Bowiecorn is KEXP's champion of music, creativity, originality and all things unique. Born during the 2017 Fall Drive, Bowiecorn was first seen displayed on the donor tee-shirt. Then, KEXP donor Scout gifted a special hand-crafted version of Bowiecorn to KEXP and it has since become a lovable mascot!
Now, Bowiecorn is embarking on a journey to connect with our KEXP community across America and Canada. 46 amazing donors chose to support KEXP during an hour of John in the Morning and were invited to particpate in a special project: send Bowiecorn across the country and learn about each other in the process. As Bowiecorn travels North America from donor to donor, their adventures will be shared here.
Thank you to all the generous donors who will be hosting Bowiecorn in their town over the next year!
Bowiecorn was hosted by Danielle, Louise and family!
"We could not pass up the opportunity to show Bowiecorn the other Portland, and even farther flung locations such as the midcoast of Maine. I hope they enjoyed their time with us, we will certainly miss them. Thank you KEXP for making all of my days more meaningful and fun. I consider it an integral part of my toolbox, the one I go reaching into when I am feeling alone. It always helps."
Thank you for being Bowiecorn's first host, Danielle, Louise and family!
Bowiecorn was hosted by California native Shannon, who recently moved Massachusetts, and his time there took a decidely literary turn!
"Bowiecorn arrived from Maine just before I had a trip to Cambridge, MA and then a conference on book history in Amherst, MA. We spent our first day together looking at my book on the David Bowie exhibition from the Victoria & Albert Musiem and then driving to Cambridge where one of the best ice cream shops in the world, Toscanini's, let us visit the cold storage. It was in the midst of an east coast heat wave, so being in that walk-in freezer felt great... for abotu 90 seconds.
Once back in western Massachusetts, Bowiecorn joined me at a conference on the history of authorship, reading and publishing (book history!) in Amherst, MA. Bowiecorn posed in front of a shelf of books in the Emily Dickinson house museum! Later in the week, Bowiecorn joined my friend and I as we walked around Northampton, which is home to Smith College where I work as a rare book librarian. Bowiecorn got to see Lamont Bridge across the Mill River and the Lyman Plant House on the Smith campus. We also visited our local hangs, Iconica Social Club and the local public library (and home to the Calvin Coolidge Presidential Library & Museum), Forbes Library.
We ended our trip with a visit to Smith College Special Collections where I showed Bowiecorn smoe 16th and 17th century books with illustrations of unicorns. These are Edward Topsell's The History of Four-footed Beasts (1658), based on an earlier work by Conrad Gessner and Ortus Sanitatis (1511), an overview of the natural world."
Bowiecorn was hosted by KEXP donor Chanda who introduced them to many new friends!
"Bowiecorn happened to arrive just in time for the premiere of The Deuce - so we brought him to the party! (My husband is a director and producer on the show). Bowiecorn is pictured with David Simon, Isabel Pakzad and James Franco, Genevieve Hudson-Price, Ryan Farrell, Kat Cunning and Kelly, Lawrence Gilliard Jr, Emily Meade, Michael Gandolfini, David Krumholtz, Emmy Nominee Luke Kirby and Kim Director, and Margarita Levieva and Michael. They were all incredibly gracious and welcoming to our guest (because they are all the best people).
We also decided to take Bowiecorn on a tour of NYC Bowie places. Our first stop was Strand Bookstore, of which Bowie said, "It's impossible to find the book you want, but you always find the book you didn't know you wanted." The next stop on the NYC Bowie tour was Bowie's apartment building where he had lived since 1999. Fans gathered here to mourn and set up a shring when they learned of his passing. I listened to KEXP that entire day, and the music, the stories, and the Bowie love helped to ease the pain.
Next, we stopped at Cafe Reggio, where Bowie used to go for coffee and breakfast. In an essay he wrote for NY Magazine in 2003, Bowie named Washington Square as one of his 3 favorite places in NY, so we had to make a stop there, too. We also stopped by Electric Lady Studios where Bowie's first #1 song, Fame, was written and recorded in 1975, and at Times Square, where they posed with my favorite NYC costumed character, the Hulk.
Last, Bowiecorn hung out with some friends in Montclair, NJ where they want to remind you that you are not alone."
Bowiecorn was hosted by donors Jeremy and Erin Williams who moved to Pennsylvania from Seattle a few years ago:
"Although KEXP doesn't reach our car radio anymore we still stream the station at work and it reminds us of where we lived for so long, where we met and where we fell in love. Bowiecorn reached us just in time for the annual Scarecrow Festival at nearby Peddler's Village. In addition to music we have a passion for many kinds of art. We mentioned to Bowiecorn that we have a laser in our basement and Boweicorn had the idea to make some goodies for the next few hosts! Bowiecorn supervised the production of the ultra-limited edition Bowiecorn BowieCoin very closely! Made of wood, these handsome tokens sport the majestic lightning unicorn on the front and a quote from the man himself on the reverse. There are only five in the world and we'll send them along with Bowiecorn as they continue their travels.
We had a wonderful time hosting Bowiecorn and were delighted to be a part of this cross-country adventure. Thank you so much for all the music and for reminding us that regardless of distance, we're not alone."