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Where is David Bowie?

In the early morning hours of Tuesday the 8th January, Iso/Columbia Records released a new single by David Bowie titled 'Where Are We Now?' exclusively launching in the iTunes Store in 119 countries. David Bowie's first new album in ten years and his 30th studio recording, THE NEXT DAY is also available as a pre-order on iTunes with a wide release scheduled for March. January the 8th is of course David Bowie's birthday, a timely moment for such a treasure to appear as if out of nowhere.

Throwing shadows and avoiding the industry treadmill is very David Bowie despite his extraordinary track record that includes album sales in excess of 130 million not to mention his massive contributions in the area of art, fashion, style, sexual exploration and social commentary. It goes without saying that he has sold out stadiums and broken ticket records throughout the world during this most influential of careers.

In recent years radio silence has been broken only by endless speculation, rumor and wishful thinking ....a new record...who would have ever thought it, who'd have ever dreamed it! After all David is the kind of artist who writes and performs what he wants when he wants...when he has something to say as opposed to something to sell. Today he definitely has something to say.

Produced by long term collaborator Tony Visconti, 'Where Are We Now?' was written by Bowie, and was recorded in New York. The single is accompanied by a haunting video directed by Tony Oursler which harks back to David's time in Berlin. He is seen looking in on footage of the auto repair shop beneath the apartment he lived in along with stark images of the city at the time and a lyric constantly raising the question Where Are We Now?

"The moment you know, you know you know" resonates from the new single's lyric. Now we all know...David Bowie has been in the recording studio...just when we least expected it!!


“We had a friend, a talking man...”

As you may already know, Mick Rock’s photo exhibition - David Bowie by Mick Rock - is currently underway at VACANT in Harajuku, Tokyo, Japan, boasting approximately 50 iconic Bowie images shot by Mick Rock.

Here’s a bit from Mick...

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“I'm delighted to be returning to Tokyo for my first time in a decade. In 2007 I did a book and an exhibition (called Tamashii), with my friend Kanzaburo Nakamura, the great Kabuki Master. Unfortunately he died in 2012. I met and worked with him on several occasions and we had a wonderful relationship.

I also did a spectacular retrospective exhibition called 'Rock N Roll Eye' at the Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography in 2003. But this is my first ever Bowie solo exhibition in Japan. Most of the photos have never been exhibited in Japan. And over 50% have never been exhibited anywhere in the world previously. I hope everyone will love these intimate and iconic images of my legendary friend, David. I can't wait to get back to Tokyo, one of my all-time favourite cities!!”

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Mr Rock himself will be having a bit of a public natter regarding his work with David Bowie, in a talk that happens on Monday, March 13th.

Also, on Friday March 3rd, there will be a lecture by Yoichiro Yamazaki, editor-in-chief of the wonderful rockin’on magazine. The event is called Voice of Bowie and this promises to be a good one, as rockin’on magazine has flown the Bowie flag high since Ziggy first landed.

Tickets for both these events are on sale now. Go here for more information and ticket links: http://smarturl.it/ROCKinTokyo2017

Official merchandise and vinyl will also be available at the venue, along with signed copies of Mick Rock’s photo book “The Rise of David Bowie, 1972-1973 (TASCHEN)”.

#BowieTASCHEN‬ #BowieMickRock #BowieMickRockVacant #BowieVacant #ボウイ展 #DBisTokyo #BowieTokyo #DavidBowieIs


“And her daddy has told her to go...”

There are a few tickets left for tonight’s final performance of Adrian Berry’s superb From Ibiza to the Norfolk Broads...that’s if you can get to Jacksons Lane in London at Archway Road, opposite Highgate Tube Station before 8:00pm.

We first championed an earlier version of the play on www.DavidBowie.com back in August 2000, since when Adrian Berry and Alex Walton have taken the play from strength to strength.

Go here for tickets: http://smarturl.it/ITTNB2017Feb27 and here for more info: http://smarturl.it/FITTNB

#FITTNB #IbizaBowie


“’Cos we believe in you...”

David Bowie has won both British Male Solo Artist and Mastercard British Album Of The Year for ★ at the BRIT Awards 2017 ceremony at London’s O2 Arena this evening.

The British Male Solo Artist award was collected by Michael C. Hall after being presented by Zane Lowe. Here’s Michael’s acceptance speech:

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“If David Bowie could be here tonight, he probably wouldn't be here tonight. But since he can't be here tonight, I'm here tonight on his behalf, on behalf of his family, to accept this testament to a man beholden to nothing but his own boundless imagination and daring, who's ever expanding artistic vitality, simultaneously soothes us and seers us and astonishes us...maybe he is here tonight, I don't know.

But, I'm honoured to stand before you and acknowledge the potency of his work and if I may too also acknowledge that David's kindness and generosity and enthusiasm will forever inspire me to be a better man. On his behalf, thank you.”

Watch it here: http://smarturl.it/BRITs2017MichaelC

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Towards the end of the evening, Noel Gallagher announced the Mastercard British Album Of The Year, with the following: “And the winner is, the King, David Bowie, Blackstar.” He then introduced “David Bowie’s son, Duncan Jones”.

Here’s Duncan’s moving tribute to his father and all of you reading this, The Kooks...

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Hi everyone. I lost my dad last year, but I also became a dad. And I was spending a lot of time after getting over the shock of trying to work out, what would I want my son to know about his grandad?

And I think it would be the same thing that most of my dad's fans have taken over the last 50 years. He's always been there supporting people who think they're a little bit weird, or a little bit strange, a little bit different, he's always been there for them.

So, this award is for all the Kooks and all the people who make the Kooks. Thanks Brits and thanks to his fans.

Watch it here: http://smarturl.it/BRITs2017DuncanJ

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FOOTNOTE: Bowie also won the British Male Solo Artist Award in 1984 and went on to receive the Outstanding Contribution to Music award in 1996.

He won British Male Solo Artist again in 2014, for which Kate Moss collected the statuette while delivering a particularly memorable message from Bowie. (http://smarturl.it/BNetBRITS2014)

Last year, following moving spoken word tributes from singer Annie Lennox and actor Gary Oldman, Oldman accepted the BRITs Icon Award on Bowie’s behalf. Lorde then joined David Bowie’s touring band for an emotionally charged performance of Life On Mars? (http://smarturl.it/BNetBRITS2016)

#BRITs #BRITs2017 #BowieBRITs #Blackstar #BlackstarAlbum


“Screaming along in South London...”

Below is an edited excerpt from the press release for a truly impressive landmark of a memorial to David Bowie, which is crowdfunding for the next 28 days here: http://smarturl.it/ZiggyZagCrowdfunder

#ZiggyZag #BowieBrixton

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In a fifty year career David Bowie blazed a trail that brought joy to millions, changing lives and opening minds. Many of us would not be the people we are, were it not for Bowie.

When David Bowie died, the world lost an irreplaceable talent. Brixton also lost a son. David Bowie, our Brixton boy.

Now the Brixton community is building a permanent memorial in the place of his birth.

The Artists, This Ain’t Rock’n’Roll – designers of the Brixton Pound paper currency that features David on the B£10 note – have reimagined the iconic lightning flash from Duffy’s Aladdin Sane LP cover in gravity-defying red and blue-sprayed stainless steel. This is a monumental piece of public art and a spectacular memorial to David Bowie.

Just as an otherworldly David Bowie landed in our lives, the memorial (affectionately nicknamed the ZiggyZag), stands embedded in the Brixton pavement – a three storey tall bolt from above. A nine metre missive from another dimension, hurled from afar.

Unexplained, yet utterly familiar; a poignant reminder that life does exist beyond the everyday. That music and art and curiosity are vital, positive contributors to our collective existence.

Five streets away from Bowie’s Stansfield Road birthplace, and situated next to Jimmy C’s internationally famous Aladdin Sane mural – smack-bang-opposite Brixton tube – the memorial will be the first thing most visitors see when they come to Brixton.

Standing across the road from the equally famous Electric Avenue, the memorial will be a defining part of this most iconic neighbourhood.

Like the man himself, Brixton is an enigmatic flame attracting all manner of moths. Rooted in the grand traditions of music hall and theatre, both are emblematic of seismic post-war societal shifts. At once completely out-there and utterly down-to-earth.

The memorial is crowdfunding now at http://smarturl.it/ZiggyZagCrowdfunder – there are great exclusive rewards to be had.

This Ain’t Rock’n’Roll’s (http://smarturl.it/ThisAintRockNRoll) Charlie Waterhouse says “This is a wonderful opportunity for the international David Bowie community to come together to deliver a heartfelt thank you. A thank you to a man who changed our lives – and changed the world. A thank you not from government, nor from industry, but from us. The people. The fans. Us ordinary weirdos who were never quite the same again after meeting the Thin White Duke.”

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“Sounds of laughter, shades of life are ringing through my open ears...”

David Bowie’s ★ album was given the Music Producers Guild - MPG UK Album of the Year Award, at a ceremony for the 9th MPG Awards event at Grosvenor House, in London's Park Lane this evening (Thursday 16th). The accolade was awarded to David Bowie and Tony Visconti

Tony collected the gong, as he also did for MPG International Producer of the Year Award (sponsored by British Grove Studios). And to think he was only there to collect the MPG Outstanding Contribution to UK Music Award (sponsored by PPLUK).

Tom Elmhirst won the MPG Mix Engineer of the Year Award (sponsored by Solid State Logic). Tom mixed ★ with Tony.

Go here to watch a rather humbled Mr Visconti on being presented with that well-deserved Outstanding Contribution to UK Music Award, courtesy of PPL: http://smarturl.it/MPGOutstandingTV

Congratulations to Tony and Tom and to all involved with the making of ★

#BowieBlackstar #Blackstar #BowieVisconti #MPGAwards #MPGAwards2017 #MusicProducersGuild


“So send me a letter...”

The multi award-winning designer and Luton Town FC fan, Jonathan Barnbrook, has designed a beautiful set of Bowie stamps for the Most Serene Republic of San Marino (Italian: Serenissima Repubblica di San Marino).

Produced for the 70th anniversary of the birth of David Bowie, here’s the description regarding the 3 stamps from the AASFN page: (http://smarturl.it/SanMarinoDBstamps)

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The philatelic set celebrates the long and eclectic career of David Bowie, famous singer-songwriter and actor, who was born in London on the 8th January 1947. Jonathan Barnbrook, who took care of the graphic art of his last album covers, is the designer of the souvenir sheet and of the first day of issue postmark.

The first stamp shows the young Bowie as astronaut Major Tom, one of the many characters embodied by the rock star; above on the right, a black star refers to his last album, “Blackstar”.

The second value depicts an interpretation of the “Aladdin Sane” record cover highlighting the instantly recognizable Ziggy Stardust’s flash.

The third stamp shows Bowie’s profile picture that was used for both the “Low” album cover and poster of “The Man Who Fell to Earth”, above Bowie in this stamp, a crown refers to his character “The Thin White Duke” and that this issue is a celebration of one of the 20th and 21st century’s most notable creative men.

The logo, also created by Barnbrook, represents both Bowie’s name and that it is the 70th anniversary of his birth.

Values: souvenir sheet made up of 3 values of €1.60 each
Print run: 30,000 souvenir sheets
Printing: 4 colour offset, a Pantone and yellow fluorescent invisible ink by Cartor Security Printing
Perforation: 13¼ x 13 Stamp size: 30 x 40 mm
Souvenir sheet size: 140x70 mm
Designer: Jonathan Barnbrook
Photographs: M. Sukita – S. Schapiro
By courtesy of Jones/Tintoretto Entertainment Company LLC

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The first day covers will have the special postmark, also designed by Barnbrook.

Barnbrook has kindly given us a little extra insight into the thinking behind these philatelic delights...

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“The colours were chosen to echo the 70s but also to be very modern. The Bowie logo utilises the number 70.

The first stamp relates to all of those soviet cosmonaut stamps that captured my imagination from my youth. I thought it would be fun and a fitting tribute to our hero, Major Tom, to have him on one of the stamps.

For the second design I played with the level of abstraction of Aladdin Sane, to see how one of the most recognisable record covers in the history of music can be abstracted and still recognisable. This is one of the ‘midway’ points. The Aladdin Sane flash was added on top for graphic dynamism.

Finally, the third stamp parodies the history of European stamp design by having the reigning monarch in side profile. Created because of the similar side profile on the cover of Low (which is also one of my favourite Bowie albums), and of course (as the explanatory text says), the monarch comparison is also to do with The Thin White Duke.”

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Thanks Jonathan, fantastic work.

Go here for more: http://smarturl.it/SanMarinoDBstamps

#BowieBarnbrook #BarnbrookBowie #BowieStamps #SanMarinoDBstamps


“But I know you’ll hold your head up high...”

A very moving message from a proud son to his father: http://smarturl.it/GrammyPride2017

#DuncanJones #59thGrammyAwards #Grammys2017 #BowieGrammyAwards #BowieBlackstar #Blackstar

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