Bowie’s son Duncan: ‘David was keen to discover his roots before he died.

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The son of late music icon David Bowie has revealed how the star was keen to discover his Doncaster roots before he died.

Duncan Jones, the singer’s film director son, revealed on Twitter that Bowie – who had many connections with Doncaster – had been ‘digging into his family tree’ before his death in 2016.His grandmother is buried in Hyde Park Cemetery and his second cousin, Shirley Rust, wife of late TV weatherman Bob Rust, has previously spoken of her connections to the Ziggy Stardust icon. (the star)

Bowie’s father, Haywood Stenton Jones, more commonly known as John, was born at 41 St Sepulchre Gate in the town centre in 1912. His birthplace is where the Caffe Nero coffee shop is now situated.

At that time, it was the Jubilee Boot and Shoe Company, run by the singer’s grandad.

“He lived and went to school here. “They lived at Morley Road and Copley Road before he moved down to London to find fame and fortune and where he eventually settled with his wife and where they had David in 1947.”

After moving to the capital, Mr Jones lost touch with his Doncaster roots – although he did return to the town in the 1960s to open a Barnardo’s children’s home – he worked for the charity as a publicity officer during his later years.

Live Nation Productions are moving forward following the ouster of top executive Heather Parry — including a David Bowie IMAX experience

A Live Nation spokesperson said the company’s content slate will move forward — “business as usual” — under executives Ryan Kroft, Matt Stein, and Chad Wasser. Perry was terminated on Thursday following a weeks-long investigation into accusations of workplace bullying.(Variety)

Chief among Parry’s projects was a feature-length IMAX experience built around the music and aura of David Bowie, one individual with knowledge of the project told Variety.

a long-gestating project from Foo Fighters rocker and executive producer Dave Grohl is left on the table. The project hails from his mother Virginia, who wrote a sweet memoir-style book of interviews titled “From Cradle to Stage: Stories from the Mothers Who Rocked and Raised Rock Stars.” The book features conversations with the mothers of Pharrell, Dr. Dre, Amy Winehouse, members of Haim and Michael Stipe. A rep for Grohl had no comment on the state of the project.

“Heather Parry will be leaving Live Nation, effective immediately,” the company said in a statement. “Live Nation is committed to the Live Nation Productions division and to our pipeline of artist-driven projects.”

Parry came to Live Nation after a decade as an executive at Happy Madison Productions, Adam Sandler’s company. In December Variety exclusively interviewed 23 former employees of Live Nation and Happy Madison, most of whom declined to give their names, about working with Parry. One former Live Nation employee, Wynn Wygal, described Parry as an “emotional terrorist.” Read Variety’s full report on her exit here.

 

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