BOWIE, David Subterraneans. The David Bowie Fan Club. [n.d., 1978 postmark on envelope].
Five A4 sheets printed on one side, black and white reproduction of original album sleeve to The Man Who Sold The World, brown A4 stamped envelope addressed to Simon McEwan, Oxford and Cambridge Club; very good.
This is the introductory pack from Subterraneans, an independent David Bowie fan club that split away from what their letter calls the 'hugely impersonal' official club. Included with this letter is another letter of introduction, a 2-sheet discography, which goes up to the release of Heroes in 1977, a sheet of obscure facts about David Bowie ('Apparently David is ambidextrous'), and a limited edition photograph. Subterraneans, named after a track on Bowie's Low album, was run from Chiswick and has vanished into pop history. The number 224 is written on the envelope, suggesting that it had at least that number of members; this remains a rare and fascinating piece of pop ephemera.