David Bowie reveals Record Store Day release plans

UK fans will be able to buy 7" picture disc version of 1974 single 'Rock 'n' Roll Suicide'

David Bowie will release two limited edition picture discs on Record Store Day next month.

The annual celebration of music shops will take place on April 19 and Bowie has outlined plans to release a 7″ picture disc of ‘Rock ‘n’ Roll Suicide’ in the UK, while North American fans will be able to purchase the single ‘1984’ on 7″ picture disc, reports The Guardian.

First released as a single in 1974, ‘Rock ‘n’ Roll Suicide’ celebrates its 40th anniversary in 2014 with the new release set to come backed with ‘Farewell Speech’, the live Ziggy Stardust The Motion Picture Version, recorded at the final Ziggy Stardust concert at the Hammersmith Odeon in July 1973.

Earlier this year Public Enemy’s Chuck D was named as the official ambassador of Record Store Day 2014. Speaking about his appointment, he commented: “In this age where industry has threaded the music sound with virtual sight and story I am honored to be called upon to be Record Store Day Ambassador of 2014. With the masses, neck bent into their smartphones, let all of us music lovers GPS our way into a reality that is the Record Store. It’s worth a great try, let’s do this.”

Meanwhile, it was reported last week that Bowie has reportedly offered to write new music with Claudia Lennear, a former backing singer and star of Oscar winning documentary 20 Feet From Stardom. Lennear revealed that Bowie, with whom she was romantically linked in the 1970s, called her “out of the blue” to offer his services and that she intends to take him up on the proposal.