New edition of ‘Cathy’ book by John Carder Bush to be released in November!

John Carder Bush and Kate from the 2014 "Cathy" book

We are delighted to be the first place to tell you about this news.

Sphere are to publish a new edition of Cathy by John Carder Bush, Kate’s brother. This is the long-out-of-print iconic collection of John’s photographs of Kate as a young girl.

From this morning’s press release:

“Little, Brown is very pleased to announce the publication of a new edition of Cathy by John Carder Bush, which will be published on 20th November 2014, hardback price £40.

'Cathy' by John Carder BushFirst published as a run of just 500 copies in 1986, Cathy is a collection of photographs by John Carder Bush of his sister Kate as a young girl, with accompanying text. This new edition – the first printing since the original edition – includes a new introduction by John Carder Bush, illustrated with eight previously unpublished photographs.

The original Cathy book has always been considered by those that own it as a special treasure. I am thrilled that this special treasure will now be available to a much wider audience. The care and attention to detail that has been put into this new edition show that, even in this digital world, beautiful books are still valued’ John Carder Bush

There will also be a boxed signature edition available, for further information visit www.cathybook.co.uk

John Carder Bush is a respected photographer and writer. His sister is the composer and musician Kate Bush, and John’s poetry narration and backing vocals have been used on several of her albums. He headed the Kate Bush management team for twenty years and since her early childhood, and throughout her career, John has photographed Kate both candidly and professionally. His images have appeared on iconic album, single and
magazine covers worldwide.

John Carder Bush has spoken exclusively to Mary Anne Hobbs about the publication. The interview will be broadcast on BBC 6 Music on Sunday 24th August at 9.00am.”

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Exclusive: Beautiful new print from HomeGround artist Steven Brown!

Before the Dawn fine art print by Steven Brown

We are delighted to let you know about this stunning new painting by artist Steven Brown. Regular site visitors will know that we host a gallery of Steven’s work here in our HomeGround pages, and Steven’s Kate Bush art adorns both covers of the recent HomeGround Magazine Anthology books. Inspired by Kate’s “Before The Dawn” live shows, the artwork is now available to purchase as a limited edition print.

The prints are 13.5”x19” (Glycee) with a gloss finish on quality art card and are limited to 100 copies. Please contact Steven by email at stevenbrown12@btinternet.com for details on pricing and availability. You can also see some of his work at his artist blog here.

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Newsbits roundup….

So much going on! We can barely keep up. Here’s a quick round-up.

Big Issue kate cover featureThe Big Issue magazine in the UK features Kate on it’s current cover. “Tickets for Kate Bush’s long awaited live return went in a nanosecond. Ahead of this much anticipated to-do we hear from, amongst others, Gered Mankowitz, the celebrated snapper who caught her at Wuthering Heights; Mark Radcliffe, the journalist she talks to most; Jo Brand, a superfan; Sarah Hadland, the actress who introduced a new generation to Bush through a Horrible Histories routine; and the great poet Paul Muldoon, on her writing. A piece to savour.” Read more about The Big Issue and who they support here….Simon Reynolds in The Guardian examines Kate’s critical appeal throughout her career hereStephen Fry has tweeted to remind fans to watch the BBC4 documentary on Kate on Friday 22nd at 9.10pm…if you’re in the UK, you can see clips from the documentary on the BBC iPlayer here

Kate was placed at number 8 in the NME‘s 100 most influential artists currently working today. “Kate Bush pretty much created the archetype for mysterious singer-songwriters everywhere. Turn on the radio these days and you’ll hear echoes of her in the overblown production of Wild Beasts, the electro-celt inventions of Björk and PJ Harvey, the expansive wafts of Zola Jesus and in the dolphin-lunged vocals of Florence + The Machine or London Grammar.” More here …singer Toyah Willcox is on Kate’s concert guestlist, she tweeted: “Yipeeeeee @KateBushMusic has put me on her guest list. Best pressie ever! Lots of love 2 kate xxx”…the London Evening Standard ran a piece entitled “Why we love Kate Bush” featuring some of her fanmous fans,  ioncluding, Boy George, Anna Calvi, Holly Johnson and Rumer.  Says Boy George: “Kate Bush has always been a typewriter in a renaissance. She appeared out of nowhere at the tail end of punk and sort of embodied the punk spirit by just being completely herself. I know Johnny Rotten loved her. She blew things apart with things like Running Up That Hill because it defied the classic logic of pop. Kate is unique and a bit of a Greta Garbo, which makes her even more interesting. Most importantly, she’s from south-east London, like me.” Read the article here Gail Walker reflects on what Kate means to her in the Belfast Telegraph here…The Telegraph ran a nice appreciation of Kate’s 1985 Cloudbusting video: “Kate Bush, Donald Sutherland, and weird science combined beautifully in the film for her song Cloudbusting. Is this the perfect music video? asks Bernadette McNulty” See it hereBradley Brady continues his wonderful 50-article countdown to Kate’s shows at his “Divas: the power of the female voice” blog here. We think you should start at 50 and enjoy counting down with him, some great memories here…iTunes have revamped Kate’s online store and her albums are on special offer in the UK to celebrate her live shows…

Kate on iTunes …the London Evening Standard also rounds up the alternative Kate Bush events taking place in London for those who didn’t get tickets hereThe Independent speculates about Kate’s shows here…The Independent also ran an article about the Harari/Mankowitz photography exhibition and on her stage return in a magazine cover feature, see scans at the excellent kbarchives site here….also in The Independent on Sunday Magazine, a long feature on Kate: “One of the great enigmas of British music is about to perform live for the first time since 1979 – and who knows what will happen? Four writers try to distill the elusive essence of Kate Bush” read it here…The Telegraph featured an article by Graeme Thomson on Kate’s first ever round of gigs with the KT Bush Band back in 1977 here…more about the Snap Galleries photo exhibition in London (and some nice shots from it) in the Independent here…the Radio Times featured a nice appreciation of Kate by Stuart Maconie, read a scan at kbarchives hereMarie Claire ran a Kate feature in their August edition, more on that here… Another review of the “Cutting Off Kate Bush” fringe festival show is here…Helen Brown wonders what we might expect from Kate’s stage shows in The Telegraph: “The poster for Kate Bush’s first series of concerts in 35 years finds her adrift in a dark and choppy sea. Her long, wavy hair swirls over a bright orange life jacket and her arms are stretched wide as she stares, hard, up at the camera. Here she is: part vulnerable human survivor, part mermaid. A 56-year-old artist who has both fought against, and floated with, the currents of popular music for almost forty years, making wonderfully strange music on her own terms and refusing to play the celebrity game.” Read the full article hereThe Artifice blog examines “The Storytelling Quality of Kate Bush’s Music” here…the Artbeat show on Dublin City FM celebrated Kate’s return with a special show on Wednesday 20th…the Evening Herald on those elusive tickets here…in the iPad edition of the Radio Times, three unseen photos of Kate, taken by photographer Don Smith, performing Wuthering Heights at the BBC were published (see below). We’d like to know if this performance ever aired? Hmmm… Kate Bush - rare 1978 photo from Radio Times Kate at the BBC in 1978 Kate at the BBC in 1978

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BBC Radio 6Music to air 3 hour Kate Bush special featuring John Carder Bush

BBC 6MusicOn Sunday 24th August, BBC Radio 6Music in the UK will broadcast a 3 hour special programme about Kate, presented by Mary Anne Hobbs, starting at 7am GMT. It will feature a chat with Kate’s brother, John Carder Bush. You can listen live here. From the website:

“A Kate Bush special show, featuring Kate songs, Kate covers, Kate fan Jessie Ware as a guest on the show, and Kate’s brother John also in conversation. What is she really like? What makes her so special? We immerse ourselves in all things Bush, ahead of Kate’s long, long-awaited comback shows at the Hammersmith Apollo.

John Carder BushOur first guest John Carder Bush is a poet and photographer. He is also Kate Bush’s older brother, and can be heard singing on several of her tracks, including Army Dreamers and Jig Of Life. In 1986 he published a fantastic book of photos (‘Cathy’) of Kate as an enigmatic eight year old girl. His pictures hint at the unusual magic to come from this global musical hero. John describes his sister as his “companionable little friend” possessed of “quiet, unobtrusive intelligence.” Our second guest Jessie Ware is a huge Kate Bush fan. Jessie is also often compared to her hero in reviews. Her first album Devotion was nominated for the Mercury Music Prize in 2012. Her second album Tough Love is released in October. She has also collaborated with SBTRKT, Sampha and Disclosure.”

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Kate Bush print from Independent article available from Greg Coulton

Greg Coulton illustration

Greg Coulton illustrated an article on Kate’s return to the live stage in the Independent Magazine in the UK last weekend. You can read the full article here. After considerable interest from fans, he is now offering prints of the artwork for sale. Details of how to purchase them can be found here.

Greg has a gallery of how the illustration came together on his site here.

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Kate in Mojo Magazine cover feature!

Kate Bush - Mojo Sept 2014

Mojo Magazine celebrate Kate’s return to the live stage with a 20-page cover feature special, on sale in the UK from Tuesday, August 26th. From the Mojo site:

THERE’S NOT MUCH YOU can get Prince, Tricky, David Gilmour and Stephen Fry to agree on – imagine that dinner party – but they’re alike in their admiration for Kate Bush.

Over a 36-year recording career she has never failed to startle, debuting in spellbinding style with Wuthering Heights – a song that brought Britain to a standstill in January 1978 as jaws dropped in front of Top Of The Pops. Not just an incredible voice – although she had that, has that, in spades – and an immediately iconic presence, but a brave, experimental songwriter gifted with a knack for other-worldly melodies. Love and loss, murder and mayhem, Australian politics, maths and ornithology – she’s made it all sound equally magical.

The latest MOJO is a Kate-lovers’ dream as we ponder her 50 Greatest Songs – from the obvious to the obscure, Cloudbusting to The Empty Bullring. There’s also an in-depth look at the creation of her masterpiece, 1985′s epic Hounds Of Love album, relived by some of those who helped make it. Our covermount CD, The Dreamers, is also Kate Bush-themed, with 15 tracks of contemporary dream pop and original female voices to whisk you away from the quotidian grind.

The new MOJO is on sale in the UK from Tuesday, August 26. As fate would have it, the same day Bush opens her run of feverishly anticipated comeback shows at the Eventim Hammersmith Apollo. Order the magazine at the Mojo website here.

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UPDATED: Kate requests that people refrain from recording her shows

Smartphones at concerts

In a message on her official site, which has been picked up by media worldwide, Kate has requested that fans refrain form using cameras, smartphones, tablets etc to record her show. She explains why:

Hallo,
Many thanks to everyone who sent such lovely wishes for my birthday. I had a wonderful day.
We’re all very excited about the upcoming shows and are working very hard in preparation. It’s going very well indeed.
I have a request for all of you who are coming to the shows :
We have purposefully chosen an intimate theatre setting rather than a large venue or stadium. It would mean a great deal to me if you would please refrain from taking photos or filming during the shows. I very much want to have contact with you as an audience, not with iphones, ipads or cameras. I know it’s a lot to ask but it would allow us to all share in the experience together.
Looking forward to seeing you there.
Respectfully yours,
Kate.

Sounds perfectly reasonable to us! It would be a shame to be confronted with a sea of screens during such an intimate theatre experience.

UPDATE: Media reaction has been surprisingly HUGE worldwide, and, thankfully, mostly supporting Kate’s very respectful request. The Guardian argues that Kate is making “a valiant stand in the battle of transcendence v smartphoneshere. More media reaction to Kate’s request:

Irish Independent | The Telegraph | The Guardian | Rolling Stone | BBC |

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Edinburgh Fringe Show “Cutting Off Kate Bush” now on…

Cutting off Kate Bush poster

Lucy Benson-Brown‘s one-woman show at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, “Cutting Off Kate Bush“, is gathering some nice reviews.

“With Kate Bush touring for the first time in 35 years, Cutting off Kate Bush arrives at the right time. Lucy Benson-Brown channels the Gothic undertones of Bush’s music to create a new take on family politics. Young Kathy has had to return home and is attempting to come to terms with her father’s new relationship.

Certainly no tribute act, the play explores the tragedy and comedy of moving back home through the singer-songwriter. It is the honesty of Bush’s music that makes for ideal theatre according to Benson-Brown, as well as her own memories. ‘I remember being aware of Kate Bush as a teenager, I vividly remember “Wuthering Heights” being played on Top of the Pops 2 and my mum singing along,’ says Benson Brown. ‘Bowie, Pink Floyd, Bananarama, Genesis, Spandau Ballet, perhaps even Madonna, would have shaped a similar story because it’s inspired by the music that my parents listened to, it’s just that they wouldn’t offer the same magic as Kate Bush. Her music lends itself so well to dramatisation.’

Featuring hits from the eccentric songstress as well as showcasing Benson-Brown’s ballet training through Bush-influenced dance routines, it promises to capture the revived passion for the ethereal Kate Bush while telling a very human tale.”

Gilded Balloon Teviot, 622 6552, 2–25 Aug, 1.30pm, £10–£11 (£9–£10). Previews 30 Jul–1 Aug, £6.

More here: https://www.facebook.com/cuttingoffkatebush

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First glimpse of Kate’s special fan ticket may give ‘Before the Dawn’ clues…

Today fans have started to receive the first batches of tickets being sent out. If you were lucky enough to order your ticket from the Eventim website – you may be aware that they sometimes produce a special “fan ticket” with collectable artwork on it that people can keep as a momento of their evening.

Kate has clearly embraced this idea, and interestingly seems to have revealed some of the artwork or possibly visuals associated with her Before the Dawn shows in the Eventim Apollo in Hammersmith.  As this may be considered something of a spoiler for some you’ll have to look at the image after the following jump.

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BBC4 to broadcast new television documentary on Kate

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A new documentary about Kate’s career, called “The Kate Bush Story: Running Up That Hill” will air on the BBC 4 TV channel on Friday 22nd August at 9.10pm – days before her return to the live stage on August 26th.

The documentary will explore Kate’s career and music from January 1978′s Wuthering Heights to her 2011 album 50 Words for Snow through the testimony of some of her key collaborators and those she has inspired. Contributors include those who have worked closely with Kate; Del Palmer, David Gilmour, Lindsay Kemp, Peter Gabriel, Elton John, Stephen Fry and Nigel Kennedy.

Also exploring their abiding fascination with Kate are some of the musicians who have been influenced by her (St Vincent’s Annie Clark, Natasha Khan of Bat for Lashes, Tori Amos, Outkast’s Big Boi, Guy Garvey and Tricky) and some writers and comedians who admire her (Jo Brand, Steve Coogan and Neil Gaiman).

It will be immediately followed at 10.10pm by a compilation of “Kate Bush at the BBC“. Both programmes will be repeated later that same night from 12.40am to 2.40am.

From the press release: “BBC Four continues its rich tradition of in-depth, original music documentaries featuring world class talent with single documentaries about Kate Bush, Northern Soul, and The Joy of the Guitar Riff…Kate Bush has always danced to her own tune and we love her for it…(the documentary) explores what makes this singer-songwriter unique through the recollections of her colleagues and friends as well as those she has influenced down the years.”

Kate on Wogan - Rocket Man

[Kate performs Rocket Man at the BBC - screenshots by www.katebush.pl]

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New book of Kate Bush photographs by Gered Mankowitz

No, you’re not experiencing déjà vu. As mentioned in the previous post, both photographers from the Snap Galleries exhibition in London are launching books of their photography of Kate to coincide with the exhibition – which runs for the duration of Kate’s Before the Dawn shows in the Eventim Apollo in Hammersmith.

Gered Mankowitz book cover

This book, Kate Bush: Portraits by Gered Mankowitz contains 48 pages with an introduction by the photographer, and measures 7×7 inches. It is a hardcover with dustjacket and each copy is signed by Mankowitz and he has deliberately left the front cover (above) free of text so that “owners of this beautiful book can enjoy his classic Wuthering Heights colour portrait without distraction.”

Kate Bush by Gered Mankowit

Gered Mankowitz worked with Kate in 1978 and 1979 and his photographs appeared on LP and single sleeves including Lionheart and the US cover of The Kick Inside.

Lionheart attic shoot

From the gallery website: “In this new book Gered brings together some of his favourite photographs from his many sessions with Kate Bush. He recalls these sessions fondly: “Kate was a wonderful subject and I worked with her over several sessions throughout 1978 and into 79.”

Kate by Gered Mankowitz

He continues, “She was always a delight and an inspiration to work with. I am immensely proud of the work I have done with her and will always be grateful to have been associated with such a gifted artist from the very beginning of her long and important career.”

You can order a copy here.

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New book of Kate Bush photographs by Guido Harari

It’s been a great year for your Kate Bush bookshelf so far with the publication of the hugely popular two-volume HomeGround anthologies (read all about them here). And now, to coincide with a new exhibition running in London for the duration of Kate’s live Before the Dawn shows, photographers Gered Mankowitz and Guido Harari are releasing new books of their work with Kate. From Tuesday 26th August at 4pm the joint exhibition kicks off at Snap Galleries, 12 Piccadilly Arcade, London.

The first of these books, “Kate Bush – photographs by Guido Harari” is available to order now.

Guido Harari book cover

Kate Bush portrait

Guido Harari first photographed Kate Bush in 1982. He remembers the day clearly – it was September 25th. He recalls “Kate accepted my request for an impromptu photo shoot in her hotel (Hotel Plaza). I had my portable studio equipment with me and, she launched into a wild performance on the tiny set. I was stunned: this was exactly what I expected from an all-round artist like her, but really had no hope for. This was pure instant theatre in a compressed space and time. The next day we met again in Milan to check the results of our shoot. She was very pleased. How could I know that this would be the start of a ten years long collaboration.”

Lily by Guido Harari

When he photographed her for the last time, in 1993, Guido remembers leaving the set telling her that they shouldn’t wait another ten years to get together again. “She just smiled and said nothing. It wasn’t until twelve years later, in November 2005, that she released another album, Aerial, followed in 2011 by 50 Words For Snow. And now she has announced her first concerts in 35 years! Wow!”

Rubberband Girl by Guido Harari

A softcover measuring 22 x 22cm ( approx 8.6 x 8.6 inches ) it contains 60 pages and each copy is signed by Guido Harari. The gallery says that they will only be offering this book until the end of the exhibition on 2 October 2014.

You can order one here

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“The Kate Inside” – a celebration of Kate Bush in Cardiff

Cardiff event Kate posterThanks to Jo Whitby for letting us know about what sounds like a fun live event in Cardiff, Wales celebrating the work of Kate Bush on the 16th August.

“After a 35 year absence Kate Bush returns to the stage for a series of live shows in London. Why should London get all the fun? Join Ellie Makes Music, Dominic Griffin, Laurence Made Me Cry, Jack Barnett, Mary Of Scots and more for an evening of live Kate Bush covers, dancing, visuals and leotards. Rather than having a support act/main act – this event will be presented like a theatrical performance so make sure you get there on time! Kate Bush fancy dress encouraged!!”

Cat On The Wall Music & Culture Webzine Proudly Presents…

THE KATE INSIDE: A CELEBRATION OF KATE BUSH.

16th August 2014

Four Bars @ Dempseys, Cardiff

15 Castle St, CF10 1BS Cardiff

Performances by Ellie Makes Music, Dominic Griffin, Laurence Made Me Cry, Jack Barnett, Mary Of Scots, Alone and more. Doors: 8pm

Tickets: £6 ADV BUY HERE

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Record Collector Kate Bush cover feature

Record Collector August 2014Record Collector magazine features Kate on the cover of their latest issue. It features an article by Kris Needs, who has interviewed ate three times over the years. Here’s a brief extract from the article – the magazine is available to order at the Record Collector site here.

“The return of Kate Bush to the concert stage after 35 years has been greeted with the kind of hysteria which has already made the 22 shows she’s performing at the Eventim Apollo in London this year’s most scorching ticket.

Recalling and possibly trumping Bowie effortlessly claiming 2013 by slipping out a new album, the announcement of Kate’s Before The Dawn residency has quite rightly been greeted as a major shock; certainly the last thing anyone expected.

Those decades since 1979’s ahead-of-its-time Tour Of Life have seen Kate become one of the world’s most elusive, mysterious but ever-fascinating artists, her enigma boosted by her self-imposed retreat from the spotlight. But away from occasionally sleazy speculation such a below-the-radar public profile always stokes (the tabloids laughably claimed La Bush was 25 stones when she took three years to make 1985’s Hounds Of Love), her return to the stage at the age of 56 shouldn’t be that unexpected…”

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Less than five weeks to go till Kate performs in London!

Less than five weeks to go till the opening night of Before The Dawn on August 26th! Very soon, we’ll be collecting all the latest news from the musicians who have been working with Kate (without any actual spoilers about the content of the shows!). We won’t be reporting on the content of the shows till the first reviews come in after opening night AND even when we run those, we’ll be careful to hide them behind spoiler warnings for you.

Here’s something a little bit fun in the meantime. Guitarist David Rhodes has posted some photos on his Facebook page that he snapped while travelling to Kate’s rehearsals, somewhere deep in the English countryside. He describes the pictures as “phone snaps on the daily ride into work; happy and productive days.” Kate has hired a very exciting and interesting range of musical talent to bring her stage ambitions to life, and as expected the crew of people she has gathered around her have been keeping tight-lipped about these shows, so that Kate can unveil her shows to everyone in August in the way that she wants. We couldn’t be more excited!

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