Kate remembers the “beautiful soul”, David Bowie, in today’s Observer

David Bowie

Kate has written a tribute to David Bowie, along with a host of other notable fans and friends, in today’s edition of The Observer newspaper. Debbie Harry, Chris Stein, Carlos Alomar, Gail Ann Dorsey, Julien Temple, Sadie Coles, Edwyn Collins, Robert Fox, Nicola Tyson also pay tribute in today’s article.

Kate writes:

David Bowie had everything. He was intelligent, imaginative, brave, charismatic, cool, sexy and truly inspirational both visually and musically. He created such staggeringly brilliant work, yes, but so much of it and it was so good. There are great people who make great work but who else has left a mark like his? No one like him.

I’m struck by how the whole country has been flung into mourning and shock. Shock, because someone who had already transcended into immortality could actually die. He was ours. Wonderfully eccentric in a way that only an Englishman could be.

Whatever journey his beautiful soul is now on, I hope he can somehow feel how much we all miss him.

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RIP David Bowie 1947 – 2016

We know that so many of you are saddened and shocked, like us, today. We’ll have more thoughts on the irreplaceable David Bowie, a profound inspiration to Kate, in a later update. As we said on our Facebook posting, we send our sincerest condolences to his wife, children, family and friends.

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Final weeks for pre-order offer on Guido Harari photo book “The Kate Inside”

It’s fair to say fans are getting quite excited about this upcoming book from Guido Harari, The Kate Inside, if the comments on the project’s Facebook page are anything to go by. First up for this project is the end-of-January deadline for the pre-order 25% discount on both the Deluxe and regular versions of the book. Fans who go for the deluxe option (Guido has arranged a 3 month instalment plan) will receive a significantly different, expanded edition of the book, extra print/polaroids, signed by Guido and Lindsay Kemp, presented in a solander slipcase. All early donors to the crowdfunding phase will have their names acknowledged in the book itself. Information on how to get the discount for either version is here. Watch the project’s promo video here.

THE KATE INSIDE Highlights of the book include official press photos for Hounds Of Love, The Sensual World and The Red Shoes, including a completely never-before-seen reportage on the set of Kate’s film The Line, The Cross & The Curve. Right now, Guido is busy selecting the final shots for the book, choosing the format, materials and covers for both versions of the book and restoring negatives from 2-3 decades ago. Best of luck, Guido! [order info here]

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Happy Christmas! Kate sends a message to fans

Kate has added a short Christmas message to her site today along with a festive twist on her tour programme cover imagery! Wishing you all a fantastic Christmas and a terrific New Year for 2016 from Peter, Krys, Dave and Seán here at Katebushnews.com xxx

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Collecting Kate Bush – three essential fan sites to check out

NOTE: This Christmas I have decided to donate proceeds from the sale of a copy of Lake Tahoe on vinyl and a few other KB items to Oxfam, and I intend to do the same in the new year with other “swaps” that I have. This is one of the reasons I find it worth keeping up with the value of bits and bobs I’ve collected over the years; I get to enjoy them and look after them and then, ultimately, put them to some good use – Seán

I have to admit I’ve never been a must-have-everything collector of Kate’s stuff but recently I have been filling out some of the gaps in my Kate Bush vinyl collection. There’s something about owning those original artefacts from a particular time in Kate’s career that can be very satisfying. I had decided to limit my current renewed passion for collectible records to UK releases, but when you inevitably start to dig further…there’s a LOT of interesting stuff out there and it can get overwhelming. Luckily we have some great Kate Bush collector sites to help us out, even if we know that realistically we’ll never get our mitts on many of these treasures. Here are three sites, all from genuine fans, that come recommended…

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Firstly, for years I’ve relied on an excellent site called “The Single File” by John Heislman which he has maintained since the 1990s. It focuses on Kate’s career as a singles artist and is bang up-to-date with the re-recorded Running Up That Hill from 2012. With neat navigation, effective use of national flag symbols and pictorial chronologies for all formats he takes the guess work out of what was released when and where. A brilliant site.

Next up, if you’re looking for a site that also takes in albums, books and all manner of memorabilia you simply have to take a look at the “World of Kate Bush” blog site. The site owner has been tireless in photographing and describing their impressive collection. This is collecting at its most serious, and a revealing pleasure to browse through for even a casual fan.

Since 1978, thanks to robust work by EMI Japan, Kate has been a noticeable presence in that territory. Some of the most expensive collectible Kate Bush items on the market today emanate from Japan and there is a LOT to discover. Luckily longtime fan Bart Lienard has put together “All We Ever Look For“, an exhaustive labour of love which lists just about every Japanese Kate Bush album, single, box set, video and book as well as a large array of magazine articles. Fascinating.

Update: An honourable mention also to “This Woman’s World“, a German-language site that has a nicely illustrated discography.

Apart from the above sites, there is of course a wealth of information to be found on Gaffaweb, on the constantly expanding Discogs Kate listing, in the pages of those incredible HomeGround anthology books, and in the now out-of-print Illustrated Collector’s Guide to Kate Bush (now, curiously, an expensive collectors item itself!). The Kate Bush Clippings site is now enormous, and also be sure to check out the Kate Bush Encyclopedia site which has been coming along very nicely!

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Kate’s songs added as set works for UK’s A-level music students from 2016!

Kate & learningKate you’re finally being taught in school! Works by Kate have been added to the UK’s A-Level Music syllabus for schools after a drive to include female composers! Kate is included from 2016 in the popular music and jazz set works, along with The Beatles and Courtney Pine. Cloudbusting, And Dream of Sheep, and Under Ice are the set works.

A student, Jessy McCabe, had noticed that Edexcel’s A-level music syllabus featured 63 male composers and no female ones.

She contacted Edexcel to make it aware of the situation, but despite the board’s insistence that the music course aims to let students “engage in and extend the appreciation of the diverse and dynamic heritage of music”, its head of music seemed reluctant to implement any changes.

In response to an email from Jessy, the head of music wrote: “Given that female composers were not prominent in the western classical tradition (or others for that matter), there would be very few female composers that could be included.”

A Change.org petition subsequently launched by the student received almost 4,000 signatures. She also wrote an open letter to the education secretary, Nicky Morgan, the executive director of the exam regulator Ofqual, Ian Stockford, and Pearson UK’s managing director, Mark Anderson. Jessy urged them to change next year’s syllabus “so that girls are freely able and inspired to become composers, to enrich the A-level syllabus and to ultimately ensure that women’s works are valued, as they should be”.

Pearson, the organisation that offers the Edexcel qualifications, has now implemented changes to its 2016 A-level music specification to include five new set works by female composers. They include Clara Schumann, Rachel Portman, Kate Bush, Anoushka Shankar and Kaija Saariaho. DOWNLOAD THE FULL SYLLABUS DOCUMENT HERE

Read more at the Guardian site here. (thanks to Thomas Ovens for letting us know)

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Del Palmer talks about his music on Raiders FM

Del Palmer

Our own Del Palmer took part in a radio interview yesterday with Raiders FM, and refreshingly, had a chance to discuss his own work for once (sorry, Kate!). You can listen to DJ Chris Hunter talking to Del in the Youtube clip below. Del’s music, including his latest release “Point of Safe Return” is available at his official site here: http://www.delpalmer.com/

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Channel 4 TV show “Four Rooms” looking for Kate Bush fans!

Four Rooms dealers

Four Rooms is a British television series from Channel 4 which sees members of the public who have rare, unusual items to sell, and four reputable dealers from the collectibles world who potentially want to buy them. Over the past 4 series, the Four Rooms dealers have handed over in excess of £1 million a diverse mix of empowered sellers who have negotiated their way to a successful deal.

They’ve had Kate Bush items sell on the show before and are eager to reach out to fans who may have some special items, such as rare records, memorabilia, costumes, etc, that they’d be interested in showcasing and selling in this way. If you might be interested, the show can be reached at @C4FourRooms on Twitter OR by emailing FourRooms@Boundlessproductions.tv

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Guido Harari’s “The Kate Inside” – new promotional video featuring Lindsay Kemp and wonderful photographs

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It’s been an incredible time for high quality, beautifully designed books on Kate. John Carder Bush has just won a prestigious award for the design of “Cathy” and his breathtaking follow-up, “Kate: Inside the Rainbow“, will be on so many people’s Christmas lists. Now, we are also being treated to a glimpse into another remarkable book of photography from one of Kate’s most prolific visual collaborators: Guido Harari. Watch the video on the upcoming book, The Kate Inside, here:

The Kate Inside” is Guido’s lavish tribute to Kate. His collaboration with her spans from 1982 to 1993. During that period he was invited by Kate to shoot her official press photos for landmark albums like “Hounds Of Love”, “The Sensual World” and “The Red Shoes”, including a completely never-before-seen reportage on the set of Kate’s film “The Line, The Cross & The Curve”. Accompanied by Guido’s own commentary and a foreword by Kate’s mentor Lindsay Kemp, “The Kate Inside” is packed with more than 300 photographs from his extensive Kate Bush archives. They include all of Guido’s classic images of Kate, a wealth of outtakes, contact sheets, unseen photographs and other materials (including test Polaroids and cards by Kate) that are showcased in it for the first time. we wish Guido every success with this project. As Del Palmer has said on our site comments: “…this book is going to be a real “must have”!!…it’s superb and will be well worth every penny!!” Ordering details here

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Congratulations to John Carder Bush – “Cathy” wins at British Book Design and Production Awards!

CathyWarm congratulations to John Carder Bush! His 2014 republished edition of “Cathy”, photographs of his sister Kate as a young girl with accompanying text, was the recipient of the Best Photographic Book, Art/Architecture Monographs Award 2015 at the British Book Design and Production Awards on Thursday 26th November.

Very much a book industry event, the ceremony was held at the Jumeirah Carlton Tower Hotel in Knightbridge, presented by comedian and author Mark Watson.

The awards, which seek to recognise those that “continuously innovate, push the boundaries and embrace new technologies”, were held by the British Printing Industries Federation (BPIF) in association with Oxford Brookes University, The Bookseller and The Publishers Association.

“Cathy” can be ordered on Amazon here and some copies of a signature boxed edition of the book are still available here. His latest book, Kate: Inside the Rainbow, is available here.

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Updated: Kate’s Before the Dawn designs at V&A till January 3rd 2016

Update: If you are in London, you can still catch some of the Before the Dawn costume and set designs at the V&A Museum in London as part of their Make/Believe exhibit. Read more at the V&A website here. The exhibition runs till January 3rd 2016.

It’s a modest exhibition that takes up just one of the four rooms (Room 104) in the Theatre and Performance area of the museum. Robert Allsopp’s fish skeleton masks and Dick Bird’s set design for Watching You Without Me are on display as well as photos of set sketches and rehearsal photos.

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From the Financial Times review:

“…a small show of British stage design at the V&A in London, embraces an eye-watering variety of events: the populist spectaculars of the London 2012 Olympics and Para-lympics closing ceremonies; Kate Bush’s instantly sold-out Before the Dawn shows, her first live performances for 35 years; the famous skeletal frame of the War Horse; extravaganzas for Miley Cyrus and designs for performances at Glastonbury…Make/Believe highlights the most popular and the most memorable moments in the past four years of British design for performance. The exhibits are by no means all as familiar as the examples above, but there are some original and striking designs here that indicate a British industry that is undersung in the media.”

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Listen to John Carder Bush chat to Graham Norton on BBC Radio2

John Carder Bush chatted to Graham Norton on BBC Radio 2 last Saturday morning. You can listen back to their chat here. John talks about his book, Kate: Inside the Rainbow. John even diplomatically attempts to answer the question fans have been asking all year – will we ever see the film of Before the Dawn released? Spoiler: nothing is confirmed! It’s another insightful interview from John – and here’s yet another interview he did for Spanish radio, well worth a listen also.


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Aerial was released 10 years ago today!

Aerial is 10 years old

Aerial, Kate’s astounding 8th studio album, and only double album, was released 10 years ago today! Wow, it seems so new to us still. Birdsong, Elvis, washing machines, deep oceans of memories and the profound magic of everyday life brought us one of Kate’s greatest ever works. Fans have been leaving their thoughts on the album at our Facebook page here and BBC Radio 6 Music also celebrated the occasion on their site.

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Kate: Inside the Rainbow – first brief impression


I have just spent the last few hours in the company of a complete treasure trove of a book; Kate: Inside the Rainbow by John Carder Bush. “Treasure” is a good word here, I think the shimmer and glow of what’s unearthed here enhances and even changes how I think about some of the work that Kate has produced, so utterly associated as is it is with the visuals over the decades.

It’s also a supremely loving tribute to the entire extended Bush family, with an unexpected and sensitive biography of Kate thrown into the bargain. I learnt a LOT of new things. Every aspect of it – the tasteful modern design and layout, the brilliantly chosen visual surprises, the feel of the (sizeable!) tome in the hand, means that John has achieved what amounts to THE most relevant, important and visually sumptuous printed publication on Kate Bush to date. Of course he has. ~ Seán

(with thanks to Kirsteen Astor and congratulations to John on his superb book)

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Four-page feature on ‘Kate: Inside the Rainbow’ in The Observer Magazine

Observer MagazineToday’s edition of the Sunday UK newspaper The Observer has a 4-page feature in the Magazine supplement featuring photos from ‘Kate: Inside the Rainbow’ by John Carder Bush. Read more here. Note: As of Thursday Oct 22nd only 30 signature boxed editions remain – you can order them here.


John writes:

“For 20 years I was involved with my sister’s creative career as she rode the waves of fame. I started photographing her “professionally” in an almost accidental way. For her first album, The Kick Inside, her record company began to arrange for sessions with full-time photographers. The thought was daunting. So we thought we would have a session of our own at home – a chance to try out poses and looks. I borrowed some old tungsten lights on skinny, fragile stands that would throw you across the room if you were too ambitious with their circuitry.

The wash house which served as our studio was cold as there was no heating; a velvet curtain for the background was supplied by our mother. It didn’t feel particularly different from photographing Kate as I had when we were young. We could still hear our mother singing as she swept the yard outside the building and our father playing Schubert on the piano in the front room, and every so often my dog came in to see what was going on. Kate had a natural ability to make a connection with the camera, knowing what was needed to achieve a particular result.

Maybe it is the brother-sister connection that makes the pictures I took of her distinctive. It may also have something to do with where the photos were taken: it was always where we were living. I would turn a room into a studio, piling my kids’ bikes and toys into a corner to make way for the backcloth and the studio lights.

I never became a professional photographer. At the same time as taking photos, I was involved with her career on many other levels: driver, bookkeeper, bodyguard and executive producer, occasional backing vocalist. There was no time to pursue a career in photography with the kind of dedication it requires. The “product” was delivered and then we moved on to the next one; we didn’t look back.”

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Click on this picture of Kate “on holiday on the Kent coast, 1972” for the HI-RES version:


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Kate: Inside the Rainbow can be ordered from Amazon here.

The limited Signature Boxed Edition can be ordered here.

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