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All American Bowie photobook & print offer

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10 MARCH 2014

All American Bowie photobook & print offer

“One magical moment...”

To celebrate today’s 41st anniversary of David Bowie’s legendary show at the Long Beach Arena in California, in 1973, the chaps at Cygnet Committee have come up with an exclusive offer for readers of the only official David Bowie Facebook page, which means you, right now.

You’ve possibly heard about this excellent limited edition, numbered publication already, created by three super fans who hope to focus on other special nights in Bowie’s live history if they can cover their costs with this one.

For those that don’t much like reading, here’s the link straight to the offer: or if you just want the photobook only, go here:

Otherwise read on and check out the review at the end of this piece...


WITH HIS bog-brush hair, zigzag kimono and stack-heel boots, David Bowie – as Ziggy Stardust – cut a formidably glam dash through the early 1970s rock scene.

We know this because we’ve all seen Mick Rock’s pictures. As Bowie’s sole official photographer throughout those giddy years (1972 and 1973) he had exclusive nightly access to the ever-evolving spectacle of Ziggy and the Spiders from Mars. His incredible photos were published around the world – and successfully helped shape Bowie’s public image as some kind of freaky rock messiah.

But ever wonder what a Ziggy show looked like from the cheap seats? From the midst of all that hysterical screaming, seat-ripping and other assorted 1970s mayhem? A vigorously-policed ‘no cameras’ rule set down by Bowie’s muscular MainMan management team means authentic audience photos are as rare as hell. But never underestimate the sneaky skills of the more determined gig snapper…

Brand new photobook “All American Bowie” collects the spoils of one such camera raid on Long Beach Arena in California, way back in March 1973. Unusually – very unusually – the photographer was able to snap most of Bowie’s seven costume changes as they happened that night, giving an unusually clear insight into Ziggy’s super fast-moving show… from quilted space jacket to scarlet leotard, to Tokyo cloak, to skimpy fishnet vest.

Publishers Cygnet Committee (named after a 1970 David Bowie album track and an appreciation of swans in general) have spent months researching the gig, pairing their startling and previously-unseen pictures with every published review they could find in the US press.

Author Andy Barding said: “Some of the reviews are good, some terrible. Most struggle to find the words to describe the sheer freakishness of the act. This period, between the Ziggy Stardust and Aladdin Sane albums, was the making of Bowie. But it took guts and imagination to turn Ziggy and therefore Bowie into a star.”

Cygnet Committee have plans to turn the photobook format into a series, with each subsequent publication zeroing in on its own Bowie concert from all periods of his career. Up next will be a tasteful photo-study of the Diamond Dogs show at New York’s Madison Square Garden in 1974 – where Halloween Jack let loose with a truckload of theatrics (including a cherry-picker crane segment, a neon-lit pod with a giant glittery hand popping out of it, and a backdrop of fractured skyscrapers and penis-shaped sculpture… hey, this WAS the seventies).

And after that?

Barding: “The ice-cool Thin White Duke character from 1976 will surely get an airing. As will the besuited glam of 1983’s Serious Moonlight tour. And so on. When you’ve gone through as many ch-ch-changes as Bowie, there really is no shortage of material to work with.”

All American Bowie can be previewed and purchased at – you might also like to join the Cygnet Committee Facebook page.

A blog/review:

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