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Re: David Bowie

Post  misery guts on Wed Mar 28, 2018 7:45 am

Vandalised already:

"Feed the homeless first"
Aylesbury’s David Bowie statue has been vandalised less than 48 hours after it was unveiled on 25 March. The words “Feed the homeless first” have been spray-painted on the ground in front of the statue, while “RIP DB” has been painted on the wall behind the statue.
Hmm... almost a form of acceptance.
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Post  misery guts on Mon May 21, 2018 7:19 am

The Hazel O'Connor Story
In a busy career of 15 albums, Hazel had some misadventures in her youth, but after earning an Equity contract after an assignment in Tokyo, she secured the career-making role in Breaking Glass, and worked with frequent Bowie producer Tony Visconti on the soundtrack. In fact, Bowie himself offered to do some songs, but Hazel was able to turn him down as she'd written the rest herself. He did promise to see her at a gig, which happened to be on a bad night when she felt like quitting the business. But things turned round, and Bowie gave her good advice about dealing with fans, to make them feel important too. Interviewer Iain McNay remarked that Bowie was always striving to adapt and improve, hence many changes of image. Hazel had contract troubles with a record label, and kept her head above water, though knowing she would never make it big again.

Urban Myths - When Bowie Met Bolan
A meeting of minds in a mid-1960s office for a small-time manager, with David Jones and Marc Feld finding they had more in common than at first appeared. The whimsical attitude to the truth reached its apex when Feld splashed paint across Jones' face - the exact splash of Ziggy Stardust. Amusing, if slight.
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Post  misery guts on Mon Aug 27, 2018 7:17 am

Lindsay Kemp, landmark dancer and choreographer, amongst other skills, has died at the age of 80. He is credited with helping David Bowie with his work in creating Ziggy Stardust, and he later worked some magic with Kate Bush too. RIP  Sad
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Post  misery guts on Mon Nov 12, 2018 8:45 am

Glastonbury 2000: David Bowie
Such a popular gig it's also out on CD and/or DVD. It seemed pretty ordinary to me, but a good selection of hits , with Little Wonder being his most fresh inclusion. He mentioned in banter about having had laryngitis earlier in the week, though this might have been a device to approve crowd singing along. He also mentioned making a 1st appearance back in 1971.
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Post  misery guts on Wed Jan 30, 2019 2:19 am

A few years on from the "miraculous recovery" of a clip of him performing "The Jean Genie", now another such has been made, of an early clip of him doing "Starman" - or it might be, given the quality of the tape and the necessity of its recovery process.
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Post  misery guts on Fri Feb 01, 2019 7:12 am

His son, film director Duncan Jones, has made an early jab at an upcoming biopic of his father, which apparently features none of his music, nor does it have his family's approval. Not due to start filming until June, either.

Alias David Bowie, by Peter & Leni Gillman
This 1986 tome purported to be the first major biography of the music legend. Indeed, it's very in depth up to his 1977 album "Heroes" and then a bit superficial to cover the time up to date. Its focus is as much on his family, particularly his brother Terry, as the man himself. His stuttering musical sallies in the 1960s, his slow evolution, his business triumphs and disasters, his personal and professional relationships, all are well gone in to, although you suspect the arguments are swayed in part by who was willing to talk to them. But it's still a worthy read.
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Post  misery guts on Fri Feb 15, 2019 8:40 am

David Bowie: Finding Fame
The trilogy conclusion from the people who did Five Years and The Last Five Years, so I don't know why they didn't just call this The First Five Years. However since the years in question were 1965-66, 1967, 1968, 1970-71 and 1973, it does show an overlap with their first prog. Having only just read that biography with his early years, then it was good to meet some of the surviving characters from his early wilderness years, such as top producer Tony Hatch. The lack of comment from his wife Angie seemed a notable omission, since his previous squeezes Dana Gillespie and Hermione Farthingale were both here. Some ironic amusement came when Tony Visconti had to discuss Space Oddity, even though he hated it and gave it to Gus Dudgeon to sort out (Gus having died many years ago).
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