Andy Warhol, Lou Reed, The Velvet Undergound and The Exploding Plastic Inevitable
The intersection of two masters of the late 20th Century, Andy Warhol and Lou Reed, resulted in a spontaneous combustion of music, film, poetry, visual effects and underground culture that spawned generations of followers and redefined art in the modern world.
Warhol called it The Exploding Plastic Inevitable.
Thomas Mulready presents a multi-media presentation featuring rare video, needle drops, trivia, contests and giveaways, unearthing the back stories of the confluence of Warhol, Reed and the underground experimentation of the EPI. The presentation is followed by a live music showcase by the band Vanity Crash pairing music of The Velvet Underground with their own sizzling originals. Note: each evening may contain slightly different material. All ages will be admitted.
The show contains explicit content.
Presented and Directed by Thomas Mulready
Live Music by Vanity Crash
Entertaining and educational presentations featuring rare video clips, needle drops, obscure cuts, and recently surfaced details of arguably the most influential artists of our time.
Presentations include rare archival videos, photos and needle drops,
plus an optional live music set by Vanity Crash
Design your flexible, customizable presentation
Part 1 opens with a 9-year-old David Jones, inspired by the film Don’t Knock The Rock claiming, “That was my ambition, to be in a band playing saxophone behind Little Richard.” Following formal art school tutelage under the father of future megastar Peter Frampton, and a half dozen failed singles, bands, record labels and stage looks, he finally hits with the sci-fi folk rock novelty “Space Oddity.” It would be three more years before his Ziggy Stardust character takes off, triggering a manic run of hit singles, bracing concept albums, and bizarre personas, each one diametrically opposed to the last. After exploding worldwide with "Young Americans," Bowie hits rock bottom, as the excesses of mid-1970’s stardom threaten to engulf him.
Part 2 begins with the artist living like a king, having achieved stardom far beyond imagination, but strung out on cocaine and subsisting on warm milk. He flees his near-death existence in LA for the arid Krautrock beat of Berlin, accompanied by the most unlikely of sidekicks, Iggy Pop. Commencing with three acclaimed LPs known as “The Berlin Trilogy” in collaboration with Brian Eno, this session takes us through Bowie’s arena-sized celebrity with "Let’s Dance," and his not-always successful, but perpetually rewarding experiments in the 1980’s and 1990’s. The session concludes with his mysteriously choreographed death following the symbol- laden albums "The Next Day" and "Blackstar" ★, and includes a review of the recently released soundtrack to his New York stage production, "Lazarus," his newly released box sets and his final recordings.
This show starts with David Bowie flat on his back in Los Angeles, a superstar finally after the hits Young Americans and Fame vault him to the top of the American charts, but leaving him with a devastating cocaine addiction, subsisting on warm milk and peppers. He hooks up with heroin addict and unlikely sobriety partner Iggy Pop and moves to Berlin, the drug capital of Europe to clean up. Incredibly, the plan works. Calling on Roxy Music alum and “non-musician” Brian Eno, Bowie releases Low, "Heroes" and Lodger to critical confusion and growing acclaim. Influenced by the arid Krautrock beat of the bands Can and Kraftwerk, and informed by his own funk rock rhythm section, Bowie begins to craft a new musical vocabulary featuring electronic experimentation and synthesized ambient soundscapes, all while creating some of the most emotionally charged music of his lifetime.
Let's go beyond the pop culture personae that David Bowie created for himself and everyone's familiar with: Major Tom, Ziggy Stardust, Aladdin Sane, Halloween Jack, The Thin White Duke, Jareth the Goblin King and ★ Blackstar.
Let's peel back the layers and dig deep into Bowie's catalog for those gems that never quite made it onto everyone's pop playlist, but deserved to.
We've listened to every track on every album and bootleg, so you don't have to. These songs and videos should have been classics. And who knows, maybe someday they will.
If you're a hard core Bowie fanatic, you'll recognize many of these tracks and videos as some of your unsung favorites. If you're new to Bowie, take your protein pills and put your helmet on, because you're in for the ride of your life.
Considered by many as the apex of The Beatles’ incredible musical career, Revolver was recorded at a pivotal time. Coming off their Shea Stadium triumph and a massive tour and prior to their cultural landmark Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, the exhausted Beatles found some extra time when a planned third movie fell through, and they took advantage by spending more time in the studio than ever before.
Revolver was the first Beatles album with no filler, the first to feature extensive studio trickery, and the first to reflect social concerns. Revolver showcased George Harrison’s fascination with politics and Indian sitar music (Taxman, Love You To), John Lennon’s relentless experimentation with LSD and Tibetan Buddhism (Tomorrow Never Knows, Doctor Robert, I’m Only Sleeping), and Paul McCartney’s topical lyrics and orchestrated backings (Eleanor Rigby, Got To Get You Into My Life, Here, There and Everywhere), while Ringo Starr became the most popular Beatle in America with the international smash hit, Yellow Submarine.
Thomas Mulready dissects Revolver and peels back the curtain to show how the album was recorded, the stories behind each song, and what was happening in The Beatles’ lives at time.
While in India with the Maharishi Mahesh Yogi studying Transcendental Meditation, The Beatles wrote what has come to be known as The White Album after it’s conceptually plain sleeve designed by pop artist Richard Hamilton. Each LP was embossed with a unique stamped serial number, and Ringo Starr’s personal copy 0000001 sold for a record $790,000 at auction in 2015. Released as the follow-up to the critically acclaimed Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, The White Album is generally considered one of the best albums of all time, and generally tops lists of the best double albums.
Featuring diverse and strong material throughout, favorites might include, Revolution 1, While My Guitar Gently Weeps, Happiness Is A Warm Gun, Blackbird, Helter Skelter, Back In The U.S.S.R., Birthday, and the sound collage Revolution 9. The album is known for it’s wildly differing styles, overtly political lyrics, stellar songwriting by John Lennon, Paul McCartney and George Harrison (and Ringo’s first Beatles song), and the contentious atmosphere surrounding its creation, causing engineer Geoff Emerick to quit, Ringo Starr to briefly leave the band, and creating tensions that eventually led to the band’s breakup 16 months later. Jann Wenner of Rolling Stone magazine called The White Album, “the history and synthesis of Western music.”
Thomas Mulready dissects The White Album and peels back the curtain to show how the album was recorded, the stories behind the songs, and what was happening in The Beatles’ lives at time.
Acclaimed aficionado Thomas Mulready is known for his avant-garde non-profit festivals: Ingenuity Fest, now in it's 13th year, and the legendary Performance Art Festival, the largest festival of performance art ever. He created the CoolCleveland media network of sites & mobile apps to turn people on to the coolness of Cleveland, the location of David Bowie's first US concert and the scene of the first Beatles concert stopped by police. Assiduously researched and painstakingly organized, Mulready's performances offer a multitude of factoids and little-known background, informed by a framework of themes the artists mined at every stage of their career. Ably assisted by MC Jordan Davis, who makes everyone feel welcome and keeps the evening flowing.
Vanity Crash was born on stage under hot lights in the crucible of sound and fury as the glam-punk band The Angry Inch in the rock musical Hedwig and the Angry Inch. Ever since, Vanity Crash has been dressing up and throwing down eye-popping synchronized light shows, outrageous stage costumes and provocative attitude, opening for the likes of the New York Dolls, Poison, Semi Precious Weapons, the Darkness, and Gogol Bordello. Their recent celebrated tributes to David Bowie include timeless gems performed live alongside their own incendiary originals. Vanity Crash launches their 5th original release, "Phantasmagoria," in 2017, including an original track featuring David Bowie's longtime pianist, Mike Garson.
Sunday, April 14, 2019 @ 1:30PM: "(secrets of the white album)"
AXPONA, Audio Expo North America, Renaissance Schaumburg
Convention Center, 1551 Thoreau Drive North, Chicago, IL 60173
Friday, September 13, 2019 @ 8PM: When Andy Met Lou
BOP STOP, 2920 Detroit Rd, Cleveland, OH 44113
Saturday, September 14, 2019 @ 8PM: When Andy Met Lou
BOP STOP, 2920 Detroit Rd, Cleveland, OH 44113
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Travel stipends and comps are available.
CONTACT: Thomas Mulready: Thomas@BowieShows.com
OR: Bob Burford: Bob@BurfordPR.com
“Your presentation was really fantastic, I especially liked the video clips that you chose to show.”
“We also thoroughly enjoyed your David Bowie show last Sunday, it's stayed with me this entire week.”
“I really enjoyed the show. It was great to see the impact Bowie had on so many facets of popular culture!”