We are in possession of a Copy of the original recording of “Fame” by David Bowie, particularly the Safety Copy #05, of the 1975 recording on 2 inch 24 track. It has 16 tracks of musical information and one track of SMPTE time code printed on it. It is in pristine condition and can be digitised and/or synced with another 24 track machine using the original timecode, therefore providing additional space for tracks to be recorded. We have two Otari MX80 machines available to work with in the Studio des Collines, in Hautefort (Boisseuilh), France. These tracks can also be digitized into .WAV or .AIFF formats as necessary.
Having been fortunate enough to have found this gem of a recording, we have decided that this is an occasion to re-unite so many of the artists that have worked with Bowie throughout his career.
In the spirit of David Bowie’s interest of working across platforms our goal is to create an exciting testament of his artistic contribution to the world we have lived in, are living in and the future that we consider to be framed, shaped and influenced by his genius. We have envisioned collaboration amongst these various artists, paying tribute to the man who has influenced so many of the musicians, producers, artists and performers throughout the course of the past 40 years and more. In addition we would also like to extend the opportunity to a select few emerging artists who would be nominated by the record companies that will be participating in this venture. The resulting product would then be issued as a single, ideally with a video produced that would be a narrative and a biopic of the process, thus an enhancement to the collaboration and single issue.
In each of his interviews about this particular work, David Bowie pointed out that his aim was to inform the listener about the perils of fame. The dangers of its hold on a person and the obsession it can engender. His message could not be more pertinent today, where our culture is driven on by celebrity. We have become consumers of fabricated personalities, the stories of people only being famous because of their celebrity, with little or no apparent achievement to mark that celebrity and fame..
We can see the result of this in the disastrous political nightmare in world politics, particularly with the rise of power through fame and celebrity.
We would like to bring together artists and musicians that have made an impact because of their persistence, their faithfulness to quality, and their successes in helping to shape our culture. For this, we owe them the status that is rightly called "FAME".
You can make a difference in contributing now so that we can introduce this concept again to this generation of listeners, bridging musicians from one era with another, and offer within a musical context some clarity about quality, pride and achievement.
of the production process, a biopic, further enhancing the scope of the production, allowing viewers to see and meet those artists that have been integral in the making of this product.
This is a collective project amongst artists and individuals who have worked with him throughout his career using a 2 inch, 24 track safety copy of the original 1975 recording with David Bowie and John Lennon.
To produce a reworking, a derivative work using some or all of the tracks on the original 1975 recording of “Fame” by David Bowie.
To make a video available for sale as a documentary, and for download on all selected pay to play platforms.
To invite nominated emerging artists to participate alongside the veteran artists as a way of showing their support for the new generation of musicians coming onto the scene.
To issue a single of this production for airplay, sales, distribution and download within the parameters of modern downloading through iTunes, and other download platforms.
Artists with whom we would like to extend an invitation:
Adrian Belew, Brian Eno, David Sanborn, Earl Slick, Gerry Leonard, Iggy Pop, Ken Scott, Marianne Faithfull, Mick Jagger, Mick Ralphs, Mike Garson, Tony Visconti, Nile Rodgers, Peter Frampton, Reeves Gabrels, Robert Fripp, Scarlett Johansonn, Tina Turner, Trent Reznor.
We are seeking individuals and organisations interested in either providing investment, advice on finding investors, or both, on the avenues available promotion of this project off the ground, or as a way of helping to make a difference as pro-bono contributors.
Our first priority is the negotiation of the mechanical and synchronisation licensing as these are paramount to the legal permission granted by the publishers. These publishing houses are as follows:
RZO Music Ltd. Chrysalis-BMG Universal
EMI-Sony & Lenono Music.
Within the context of this, we have made arrangements with a New York based attorney who will assure these negotiations, and who has given her word that she will do so as expeditiously and economically lean as possible.
Our next priority is signing on each of the artists that we have selected and coming to an accord about their participation and the logistics of timing, travel, accommodation and the input they can make to the project.
Our time in the studio will need to be covered, costs of engineering, and catering for the artists during the periods of work.
Video Pre-production costs will need to be covered
Mastering, Jacket design, print and Duplication costs for first issues.
All of this will entail hours and hours of telephoning, emails, and research that needs to be administered by an office staff, therefore salaries of those that provide the time and contacts. Included in this is of course PR, pre-marketing and publicity and of course, social media and web coverage.
Once all of this is complete, then we can move on to the next step, our marketing and distribution campaign!
For those who contribute we have a unique selection of different perks that are once in a lifetime opportunities.
Along with coffee cups, T-shirts and Baseball Caps carrying the "New Fame" logos we will be offering:
signed copies of DVD's and exclusive in studio Photographs from the artists who collaborate with us, and the possibility of being named as one of the executive producers in our cover notes.
Another set of special perks we are offering are:
the chance to have a live Skype video call with one of the veteran artists, a peek into the studio in real time via Skype, or a personal thank you signed by the entire crew and team of musicians working together on the project.
Finally, we will offer the contributor(s) who give the ultimate EXCLUSIVE donation a flight from where they are resident, to France, to travel into our studio for the opportunity to sit in and be part of the process, stay on the studio site, if desired, and have dinner with our team of artists and technicians.