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Ziggy and The Spiders TV debut this day in 1972

on February 08, 2014

 

“Switch on the TV we may pick him up on channel two”

 

In the UK 42 years ago this evening, David Bowie was among the people to catch the television debut of an exciting young artist and his new band, Ziggy Stardust and The Spiders From Mars, though they weren't yet billed as such.

Having recorded three tracks for the broadcast the previous day, Bowie and band had been readying themselves for the official start of the Ziggy Stardust tour at the Toby Jug on February 10th.

The show was The Old Grey Whistle Test and the songs recorded were Queen Bitch, Five Years and Oh! You Pretty Things.

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14 David Bowie songs in NME all-time top 500

on February 05, 2014

 

“A couple of songs from your old scrapbook”

 

Hot on the heels of their top 500 albums poll, the latest issue of NME (February 8th) has a cover feature titled: The 500 Greatest Songs Of All Time.

David Bowie has a long list of compositions in the poll, with a half page devoted to "Heroes" alone. Here’s the opening paragraph of that particular article:

 

“The list of things that are wrong with "Heroes" is a short one. In summary: those quotation marks. They seem to provide a song of such unrestrained emotion with a get-out-of-jail-free disclaimer of irony.

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David Bowie is exhibition opens in Brazil

on January 30, 2014

 

“Take a look at my life and you’ll see”

 

As previously mentioned on these pages and following it’s run at the AGO in Toronto, the V&A’s hugely successful David Bowie is Exhibition is about to open at the Museum of Image and Sound in Sao Paulo, Brazil.

The museum hosts the exhibition for an eleven week run from 31 January to 20 April 2014 and if you haven’t already, you can book tickets and read about some of the related events here.

Visit Estadao and Zero Hora for exhibition images and more.

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Aylesbury Friars Exhibition launches in March

on January 29, 2014

 

“Pushing through the market square”

 

Regular visitors to these pages will know that today is the anniversary of the very first Ziggy Stardust gig, which took the form of a warm up show at Aylesbury Friars, Borough Assembly Hall, on January 29th, 1972.

Billed by the club as THE MOST BEAUTIFUL PERSON IN THE WORLD, Bowie gave the Friars audience an exciting taster of the phenomenon that would shortly sweep the UK and ultimately the civilised world. 

So what could be more appropriate than the news that tickets go on sale for the first ever Aylesbury Friars exhibition at the weekend?

There are

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February Q&A with Gerry Leonard in London

on January 25, 2014

 

“Who’d have ever dreamed”

 

Flamboyant, guitar-playing, Bowie sidekick, Gerry Leonard (currently on tour with Suzanne Vega) will be probed by curator/musician Tom Wilcox at The Hospital Club in London on Friday, February 7th.

However, tickets for the event are VERY LIMITED and if you want to be sure of a seat go here now.

 

If, on the other hand, you cannot attend but are interested regardless, carry on reading...

 

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DISCUSSION WITH GERRY LEONARD, BOWIE'S GUITARIST

 

LONDON: The Hospital Club

FRI 7TH FEB, 2014 1pm to 2:15pm

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