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Read David Bowie's Response To First American Fan Letter

The folks at Letters of Note have gotten their hands on a doozy of letter: David Bowie's response letter to the first American fan mail he received. It's earnest in a way Bowie probably hasn't been since, and it captures him before he became the David Bowie. Here it is [via Stereogum]:

25th., September 1967

Dear Sandra,

When I called in this, my manager's office, a few moments ago I was handed my very first American fan letter - and it was from you. I was so pleased that I had to sit down and type an immediate reply, even though Ken is shouting at me to get on with a script he badly needs. That can wiat (wi-at? That's a new English word which means wait).

I've been waiting for some reaction to the album from American listeners. There were reviews in Billboard and Cash Box, but they were by professional critics and they rarely reflect the opinions of the public. The critics were very flattering however. They even liked the single "Love You Till Tuesday". I've got a copy of the American album and they've printed the picture a little yellow. I'm really not that blond. I think the picture on the back is more 'me'. Hope you like those enclosed.

In answer to your questions, my real name is David Jones and I don't have to tell you why I changed it. "Nobody's going to make a monkey out of you" said my manager. My birthday is January 8th and I guess I'm 5'10". There is a Fan Club here in England, but if things go well in the States then we'll have one there I suppose. It's a little early to even think about it.

I hope one day to get to America. My manager tells me lots about it as he has been there many times with other acts he manages. I was watching an old film on TV the other night called "No Down Payment" a great film, but rather depressing if it is a true reflection of The American Way Of Life. However, shortly after that they showed a documentary about Robert Frost the American poet, filmed mainly at his home in Vermont, and that evened the score. I am sure that that is nearer the real America. I made my first movie last week. Just a fifteen minutes short, but it gave me some good experience for a full length deal I have starting in January.

Thankyou for being so kind as to write to me and do please write again and let me know some more about yourself.

Yours sincerely,

(Signed, 'David Bowie')

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Wow, that's really awesome! That's an incredible response to a fan letter from anyone, much less him.

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Re "earnerst". Oh, I don't know. I met him back in the 80s and he was very gracious to this youngster fan(atic). He used to have listening parties for fans and if you've ever been over to his website you'd notice how cool he is with us commoners.

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You met Bowie, oceanRain? Tell us the details! How/when/why?

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And if you met him, you know he's not 5'10! (I've met him a couple of times also.)


Yeah, he's more like 5'7" huh. Not diminutive, but not as tall as a Roman God should be! I met him twice: once after the (old) Johnny Carson show (and Iman!) and my friends and I stalked him at his hotel during the Let's Dance tour (where we also got snubbed by Lauren Bacall and her poodle!)

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Such an amazing person, even as a 20 year old!. If parents knew what a gentleman he was they wouldn't have been so leery of him. My mom used to roll her eyes but commented that he was gorgeous when she saw him in TIME magazine.I'm grateful to have seen him several times.

Alan in New Orleans

way to go! TIME may change me, but I can't change TIME~

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