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David Bowie – Creem Magazine ’76

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Happy Friday. Here’s a new addition to the site today, Cameron’s interview with David Bowie from the May, 1976 issue of Creem magazine. We hope you like it.!

Space Face Changes The Station

David Bowie Pulls A Lazarus

Andy Kent is one of the most important freelance photographers in the music business. At 28, his well matched wardrobe, trimmed hair and full beard give the look of a successful young businessman. Which he is.

Yet, after six years of shooting almost every L.A. concert, Andy’s motivation has long since transcended fandom. It is now a job. He and his partner Neal usually flip coins over who has to shoot a local performance. The winner gets to stay home.

It’s been two weeks since the beginning of David Bowie’s 1976 worldwide concert blitz, of which Andy Kent is official tour photographer. These days, he is a changed man. Gone is the apathy of someone who has seen a loud rock and roll band a few hundred times too many. Now Andy feverishly scans the radio for Bowie records. He speaks constantly of the man’s genius. He arrives at Bowie’s show hours before they begin. He helps the band choose their on-stage attire. He discusses and critiques the set every night with Bowie. Andy feels important. “I told David the other night,” he reports, “that I haven’t worked this hard in years. I really feed off his energy.”

Andy Kent is only one of a thirty-nine person entourage that is powered by the same blind devotion to David Bowie. It is not hard to become totally drawn in by the man – he has a special talent for making all those around him feel as if they are, indeed, most crucial to his vision. Yet, in the end, Bowie has them all on salary. Ever since his costly (millions were lost) split with ex-manager Tony De Fries, he manages and owns himself entirely.

This is Bowie’s first tour since that incident. Likewise, the current stage show is a virtual one-man tour de force. There are no sets, costumes, glitter or dancers. For the first time in years, it’s just David.

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Apr 17, 2015

Archives: Greatest Rock Movies Ever



Cameron shared his Greatest Rock Movies Ever with Premiere magazine back in March, 2004. With recent docs like The Swell Season and new films such as Inside Llewyn Davis coming out soon, it might be time to revisit, but let’s check it out.

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Nov 7, 2013

Journalism Archives: Mott the Hoople – All the Young Dudes



Mott The Hoople – All the Young Dudes

Released in England several weeks ago and yet to be made available in the States is Mott The Hoople’s fourth album, All the Young Dudes, named after the incredible single of the same name.

Produced and arranged by David Bowie, All the Young Dudes fails to live up to the excitement of the title cut…a very English, very metal, very riske ode to homosexual rape. “I’ve been wanting to do this for years”, admits the aggressor, lead-singer Ian Hunter as the cut fades into either “Sucker” or a label depending upon whether it’s the single or the LP. Despite its overly decadent theme, “All the Young Dudes” is very simply the best single since “Take It Easy” graced the airwaves.

The album opens with the theme song of Bowie’s musical idol, Lou Reed (who, by the way, is letting David produce his next album), “Sweet Jane”. A quite limp delivery on Hunter’s part and a plodding accompaniment courtesy of the boys in the band provides for a soggy indication of what’s to come. The rest of the record follows fairly closely the impact (or lack of it) of the previous. The recording job is very  clinical and exacting, a habit which suits Bowie’s own style but reveals a major flaw in Mott The Hoople’s, who is best displayed in a somewhat reckless light.

But it’s a fun record. The material is lyrically dependant on tongue-in-cheek for its effect, and Bowie, in his production debut is impressively meticulous. Too bad that the intricate arranging and direction was utilized by a group who just can’t benefit from it.

Courtesy of the Door (aka San Diego Door) – Cameron Crowe –  November 4, 1972  – November 18, 1972


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Jan 20, 2013

Absolute Bowie



David Bowie is celebrating his birthday today and we’ve decided to join him. Cameron and Bowie go back to the mid 70’s including an in-depth 1976 Playboy interview, a short RS article on his ’76 tour and his cover story in Rolling Stone. Most recently, Cameron contributed liner notes to the 25th anniversary re-release of Station to Station. Happy Birthday David!

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Jan 8, 2013

David Bowie: Station to Station – “A Masterpiece, Disguised as a Snapshot”


Happy Friday everyone. As part of last year’s Station to Station deluxe re-release, Cameron provided liner notes to David Bowie’s 1976 landmark album. He recalls watching Bowie record part of the album in the studio and being on the road for the subsequent tour. It’s a short, but sweet look at the album and its endurance 30+ years later.

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May 20, 2011

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