Archive for July, 2012

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Ian Hunter’s New LP & Tour

July 26, 2012

As leader of ’70s British rock legends Mott the Hoople and as a hugely
influential solo artist, Ian Hunter is widely revered as one of
rock’n’roll’s most compelling performers and one of its most articulate
songwriters.

On September 4, 2012, Hunter will release When I’m President, his 20th album of original songs, and the latest highlight in a storied career that’s
produced immortal anthems like ‘All The Young Dudes,’ ‘All the Way From
Memphis,’ ‘Once Bitten, Twice Shy’ and ‘Cleveland Rocks.’

The new album’s 11 Hunter originals include such infectious, personally
charged numbers as the wry, socially conscious title track, the gently
introspective ‘Fatally Flawed’ the bittersweet ballad ‘Black Tears,‘ the
chugging rocker ‘Wild Bunch,‘ the swaggering ‘I Don’t Know What You Want’
(which features a guest vocal by Hunter’s son Jesse) and the vivid, haunting
‘Ta Shunka Witco (Crazy Horse)’-all of which showcase the jagged immediacy
of Hunter’s one-of-a-kind voice and the punchy authority of his longstanding
all-star backup combo the Rant Band.


‘The songs seem to be more upbeat this time round,’ Hunter notes. ‘The last
two albums were pretty political, just because I thought the Bush years were
horrible, and thankfully that’s passed. But I don’t go looking for songs; I
have to wait for them to come to me. I had a spurt there in the summer of
2011, and that grew into this album. I’d get up every day with something
ringing in my head, so I’d try to catch it and get it down. Songwriting’s
always been a mystery to me in that way. Now and again you’re nearer the
sun, and you have to be ready to capture it.’

The qualities of musical depth and emotional honesty that distinguish When
I’m President have been constants in Ian Hunter’s expansive body of work.

Hunter was already a young veteran of London’s burgeoning rock scene when he joined Mott the Hoople in 1969, and recorded four iconoclastic albums with the quintet by the time it rode the glam-rock wave to international
superstardom with the David Bowie-produced 1972 album All the Young Dudes and its Bowie-penned title hit. The band’s artistic and commercial success continued with 1973’s Mott and 1974’s The Hoople and Mott the Hoople Live, helping to set the stage for the rise of British punk and new wave before the group disbanded in 1974.


Hunter moved to New York and segued into a celebrated solo career with
1975’s Ian Hunter, quickly building a formidable body of solo releases that
expanded upon the achievements of his former band.

Following 1983’s well-received All of the Good Ones Are Taken, Hunter took
an extended hiatus that kept him out of the spotlight for much the next
decade, until the 1993 death of his longtime friend and collaborator,
guitarist Mick Ronson, jolted him back into musical action.

Like such acclaimed recent Hunter releases as Rant (2001), Shrunken Heads
(2007) and Man Overboard (2009), When I’m President – his first new
recording since Mott the Hoople’s historic 2009 reunion shows at London’s
Hammersmith Odeon-ranks with Hunter’s most impassioned and insightful work.
Hunter’s creative rebirth has produced some of the best music of his lengthy
career, and When I’m President continues the remarkable resurgence of this
true believer in rock ‘n’ roll’s transformative power.

Hunter will kick of a tour of the United States and Europe on September 1.
More details will be announced shortly.


IAN HUNTER & THE RANT BAND

USA, European and Scandanavian Tour
01 Jul 2012 Paddock Wood, Kent England – Hop Farm Festival
01 Sep 2012 Portland OR – Aladdin Theater
02 Sep 2012 Seattle WA – Bumbershoot Festival
07 Sep 2012 Catanzaro, Italy – Settembre Al Parco Festival
13 Sep 2012 Philadelphia PA – World Cafe Live
14 Sep 2012 New York NY – Highline Ballroom
15 Sep 2012 Washington DC – The Howard Theatre
27 Sep 2012 Cleveland OH – Beachland Ballroom
28 Sep 2012 Chicago IL – City Winery
29 Sep 2012 Chicago IL – City Winery
05 Oct 2012 Stockholm, Sweden – Nalen
06 Oct 2012 Falkenberg, Sweden – Falkenhallen
07 Oct 2012 Oslo, Norway – John Dee
08 Oct 2012 Malmo, Sweden – Kulturbolaget
12 Oct 2012 Newcastle-Upon-Tyne, England – Tyne Journal Theatre
13 Oct 2012 Glasgow, Scotland – 02 ABC
14 Oct 2012 Holmfirth, England – Picturedrome
16 Oct 2012 Leicester, England – Y Theatre
18 Oct 2012 Manchester, England – HMV Ritz
19 Oct 2012 London, England 02 – Shepherds Bush Empire
20 Oct 2012 Birmingham, England – Town Hall
23 Oct 2012 Bath, England – Komedia
25 Oct 2012 Harrogate, England – Royal Hall
26 Oct 2012 Brighton, England – Concorde 2
27 Oct 2012 Northampton, England – The Roadmender

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Getting Social: Rockers Hanging Out Pt.1

July 24, 2012

Here’s a selection of photos of various rock & roll stars hanging out and partying with various friends of various bands from the 1960’s & 1970’s. It’s like one big club!

David Bowie, Iggy Pop & Lou Reed

Rick Derringer & Steven Tyler

Grace Slick & Janis Joplin

Brian Jones, Yoko Ono, Roger Daltry, Julian Lennon, John Lennon

Mick Ronson, Gloria Jones, Marc Bolan

Aynsley Dunbar, Lou Reed, Mick Jagger, David Bowie, Jeff Beck, Mick Ronson

Deborah Harry, Suzi Quatro & Joan Jett

Janis Joplin & Peter Tork

Robert Plant, Linda Ronstadt & Ron Wood

John Lennon & Keith Richards

Diana Ross & Brian Jones

Eric Clapton & George Harrison

Joan Jett & Debbie Harry

Ellen Foley, Pat Benatar & Ellen Shipley

Liza Manelli, Mick Jagger & Raquel Welch

Little Richard & The Beatles

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Taken In Vain Releases Debut CD

July 22, 2012

Taken In Vain, a fast-rising metal band consisting of members from Orrville and Smithville, Ohio, have announced the release date of their debut CD, Up In Flames. The release date will coincide with a Taken In Vain Up In Flames CD Release Party for fans that will be held on Friday August 17 at The Vortex in Akron, OH. Additionally, the band has announced several new Ohio concert appearances.
 
“It’s awesome to be done with it and it turned out quite well,” stated David Wilson, lead singer. The CD will be released on Razor Tooth Records and was produced by Tyler Dickson. ‘Up In Flames’ will also be available as a digital download on select online retailers.
 
“I was very satisfied listening through the CD for the first time,” Chase Christie, lead guitarist, commented. “The quality of the recording turned out extraordinarily well. I’m excited to see what people think of the songs, and finally put out a physical CD with studio recordings so our fans can bring TIV with them wherever they go.”
 
Chase was direct and succinct when asked what the band’s goal was with the new CD. “Blowing. People’s. Minds,” responded the talented guitarist. 
 
Taken In Vain, who has had a busy spring and summer with concert dates & time in the studio, returns to The Vortex on Friday August 17 for a concert appearance and the band’s Up In Flames CD Release Party. The action starts at 6:00 PM, is an all ages show and tickets are $8.00 in advance, $10.00 at the door. The Vortex is located at 1167 Brittain Rd., Akron
 
“We always love playing at The Vortex,” said David. “It’s such a great venue with an excellent staff!” The lead singer is also fired up about some other upcoming concert appearances.


 “We have two festivals coming up that we’re playing, NEOFest and Cleveland Music Festival (CMF),” explained David. “We’ll be playing NEOFest on August 2nd at The Vortex. Tickets are only $10 for 6 days and over 100 bands!”
 
“For the Cleveland Music Festival we will be taking the stage at The Agora!  Many of our heroes have played there, so it will definitely be a cool experience! We will be playing at the Agora on August 10th! Other acts at the festival include Chiodos (original lineup), Trapt, Krayzie Bone and more!” Tickets for the Cleveland Music festival are only $10 for the entire 4-day festival and all venues. The Agora is located at 5000 Euclid Avenue in Cleveland. Performances start at 6:00 PM

“We shot a music video for the song Up In Flames from our upcoming debut album of the same name,” David explained. “We also took some press shots and shots for the album art from that video shoot. “We’re all extremely excited to have the album done and debut it to the public in August!  It is turning out quite well.”
 
Taken In Vain was formed in 2011 with the solid line-up of Andrew Diehl, 24, on rhythm guitar; Chase Christie, 18, on lead guitar; David Wilson, 21, on vocals and Kameron Jenkins, 17, on drums.
 
The band is also releasing new Taken In Vain merchandise including new tank tops, decals and more. Visit the merchandise page on the band’s website for ordering information.
 
For bookings, to order advance tickets or merchandise and to stay up-to-date on Taken In Vain’s activities, upcoming gigs and recordings visit their website at: www.takeninvain.com

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Jimi & Friends

July 21, 2012

A look back at Jimi Hendrix hanging with some of his pals back in the day. Imagine the music that could have been made the past 40+ years! Click on images to enlarge!

Jimi & Keith Richards

Jimi & Brian Jones

Jimi jamming with Johnny Winter

Jimi & Charlie Watts

Jimi & the Experience hanging with Mickey Dolenz.

Jimi & Mick Taylor

Jimi & Mick

Jimi & the Allman Brothers

Jimi & Eric Clapton

Jimi & The Who

Jimi & Dave Mason

Jimi, Michelle Phillips & Mama Cass Elliott

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The Demon That Devoured Cleveland

July 13, 2012


(NOTE: Click on images to enlarge!)

One day back in 1978 in Cleveland, Ohio KISS’ Gene Simmons arrived in town for a day promoting his new solo album. Each of the four KISS members, Simmons, Paul Stanley, Ace Frehley & Peter Criss, released solo LPs simultaneously on the Casablanca Records label. When Simmons left town at the end of the day, all of northeast Ohio knew he was there!


Accompanied by Casablanca Records’ Gary Bird and a photographer/reporter from not Rolling Stone (Are you crazy?), not Creem, not Circus, but 16 Magazine, the ‘entourage’ spent time with Simmons at the WMMS radio studios, among other destinations & activities. Simmons took calls from listeners and talked about his new solo album. He ‘Guest DJed’ and had listeners in the palm of his hand (I remember tuning in that day thanks to WMMS’ hyping it ahead of time).

Simmons kept busy that day in Cleveland. Interviewed by the famed Jane Scott of The Plain Dealer, various other local media types, and also shadowed that day by WMMS’ Denny Sanders. Sanders was taping a segment on Simmons for WEWS’ Afternoon Exchange television program.

Gene Simmons on the Afternoon Exchange show. 1978

Gene Simmons on the Afternoon Exchange show. 1978

A clip of the Afternoon Exchange segment is available online. The interview with Simmons took place at Cosmic Comics, a leading comic book store in
Cleveland in the 70’s & 80’s that was owned by Marvel & DC Comics writer and Black Lightning creator Tony Isabella. Cosmic Comics was in downtown
Cleveland located at the Colonial Arcade.

Since I don’t post videos on Bangagong! you can watch it by clicking HERE to watch the 1978 WEWS clip of Gene Simmons in Cleveland.

Seen here is the two page spread that appeared in 16 Magazine from that day in Cleveland. 16 Magazine was an enormous success with young teens and
pre-teens during the 60’s & 70’s with Gloria Stavers at the helm, a fireball of a businesswoman and a media whiz. 

  

 

(c)2012 Doc Lehman/Bangagong!

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50 Years Of Satisfaction!

July 12, 2012
 
The Rolling Stones are 50 years old!
Who’d thunk it?
50 years and still together.
A half century of rock & roll.
The Rankin photograph seen here was taken today, July 12, 2012 to note the first public appearance by the Rolling Stones at the Marquee Club on Oxford Street in London on July 12, 1962.
Been listening to them for 48 years. And have enjoyed every minute of it.
Thanks for 50 years of greatness, good times & outstanding music. R.I.P. Brian & StuKeith, the fact that you are still here and still ready to rock is the ultimate ironic & iconic statement that you could make at this point in time. You won!
Maybe sometimes you can always get what you want.
 
 
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Marc Bolan’s Civic Duty

July 12, 2012

This was a 1976 poster produced & issued by the Health Education Council based in London, England that utilized T.Rex’s frontman Marc Bolan in a year long anti-smoking campaign. One of Britain’s biggest stars, Bolan’s contribution was used to encourage young girls to not start smoking.

Bolan also made television appearances on behalf of the anti-smoking campaign appearing on such British programs as Nationwide and others. The Health Education Council also stressed the £150 per year cost to fund a pack-a-day smoking habit meant girls would be with less money and would be considered less attractive to the opposite sex (hence, Bolan’s ‘look’). Today, a pack of cigarettes a day in Britain costs over £2000 per year.

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Marketing Rock Old School Style Pt. 3

July 12, 2012

Back in the 60’s & 70’s, decades before the internet and instant access to information, a lot of us didn’t know when bands were putting out new albums until we heard them on the radio. Some advanced news would filter in a head of time, minimally, in places like Scene, Creem, Circus, Rolling Stone, Rock Scene, Hit Parader, Trouser Press, etc…


For those of us who bought all the magazines and tabloids (Melody Maker, New Musical Express, Sounds) we’d often get advance word that a new album was being released by the record company advertisements that were placed in the media. They were usually timed to see print just weeks prior to releases so we’d have a heads up on what was coming out.
 
Here once again are some random samples of various advertisements hyping new album releases from back in the day as seen in various music publications.

Click on images to enlarge!

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Rock ‘N Roll Eye Candy Part 2

July 11, 2012

Back on January 3 of this year we posted Rock ‘N Roll Eye Candy  Part One. We’ve stumbled across a few more so… here is Part Two and a few more billboards from ‘back in the day’, the glory years of rock & roll. Click on images to enlarge.

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Taking It To The Streets

July 4, 2012
 
Here is an interesting piece of history. From 1965 in London:  The Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament (CND), an anti-nuclear organization that advocates unilateral nuclear disarmament by the United Kingdom, international nuclear disarmament and tighter international arms regulation, held the Aldermaston March, from the Atomic Weapons Establishment near Aldermaston to Trafalgar Square, London. At the far left is a 17-year-old Marc Bolan (then in the band, John’s Children, several years before forming T.Rex) along with such notables as Joan Baez, Donovan, Tom Paxton & Vanessa Redgrave.
 
(c)2012 Doc Lehman/Bangagong!
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Marc Bolan & Friends

July 4, 2012

Here is a collection of photos of Marc Bolan hanging out with some of his better known friends. In addition to appearing on stage with various bands & performers throughout his career Bolan also appeared on numerous singles and albums by other performers. Just a few examples are:

Marc Bolan contributed to Ike & Tina Turner’s 1970’s singles Nutbush City Limits, Baby-Get It On & Sexy Ida. Bolan’s second wife, Gloria Jones, was a one time back-up singer/Ikette for the Ike & Tina Turner Revue.

Marc Bolan plays guitar on Ringo Starr’s “Ringo” album. The hit song, Back Off Boogaloo, was written by Starr as an acknowledgement of a slang term coined by Marc Bolan.

Marc Bolan was invited to Alice Cooper’s recording sessions in London during the recording of Alice Cooper’s Billion Dollar Babies. Bolan played guitar on Slick Black Limosine, Hello Hooray & Elected.

Alice Cooper, Keith Moon, Harry Nilsson & Marc Bolan

Marc Bolan played guitar on David Bowie’s single, The Prettiest Star.

Marc Bolan played dual lead guitar on ELO’s Ma Ma Ma Belle with Jeff Lynne.

Marc Bolan & Jeff Lynne

Marc Bolan played guitar and did some prodcuing for Donovan in a Munich recording studio for Donovan’s 7 Tease album.

Marc Bolan & Donovan

Marc Bolan played guitar on Cockney Rebel’s lead singer Steve Harley’s Amerika The Brave album and co-wrote the song Madmen with Harley.

Marc Bolan sang back-up vocals on Marsha Hunt’s recording of My World Is Empty Without You.

 

Bowie & Bolan

 

Marc Bolan, just months prior to his untimely death, performed with David Bowie doing the song Standing Next To You on Marc Bolan’s MARC television show.

Marc Bolan & The Rats

Billy Idol & Marc Bolan

The Ramones & Marc Bolan

Elton John & Marc Bolan

Elton John, Marc Bolan & Rod Stewart

Keith Moon & Marc Bolan

Stan Lee (!), Marc Bolan & Roy Wood

Bowie & Bolan

(c)2012 Doc Lehman/Bangagong!

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Some Best Dressed T.Rex Fans

July 4, 2012

Here are a few photos of  ‘best dressed’ Marc Bolan/T.Rex fans.  35 years after his untimely demise, Marc Bolan still has an impact on music, culture and fashion.

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ROCKIN’ ON THE RIVER KEEPS ROLLING

July 1, 2012

If you’re an Ohio resident, or live within the tri-state area, or just happen to find yourself traveling through Ohio this summer and are searching for some excellent music and an outstanding, friendly, festive venue then you need to check out Rockin’ On The River, held every Friday night in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio near the Cuyahoga River and Akron. Now in its 26th season, the 2012 edition kicked off last month and is already considered a success. The series of concerts ends on August 31 with the Rolling Stones tribute band, Satisfaction.
 
There’s more than music as spectators are encouraged to stroll through the ‘midway’ area and check out the many artisans & food vendors. All of this and not one penny is charged for admission to the events.
 
After running successfully for a number of years, the Rockin’ On The River concept got a real kick in the pants and upgraded in a myriad of ways when local entrepreneur Bob Earley was tabbed as the event’s coordinator. But he’s much more than that. Earley oversees all aspects of the events each year and is one of the best promoters around. But he has plenty of experience.

Promoter Bob Earley

Over the decades in northeast Ohio and the Akron area specifically Bob Earley has established himself as a personable, high-energy, honest, dedicated and civic-minded patron of rock & roll and the region. For probably four decades now Earley has been a successful club owner and businessman and has more energy, talent and chutzpah than most men half his age. He can get the job done.
 
He could write a book! And I’d buy one!
 
The area in Cuyahoga Falls that serves as the location for Rockin’ On The River utilizes an amphitheatre, large stage area and a 4,050 square foot pavilion. Sometimes just under 100 tents are used. They have permanent seating for nearly 300 and standing room for 1,000. It’s not unusual for the Rockin’ On The River events to attract upwards of 6,000 per Friday night.


 Each Rockin’ On The River concert is held on Friday nights (see remaining schedule below) and among some of the highlights include upcoming appearances by Almost Queen, the premier Queen tribute band, on Friday July 13, Dashboard Lights (Meatloaf Tribute band) on Friday July 20, the aforementioned Rolling Stones tribute band, Satisfaction on Friday August 31 and many others. The shows start at 5:30 PM with the opening act and run until midnight.

Tim ‘Ripper’ Owens

One standout event that will be a popular gig is the Friday August 17 Rockin’ On The River concert with headliner and hometown star Tim ‘Ripper’ Owens, formerly of Judas Priest, who will perform an All-Star Jam when the famed area singer brings in five of his famous rock ‘n roll comrades to shake the house in downtown Cuyahoga Falls. The Summit 91.3 will be sponsoring that highly-anticipated concert.
 
All for…. Free!

PANAMA – The Van Halen Tribute Band

Which is how Earley wants it. The concert series makes money off sponsorship and the many vendors who participate. Earley is all about providing a good time, in a good, positive atmosphere. You never hear of any trouble of any kind at Earley promoted concerts.
 
Earley, who was key in helping to save the American Soap Box Derby in Akron, is also a weekend talk show host (7:00 PM – 10:00 PM) on WNIR 100.0 FM in Akron. Also serving as a substitute host (he’s been on the air doing a yeoman’s work for three straight weeks as this is being written filling in for the late, beloved and legendary Howie Chizek and other hosts until a replacement for Chizek is hired), Earley is a popular fixture at WNIR with his blue-collar attitude and ‘average, every day kinda guy’ persona. The one refreshing thing about Bob Earley on the air is, he doesn’t have an agenda, he doesn’t judge, he doesn’t take sides. He’s just there to entertain and have a good time.


 And it works.

So if you’re in the northeast Ohio area on a Friday evening check out a Rockin’ On The River concert. But only if you’re interested in good music and a good time!

ZOSO – The Ulitmate Led Zeppelin tribute band

REMAINING ROCKIN’ ON THE RIVER SCHEDULE

July 6……………..The Boat Drunks (Buffett & more) w/ Human Nature
July 13…………….Almost Queen with Red Sun Rising
July 20…………….Dashboard Lights (Meat Loaf) with Big in Japan
July 27 ………….Festa Italiana
Aug 3 – Aug 12.. Cuyahoga Falls Bicentennial Celebration
August 17…………Tim “Ripper” Owens & All-Star Friends w/ Opener TBA
August 24……..….Vicious Cycle (Lynyrd Skynyrd) with Kerosene
August 31……..….Satisfaction  w/ Butch Armstrong & Armstrong Bearcat Band
 
For more information on Rockin’ On The River visit the website HERE.

(c)2012 Doc Lehman/Bangagong!

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Local College Grad Makes Good: Duncan ‘Zowie Bowie’ Jones

July 1, 2012

Last week I’m in a retail store and on the way out I run into an old acquaintance of mine that I hadn’t seen in a number of years. We get to talking about the old days, the music we were into, the concerts we attended, all that. For some reason the College of Wooster came up (a college about 6 miles from where I live), we may have been talking about some of the concerts that were held there, but he laughed and said a long time ago he heard a rumor that David Bowie’s son, known as Zowie Bowie back in the day, had attended and graduated from the College of Wooster.
 
He was slightly taken aback when I confirmed that, yes, Duncan ‘Zowie Bowie’ Jones had indeed attended and graduated from the College of Wooster. He seemed dumbfounded that the son of an international superstar would attend college in a small, quaint, rural community in Ohio. C’mon, you even see, on occasions, an Amish buggy slowly meandering down a street.

Well, he did, as I explained, and it wasn’t really a secret and that word was most everyone treated him as just another student. He still wasn’t convinced until I told him my brother was a supervisor at the College of Wooster during Jones’ time there and in fact, commented at the time how cool it was that David Bowie and his wife, Iman, had attended graduation ceremonies. And yes, it made the local papers.
 
Duncan Zowie Haywood Jones was born on May 30, 1971, and at the time David Bowie and then-wife & mother Angie dubbed the young boy Zowie Bowie. On Bowie’s Hunky Dory album the song, Kooks, was written for his then newborn son. After the couple divorced in 1980 David Bowie was awarded custody and raised his son. (In 1992 Bowie married model Iman and they subsequently had a daughter born on August 15, 2000 named Alexandria Zahra Jones.)


 Entering the College of Wooster, he then decided on using Duncan Jones as his personal and professional name. He graduated in 1995 with a bachelor’s degree in philosophy and then pursued a PhD degree at Vanderbilt University in Tennessee but departed to attend the London Film School, where he graduated as a director.
 
Why the College of Wooster in Wooster, OH? Jones once told an interviewer it was because of it was “Comfortable, multicultural and multinational.”

In this Daily Record staff photo proud father David Bowie is shown taking photos of his son’s graduation at the College of Wooster in Wooster, OH in 1995.

Jones appreciated his time at the College of Wooster, a private liberal arts college that has a renowned Independent Study program. Jones once told a College of Wooster publication:
 
“Wooster hit me at just the right time in my life. I was just starting to get excited about what I could do with my life. I took creative writing and art classes, and tried to spread out as much as possible. One of the wonderful things about Wooster was it gave us all a sense of empowerment. We wanted to make a difference and do things that people would notice.”

Duncan Zowie Haywood Jones

Since graduating he has went on to become a highly successful film director and has garnered respect and attention with the science fiction films Moon, in 2009 and Source Code in 2011, which starred Jake Gyllenhaal.
 
For a while Jones was one of the leading candidates to direct the upcoming Superman reboot film and the next X-Men film. He turned down the director’s role for the upcoming Judge Dredd film instead writing the script for his third, still untitled film.

Son & father

During the past couple weeks Jones has made another big step, becoming engaged to photographer Rodene Ronquillo, his long-time girlfriend. Ronquillo, after the engagement became public, joked on Twitter, “Even if he is just after a green card, he’s all mine now.”
 
Whatever the future holds, we haven’t heard the last of Duncan Zowie ‘Bowie’ Haywood Jones.

Duncan Jones & fiancee Rodene Ronquillo

(c)2012 Doc Lehman/Bangagong!

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