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David Bowie Cover of the Week: Sweet Megg’s Sweet Cover of “Soul Love”

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Although, as usual, several quality Bowie covers were posted on YouTube and elsewhere this past week, it wasn’t a tough decision as to what to choose. Sweet Megg’s cover of “Soul Love” (as part of the Postmodern Juke Box series) has all the elements I like in looking for a cover to feature: the performance itself is outstanding, the song…

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I heard the news today*… Box set released; Bowie in new video; reflections a-go-go; the making of memorable tracks; excuses to go to London and Malta; and much more!

I Heard the News

This my weekly summary of news of the about Bowie. The bolded titles link to the original stories I summarize below. As always, there were actually more stories either about Bowie, or in which Bowie is at least mentioned, but this is my selection of the highlights. —- Rock 'N' Roll Star has begun to hit... and it's a hit!…

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Exclusive Interview: “Bowie at Woodstock” Author Corrado Rizza!

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Corrado Rizza is an Italian DJ and producer currently residing in Miami, who co-authored the book Bowie at Woodstock* with Guido Michelone, a university professor and prolific writer. Both Rizza and Michelone are long-time admirers of David Bowie, and their new book delves into the why the Bowie chose to spend his final years in eastern New York State. Bowie…

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Interview index

Interviews

One of my favorite experiences in writing this blog has been the opportunity to interview some great and interesting people from all over the world about David Bowie. This page provides quick links to those interviews. I will update this page as I post new interviews, which I typically do on Saturdays. Come back on Saturday, June 22 for an…

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Cheesy AI Image Post (but I think it’s cool)

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OK, I usually reserve Fridays for a non-Bowie related post, but I was having too much fun with ChatGBT and this is the result. I know, I know— some people find AI and AI generated images to be offensive. So, I’m not doing anything special to promote this particular post, but if you find yourself here, this is what happened…

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David Bowie and Politics, Part 13: David Bowie was wrong, David Bowie was right

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David Bowie was Wrong; David Bowie was Right* If one dominant theme has emerged from this series’ examination of the political implications of David Bowie’s music, it is the idea that the collective is incapable of making good decisions. Groups of almost any size larger than a family unit oppress their own members who stand out as atypical, delegate power…

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Life During a Panic in Detroit: Two Takes on Societal Breakdown

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Talking Heads’ “Life During Wartime” (1979) became part of my personal soundtrack during the early days of the Covid lockdown. I’ve always liked the song's frenetic energy, David Byrne's detached delivery, and… I’m not even sure why I like the lyrics so much, but I have always liked the lyrics. On its surface, the song is a vision of societal…

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New sub-series: Commentary on Bowie’s Videos

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OK, so here’s the idea: I have long since commented on most (though still not all) of Bowie’s songs. In the course of doing so, I have posted every official Bowie video (and quite a few unofficial Bowie videos). They are all here in this blog, somewhere. I don’t like posting the same thing twice, however my original commentary was…

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Hooked to the Silver Screen Roundup: On Bowie Movies

Hooked to the Silver Screen

David Bowie has appeared in different forms of visual media: as an actor in narrative movies and television shows, as a subject in documentaries, as a narrator in at least one show, as a character portrayed by others, as a voice actor, as a performer, as well as in music videos, which combine elements of all of the above. Oh,…

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David Bowie Cover of the Week: Scottish Mist covers “The Loneliest Guy”

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This was yet another week in which I had several quality Bowie covers to choose from for “Cover of the Week.” I selected this one, by musician and composer Rosario Ventrice, who goes by the stage name Scottish Mist because it is well done, is a rarely covered and somewhat obscure song, and has interesting albeit simple visual elements in…

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I heard the news today*… David Bowie News of the Week: Earl Slick, Chris Stein, Jon Bon Jovi, Diane von Furstenberg reflect on Bowie… and more!

I Heard the News

This my weekly summary of news of the about Bowie. The bolded titles link to the original stories I summarize below. As always, there were actually more stories either about Bowie, or in which Bowie is at least mentioned, but this is my selection of the highlights. —- Guitarist Earl Slick on David Bowie's Sobriety. During the 1970s, David Bowie…

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Exclusive interview: Bowie collaborator Tony Zanetta!

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Tony Zanetta: The Man Who Helped Shape David Bowie’s Stardom The first biography I ever read of David Bowie was called Stardust, published in 1985. I read it some time in the late 1980s. The authors were Henry Edwards and Tony Zanetta. This book left a lasting impression on me, and I literally keep it by my home office desk…

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Free Form Friday: The “Chairing” of American Justice

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Free Form Friday is my weekly non-Bowie post. For more David Bowie, come back tomorrow for an exclusive audio interview with Bowie collaborator Tony Zanetta. You’re not going to want to miss this one. Meanwhile, please enjoy reading about Dusty Rhodes, Rick Flair and Donald Trump… —- This isn’t the first time I’ve posted about how the ethics of pro…

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Bowie the Cynic

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I think I forgot Bowie appeared on the 2005 song, “The Cynic” by the Danish band, Kashmir. I either forgot or never knew. I certainly had never seen this video, in which Bowie appears, albeit in animated form. The song and video belong somewhere in this blog, but I also find it a bit of a coincidence that I recently…

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Venom 3 Trailer Features “Space Oddity”

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I just came across the trailer for Venom 3: The Last Dance, which is sure to be a near-future drive-in movie and will probably get its own post as part of my Drive-in Saturday Tuesday Movie review series. Well, it looks like there is indeed a Bowie connection as a modified version of “Space Oddity” plays throughout a good portion…

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David Bowie and the Rolling Stones

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I’m still in a state of awe from seeing The Rolling Stones in Massachusetts last week (read more HERE). So, I’m taking a moment to briefly reflect on how the Stones influenced Bowie and vice versa. Though Bowie had been performing since the early 60s, The Rolling Stones emerged as superstars a few years earlier than Bowie. During his 1964…

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Pride Month in New York and Bowie’s Androgyny after Ziggy

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I was in New York City yesterday and today and could not but notice something David Bowie would have never seen when he was Ziggy Stardust-- Manhattan decked out for Pride Month. It all leads up to a big Pride Parade at the end of the month. Bowie lived in New York for the last twenty years of his life…

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David Bowie cover of the week: Marc Lowe’s “We’ll Creep Together/All the Madmen”

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This was a somewhat odd week for Bowie covers as a lot were posted that…were not very good. I’m not going to single any out and I’m all for people doing their own thing and posting it online somewhere, but a lot of that made for a large number of covers to sort through for the good stuff (and I’m…

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I heard the news today*… David Bowie News of the Week: Unearthed Who Cover; Jedi Bowie; reflections on working with Bowie and more!

I Heard the News

This my weekly summary of news of the about Bowie. The bolded titles link to the original stories I summarize below. As always, there were actually more stories either about Bowie, or in which Bowie is at least mentioned, but this is my selection of the highlights. —- New old version of “I Can’t Explain.” A version of Bowie covering…

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Exclusive Interview: Artist Sara Captain, Painter of Bowie and more!

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Sara Captain is a tremendously talented British artist whose main subject is David Bowie. I came across an article about her and her work last year and was blown away. I was happy that Sara agreed to participate in this interview. Although the following covers a lot of ground, there’s still more to discuss, so I’m hoping to reconvene with…

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Satisfaction: The Rolling Stones at Gillette Stadium in Massachusetts

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What is it we just saw? That was the first thing me wife asked as we departed The Rolling Stones concert at Gillette Stadium last night (May 30, 2004). I immediately understood what she was asking. We just saw two 80-year olds and a spry 76er perform for more than two straight hours, no breaks, moving like…well, one of them…

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Special Interview: Robert Burke Warren on his Bowie Bash show!

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Robert Burke Warren is coming to Albany, NY— my home town— on June 1st, and he’s brining his Bowie Bash show along with him, which you can see at the Linda, WAMC’s performing arts center at 8:00 pm. Click HERE for tickets and more information. When I saw that the show was coming to town, I was hoping to catch…

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David Bowie and Politics, Pt. 12: the Politics of Death (and Life)

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Yep, the above picture is Bowie, as the living dead in the movie, The Hunger demonstrating the downside of immortality. --- If there’s a thread of philosophy that runs through Bowie’s music that resembles ancient Cynicism, his attitude toward death seems similar to that of the Stoic Emperor Marcus Aurelius. Bowie, like the Roman emperor, saw death as inevitable and…

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Feud! David Bowie” v. Elton John

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If you’re reading this, I’m going to assume this isn’t the first time you’ve encountered something comparing Bowie’s “Space Oddity” (1969) with Elton John’s “Rocket Man (1972).” Did the one influence the other? Did Elton rip off Bowie? Was Bowie annoyed? Elton John wrote of Bowie in Me, his autobiography, that he “loved his music” but that there was “something…

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David Bowie cover of the week: Colin Barely performs “John, I’m Only Dancing”

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This was an especially tough week to choose a cover of the week not only because there were many quality videos posted over the past seven days, but several of them included visual elements beyond a fixed camera capturing the performance. I selected Colin Barley’s cover of “John, I’m Only Dancing” because this video has both of these qualities and,…

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I heard the news today*… David Bowie News of the Week! Diamond Dogs Turns 50…and more!

I Heard the News

This my weekly summary of news of the about Bowie. The bolded titles link to the original stories I summarize below. As always, there were actually more stories either about Bowie, or in which Bowie is at least mentioned, but this is my selection of the highlights. --- Diamond Dogs Turns 50. The occasion of Bowie's 1984-inspired concept album prompted…

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Exclusive Interview: Lisa Perrott, author of “David Bowie and the Art of Music Video”

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Lisa Perrott, a Senior Lecturer and Researcher in Screen and Media Studies at the University of Waikato, is the author of David Bowie and the Art of Music Video, which to my knowledge is the first book devoted to Bowie's videos. Although I have read many books about Bowie including biographies that chronicle his life, I had more of a…

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Thoughts on “China Girl”

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I originally wrote this as part of the lead-up to my interview with Lisa Perrott (click to link), who wrote David Bowie and the Art of Music Video. I had originally indicated that I was going to take down the teaser videos I posted prior to the interview because they appear elsewhere on this blog, but I’m leaving this one…

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Free Form Friday: What does a 56-year old essay about professional wrestling by a French philosopher say about American politics today?

Free Form Friday

Free form Friday is my weekly non-Bowie post. If you want more Bowie, come back tomorrow for an exclusive interview with Lisa Perrott, author of David Bowie and the Art of Music Video. you won’t want to miss it. As for now, enjoy this post about a French philosopher, professional wrestling and Donald Trump… —- I remember reading Roland Barthes…

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Not David Bowie songs

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I’ve been working on my next installment of the “Bowie and Politics” series and was thinking that the political resonance of some of Bowie’s less-obvious songs might show up better in relief, against their opposites. So, that’s what this is. I’ve added links to bolded names of the non-Bowie songs if you want to hear them… “Legalize It” by Peter…

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Divine Symmetry: Is there a connection between Joy Division’s “Atmosphere” and “‘Heroes’”?

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What does Joy Division’s “Atmosphere” have in common with David Bowie’s “‘Heroes’”? I wouldn’t think much. But DoM clearly sees something that probably nobody else could, without the guidance of his two mashups combining the two songs. Two? Yes— he did this one, combining the Joy Division vocals with Bowie’s music, but he also did the reverse, which I featured…

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David Bowie Cover of the Week: Orange Trio Music performs “Space Oddity”

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OK— here’s my dilemma: “Space Oddity,” along with “‘Heroes’” are the two Bowie songs that turn up most frequently when I review covers posted over the previous week. I just posted a “Space Oddity” cover yesterday. You’d think the last thing we’d need is another one. Plus, this week there were some other excellent, excellent covers. So what’s the dilemma?…

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Ziggy Stardust Diner

Find Bowie game (updated again)

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May 19, 2024 Update: Does the Stardust Diner Count? I say yes. April 21, 2024 update: I originally posted this on December 24, 2023 but updated it with a few new photos, though the real reason I’m re-posting it is because its a fun one that I don’t think too many people saw. So enjoy, and try it— play the…

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