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★ street stencils spotted in the USA

on December 10, 2015


“He’s down on the street”


Have you seen any of the ★ street stencils that have been popping up across America?

If you have, post your pictures here and we’ll do a collage of the best of them.

Meanwhile, you can move a step closer to the suggestion made by the stencil by pre-ordering ★ on iTunes where you can get the title track instantly.


#BlackstarStencil  #Imablackstar  #Blackstar

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Bowie on cover of Esquire magazine

on December 09, 2015


“Is it any wonder, You’re far too cool”


David Bowie graces the cover of the December 2015/January 2016 issue of Esquire magazine. Or he’s one of five variations of the cover at least.

The publication celebrates five “Style Heroes”, each with their own cover and a double-page spread inside, with texts by five different writers.


The subjects are as follows:


David Bowie by Peter Doggett

Kurt Cobain by Jon Savage

Mick Jagger by Mark Ellen

Bryan Ferry by Simon Mills

John Lydon by Andrew Harrison


We’ll leave you with the concluding paragraph of Peter Doggett’s Bowie piece...


“He still

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The Daily Beast Lazarus review

on December 09, 2015


“My my, Someone fetch a priest”


TIM TEEMAN has posted a review for THE DAILY BEAST, headlined: “Inside David Bowie’s Weirdly Brilliant Off-Broadway Masterpiece”.

Here are some quotations from it...


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Not for David Bowie a Broadway spectacular, but Lazarus, an extension of a vintage Bowie role and filled with songs old and new, and some as familiar as Lazarus is strange. When rock gods land on the New York stage, they tend to do so loudly and on Broadway, as with Sting’s stirring opus, The Last Ship.

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New ★ billboard in London

on December 09, 2015


“He cried aloud into the crowd...”


Two weeks ago we told you about a huge billboard in London at the corner of Hammersmith Road / North End Road (next to Olympia exhibition centre).

As you can see from our snap, a second Jonathan Barnbrook ★ design has gone up overnight at the same location.

We’ve also included the actual artwork for a little more clarity. In case you can’t quite make it out, the design includes lyrics from the ★ title track.

For those that missed it, Barnbrook spoke to Mark Sinclair for a great piece in Creative Review recently, which you can read here.



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Lazarus review quotations

on December 08, 2015


“By the time I got to New York”


David Bowie took a bow on stage at the New York Theatre Workshop last night, following a triumphant first night’s performance of Lazarus.

Pictured here are (left to right) Sophia Anne Caruso, Michael C. Hall, Ivo van Hove, David Bowie and Cristin Milloti.

We’ll leave you with a few quotations pulled from various reviews published in the last 24 hours...


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Let’s start instead by calling Bowie’s first musical a riveting multimedia meditation — a visceral, disturbing, hallucinatory