“Time - He’s waiting in the wings” (six months to pay)
“It’s because of you that I became a rock photographer”
“Yeah, you’ll probably tell Bono the same thing tomorrow night”
“I was privileged to capture the other side of the enigma”
“At Red Shoes in Tokyo David and I duetted to ‘Our House’ by Madness”
“Rock & Roll’s in your blood”
“David toured just twice between 1978 and 1990, and I was at every show”
Published by Moonlight Books on 20 June 2018, the thirty fifth anniversary of David’s Serious Moonlight tour concert at London’s Hammersmith Odeon, ‘Ricochet : David Bowie 1983’ is a unique limited edition piece of art charting David Bowie’s 1983 world tour, a luxurious boxed set featuring offstage photographs, lyrics, exclusive interviews, memorabilia, vinyl & fine art prints.
Limited edition of 2000; signed and numbered by Denis O’Regan, supplied with an authenticated certificate featuring the official David Bowie estate stamp designed by Jonathan Barnbrook. Clothbound hardcover book with four supplementary volumes, limited edition vinyl and three limited edition prints housed in an acrylic slipcase. This boxed set weighs in at an impressive 37 pounds (17 kilos) and measures 24x20x4 inches (600x500x90mms).
This is an official David Bowie product, in collaboration with David’s official tour photographer Denis O’Regan. It is the most ambitious Bowie publishing project ever, focusing entirely on just one year in David’s life, when he toured the world for the first time in five years.
With nearly 1000 images, each personally approved by Bowie, many of which have never before been published, the main book in the Ricochet limited edition provides an intimate portrait of one of music’s biggest stars. Featuring personal photographs of the musician travelling the world as well as live and backstage shots, it offers unprecedented access into Bowie’s life.
Just 500 copies have been initially released for sale. Purchasers of copies numbered 1-250 pay in full through Worldpay and will receive their limited editions within 30 days of order confirmation. Purchasers of copies numbered 251-500 have the option to pay in six interest free monthly instalments through Worldpay Futurepay and will receive their copies within 30 days of their sixth and final monthly payment. Either option can be chosen from the ‘Buy’ menu.
“Following the 1984 Serious Moonlight book, which I produced with David, he and I discussed book projects on and off over the next thirty years. Conversations took place about a pair of books, initially focusing on 1983, when I first toured the world with David. ‘Ricochet : David Bowie 1983’ is my long anticipated collaboration with David – an ambitious and comprehensive behind the scenes insight into a year documenting a true legend. I’m proud and honoured that this book was made with David’s support, and I’m delighted to be able to share these photographs with fans and collectors.”
“Denis O’Regan’s portraits of David Bowie in ‘Ricochet : David Bowie 1983’ provide a candid insight into the private and personal side of this iconic figure. Bypassing the cliches of rock photography O’Regan succeeds in getting behind the mask to offer us something unique and revealing.”
Director of The Photographers’ Gallery, London
To help collectors protect their investment, Moonlight Books has partnered with Tagsmart, a London-based British technology company to tag and authenticate the David Bowie Estate stamp and the set of three limited edition prints that accompany each numbered limited edition. Tagsmart pioneered the application of DNA tags to authenticate artworks and is now the go-to provider of tagging and certification services in the fine art market. It was the only such business highlighted in the 2017 Deloitte Art and Finance Report. The company uses physical DNA Tags to identify artworks via an online service. Artists use the service to verify their work and issue Certificates of Authenticity to collectors, who can access artwork data and manage their collections by building an immutable digital provenance history over time.
Serious Moonlight, You Pretty Things, Divine Symmetry, Word On A Wing
Three fine art photographic prints
Packaged in a transparent heavy duty acrylic case, and delivered in a collectible outer carton, this book is hand numbered, features the official David Bowie Estate stamp and is presented in a luxurious white cloth compartmented box.
Four 10×8 inch (254×203 mm) hardback cloth covered books of 64 pages, each featuring a graphic representation of one of David’s Serious Moonlight tour stage costumes.
Book 1 – Serious Moonlight
Features a ticket from every city on the tour.
Book 2 – You Pretty Things
Features additional photographic images, including contact sheets marked up by David.
Book 3 – Divine Symmetry
Features copies of set lists, itineraries, rooming lists, stage set designs, costume designs, and other tour related memorabilia.
Book 4 – Word On A Wing
Features words and lyrics by David Bowie, some of them from David’s handwritten originals; and an introduction and captions by Denis O’Regan.
One exclusive limited edition 12 inch red vinyl featuring ‘Ricochet’ on Side A and ‘Let’s Dance’ (remastered by Nile Rodgers) on Side AA.
One 20×16 inch (508×406 mm) certificate signed by the photographer; featuring the individual book number, a secure encrypted official David Bowie Estate stamp, and a comprehensive list of the contents of the book package.
Three 20×16 inch (508×406 mm) fine art photographic prints on Hahnemühle 308 gsm Photo Rag paper signed and hand numbered by Denis O’Regan; each in a limited edition of 50 prints identified by a securely encrypted certificate. Delivered in a folder designed to reflect David’s Serious Moonlight stage attire.
Three corresponding securely encrypted certificates of authenticity on Hahnemühle paper.
One 17.51×11.69 inch (445×297 mm) cloth covered coffee table book, 320 pages, 150 gsm paper, thread sewn, case bound. Ricochet contains hundreds of exceptional personal and intimate photographs which are being shared for the first time, and every image in the book was personally approved by David Bowie. Many photographs feature captions by Denis with a personal memory. The book also contains lyrics from songs performed on the tour, including some handwritten by David.