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Iggy’s The Idiot is forty today

on March 18, 2017


“I’m an idiot for you”


Iggy Pop’s The Idiot album was released on March 18th, 1977, and its influence is still being felt forty years later.


Along with Bowie’s own Low album, The Idiot was a real game-changer for artist and listener alike.


It’s probably a cliché to say how new both these albums sounded back in 1977, but nevertheless, it’s true.


They sounded like they shouldn’t have been made yet and although they were both instant classics to the faithful, both records are still generally underappreciated.


Though Low was released a couple of months ahead of The Idiot, the latter

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Mick Rock’s first Bowie photo is 45 tonight

on March 17, 2017


“Because you're young - you'll meet a stranger some night”


Right about now (forty five years ago to the hour), the audience at Birmingham Town Hall were among the first people in the UK to experience the life-changing delights of the Ziggy Stardust stage show.


Before our man took to the stage with his merry band of space invaders, Mick Rock had his first meeting with the 25-year-old Bowie. Here’s what the Man Who Shot The 70s had to say about that moment.


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That was the first time I met him.

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McCaslin’s Warszawa video exclusive and live review

on March 16, 2017


“The jazz of life”


We’ve mentioned Donny McCaslin and his band and the magnificent work they contributed to David Bowie’s Blackstar album and the No Plan EP more than once on these pages.


We also told you about Donny’s solo album, Beyond Now, in October last year.


Here’s an excerpt from a piece about it taken from the Guardian’s review...


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The experience of creating music with Bowie proved so deep, and its aftermath so jarring, that McCaslin decided to turn his new album, Beyond Now, out 14 October, into a tribute.

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Last chance for Royal Mail Bowie FDCs

on March 14, 2017


“Now Leon, He couldn't wait for 12 o'clock midnight” 


As we post this (March 14th, 21:00 hours, UK time), there are just three hours left to secure your Royal Mail David Bowie First Day Covers (FDCs).


There are two different FDCs available from both London and Edinburgh, four in total:


Meanwhile, don’t forget you can view the rise and fall of Aladdin Sane, and enter the associated contest here:


And if that means nothing to you, go here for the full press release:




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Royal Mail sends Aladdin to space

on March 14, 2017


“I saw stamps falling...” 


Royal Mail have marked today’s issue of their David Bowie stamps with a contest to win 52 sets postmarked with a special edition red handstamp (see image in montage).


These first day covers have recently returned to earth after a trip into the stratosphere (OK, it’s not quite space), via the magic of the helium balloon.


Fact fans may like to note that the flight reached 34,100m at a vertical speed of about 12mph.