In May and June 2000, ahead of his appearance at that year’s Glastonbury Festival, David Bowie kept an eight-part diary which was published in Time Out magazine. Here is the fifth instalment.
It has just occurred to me that I don’t know how long I’m expected to play at the festival. A quick look through the contract stipulates a minimum of ninety minutes. No worries then. I found out for the first time that one of my back-up singers, Little Em, plays a mean clarinet. Not to be outdone, my bass player Gail Ann magically produces her own liquorice stick and I struggle to think of a song that can best show off their blowing abilities.
The amazingly monumental Jeff Koons’ ‘Puppy’ is on show here in New York. A lovely big flowered job right there in the street. It fills everyone with delight and champions the idea of summer bliss in the grooviest way. I love it to death!
It’s our wedding anniversary today. After rehearsals, a quiet and fairly stress-free dinner in SoHo. Ten years together, eight of them married. My oh my.
Other Glastonbury diary entries:
- Part one – 15 May 2000
- Part two – 19 May 2000
- Part three – 25 May 2000
- Part four – 1 June 2000
- Part six – 7 June 2000
- Part seven – 9 June 2000
- Part eight – 11 June 2000
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