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Manish Boys 45 is 50 today!

on March 05, 2015


“You gotta act tall, think big”


Released on this day fifty years ago was David Bowie’s second stab at storming the hit parade (though he was still Jones at this point), I Pity The Fool, the follow up to the previous year's debut, Liza Jane.

The single was notable for having the first ever released Bowie composition in Take My Tip on the B-side, good to see a spider reference in his first ever published lyric.

Both sides were recorded and issued under the name of The Manish Boys, with David again taking care of a very enthusiastic and convincing vocal.

The A-side has an urgency that still

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Entrée Libre Bowie special on France 5 tonight

on March 04, 2015


“Pour juste une journée”


Eric Dahan has been in touch with details of a French Bowie TV special he is a guest on this evening.

In celebration of the opening of David Bowie Is at Philharmonie de Paris, Entrée Libre on France 5 has divided the broadcast into the following four sections.


-Visite de l'exposition "David Bowie is"

-David Bowie, pionnier de la musique pop

-Bowie acteur

-En modes Bowie


Entrée Libre airs this evening at 20:15, with encore broadcasts on France Culture at 7:40 AM on Friday and on France 2 (national television) on Friday night.

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Jérôme Soligny book launch in Paris tonight

on March 03, 2015


“Zane, Zane, Zane”


Hot-on-the-heels of his Writing On The Edge tome released last year, Jérôme Soligny launches a new book today (details on yellow poster) in the shape of the considerably slimmer volume, Ouvre le Chien

We asked Jérôme how this latest publication came about and what was its function. Here’s Jérôme...


The function of the Bowie Ouvre le Chien book couldn't be simpler. When la Cité de la Musique got in touch with me for translating the texts of the exhibition (they appear in both languages - French and English), they also asked me to present two conferences.

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David Bowie Is At Home In Paris now

on March 03, 2015


“It’s happening now”


Following last night’s preview gala, today (March 3rd) sees the public opening of David Bowie Is at Philharmonie de Paris

The anticipation for this event has been building over the past few weeks, culminating in lots of media coverage and huge billboards at Gare du Nord station in Paris, announcing the arrival of the exhibition with the slogan: David Bowie Is At Home In Paris.

If you’re wondering about the four faces of fans made up as various Bowies in our accompanying montage, they’re all participants in the #DavidBowieIsMe contest which you can join in here.


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Bowie at Memphis Academy of Art this day in 1973

on February 26, 2015


“Day In, Day Out”


Pictured in this wonderful shot are David Bowie (right) and a chap called Dolph Smith at Memphis Academy of Art on February 26, 1973.

Often listed incorrectly as the previous day (Bowie and The Spiders were playing the Ellis Auditorium on the 25th), you can read Dolph’s memories of the visit here.

While you’re there have a good poke around for all things Bowie in Memphis, watch the videos and get the T-shirt etc.