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Bowie's album inspired by Peaky Blinders!

Byline: ADRIAN CAFFERY Feature Writer @adiecaffery

A FRIEND and superfan of David Bowie believes the title for the late, great musician's final album was inspired by the Birminghambased TV drama Peaky Blinders. Paul Kinder, who saw the rock legend in concert more than 200 times and met him on numerous occasions, made the claim on his award-winning fan website, which won accolades from Bowie himself.

Birmingham screenwriter Steven Knight, who created Peaky Blinders, recently revealed to the Birmingham Mail that Bowie was a great admirer of the BBC show, now in its third series.

He said Bowie, who died in January, two days after the release of the critically-acclaimed Blackstar, sent him an early copy of the album and asked if his music could be featured.

The star of the inter-wars gangland show, Cillian Murphy, also divulged to the Mail how Bowie had sent the actor a photo of himself wearing a Peaky Blinders cap. Paul says: ''A few years ago I was asked by a certain someone (Bowie) if I was watching Peaky Blinders. I'd only caught part of the very first episode and I didn't bother watching it again for whatever reason.

''Then with the recent news that Bowie music was to appear in the new series, I obviously spent a weekend watching the first two series.'' Paul says he was ''gobsmacked'' as he watched Thomas Shelby, played by Cillian, scribble a black star in a diary, four minutes into episode five of series one.

''Black star. What does that mean?'' Thomas is asked. ''Black star day,'' he replies, ''is the day we take out Billy Kimber and his men. No one knows this.'' Writing on his website,, Paul says: ''I am 100 per cent certain this is where David got the Blackstar name from, and then developed it.

''Also, some of the lyrics in the middle section of the song Blackstar tie in, while (album track) 'Tis A Pity She Was A Whore would fit into the show perfectly.'' Cillian revealed the cap Bowie donned in the photo was a real item of Peaky Blinders headwear worn by Thomas Shelby in the first series.

He told the Mail: "Bowie and I were friends and I sent him the cap as a Christmas present. He was a very sweet man and a genuine fan of Peaky Blinders, and I was a huge, huge David Bowie fan.

Steven Knight added: "We all grew up with David Bowie and he's a hero. It's a major thing that someone like that was a fan of the show. He said he wanted his music to be part of it, but at the time I didn't know it was his dying wish."

One of Bowie's tracks from Blackstar will be used in episode five or six of the current series of Peaky Blinders, which continues on BBC2 on Thursday nights, 9pm.

I am 100 per cent certain this is where David got the Blackstar name from, and then developed it. Paul Kinder


David Bowie, who died in January, was a massive Peaky Blinders fan

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Date:May 16, 2016
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