Presented and Directed by Thomas Mulready
An entertaining, in-depth presentation featuring rare video clips, needle drops, obscure cuts, and recently surfaced details of arguably the most influential artist of our time.
Live Music VIDEOS
The presentation includes rare archival videos plus a live music set by Vanity Crash
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Part 1 opens with a 9-year-old David Jones, inspired by the film Don’t Knock The Rock claiming, “That was my ambition, to be in a band playing saxophone behind Little Richard.” Following formal art school tutelage under the father of future megastar Peter Frampton, and a half dozen failed singles, bands, record labels and stage looks, he finally hits with the sci-fi folk rock novelty “Space Oddity.” It would be three more years before his Ziggy Stardust character takes off, triggering a manic run of hit singles, bracing concept albums, and bizarre personas, each one diametrically opposed to the last. After exploding worldwide with "Young Americans," Bowie hits rock bottom, as the excesses of mid-1970’s stardom threaten to engulf him.
Part 2 begins with the artist living like a king, having achieved stardom far beyond imagination, but strung out on cocaine and subsisting on warm milk. He flees his near-death existence in LA for the arid Krautrock beat of Berlin, accompanied by the most unlikely of sidekicks, Iggy Pop. Commencing with three acclaimed LPs known as “The Berlin Trilogy” in collaboration with Brian Eno, this session takes us through Bowie’s arena-sized celebrity with "Let’s Dance," and his not-always successful, but perpetually rewarding experiments in the 1980’s and 1990’s. The session concludes with his mysteriously choreographed death following the symbol- laden albums "The Next Day" and "Blackstar" ★, and includes a review of the recently released soundtrack to his New York stage production, "Lazarus," his newly released box sets and his final recordings.
Acclaimed Bowiephile Thomas Mulready is known for his avant-garde non-profit festivals: Ingenuity Fest, now in it's 13th year, and the legendary Performance Art Festival, the largest festival of performance art ever. He created the CoolCleveland media network of sites & mobile apps to turn people on to the coolness of Cleveland, the location of David Bowie's first US concert. Assiduously researched and painstakingly organized, Mulready's performances offer a multitude of factoids and little-known background, informed by a framework of themes the artist mined at every stage of his career, right up to his untimely passing, and beyond.
Vanity Crash was born on stage under hot lights in the crucible of sound and fury as the glam-punk band The Angry Inch in the rock musical Hedwig and the Angry Inch. Ever since, Vanity Crash has been dressing up and throwing down eye-popping synchronized light shows, outrageous stage costumes and provocative attitude, opening for the likes of the New York Dolls, Poison, Semi Precious Weapons, the Darkness, and Gogol Bordello. Their recent celebrated tributes to David Bowie include timeless gems performed live alongside their own incendiary originals.
JUNE 30 & JULY 1, 2017, Pt 1 @ 7:30; Pt 2 @ 9:30PM
An Evening With(out) David Bowie
BOP STOP, 2920 Detroit Ave, Cleveland, OH 44113
JULY 15, 2017
Vanity Crash only (FREE showcase) at 3PM
Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, 1100 E. 9th St, 44114
OCTOBER 21, 2017 at 7:30PM
An Evening With(out) David Bowie, Parts 1 & 2
EJ Thomas Hall, 198 Hill St., Akron, OH 44325
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“Your presentation was really fantastic, I especially liked the video clips that you chose to show.”
“We also thoroughly enjoyed your David Bowie show last Sunday, it's stayed with me this entire week.”
“I really enjoyed the show. It was great to see the impact Bowie had on so many facets of popular culture!”