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Bowie’s first lady is 51 today

on June 05, 2015


“Gotta get a word to Liza’s father”


No sorry, we’re not talking about Iman, we are celebrating 51 years since the release of David Bowie’s first ever 45. For it was on this day, Friday, June 5th 1964, that Vocalion Pop released a 45 with the catalogue number: V.9221.

That record, Liza Jane/Louie, Louie Go Home, was issued as Davie Jones with The King-Bees. Read more about the release in the piece we did for the 50th anniversary last year:


FOOTNOTE: The foreground images here were taken by Decca’s in-house photographer, David Wedgbury.

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Bowie’s Deram debut is 48 today

on June 01, 2015

Bowie’s Deram debut is 48 today


“Did you ever have a Deram?”


David Bowie released his first album this day in 1967, albeit lacking the fanfare of Sergeant Pepper reportedly released on the same day by The Beatles. In fact Pepper was actually released a couple of weeks earlier. But that’s for Beatles’ buffs to explain.

Pictured here are the original stereo US (top left) and UK vinyl pressings and the impossibly rare US 8-track cartridge.

Issued on the Decca subsidiary, Deram, David Bowie is an album that has been unfairly dismissed by some over the years, even by Bowie himself on occasion.

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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.