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David Bowie is film in France and New Zealand

on May 31, 2015

 

“But I never wave bye-bye”

 

As Paris waves a sad adieu to David Bowie is (last day today), those of you that didn't manage to make the exhibition can still get a flavour of what you missed via screenings of Hamish Hamilton’s superb David Bowie Is documentary film throughout France tomorrow. (Monday June 1st)

Go here to check for local listings. (Those of you in Le Havre can enjoy a screening hosted by our good friend, Jérôme Soligny.)

Meanwhile, New Zealand has also been hosting the film and will continue to do so until June 3rd. Details and local listings here.

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Signed Mike Garson biography and CD winners

on May 30, 2015

 

“Who will guess Aladdin Sane?”

 

A few weeks back we set a contest to win copies of Bowie's Piano Man: the life of Mike Garson signed by author Clifford Slapper, along with a copy of Mike's CD, The Bowie Variations for Piano, which he has also signed. 

To be in with a chance of winning, we asked you to tell us what was the first Bowie album on which Mr Garson played? The lucky random selections below were among the many who correctly answered Aladdin Sane.

 

Katherine Ellis

Julian Davis

James Lark

 

Could you all confirm your postal addresses and tell us if you want Clifford to personalise

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Barney Hoskyns interviews Mick Rock

on May 29, 2015

 

“Scanning life through the picture window”

 

TASCHEN has published a brief Mick Rock interview conducted by Barney Hoskyns, one of the contributors to The Rise of David Bowie. 1972-1973.

Here’s one of the Q&As from it...

 

BH: What appealed to you about Bowie?

 

MR: Initially I was inspired by his music, and then I was fascinated by his aura. I felt hypnotized by all the mutating and shifting around. In truth the persona interested me more than the personality, coupled with the naked ambition. It’s all there in the Ziggy lyrics. He wasn’t thinking about money, he was thinking about stardom.

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Space Weird Thing by Alaska Robotics

on May 29, 2015

 

“Ground Control to Top Space Man”

 

An outfit calling themselves Alaska Robotics have created a wonderful new take on David Bowie’s 1969 classic, Space Oddity, with one major difference to the original...they've limited themselves to words taken only from the thousand most common words in English. As you might imagine, that places some restrictions on the original Bowie lyric.

Here are a few before and afters...

 

“Take your protein pills and put your helmet on” becomes: “Take your small food rocks and put your head-safe on”

“Planet Earth is blue and there’s nothing I can do” is now: “Home

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Bowie cover feature and poster in rockin’on

on May 27, 2015

 

“Ain’t that poster love?”

 

The June 2015 edition of Japanese magazine, rockin’on, boasts a Mick Rock Bowie cover, along with a great live ’73 shot by Gijsbert Hanekroot as a fold out poster, just over 20” wide, or 51.5cm to be precise for all you metric freaks.

The 8-page feature inside (by Tom Howard of NME) has another striking two-page Hanekroot live '73 photo, along with one of Sukita’s beautiful mirror shots of Bowie at Radio City Music Hall, New York, in February 1973.

Elsewhere there are bits on Aphex Twin, Bauhaus, Björk, Blur, The Cure, Daft Punk, Lady Gaga, Noel Gallagher,

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