Sailor’s Journal Indexed, Part 6: Film & Actors

Actors, Directors, Films, Plays, Videos, Television

Allen, Woody, 6/2/00
Alive, 12/6/00
American Beauty, 9/23/99
Bamboozled, 10/1/00, 10/8/00
Barrymore, Drew, , 7/21/03
Bernhard, Sandra, 11/15/98
Blair Witch Project, 8/8/99

Blue Room, The,  10/29/98
Blue Velvet, 11/9/98
Bush, Kate, 1/31/00

Cherry Vanilla, 8/25/98
Clockwork Orange, 2/11/00
Dead Man Walking, 1/17/00
Dean, Jimmy, 5/17/99
Dene, Terry, 4/19/04
Ellen, 4/19/04

Enemy of the State, 3/1/99
Eshetu, Theo, 1/31/00
Eurythmics Live by Request, 1/20/00

Everybody Loves Sunshine, 9/12/98, 9/14/98
Fallon, Jimmy, 9/26/06

Friends, 6/16/99
Gere, Richard, 2/5/03
Glen, Iain, 10/29/98
Golden Disc, The, 4/19/04

Goldie, 9/12/98
Great Rock And Roll Swindle, 9/8/98

Hans Christian Anderson, 12/23/98
Hedwig, 11/15/98
Hunger series, 2/26/99, 3/1/99, 3/29/99, 5/17/99
Ice Storm, 9/23/99
Idle, Eric, 9/28/99, 2/9/01
Izzard. Eddie, 11/9/98
John (producer), 10/4/00
Judd, Donald, 3/1/99
Kemp, Lindsay, 1/31/00
Kidman, Nicole,10/29/98
Lang, Fritz, 1/1/99

Last Temptation of Christ, 6/14/99
Lear, Amanda, 2/11/00
Lee, Spike, 10/1/00
Leigh, Jennifer Jason, 10/15/01

Leno, Jay, 4/19/04
“Life on Mars” Discovery Channel, 7/21/03
Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels, 9/7/98

M, 9/29/99
Madame Butterfly, 9/26/06
Martin, Steve, 9/29/99

Micheals, Lorne, 1/1/99
Moran, Nick, 9/8/98, 9/14/98

Pork, 8/25/98
Robbins, Tim,  1/17/00; 9/26/06

Rock, Chris, 9/27/99
Rockit (Herbie Hancock video), 10/29/98
Run, Lola, Run, 8/8/99
Ruttles 2, 2/8,9/01
Sarandon, Susan, 9/30/99, 1/13/00, 1/17/00; 9/26/06
Saturday Night Live, 1/23/99, 3/1/99; 2/20/99, 9/28/99; 9/27/06

Schnabel, Julian, 11/15/98;10/4/00
Schreiber, Liev,  9/26/06
Scorsese, Martin, 6/14/99
Scott, Tony,  2/26/99,  3/29/99, 5/17/99

Seinfeld, Jerry, 9/26/99
Spongebob Squarepants, 10/05/06
Small Time Crooks, 6/2/00
Stanton, Harry Dean, 6/14/99
Stern, Walter, 8/8/99, 12/16/99

Stiller, Ben 9/22/00
Temple, Julian, 9/8/98

Top Gun,  3/1/99
Traveling Light, 1/31/00
Twin Peaks (original), 8/25/98
Vice, The, 10/05/04

Watts, Naomi, 9/26/06
Wood, Ed, 11/12/01
Zoolander, 9/22/00

Sailor’s Journals Indexed, Part 5: Visual Artists and Their Works

Bowie spent a lot of time visiting galleries in 1998 to 2003, especially in NYC and London. Sailor’s Journals include numerous snapshots of the paintings and artists.

After his death, the estate put many of the works he had bought throughout his years of collecting for auction at Sotheby’s. I think there were several reasons for this. They were doing no good in the vaults. For the younger artists, having a piece that once belonged to David Bowie auctioned at Sotheby’s would be of tremendous benefit to their careers, even more so than having it donated to a museum. They now have a sales history at Sotheby’s and an identity as an artist Bowie collected.

But for the two masterpieces, it’s different. In the journals, Bowie simply answers a fan question that it is true he has a Tintoretto and a Rubens, but doesn’t name them. I don’t know if the Rubens was auctioned. If it is very small, it might have been kept in case of a sudden need for portable wealth, who knows?

This list includes fashion designers and architects.
A.J., 3/29/99
Armitage, Kenneth, 3/10/03
Body Parts, 10/29/98
Boshier, Derek, 5/17/99, 5/9/00
Bowie’s art works: 8/24/98; 9/10/98; Mini Cooper 9/14/98
Branca, Glen, 1/24/99, 5/1/18/01

Brown, Cecily, 2/8/00
Burne-Jones, 3/10/03

Chapman Brothers, 10/22/98
Chalmers, Catherine, 5/9/00
Charles, Michael Ray, 5/17/99, 12/16/99, 10/1/00
Chertavian, Kate [Bowie’s curator/mentor in collecting], 9/5/98 
Cornell, Stephen, 9/14/98, 9/17/98, 9/21/98
Currin,  10/29/98
Dada, 10/29/98; 2/20, 26/99
Dali, 3/10/03

David, Jacques-Louis, 9/16/98
Death of Marat, 9/16/98
De Meuron, Pierre,  9/22/98
Diarchy, 3/10.03
Dix, Otto,  10/29/98
Duffy, Brian, 5/9/00
Eames, Charles,  9/14/98
Eames, Ray, 9/14/98
Eddy, 10/4/00
Emin, Tracy, 3/10/03
Epstein, Jacob, 2/24/99
Fragonard, Honore, 1/27/99

Free Wheelin’ Bob Dylan album cover, 5/17/99
Freud, Lucien, 3/10/03

Garnett, Sandy, 7/30/00
Gleason, Matt, 11/20/98

Goldsworthy, Rupert, 11/20/98
Hamilton, Page, 5/9/00, 5/16/00
Hockney, Peter,3/10/03

Hawkinson, Tim, 10/29/98
Herzog, Jacques, 9/22/98
Hirst, Damien 8/23/98; 9/10/98, 9/14/98, 9/17/98
Hockney, 5/17/99, 8/15/99, 5/9/00, 3/10/03
Hume, Gary, 3/10/03
Horne, Rebecca, 10/29/98
Hunt, Holman 9/6/98

Indoor Flag, 9/16/98
Johns, Jasper,  9/16/98
Jones, Allan, 5/17/99, 5/9/00
Kersel, Martin, 10/29/98
Lanyon, Peter, 5/22/00
Light of the World  9/6/98

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A poster of Holman Hunt’s Light of the World was hung, as it was in so many homes at the time, in Bowie’s grandmother’s house.

Loebs, Damian  12/6/00
Longos, 1/18/01
Man Ray, 1/29/99
McQueen, Alexander, 9/5/98, 9/16/98  

Moore, Thurston,  10/22/98
Moss, Kate, 8/31/98
Men in Cities, 1/18/01
Mugler,  Thierry, 1/23/99
Nauman, Bruce,  10/29/98
Nitsch, Rudolf, 8/23/98
Ockenfeld, Frank, 3/29/99

Odd Nerdum, 1/30/00
Ofili, Chris, 10/29/98, 5/17/99
Oursler, Tony, 11/20/98, 1/24/99, 5/16/00
Picabia,  8/24/9;
Picasso,  8/24/98; 9/10/98
Pollock, Jackson,1/9/01
POP, 9/10/98

Rubens, Peter Paul, 3/10/03
Rock Drill, 2/24/99
Rock, Mick, 1/17/01
Rodin, Auguste,  2/24/99
Saville, Jenny, 9/24/00
Schiele, Egon, 9/6/98

Schnabel, Julien, 11/15/1998
Schwarzkogler, Rudolf,  8/23/98

Sensation (Young British Artists from the Saatchi Collection show), 9/21/99, 9/29/99
Smith, Paul,  8/31/98
Stuff,  9/10/98
Thurlow,  10/29/98
Tintortteo, Jacopo,* 3/10/03

Turks, Gavin,  9/10/98,  9/14/98, 9/16/98, 10/22/98
Underwood, George, 11/5/02
Union Jacket 1,  9/16/98
Warhol, Andy, 8/25/98
Yoneda, Tomoka, 2/2/00
Young Americans II (Saatchi’s), 9/17/98, 10/29/98

*About the Tintoretto: From Artnet:

“The Angel foretelling Saint Catherine of Alexandria of her martyrdom (late 1570s) was acquired for £191,000 by a European collector during Sotheby’s sale of the late musician’s collection last Thursday. Immediately after making his purchase, the collector announced his plans to place the work on a long-term loan to the Rubenshouse Museum in Antwerp, Belgium, in the hope that there, the piece will be admired by many.

“Through this act of generosity the collector sought to pay dual homage to the remarkable influence that Tintoretto and Venetian painting had on Belgian artist Peter Paul Rubens, and to the legendary musician who formerly owned the work. The gesture is intended to honor Bowie’s life-long love of and generosity towards museums and cultural institutions.”

Corrections are most sincerely welcomed. This project got a little out of hand, shall we say. I am deeply grateful to Noel Barretto for his help in improving Part 1.

Sailor’s Journal Indexed, Part 4: Places

Galleries, museums, cemeteries, cities, nations, even a zoo: places in Sailor’s Journal.

For the most part, Bowie lived in New York City for the years covered by Sailor’s Journal. Unless Bowie is discussing a specific observation about New York, it isn’t indexed.

Allaire Studio, 5/14/02
Amnesia, Ibiza, 10/29/00
Ashmolean Museum,  9/6/98
Bar Italia, 9/8/98
Basel, Switzerland, 0/22/98
Berlin, 2/20/99, 1/25/00
Bermuda, 8/23/98; 10/16/98; 11/9/98, 11/15/98; 12/15/98; 1/1/99, 7/8/99, 7/13/99
Birmingham, AL, 2/26/99
Bleeker Street, 5/17/99
Brixton (40 Stansfield Rd), 12/23/98; 1/30/03

Bromley, 12/23/98
Brooklyn Museum of Art, 9/21/99
Cabaret Voltaire, 2/20/99
Catford, 1/18/01
Center for Constitutional Rights, 1/17/00
Chimney Tops, 2/8/00

Chisenhale Gallery, 10/22/98
Chiswick House, 9/12/98
Cimetiere du Montparnasse, 1/29/99
Cimetiere Pere Lachaie, 2/20/99

Coln, Germany, 10/16/98
Contemporary Art Museum Ludwig, Bischofsgartenstrabe 1, Koln, Germany , 10/16/98
Copenhagen, 12/23/98; 11/12/01
Cream, Liverpool, 10/29/00
Dublin, 11/12/01

Dusseldorf,  1/6/00
Eidos, 8/28/98

Electric Factory (Philly), 8/28/98
Florida, 1/9/01
Gasgoian South, 2/8/00

Glastonbury, 5/17/00
Gisborne, 6/18/99
Glen Tonche, 10/15/01, 10/21/01 *
Greenwich Village, 5/17/99
Guatanamo, 1/17/00

Gulbenkian Galleries, 8/15/99
Hiroshima,  7/30/00
Hotel Randolph, Oxford, 9/5/98
Irving Plaza, 5/16/00, 10/15/01

Japan, 7/30/00
Keble Chapel, Oxford,  9/6/98
London, 4/9/98; 5/26/01
London Design Museum 8/31/98;  9/14/98
London Gallery, 9/10/98
Los Angeles, 11/27/98, 2/8/01
Madison Square Garden, 10/4/00, 10/19/01
Manhattan, 1/13/00
Mayfair, London, 2/2/00
Medhursts Department Store, 3/10/99
Metro Pictures, 1/18/01
Mexico, 1/4/01
Milton Keynes, 1/9/01
Montparnasse, 1/29/99

Montreal, 3/29/99
Morocco, 6/14/99
Mud Club on White Street in New York, .2/20/99

Musee Fraggonard, 1/27/99
Museum Ludwig, 10/16/98
New York Academy, 5/4/00; 9/24/00
New York; 8/25/98, 8/28/98; 21st – 25 St., 1/18/01
Nicaragua, 1/17/00
Norton Art Museum, 1/9/01
Oxford, UK, 9/5/98, 9/6/98
Palm Beach(FL)  Zoo, 1/9/01
Paris, 1/19/99
Pitt Rivers Museum,Oxford,  9/6/98
Railway Engine Depot and Signal Box Auf dem Wolf [museum], Basel 9/22/98

RareArt, 5/9/00
Restaurant Formally Known As The Pharmacy, 9/14/98
Ricky Tick Club, 3/12/99
Rotonde on Bd. Raspail, 2/24/99
Royal Academy, 9/10/98
Royal College of Art, Kensington Gore, 8/15/99
Rupert Goldsworthy Gallery, 11/21/98

Saatchi (London), 9/17/98
Saatchi (New York), 9/21/99
Science museum (Palm Springs, FL), 1/9/01
Serpentine Gallery, 10/29/98

Shakespeare Fine Art, 5/9/00
Shokan, NY 5/17/02
South Africa, 12/6/00

South London Gallery, 9/16/96
Stamford, CT, 7/30/00
Stepney, 12/23/98
St. Paul’s Cathedral, London, 9/22/98

Switzerland, 4/9/98, 12/15/98
Tate Bankside, 9/10/98, 9/22/98, 3/10/99?, 5/22/00
Tibet House, 1/4/01
Times Square, 5/17/99

Tony Shafrazi Gallery,12/16/99, 10/1/00
Toronto, 9/26/99
Vaud, Switzerland, 1/6/00
W. 27th in New York, 8/16/99
Woodstock, NY, 5/14/02

Zelda Cheatle Gallery, 2/2/00
Zurich, 2/20/99

  • There are quite a few pictures of Allaire studio and Glen Tonche on the pages about recording Heathen, many by Tony Visconti 

I think that the index is up to around 400 entries now, and the series is only half through. There are two parts to indexing: terms and pages (or in this case, because I think it is more historically interesting, dates). I haven’t indexed captions, or used the Find command to double check that I have every appearance of a word. The Find command works for finding pages — but you have to know what you are looking for. I suppose there are programs that pull all proper nouns or instances of capitalization, but I didn’t do this that way. If I had it to do over again, between Word crashes on Windows 10 and connectivity failures, I would have done it the old-fashioned way, by hand, on index cards. And I’ve done both.

Sailor’s Journal Indexed, Part 3: Writers and Publications

More like a half a droplet in the seas than the tip of the proverbial iceberg, here we have the few authors and works mentioned in the brief Sailor’s Journals. There aren’t quite as many authors and books in Sailor’s Journals as you might expect. On the erstwhile bowienet there was a section entirely devoted to books.

Here are the ones that are in the journal entries (some appeared both places, and I used them years ago in What’s on Bowie’s Bookshelves?”).

Several poets, for example, Kymbali, Imani, and Ono, could go into other categories as well, such as performing artists. “The Revolution Will Not Be Televised” could have gone with the songs but since its author, Gil Scott-Heron, was associated with the Last Poets and taught literature and creative writing, I put it here.

Writers

Ackroyd, Peter,  1/4/01
Addison, Joseph,   4/26/01, 4/30/01
Albee, Edward,   4/30/01
Amis, Martin,  1/9/01
Ball, Hugo,  2/26/99
Balzac, Honore de,   2/24/99
Beckett, Samuel,  1/29/99
Bouvier, Simone,  1/29/99
Bowles, Paul,  6/14/99
Burroughs, William,  8/28/98, 10/29/98, 6/14/99
Collings, Matthew,  9/8/01
Crowley, Aleister,  2/24/99 

Finch, Charles,  11/9/98, 11/20/98 
Fowles, John,   1/9/01
Gleason, Matt, 11/20/98
Hitchens, Christopher,   10/05/04
Huysman, A.E.,   1/29/99

Imani,  3/29/99
Kafka, Franz,    11/12/01
Kymbali [Craig],    3/29/99
Lakshmi, Padma,   9/26/06
Last Poets,   3/10/99
Maupassant, Guy de,   1/29/99
McEwan, Ian,   1/9/01
Norman, Howard,   3/10/99

Ono, Yoko,  8/23/98
Paine, Thomas,  10/8/99
Rushdie, Salman,   9/26/06
Sartre, Jean Paul,    1/29/99
“Spectator, Mr.”,     4/26/01, 4/30/01
Steele, Richard,       4/26/01
Stephens, Chris,      5/22/00
Tate, Greg,       3/10/99, 3/29/99
Thomson, Rupert,     1/4/01
Tzara, Tristan,        1/29/99; 2/20/99, 2/26/99
Vonnegut, Kurt,   1/17/00
Waters, Sarah,     10/05/04
Wilde, Oscar,      2/24/99

Publications

21 Publishing*,      9/8/98, 5/22/00
Amis memoirs,     1/9/01
Atonement,    1/9/01
Backstage Passes,   11/20/98
Bird Artist,  7/13/99
Black Dwarf & Private Eye, 11/21/98
Blimy*,      9/8/98
Book of Revelation,   1/4/01
Canard,   11/21/98
Child in Time,  The    1/9/01
Clothes Thru Time,      1/24/00
Coagula,   11/9/98, 11/20/98
Collection of Dada books,   2/20/99
Conspiracy of Paper, A,        7/21/03

Diaries of Nathan Adler,      8/23/98
Fingersmith,     10/05/04

Glam,   1/17/01
Insult (Thomson),    1/4/01
London (Ackroyd),    1/4/01
Magus, The,      1/9/01
Modern Painters,  11/15/98, 11/20/98; 2/24/00
Most Art Sucks,    11/9/98, 11/20/98
Names (Delillo),   1/9/01
[National] Lampoon,   4/26/01
Omni,     2/20/99
Peter Lanyon: At the Edge of Landscape, 5/22/00
Peter Rabbit,   5/5/04
Play about the Baby, The,   4/30/01
Private Eye,   4/26/01
Punch,   5/1/00
Olivia (children’s book series),   5/5/04
Road to Mars (Idle),  9/29/99
Rolling Stone, Feb 1971,   11/27/98; 2/1/00
Scientific American: “Science and the Citizen: Revenge of the Wimps”: March 1999,                   2/23/00
Spectator,  4/26,30/01
Talk 21,  9/10/98
“Revolution will not be Televised, The,” 3/29/99
Trial of Henry Kissinger,    10/05/04

“Wow or Gee,”     9/8/98

*Founded by Bowie, 1998, 21 Publishing‘s titles include Matthew Collings’ Blimy, It Hurts, and Art Crazy Nation; Chris Stephen’s  Peter Lanyon: At the Edge of Landscape, and Bowie’s collaboration with William Boyd,  Nat Tate – an American artist 1928-1960, as well as four other books or anthologies.

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Bowie was on the editorial board of Modern Painters. This copy is from Summer 2000 and features an article by Matthew Collings, who appears in Sailor’s Journals. Modern Painters was bought in 2003 by Louise Blouin and moved to the US in 2006. It still remains, or part of the title still does: Blouin Modern Painters.

This is what one wall of a personal library of 22,000 books looks like — George Vanderbilt’s library at Biltmore House. He sent most of his books to a bookbinder who replaced their bindings with leather, which is why they all look alike. Vanderbilt’s journals for 1875 to 1914 includes a list of  3,159 “Books I Have Read.” These do not include reference books.biltmore library

No one knows (yet) how many books Bowie had. I’ve read much higher figures than 22,000. I hope his library is being catalogued.

Sailor’s Journal Indexed, Part 2: Songs & Albums

Here’s a list of songs and albums mentioned in Sailor’s Journal.

Many fit into one of several divisions: songs that influenced a young Bowie (the topic of his journal entries for Christmas Week 1998) and those he was working on during the period covered by the journal entries, most notably, those from Hours and Heathen. There are a number of entries covering the composition and recording of Heathen. 

Some titles and mentions, especially those for Toy, are derived from context rather than found in the entry.

Italics are for albums; regular type (yes,without quotation marks) are songs. In the case of Ziggy Stardust, it was usually a toss-up if the song or its album should be indexed.

A Foggy Day in London Town,      8/25/98

Afraid,                                                5/23/02/, 5/27/02

After All,                                            12/23/98

Ascension,                                           1/18/01

Ashes To Ashes,                                12/23/98

Black Tie White Noise,                      11/12/99

Bleed Like A Craze Dad,                    8/28/98

Boys Keep Swinging,                         2/20/99

Break Out,                                           12/26/98

Brown Sound Mix,                             10/29/98

Buddha of Suburbia,                            8/28/98

Cactus,                                                   5/15/02, 5/17/02, 5/22/02

Can I Get a Witness,                             3/12/99

Can’t Help Thinkin’ About Me,          12/26/98; 9/17/99, 1/3/00

Chameleon Chronicles Vol.2,             5/25/00

Come See About Me,                          12/26/98

Cracked Actor,                                     11/12/99

Crazy,                                                      9/27/06

Dance, Dance, Dance                           12/26/98

Diamond Dogs,                                       5/10/00,10/21/00

Directly From My Heart,                     1/10/00

Dogman Go Woof,                                 3/6/99

Earthling,                                                 8/31/98; 9/16/98; 1/24/99

Eighteenth Letter,                                   3/29/99

Epsilon in Malaysian Pale,                    1/6/00

Evening of African Dance,                     2/7/03

Everyone Says Hi,                                  5/16/02

Fabulous,                                                  1/10/00

Fiji,                                                           10/29/00

Fishermans’ Blues,                                10/15/01

Hallo Stranger,                                        3/12/99

Harlem Shuffle,                                     12/26/98

Heathen,                                                10/15, 21,19/01; 11/12/01, 2/1/02, 4/12/02, 5/13/02; 6/8/03

Here’s Little Richard,                            1/10/00

Heroes,                                                   10/4/00, 2/1/02

Heroes,                                                    5/22/02

Hours,                                                     9/26/99

Humming ,                                              12/4/01

I Took a Ride on a Gemini Spaceship,          5/17/02; 5/22/02

I Would be your Slave,                        2/22/02; 5/17/02

I’ve Been Waiting for You,                  5/16-17/02

Inchworm,                                             12/23/98

It Doesn’t Matter Anymore,               12/26/98

It’s Getting Back,                                  12/26/98

It’s So Easy,                                            12/26/98

Jimmy’s Shrinking Song,                      1/3/00

John, I’m Only Dancing,                      2/18/03

Join The Gang,                                    12/26/98

King’s Lead Hat,                                     1/6/00

King’s New Clothes,                           12/23/98

Kissing the Roof of Heaven,               12/4/01

Krautrock,                                               1/6/00

Land of a Thousand Dances,           12/26/98

Let’s Dance,                                  5/9/00, 10/29/01, 2/1/02

Lightning Strikes Again,           2/20/99

Listen With Mother,                 12/23/98

Little Bit Me Little Bit You,       5/25/00

Little Richard 2,                          1/10/00

Little Wonder,                             8/16/99

Lodger,                                          5/17/99, 9/17/99, 5/9/00

Lonely Avenue,                            3/6/99

Low,                                                1/6/00, 5/22/02

Mother,                                          8/31/98

My Way,                                         9/8/98, 9/10/98

Neil Young,                                    5/17/02

Oh For The Wings Of A Dove, 12/20/98

One Fine Day,                              9/27/06

One More Heartache,              12/26/98

Only You,                                   10/29/00

Outside,                                        8/16/99

Penny Lane                                 5/25/00

(Please) Stay,                             12/26/98

Purple People Eater,                12/22/98

Reality,                                        2/6/03; 4/14/03; 6/8/03

Repetition,                                  9/17/99

Right now, right now,              3/6/99

Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust… and the Spiders from Mars, 8/31/98, 9/22/98, 2/20/99, 2/11/00; 11/5/02

See-Saw,                                12/26/98

Seven,                                        5/9/00

Silly Boy Blue,                          1/4/01

Slip Away,                           5/22-23/02

Slow Burn,                              5/16/02

Something in the Air,            9/17/97

Sound Bomb [Burroughs],  10/29/98

Space Oddity,                         10/11/00, 5/22/02, 2/18/03

Station to Station,                    1/6/00

Station to Station,                  5/31/00

Stay,                                            6/8/00

Sunday [Grandaddy’s] ,         7/21/03

Survive,                                   9/26/99, 12/16/99

Sweet Thing,                           5/10/00

Take It With Soul,                12/26/98

The Man Who Sold the World,   2/20/99

There Must Be an Angel,              1/20/00

Thursday’s Child,                  6/16/99, 8/8/99, 8/16/99, 9/26/99

Tin Machine                            9/8/98

Toy,                                           9/28/00, 10/3/00, 10/29/00, 4/4/01, 4/7/01

Turning Japanese,                 9/27/06

Tutti Frutti,                            12/23/98

TVC15,                                      2/20/99

Two Way,                                12/23/98

Ugly Duckling,                        12/23/98

Under Pressure,                       4/12/04

What Kind Of Fool Am I?,     12/26/98

Without You I’m Nothing,    2/18/99; 3/31/99

Young Americans,                  7/30/00

You’re Holding Me Down/I’ve Got A Buzz,  5/25/00

Ziggy Stardust                      9/25/98, 5/17/02

Sailor’s Journal Indexed, Part 1: 200 Musicians

I am deeply grateful to Noel Barretto for his help in improving this. See comments.

In the early days of bowienet, when he  chatted with fans using the screen name Sailor, David Bowie posted fairly regularly on a page he called Sailor’s Journals. These entries were for the most part not personal reflections but rather accounts of his public life. The first journal entry was August 23, 1998; the last, October 5, 2006. However, there was only one for all of 2005; 3 for 2006, and only 2 after May in 2004.

For this first in a series of indexes to Sailor’s Journals, I offer a list of musicians. These include early influences, musicians he worked with, and new bands. Sailor’s Journals provided a unique platform for bringing these musicians to the attention of his fans — and, perhaps, to recording industry scouts. Whether any attained success because of his enthusiasm I do not know.

Other categories for this series are visual artists, writer and publications, dramatic arts and performance, places, people, family and others, and miscellaneous.

A large (30/167 pages) of the Journal is not by Bowie. It’s by Blammo, a fan selected from the Bowienet community to cover the July 2000 Roseland concerts. I’m not quite sure what to do with these pages. They are approved, likely commissioned in a sense, by Bowie, but they aren’t by Bowie. So they constitute another section.

You will find lots of mistakes, I’m afraid, and I would appreciate knowing about them so I may make corrections. This proved a much more arduous task than I anticipated. Each time I would go through it and correct some mistakes, I made others.

Action,                              11/17/05

Albarn, Damon,              9/14/98; 7/21/03

Alford, Zach,                    8/16/99; 10/21/01

Alomar, Carlos,               8/16/99; 10/21/01; 5/16/02

Anderson, Laurie,           8/23/98, 10/16/98, 10/22/98, 12/4/01

Animal Collective,          10/5/04

Arctic Monkeys,            11/17/05 [Animal]

Arias, Joey,                     1/23/99, 2/20/99

Atlantis V Avatar,          10/29/00

Badalamenti, Angelo,    8/25/98

Baker, Ginger,                4/19/04

Bauhaus,                          9/14/98

Beastie Boys,                   2/1/02

Beatles,                             5/10/00

Beck,                                  5/9/00

Blades, Rubén,             1/13, 17/00

Blur,                               9/14/98; 7/21/03

Bob and Earl,                   12/26/98

Bolan, Marc,                    5/10/00

Bono,                                 9/8/99

Borneo Horns,                 2/1/02

Bowie, Lester,                  11/12/99

Branca, Glenn,               5/16/00

Brooke, Jonathan,           12/4/01

Bryant, Dana,                   1/4//01

Broken Social Scene,       10/5/04

Buddy Holly,                    12/26/98

Burnett, T-Bone,            5/14/02

Buretti, Freddie,             2/11/00

Campbell, Sterling,         8/16/99; 9/28/00, 10/11/00; 2/22/02; 7/21/03

Cannibal & the Headhunters, 12/26/98

Chamberlain, Matt,        5/15/02, 5/16/02; 6/8/03

Charles, Ray                     3/6/99

Chimes,                             1/10/00

Coghlan,  Donal,              12/4/01

Comedian Harmonists,   1/25/00

Cooke, Sam,                    12/26/98

Costello, Elvis,                 9/28/99

Cruise, Julee,                    8/25/98

Cuong Vu,                         10/6/00

Cyxowski, Roman,          1/25/00

Dandy Warhols,               7/21/03; 4/12/04

Davies, Ray,                     2/1/02, 2/7/03; 2/28/03

DeLaughter, Tim             4/12/04

DiFranco, Ani                  1/13/00, 1/17/00

Dinger, Klaus,                  1/6/00

Dorsey, Gail Ann,             8/28/98, 11/15/98; 1/24/99, 6/18/99, 8/16/99, 9/17/99, 9/26/99;    1/3/00,  1/17/00, 2/2/00, 5/31/00,  9/28/00;  10/19/01, 10/21/01; 3/21/02; 3/7/03, 6/8/03, 7/21/03

Drepung Gomang Monks,       1/4/01

Duncan Sheik,                         12/4/01

Dylan, Jakob [JD],                  10/6/00

El Zumbido                              5/25/00

Emerson, Keith                       3/12/99

Eno, Brian                               9/7/98; 1/6/00; 5/22/02; 4/21/03

Eurythmics,                             1/27/00

Faith, Adam,                           4/19/04

Fanny,                                     2/1/00

Fats Domino,                          12/23/98

Ferry, Bryan,                             9/14/98

Frampton, Peter,                      2/8/01, 2/9/01

Frankie Lymon and the Teenagers, 12/23/98

Franz Ferdinand,                      10/05/04

Freddie?                                      9/14/98

Freed, Alan,                                3/6/99

Fripp, Robert                              1/6/00; 5/21/02

Froese, Edgar,                            1/6/00

Frommerman, Harry,              1/25/00

Gabrels, Reeves,   8/24/98; 9/14/98; 1/24/99, 3/10/99, 3/29/99, 5/17/99, 6/18/99,  8/16/99

Gamelan Semar Pegulingan,   8/24/98

Gardiner, Ricky,                          1/6/00

Garry Farr and the T-Bones,   3/12/99

Garson, Mike,                8/31/98, 11/20/98; 8/16/99; 1/26/00, 9/28/00

Gaye, Marvin,                 12/26/98; 3/12/99

Germano, Lisa                  9/28/00

Gershwin, George,           8/25/98

Glass, Philip,                    1/4/01; 2/1/02

Gnarls Barkley,                9/27/06

Grandaddy,                       10/29/00, 7/21/03

Grohl, Dave,                       5/16/02

Groves, Lani,                      8/16/99

Gryner, Emm                     1/3/00,  9/28/00

Harris, Emmylou,             1/4/01

Harrison, George,               12/6/00

Harry, Debbie,                      9/22/00

Harvey, P. J.,                           9/28/00

Haskett, Chris,                       6/18/99

Hawkins, Sophie,                 12/4/01

Henry Rollins Band,             6/18/99

Hinterland,                   11/4//01

Hotei,                               8/16/99, 10/21/01

Janes,                               5/16/00

Johnson, Daniel,            4/29/04

Johnson, Robert,           5/27/02

Jones, Bill T.,                   1/13/00, 1/17/00

Jones, Quincy,                9/8/99

Kay, Lenny,                      2/28/03

Kaye, Danny,                  12/23/98

Kelly, Stephen,               7/30/00

Kersels, Martin,             10/29/98

Khan, Rahat Nusrat Ali Khan,  1/4/01

Khechog, Nawang,       1/4/01

Kiedis, Anthony,            9/26/99

Killers,                            10/05/04

Kinks,                              2/1/02, 2/7/03

Kluster/Cluster,              1/6/00

Konrads,                           3/12/99

Kronos Quartet,             2/22/02

Lazar, Emily                    4/12/02

Legendary Stardust Cowboy, 5/17/02

Lennon, John,                  5/10/00

Lennox, Annie [Dave?],  9/27/99; 1/20/00, 5/10/00

Leonard, Gerry,              12/4/01; 5/16/02; 2/26/03, 3/7/03; 6/8/03

Lewis, Barbara                3/12/99

Little Richard,                 12/20/98, 12/23/98; 3/6/99; 1/10/00

Love, Courtney,                4/12/04

MacCormack, Geoff,        10/29/00

Mann, Pamela Sue,         12/4/01

Massive Attack,              8/8/99

Maurice Williams & Zodiacs,  12/23/98

McKeown, Sue,              12/4/01

Merchant, Natalie,        1/4/01; 5/14/02

Mercury, Freddy,           4/12/04

Michael, George,            10/29/00

Mitch Ryder & Detroit Wheels, 12/23/98

Moby,                                1/4/01

Mooke, Martha,            10/21/01

Moore, Thurston,            9/10/98

Neu,                                   1/6/00

Newley, Tony,                   12/26/98

Nine Inch Nails,              12/16/99

Nomi, Klaus,                  1/23/99, 2/20/99, 2/26/99, 1/25/00

O’Connor, Sinead,        11/12/01

Palmer, Holly,                8/16/99, 9/28/00,  1/3/00, 10/6/00

Pan Sonic,                      5/16/00

Partch, Harry,                 5/15/02

Patti Smith Band,          2/28/03

Peace, Warren, (see MacCormack, Geoff),  10/29/00   

Pickett, Lenny,                9/27/99

Pink Floyd,                       10/2 9/98

Pixies [Charles],             5/17/02; 10/5/04

Placebo (Robie, Ronan, Molko),       2/18/99,  3/29/99, 3/31/99; 10/19/01

Plank, Conny (producer),        1/6/00

Plati, Mark,    5/2/99, 8/16/99; 1/26/00, 6/2/00; 6/8/00, 9/28/00, 10/11/00; 4/4/01, 7/4//01, 10/19/01; 3/7/03; 6/8/03                    

Platters, The                   12/23/98

Polyphonic Spree,  The    4/12/04

Puff Daddy,                      9/8/99

Radiohead News,            7/21/03 [Alex?]

Rakim,                               3/29/99

Reznor, Trent,                     8/16/99

Red Hot Chili Peppers,    9/26/99

Reich,  Steve                    1/6/00

Richard, Cliff,                  3/132/99; 4/19/04

Ross, Ronnie,                  4/19/04

Rowntree, Dave,           7/21/03

Russell, Cat,                    6/8/03

Ryder, Mitch,                 12/26/98

Sam and Dave,             12/26/98

Scorchio Quartet,        10/21/01, 2/1/02; 5/17/02, 2/26/03

Seaman, Phil,                 4/19/04

Secret Collective,          11/17/05

Secret Machines,          10/5/04; 11/17/05

Sex Pistols,                     9/7/98

Simone, Nina,                 4/23/03

Sinatra, Frank,                7/4/01

Siouxsie Sioux,                8/30/98

Slick, Earl,                         2/1/00, 5/31/00, 6/5/00, 9/28/00, 3/7/03

Slick, Jean,                        2/1/00

Smashing Pumpkins,       8/16/99

Smith, Patti,                      1/4/01; 2/28/03

Sonic Youth,                      9/10/98, 5/17/02

Spiders,                              1/10/00

Spookyghost. See Leonard, Gerry

Staples, Mavis,               5/14/02

Stereophonics,               5/5/04

Sting [and Trudie],        9/27/99                           

Strokes,                           7/21/03

Supremes,                      12/26/98

Talking Heads,              1/6/00

Tamara,                          3/29/99

Tangerine Dream,         1/6/00

Taylor, Vince “Ziggy”,    4/19/04

Tex, Joe                             12/26/98

The Edge,                         11/21/01

Think Tank,                      7/21/03

Thompson, Charles IV [Black Francis], 5/17/02; 10/5/04

Tin Machine,                   9/7/98, 5/10/00

Tomoyasu Hotei,             10/21/01

Torn, David,                     10/21/01; 5/14/,16/02; 4/14/03;

Townsend, Pete,              6/6/00, 10/6/00, 10/11/00; 10/19/01, 11/12/01, 2/1/02; 5/16/02

Underworld,                    3/6/99

Vaughn, Stevie Ray,        5/21/02

Velvets,                             9/28/00

Village Fugs,                   8/24/98

Visconti, Tony,                3/29/99; 1/25/00; 4/5/00;  7/4/01, 10/15/01, 10/19/01, 10/21/01,         2/1/02, 4/12/02; 5/13 to 17/02; 5/22/02, 12/1/02

Waits, Tom,                   9/28/99

Walker, Scott,                 2/15/01

Wallflowers,                   10/6/00

Waterboys,                      10/15/01

Who,                                10/6/00, 10/11/00

Wilde, Marty,                  4/19/04

Wire,                                 5/16/00

Wooley, Sheb,                  12/22/98

Wyclef,  Jean,                   9/8/99

Yauch, Adam,                    2/1/02

Young, Neil,                     5/16/02

75≠100: Revisiting Bowie’s “Favorite” Books

How can there be so much confusion about a list of 100 books? The David Bowie Top 100 Books is making the rounds again, this time at BookPeople, who say its source is the New York Public Library, which issued it on January 11, 2016. The NYPL says its source was a 2013 post on the David Bowie Facebook page (gone). Davidbowie.com* now has 100, noting that when the list first appeared in openbookstoronto.com, it was incomplete. If you search for that site, you will find nothing, but the link that begins with “only 75%” takes you to open-book.ca

The earliest list I can find including 100 books is at open-ca.com, dated September 26, 2013: “David Bowie IS co-curators [Geoffrey] Marsh and Victoria Broackes have released a list of Bowie’s favourite reads.”

Should a list of 100 books include 100 books? 

Not at The Guardian and Telegraph. Twice, first on October 1, 2013, and as a reprint in January 2016 (“This article is 3 years old”), the Guardian published a list headlined “David Bowie’s top 100 must-read books” which included only 75 titles and was said to be from the “curators” of the David Bowie Is show atthe Art Gallery of Ontario.”

The Telegraph listed 75 books on April 1, 2016, as if their publication were news: “And thanks to an exhibition of Bowie at the Running at the Art Gallery in Toronto, Ontario, we have a list from co-curator Geoffrey Marsh of Bowie’s 100 favourite books.” This line suggests that the article is part new (includes Bowie’s death) and part old (the show was not in Ontario in April 2016).

So why did the Guardian and Telegraph headline 100 but only list 75 books? In the online editions, space is not a problem, and in a print edition, the headline or subtitle still doesn’t have to refer to 100 when there are just 75. And, yes, they are the same 75, and the reasoning is transparent.

The oldest two books on their lists are Richard Wright’s Black Boy (1945) and Ann Petry’s The Street (1946). The newest is from 2008. Bowie was born in early January 1947 and died in January 2015.

Why the Culture editors at these two publications decided that Bowie’s favorites were only those published in his lifetime is inexplicable.

Were these Bowie’s favourites?

Marsh’s list was compiled for David Bowie Is. A list of books to place in the exhibit might focus on those published in his lifetime, not because they were Bowie’s favorites, but because they say something about the times in which he lived.

Marsh, in fact, made it clear that while Bowie gave the show’s curators access to his archives, “Bowie would have no involvement at all.”

Let’s look at some of the 25 that didn’t make these major news sites’ lists (for the entire list in chronological order, go to open-book.caAs I Lay Dying, Blast, Dante’s The Inferno, Homer’s Illiad, Lady Chatterly’s Lover, Madame Bovary, Mr. Norris Changes Trains, The 42nd Parallel, The Bridge, The Great Gatsby, The Stranger and The Waste Land

Pretty amazing exclusions, whether they were Bowie’s favorites — or not.

While I can’t see Bowie looking for books published in each year of his life (or nearly so) it’s possible, probably likely, that Bowie provided some of the titles. For years that Bowie had not mentioned a book, Marsh and the archivist could have searched an archival database for books published between 1945 and 2011.  

Most serious readers like Bowie talk in terms of authors, as he has (all Pagel, everything by Ackroyd, and so on); the choices for these authors could be Bowie’s — or not.

As for me, I wouldn’t put my favorites in a box in my archives, unless I had multiple copies (paper, cloth, first, ones I’ve underlined, etc.). I’d keep them with me. I think he might have had multiple copies of his favorites; paperbacks acquired when young and traveling, first editions later.

I hope some day we will know more.

*I believe it first listed 75 until contacted by #BowieBookClub.