Bowie’s Top 20 Books and More Goodies…

Here are some of David Bowie’s most treasured books. How many have you already read?

A Clockwork Orange, Anthony Burgess, 1962

Inside the Whale and Other Essays, George Orwell, 1962

The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie, Muriel Spark, 1961

Private Eye (magazine) 1961 –

On Having No Head: Zen and the Rediscovery of the Obvious, Douglas Harding, 1961

Silence: Lectures and Writing, John Cage, 1961

Strange People, Frank Edwards, 1961

The Divided Self, R. D. Laing, 1960

All The Emperor’s Horses, David Kidd, 1960

Billy Liar, Keith Waterhouse, 1959

The Leopard, Giuseppe Di Lampedusa, 1958

On The Road, Jack Kerouac, 1957

The Hidden Persuaders, Vance Packard, 1957

Room at the Top, John Braine, 1957

A Grave for a Dolphin, Alberto Denti di Pirajno, 1956

The Outsider, Colin Wilson, 1956

Lolita, Vladimir Nabokov, 1955

Nineteen Eighty-Four, George Orwell, 1949

The Street, Ann Petry, 1946

Black Boy, Richard Wright, 1945

WAY OUT RADIO

Here are some of David Bowie’s most treasured books. How many have you already read?

A Clockwork Orange, Anthony Burgess, 1962

Inside the Whale and Other Essays, George Orwell, 1962

The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie, Muriel Spark, 1961

Private Eye (magazine) 1961 –

On Having No Head: Zen and the Rediscovery of the Obvious, Douglas Harding, 1961

Silence: Lectures and Writing, John Cage, 1961

Strange People, Frank Edwards, 1961

The Divided Self, R. D. Laing, 1960

All The Emperor’s Horses, David Kidd, 1960

Billy Liar, Keith Waterhouse, 1959

The Leopard, Giuseppe Di Lampedusa, 1958

On The Road, Jack Kerouac, 1957

The Hidden Persuaders, Vance Packard, 1957

Room at the Top, John Braine, 1957

A Grave for a Dolphin, Alberto Denti di Pirajno, 1956

The Outsider, Colin Wilson, 1956

Lolita, Vladimir Nabokov, 1955

Nineteen Eighty-Four, George Orwell, 1949

The Street, Ann Petry, 1946

Black Boy, Richard Wright, 1945

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Billie Marten: Yearning Folk Prodigy

Sixteen from North Yorkshire, Billie Marten is a yearning folk prodigy. Writing songs from the age of nine, she was first recognised for her talent when her mother put a video of her singing on YouTube, so her grandparents could watch it in France. It spread like wildfire and quickly received hundreds of thousands of hits.

Within months, the singer had been approached to audition for two TV talent shows – but she turned them down and continued to upload songs to YouTube and SoundCloud under her real name, Billie Tweddie. If you search for them, you can hear a songwriter growing in confidence and maturity, culminating in the achingly delicate tracks like Ribbon and Bird, both of which have been played on BBC Radio 1 and 6 Music.

This year, she has toured with fellow folk singer Lucy Rose and played the BBC Introducing Stage at the Reading Festival, fitting in gigs around her A-Level homework (she’s studying English, French and Art).

Along the way, she’s picked up a phalanx of celebrity supporters, including Ed Sheeran, who tweeted last month that (her song) “Bird is stunning”.

Jack Garret

24 from Buckinghamshire, Jack Garret is a soul infused electro-pop, beat master.

 

Hailing from Little Chalfont, a quaint village in Buckinghamshire, Jack spent much of his youth experimenting with music at his parents’ home. He wrote his first song aged just 12 years old and learned to play a variety of instruments from the guitar, drums and piano to the harmonica, mandolin and ukulele. “I love music and everything it does,” he once said, “so why not have a crack at everything!” Today, he essentially performs as a one man band, wowing the crowds with his stamina, intensity and multi-tasking musicianship.

NAO – In The Morning

Rich vocals in a synth sandwich

NAO’s influences range from hip hop, soul and R&B to UKG, funk and jazz. The Hackney bred songwriter and producer fought for her right to pump out a variety of genres, coming from a large family who all had different tastes. “It’s just of fusion of everything,” she says. “I can’t tell you what, really. It just is”.

After studying vocal jazz at Guildhall School of Music & Drama, NAO rivalled her peers and always strived for perfection.

It was only last year NAO started to put her music online and it wasn’t long before she was discovered. Zane Lowe picked So Good as his Next Hype record. It swiftly rose to number one on The Hype Machine, with more than 60 blogs raving about the track.

Radio 1 DJ Annie Mac said of NAO; “She’s honed a sound that is irresistibly groove-laden” and made Zillionaire her Hottest Record and, more recently, Bad Blood became her Tune of the Week.

NAO’s unique vocal tone has garnered her fans including Disclosure, who asked her to feature on Superego, from their album Caracal, and fellow Sound Of 2016 nominee Mura Masa, with whom she collaborated on Firefly. The duo performed it earlier this year during a piano session for Huw Stephens.

NAO also performed on the BBC Introducing stage at Glastonbury 2015 and received a MOBO nomination for best newcomer.

Mesmerising Performance from Chelsey Danielle

My Story

  Percussionist, Singer Songwriter, Performer, and Educator. Chelsey Danielle is a versatile musician that performs as a one woman percussion band, drummer/singer in different music projects, and music educator to all ages. She has been featured with many musicians as well as a solo artist at multiple music festivals such as National Women’s Music Festival, Oaktopia, Denton 35, Deep Ellum Art Festival, Amazon Music Festival, and Sister Singers Festival. The release of her debut album “Red Mixtape” displays her unique style and versatility as a instrumentalist, vocalist, and songwriter.

Chelsey Danielle found her passion for percussion in the middle school band at age 11. In middle school she won multiple awards for being an outstanding percussionist as well as making honor bands and orchestras. By the time she was in high school she was in an award winning drumline, the Greater Dallas Youth Orchestra, Boston Crusaders Drum and Bugle Corps, and Texas All State Band. When she graduated high school she immediately studied Music Education at Texas Christian University. There she was a member of the TCU Drumline, Steel Band, Wind Symphony, and Percussion Ensemble. After a year at TCU she transferred to Richland College to continue her studies in percussion. Chelsey was featured as a percussion soloist in multiple contests and fund raising benefits for the school. After two years of attending the percussion program at Richland College, she finished her studies at the University of North Texas. During her time at UNT she was involved with the UNT Drumline, 2 o’clock Steel Band, Percussion Players, Symphonic Band, and Gamelan Ensemble. In December of 2013 she graduated UNT with a Bachelor of Arts in Music, and returned to conduct her arrangement of Frank Zappa’s “Peaches En Regalia” with the UNT Percussion Players in 2014.

While studying at UNT Chelsey Danielle experimented with a loop pedal, percussion instruments, and vocals. Soon she wrote enough material to play small shows around the DFW metroplex. Her solo act got a lot of attention especially from bassist and songwriter Luis Munoz. In 2013 they formed the band “Vega Star.” Vega Star featured Chelsey on drumset/vocals, Luis on bass, guitar, and vocals, and later Brian King on keyboard/vocals. After a year Vega Star disbanded. Chelsey soon joined singer songwriter Lydia Low. At first Chelsey only played hand percussion or drumset on Lydia’s tunes, but later both songwriters collaborated with two more female songwriters to create “The Velvet Army.” Currently, The Velvet Army released an ep that features each member’s song and style. The unique group has been featured at Oaktopia and the Amazon Music Festival. The Velvet Army is currently booking performances at major music festivals and events. Chelsey Danielle also plays drumset for Dallas musician Poppy Xander. This has led Chelsey to be featured with Poppy at the Deep Ellum Art Festival and Steampunk November Festival. Outside of playing with The Velvet Army, Poppy Xander, and her own solo project, Chelsey Danielle is hired by various musicians across the country to play at big music festivals or for studio work.

If Chelsey Danielle is not performing she is teaching. In 2008, she started teaching classical and marching percussion at Pantego Christian Academy. In 2012, her responsibilities grew at Pantego as an arranger for the marching percussion music, assistant director of the marching band, and director of a successful percussion studio. The Pantego Drumline has won second place at the State Marching Contest in 2013 and 2014, their marching band has won third place at the State Marching Contest 2013 and 2014, the Percussion Studio has members in honor bands each year, and percussionists have been awarded music scholarships for college. In 2012, Chelsey started teaching piano and percussion privately to ages 2 years and older. Most of her students have developed a passion for music and have found their own success. Currently, she is still teaching at Pantego Christian Academy and privately.

Chelsey Danielle lives a musically enriched life. She enjoys sharing music as a performer and educator. Her debut album “Red Mixtape” is continuously gaining positive attention as well as her web series on YouTube “LivingRoomDreams” that feature her and local artists. Also both her percussion and piano students experience success in their music endeavors. Follow Chelsey Danielle on Facebook, Twitter, and ChelseyDanielleMusic.com to stay connected with what she is up to next.

Sultry Pop From Dua Lipa

Born of Kosova-Albanian parents, 20 year old Dua Lipa grew up in London, raised on David Bowie and Bob Dylan. As a child, Lipa attended the Sylvia Young Theatre School until, aged 13, her father’s job took the family back to Kosovo. After two years, Dua’s passion to pursue a singing career in the UK led her parents to move back. Living with friends, she worked in clubs to make ends meet – the darker side of London’s nightlife inspiring her early lyrics – before scoring a modelling contract with Next Management.

Her first original songs were uploaded to SoundCloud in 2012, drawing the attention of Lana Del Rey’s managers, who signed her up and set her to work with Emile Haynie (Eminem, Bruno Mars and, naturally, Lana Del Rey).

The result is an off-kilter, it-girl sound, powered by Lipa’s deep, resonant voice; one that’s a world away from the thinly auto-tuned sound of most radio-bound pop.

Last Dance