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David Bowie’s Son Objects to New Biopic, Says He’d Support It If Neil Gaiman Wrote the Script

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.



On the other hand, Jones specifically mentioned that if Neil Gaiman were to write a biopic about David Bowie at any point, then the film would definitely have the family’s blessing.




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David Bowie’s Son Duncan Jones to Direct ‘Killer Intent’ TV Show

The director of the fantastic lunar science fiction film Moon has signed up to film the television adaptation of thriller novel Killer Intent, reports Variety.


Jones, who is the son of singer-songwriter David Bowie, will be making his TV debut with the series. 


Said Jones:

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. 


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9 Amazing Songs Inspired by Literature

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! 


Wuthering Heights by Kate Bush



An eighteen-year-old Kate Bush wrote this insanely popular classic after finding inspiration within Emily Brontë’s novel of the same name.

Heathcliff, it’s me, I’m Cathy
I’ve come home. I’m so cold
Let me in-a-your window


Charlotte Sometimes by The Cure 



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
Everything else
Of Charlotte sometimes
So far away
Glass sealed and pretty
Charlotte sometimes


Suffragette City by David Bowie



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



Off to the Races by Lana Del Rey



Lana Del Rey has drawn inspiration for much of her work from Nabokov’s Lolita, but the chorus of this song is especially Lolita-esque.

Light of my life, fire in my loins
Be a good baby, do what I want
Light of my life, fire in my loins
Gimme them gold coins
Gimme them coins



This Is Just A Modern Rock Song by Belle & Sebastian



Belle & Sebastian have always been big promoters of book love (i.e. Wrapped Up In Books), see if you can catch all the literary references hidden in this gem!

I’m not as sad as Doestoevsky
I’m not as clever as Mark Twain
I’ll only buy a book for the way it looks
And then I stick it on the shelf again


Tangled Up In Blue by Bob Dylan



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


Baobabs by Regina Spektor



This sweet little single by Regina Spektor (and one of my personal favorites) was based off the popular children’s book by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, The Little Prince.

You have tamed me
Now you must take me
How am I supposed to be?
I don’t have my thorns now

And I feel them sprouting
They’ll grow right through if I don’t watch it
They’ll grow through even if I watch it
And a sunset couldn’t save me now



Catcher in the Rye by The Dandy Warhols



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



Both Sides Now by Joni Mitchell



Joni Mitchell wrote this heartbreaking classic while reading Saul Bellow’s Henderson and the Rain King.

Moons and Junes and ferries wheels 
The dizzy dancing way you feel
As every fairy tale comes real 
I’ve looked at love that way







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New Photography Book Exposes David Bowie’s Iconic Tour

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



Image Via Denis O’Regan


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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Image Via Denis O’Regan


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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Image Via Denis O’Regan


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.


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