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Exclusive Interview: Sean Egan

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For all the music, movies, painting and other art Bowie created in his life, one thing he never got around to doing is writing an autobiography. Quite possibly the nearest thing to that is Bowie on Bowie, a curated collection of interviews edited by writer and journalist Sean Egan (I'm not the first to make that observation). I read the…

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Interview index

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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 this upcoming Saturday for Blackstar guitarist…

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Free Form Friday: Something to Do in Albany

Free Form Friday

Free Form Friday is my weekly non-Bowie post. For more David Bowie, come back tomorrow for an exclusive interview with author Sean Eagan, editor of Bowie on Bowie. Also note, click on the bolded words below to link to pages with more information on the subject mentioned… —- A few days ago there was this sportscaster in town who said,…

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Getting ready for Saturday’s exclusive interview with author Sean Egan: Recapping my thoughts on Bowie on Bowie

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My exclusive interview with author Sean Egan will post on Saturday. In addition to writing several books and work as a journalist, Sean edited the compilation book of Bowie interviews titled Bowie on Bowie, which I read in 2022. Below is an edited and rearranged presentation of what I wrote, inspired by the book at the time. Its less a…

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Divine Symmetry I 23 I Gyllene Tider’s “Ah, Ziggy Stardust (Var Blev Du Av?) (1981)

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The only time I ever visited Sweden was after spending a few days in Finland in the mid-80s. The Finnish language is nothing at all like English, but Swedish kinda is. It’s not English. I can’t read or speak or understand spoken Swedish, but there are quite a few shared words, or words that share the same roots, and that…

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Hooked to the Silver Screen: Merry Christmas, Mr. Lawrence (1983)

Hooked to the Silver Screen

David Bowie ends up dead in an unnerving number of movies he starred in. We see him dead, in a coffin in Just a Gigolo, Mr. Rice’s Secret and The Hunger (well, sort of). He also gets killed in Into the Night and might have been dead all along in Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me. Add Merry Christmas, Mr.…

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Hooked to the Silver Screen Tally

Hooked to the Silver Screen

Hooked to the Silver Screen is my series of commentaries about movies in which Bowie appeared. The name of the series comes from a line in the song, “Life on Mars.” I am using the Bowie-esque emojis to rate each of these movies on a scale from one to four Bowies. This is a tally of movies I’ve rated so…

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Bowie Cover of the Week: EgoB is back with “Wild is the Wind”

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EgoB is back with a cover of “Wild is the Wind,” which is my selection for “Cover of the Week.” Before I get to his version of the song, I should briefly review its history. Bowie himself was covering the song on Station to Station (1976). He made a video and released it as a single upon his version’s inclusion…

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Bowie on the cover of Uncut Magazine

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Bowie makes another magazine cover this month, with the May 2024 issue of Uncut, which also includes a CD sampling several musicians but packaged to pay homage to the cover of The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars. The issue apparently has a couple of alternate covers, both of which I'm including here. At the…

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Exclusive Interview: Anthony DeCurtis

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It is fair to say that Anthony DeCurtis if one of the major chroniclers and analysists of rock music for more than three decades if not of all time. How many people have you ever heard of, let alone know, who examine rock at one of the most prestigious universities in the United States, has been a contributing editor for…

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Free Form Friday: Bottom 10 Worst James Bond Villians

Free Form Friday

Free Form Friday is my weekly non-Bowie post. For more David Bowie, come back tomorrow for an exclusive video interview with U Penn Professor Anthony DeCurtis, contributing editor to Rolling Stone who, among other things, teaches a course on Bowie. The week after that come back for an exclusive interview with author Sean Eagan, who edited Bowie on Bowie, a…

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Bowie and Politics, Part 7: The Monster Was Who?

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Bowie addressed the character of the charismatic demagogue in some of his early songs and even played the part as the Thin White Duke, only to distance himself from the idea once people started thinking it wasn’t an act. Whether or not he got too caught up in the role himself, he reached a point where he wanted to make…

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Divine Symmetry I 22 I Songs that Are NOT About Bowie

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Nicholas Pegg reported, in his excellent The Complete David Bowie, that a handful of songs are rumored to be about Bowie including Brian Eno’s “Spider and I” (1977), Bauhaus’s “King Volcano” (1983) and two Rolling Stones songs from 1973, “Angie” and “Dancing With Mr. D.” I believe Pegg that such rumors exist, but I am here to report that these…

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Hooked to the Silver Screen: Films I Can’t Find and Series Update

Hooked to the Silver Screen

“Hooked to the Silver Screen,” named for the line from “Life on Mars,” is my series of commentaries on movies starring or about David Bowie. In that I’m including documentaries and movies in which Bowie is depicted, I actually have a ways to go, despite the finite nature of the list. That said, I’m taking a pause this week because…

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Bowie Cover of the Week: Yara Lapidus (with Gail Ann Dorsey) covers “The Man Who Sold the World”

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“The Man Who Sold the World” is one of the most covered Bowie songs that I find through this process of identifying a “cover of the week.” I think this owes in part to another cover of this song— Nirvana’s version, recorded in 1993 and released in 1995. That version is so well known that the song is often mistaken…

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New Opera Announced: “Glass Spider: The Bowie Extravaganza”

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In a move that has left both fans and critics scratching their heads, a groundbreaking opera based on David Bowie's infamous Glass Spider tour is set to premiere next year in the Zi Duane Provence. Titled "Glass Spider: The Bowie Extravaganza," the production promises to be a surreal journey through Bowie's iconic music career, complete with holographic performances and AI-generated…

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Exclusive Video Interview with Simon Critchley, author of “Bowie”

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Simon Critchley is a familiar figure to students of philosophy, readers of The New York Times series, “The Stone,” and contemplative fans of David Bowie. I have referenced his writing on Bowie, specifically as it pertains to the concept of artifice, which I first encountered in what I believed to be a magazine article. Well, it was that but it…

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Coming tomorrow: Exclusive Video Interview with Simon Critchley, author of “Bowie”

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Come back to this blog tomorrow for an exclusive interview with Simon Critchley, author of Bowie. Dedicated followers of this blog may recall my previous mentions of Simon's discussions on Bowie and artifice. Simon, beyond his Bowie-related insights, is a philosopher and professor at the New School for Social Research. He's known for moderating "The Stone," a philosophy series by…

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Free Form Friday: Wrestling with Politics

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Free Form Friday is my weekly non-Bowie post. Come back tomorrow for more David Bowie. —- I liked professional wrestling when I was in high school. That’s a bit of an understatement. I watched wrestling every week, and once a month I’d go with my buddies to see live shows at Buffalo’s old Memorial Auditorium. I suppose I liked wrestling…

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Bowie and Politics Chapter 6: We Want You, Big Brother

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The subtitle of the previous chapter is, “the progressive platform of David Bowie.” The reference is to several issue-oriented songs Bowie released after his Think White Duke period that establish him as a liberal, on the left-right spectrum, and more importantly not a fascist. There is, however, a major difference between the message of these songs and that of most…

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Divine Symmetry I 21 I Vanilla Ice’s “Ice Ice Baby” (1990)

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Why does the mere mention of this song make me want to snicker? I think it has something to do with a possibly manufactured controversy about its bassline, which is clearly based on that of “Under Pressure.” After initially denying a connection between the two songs, Vanilla Ice eventually conceded it was and gave Queen and David Bowie a co-writer’s…

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Hooked to the Silver Screen: “Cracked Actor” Documentary (1975) (Updated post)

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I originally posted the following observations about the documentary, Cracked Actor, before I launched the “Hooked to the Silver Screen” series and am re-posting it now with some added thoughts placing it into the larger context of Bowie movies. The documentary is considered by many to be seminal, especially those who have created their own content about Bowie. Clips (perhaps…

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Coming this Saturday: Exclusive Interview with Simon Critchley

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Coming Saturday will be this blog's first-ever video interview, featuring Simon Crithcley! Simon is author of the book, Bowie, and a member of the band Critchley & Simmons. This is one of their recordings, which is an adaptation of "Sweet Thing/Candidate/Sweet Thing (Reprise)" from Diamond Dogs. Close readers of this blog will recall that I've referenced Simon's writings about Bowie…

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Bowie Cover of the Week: W3st performs “Starman” and the first ever “Top 10 Covers of the Week”

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Before I get into my selection for cover of the week, I’m going to briefly recap the point of this weekly feature: Bowie’s music lives on as an inspiration to musicians ranging from “guys in their basement” to the biggest acts in show business. Every week I discover numerous new covers of Bowie songs. Some of these covers are straightforward…

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Bowie reimagined

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David Bowie was not simply imaginative— he sparked others’ imaginations. In part because he was a good looking man, in part because he carefully crafted his own visual image, in part because he projected otherworldly qualities, but also in part because his body of work invited speculation, fans have been depicting Bowie in various fictional scenarios for years. This trend…

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Exclusive Interview: Adam Steiner

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Scary Monsters (and Super Creeps) is not simply my favorite Bowie album, but my favorite album full stop. I have thought of it that way for more than 30 years. As with why I got to like Bowie in the first place, my original affection for the album was based on how it sounds. Its staying power, for me, though,…

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Coming tomorrow: Exclusive Interview with Adam Steiner, author of Silhouettes and Shadows: The Secret History of Scary Monsters

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Come back to this blog tomorrow for an exclusive interview with Adam Steiner, author of Silhouettes and Shadows: The Secret History of David Bowie's Scary Monsters (and Super Creeps). To get you in the mood, here's a video of Bowie performing the song live, in 1997, accompanied by a giant mouse on guitar (who plays suspiciously like Reeves Gabrels)...

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Free Form Friday: Better Off

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Free Form Friday is my weekly non-Bowie post. Come back tomorrow for more David Bowie. Meanwhile... --- March 2024 has thus far, brought about crocuses, peepers the opening of ice cream stands and… a proliferation of COVID retrospectives. COVID-19 did not come into existence in March 2020. It didn’t even first reach the United States four years ago this month.…

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Bowie and Politics Chapter 5. Candidate The Progressive Platform of David Bowie

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How would it have looked had the Thin White Duke been more successful? Would Bowie’s fans begin showing up at concerts dressed as Duke clones, looking on some level like they were wearing uniforms? (I’m sure there were some such fans, but the Ziggy clones left more of an impression). Would concerts have become more like political rallies? More like…

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Divine Symmetry I 20 I The Tea Party’s “Empty Glass” (2004)

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The Tea Party was a fairly major Canadian rock band that I wasn't familiar with before learning that this song existed thanks to William Shatner's Seeking Major Tom. Sure enough, this is not only another Major Tom song, but one that makes references to other Bowie songs-- "Golden Years," "Starman" and "Diamond Dogs," as well as a more oblique reference…

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Hooked to the Silver Screen I 20 I Velvet Goldmine (1998)

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Having reviewed Stardust last week, a fictionalized movie about David Bowie that didn't have the rights to his music, I couldn't help but think of Velvet Goldmine, which in that simple respect could be described the same way. The two movies even cover roughly similar time periods in Bowie's life-- from about the time of "Space Oddity" through the Ziggy…

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Bowie Cover of the Week: Pete Foley performs “Time”

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This was another very strong week for Bowie covers and it was a tough choice but I selected this cover of “Time” both because it sounds great and it is a rarely covered song. Why is that? That its rarely covered? It’s a great song. Maybe it gets lost on the generally more raucous album, Aladdin Sane. Actually, in my…

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Album 109 I Seeking Major Tom (2011) by William Shatner

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This would be a bizarre album if William Shatner, best known as Captain Kirk from Star Trek, hadn’t already done something like it with the album, The Transformed Man all the way back in 1968. If you ever heard his rendition of "Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds," from that album, you know the drill. He resurrects it here. Same…

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