David Bowie, Morrissey in spat over cover art
David Bowie has apparently ordered EMI Records not to allow Morrissey (pictured) to use a photo of the two pop stars to grace the cover of the ex-Smiths front man's "The Last of the Famous International Playboys" single reissue.
In April, Parolphone will reissue Moz's 1991 solo album Kill Uncle and 1989 single, the latter of which was to a previously unseen 1992 photo of David Bowie and Morrissey taken by Linder Sterling in New York. A statement on Morrissey fan site True You explains that Bowie nixed the idea despite having no rights over the photograph.
"David Bowie has ordered EMI UK not to run the proposed artwork for Morrissey's April 8th issue of the re-mastered 'The Last of the Famous International Playboys' single and CD. The sleeve featured a previously unseen private photograph of Bowie and Morrissey taken by Linder Sterling in New York in 1992. Although Bowie has no legal rights to the photograph, most of his back catalogue is presently licensed to EMI."
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