The upcoming Stardust biopic about the early years of David Bowie is already facing considerable criticism according to BBC. Bowie’s son, BAFTA-winning film director and producer Duncan Jones, has even blocked the film from using the late icon’s music in the soundtrack.
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The film has cast Johnny Flynn to play a young Bowie and Jena Malone as his wife, Angie. Stardust will document Bowie’s first visit to America in 1971, in which he was inspired to create his Ziggy Stardust persona and The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders From Mars album.
Jones took issue with the producers who developed the project without the family’s consultation. As a result, the film will have to be made without the family’s blessing or the legal rights to David Bowie’s songs.
Im not saying this movie is not happening. I honestly wouldn't know. Im saying that as it stands, this movie won't have any of dads music in it, & I can't imagine that changing. If you want to see a biopic without his music or the families blessing, thats up to the audience.
The director of the fantastic lunar science fiction film Moon has signed up to film the television adaptation of thriller novel Killer Intent, reportsVariety.
Jones, who is the son of singer-songwriter David Bowie, will be making his TV debut with the series.
I’m excited to get my teeth into some contemporary set action, and have time to develop characters over a series rather than a single film.
Killer Intent by Tony Kent focuses on the efforts of an intelligence agent, journalist, and lawyer to uncover the truth in the wake of an attempted assassination as the fallout embroils the British government in chaos. The novel has been described as a thriller among thrillers.
Books can change the way you think about things; the right strand of words can strike something up inside of you. It’s not unlikely to feel uneasy, dizzy, overwhelmed, inspired, or full after reading the right essay, poem, story, or novel. (Words are, like, insanely cool.)
So, it’s no wonder so many musicians have drawn inspiration from within the pages of the books they read!
Stand up and jam out to these nine incredibly songs inspired by pieces of literature!
Although not their first foray into slipping literary references into their songs, The Cure held nothing back when they wrote this song based on the Penelope Farmer novel of the same name.
Charlotte sometimes crying for herself
Charlotte sometimes dreams a wall around herself
But it’s always with love
With so much love it looks like
Of Charlotte sometimes
So far away
Glass sealed and pretty
Bowie never ceased to draw inspiration from his favorite literary works (Diamond Dogs was influenced heavily by George Orwell’s 1984) and for a large part of his Ziggy Stardust phase he drew from Anthony Burgess’s A Clockwork Orange.
Hey man, Henry, don’t be unkind, go away
Hey man, I can’t take you this time, no way
Hey man, droogie don’t crash here
There’s only room for one and here she comes
Here she comes
Dylan has based much of his works off of F. Scott Fitzgerald and various poets, along with basing much of the lyricism on his Blood on the Tracks albums off of popular short stories by Anton Chekhov.
I lived with them on Montague Street
In a basement down the stairs
There was music in the cafes at night
And revolution in the air
Then he started into dealing with slaves
And something inside of him died
She had to sell everything she owned
And froze up inside
Listening to The Dandy Warhols is always a good time, and this 2016 song about the infamous J.D. Salinger novel of the same name is no exception!
Stop look around keep your head down and let the words stop it pass on by you
Words that are somewhere in told are cold if it’s not fun then it’s funny to show
With the advice like this what else could you want if a body need a body I know
The legacy of iconic British rockstar David Bowie will shine through the pages of an upcoming limited edition book of photography released by photographer Denis O’Regan called Ricochet: David Bowie 1983.
The book unveils hundreds of previously unseen photos capturing a candid glimpse of Bowie during his legendary 1983 Serious Moonlight tour for his album Let’s Dance.
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O’Regan knew Bowie very well, following him closely during his nine month tour as he performed about 100 gigs in fifteen countries.
It was the longest and most successful tour of his career at the time, and the intimate proximity between the artist and photographer will undoubtedly be translated through O’Regan’s photos.
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What is perhaps unique about O’Regan’s upcoming book is the story behind, or accompanying, the images. The close proximity between the two allowed O’Regan to get a personal insight into the singer. O’Regan witnessed the transformation of the singer both onstage and off.
“He was very, very happy,” O’Regan said. “Bowie started playing to venues of 10,000, moved to 50-60,000 and he became a superstar. He really enjoyed playing to that many people.”
“Everything went right for him, the reviews were incredible, the album was a huge success, and he was a very happy man.”
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In addition to O’Regan’s insight, readers can expect to see memorabilia including handwritten lyrics, tickets, setlists, and more.
Published by Moonlight Books, O’Regan’s work of art will be released in May 2018 and will cost £3,000, or roughly $4,000. If the limited edition versions sell out quickly, fans will be in luck, as smaller versions will be released fall 2018 by Penguin Random House.
Though these editions will not feature the exclusives offered in the limited editions, they will still reflect the legacy that is David Bowie.