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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.

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Space Weird Thing by Alaska Robotics

on May 29, 2015


“Ground Control to Top Space Man”


An outfit calling themselves Alaska Robotics have created a wonderful new take on David Bowie’s 1969 classic, Space Oddity, with one major difference to the original...they've limited themselves to words taken only from the thousand most common words in English. As you might imagine, that places some restrictions on the original Bowie lyric.

Here are a few before and afters...


“Take your protein pills and put your helmet on” becomes: “Take your small food rocks and put your head-safe on”

“Planet Earth is blue and there’s nothing I can do” is now: “Home

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Bowie cover feature and poster in rockin’on

on May 27, 2015


“Ain’t that poster love?”


The June 2015 edition of Japanese magazine, rockin’on, boasts a Mick Rock Bowie cover, along with a great live ’73 shot by Gijsbert Hanekroot as a fold out poster, just over 20” wide, or 51.5cm to be precise for all you metric freaks.

The 8-page feature inside (by Tom Howard of NME) has another striking two-page Hanekroot live '73 photo, along with one of Sukita’s beautiful mirror shots of Bowie at Radio City Music Hall, New York, in February 1973.

Elsewhere there are bits on Aphex Twin, Bauhaus, Björk, Blur, The Cure, Daft Punk, Lady Gaga, Noel Gallagher,

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Diamond Dogs album is 41 today

on May 24, 2015


“It’s all I ever wanted”


David Bowie’s Diamond Dogs album was unleashed on a very expectant public in the UK on May 24, 1974.

Anticipation was high because the album had already been delayed for a month and images of the human/dog hybrid on the cover had featured heavily in the music press.

Preceded by the Top 5 single Rebel Rebel, Diamond Dogs entered the UK album chart at #1 where it remained for three weeks.

In North America (where it also went Top 5), the publicity was even more intense ahead of the ambitious Diamond Dogs Tour extravaganza.

Along with the scene-setting opener, Future

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Tin Machine’s first album is 26 today

on May 22, 2015


“Are you sure that it really was him?”


The first Tin Machine album was released on this day in 1989. Criminally overlooked, a reappraisal is long overdue.

If it’s a release you've avoided to date, have a taste via these promos on YouTube, you may be pleasantly surprised.

And if that whets your appetite, listen to the full album on Spotify now.

More than a quarter of a century later, we hope you’ll agree that Tin Machine mainly still kicks bottom somewhat.