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The Thrill of It All: The Roxy Music Story

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Hard to believe but it’s forty years since Roxy Music released their debut single “Virginia Plain” and made an unforgettable appearance on Top of the Pops. It was a moment that influenced a generation, the same way David Bowie had earlier the same year, when he seductively draped his arm over Mick Ronson’s shoulder as they sang “Starman” together. It was a moment of initiation, when millions of British youth had shared a seminal cultural experience by watching television.

Of all the programs on air in 1972, by far the most influential was Top of the Pops., and Roxy Music’s arrival on the show was like time travelers bringing us the future sound of music. 

Listening to “Virginia Plain” today, it hard to believe that it wasn’t record last week and has just been released.

This documentary on Roxy Music has all the band members (Ferry, Manzanera, MacKay, Eno, etc) and a who’s who of musicians (Siouxsie Sioux, Steve Jones, and Roxy biographer, Michael Bracewell), who explain the band’s importance and cultural relevance. Roxy Music have just released The Complete Studio Recordings 1972-1982 available here.
 

 
Previously on Dangerous Minds

Roxy Music live in 1972, the full radio broadcast


 
Bonus clip of ‘Virginia Plain’, after the jump…
 

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David Bowie on ‘Stage,’ 1978
07.27.2012
12:42 pm

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One of the best Bowie bootleg videos that’s been floating around for at least 25 years is the professionally shot recording of six numbers from his 1978 tour. I’ve read variously that this came from one of the shows recorded for the Stage album, but I’ve also seen claims that it was shot either in Dallas or in Norway. Tony Visconti, who produced Stage, mentions nothing in his liner notes for the 2005 reissue of the album about the shows he recorded also being videotaped. I’m pretty sure that this was taped at The Dallas Convention Center performance of April 10th, 1978

Wherever it was shot, and no matter the short running time, this is one of the finest live Bowie documents we’ve got and it hails from one of his most creative and fertile periods as a mature artist.

It’s incredible to me that neither this nor the “1980 Floor Show” (Bowie’s Midnight Special special from 1973) have been made available for the home market. There were also German and Japanese television broadcasts of the 1978 tour. Surely Bowie fans would rather have one of these programs on DVD than another bloody Ziggy anniversary release! Enough’s enough, already, EMI…

Well, until that day, here’s a great quaklity YouTube upload.

SET LIST: “What in The World,” “Blackout,” “Sense of Doubt,” “Speed of Life,” “Hang On to Yourself,” and “Ziggy Stardust.”
 

 
(Note, forget what the uploader says about this being “part one”—this is the whole thing. Parts 2-4 are from the NHK Hall show in Toyko later that year)

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Velvet Goldmine: Black velvet paintings of David Bowie (and Billy Dee Williams)


 
Gallery 1988 posted a few new paintings by Bruce White for its “Velvet Paintings for Your Inner Nerd” show.

Opening Reception: Friday, July 27th from 7-10pm.

Showing: July 27 - August 15, 2012

Gallery 1988 Los Angeles:
7020 Melrose Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90038
 

 
Via Super Punch

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Bowie, Iggy & Tony Visconti sign the guest book at Hansa Studios, Berlin, 1975
07.16.2012
06:29 am

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Via EOMS/The Quietus

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David Bowie bartender
07.10.2012
06:02 pm

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14 years before he stopped drinking, David Bowie tried his hand at being a mixologist in this photo from 1966.

Did you know there’s a Diamond Dog cocktail?  Well, there is. Combine equal parts of sweet Campari, vermouth, Roses lime juice and fresh squeezed orange juice. Serve on the rocks. It was created at the George V Hotel in Paris, France.

Here’s the recipe for the Ziggy Stardust:

4 parts vodka. 1 part violette liqueur. Dash of orange bitter. 1/2 part Goldschläger. Ground cinnamon. Stir first two ingredients with bitters over ice and strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Light a small glass of Goldshläger and pour over the drink.  Dust the flame with cinnamon and serve.

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Is this the best sign ever?


 
It’s certainly up there!

Thanks to Patrick Browne, via Mark Wood.

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YouTube frees BBC’s Ziggy Stardust & Quadrophenia docs from futile UK-only restriction

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“Jesus, darling—when do you reckon they’ll learn?”

As good as the BBC is at making authoritative and expertly styled documentaries on virtually everything, it seems bizarrely in denial of the YouTube age.

As with its programs on punk, reggae, synthesizers, and krautrock, the Beeb’s rights department seems strangely bent on keeping its pop history lessons imprisoned in its UK-only iPlayer nick, even while kind YouTube uploaders like LisbonExpress and Syden2 hook up the colonies with the good-good.

Ah well. Here’s the BBC’s doc on David Bowie’s creation of his Ziggy Stardust persona…
 

 
After the jump, the Beeb doc on how Pete Townshend & the Who made Quadrophenia…

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Black Barbarella’s plastic soul: David Bowie produces Ava Cherry
06.25.2012
08:08 am

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It’s been, what, two-three days since our last Bowie-related post? Well fear not, here’s another… 

The gorgeous Ava Cherry was David Bowie’s mistress and lover during the mid-70s. She was one of his back-up singers, the Astronettes, along with the late Luther Vandross.  In the clip below, you can see her steal the show when Bowie was performing “Footstompin’” (which later got reworked into “Fame” with John Lennon) on The Dick Cavett Show in 1974. (Is it possible to be any hotter than this woman???) This is pretty much the moment where the Diamond Dogs tour gave way to his Young Americans Philly Soul obsession
 

 
In late 1973, an Ava Cherry album was planned and partially recorded with Bowie producing, but due to lawsuits with his-then manager Tony DeFries, the album was shelved for 22 years. The tapes that existed had some Bowie originals along with some oddly chosen covers from the Beach Boys, Frank Zappa and Bruce Springsteen. What appears to be a semi-official release came out in 1996 as People From Bad Homes. The material was released again in 2009 as The Astronettes Sessions.

In truth, it’s not that great. I wish I could tell you it was some undiscovered gem of what Bowie called his “plastic soul” phase but it’s, at best, a curiosity for intense Bowie freaks. Her voice, sadly, is no match for her looks and fashion sense. The most memorable track is probably “I Am A Laser” which was later re-worked into “Scream Like A Baby” on Bowie’s Scary Monsters album in 1980. In this rehearsal recording, you can hear Bowie in the background leading the band and calling chord changes.

Note the rap and the line about her “golden showers.” (I wonder if “Golden Years” has a meaning that has hitherto escaped us?)
 

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Amusing ‘The Big Lebowski’ poster starring Frank Zappa, Iggy and Bowie


 
I had a good laugh with this one.
 
Via Retrogasm

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David Bowie holding a cute pink pig on the set of ‘Just A Gigolo,’ 1979


 
Here are some photos of David Bowie holding an adorable pink pig. These were shot during the shooting of Bowie’s second major film performance Just A Gigolo in 1979.

Bowie himself has said that Just A Gigolo, directed by Blow-Up actor David Hemmings, was his his 32 Elvis movies all rolled up into one.
 

 
More shots of Bowie and the pig after the jump…

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David Bowie’s Beard
06.15.2012
09:04 am

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Just a photo of David Bowie with a beard in some Japanese rock mag. I wish I knew what the rest of it says.

It’s not often that you see The Dame with facial hair.

Previously on Dangerous Minds:
David Bowie with a moustache, 1966
 
Via Nerdcore

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Queen Bitch: Has Banksy painted Her Majesty’s portrait in Bristol?
06.07.2012
12:49 pm

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Has Banksy struck again, in honor of the Queen’s Jubilee celebrations?

Sure looks like he might have been the author of this piece depicting Her Majesty as Aladdin Sane—and the painting appeared on Upper Maudlin Street, in Banksy’s hometown of Bristol—but it might actually be by an artist named Incwell.

No one seems to know just yet. Doesn’t matter, it’s amusing whoever painted it.

In case you didn’t get the joke:
 

 
Via Lost at E Minor

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David Bowie: Brian Ward’s ‘Ziggy Stardust’ photo-shoot from 1972

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Those darlings at Retronaut have posted a fine selection of Brian Ward’s photographs for David Bowie’s Ziggy Stardust album cover, taken in January 1972. See more here.
 
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More of Ziggy, after the jump…
 

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Multiple dancing Bowies: Beyond bonkers production number from Italian TV, 1978
05.21.2012
01:48 pm

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You think just because you’ve seen one totally insane, batshit crazy 70s Italian TV production number that you’ve seen ‘em all?

Guess again. This 1978 clip features the eternally popular Raffaella Carrà (now pushing 70) singing Cole Porter’s “Night and Day” as bald, mustachioed eye-patch wearing sci-fi weirdos, um, assist her.

That’s only the “night” part,  just wait until “day” comes around and the troupe of caped, dancing “Aladdin Sane” clones show up to strut their stuff!

“Gotta make way for the homo superior,” I suppose… Don’t ask what it all means, just luxuriate in the unabashed weirdness of it all…
 

 

 
Via Lady Bunny Blog

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David Bowie’s 1982 film “Bertolt Brecht’s Baal”
05.12.2012
03:51 pm

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My co-conspirator here at DM Paul Gallagher covered this last year, but I found a nice new high quality upload of the video in full and thought I should update the article and share it with you all once again. I’m sure our new readers will appreciate it.

Here is David Bowie in the BBC production of Brecht’s play Baal, from 1982. It was directed by Alan Clarke, the talent behind such controversial TV dramas as Scum with a young Ray Winstone, Made in Britain, with Tim Roth, and Elephant.

Baal was Brecht’s first full-length play, written in 1918, and it tells the story of a traveling musician / poet, who seduces and destroys with callous indifference.

Bowie is excellent as Baal and the five songs he sings in this production were co-produced with Tony Visconti, and later released as the EP David Bowie in Bertolt Brecht’s Baal.
 

 

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