I’m pleased to confirm that the updated UK edition of Starman is now in the shops, and also to announce a string of author appearances in London and Torun, Poland, as well as a jaunt to Cardiff.
Over the last six months I’ve been working with the University of South Wales in Cardiff on a project that I’ll announce in detail soon. On Monday 17 October, I’ll be presenting a talk on Bowie in Berlin, and look forward to meeting the University’s music students then. If you’re there, please feel free to email me for a copy of a background feature.
On Thursday, 20 October, I will be attending the Tofifest Festival in Torun, Poland. There will be a public Q&A about Starman at 5pm, venue tbc.
I’m overjoyed to return to one of my favourite London cultural hotspots, the Victoria and Albert Museum, on the evening of Friday, 4 November, as part of the You Say You Want A Revolution event. I will be in conversation with fashion historian Amber Butchart, to discuss Levi’s jeans and the counterculture, in the Tapestry Room.
Finally, an early warning of a talk about Starman at Tower Hamlets’ Writeidea Festival on Sunday, November 13. I’m thrilled to be billed alongside Dan Cruickshank, Ben Judah, my MOJO predecessor Barney Hoskyns, and many other great writers, in this resonant London location, just by Cable street.
The new updated edition of Starman is in most UK bookshops now. It was sad, but somehow thrilling to update this book, for the events around Blackstar seemed almost predestined. In the updated edition, I interviewed Donny McCaslin, and re-interviewed George Underwood and Julien Temple. It was Julien who first proposed the theme of the final chapter of the early edition, of how David had always desired a thrilling Houdini disappearance. The new edition features a revised final chapter, and adds 2,000 words – entitled A New Career In A New Town – to analyse how Bowie achieved this, with such bravery, precision and glamour.