Bowie Unseen: Portraits Of An Artist As A Young Man

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Bowie Unseen: Portraits of an Artist as a Young Man

  • Collects original and rare photographs from Bowie's debut album shoot, which were released for the first time as fine art prints in 2016
  • These pictures show Bowie pre-fame, pre Ziggy Stardust, as a young man unaware of what the future holds
  • A glimpse at the origins of a late great pop-music icon
In 1967, a 20-year-old David Jones decided to change his name to avoid confusion with the lead singer of the Monkees. He decided on 'Bowie'. By this time, Jones had been playing music for five years, appearing in and out of various bands, singing rock and roll at local youth gatherings, any pub that would have him and even a few weddings. Jones joined the band the Konrads, but then soon left them for the King Bees. After a few more stop and starts, Jones became Bowie and met Derek 'Dek' Fearnley.

David Bowie enlisted Fearnley to help record an album. Reportedly learning by studying the Observer Book of Music, the two young musicians practiced, wrote and hung-out at the home of Fearnley's brother, Gerald.

"My brother always loved music" remembers Gerald Fearnley. "He'd always have people...
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