (Thanks to Spidey for the pointer)...

LITTLE WONDER the Essex based DAVID BOWIE tribute band have a gig lined up next month on 6th December 2002 at Chinnerys, Southend on Sea. As a rather bizarre Christmas present, Little Wonder are asking Bowie fans to list a 13 song set (chosen from their NON Ziggy repertoire). The band will decide which set they like best, and play that set as the second half of the gig on 6th December. The winner also gets to walk away with the Bowie related artwork used to decorate the stage. Check it out at: www.changesbowie.co.uk...

Tribute band CH-CHANGES play Rotterdam, Holland on Sunday 10th November in De Vagabond, Nieuwe Binnenweg 99b, Rotterdam. The band plays between 19.30 and 22.30...

1st November 2002

As mentioned two months ago... Cité de la Musique are holding a DAVID BOWIE Special in November. Of particular interest will be the showing of 'Pierrot and Columbine' from the Oxford Playhouse on 28th December 1967. Few people will have seen this rare piece of film and so, it might be a nice opportunity to do so.

1st November (Fri): 19h Cinema Films David Bowie.
    Hunger and Labyrinth.

2nd November (Sat): 15h Cinema Films David Bowie.
    Cracked Actor documentary and The Man Who Fell To Earth.

2nd November (Sat): 20h Cinema Films David Bowie.
    David Bowie's mime debut, filmed by his teacher (Lindsay Kemp), a former student of Marcel Marceau, at the Oxford Playhouse on December 28th 1967. The famous story of Pierrot and Columbine reworked as a crazy pantomime, with Bowie playing a cloud singing When I Live My Dream, The Mirror, Threepenny Pierrot, etc. During the first half of the 1960s and throughout his career, David Bowie, more flamboyant and androgynous than ever, threw himself into glam fashion. Dripping with glitter and sequins, he regularly graced the sets of the BBC to perform his decadent hymns.

3rd November (Sun): 15h Cinema Films David Bowie.
    Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence and Basquiat.

All movies are being shown in the Concert hall - the price is: 6.5 Euros and you can book online via their website at webware.cite-musique.fr for the English version. Choose 'cycle' and then 'David Bowie' for full information, details and booking.

Cité de la Musique is situated in la Villette park, in the North-East of Paris, France.

From Ingmar.

1st November 2002

David Bowie with signed guitar Once again DAVID BOWIE has joined the fight against drunk driving by supporting B.A.D.D. for the 16th year in a row by donating two beautiful 12 String Takamine guitars.

The 'Space Oddity' guitar has been inscribed: "Ground Control To Major Tom" David Bowie 2002. The other is inscribed "Let's Dance Under the Moonlight This Serious Moonlight" David Bowie 2002.

The winner will have a choice of guitars - click here for eBay items and also check out some amazing photographs taken backstage.

100% of the proceeds go to B.A.D.D. and a tax deductible receipt will be included on this item as well as a signed letter of authenticity from David's personal management. Good luck to everyone bidding and please don't drink and drive. Please Think Charity!!!! David will be watching this auction closely so bid with confidence.

Find Bowie items on eBay

Thanks for all your help and support

Update: One of the guitars sold for $5,600.00.

From Danny Perkins Executive Director @ Bikers Against Drunk Drivers.

1st November

An enormous collection of rare DAVID BOWIE memorabilia is being offered for sale by major Bowie fan and collector JULIE STOLLER, former editor of the U.S. newsletter 'Sound & Vision' (1987-1992).

Recordings, books, fanzines, posters, press kits, promotional items, t-shirts, displays, magazines and newspapers, audio and video tapes, and much more! Most items sold by auction to highest bidder. Offers for particular items or groups of items will be considered during the preview period.

Free Bowie items and Sound & Vision newsletters to winning bidders, while supplies last! Many one-of-a-kind and super rare collectibles!!

Click here to visit Sound & Vision: The David Bowie Online Auction! @ http://bowiestuff.sytes.net.

From Julie Stoller.

1st November 2002

The IMA recognises the best music websites currently online, but most importantly, they're chosen by you, the fans. The award is open to both official and unofficial websites, i.e. those built and serviced by private individuals, so everyone has a chance to win. Last year 2653 websites registered to take part in the award and over 150,000 music fans cast their votes! Now's your chance to make a difference to this year's results.

This is where you get to be an official judge of the IMA 2002. There are 3 categories that require your votes: best shop, best website and best artist. You can vote for as many different shops, websites and artists as you like, but you can only vote once for the same one. Plus, each time you vote you are automatically entered into our prize draw to win a JVC digital video camera!


From Franck Alfier @ DotMusic.


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