David Bowie photographic exhibition opens in Brighton

A David Bowie photographic exhibition is to open at Brighton Museum. Rock ‘n’ Roll with Me – Bowie/MacCormack 1973-76 will be at Brighton Museum & Art Gallery from October 17-June 6.

Thursday, 15th October 2020, 6:00 am
David Bowie photographic exhibition

Spokeswoman Caroline Sutton said: “Geoff MacCormack’s close friend from the age of eight years old was David Jones, the boy who would become David Bowie and one of the most influential performers in music, fashion and theatrical stage craft of the 20th century.

“In 1973 Bowie called his childhood friend and suggested he join his band The Spiders from Mars and go on a worldwide adventure, travelling first class by sea to New York and then on to Japan, from Japan to Siberia, through Russia by Trans-Siberian Express, to Moscow for May Day Parade, Poland, East and West Germany, just in time for tea at the George V Hotel in Paris, followed by a relaxing holiday in Rome, just to chill out.

“And just when Geoff thought the fun might be over, Bowie said ‘Would you mind being a Diamond Dog and coming back to New York on an even better ship, eating caviar every day and joining another band, then another band, helping out on a few albums and generally hanging out and having the time of your life for a couple more years?’

“Geoff did not hesitate and became Bowie’s backing singer and percussionist in 1973 on the Ziggy Stardust/Aladdin Sane world tour. Arriving in Japan, Geoff ditched his Kodak Instamatic camera in favour of a Nikon and began taking a few images here and there, starting in Siberia on the Transsiberian Railway and ending two and a half years later in Los Angeles during the Station To Station sessions.

“Because Bowie disliked flying they travelled together by cruise liner and trains across the world giving MacCormack and his camera the opportunity to capture Bowie at his most informal and relaxed.

“From Ziggy Stardust and Aladdin Sane of Britain’s Glam Rock years, the ground-breaking Diamond Dogs tour across the USA and their obsession with American soul music, to Bowie’s first major film The Man Who Fell to Earth (1975) and the recording of Station to Station and his Thin White Duke persona, this exhibition of intimate photographs, some of which have never been seen before in a public exhibition, gives a glimpse of a close friendship, travel and life on the road with one of the greatest rock stars of all time.

“The show will be held in the museum’s three large galleries and will include 60 large original framed photographs of Bowie by MacCormack. These photographs will be complemented by a short film never seen before in the UK shot by Bowie on their trip to Moscow in 1973, music videos of Bowie and MacCormack on stage together, film excerpts and music in the galleries.”

Michael Bedingfield, chairman of the Royal Pavilion & Museums Trust, said:” Bowie was one of the most influential and captivating artists ever, and we know this show will appeal to his many fans of all ages. The images offer a rare glimpse into a fascinating time of his life spent with one of his oldest friends.We are thrilled to be able to offer this show at Brighton Museum as our first major show on reopening after the lockdown. Don’t forget to book your tickets online on our website.”

Tickets are on www.brightonmuseums.co.uk

After three years of touring, recording and travelling with Bowie, Geoff started an award-winning music production partnership with Simon Goldenberg, writing music for high end advertising, films and TV. Their assignments took them to New York, Los Angeles, Europe and Brazil. They scored a top three hit with one of their TV ads, which resulted in them recording an album for Warner Bros.

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