Episode one of BBC quiz show Celebrity Mastermind yesterday saw singer and actress TOYAH WILLCOX choosing DAVID BOWIE 1967-77 as her specialised subject and her chosen charity was MacMillan Cancer Support.
The questions were pretty straightforward with Toyah managing to score 10 correctly with 3 passes.
If you missed the show, as I did, you can still watch it over at the BBC website via their iPlayer here
(Ed. For those of you who don't know - Toyah is married to former Bowie collaborator Robert Fripp).
A VERY MERRY CHRISTMAS 2008!! 25th December 2008
WISHING EVERYONE A VERY MERRY CHRISTMAS
Have a Cool Yule! I hope you all receive everything you ever wish for
BOWIE BOULEVARD? LOVE ME AVENUE? 22nd December 2008
A new government report is recommending that streets, parks and local amenities should be named after local celebrities under new proposals are to be unveiled by a Government minister.
John Healey, the Local Government Minister, will call on councils to introduce the new naming policy saying it is "great for local democracy and local pride".
Mr Healey said last night: "I think it's great for local democracy and local pride if people can name their public spaces after the people who are important to them. They may choose national icons. But they may also choose their community's unsung heroes; those who serve others and win the respect and admiration of the people around them."
Its report says that the naming of streets after historic figures such as Shakespeare and Nelson had helped to forge British identity but more contemporary icons should now be recognised.
It recommends London recognise DAVID BOWIE and Twiggy and that Birmingham commemorate J.R.R. Tolkien.
You can read the complete article by Robert Winnett (Deputy Political Editor) at the telegraph.co.uk website.
LESLIE CONN - REST IN PEACE 21st December 2008
Very sad news to report the passing away of LESLIE CONN last week on Saturday morning on the eve of his 79th birthday.
Les was DAVIE JONES' very first manager and producer. In March 1964 David had written to John Bloom a washing-machine manufacturer seeking a business backing advance. Bloom kindly declined but sent David a telegram the next day containing the phone number of artist's manager Mr. Leslie Conn.
Les liked the earthy type of music the group played and arranged an audition with Decca Records which resulted in a contract and the first release by Davie Jones with the King-Bees... 'Liza Jane'.
'Liza Jane' was backed with 'Louie Louie Go Home', written by Paul Revere and Mark Lindsay, which was incidentally pencilled in as the A-side, both songs were recorded in a seven-hour session at Decca Studios in Broadhurst Gardens, West Hampstead.
Leslie Conn's recalled back in 1997 during an interview with Starzone:
"There is a funny story while were still on the subject of 'Liza Jane'. When David and I parted company I went off to live and work in Majorca for a few years and one day I was on the phone to my mother and she said, 'what shall I do with those records I have in the garage' which were a few hundred copies of 'Liza Jane'. So I replied, 'Throw them out', and she did. The last time David came up here he said, 'Have you got any of those records we made, you know they're worth over a hundred pounds each!' I told him I got my mother to throw them all out! We had to laugh."
Rest in peace Leslie - gone but not forgotten.
PASSENGER EXHIBITION IN ITALY 11th December 2008
Announcing the new upcoming PHILIPPE AULIAC photographic exhibition Passenger....
The Thin White Duke photographs will be presented in Bassano Del Grappa in Italy from December 12th to January 10th 2009 at the Cacao American Bar via Roma - Crespano Del Grappa (TV).
The opening night premiere takes place on Friday 12th at 10pm.
SPACE ODDITY David Brighton's Tribute to DAVID BOWIE is appearing live in concert on the following dates below:
December 19th and 20th Eastside Cannery Casino - (Showtime: 9:00pm) 5255 Boulder Hwy, Las Vegas, NV, USA [Directions]
December 31st Fremont Street Experience, Fremont Street, Las Vegas, NV USA [Directions]
Band members: Lead Vocals, guitar: David Brighton (Quiet Riot, Beatlemania) Guitar: Switch (Gene Loves Jezebel) Guitar: Paul Nelson (Jan and Dean) Bass: Trent Stroh (Eddie Money's Band, America) Keys, vocals: Brooke Naughton Drums: Ryan Brown
It's that time of year again - get out your glitter platforms as another BOWIEBALL on Saturday December 6th at newbie hot spot Santos Party House in New York.
This time we have participants Earl Slick (Bowie's guitarist), Beyonce's choreographer Jonte and rock n' roll darling Project Runway's Stella B. Zotis.
Our newest component is a fashion mannequin installation to be decked out like David featuring Fashion Institute of Technology, VH1 Glam God's Indashio, Britain's pink lady Zandra Rhodes, menswear rogue Andrew Buckler, Vespa Brooklyn and Ben Sherman.
AND THE BITS FLEW FAR AND WIDE... 3rd December 2008
•DAVID BOWIE has loaned two costumes to the British Music Experience exhibition in London, UK at the 02 Arena, a Ziggy outfit and the pierrot 'Ashes To Ashes' costume. The exhibition kicks off on 1st March 2009 and runs until 31st December 2009 - [More details]...
• Released now is Various - 101 Power Ballads a six-disc compilation from EMI TV which includes DAVID BOWIE's majestic 'Life On Mars?'...
EXCLUSIVE BW DISCOUNT OFFER 2nd December 2008
BowieWonderworld visitors can claim a 15% discount on a brand new snazzy DAVID BOWIE t-shirt available from the online shop FRONTROADE.
The Bowie graphic is from the Rolling Stone magazine Issue 206, dated February 12th, 1976.
After 40 years of building a world-respected magazine that is devoted to music, politics and popular culture, Rolling Stone has decided to launch an apparel division under their iconic name. The collection offers casual and sportswear tops featuring covers, graphic art, and denim silhouettes - all carefully crafted to embrace the culture of music's revolutionary movements.
And what's more... they are the only shop in Europe stocking them.
If you want to claim an exclusive discount code of 15% simply use FRNTRDR1dvdbw5 at the checkout stages.
Update: It is valid for not only the Bowie tee but for all gear in there.
ECHO BOWIE: TWO GIGS THIS MONTH 2nd December 2008
Over in Holland, the first two ECHO BOWIE gigs last month, featuring two new band members, went down a storm. Really great to see lots of familiar faces, but also a lot of new ones in the audience.
There were some songs on the setlist that weren't there before... 'All The Young Dudes', 'Fashion', 'Five Years'. There's more old and new stuff planned for the upcoming gigs. A 'modern classic' song that sounded great in 2003/2004, a nice little tune that hasn't been played by DB since 1978/1983...
Check the band out during the holidays this December:
Friday December 12th Toomler, Breitnerstraat 2, Amsterdam. Playtime: 23.00 (CET). Tip: check out the stand-up comedy shows starting at 20.00 before the Echo Bowie gig later that evening.
Friday December 19th Barbiertje, Hellevoetsluis, Holland. Playtime: 22.00 (CET)
BOWIE'S WAIATA PLUS UNRELEASED SONG! 1st December 2008
Check out some exclusive DAVID BOWIE happenings in conjunction with the anniversaries of his tours down under over at the BOWIE DOWNUNDER website.
Adam has a major feature on David's 1978 World Tour which took place 30 years ago (his first shows down under). Also on the news pages, the 2008 photos of Frank Simms and Geeling were sent to Adam by Sam Coley who is the producer of a radio documentary Down Under The Moonlight (which aired last week).
A radio documentary titled Bowie's Waiata (which contains a previously unheard song from 1983) aired on 22nd November - but very early in the morning for Europeans. Both docs should be available outside New Zealand via internet streaming.
Other info and links available on the BW MB - posted by AdamD.
NEW GERMAN BOWIE BOOK PUBLISHED 1st December 2008
HELDEN: DAVID BOWIE UND BERLIN is the title of a brand new book just published in Germany by Rogner & Bernhard (ISBN-10: 3807710310).
Author Tobias Rüther covers the time period that Bowie spent in Berlin in the late Seventies.
Tobias says: "I didn't want to write a classic biography or pop-music book. I wanted to shed a bit of light on the figure of Bowie with all the references and things that he was influenced by during his time in Berlin. I wanted to put him back in the world of the 1970s. I didn't want to write a book just for pop fans. I wanted to show Bowie for what he is - an absolutely radical pop artist. I didn't want to depict him as someone who could be explained solely by his pop music. He remains a mystery to me - even after writing 220 pages about him."
Tobias is interviewed by Jefferson Chase - you can read the complete interview here on the dw-world.de website.
In Chicago last month, the holiday season kicked into high gear with the greatest Christmas Special that never was is recreated for the stage by the New Millennium Theatre Company: 'The DAVID BOWIE Hepzikat Funky Velvet Flarney Solstice Spectacular, Live... From Space!' (Or David Bowie's Christmas Special 1977 for short!).
Starring the character of David Bowie, this one of kind variety show spectacular snatched from the archives of 1977 brings the kind of star power that only 'Ziggy Stardust' could command. Featuring character appearances by Mick Jagger, Annie Lennox, Iggy Pop, Marianne Faithfull, Nipsey Russell, Charo, and more, plus a special appearance by the Ghost of Freddy Mercury.
Audience members will be taken on an exciting journey of song and dance reminding us all of the joys of brotherhood and giving that the holiday season brings. But when the mysterious Bizarro Bowie appears to reveal his scattered past, it's a race for time to save the holidays from the ultimate universal implosion, but with this many celebrities, what could possibly go wrong?
'The David Bowie Hepzikat Funky Velvet Flarney Solstice Spectacular, Live... From Space!' runs Friday and Saturday nights at 10:30 pm, November 21st through December 27th at the National Pastime Theater, 4139 N. Broadway in Chicago, IL 60614.
Advance tickets are $15 and can be purchased at nmtchicago.org or reserved by calling 312-458-9083.