Friday, April 05, 2013

David Bowie On Angie And The Fate Of The World

Roy Hollingworth's Melody Maker article begins, at the end of his story, with the return of David Bowie to London, at Charing Cross Station. It was 9.10 p.m., and female fans fought to get to Bowie - he, shielded from them, by 'brave coppers'...

'..This arrival; this sweaty, shocking, swift and severe welcome home for Bowie, back from Japan, 7,000 miles by boat and train, because...because he won't fly...Four and a half months away from England...'

Mr.Hollingworth describes travelling to Paris with photographer, Barrie Wentzell. At Paris, they visit the George V Hotel, where in the now empty 'Rouge Room', a 'Bowie reception' had been held. Brief encounters with (phone) Leee Black Childers and Cherry Vanilla occur.

In the morning, the MM duo go to Paris Nord Station, unsure of finding Bowie, who is due to take the 12.30 to Victoria. He isn't on the train, so they wait in the station, until:

' the sunlight split the smoke of several hundred smoking porters, there appeared in all innocence, and a neat suit of silver and purple, David Bowie. Fresh from a limousine, and with that delightful wife of his, Angie. "The most remarkable woman on Earth", says David. She might well be...'

Turns out they've missed the train, and after a brief discussion, Bowie agrees to taking the hovercraft from Boulogne to Dover. So, they take a later train to Boulogne.

Roy Hollingworth writes that , on boarding the train, Bowie began to talk about 'the fate of the world', and went on to do so for 'approximately two hours'. This is an excerpt:

'.."You see Roy," says Bowie, softly, looking straight at me, dead-eyed, a can of beer acting as the microphone, "I've gone through a lot of changes...A whole lot of changes. It's all happened on my way back from Japan. You see...I've seen life, and I think I know who's controlling this damned world.

"And after what I've seen of the state of this world, I've never been so damned scared in my life."

Are you going to write about it?

"If I did it would be my last album ever."

You mean that?

"It would have to be my last album ever."


"Because I don't think I'd be around after recording it."...

..."The (cough) changes I've seen...they have to be written about."

Then YOU write them David! (I say)

"Yes (cough), I suppose somebody must (cough). I feel the weight of the world on my shoulders."...'

There is further discussion recorded by Ray Hollingworth, pertaining to Lou Reed, and the "rock revolution", and Bowie's desire to get back home to Beckenham, to " the telly".

Mr.Hollingworth, Mr.Bowie, and the others accompanying them, arrive at Boulogne, where Bowie is apprehensive about the impending hovercraft travel. He signs the 'fag packets' of 'a couple of girlies.. (who were) on a day trip to France...'

Arrived at Dover Station, Bowie:

'..talked, so nicely to girls on the platform.

"Roy, they're the salt of the earth. Those girls. They don't sit each night and compare notes of groups, criticising lyrics, asking if it's valid. They just play the record...yeh, and maybe they dance, I love them. I love them dearly."...'

On the Dover train, more discussions about the rock scene; decadence in relation to his career, and being hyped as an artist (etc.). Ziggy and Aladdin Sane, and the writing process:

"..I have story-lines for the albums, but the actual inspiration comes suddenly, and is written as it comes."

"What keeps me together, what shoulders these 'escapades' of mine is this dear wife that I have. This dear woman Angie, who knows David Bowie...ah, she knows me better than I do."

Wherever we travelled, each station, each town, there were few spare minutes when he didn't hug, kiss, and point at his lady, and say, loudly "She's the greatest."

"He gets very evil after a few beers, I mean Roy, look at his face now - he's Jean Genie, he's a little villain, but he's lovely," says Angie, looking after us all. One remarkable woman to be sure.'


Here are quotes attributed to David Bowie, when speaking about Angie Bowie, from this 1973 Melody Maker article, by Roy Hollingworth:

1) "The most remarkable woman on Earth"

2) "What keeps me together, what shoulders these 'escapades' of mine is this dear wife that I have. This dear woman Angie, who knows David Bowie...ah, she knows me better than I do"

3) "She's the greatest" 

 So, folks, next time you read comments from people who are portraying Angie Bowie as an oh! so bad person, in words that insinuate or proclaim that she never really helped David Bowie much. And, that the two of them were not really close - David Bowie never caring much for her... and so on, etcetera, etcetera, ad nauseam... 

...You might do well to think of this article by Roy Hollingworth, and the close, positive relationship between the couple that he conveys so well to the reader...

...And, wonder whether the Angie Bowie-haters, in their snipings, might not be little more than a pack of spiteful, ignorant, twisters of historical truth.

Wednesday, April 03, 2013

Reporter Convinced That David Bowie Was "Beyond Human"

Sept. 3, 1994

Dear Daniel -

Thanks for David Bowie information - I don't have access to PAL playback - but will keep the tape on file in case the opportunity arises that I can screen PAL. In England two years ago, I met a reporter who told me she was convinced Bowie was "beyond human."

What provoked your interest in him specifically?

Linda M. Howe

Monday, April 01, 2013

Sean Donovan Of Nullifies My Existence

There is a website, which I recommend, dedicated to the contactee Daniel Fry. The man who set it up and maintains it, Sean Donovan, has made available a huge amount of knowledge and memorabilia about Daniel Fry. This is a great thing that he has done.

In association with the website, there was a Forum, which only a few people (I was one) were members of, and posted on. Nevertheless, going by the view counts for posts, hundreds of other people did read at least one post on the Forum.

Some might feel that the Daniel Fry Forum was not worth keeping going, as there were very few examples of discussions taking place. That is a point of view I respect.

However, on March 25th, when I visited the Daniel Fry website, I was confronted by a message, pertaining to such a discontinuation, that I could not respect the content of. Here is this message:

News Archive
19-02-13 09:38

Disabled the Forum

Until the new site is up and running smoothly and I have found better forum software, I have disabled the current forum.

It was based on old PHPBB code and no one ever used it anyway. I am debating whether I will add one to the new site.



First off, Mr.Donovan had not sent an e-mail to members warning them, in advance, of this removal of the Forum - or, at any rate, I never received one. This, in itself, perhaps, suggests that he thought nothing that anyone had posted was of sufficient value or interest that any member(s) would want to preserve the information.

That's unfortunate; but, it is completely fair that Mr.Donovan should be able to remove the Forum anytime he wants to, due to the fact that it is his Forum.

What is more than unfortunate, indeed offensive to me, if not necessarily to others, is his claim that 'no one' used the Daniel Fry Forum.

Since I had used the Forum, not merely to post trivia or ephemera; but, rather to post information that I consider to be extremely important, concerning hitherto undocumented and largely unacknowledged links between the contactee encounters (including that of Daniel Fry) and the Barney & Betty Hill encounter, I strongly resent Mr.Donovan's characterization of me as 'no one'.

It is true that a lot of people, in my experience of life, have treated me with total indifference, or with a lack of response, indicating that they, probably, view me as being of no discernable value to anyone; but, I cannot recall ever actually having been described by anyone, before Sean Donovan's statement appeared on-line, in terms that explicitly express such a 100% contemptuous, nullifying dismissal of my existence, or contribution to social intercourse...

...Albeit, it has to be said, in closing this response, that Mr.Donovan dismisses me, as just one of the previously identifiable Daniel Fry Forum users, among the hundreds of visitors, whom he now, seemingly with casual assurance, nullifies into the 'no one' state of non-being.