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
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.
BBC2 TV Omnibus, UK 50 min
Filmed in California and Philadelphia 1974
Broadcast 26 January 1975
Producer: Alan Yentob