Kansai Yamamoto

Today I head to Tokyo, so I figure a little Kansai Yamamoto is fitting …

 

Yamamoto was HUGE in the 70s and 80s.  While his creations were worn by everyone who was anyone amongst avant-garde fashion followers, his poster child was David Bowie during his Ziggy Stardust years.  Unbelievably amazing.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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David Bowie and the 1980 Floor Show

Yes, I know I write about Bowie quite often, but he is just too cool.  Today’s post is only more evidence of his uniquely charming styles and sounds.  But I will put a moratorium on the Bowie love for a bit after this, I promise!

In October 1973, David Bowie filmed the 1980 Floor Show, a televised stage revue shot in London’s Marquee Club.  The performance was put on to promote the just-released Pin Ups for NBC’s The Midnight Special.  Bowie was in the midst of a transition at the time, from Ziggy Stardust to his Young Americans period, and the 1980 Floor Show is glam rock as avant-garde theater.

 

The performance is a mix of Bowie’s past and future—Mick Ronson’s still there, while the back-up singers are the Astronettes; he wears a succession of utterly outrageous outfits, with a suit mixed in here and there!  1:05 is a real kicker in the next performance …

And the grand finale – Bowie in ostrich plumes and Marianne Faithfull wearing a backless nun’s habit, singing “I Got You Babe.”  Oh yeah.

All-in-all, it’s a pretty mind-blowing event, don’t you think?!

Space Oddity for Kids

If you aren’t familiar with David Bowie’s album, Ziggy Stardust, you should be.  And if you do know it, it is pretty obvious that the song Space Oddity isn’t necessarily the most uplifting of tunes.  Amazingly beautiful yes, but cheery and perky it most certainly is not. That is why it is so interesting that artist Andrew Kolb has decided to turn the classic sci-fi song into a children’s book.

In less than 40 pages, the kids’ book recounts the story of astronaut Major Tom, who goes into space and becomes a media hero back on earth. But when Tom ventures out to explore even further, something goes horribly wrong.  This is more the stuff for nightmares, than children’s fancy, but different strokes for different folks, right?!

Click the link to check out the book in its entirety.  Pretty rad. And here is Bowie singing the original …