The Man Who Sold The World in print, blogosphere and YouTube

With the exception of Ivan Julian Jones’s diligently researched 2020 limited edition bookartobject David Bowie 1971 collectors guide entitled ‘Shooting-Up Pie-In-The Sky’ – authors of printed books during Bowie’s lifetime frequently overlooked details about production of The Man Who Sold The World, its original American release and ‘cartoon cowboy’ album cover.

Roll Up Your Sleeves Take A Look At Your Arms continues to be misread and reported as “Roll up your sleeves and show us your arms”. Many erroneous details have, however, been corrected. Dedicated to the memory of David Bowie, Michael J. Weller made a fiction of experiences after 1946, prĂ©cised as internet blog between 2014-2022 with story of complete Metrobolist 7 book now pictured at The Metrobolist.

The re-designed LP in multiple formats has opened an opportunity for YouTubers to present documentatory reviews on remastered sounds of the album along with opinions and assessments. Comparisons between counterfeit copies of Mercury’s original U.S. pressing are included in a Pop Culture Graveyard video.

Also on YouTube, video essayist Adam Baker provides an exquisite exposition of the album’s complete history from1970 onwards and upwards.

It is necessary to point out tho, in Adam’s scholarly analysis – the narrator is correct naming Keith Macmillan as photographer of DB with “scattered playing cards” on 1971’s UK release. But DBHQ weblog quote is not wrong. The statement on divination is made by Mike Weller.

Originally photographed by “Keef” for gatefold sleeve inclusion by Mick Weller and David Bowie, yet only objectively released in different formats as Metrobolist (2020).

MJW March 29 2024


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