In summer 1984, Iain Harvey was in London’s Charlotte Mews, behind the offices of the animation company TVC. He was wondering how, in four years, he had gone from being finance director at publisher Hamish Hamilton and being interested in doing something with a remaindered children’s book, to being a film producer about to see David Bowie, his teenage pop hero, in his movie. “When…
Who will connect me with love?
It was probably the suit that did it. Let’s Dance had just come out and I was working my way through Bowie’s back catalogue, hitting the albums in between the ones I already knew. I was sitting on the floor, reading about Bowie’s dark years just before he went off to Berlin. In the fan bio I was reading, Bowie talked about his ‘suicide note to the world’…
Eight Line Poem
‘Drive in Saturday’ at Ebbisham Hall;
Cartoon psycho up at Cane Hill;
A Free Festival by Beckenham Junction;
The peeled-back face of Thomas J. Newton;
A lad insane, Kooks, Kings of Oblivion;
Supermen, Pretty Things, plain old Homo Sapiens;
That couple snogging beneath The Wall:
‘To Be Played At Maximum Volume’. All of it. All.
We have a few of these fine writers/artists in our Fill Your Heart Collection. This time of year is reading time, and giving time, so gift a FIll Your Heart pledge to your favourite ones.
David Bowie's Top 100 Reads:
Interviews With Francis Bacon by David Sylvester
Billy Liar by Keith Waterhouse
Room At The Top by John Braine
On Having No Head by Douglass Harding
Red Hot Red
By Dylan Jones
'The cigarette was the thing you noticed first, sticking out of his fist like a little torch, or indeed a little chopstick. Neither would have looked out of place in a Venn diagram of Bowie bits and pieces. He had been espousing all things Oriental for well over a decade now, and if you scanned the cover of Lodger - the record before the last one – you’d probably…
Dear Delightful Bowie Supporters,
I have asked our wonderful writers to share a little. To give you (and others who haven't delightfully pledged as yet) a taste of their experiences of David Bowie. Our first installment comes from Charles Fernyhough, Professor of Psychology at Durham University, author of The Voices Within, and Bowie-lover.
'I’m dizzy to think what great writing…
Dear Fill Your Heart Collective,
The Mercury Music Prize is tonight. Whatever the outcome, it perhaps has many of us daring the album again, again, again (the dare has taken some time perhaps? It has here).
Oh, it's been a few weeks thinking about creativity and grief (joy!). Fuelled by Andrew Dominik's astounding (or Nick Cave's astounding) One More Time with Feeling.
Right, back to the…
It's quite a night tonight (although Unbound's vetting means you may receive this post on Monday). First there is Iggy's Bowie session on BBC6 Music from 7pm. The BBC site tells us, 'Iggy spins two hours of his favourite Bowie numbers and chats about the times their paths crossed.'
Ha! 'Their paths crossed.'
Those entwined, tangled, twinned, spiraling, ressurecting 'paths', eh…
It's not quite as monumental as those Belgian astromers dedicating a constellation of seven stars to the great man. There's no Aladdin Sane lightning bolt lighting up our skies tonight, but Fill Your Heart: Writers on Bowie does have wonderful news.
Today the Bookseller calls us 'Unbound's stellar anthology.'
Today Neil Gaiman has signed up as a contributor.
I'd give these…
Dear YOU wonderful people,
Now we are past 100 supporters I am giving you a huge THANK YOU.
We're getting there, and I'm busy at the Hay Festival bothering people about supporting this project. In fact, here is a picture of Benedict Cumberbatch and my friend Rosa who have pledged their support with a grin and a pointing finger (I'm a fiction writer so some of this may or may not be true)…