“The solid book we wrote, can now be found again”
Continuing on from fan-produced Bowie items we mentioned last week, we thought we’d mark today’s 50th anniversary of the original 1967 release of The Laughing Gnome 7", with a look at something relevant to that.
Back in 1994 Marshall Jarman self-published the brilliantly researched DAVID BOWIE WORLD 7” RECORDS DISCOGRAPHY 1964 – 1981. More than a labour of love, this king of Bowie collectors actually ended up out of pocket, as he explains...
“When I published this book way back in 1994, it cost me £12,000 and I took back £10,500 in sales, so my own copy was rather expensive. A project such as this isn't exactly Harry Potter! Then lots of people were angry 'cos they expected a free copy for sending me a photocopy. This didn't encourage me to update it.
The CEO of Swiss company Atheris, who is a huge Bowie fan and collector himself, offered to sponsor this long overdue update. In other words, his company provided the money, the technical layout work and the handling, all I had to do was the updating, they’ve done the rest.”
Here’s the blurb for the update...
DAVID BOWIE WORLD 7” RECORDS DISCOGRAPHY 1964 – 1981 by Marshall Jarman and Reto Stocklin
SPECIAL DELUXE EDITION
A completely updated edition of Marshall Jarman’s landmark discography, including:
- Addendums with dozens of records that weren’t in the first edition, including many previously unseen acetates
- Most records now photographed in colour
- 1st printing in a strictly limited deluxe edition
- A4 - 180 pages - hard cover - gloss finish plus jacket - heavy paper
- Each copy is numbered and signed by the authors with a personalised dedication
Our montage shows a handful of the rarer featured items, from among the hundreds pictured in the book.
Left to right from top left...
01 - Space Oddity Japan promo label (issue is blue) (Philips 1970)
02 - Drive-In Saturday Netherlands test pressing (RCA 1973)
03 - The Laughing Gnome UK acetate version #3 (Decca 1967)
04 - Space Oddity Japan picture sleeve (accompanies 01) (Philips 1970)
05 - Draft cover of DAVID BOWIE WORLD 7” RECORDS DISCOGRAPHY 1964 – 1981 (2017)
06 - Liza Jane UK stock copy (Vocalion 1964)
07 - 1984/Dodo US unofficial 'Fan Club' only release (1974)
08 - Time US picture sleeve (not widely distributed) (RCA 1973)
09 - Sorrow Mexico picture sleeve (RCA 1973)
10 - Changes UK test pressing (RCA 1972)
11 - Fame Columbia picture sleeve (RCA 1975)
You can own this new updated edition for less than the typical cost of a second-hand original copy on eBay.
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