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Tony Visconti interviewed for MusicTech

on August 17, 2015

 

“My friends talk, of glory, untold dream”

 

Andy Price from Anthem Publishing / MusicTech magazine has been in touch with an exclusive preview of an interview he’s done with Tony Visconti. Here’s a bit from the intro...

 

“Of all the towering figures in music production history, there is no-one quite as innovative (and unpredictable) as Tony Visconti, from his early days working with a young Marc Bolan to the career-defining highs with David Bowie, Visconti has always been keen to push the boundaries of what is possible in the studio.

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Happy Fifteenth Birthday to Lexi

on August 15, 2015

 

“Baby, baby, I’ll never let you down”

 

We’re sure you will all want to join us in wishing many happy returns of the day to Alexandria Zahra Jones…known to her friends and family as Lexi.

She’s pictured here, a new-born in her father’s arms, back in 2000.

Happy Birthday Lexi, love ‘n stuff from everybody here and no doubt anybody else who thinks your father is a top-hole type of chap.

 

#HappyBirthdayLexi  #Lexi15

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Five Years Box album 4: Ziggy Stardust

on August 14, 2015

 

“I could play the wild mutation as a rock & roll star”

 

In the run up to the release of The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stardust And The Spiders From Mars, the boundaries between David Bowie and Ziggy Stardust became more blurred.

This was in no small part due to the advertising campaign which proclaimed: “David Bowie is Ziggy Stardust!”

The creation of a cartoon Ziggy Stardust, with more than a passing resemblance to Bowie (drawn by David’s friend George Underwood), also served to add another layer of mystery to the whole concept of who and what Ziggy was.

As you can see from our montage, this

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Five Years Box album 4: Ziggy Stardust

on August 13, 2015

 

“Don't think you knew you were in this song...”

 

The BBC were instrumental in promoting Bowie in the run up to the release of The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stardust And The Spiders From Mars.

From January 1972 right up to the release of the album, aside from catching Bowie live, the only way you were likely to hear any of the Ziggy material being performed would have been via various BBC radio sessions.

This culminated with Starman on the BBC’s Top Of The Pops (TOTPs) as we mentioned yesterday.

But before that, in February 1972, the very first sighting of Ziggy and The Spiders on TV was via

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Five Years Box album 4: Ziggy Stardust

on August 12, 2015

 

“Switch on the TV we may pick him up on...”

 

We’ve been talking about Brian Ward’s January 1972 Bowie photo session for the sleeve of The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stardust And The Spiders From Mars album in London’s Heddon Street and the studio shots created by Ward for the promotion of Ziggy Stardust and the Starman release.

It seems the first use of a picture from this session was for an interview feature by Danny Holloway in NME dated Jan 29th, 1972. It was the same image as used for the Starman single sleeve three months later.

Though the album title was mentioned in the Holloway

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