David Bowie’s 75th birthday celebration begins with pop-up shops – The Mercury

Later this month, the David Bowie Estate will launch Bowie 75, a year-long celebration to mark David Bowie’s 75th birthday, which will kick off with the opening of two experiential pop-up stores. One will be located in his hometown of London at the site of Ziggy Stardust’s first confirmed sighting and another in Bowie’s adopted town where his latest album, “Blackstar”, was premiered.

The pop-ups will offer visitors a unique and immersive deep dive into the legendary artist’s sound and vision, but only for a limited window beginning October 25, 75 days before he counted that many candles. until late January 2022. Bowie 75 locations will be operational at 150 Wooster Street, a short walk from New York City’s longstanding SoHo neighborhood and 14 Heddon Street, the London location where coverage of ‘The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars’ was shot. The NYC pop-up will be open seven days a week from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Among the attractions at each pop-up will be immersive HD audio and video screening rooms in partnership with 360 Reality Audio, a music experience using Sony’s spatial sound technologies. It will allow fans to hear and see Bowie content available for the first time in immersive audio, exclusive to Bowie 75 locations. There will also be hours of video content, including never-before-seen behind-the-scenes material, rare footage from the “Heathen” and “Reality” eras, and more.

Additionally, it will be possible to purchase limited editions of exclusive Bowie apparel and collectibles, including a limited run of LPs and CDs from the Warner/Parlophone and Sony catalogs. There will be exclusive fine art photography – including gallery installations – documenting the many eras, personalities and changes Bowie has transformed into throughout his career. Fans can also place themselves in iconic costumes and sets to share on social media.

Intimate special guest events are expected to be announced as the three-month pop-ups continue, all of which will be revealed on bowie75.com, where fans can also sign up to receive email updates. mail.

VINYL OF THE WEEK

Keep an eye on this place as each week we’ll be reviewing new or upcoming vinyl from a variety of artists. It can be a reprint of a historical recording, a special edition or a new collection of a legendary act. This week is the fourth LP from a British alternative rock favourite.

“The Charlatans” was ranked No. 84 in Melody Maker’s list of the 100 greatest albums of all time in 2000 and UK magazine Select placed it in its Top 30 the year of its release, calling it ” an eponymous trust ring”. , wonderful swirls of multi-layered guitar and organ, it’s a blur of positive vibes that will send your heart through the ceiling”. (photo courtesy of Michael Christopher)

THE CHARLATANS: ‘THE CHARLATANS’

The Charlatans decided to make their fourth effort a self-titled release, releasing it at the height of the Britpop explosion in 1995. It was the British outfit’s most ambitious and focused album to date, the straight back to first place in the standings. graphics. The album also spawned three UK Top 40 singles, “Crashin’ In”, “Just Lookin'” and “Just When You’re Thinkin’ Things Over”, which peaked at No. 12.

Today the Beggars Arkive label released the reissue of ‘The Charlatans’ pressed on marbled yellow double vinyl with a gatefold cover. It hasn’t been pressed on vinyl for over 20 years, and this time the audio is via 96khz/24bit transfer, with vinyl mastering by Frank Arkwright at Abbey Road Studios.

When the Charlatans started there were countless bands with a somewhat similar sound, but they immediately catapulted themselves to the forefront of Madchester, alongside icons such as the Stone Roses and Happy Mondays. Although it met many American music fans at the peak of Britpop, the band was more alternative rock than anything else. They were also tagged with the moniker “The Charlatans UK” this side of the pond due to an act from San Francisco’s 60s psychedelic rock scene with the same name.

The group had – and remain – successful because, in addition to being able to surf the groove, they also write incredible songs. It was the donations that made him one of Britain’s greatest survivors of our time, traversing tragedy and stylistic change to amass a formidable body of work, modern enough to play in the clubs but classic enough to stand the test of the time, and one that continues to grow to this day. They landed 13 Top 40 studio albums – three of which topped the charts – alongside 22 hit singles, including four Top 10 hits.

“The Charlatans” was ranked No. 84 in Melody Maker’s list of the 100 greatest albums of all time in 2000 and UK magazine Select placed it in its Top 30 the year of its release, calling it ” an eponymous trust ring”. , wonderful swirls of multi-layered guitar and organ, it’s a blur of positive vibes that will send your heart through the ceiling”.

You can find the reissue of ‘The Charlatans’ online and in the stores of all respectable retailers that sell vinyl.

To contact music columnist Michael Christopher, email rockmusicmenu@gmail.com. Also check out his blog at www.thechroniclesofmc.com