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Post  Adric on Sat Jun 04, 2016 5:57 pm

More Bowie songs on their way, longtime producer says ...

David Bowie fans can expect many more hits from the late singer in the coming years, his friend and longtime producer said.

Tony Visconti revealed that he is in talks with Bowie’s management to release songs that Bowie recorded and never released, including five for a follow-up to his final album Blackstar.

Blackstar, which Tony worked on, was released on Bowie’s 69th birthday, just two days before his death in January from cancer.

He told the Standard: “I haven’t heard those (five) songs yet.

“I might actually have to help his managerial company to find them.

“I have an idea where he might have recorded them, but there is also a lot of unreleased material from many albums.”

The 72-year-old superproducer continued: “I think it’s logical that over the next few years, you’re going to hear a lot of stuff that you haven’t heard before.

“I’m in talks with his management and his label – there’s going to be some great Bowie stuff coming out.”

Tony worked with Bowie intermittently from his second album, 1969′s Space Oddity, to his final album, including the acclaimed “Berlin trilogy” of Low, Heroes and Lodger.

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Post  misery guts on Sun Jun 05, 2016 6:38 am

Yeah, like Prince, it's a pretty certain bet that more Rarities Boxsets will be a-coming, maybe for this Autumn, but surely in 2017 & beyond.
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Post  misery guts on Tue Jul 05, 2016 7:41 am

misery guts wrote:The continuing celebrations now include the announcement that the annual Proms extravaganza this summer will include one Prom dedicated to the music of David Bowie.
Philip Glass' Heroes Symphony @ Glastonbury 2016
Conducted by Charles Hazlewood, this piece was performed with accompanying lightshow on Saturday night, and I'll be honest, I was hard pushed to recognise much of it, if indeed I was meant to.
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Post  misery guts on Sat Aug 06, 2016 1:14 am

Bowie's final album has earned him a posthumous nomination for the Mercury Music Prize.

25th year of the prize
The full list of nominees is:
◾Anohni - Hopelessness
◾Bat For Lashes - The Bride
◾David Bowie - Blackstar
◾Jamie Woon - Making Time
◾Kano - Made In The Manor
◾Laura Mvula - The Dreaming Room
◾Michael Kiwanuka - Love and Hate
◾Radiohead - A Moon Shaped Pool
◾Savages - Adore Life
◾Skepta - Konnichiwa
◾The 1975 - I Like It When You Sleep...
◾The Comet Is Coming - Channel The Spirits
The usual mix of the known and the unknown there Rolling Eyes
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Post  misery guts on Wed Aug 17, 2016 9:06 am

BBC Proms: David Bowie
Much hyped beforehand, this was frankly an embarrassment. With the backing of the Stargaze Orchestra, various singers came on to prove they couldn't remotely sing Dave's songs as well as he did. This format reminded me of the Freddie Mercury Tribute concert (I believe the Americans have something similar called Musicares, in a good cause). Here we had Marc Almond, Laura Mvula, Neil Hannon (of the Divine Comedy), John Cale, Anna Calvi and others. So, somewhat E-list. The finale, where the audience were encouraged to join in with "Let's Dance" was probably the most spirited part of the gig.
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Post  misery guts on Tue Sep 20, 2016 8:49 am

The Bowie musical "Lazarus" will be moving from New York to London, running from Oct 25, to Jan 22.

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The 25th anniversary of the album award. To fill up the hour, the 12 contenders were whittled down to 6 performing a song each (with Michael C Hall subbing for Dave). Jarvis Cocker was deputed from amongst the judges to read out the winner. He referred to a final choice of "two black stars". Since Laura Mvula and Michael Kiwanuka were among the final 6, this was just to make reference to Bowie's album title. Cocker than claimed Dave would have approved of the final winner... Skepta. I was happy enough with that result, when Radiohead and The 1975 rounded out the 6.
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Post  misery guts on Fri Nov 04, 2016 9:11 am

A commissioned statue of the late, great man, will play music every hour:

Ziggy in Aylesbury
A planned statue of singer David Bowie as his Ziggy Stardust character will sing "on the hour every hour", supporters claim.
A crowdfunding appeal has begun to raise £100,000 for the statue in Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire - the town where Ziggy was first performed.
Speakers above the coloured bronze will play one of 2,000 tracks every hour.
Looks like it's a while before it happens, though.

Meanwhile, some of his art collection is going up for sale:

He did know about Art, and he knew what he liked
His family has kept a large chunk back - maybe around a third - including a Lynn Chadwick sculpture called Teddy Boy and Girl.
According to Kate Chertavian, his art buying advisor between 1992-2000, this is the artwork that precipitated an eight-year fine art spending spree by the late pop star, the results of which make up the bulk of what will go under the hammer next Thursday.
Nobody was very keen to talk about the art that's not in the sale, but I got the sense that the auction contained the pieces that either had less emotional resonance with his family, or were deemed to be the weaker works: what you might call the B-side of his art collection.
So that auction will presumably be on the 10th.

Finally, The BBC have announced a forthcoming documentary looking at the last 5 years of his life:

Another Five Years
The last five years of David Bowie's life will be examined in a new BBC documentary, to be screened on the first anniversary of his death.
The film will focus on the star's final two albums, The Next Day and Blackstar, alongside the stage musical Lazarus, which recently opened in London.
It will be directed by Francis Whately as a follow-up to his acclaimed 2013 documentary, David Bowie: Five Years.
The film will feature new interviews and unseen footage, the BBC said.
There will inevitably be a series of shows in tribute around the 1st anniversary of his death Crying or Very sad
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Post  misery guts on Wed Nov 09, 2016 8:40 am

His Exhibition has apparently broken big box-office records, or something:

EVen the Toronto Sun says so
Since its opening, the exhibition has travelled all over the world. So far 1.5 million visitors have taken in the Bowie-themed showcase in countries including Canada, Brazil and France.
About 312,000 of those visitors were attributed to the exhibition’s debut at the V&A museum, a record breaking figure.
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Post  misery guts on Fri Nov 11, 2016 8:57 am

The auction of his art has obviously been held at the right time, because it's going great guns:

David Bowie art auction: First day smashes estimate with £24m total
The first day of the auction of art owned by David Bowie has taken £24.3m ($30.7m) - more than double the pre-sale estimate.
The 47 artworks sold at Sotheby's in London on Thursday had been valued at between £8.1m ($10.2m) and £11.7m ($14.Cool.
The most expensive lot was Jean-Michel Basquiat's Air Power, which went for £7.1m ($9m).
Meanwhile, Frank Auerbach's Head of Gerda Boehm fetched £3.8m ($4.8m).
A further 309 works owned by the late singer are going up for sale on Friday.
But the most valuable pieces went under the hammer on Thursday.
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Post  misery guts on Tue Dec 06, 2016 9:44 am

misery guts wrote:A commissioned statue of the late, great man, will play music every hour:

Ziggy in Aylesbury
A planned statue of singer David Bowie as his Ziggy Stardust character will sing "on the hour every hour", supporters claim.
A crowdfunding appeal has begun to raise £100,000 for the statue in Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire - the town where Ziggy was first performed.
Speakers above the coloured bronze will play one of 2,000 tracks every hour.
Looks like it's a while before it happens, though.
Well, there's been progress on this one:

David Bowie Ziggy Stardust statue reaches £100k target
More than 650 people pledged sums, from £10 to £6,000, for the bronze sculpture, enabling it to beat Tuesday's deadline to raise the cash.
Mr Stopps said: "We are very grateful to everybody. It's been a Biblical 40 days. The bottom line now is that the statue will happen."
About 30% of the pledges were from outside the UK.
Adele's record company and 80s musician, Howard Jones were among six donators giving £6,000.
Bowie's booking agent, John Giddings born in nearby Hertfordshire pledged £5,000.
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Post  misery guts on Mon Jan 09, 2017 8:31 am

Yesterday would have been his 70th birthday, and so there was a charity concert to mark the occasion:
Stars including Simon Le Bon, Tony Hadley and La Roux were among the performers at the event which came just ahead of the first anniversary of Bowie's death.
Actor Gary Oldman, a close friend of Bowie, sang the first song.
The three-hour show in Brixton, Bowie's birthplace, included performances of hits such as Let's Dance and Changes.
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Post  misery guts on Sun Jan 15, 2017 8:29 am

He's received 2 nominations for the forthcoming Brit Awards, since his last album happily was released in the right time frame.

More notably, after rows last year about the lack of BAME nominations, Bowie is in the Best British Male category up against Kano, Skepta, Michael Kiwanuka and Craig David. Plus, he's dead, so that should solve that one.
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Post  misery guts on Thu Jan 19, 2017 8:41 am

misery guts wrote:Finally, The BBC have announced a forthcoming documentary looking at the last 5 years of his life:

Another Five Years
The last five years of David Bowie's life will be examined in a new BBC documentary, to be screened on the first anniversary of his death.
The film will focus on the star's final two albums, The Next Day and Blackstar, alongside the stage musical Lazarus, which recently opened in London.
It will be directed by Francis Whately as a follow-up to his acclaimed 2013 documentary, David Bowie: Five Years.
The film will feature new interviews and unseen footage, the BBC said.
David Bowie - The Last Five Years
Unlike the previous documentary, this did at least focus more closely on its years tag, though weirdly, the selected years seemed to be 2003, and 2012-2015, which basically meant covering his "Reality" Tour, subsequent illness and withdrawal from touring and recording, before he returned with his last 2 albums, and the stage show. The latter felt the most unfamiliar and therefore interesting material - the stories behind his Next Day videos were really for completists rather than casual viewers. There were digressions to earlier periods in his life, too, though for once Nile Rodgers was absent, as was Brian Eno. Happily, Tony Visconti was present and correct, being the producer for the last albums.
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Post  misery guts on Thu Feb 23, 2017 8:26 am

Bowie managed to become the first posthumous winner of any Brit Awards, both for Album of the year, and Best British Male.

Meanwhile, another memorial is planned, in Brixton:

Assuming crowdfunding meets their goal
A crowdfunding campaign to erect a permanent memorial to David Bowie has been launched by a team of south London designers.
The campaign aims to raise just under £1m in the next 28 days to fund the art installation opposite Brixton Tube station.
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Post  misery guts on Fri Mar 03, 2017 8:08 am

Auction: David Bowie - Collector
Sotheby's at London held 3 days of auctions of Bowie's art collection, with rare pieces by Basquiat, Auerbach, Hirst and so on. There were big visitor numbers even for a preview event. There was some concern that the Trump Effect would engineer uncertainty over prices. In fact, they mostly went for well above their estimates, raising £24mill at the 1st event, and once the other dates, including sculptures and other things were added it, the final total was above £40mill. Such is the world of art.
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Post  misery guts on Fri Mar 24, 2017 8:10 am

misery guts wrote:Meanwhile, another memorial is planned, in Brixton:

Assuming crowdfunding meets their goal
A crowdfunding campaign to erect a permanent memorial to David Bowie has been launched by a team of south London designers.
The campaign aims to raise just under £1m in the next 28 days to fund the art installation opposite Brixton Tube station.
Guess what?

It failed, miserably
The campaign needed to raise £900,000 but had gathered £50,000 in pledges by its four-week deadline, so no funds will be taken from people.
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Post  misery guts on Mon Apr 10, 2017 7:13 am

Passions: Mick Ronson, by Gary Kemp
The Spandau Ballet songwriter eulogised the Hull guitar whizz who worked closely with David Bowie on his Ziggy Stardust era albums, having been recommended by a friend. He helped with the orchestrations, and formed a power unit with David that supposedly inspired later units like Morrissey & Marr or Anderson & Butler. Kemp attended the infamous Hammersmith Odeon gig in 1973 where Bowie "had to break up the band". Ronno went on to work with Ian Hunter after his own solo LP wasn't the success that had been expected. He appeared at the Freddie Mercury tribute concert along with Hunter & Bowie (and others) when they did "All The Young Dudes". But he died of liver cancer that same year. Kemp tracked down his signature Gibson Les Paul, now in the hands of a collector.
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Re: David Bowie

Post  misery guts on Wed Apr 12, 2017 7:00 am

The Friday Night Rock Show - 7/4/17
Ian Hunter was the guest interviewee here, partly because of his recent Fingers Crossed album, but also for a mammoth 30 disc boxset retrospective, with 454 tracks on CDs and DVDs. Still happily working at 77. One track on the album is Dandy, which became a tribute to Bowie after starting as something else, a fan's reflection. A longtime friend and drummer died the same week as Bowie but was understandably overlooked in the furore. He was always amazed that Bowie just have Mott the Hoople All The Young Dudes, because he knew he wouldn't have done so if it had been the other way round. He also mention getting mandrax tablets from Dr Robert, his seminal classic Diary of a Rock n Roll Star, and buying a couple of Bob Dylan's paintings when he checked out an exhibition. One of rock's great characters is Ian.
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