Hi everybody and welcome to another edition of Project Rhythm Seed’s Free Music Friday. Today is a special edition for you, thanks to the good people at Paper Bag Records in Toronto, Canada. To celebrate their 10th anniversary concert series they asked many of their label artists and bands to pick a song from David Bowie’s quintessential album Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders From Mars and record it their way.
To commemorate their induction this year into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum, multi-platinum rock band Red Hot Chili Peppers will release a very special digital-only EP, entitled We Salute You, on May 1st via Warner Bros. Records. It features six songs from previous Hall of Fame inductees, all of whom have influenced the band musically: The Ramones, Iggy & The Stooges, Neil Young, David Bowie, The Beach Boys, and Dion & The Belmonts. See below for full track-listing.
The Crown Estate today unveiled a commemorative plaque to David Bowie’s iconic creation, Ziggy Stardust, marking the 40th anniversary of his album, The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stardust And The Spiders From Mars. The plaque was unveiled at 23 Heddon Street, just off Regent Street, London, W1, where the photograph on the front cover of the album was taken–a fact little known until now.
David Shaw, Head of the Regent Street Portfolio at The Crown Estate, said:
It should come as no tremendous surprise, given his legendary business smarts, but Paul McCartney has been named the U.K.’s wealthiest musician by the British magazine, Business Age. The magazine estimated the ex-Beatle’s personal fortune to be $750 million dollars. The figure includes his album sales, royalties, investments and property holdings. It would be about $100 million higher if not for his divorce to Heather Mills.
The concept of Sankofa is derived from King Adinkera of the Akan people of West Afrika. Sankofa is expressed in the Akan language as “se wo were fi na wosan kofa a yenki.” Literally translated it means “it is not taboo to go back and fetch what you forgot”.”Sankofa” teaches us that we must go back to our roots in order to move forward. That is, we should reach back and gather the best of what our past has to teach us, so that we can achieve our full potential as we move forward. Whatever we have lost, forgotten, forgone or been stripped of, can be reclaimed, revived, preserved and perpetuated. Thus, Project Rhythm Seed’s “Sankofa Music Series” will examine our modern roots and the early influences of rock music. Today’s subject is David Bowie.