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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!

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 the Who’s “I Can’t Explain” from the Ziggy era— before Pinups, was unearthed and made the rounds over the past week. The linked story from Rolling Stone tells of its origin. This version is distinctly different than the one Bowie included on his subsequent cover album.

Earl Slick releases autobiography. Bowie’s sometime guitarist released his autobiography, Guitar: Playing with David Bowie, John Lennon, and Rock-and-Roll’s Greatest Heroes” and did some promotion for the book this past week, which of course includes telling Bowie stories. In the linked story from Salon, he says Bowie was “the strangest cat I’d ever seen.”

Dafne Keen Brings Bowie to Star Wars. The actress gave a series of interviews about her upcoming Star Wars show, The Acolyte, in which she portrays a character she joked looks like “the alien version of David Bowie” (which I’ve seen her describe elsewhere as “the Jedi David Bowie”). The Bowie comment got a fair amount of play, but she also said that got into mood by listening Bowie while prepping for the role.

Zaho De Sagazan talks “Modern Love.” Zaho de Sagazan performed David Bowie’s ‘Modern Love’ at the 2024 Cannes Film Festival, paying homage to jury president Greta Gerwig, whose iconic scene in Frances Ha featured the song. Here she talks about the now-viral performance.

Ava Cherry on how she blew up her life for Bowie. The once-ubiquitous companion of Bowie talks about how she influenced him and how her life changed when she started hanging out with him.

Drummer Steve DiStanislao on playing with superstars. And one of those superstars was Bowie, though they were heroes together just for one day…

James Gunn still won’t use “Starman.” Director James Gunn has (apparently once again) explained that he won’t use “Starman” in an upcoming Superman movie, despite fan demand that he do so. This has been a thing for a while now— fan videos using the Bowie song as a musical accompaniment to footage of Superman. Not exactly sure of the origin. I’ve seen the director say this before, so I’m not sure why this is popping up again now, but if you’ve been holding out, you might be better off with the Star Wars show (see above).

The Daily Mail explains the ‘Heroes’ cover. A reader asked a question about the origin of the famous album cover… and got a fairly extensive answer.

Forbes names Bowie one of the top 10 live acts. Well, that’s not exactly right. It’s a columnist in Forbes who includes Bowie on his top ten list. And he cheats— he listed Bowie and Nick Cave together at #10, so I he actually has his top eleven live acts.

The Influence of German Expressionism on “Heroes. This was a concise but interesting article from a publication with which I was not previously familiar. Worth taking a look at.

Bowie loved Mallorca. This story was less about Bowie than it is about this Spanish island in the Mediterranean, which he apparently liked to visit. Its worth linking to if for no other reason than to see the pictures.

Far Out roundup: The online magazine always contains multiple Bowie stories every week, often taking something Bowie said offhand and turning it into an article. This week included an article claiming that Bowie hatedYoung Americans” and “Space Oddity;” one about how Diamond Dogs was his most difficult album>; and there’s one about how Ziggy Stardust changed Joe Elliott’s life; if Bowie supposedly didn’t like Young Americans, Kate Bush apparently loved it; and Chris Cornell was really fond of Ziggy Stardust.

I’ve heard the news today” is Bowie’s adaptation of the Beatles lyric, which is heard in “Young Americans.” “We’ve finished our news” is a line from, “Oh You Pretty Things”.

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