Sunday, 29 June 2008

Life in a List

From yesterday's Mail Online, Bowie provides a personal playlist of 12 favourite songs from his back catalogue, and talks about writing and recording them. A great article and an absolute must read:

Read it Here

And here's some rare footage of Bowie performing the song Teenage Wildlife (one of the list) on his 1995 tour.

Thursday, 19 June 2008

Five Years with the Arcade Fire

Bowie guests with Arcade Fire at Fashion Rocks in 2005. Performances of Five Years from the Ziggy Stardust album, and Wake Up from Arcade Fire's album Funeral.

Friday, 6 June 2008

Bitch at the Beeb

Bowie performs Queen Bitch live in the studio for the Old Grey Whistle Test in 1972

Friday, 30 May 2008

Changing Changes

Bowie and band muck about a bit on the song Changes during rehearsals for a 1976 show in Vancouver.

Thursday, 8 May 2008


Okay, so this idea didn't totally work, mainly because there really isn't enough going on in Bowieworld, and I got bored of writing pretty trite stuff. So I'm going to give it another go, but this time I'm just going to post a bunch of cool Bowie stuff for no other reason than it's cool. That okay with everyone?

Fine. Here's some very shaky footage of the holy one performing Battle for Britain (The Letter), and clearly enjoying himself immensely, at the Olympia in Dublin in 1997.

Tuesday, 19 February 2008

Bowie Film 101

The latest program at the College of Art in Memphis, Tennessee, commenced today taught by John Michael McCarthy. The six week course, titled "The Film Class That Fell To Earth," was inspired by a visit to the college by David Bowie 35 years ago in February 1973.

The night before, Bowie had played at the city's Ellis Auditorium on the Ziggy Stardust tour, playing two sold out shows at 7 and 10 pm. The next day he toured the college at the invite of teacher Dolph Smith. Accompanied by Mick Ronson, Woody Woodmansey and rock photographer and Andy Warhol cohort Cherry Vanilla, who was working as his publicist at the time, Bowie spent a couple of hours looking around the campus. McCarthy saw a photo of the visit, taken by Vanilla, when he was a student at the college in the eighties, and was inspired by it to start the course.

This being Memphis, he was particularly taken by the idea of basing the course around Bowie because of parallels he saw with the city's most famous former resident, Elvis Presley. Bowie and Presley share a birthday, January 8th, and both recorded for RCA. Other connections include the fact that Elvis began his concerts with the Strauss music from 2001: A Space Odyssey, and that he felt that the glam rock movement that Bowie spearheaded in the seventies was very much inspired by the flashy stage outfits Elvis was using at the time.

Students on the course will learn to make a short, 15 minute rock and roll film using Bowie as a metaphor. McCarthy said "in a figurative sense, I want the students to cut their hair and dye it orange." At the conclusion of the course, the films will all be aired at a public showing.

Here's the man himself on that famous 1973 tour.

Tuesday, 12 February 2008

Ground Control to Major Sam?

At the risk of turning into a "movie news" site, we have more... well... movie news today.

"Moon" is a new project in production, the first full length movie from director Duncan Jones, better known for directing advertisments, particularly a well recieved French Connection campaign, and music videos. The film is set to star Sam Rockwell as an astronaut who becomes stranded on the moon and has to survive there for three years before a rescue can be attempted.

Of course, readers to this site are interested in this because Duncan Jones is more familiar to them under another name, his full name being Duncan Zowie Heywood Jones, or Zowie Bowie as he is better remembered. Bowie's son by first wife Angie, he is also of course the subject of the song Kooks on the Hunky Dory album.

The script is by Nathan Parker, and doesn't the plot sound a bit like it might have been inspired by this?