David Bowie – The record label with Bowie as Creative Director that could have been but didn’t happen – Thank You Rupert Murdoch

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Do you even know who David Bowie is? You don’t need anyone at the film studio to run the record label, David can pick up the phone and call any number of people he knows everyone in the world so don’t worry who will run the label are you in or are you out?

It’s my birthday and my friends and I are at dinner at Mandarette Chinese Cafe on Beverly Blvd. in Los Angeles.  My friend Tim Thorney really wanted me to meet this girl from Toronto who he told me is so talented she would blow my mind.  Sitting next to me is the new talent, she has just made a new album and is shopping to see which label she will eventually go with. She tells me of all the people she has met so far in Los Angeles she really likes Madonna.  She feels that Madonna will let creativity flourish and that is important to any artist.

This singer-songwriter, guitarist, record producer, and actress, is Alanis Morissette, her new album is called Jagged Little Pill.  I tell Alanis, that I am very excited to hear her new album, and that I am working on creating a record label, hopefully called Fox records.  If it all comes through in a timely manner, then she should sign with us, it will be headed by David Bowie as a creative director and it is very important to us that this label be creative, use all the platforms to deliver music currently available including computer games, and be fair and equitable for the artist. How did this even start you ask?  This is another Bowie story.

It seems very strange to be writing this blog post on the very day that Rupert Murdoch announced that he is engaged to Jerry Hall.

Iman and I just stand in the corner, we are both very shy, and not at all like Mick Jagger and Jerry Hall, those two work the room and are so outgoing  – David Bowie

Bowie and I over dinner one night while Iman was at her acting class, the only night you could hang with Bowie. He and I talked about and then decided we would create a record label.  He brings the creative element and I would bring money to the table and why not also involve the Benetton’s at the time my friend Carlo Tunioli was Executive Vice President of Benetton USA and we could use their innovative marketing, for the label and create Fox Records as I had a film deal already in place with 20th Century Fox Film Corporation and all this would be vertical integration for News Corporation.  Bowie enlightened me on where he was with his new album Black Tie White Noise which he was recording at the time.

The next day Bowie popped over and was standing in my living room with a handful of CD’s he wanted me to listen to see what I thought and these could be the start of few bands we could sign onto our label.  Some I had never heard of, there was no YouTube in those days so you had to really hunt for new upcoming bands, and Bowie had his fingers on the pulse, he was always searching.

Bowie’s people had started the meeting with 20th Century, some from his team such as Robert Goodale had joined my film venture, adding a nice mix.  Film project that went to Bowie would now end up at our production company.  Bill Zysblat of RZO production who looked after (Madonna, U2, The Rolling Stones, and David Bowie) was on standby for 20th Century Fox.  Bowie had by now compleated the album Black Tie White Noise and it was on hold, Bill Zysblat wanted a record deal but could not wait any longer and was asking, is this gonna happen or not. Bill Mechanic who at the time was running 20th Century Fox was telling me ” I don’t have time to run a record label, I am running a film studio and I don’t have anyone to run a record label”, this made me fly off the handle  and say, “do you even know who David Bowie is?  You don’t have to have anyone at the studio to run the label, Bowie can pick up the phone and call anyone in the world he knows everyone, are you in or are you out?”.  I would soon learn from Gus Fisher the Chief Operating Officer of News Corporation in a telephone conversation that Rupert Murdoch had decided that he did not want to be in the music business.  David Bowie’s new album had to be released and so Bill Zysblat did a deal with Virgin Records for Black Tie White Noise.

So what came out of this process?

As Bowie was leaving my living room, I stopped him.  “David I need to show you somethings that Benetton are doing just look at it”.  I went and grabbed all the posters and books that Carlo had sent me from Benetton.

Look at these David, not one single image has a Benetton sweater, because Luciano Benetton does not care he just wants to create shocking images to wake those people on the streets who are sleep walking, and shake them up, but looks, it’s gays, black with white, refugees, hungry people in these posters  – I tell Bowie

David Bowie looks at these images for a while.  His head starts to shake, side to side.  His mouth moves but no words are coming out just his lips are moving.  He is focused, he is creating.  Some magic is about to happen, I can feel it. He looks up at me.  This is what he came up with.

Getting my facts from the Benetton ads

I’ve always enjoyed Bowie on saxophone so here from Blackstar is Dollar Days, enjoy music he left us before he went to heaven.  More stories to come.

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Frieda Pinto turns it on in Bruno Mars’ next single Gorilla! What’s next rocking a guitar?

Frieda Pinto Frieda Pinto the girl that gave me that strong sensation of Déjà vu of a friends late mother Audrey Hepburn at Toronto International Film Festival Gala (TIFF 2013), ‘100 Years of Indian Cinema’, the grace and the glam and the utterly spellbinding personality. Frieda Pinto is giving everyone another sensation a far racier side as she writhes around a stripper pole in the provocative video released on the singer Bruno Mars Facebook page on Tuesday.
While some may be shocked by this, I am not the least bit surprised. Freida plays the sultry Isabella, a stripper in a seedy bar, her beauty the envy of the other women in the joint. Actor Luis Guzman makes a cameo as the stripclub owner, introducing Freida as the ‘new girl in town’. I knew there was a reason I like Frieda. I call it ‘changing it up’ and as I am currently directing a film documentary on David Bowie the man who throughout his life has always been changing up the game I would personally like to see a collaboration between Bowie and Pinto. Changing it up once again this time with some guitar work with Bowie? ( I seriously need to stop letting my imagination run -off). But hold on a second it not that wild an idea.

As Frieda Pinto was leaving the TIFF 2013 Gala I asked Shaun Marq who looks after some of the coolest luxury gifting lounge that he should invite Frieda to come see the goodies. Pinto was hesitant at first as her car was about to arrive but as it was on the way out, why not check it out, and that is exactly what she did. Being a guitar dude, I suggested to Frieda that she take a Jarrell Guitar, and if you don’t know how to play, not to worry. I had an ace up my sleeve. That ace was singer, songwriter, guitarist Monte Pittman. Not just any dude. This dude taught Madonna another lady who like Bowie keeps ‘changing up the game’. What happened next? These tweets say it all. You can check out Frieda Pinto’s cool Jarrell Monte Pittman guitar in this video – Check it out – Let’s all go on the wild side.



Timothy Khan - Frieda Pinto

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Madonna And Three Women Help Girls With $7.2 Million


The rocking lady, Monday did her punk look on Monday at the Met Gala and Tuesday sold a painting she owned for $7.2 million.

Sotheby’s auction house hasn’t said who bought Fernand Leger’s (lay-ZHAYZ’) “Three Women at the Red Table” for $7.2 million on Tuesday. The abstract work had a pre-sale estimate of $5 million to $7 million.

Proceeds of the sale will benefit the Ray of Light Foundation, which supports girls’ education in Afghanistan, Pakistan and other countries.

Madonna says she wanted to “trade something valuable for something invaluable” in countries where female education is rare or nonexistent. She bought the work at Sotheby’s in 1990 for $3.4 million.

Leger created the work in 1921 as part of a series depicting women with still-life compositions.



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Being Punk After The Met Gala

Tachman--Met-Gala-AFter-Party-0066_101813525400.jpg_carousel_partiesOne of the best parts of the multi-phase event that is the Met Gala is witnessing the changes that take place. And no, not changes in perspective. We’re talking about those who change their clothes throughout the festivities—like Karen Elson, who morphed from 1930s bombshell on the red carpet to a punk at the late-night fete with a septum piercing. Over in a booth, Prabal Gurung was grooving with Joseph Altuzarra and Alexander Wang, who, with the right makeup and some guitars could definitely form a cool rock band. Gurung’s favorite part of the evening was a performance by punk queen Debbie Harry. “I think the essence of who she is truly represents what punk is: originality against the norm and a philosophy based on conviction.” Deep wisdom for after hours.

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Jokes about cramming couture into a tiny washroom aside (chaos!), the conclusion of Met tends to feel like pure magic, especially for newbies. Like performer and producer Miguel, who admitted experiencing nerves before spending the evening sitting with “faces you know in fashion and music and culture, all at your table, eating the same food and listening to the same music in that moment.” But remember what Santo Domingo said about not caring what people think? “I think for anyone who shared this night as their first time at the Met, they understand the anxiety,” Miguel said, “By the end, it is absolutely, overwhelmingly worth it.”

Here is the scene of the after party New York style punk, fashion, to let loose.

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Ana the fan – Heartbeat from Madonna in Medellín then the heart stops!

Ana Uribe is a fan with a passion for music and Madonna. With Monte Pittman the guitarist and recording artist who’s current album is quite possibly his most introspective and timeless album yet, M.P.3: The Power Of Three, she is just a heartbeat from Madonna. After all Monte Pittman is the man who taught Madonna how to play guitar. So what could make Ana’s heart stop? a direct message from Madonna’s manager Guy Oseary.

Like I said yesterday having put things in motion, the rest was up to the universe and here in Ana’s own words is what happened.

Tim….! I never had a night like this! Monte Pittman is amazing! I think he has no idea how cool he is. People love him! Besides that, in the middle of an interview, I got a Dm from Guy Oseary (Madonna’s manager), telling me I was selected for the “GT” (Golden Triangle as close to Madonna as you can get in a live performance)! You have no idea what I felt!!! I began to sweat, my hands were shaking…my heart couldn’t stop!!! I feel the happiest woman on earth! I will send you pictures of everything soon! You have to come to Medellin! I would love to meet you and have fun in this little and beautiful town!!!
I will try to sleep now! I have a long day ahead!!!!
You are such a great guy! Don’t forget that!!!!

I love fans, they are the key. What I love more are the artist’s who recognize this and give back a lot more then two hours on the stage to the fans.

My hat’s off to Monte Pittman, Lisa Claus, Madonna and Guy Oseary, you are making magic happen and dreams come true in Medellin.

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