David Bowie – Iman – the women he loved his wife!

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I’ve never been in love till I met Iman – David Bowie

I never knew David Bowie the persona.  I knew David Robert Jones.  I used to kid around with him how all English people where Jones or Smith and all Pakistani’s Khan’s.  A friend of mine Shel Talmy had worked with David Jones before he became David Bowie, Shel would go on to work with The Who and The Kinks.  Bowie and I just got along without any effort we seemed to be on the same wave length.  We both loved technology and how it was going to change the world, we never did anything for money but for the passion that came from within for a creative purpose. We also knew some of the same people.  Bowie loved art, and I loved Andy Warhol.  In his death it would be pointless to go on about his impact on this world his creative power his ability to stay ahead of the curve, not being a pack but a leader.  No my story is more personal.  So lets begin with Iman.

 ‘Sometimes you will never know the true value of a moment until it becomes a memory.’ – Iman

Bowie and Iman love to read, they can read two or three books on the go.  Their favorite book is ‘City Of Joy’, but I did not know that when I invited them to a screening of the film at Sony Pictures in Culver City.  After the screening, I thought Iman , David, Jane and I should go have dinner .  Iman suggested Chaya on Robertson, and I the Ivy on Robertson we all agreed to go there.  When I called the Ivy restaurant they informed me the kitchen would be closing soon, and I told them I was with Bowie and Iman and they where more than happy to keep the kitchen open.

At the Ivy on Robertson there is the main dining area, and we all went and sat next to the fireplace at the end of the dining room, hardly anyone was there as it was about to close, and this was perfect for us.  It was here that Bowie told us that he loved Iman so much that he never wants to be apart from her, he wants to spend all his time with her.  That he have never been in love before or how that felt till he met Iman.  They cuddled and kissed like high school kids crushing.

In his death my heart bleeds with sadness for Iman and his children whom he loved and who loved him.  Both Bowie and I where planing to get married to our respective partners at the time and I told him how complicated my wedding was gonna be ” David imagine half  Scottish and the other Pakistani”, Bowie laughed and said you think you have problems, ” Iman’s family all had to make a run for it in Somalia so I have the problem of how to get people with no passports or paperwork to our wedding” .  He suggested I get the book ‘ The Wedding Planer’ at the Book Soup on Sunset.  Bowie and Iman, Jane and I got married on the same day, same year on June 6th, Bowie and Iman in Europe and Jane and I in Canada.  My marriage did not workout while Bowie’s with Iman went the full course.  So if you are sad today at his passing take consolation in the fact the Bowie was with those he loved and who loved him dearly to the very end. Now that’s the way to go.

More stories to come for now I leave you with this clip as my film is about those who loved David Bowie those around the world he impacted and what an impact David Bowie has had.

David Bowie Is Around The World “The Fans” 1 from Timothy Hollywood Khan on Vimeo.

City of Joy

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Lordie – “This is David Bowie’s hand, what am I doing?”

lorde-david-bowieLordie, the New Zealand teenager, who released debut album ‘Pure Heroine’ in 2013, met Bowie in November at Tilda Swinton’s 53rd birthday party at New York’s Museum Of Modern Art. Needless to say for Lordie, it was a special moment.

Speaking about this encounter Lordie say’s that David Bowie speaking about her music told her it “felt like listening to tomorrow”. That is very much like Bowie a creative animal who is always aware of other artist and while not always visible unless he wants to be, is on top of things creatively.

“To have someone like that tell you that listening to you felt like listening to tomorrow. I was like… I could creatively die and just be happy forever. I never tell anyone about that experience, because it meant so much to me, and I feel like it would be dulled or something if I always talked about it in magazines or whatever. It’s my special thing.” – Lordie

At the party a moment came, one of those moments that remain with you forever but was ever so fleeting, when a picture was taken and Bowie being very shy just held Lordie’s hand; She talks of this and says , “It was super cute, though—for some reason we were holding hands and just staring into each other’s eyes and talking, and I was like, This is David Bowie’s hand, what am I doing? It was insane. A beautiful moment.” It is why he is David Bowie and so many around the world talk of him his music and what he means to them in the film currently I am making David Bowie Is Around The World.

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Bruce Springsteen Rock’s Rock and Roll


For me the entire day was spent around Toronto and the CNE but nothing had prepared me for the open air show that Bruce Springsteen now 62 and his “rebooted E Street Band”, were about to do. What Bruce Springsteen and his E Street Band did was simply kicked the show out of the ballpark.

Yes, The Boss sauntered out with larger the life video screen behind him as he hit it with Take Me Out To The Ballgame.

Bruce Springsteen is a real musician, he’s 62 years old people and his can rock it for 4 hours in Hamburg, and 3.5 hours in Toronto. Unlike some artist who can’t even pull off and encore because they are so rehearsed, I won’t mention names, but blonde hair comes to mind.

The biggest absence of course, aside from wife Patti Scialfa, was the late Clarence “The Big Man” Clemons. “Are we missing anybody tonight?” Springsteen repeatedly asked to collective cheers as everyone knew who he meant. But Jake Clemons his son attempted to fill those shoes.

Yes, on a summer day, 40,000 people cheered they where blown away by the set, the night the sheer power of the band and how Bruce Springsteen can refashion old songs like he did by completely revamp songs as was the case on lengthy, stirring My City Of Ruins.

I have always said there is nothing like a show by The Boss. A friend of mine on Facebook posted that her friend was flying all the way from London to New York to see the show. Well Toronto was something but New York (oh, come on The Boss Bruce Springsteen in New York OMG!! million times) that’s what it will be like.

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