BOWIE GOLDEN YEARS

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DAVID LIVE  |  YOUNG AMERICANS  |  STATION TO STATION  |  LOW  |  HEROES  |  LODGER  |  SCARY MONSTERS

CRACKED ACTOR  |  THE MAN WHO FELL TO EARTH  |  JUST A GIGOLO  |  THE ELEPHANT MAN

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In 1974 producer Alan Yentob and a BBC film crew followed the progress of Bowie's Diamond Dogs tour through California and, in a series of live clips and interviews, revealed Bowie in yet another stage of development, moving restlessly from one creative approach and image to another.

It also showed the various reactions of the bewildered US media and a legion of fans keeping up with his new persona.

For audiences outside the US, it provided an insight into the strange world Bowie was now inhabiting and a preview of his impending soul period.

Nic Roeg was casting his next film at the time and, seeing this documentary, realised that Bowie would be the ideal person to portray the uneasy, displaced lead character. After meeting with Bowie, his instincts were confirmed and Bowie signed on for The Man Who Fell To Earth, to begin shooting in 1975.

Also included live footage from Los Angeles Universal Amphitheatre, 2 September 1974:

Cracked Actor / Sweet Thing / Moonage Daydream / Aladdin Sane / Time / Rock'n'Roll Suicide / Diamond Dogs / John I'm Only Dancing

and Hammersmith Odeon, London 3 July 1973:

Ziggy Stardust / My Death

and a Young Americans recording session (Right) from Sigma Sound Studios in Philadelphia August 1974.

 CRACKED ACTOR

BBC2 TV Omnibus, UK 50 min

Filmed in California and Philadelphia 1974

Broadcast 26 January 1975

Producer: Alan Yentob

   

1974  1975  1976  1977  1978  1979  1980 

DAVID LIVE  |  YOUNG AMERICANS  |  STATION TO STATION  |  LOW  |  HEROES  |  LODGER  |  SCARY MONSTERS

CRACKED ACTOR  |  THE MAN WHO FELL TO EARTH  |  JUST A GIGOLO  |  THE ELEPHANT MAN

ARTICLES  |  TV APPEARANCES