MainMan are compiling a fascinating series exploring the history of the record label, which was a rights management organisation formed by entrepreneur and impresario Tony Defries that helped to develop the careers of many artistes including Iggy Pop, Lou Reed, Mick Ronson, Mott the Hoople, Ian Hunter and David Bowie.
With behind the scenes stories from those who lived and breathed the heady excesses of the period the podcast delves in to the MainMan archive to present an evocative walk on the wild side.
Half a century ago an incredible journey began when Tony Defries met David Robert Jones aka Bowie. David was at a very low point in his career and was seeking a saviour to help him escape the theatrical mime, vaudeville niche he was trapped in and achieve the rock superstardom he craved. Together they ‘sophisticated the Barnum and Bailey routines by adding the gloss of intellectual pretence and the modish exaggeration of theatre’. Melody Maker 1974
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Michael Oberman recalls David Bowie’s first visit to America in 1971.
In this episode Dana Gillespie continues reading excerpts from her memoirs Weren’t Born a Man that recalls her MainMan years, tracing Bowie’s career up through Diamond Dogs, The Thin White Duke and his Berlin years.
Dana Gillespie continues reading from her memoirs. These have actually been some of the best episodes in the MainMan series thus far. I like her style, recounting moments such as her single Andy Warhol, polaroids, that night at the Café Royale in Regent Street, and of course Bowie, all in good humour and her self-deprecating style.
Dana Gillespie reads from her memoirs Weren’t Born a Man and recalls her MainMan years, when she wrote and recorded with Bowie, and had a damn fine time!
In this episode Tony Defries continues to tell the story behind the release of Bowie’s third album The Man Who Sold the World, which was released in America 50 years ago in November 1970 on Mercury Records.
The Man Who Sold The World – 50th Anniversary. Recently reissued as Metrobolist, the originally-intended title with an extraordinary new mix. Strongly recommend given it a good listen. It’s a new album!
The original running order that Bowie submitted to Mercury USA. This didn’t please him of course and David was very upset that the gothic nursery rhyme ‘After All’ hadn’t been maintained as the last song on the album. New cover, new mix…why not go with his original running order? I still like the mighty ‘Width of a Circle’ as the album opener.
Running Gun Blues
She Shook Me Cold
The Man Who Sold the World
Black Country Rock
Width of a Circle
All the Madmen
Mime legend Lindsay Kemp recalls his work with David Bowie, including the famous gig at the Rainbow Theatre in August 1972.
More Bowie, Bolan, Iggy and the birth of Glam.
Bowie, Bolan and the birth of Glam.
Photographer Mick Rock talks about collaborating with David Bowie and taking that now infamous photo of Bowie and Ronno at the Oxford Town Hall in 1972.
Tony Visconti and Angie Bowie recall the early days of The Hype and the groundbreaking gig at Chalk Farm’s The Roundhouse.
Some of the early visitors to Haddon Hall in South London’s Beckenham, recall their artistic adventures.
Defries explains the influences for David’s early songs.
Ronno: Defries explains Mick Ronson’s enormous impact on Bowie’s music, not to mention his ability to improvise, also displayed on his work with Dylan on stage during the Rolling Thunder Revue.
Defries leads an escape strategy to freedom, fame and fortune.
Defries explains how Ziggy became a star…..
Tony Defries explains how he deconstructed David, giving him the freedom to become ‘Bowie’.
Dana Gillespie describes her adventures when the MainMan team moved to New York City.
Dana Gillespie explains how she met and then collaborated with David Bowie.
Tony Zanetta ‘Z’ tells how he introduced David Bowie to Andy Warhol in New York in September 1971.
Tony Zanetta ‘Z’ tells how he first met David Bowie.