Nick and Andy curated the…
DAVID BOWIE WORLD FAN CONVENTION
…in Liverpool in June 2022 and are doing so again for New York 2023. Here’s the low-down:
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Running a fanzine for five years is useful when it comes to curating a World Fan Convention! We’ve been privileged to get to know dozens of Bowie’s collaborators and friends so when it came to curating a World Fan Convention, we had the contacts to put together an outstanding line-up. The great thing is that everyone we contacted said yes! We had a guitarist, a bass player, a saxophonist, two drummers and a singer, and we had musicians who covered every era of Bowie’s career from 1968 to 2016. We were also privileged to be in the company of designers, photographers and more.
we were visited by the acclaimed film director, Brett Morgen whose sizzling Bowie movie, Moonage Daydream is released in September and by Victoria Broackes and Geoffrey Marsh, curators of David Bowie Is. Geoffrey and Vicky shared two short films with fans which went down a storm.
It was, though we say so ourselves, a wonderful occasion. Fans met, renewing friendships and making new ones. We listened to the words of Bowie’s friends and colleagues and they listened to all of us. We rubbed shoulders with them at the Bowie Ball and had an absolute blast, dancing and singing into the small hours.
A sell-out success in its first year, the convention, a collaboration between David Bowie Glamour fanzine and the influential Sound City music festival, brought together an enviable list of participants:
Carlos Alomar, a wonderful raconteur. Bowie’s band-leader and guitarist, 1974-2004.
John Cambridge, the definition of a top bloke! Bowie’s drummer 1968-1970 and lifelong friend.
Robin Clark, our soul sister. Bowie’s most gifted vocalist.
Gail Ann Dorsey, the coolest person on the planet and the only person who Bowie shared the limelight with after Mick Ronson. Bowie’s bass player 1997-2013.
Donny McCaslin, the life and soul. Bowie’s sax player and band leader on his final masterpiece.
Woody Woodmansey, a true gent and the last surviving Spider. Bowie’s drummer, 1970-1973.
In addition to musicians, we had:
Jonathan Barnbrook – designer of Bowie’s album sleeves and much more.
Kevin Cann – Bowie expert and celebrated author of Any Day Now among many other things.
Nacho – Master video artist and restorer
Prof. Alex Sharpe – Author of David Bowie Outlaw: Essays on Difference, Authenticity, Ethics, Art & Love and Law Professor at the School of Law, University of Warwick.
Dr Bethany Usher – Lecturer in journalism practice and studies at Newcastle University and author of ‘Turn Myself to Face Me’, in David Bowie: Critical Perspectives.
Bowie World – Bowie World was the first 3D virtual world now known as the metaverse which was part of Bowienet.
We had the best music from:
David Live – who performed a wonderful intimate set
Rebel Heroes – who rocked the Bowie Ball in a style worthy of Bowie
The London Boys – who went down a storm playing Bowie’s early work
Plus master photographers:
Philippe Auliac – Bowie photographer across many eras
The Duffy Archive – reponsible for the covers of Aladdin Sane, Lodger and Scary Monsters
Denis O’Regan – Bowie’s personal tour photographer in 1983 and 1987
…and the whole thing was compered by the utterly wonderful Nicholas Pegg – author of The Complete David Bowie, AKA The Bowie Bible – and renowned Bowie expert.
Thanks to Sound City and Holly Q for photos and videos.