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News February 1998

new February 26: dotmusic Awards Dotmusic.com - the insider's guide to UK music, is joining with MusicWeek in an awards ceremony to honour music-related websites. Of particular interest is the Reader's Choice Award, where viewers can nominate their favourite UK music website for 1998.

updated February 25: Radiohead took the Alternative Album title and Bob Dylan the Male Rock Vocal titles in the 1998 Grammy Awards.

Radiohead also issued a statement denying the NME report (see earlier) that they turned down a request to duet with Bowie

updated February 24: NME reports in its news this morning that Radiohead will not be playing live at the Grammys tomorrow night because "they would not be good for ratings". Apparently, the band turned down an invitation to perform a duet with Bowie. A band management spokesman is quoted as saying:

"Basically, unless we did a duet with David Bowie which is not a very Radiohead thing to do, they said they weren't really interested in the band coming on and doing a song."

Information from Helen and Andrew

updated February 23: Wednesday's Grammy Awards event, for which Bowie is nominated in the Alternative Album and Male Rock Performance categories, looks as though it will not be graced by the presence of db and Iman. In an interview with the NY Post last Friday, Bowie told reporter Lisa Robinson

"I generally avoid these kinds of evenings. I didn't even go when I was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, although I do vaguely recall a Grammy appearance around 1974 when I presented an award to Aretha Franklin."

Information from Sue and Dauphne via Bonster

new February 22: Concert and touring industry trade publication Performance announced the winners of their 1997 readers poll awards. Bowie's Earthling tour was voted best club tour of the year.

Information from Mike via Bonster

new February 20: Prompted by the Brazilian magazine, Petra wrote in to say that German music magazine Musikexpress/Sounds (one of, if not the biggest, in Germany) picked Bowie as their Solo Artist of the Year for 1997. In a separate poll on Greatest Rock Heroes of All Time, Bowie came in ninth.

Information from Petra

new February 20: Showbizz, a monthly Brazilian magazine, in its annual poll of Brazilian music journalists and critics, selected Bowie's Earthling tour as the best concert in 1997, and runner-up in best vocalist (trailing Bjork).

Information from Andherson and Laszlo

updated February 19: According to the NY Observer, the Bowie's new residence is a 5,000 square foot loft located on Broadway near East Fourth Street in downtown Manhattan. The loft was on the market for $1.7 million, but Bowie, ever the shrewd businessman, beat them down to $1.5 million for the ninth floor, just below the penthouse floor and the rooftop swimming pool. The pad is conveniently located; if he wants to see how his latest release is selling, he can just slip down and across the street to Tower Records.

Information from Barb

new February 18: The NY Daily News and NY Observer ran an item reporting that Bowie and Iman have finalized the purchase of a $1.5 million loft near NYU in Greenwich Village. This jibes with the report here from January 20th that Bowie and Iman were reported to be house-hunting.

Information from Barb

updated February 15: Mike Harvey, who runs the best site on the web for Ziggy-philes, wrote to say that he has updated his web site The Ziggy Stardust Companion, with "better interfaces and navigation, a guestbook, new sections and articles".

Information from Mike

new February 14: Dutch fanclub The Voyeur plans to hold its annual fan get-together on March 8 from 1-6 p.m. (13:00-18:00). There will be live music, an exhibition of rare Bowie items, video and other merchandise. The location will be

Cultureel Centrum Azotod
Meerendijk 126
De Meern (near Utrecht)
The first 150 visitors will get a colour print of a Bowie painting.

Just a reminder: There is also an Italian Bowie convention in Bologna on Sunday, February 22. For more information, email g.magri@bo.nettuno.it.

Information from Ludo Wopereis

hot new February 13: David Buckley, author of Complete Guide to the Music of David Bowie was recently contacted by Dara O'Kearney to ask him about his upcoming Bowie biography, Strange Fascination. Here's Dara's report:

Anyone who's read (or at least read the back of) David Buckley's excellent "The Complete Guide to the Music of David Bowie" will know that he has been working on a Bowie biography, which was originally due to appear in late 1996. I know a lot of us Bowie fans, myself included, have been eagerly looking forward to this book, which promises to be by far the most interesting Bowie biography yet. David Buckley did his doctorate on Bowie, and clearly has a greater appreciation for Bowie and his music than any of the other Bowie biographers to date.

Anyway, Buckley has just published an Authorised Biography on the Stranglers, and as I noted in my latest QWatch, this is why we haven't seen his Bowie biography yet. David has contacted me to confirm that he is still hard at work on the Bowie book, which has the working title of Strange Fascination. The book is now scheduled for publication in the Spring of 1999. David says it will be totally different from existing biographies in that the main focus will be on Bowie's work and his influence on contemporary culture (his fans, his politics, his stage performances, his relationship to rock culture, his sexuality etc), rather than on his business dealings and his personal relationships."

While you're waiting for Buckley's biography to appear, you may want to check out the Teenage Wildlife Bookstore for other Bowie-related books.

Information from Dara

new February 11: 21, Bowie's art-publishing firm, has already gone into a second printing of their first book, Blimey! From Bohemia to Britpop written by Matt Collings. The book, which looks at the British art scene, has been on sale in the UK since last year, but should now also be available in the US (Ed: I haven't been able to find it at the online book stores however).

The publishing company was formed last year by Bowie, Karen Wright (editor of Modern Painters), gallery owner Bernard Jacobson and English businessman Sir Tim Sainsbury. 21 refers to the upcoming century, and the company's mission according to Bowie is to "publish books that are as highly readable at the layman's level about art and culture - none of these highfalutin, stuffy art tomes by critics and academics that are the only things available at the moment"

Information from Janet

new updated February 10: Velvet Goldmine, the film which looks at the 1970s glam scene, has been delayed for release until September 20. You can read the NME report, which also provides more information on the film's content.

In other news of the day, Bowie has been nominated for Best Live Performer in Ireland's Hot Press Awards, and NME readers voted Bowie to #12 in the Best Solo Singer category of their annual reader's poll (this is Bowie's first appearance in a very long time in an NME reader's poll).

Information from Brian, Helen and Dara

hot February 9: Teenage Wildlife partner CD Universe has all of its regular CDs on sale for the month of February. This means that most of the existing Rykodisc versions of Bowie's albums are now just $10.25. Of course, you can also buy non-Bowie CDs if you want (just type in the artist's last name and click the Go button at the top of the screen)! You can visit the Bowie section directly at the following link:

David Bowie @ CD Universe

new February 8: A David Bowie UK convention is being organized for June 6 in Bedford, England. The one day event will include a Bowie disco, videos, karaoke, aution and two hours of live music featuring the Bowie tribute band David Live. There will be many UK traders selling CDs, record, posters and videos on the day, together with food and a licensed bar in the evening.

Numbers are limited to 300, and tickets will be sold on a first come first served basis for £12.50 per person. You can get more information at the Subterraneans Web Page, or by emailing david.priest@virgin.net.

new February 7:

Information from Lisa, Mossgarden, Dara, FattyBaby, Jenny, Rob, Bonster

February 4: British music magazine NME reports that Goldie will be collaborating with Bowie on a new album starting next month. At a press conference for the release of Goldie's new album Saturnz Return (which features Bowie singing on one track), Goldie revealed that the pair met early last year at a drum 'n bass club, and subsequently collaborated on a couple of pieces of music (Ed: one of which I presume is the "Truth" track on Saturnz Return). Goldie also confirmed that he is starring in the movie Everybody Loves Sunshine, which earlier reports (including one in the current Q magazine) have said will also star Bowie in a small role (see here)

Information from Helen2, Dara

new February 3: From an article in Tower's magazine comes the following:

It seems that the Thin White Man feels that the value of his albums has been diluted by the addition of bonus tracks at the end of the original running order. So the albums will be restored to their pristine original track-listing and a second CD with all the relevant bonus tracks reissued thus far along with others emerging from the vaults.
This might explain EMI's decision in the UK to release the 80's albums without bonus tracks, since they can then be withdrawn (in March according to the article) but still be used for the ensuing release.

Information from Dara

new updated February 2: In a curious marketing decision, EMI's reissue of Bowie CDs in the UK has bonus tracks for the 70's releases, but not for the 80's (Let's Dance, Tonight and Never Let Me Down). In other UK news, the official release of the I Can't Read single is reported to be February 9.

In other Bowie paraphenalia news, CD-Now is selling the Earthling Tour t-shirt for $16.99.

Information from Pete, Dara, Andy

new February 2: Bowie made the newspaper in two separate items over the weekend:

  1. In Saturday's The Times (London), it was reported that Bowie is one of ten people that has been asked by the UK National Portrait Gallery to select photographs that encapsulate the century for a millenium exhibition. From October 1999, the gallery will display 100 portrait chosen by ten "representatives of Britain". "Bowie is known to have a great knowledge of the arts," said Charles Saumarez Smith, the gallery's director. "We need someone to represent film and popular culture." (Ed: Note that Bowie has not yet accepted the nomination).
  2. A news item which appeared in many US newspapers today mentions that Bowie is currently looking at several film scripts, but has yet to find one interesting enough "to divert attention from the two albums he's preparing" (Ed: the live album and 2. Contamination?)

    The NY Daily News repeats the statement that Bowie is planning a major New York concert this summer on behalf of Save The Children, but that it will be an acoustic show, since he got a kick out of doing Neil Young's Bridge Show in 1996. This may tie in with information from the same source which first reported the Stern birthday show. That source also mentioned that Bowie may be planning a small "acoustic-only" tour later this year.

Information from John and Barb

new updated February 2: In a curious marketing decision, EMI's reissue of Bowie CDs in the UK has bonus tracks for the 70's releases, but not for the 80's (Let's Dance, Tonight and Never Let Me Down). In other UK news, the official release of the I Can't Read single is reported to be February 9.

In other Bowie paraphenalia news, CD-Now is selling the Earthling Tour t-shirt for $16.99.

Information from Pete, Dara, Andy

new February 2: Bowie made the newspaper in two separate items over the weekend:

  1. In Saturday's The Times (London), it was reported that Bowie is one of ten people that has been asked by the UK National Portrait Gallery to select photographs that encapsulate the century for a millenium exhibition. From October 1999, the gallery will display 100 portrait chosen by ten "representatives of Britain". "Bowie is known to have a great knowledge of the arts," said Charles Saumarez Smith, the gallery's director. "We need someone to represent film and popular culture." (Ed: Note that Bowie has not yet accepted the nomination).
  2. A news item which appeared in many US newspapers today mentions that Bowie is currently looking at several film scripts, but has yet to find one interesting enough "to divert attention from the two albums he's preparing" (Ed: the live album and 2. Contamination?)

    The NY Daily News repeats the statement that Bowie is planning a major New York concert this summer on behalf of Save The Children, but that it will be an acoustic show, since he got a kick out of doing Neil Young's Bridge Show in 1996. This may tie in with information from the same source which first reported the Stern birthday show. That source also mentioned that Bowie may be planning a small "acoustic-only" tour later this year.

Information from John and Barb

new updated February 1: E! Online's schedule for this week's Howard Stern show lists the Birthday Show (at which Bowie played 3 songs) as scheduled for four (possibly five) parts starting Monday, at 11 p.m. EST (8 p.m. PST), and running in half hour segments on successive days. It's unknown exactly when Bowie's segment will show, but if it's done in chronological order, most likely it would be in either the second or third show (i.e. Tuesday or Wednesday). However, you may want to set your VCRs for all nights, just to make sure.

In addition, if you cannot get either E! or Stern's radio show, DarkAngel has created a RealAudio 5.0 recording of the segment involving Bowie which was broadcast on radio (only two out of the actual three songs). You can find a link to it on the Stern Birthday Show concert page.

Note: Some people wrote saying that they couldn't listen to RealAudio files because they didn't want to spend the $29.95 to buy the RealAudio player. Actually, RealAudio's Player is available for free download by anyone. They only charge for their RealPlayer Plus product, but they don't make it obvious how to get the basic, free product (called just RealPlayer) from their home page. For convenience, you can just follow this direct link to the page which allows you to download the free version of RealPlayer.

Information from Marge and DarkAngel

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