Tag: David Bowie

Biro drawing of David Bowie

Saturday, 8 December, 2018

This Bic biro drawing of David Bowie is by the amazing Mark Powell, formerly of Yorkshire and now of Brick Lane in East London. Why a biro? “I choose a biro because it is the most simple and readily available tool to hand. I want to show how easy it is to have the chance to create. I want it to inspire people to give it a go without feeling the need to spend money on arts and crafts.”

Biro Bowie

David Bowie (8 January 1947 – 10 January 2016)

Monday, 11 January, 2016 0 Comments

“And I’m floating / in a most peculiar way / And the stars look very different today.” — David Bowie, Space Oddity. With his command to “Silence the pianos and with muffled drum,” and his request to “Bring out the coffin, let the mourners come,” W H Auden is appropriate for this dark day on which a great star has gone out. Rest In Peace.

Funeral Blues

Stop all the clocks, cut off the telephone,
Prevent the dog from barking with a juicy bone,
Silence the pianos and with muffled drum
Bring out the coffin, let the mourners come.

Let aeroplanes circle moaning overhead
Scribbling on the sky the message He Is Dead,
Put crepe bows round the white necks of the public doves,
Let the traffic policemen wear black cotton gloves.

He was my North, my South, my East and West,
My working week and my Sunday rest,
My noon, my midnight, my talk, my song;
I thought that love would last for ever: I was wrong.

The stars are not wanted now: put out every one;
Pack up the moon and dismantle the sun;
Pour away the ocean and sweep up the wood.
For nothing now can ever come to any good.

W H Auden

Life in Film

Saturday, 14 March, 2015 0 Comments

Out of Hackney in East London emerges Life in Film, which comprises Samuel Fry, Micky Osment, Dominic Sennett and Edward Ibbotson. This is Brit Pop with hints of The Smiths and David Bowie along with Belle and Sebastian, but the jangle sound of the band contains trans-Atlantic echoes of The Strokes and the Kings of Leon as well. The Followills will be pleased with the homage that reverberates right through Get Closer, which comes from Life in Film’s debut album, Here it Comes.

Bowie here, there and everywhere

Saturday, 15 November, 2014 0 Comments

On Monday, David Bowie will offer the world an early Christmas present in the form of Nothing Has Changed, which covers his music from 1964 to 2014, with some previously unreleased material among the 59 tracks in the three-disc box set. To coincide with this cornucopia, Bowie has issued a très noir video of the first track, Sue, featuring the Maria Schneider Orchestra. Filmed in New York and London, the clip was directed by Tom Hingston. And for those who can’t get enough of the stardust, Hamish Hamilton has made a film about the closing night of the Bowie exhibition at the Victoria and Albert Museum last year. As we look back at what’s taking shape as Bowie’s legacy, let us not forget that he once said, “Tomorrow belongs to those who can hear it coming.”

The Man Who Left The World At 27

Saturday, 5 April, 2014 0 Comments

The Man Who Sold the World was the title track of the third album released by David Bowie in 1970. Two decades later, the song was covered by Nirvana and when he was asked at the time what he thought of their interpretation, Bowie said: “I was simply blown away when I found that Kurt Cobain liked my work, and have always wanted to talk to him about his reasons for covering The Man Who Sold the World and that it was a good straightforward rendition and sounded somehow very honest.” On 5 April 1994, two decades ago today, Kurt Cobain took his own life. He was 27.

We passed upon the stair
We spoke of was and when
Although I wasn’t there
He said I was his friend
Which came as some surprise
I spoke into his eyes
I thought you died alone
A long long time ago

The Man Who Sold the World, David Bowie

Dave at 66: The Next Day

Wednesday, 9 January, 2013 0 Comments

The great David Bowie celebrated his 66th birthday yesterday and he marked the occasion by treating the world to a video and download titled Where Are We Now? Bowie, who is said to be living in New York with his wife and daughter, has not released new material since his 2003 album Reality, but by breaking his 10-year musical silence, he has prompted a flurry of excitement about his upcoming album, The Next Day. While we wait for the new songs, here’s Wim Reygaert’s acclaimed film that takes us through Bowie’s musical career. The superb Hannelore Knuts is Dave.

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Ziggy Stardust

Saturday, 7 January, 2012

Tomorrow, David Bowie, born David Robert Jones, will be 65. It is impossible to imagine the success of Lady Gaga without appreciating the constant reinvention that has defined the career of David Bowie. From Let’s Dance, the 1983 album that marked his major commercial breakthrough, here’s the title track. Happy Birthday!