David Bowie – the art of reinventing oneself

It’s Tuesday, July 3, 1973 at the Hammersmith Odeon in . After an unlikely successful year, glam rocker and his band The Spiders from Mars will end The Ziggy Stardust Tour at home.

– Ladies and gentlemen, straight from their fantastically successful tour, including the of America, Japan. Now in his home country. For the last , David Bowie.

In the role of the alien rock star Ziggy Stardust, the pale Englishman has in record time gone from being an anonymous fighting musician to becoming a hyped cult figure. His red hockey frills, tight-necked jumpsuits and make-up eyes leave few untouched.

No one seems to really understand where Ziggy starts and David ends, but the question is whether it matters. Like Ziggy, David has taken the world by storm.

The colorful singer manages to make a series of changes of clothes during the evening and when it begins to approach the end, he wears a black transparent mesh top, trousers with red sequins on the buttocks and glittery earrings. But it is neither Ziggy’s outfits nor the performance of the songs that will make this particular concert historic.

Before the last extra number, David steps up to the microphone and what he says next shocks both the audience and his band members.

– Of all the shows on this tour, this particular show will remain with us the longest, because not only is it the last show of the tour, but it’s the last show that we’ll ever do. Thank you.

The confusion in the audience is great when David starts playing the song Rock N ‘Roll Suicide. Does he mean that he quits the music completely, has the band been fired and what will happen now?

P3 Music documentary about David Bowie is the story of an artist who constantly managed to reinvent himself, but also a story about the backsides of rock star life.

Participants: Morgan Skarin and Katarina .

The program is made by Joanna Korbutiak in early 2022.
Producer was Frelin.
Executive producer Lars Truedsson.
The final mix is ​​made by Fredrik Nilsson.
P3 Music documentary is made by the production company Tredje Statsmakten Media.

The sound clips in the documentary come from the documentaries Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars (1979) and Rock Wives (1996), interviews with Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (1977), Dabrowski on SVT (1987), 7.30 Report from Australian ABC Television (2004), MTV (1976) and the ’s Tonight program (1964). BBC News (2013 and 2016), Sky Nes (2013), Channel 4 (2013), the 2001 : A Space Oddyssey and the Moon Landing.





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