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Bowie’s Piano Man and Guitar Man

I had the pleasure of seeing maestros Mike Garson and Earl Slick in a relatively intimate hall (less than a thousand capacity) from two yards away. What a treat to see up close the skill of the original musicians of two of the most challenging and memorable of instrumental pieces. Needless to say, one of…

Quicksand

This is the one song aside from Station to Station that has left Bowie commenters the most flummoxed. The most expansive discussion I’ve come across on Quicksand is on Arad Alper’s The Philosophy of Pop blog. While Chris O’Leary is spot-on drawing a contrast between Lennon and Bowie (the ’60s vs. the ’70s) on his excellent Pushing Ahead…

All The Young Dudes

I’ve probably heard most recorded versions of ATYD but this version by The Rebelles stands out. It’s somewhat quirky inflection comes via the close harmonies and in particular the voice of Phoebe White. Crucially, this version retains the essential spirit of the song and features the man himself, Ian Hunter. Tracie, Ian’s daughter is, surprise surprise,…

Butley

Alan Bates’ performance of a lifetime (and he’s had a few) deliciously embodies Simon Gray’s scathing insider’s perspective into the grim world of humanities academia (already that in 1971). Butley has much in common with Malcolm Lowry’s Under the Volcano insofar as all the action takes place in one day, everything falls apart, and alcohol is part and…

The Mick Ronson Story

Chuffed to finally view The Mick Ronson Story who died on this day 25 years ago. Here is a fair critical review by Michael Bonner in Uncut. I was, as were the many there, very fortunate to have last seen Ronson, unbeknownst to us closing the circle with Ian Hunter and Bowie at the Freddie Mercury memorial…