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The A to Z of David Bowie

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Join Marc Riley and Rob Hughes as they rifle through the fascinating world of one of the greatest rock stars the world has ever known. There'll be laughter - there'll be tears, all brought on by stories of escapades with David Bowie and friends.

Join Marc Riley and Rob Hughes as they rifle through the fascinating world of one of the greatest rock stars the world has ever known. There'll be laughter - there'll be tears, all brought on by stories of escapades with David Bowie and friends.

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United Kingdom

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BBC

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Join Marc Riley and Rob Hughes as they rifle through the fascinating world of one of the greatest rock stars the world has ever known. There'll be laughter - there'll be tears, all brought on by stories of escapades with David Bowie and friends.

Language:

English


Episodes

The A to Z of David Bowie - Z Part 2 - Ziggy Stardust

6/4/2019
So Dear Friends... the time has come. In this - the final episode of our exhaustive (and exhausting) definitive A to Z of David Bowie podcast we inevitably find ourselves at the letter Z, and where better to finish than with the character who first introduced many of us to David’s world. ZIGGY STARDUST…THE MAN THE MYTH...THE LP. To leave you in style we now present almost an hours worth of Bowiedom to wave us on our merry way. If you’d like to have a tangible artefact of the 35+ hours worth...

Duration:00:58:32

The A to Z of David Bowie - Y and Z Part 1

5/28/2019
OK - we are now scarily close to the end of the Alphabet…and with it the end of our definitive Podcast journey through the work, life, times, friends and enemies of David Bowie. In this episode we tackle 2 letters! Damn we’re good. Y = Young Americans, David’s fearless foray into that thorny genre known as 'Blue Eyed Soul'. Of course it is a complete masterpiece. We also take a quick look at a man who could legitimately have turned up under the letter J (for Joe) or D (for Duncan). As it...

Duration:00:45:00

The A to Z of David Bowie - X Part 2

5/21/2019
70 episodes down and two to go! In this 2nd part of our expeditions into the X - Rated cinematic Bowie, we look at the film Bowie described as “All my 32 Elvis movies rolled into one”…not for the fainted hearted - Ladies and Gentlemen we present “Just A Gigolo”. Also in this filmic feast… the doom-laden 'Christiane F’ and sexed-up Vampire romp “The Hunger’. As well as continuing the podcast journey from A to Z you can also immerse yourself in more Bowie related interviews, quizzes, and...

Duration:00:26:29

The A to Z of David Bowie - X Part 1

5/14/2019
As our podcast series draws to an end Rob and Marc take on the letter ‘X’... for ‘X’ certificate... the films of David Bowie. Here Nic Roeg’s masterpiece THE MAN WHO FELL TO EARTH is in the spotlight. As well as continuing the podcast journey from A to Z you can also immerse yourself in more Bowie related interviews, quizzes, and filmed pieces at our exclusive members club called "Cheap Things", simply by following the link www.patreon.com/cheapthings See acast.com/privacy for privacy...

Duration:00:32:53

The A to Z of David Bowie - W Part 2

5/7/2019
In this - one of the last episodes of the definitive David Bowie historical audio documents (commonly known as the A to Z of David Bowie), our two resident Bowie-nuts Rob Hughes and Marc Riley take a glance at the life of a man who befriended a pre-teen David Jones and went on to accompany him on his mind-blowing journey from Aladdin Sane, through the 'Philly Dogs' tour…on the Trans -Siberian Railway…on Cruise Liners... and the New Mexico filming stint for The Man Who Fell To Earth. He was...

Duration:00:28:24

The A to Z of David Bowie - W Part 1

4/30/2019
The hero of this Episode started off as a Rat and eventually found himself a Spider! We’re talking about the irrepressible Michael or ‘Mick’ or ‘Woody’ Woodmansey. From almost becoming a Spectacle expert in Driffield Yorkshire - he ended up as a Rock n Roll spectacle as the drummer in the hottest band in the world circa 1973. These days he is Holier than Thou...alongside his old mucker Tony Visconti in the band Holy Holy. We love Woody. If you don’t already you will by the time you’ve...

Duration:00:25:29

The A to Z of David Bowie - V Part 3

4/23/2019
In this Episode Pinky and Perky (that’s Bob and Marc to you) dig deep into the Underground. The Velvet Underground. Only to discover the whimsical David Bowie currently ensconced in the world of the Laughing Gnome had gone ‘rogue’ with his Lou Reed inspired alter-ego! Here we see David as an unsure bohemian artist heading up the slightly bewildered Riot Squad outfit. It wouldn’t last. His friendship with Lou Reed however…would. As well as continuing the podcast journey from A to Z you can...

Duration:00:28:25

The A to Z of David Bowie - V Part 2

4/16/2019
In this ever so slightly ‘fruity’ episode of the A TO Z OF DAVID BOWIE Rob and Marc get all hot and bothered whilst encounter the career of Bowie 70’s PR lady Cherry Vanilla. Her tales of nudity and pleasures of the flesh might be a little shocking to the faint of heart so please tread carefully! Much more innocent tho are the tales of Laughing Gnome producer Mike Vernon! And to put this episode to bed our two ‘nosey-neighbours’ take a brutal swipe at the debacle that was Velvet Goldmine...

Duration:00:38:42

The A to Z of David Bowie - V Part 1

4/9/2019
Listen in to our latest 'A to Z of db’ to see what Marc and Rob make of Bowie’s long-standing relationship with legendary producer and Holy Holy member Tony Visconti. It was an on-off relationship that at one point witnessed the arrival of a cosmic pixie …early 70’s superstar Marc Bolan…. and the one-and-only John Lennon makes an appearance too! It’s wall-to-wall Pop-Stars in this episode of the A TO Z OF DAVID BOWIE. As well as continuing the podcast journey from A to Z you can also...

Duration:00:41:58

The A to Z of David Bowie - U Part 1

4/2/2019
In this latest chapter looking at all things Bowie (and related) Marc Riley and Rob Hughes sink to new depths courtesy of 'Woody Woodmansey’s U-Boat', and as unlikely as it seems they get a bit Benny Hill in the company of Salvador Dali, they get cosmic whilst scanning the skies for UFO’s…and then take swift look at David’s 'Uncle Arthur'…a Song not a Relative. But then again - IT’S ALL RELATIVE! INNNIT! As well as continuing the podcast journey from A to Z you can also immerse yourself in...

Duration:00:38:04

The A to Z of David Bowie - T Part 4

3/26/2019
In this deluxe 45 minute Podcast you will hear Bob and Marc charter a path through five different Bowie related subjects… and of course they come up trumps! Top Trumps in fact! Plus there’s a look at the influence and friendship of The Who’s Pete Townshend, there’s a saunter through the career of The Who and Lower Third Producer Shel Talmy, not to mention a glance at the home of the Arts Lab - the Three Tuns Pub in Beckenham…and there’s also a poignant look at the tragically short life of...

Duration:00:45:22

The A to Z of David Bowie - T Part 3

3/19/2019
This episode of our definitive David Bowie podcast sees Rob and Marc steer their way through a turbulent - but ultimately successful - stage in David’s career. It might not have been everyone’s idea of a winner, but it seemingly helped Bowie steady his ship and freed him up to go on to bigger and (in our opinion) better things. Beauty, as they say, is in the eye of the beholder. Ladies and Gentlemen - TIN MACHINE. As well as continuing the podcast journey from A to Z you can also immerse...

Duration:00:38:11

The A to Z of David Bowie - T Part 2

3/12/2019
In this Episode our bumbling ‘heroes’ excavate two very different Bowie artefacts. First up and album that (arguably) no-one wants to hear (that’ll be Tonight then) sitting uncomfortably next to an album that David’s record company didn’t want you to hear! That’ll be Toy then! Two albums of mixed fortunes. As well as continuing the podcast journey from A to Z you can also immerse yourself in more Bowie related interviews, quizzes, and filmed pieces at our exclusive members club called...

Duration:00:32:32

The A to Z of David Bowie - T Part 1

3/5/2019
We hereby invite you to wrap your lugholes around yet another superb podcast looking at the world of David Bowie and those who orbited it. On this occasion we focus on a Weirdo… ‘Weird' of Weird and Gilly fame to be precise. Yes - that’s right… Spider From Mars TREVOR BOLDER. Far from being ‘weird’ he comes across as a sweet and hugely talented fella…as expected. As well as continuing the podcast journey from A to Z you can also immerse yourself in more Bowie related interviews, quizzes,...

Duration:00:36:03

The A to Z of David Bowie - S Part 10

2/26/2019
In this episode our two anti-heroes Marc and Rob look at the first fruitful sorties into the hallowed halls of the BBC. Aided and abetted by Nicholas Pegg’s invaluable Complete David Bowie tome, db’s entire BBC Session history is methodically trundled through. Also included is a journey into the world of not-so-petty theft…as the light-fingered escapades of two members of the Sex Pistols are examined by the Holmes and Watson of Popular Music. Elementary... As well as continuing the podcast...

Duration:00:50:35

The A to Z of David Bowie - S Part 9

2/19/2019
In this latest episode chronicling the life and times of yer actual David Bowie, Rob and Marc revisit the STAGE album and the Isolar 2 Tour and put the spotlight on Mannish Boy Bob Solley and two backing singers who were to be Frank…(and George) part of a stellar cast supporting Bowie on his later Serious Moonlight Tour. As well as continuing the podcast journey from A to Z you can also immerse yourself in more Bowie related interviews, quizzes, and filmed pieces at our exclusive members...

Duration:00:35:51

The A to Z of David Bowie - S Part 8

2/12/2019
Whilst having been biding his time waiting for his less than generous contract with the Mainman Management organisation to run out, David had been hatching a plan to up his game...and fame. He intended to tour the indoor arenas of the world…and then LET’S DANCE happened…and the rest is history. Also in this episode we put the spotlight on a man who was destined not to enjoy the spotlight on said Serious Moonlight Tour. Blues guitarist Stevie Ray Vaughan. As well as continuing the podcast...

Duration:00:38:07

The A to Z of David Bowie - S Part 7

2/5/2019
In this Episode messers Hughes and Riley untangle the story behind David’s proper breakthrough hit...none of your so-called “novelty hit’ about THIS one. Yes we’re talking about Starman and the seismic shock it sent through the UK in the month of June 1972. Also featured in our exhaustive journey through David’s life is a potted history of another Hull Lad who helped our hero reach the masses - without getting eaten alive. His minder Stuey George. Add to that the legendary appearance on SOUL...

Duration:00:30:17

The A to Z of David Bowie - S Part 6

1/29/2019
It was a hardly a Mutual Admiration Society to begin with but Bowie’s love for the fledgling Bruce Springsteen was evident from the songs of his he chose to cover. Unimpressed by db’s blistering version of ‘It’s Hard To Be A Saint In The City’ The ‘Boss’ (as we don’t call him) eventually (and publicly) acknowledged David’s talent upon hearing of his passing. And quite right too. In this Episode Rob gets all hot under the collar about another larger than life character who would go on to...

Duration:00:31:12

The A to Z of David Bowie - S Part 5

1/22/2019
Having failed to make his mark as a Mod and a Baladeer David turns his hand to the world of Folk. He sets up his own Folk club…wears cord pants and grows hi locks. WHAT MORE COULD HE DO! Well...he could always write a brilliant off-kilter opus that tackles consumerism, capitalism, greed …and shoplifting. And thats exactly what he did. The album was originally called David Bowie (again) but is best loved as Space Oddity. As well as continuing the podcast journey from A to Z you can also...

Duration:00:25:36