Cracked Actor

Aladdin Sane at 50

Presented by
Thomas Mulready
Live Music by
Vanity Crash

Bowieologist Thomas Mulready partners with glam rock superstars Vanity Crash to mark the 50th anniversary of the artist’s classic album Aladdin Sane in a performance featuring live original and Bowie music, interviews, and a compelling live presentation entitled, Cracked Actor.

These dazzling presentations feature a synchronized light show, interviews, a slew of new original songs by Vanity Crash, from their forthcoming sixth release, plus a selection of Bowie deep cuts and favorites, all performed in the Glam Punk style foreshadowed by Bowie’s band The Spiders From Mars, which influenced Punk, Post-Punk, Glam, New Wave, Goth, New Romantic, and decades of styles since.

The album Aladdin Sane was Bowie’s first as a bonafide superstar, and was written mainly on the road during the artist’s first tour of the United States, kicked off with his US debut at Cleveland’s Music Hall on September 22, 1972.

That night was jazz pianist Mike Garson’s first gig with Bowie, and he eventually performed and recorded with the artist for decades, right up to his last public performances before his passing in 2016.

Woody Woodmansey, drummer for Bowie’s groundbreaking early-1970’s band, The Spiders From Mars, is featured in an exclusive interview, along with psychotherapists, an expert from the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and a musician colleague of Bowie’s, as the show explores the issues of mental health and madness that Bowie explicitly deals with in his music.

An exclusive interview with Mike Garson is featured in the show, and Vanity Crash will perform their song, Angel and Me, which showcases Mike Garson on piano. 

Photo of David Bowie at his US premiere in Cleveland, Ohio on 09.22.72 by Anastasia Pantsios

TICKETS

Sunday, January 8, 2023 at 11AM (Eastern)

Bowie Brunch at Jilly’s Music Room, 111 North Main Street, Akron, OH 44308

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Friday, January 13, 2023 at 8PM (Eastern)

Live Show at CLE Urban Winery, 2180 Lee Road, Cleveland Hts, OH 44118

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Saturday, January 14, 2023 at 8PM (Eastern)

Live Show at BOP STOP, 2920 Detroit Avenue, Cleveland, OH 44113

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More Dates TBA

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Presented by Thomas Mulready

Acclaimed impresario Thomas Mulready is known for his avant-garde non-profit festivals: Ingenuity Fest, now in it’s 17th year, and the legendary Performance Art Festival, the largest festival of performance art ever.

He created the CoolCleveland online media network to turn people on to the coolness of Cleveland, the location of David Bowie’s first US concert, the scene of the first Beatles show stopped by police, and the birthplace of rock ‘n roll and punk rock.

Assiduously researched, Mulready’s performances offer a multitude of facts and little-known background, informed by a framework of themes from every stage of the artists’ careers.

Music by Vanity Crash and more...

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, playing with the likes of the New York Dolls, Poison, Semi Precious Weapons, the Darkness, and Gogol Bordello.

Known for incendiary live shows, Vanity Crash include timeless gems performed live alongside their own blistering originals. Their 5th album, “Phantasmagoria,” includes an original track featuring David Bowie’s longtime pianist, Mike Garson. Vanity Crash is singer/composer/guitarist/arranger Dennis Van Crash, drummer/composer/singer Thomas Anonymous, vocalist/percussionist Virginia Plain Crash, and lead guitarist Matthew Angel.

Videos

Presentations include rare archival videos, photos and needle drops,
plus a live music set by Vanity Crash

Presented and directed by Thomas Mulready

Vanity Crash performing “Rock and Roll Junkie”

WHAT OUR GLAM GUESTS ARE SAYING:

“Your presentation was really fantastic, I especially liked the video clips that you chose to show.”

– Coleen

“We also thoroughly enjoyed your show last Sunday, it’s stayed with me this entire week.” 

– Hilary

“I really enjoyed the show. It was great to see the impact Bowie had on so many facets of popular culture!”

– Joy

Entertaining  Educational  Enlightening

 

Design your flexible, customizable presentation for your organization or venue.

Below are examples of some of our other shows:

 

Cultural Exploration
With Live Music

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.

David Bowie Part 1: The Early Years: From Davy Jones to the Thin White Duke

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 makes his mark with the sci-fi folk rock novelty Space Oddity, the iconic Ziggy Stardust, and the worldwide hit, Young Americans.

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David Bowie Part 2: Mid- to Late-Period: From Berlin to Blackstar ★ and Beyond

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 and peppers. He flees his near-death existence in LA for the arid Krautrock beat of his Berlin era, the arena-sized celebrity of Let’s Dance, and his always-interesting but overlooked later albums. The show culminates with a close examination of Bowie’s late masterpieces, The Next Day and Blackstar★.

 

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David Bowie: The Berlin Era

After fame (and Fame) vaults Bowie to the top of the American charts (and to a new personal low), Bowie 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.

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Your Pretty Face Is Going To Hell: David Bowie's Deep Tracks

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 epic tracks and videos. If you’re new to Bowie, take your protein pills and put your helmet on; you’re in for the ride of your life.

Interested in this show? Info@ThisAnalogWorld.com 

Everything Is Subject To Radical Change
Cleveland Performance Art Festival Revisited

 

LIVE Show and LIVESTREAM

 

 

Presented and Directed by
Thomas Mulready

Featuring live music by Vanity Crash

 

 

 

When Andy Met Lou

 Andy Warhol, Lou Reed, The Velvet Underground 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 show includes a live music showcase by the band Vanity Crash pairing music of The Velvet Underground with their own sizzling originals.
All ages will be admitted.
The show contains explicit content.

Interested in this show? Info@ThisAnalogWorld.com

The Birth of


PUNK
in Cleveland, Akron & Kent

 

Presented and Directed by
Thomas Mulready
Live music by
Vanity Crash

DYLAN 8.0
Celebrating 80 Years of Genius

 

LIVESTREAM

 

Presented and Directed by
Thomas Mulready

Featuring Dylan music by Jenna Fournier, Papi and the Smears, 
The Modern Electric and Vanity Crash 

 

 

 

Relax and Float Upstream: Behind The Beatles’ Groundbreaking Revolver

Considered by many as the apex of The Beatles’ incredible musical career, 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.

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“(secrets of The White Album)” Behind The Beatles’ Masterpiece

While in India with the Maharishi Mahesh Yogi studying Transcendental Meditation, The Beatles wrote what has come to be known as The White Album, 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.

Thomas Mulready examines The White Album and reveals how the music was made, the anecdotes behind the songs, and the untold backstories.

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Bowie@75
Ziggy Stardust Revisited

 

LIVE Shows and LIVESTREAM

 

 

Presented by
Thomas Mulready

Live Music by
Vanity Crash

 

 

 

Cultural archeologist and avant-garde impresario Thomas Mulready teams up with glam punk superstars Vanity Crash to celebrate what would have been David Bowie’s 75th birthday by revisiting the artist’s pivotal Ziggy Stardust tour, character, music and backstory in a unique, multi-media extravaganza.

The show features exclusive interviews with members of Bowie’s band, The Spiders From Mars. We’ll hear from drummer Woody Woodmansey, pianist Mike Garson, and author Clinton Heylin.

A photo exhibit by photographer Anastasia Pantsios of Bowie’s first US appearance in 1972 will hang on the walls, with prints available.

Vanity Crash presents live original music alternating with Bowie classics and deep cuts. 

All live shows will require proof of vaccination or a recent negative test, and the utmost in care is taken at BOP STOP and Jilly’s Music Room to ensure social distancing, sanitized surfaces, and masking. Audience discretion is advised for those under 18 years of age.

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Travel stipends and comps are available.

CONTACT: Thomas Mulready: info@ThisAnalogWorld.com