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Dream Wife’s Bella Podpadec launches merch crowdfunder to fund top surgery - nme.com
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Dream Wife’s Bella Podpadec launches merch crowdfunder to fund top surgery
Dream Wife bassist Bella Podpadec has launched exclusive limited edition merch to help crowdfund their top surgery.They took to the band’s official Instagram today (January 26) to share that they have created a very limited edition blue t-shirt which features a pink unicorn playing the bass and the words “Not my body, I am somebody” (a line from Dream Wife’s 2018 song ‘Somebody’) on it as a way to raise money for their top surgery.The tee is priced at £25 and exclusively available on the band’s Bandcamp page. They are also 100 per cent certified organic cotton, oeko approved and vegan.According to Mayoclinic.org, top surgery is also “called gender-affirming surgery or gender-confirmation surgery” and “involves procedures that help better align the body with a person’s gender identity”, typically the surgical addition or removal of breast tissue.A post shared by bella podpadec (@b.ppod)Podpadec also announced that a portion of the sales will be donated to the charity Mermaids, which supports trans, non-binary and gender diverse children and young people as well as families and professionals involved in their care.“Life update: Bella here I’m going to get top surgery! & to help cover costs I have designed a very limited edition unicorn tee only available on our bandcamp page with the proceeds being split between my surgery and the charity Mermaids! I want to bring my mind & body into closer connection and would be eternally grateful for your support on this journey,” began the post.They continued: “My relationship with gender and the band have been inextricably entwined.
Brad Pitt - David Bowie - Street named after David Bowie to be unveiled in Paris next week – but the UK doesn’t have one - nme.com - Britain - France - Australia - city Paris
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Street named after David Bowie to be unveiled in Paris next week – but the UK doesn’t have one
David Bowie is set to be opened next week – meaning France will have a street to honour the musician, while his home country of the UK does not.News that the French capital would be naming a street after the iconic singer was first shared back in 2020, when Mayor Jérôme Coumet – a professed fan of Bowie – revealed that he was planning the move.Now, the street is set to open next Monday (January 8), and will be a new road near Austerlitz train station, rather than a pre-existing one that has been renamed.According to Coumet, the idea for the “rue David Bowie” emerged as the “Space Oddity” singer had “a strong link with the city of lights” (via The Connexion).An inauguration party is also set to be held at Salle des Fetes that same day to celebrate the launch, and a variety of photographs and paintings related to the singer will be showcased at the Galerie Athéna until January 14.As highlighted by The Connexion, Bowie’s ties to France not only include his countless shows across the country, but also his time recording music at the legendary Miraval studio – which is now owned by Brad Pitt.While his home country of the UK does not yet have a street named after the late music legend, his birthplace of Brixton does have a famous mural of the singer, painted by Australian artist James Cochran.Bowie died in 2016, following a cancer diagnosis.In other news about David Bowie, back in November it was reported that the artist’s handwritten lyric sheet has been estimated to fetch up to £100,000 at auction.The documents contained the late singer’s corrections, drafts and notes to his tracks ‘Rock ‘n’ Roll Suicide’ and ‘Suffragette City’.
John Lennon - Bob Dylan - Terri Hooley on punching John Lennon: “He was stoned so it wasn’t my proudest moment” - nme.com - city London - Vietnam - city Belfast
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Terri Hooley on punching John Lennon: “He was stoned so it wasn’t my proudest moment”
John Lennon – saying that he doesn’t see it as “my proudest moment”.An icon of the Belfast punk scene, Terri Hooley reminisced about some of the biggest moments of his life in a new interview with The Guardian, including his tumultuous encounter with The Beatles legend.In the discussion – done to help promote new biography Terri Hooley: Seventy-Five Revolutions by Stuart Bailie – the music industry veteran recalled how the encounter took place around 1970.Introduced to Lennon in London by friends of Oz Magazine, the musician mistook Hooley as a supporter of the IRA in his pre-pacifist days and offered to supply him with weapons. The mistake led to Hooley throwing a punch at the former Beatle – a move he now says he isn’t proud of.“He was stoned so it wasn’t my proudest moment,” he told the outlet, adding: “When I met Cynthia [Lennon’s first wife] and told her, she said, ‘You should have hit him harder!’”The response to the misunderstanding came from Hooley’s upbringing in Belfast’s troubled times and strong political outlook; which also led to him confronting Bob Dylan about his refusal to stop paying taxes to protest the Vietnam war.Hooley’s importance in the industry comes from his role in putting Belfast on the map for music – launching various counterculture magazines and pirate radio stations during times of conflict.
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