An audition tape by Bowie's first band The Konrads, dating from 1963, went up for auction this week.
The first known studio recording of the late David Bowie has fetched nearly four times what was estimated at auction this week, selling for nearly £40,000.
The 1963 demo tape of what is believed to be a teenage Bowie singing ‘I Never Dreamed’ with his first band The Konrads, and which was rejected by Decca, was sold by Omega Auctions in north-west England for a total of £39,360 after a “bidding frenzy” between two overseas bidders over the phone on Tuesday (September 11th).
The 18-minute tape was discovered by the band’s drummer, David Hadfield, earlier this year in an old bread basket in his loft. When news of the auction was announced back in July, it had been expected to fetch around £10,000.
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His 1963 recording with The Konrads will go on sale this Fall.
What is thought to be the first ever documented recording by David Bowie, created during his time with a band called the Konrads, is going up for auction this Fall and it's expected to go for thousands. The tape was found by the band's drummer and manager David Hadfield along with a host of other memorabilia.
A studio recording featuring David Bowie (then 16-year-old David Jones) singing a song titled 'I Never Dreamed' was discovered in Hadfield's garage loft in his grandfather's old bread basket back in the 1990s while he was moving house. He now plans to flog the 1963 demo tape for an expected £10,000 at Omega Auctions in September.
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Bowie's commercially successful Eighties is getting the box set treatment.
The fourth in a series of career-spanning David Bowie box sets has been revealed by Parlophone, this time taking in the years 1983 to 1988 and titled Loving The Alien, which will include previously unreleased music.
Set to be released on October 21st, the new 15xLP / 11xCD collection, Loving The Alien oversees Bowie’s most commercially successful period and gives Bowie fans the chance to hear previously unreleased live albums and outtakes.
On top of remastered versions of the three studio albums from this era – 1983’s Let’s Dance, 1984’s Tonight and 1987’s Never Let Me Down – there is a previously unheard live album from the well-received Serious Moonlight tour, recorded at Montreal in July 1983.
Released on June 1st 1967.
It's been 41 years exactly since the release of David Bowie's self-titled debut album; an album that no-one realised at the time would be the start of an important evolution in music. It bore no clues of the legendary star's later alter-egos, and is almost unrecognisable next to his later works.
David Bowie 1967
He'd been in six bands when he was a teenager before setting out as a soloist. His first single from his 1967 debut album was 'Rubber Band', to be followed by the novelty single 'The Laughing Gnome' and the album's other single 'Love You till Tuesday'.
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Smashing Pumpkins frontman Billy Corgan has revealed he has 26 songs ''in various states of completion'' as he continues to work in the studio on his next project.
Billy Corgan is working on 26 new songs as he rediscovers his love for guitar-based music.
The Smashing Pumpkins rocker - whose 2017 solo album 'Ogilala' heavily feature piano, strings and a more acoustic sound - has opened up on his time in the studio as he continues to leave fans in the dark about whether it will be another solo project or a reunion of the 'Tonight, Tonight' group.
Taking to social media over the weekend, he wrote: ''Ok, I misspoke. Today wasn't the last day in studio. More work ahead (lyrics, vocals, strings).
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Brian Molko is ''clean and happy'' these days but used to enjoy wild nights out with his friend Marilyn Manson.
The Placebo frontman may be ''clean and happy'' these days but he admits he used to enjoy wild nights out with the 'Rock is Dead' hitmaker in the 1990s at the height of their success.
He told Kerrang magazine: ''I remember reading 'The Long Road Out Of Hell' [Marilyn Manson's autobiography], and thinking 'This book makes you feel like you want to go out and do very rock n' roll things', but that wasn't a particular inspiration for my lifestyle.
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Bowie's music was bought and streamed by more people than any other artist, including Adele and Drake, according to the BPI.
Following the shocking news of the music icon’s death, which broke in early January 2016, the official body governing the music industry in Britain reports that 1.6 million Bowie albums were either bought or streamed by British listeners in the 12 months of last year, more than any other single artist.
The rediscovery of Bowie’s massive back catalogue, combined with his final album Blackstar that was released just two days before his passing, meant that his sales figures were higher than anybody else.
'Blackstar' swept the floor with five awards.
After releasing his last album 'Blackstar' in January 2016, and therefore too late to make an impact on the subsequent Grammy Awards, David Bowie is revisited more than a year after his death to smash through this year's music celebrations with a total of five posthumous awards.
David Bowie wins five Grammy Awards
The rock pioneer's number one album landed him Best Alternative Music Album, Best Recording Package and Best Engineered Album at the 59th annual Grammy Awards last night (February 12th 2017), with the title track also winning Best Rock Performance and Best Rock Song.
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David Bowie's 'Hunky Dory' album has been named the best record by BBC 6 Msuic's listeners.
David Bowie's 'Hunky Dory' album has been named the best record.
The 'Starman' hitmaker - who tragically passed away in January last year aged 69 after his battle with cancer - has had his 1971 LP crowned the best piece of work the music legend has created by BBC 6 Music's listeners.
Whilst 'Hunky Dory' came top of the charts out of all of his compilations, and beat his latest work 'Blackstar' and 'Heroes' albums to the post.
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He didn't know he was dying until three months ahead of his death.
While many have speculated that David Bowie's 'Lazarus' song and video was about his struggle with terminal cancer, it turns out that the singer didn't actually know he was dying until the video shoot itself according to an upcoming documentary which airs this week.
David Bowie discovered his cancer was terminal in final three months
'David Bowie: The Last Five Years' hits screens this weekend on BBC Two and in it we will learn that David Bowie only discovered that his cancer was no longer beatable three months ahead of his death on January 10th 2016. Which makes 'Lazarus' prophetic as opposed to a final farewell from Bowie.
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Will anyone ever forget the year 2016?
2016 has been a strange year. Starting off with the death of David Bowie (pictured below) and ending with nobody in the world quite sure what is going it has been a constant journey of ups and downs.
David Bowie seen in the moving video for Lazarus
But still, there has been some excellent music videos created to match this state of confusion; from Bowie to Anohni, there has always been a constant source of inspiration available in the ever-changing climate. Here we do a recap of our favourite videos of the year, good luck 2017 in trying to match some of these...
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2016 has been overshadowed by bad news, both politically and for the music industry itself.
Yet the shifting social landscape and loss of musical icons doesn't seem to have galvanised any one artistic movement in response, surely that's on the horizon for 2017. But while this annus horribilis may not be remembered for a particular genre or artist capturing the cultural zeitgeist, it did reinforce the simple point that the concept of an album is not dead yet. From Bowie and Cohen quite brilliantly using the format as a last will and testament, Beyonce's lavish visual album for Lemonade, to Kanye and Frank Ocean bypassing some methods of traditional distribution, it's clear that the digital age of single song downloads hasn't killed the album as an artistic statement. Vinyl has helped to massively bolster sales of physical products too, emphasising the artistic merits of the album beyond simply the music on the record.
With that in mind, many well-established artists delivered records vying for position with their best work. Bands such as Weezer, Green Day, Biffy Clyro, and Against Me! may not be making many end of year top ten lists, but their output in 2016 has been impressively solid. Even Metallica returned with a record that lived up to its hype. Elsewhere other artists produced records that at an earlier point in the year would certainly have made my list; Ray LaMontagne, Brian Fallon, Iggy Pop, Shearwater, Wye Oak, A Tribe Called Quest, Bob Mould, PJ Harvey, Joseph Arthur, and St. Paul & The Broken Bones, all comfortably fit into that category. Of particular note was the album, which kept appearing on my list and then just falling frustratingly into a lower position. Underworld's Barbara Barbara, We Face A Shining Future is a glorious album. It's two men at a very different point in their lives using the music of their youth to paint a portrait of life post 50, and the result is uplifting and hopeful in a way that many other albums weren't this year. I'm delighted that Underworld has picked up a Grammy nomination for such a great record.
One final mention before sharing my ten favourite records of 2016 is for Jimmy Broomfield. Performing under the name Heart Of Oak, his debut EP, aptly titled EP 1, was released this year. It's a collection of songs that are deeply personal and wonderfully intimate with their bare bones performances. His song-writing is both clever and witty and if you're looking for some home-grown talent with a promising future you need look no further than Heart Of Oak's website.
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Whilst 2016 has been too full of tragedy and sad loss it has also undoubtedly been a bumper year in terms of album releases.
There is no way to aptly mark the passing of some of the very best artists of any generation but in amongst the untimely deaths has come some inspirational and ground breaking music.
My albums are all ones I have enjoyed immensely and continue to play. Whilst Radiohead, M.I.A, Peter Doherty and many others may have missed the cut it wasn't really a difficult choice this year. It may not be all that eclectic but there are some great albums in there. Nick Cave's Skeleton Tree is not only this years best album but also an album that is rapidly becoming one of my all time favourites, it's just so good.
Continue reading: Andrew Lockwood's Top Ten Albums Of 2016
2016 has been an eventful year for sure
A number of historic moments happened with Brexit, the US election and the absurd amount of tragic deaths of some of the most significant figures in the arts. However, what 2016 will also one day be looked back on is an incredible year for music.
This list wasn't easy to compile, and is just a glance at the amount of excellent music 2016 has had to offer. There's been fascinating hip-hop, highly oddball experimental music, refreshing pop music, plenty of punishing hardcore/metal/noise and inspiring passion from DIY scenes. There's also been a great number of emerging artists, displaying much potential with singles, EP's and captivating performances, where hopefully we'll see them put out records soon which will make 2017 a rich year for music. Shout outs in particular to Iglooghost, Yonaka, Mssingno, Miles Mosley and Kai Whiston, be sure to keep an eye on them.
Here we are though, 2016's 10 finest records in my opinion, that display endless possibilities in this thing we call music.
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The late singer just couldn’t commit to the trilogy.
There have always been rumours that David Bowie was nearly in Lord of the Rings, but now we have confirmation from one of the trilogy’s casting directors.
Speaking to the Huffington Post, casting director Amy Hubbard confirmed that it was David Bowie who director Peter Jackson originally wanted to play Gandalf, but the singer was sadly too busy.
David Bowie could have been Gandalf in LOTR
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The flat at Hauptstrasse 155 was where Bowie and Iggy lived between 1976 and 1978 in the city, which inspired the so-called 'Berlin trilogy' albums.
Forty years after he briefly lived in the city and was inspired to make his famous ‘Berlin trilogy’ of albums in the late ‘70s, the German capital has unveiled a new commemorative plaque outside the home he shared with fellow star Iggy Pop.
On Monday (August 22nd), traffic was at a standstill on Hauptstrasse 155 in West Berlin’s Schöneberg district as the plaque was revealed outside the flat where Bowie and Iggy lived between late 1976 and 1978.
Costing a reported £2,900 and made of bone china, the memorial quotes Bowie’s iconic hit “Heroes”, the song inspired by the couple kissing by the Berlin Wall that Bowie spied from a window at the Hansa recording studio in Kreuzberg. The decision to place the memorial was made by the senate, notable because it usually requires a five-year waiting period to make sure the deceased figure being memorialised is truly historically significant.
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She's definitely the best choice to pay tribute.
Lady GaGa is decidedly the best person for the job of paying tribute to the late musical legend David Bowie. As such, she will honour the 'Life On Mars' singer with a dedicatory performance at this year's Grammy awards. And, whether you love or hate her, you can't deny that Gaga has had Bowie written all over pretty much every crazy outfit she's ever worn.
Here's just a few of the most Bowie-esque get-ups the 'Applause' singer has been spotted in over the years:
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He names 'Under Pressure' as his first track on the Radio 4 show.
Microsoft founder Bill Gates lays down a tribute for the late David Bowie on BBC Radio 4's Desert Island Discs, where he unveiled his top eight songs to Kirsty Young. He's chosen some serious classics as his castaway must-haves, as well as a nod to modern pop culture and musical theatre.
Bill Gates unveils his Desert Island Discs
Following Bowie's sudden death from cancer on January 10th 2016, it's only natural that music fans everywhere have added a hit from the Starman himself to their own Desert Island playlist. For Gates, it's Bowie's collaboration with Queen that serves as his first choice; 'Under Pressure', his UK number one from 1981 that featured on Queen's tenth album 'Hot Space'.
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Has Kanye West come to take Bowie's place?
There are way too many conspiracy theories out there surrounding the death of David Bowie, the craziest of which suggesting that he is an alien who has simply returned to his home planet having brough the music of his people to the Earth. Sure, he has that cool eye thing going for him, but we're pretty sure he's human.
David Bowie has had conspiracy theorists going crazy
Then there's some theories that are a little spookier, such as the idea that he is in fact the John the Baptist of the music industry and has made various crazy predictions about the rise of Kanye West through his lyrics. It all started with a Blogspot page in 2007, and it was recently reopened in a Reddit thread. Explore the evidence yourself, and see if you believe.
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One of music's most innovative artists leaves unforgettable legacy.
The world reacts with shock and grief as rock legend David Bowie is pronounced dead at aged 69, just two days following the release of his critically acclaimed 25th studio album 'Blackstar'. It might be one of the saddest events in musical history, but no-one can deny that he departed this world with style.
David Bowie has died aged 69
Following an 18-month battle with cancer, Bowie bowed out of the physical world yesterday (January 10th 2016) having just celebrated his 69th birthday. The androgynous 'Life On Mars' hitmaker - known sometimes as Starman and Ziggy Stardust after his songs of the same name - was in the midst of promoting his eagerly anticipated latest album 'Blackstar', which will no doubt mark a lasting memorial of the singer especially in the case of lead single 'Lazarus'; the first lines of which he sings, 'Look up here, I'm in heaven'.
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Date of birth
8th January, 1947
Date of death
10th January, 2016
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