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Bow down to this David Bowie Barbie doll, made by Mattel for 50th birthday of “Space Oddity”

Bowie Barbie | via brooklynvegan.com

This month Mattel is taking a break from their iconic blonde dolls to unveil a design in honor of a glam rock legend.

For the 50th anniversary of single “Space Oddity,” Mattel is making a Barbie dressed as Bowie dressed as Ziggy Stardust. “Space Oddity,” which was released on July 11th, 1969, is one of Bowie’s most influential tracks. It was his first to chart in the UK. The song has also been featured in TV shows like Mad Men and Friends, the BBC coverage of the Apollo 11 landing, and in movies like Wes Anderson’s The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou. The Stanley Kubrik 2001: A Space Odyssey inspired song has become a cultural touchstone. Continue reading →

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Philly Dogs: Watch David Bowie serenade the Tower with “Rock and Roll Suicide” from the David Live recording

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In July of 1974, David Bowie took over the Tower Theater for an unconventional week-long stint of performances. The iconic glam rocker played the Upper Darby venue, known for its unique acoustics, every night from July 8th through the 12th. These shows served as the source material Bowie’s his first concert album, David Live. Continue reading →

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A newly discovered demo tape of David Bowie’s first band is up for auction

David Bowie in The Konrads circa 1963 | via BBC

Before he was a legendary, influential figure in music, David Bowie started out playing saxophone in a band called The Konrads in 1963. At age 16, he recorded his first demo with them, which was meant to get the band an audition with Decca, the British record label.

The tape, which features Bowie’s vocals on a song called “I Never Dreamed,” was recently unearthed by Konrads’ drummer David Hadfield in a bread basket, buried under letters, bills, and photographs of the band. As Pitchfork reports, Hadfield’s memorabilia will be sold by Omega Auctions, in Newton-le-Willows on Merseyside, in September. The 55-year old demo is expected to sell for $13,000. Continue reading →

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David Bowie’s classic Aladdin Sane will be reissued for its 45th anniversary

David Bowie’s Aladdin Sane | via discogs

David Bowie disrupted the music industry with his passion for reinvention and transformation. He was a luminary of music, and 2018 marks the 45th anniversary of David Bowie’s sixth studio album Aladdin Sane. The icon released the LP on April 20th, 1973 so it makes sense for Parlophone to release the reissue on April 20th. Continue reading →

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Listen to David Bowie’s 1982 demo for “Let’s Dance,” featuring Nile Rodgers

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To mark what would have David Bowie‘s 71st birthday, a stripped-down and funky demo of his hit “Let’s Dance” was unearthed and released today. With the new / old track came a bit of lore about the recording sessions — which took place in December of 1982 at Bowie’s Switzerland home with Chic’s Nile Rodgers and a pickup crew of local musicians coordinated by Claude Nobs of the Montreaux Jazz Festival. Continue reading →

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XPN MusicNotes: Watch the trailer for HBO’s forthcoming documentary David Bowie: The Last Five Years

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David Bowie | Photo by Jimmy King | courtesy of the artist

“Always go a little further into the water than you feel you’re capable of being in. And when you don’t feel that your feet are quite touching the bottom, you’re just about at the right place to do something exciting.” -David Bowie

This coming January 10th will mark the second anniversary of the passing of David Bowie. Two days prior, on Jan. 8th, on what would have been the icon’s 71st birthday, HBO will debut it’s documentary David Bowie: The Last Five Years. Continue reading →