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

David Bowie
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 →