David Bowie: Sound and Vision
Few artists have made their rise to fame in such an unorthodox and revolutionary way as David Bowie. Known as The Chameleon Of Pop this unlikely pop star has created an enigma that has rivaled bands for over four decades.
High profile publicity has surrounded Bowie throughout his career, brought upon by his ever changing personas, appearance and music styles. Pushing gender boundaries in his early career, Bowie became a source of intrigue. He was a controversialist who explored sexuality and transvestism and developed fantastic characters and alter egos to accompany his avant-guard style of music.
David Bowie: Sound & Vision collates Bowie’s revolutionary career, troubled personal life and current achievements both in and out of the music spotlight. Candid interviews with Bowie himself along with his wife, Iman, provide personal insights and musical contemporaries Moby, Iggy Pop and Trent Razor play homage to Bowie’s work.
Footage of exhilarating live performances illuminate this rock ‘n’ roll showman and music video and film clips showcase an outstanding talent spanning over 30 years. This feature also looks at Bowie today and highlights his many passions and involvements with films, acting, design and art.
Anyone know the song at about 28 minutes into the documentary?
Brilliant! So good to see photos of Bowie when he was a kid, and growing up.
He is a genius!
you gotta watch this
I loved this, all of it, was an idol of mine for a long time
I love David Bowie. He is such an innovative artist, always pushing boundaries and breaking down barriers. His lyrics are a bit nonsensical, but when I look deeply into them, they touch me on a profound level. Obviously, I idolize him and have since i was a teenager and I first heard his music.
did anyone else notice how his voice starts off as a high tenor and gradually drops to a rich bass-baritone by the end of his career?
and if the homework brings you down, we'll throw it on the fire and take the car downtown..........
I guess DB had the final say on the cut with this documentary as no mention at all of one of his most famous tracks "The Laughing Gnome." (Just relived it on youtube) As a kiddy I had this on 45rpm vinyl and played it constantly but he is well known for hating it and refuses to do any interview where the topic might even come up!
Don't understand the relevance of the discussion regarding Brighton / riots. He was born in Brixton; it says so in the first minute of the doc. Brixton is most famous for the 1981 riots and of course just recently it kicked off again there.
Brighton is a largish seaside town infamous for being the "gay capital" of England. Brixton is a harsh inner-city area of South London.
@Az and @Knowledge
Finally watched this...It turns out that, while Brighton is where the riots took place, Brixton is where Bowie was born... Az, you sneak, did you know this already?..
No mention of the cameo on David Lynch's movie Twin Peaks:Fire Walk With Me, small part but very interesting. Also if your not familiar with David Lynch get so soon for your sake trust me you'll thank me later.
its the male lady gaga of the 80s
Nice to see this. Amazing, brave cant fail on lovin it. Saw Prodigy at Milton keynes bowl recently, also blew me away
i think it is disappointing when the film makers obviously had access to some rare early footage and to some close collaborators intermingled with various bits of bowie talking as well that they still managed to skim over the actual content of most of his work and equally make some serious omissions along the way 'the man who sold the world' for example except to say 'here bowie wore a dress on his next album cover...' there was no attention payed to any of the live albums or infact the 'heroes tour...' at times there was a mish-mashing and compression of chronological information and album releases... 'lodger' also got lost in there -as his end piece to the 'berlin trilogy' of 70's albums that he made with brian eno- i dont think we need another puff piece about bowie i think there is a real opportunity now for an exploratory documentary of a massive body of work and the creator at the centre of that... this film made me at least imagine with my square eyes 'what if...' what if a great documentary filmmaker historian did an in depth study of our alien father as he stood through the second half of the 20th century and beyond... what if they had the budget and the person to make a hbo or a pbs 6 part series - now see how square my eyes are... it seems apparent to me that as early on as the name change to bowie and the release of 'space oddity' we have this integral questioning of the construct of self and the identity of character whether thats in this song or one about dylan or warhol or himself or a myriad of invented characters along the way who become fuel for the flame... i am of the school of thought that says bowie disappeared after the release of 1980's 'scary monsters' album and didnt start to reemerge again until the release of -his wedding album- 'black tie white noise' and then fully came back into being with his character explorations and miniature plays on the album 'outside' and since then 'earthling' 'heathen' and 'hours' all hold good qualities... i think that 'reality' wanes as another attempt to launch a world tour and audience though... i am ever hopeful after all this time -the years are mounting- that there may be another good recording to come...
still have to watch this one...but it is way too late now.
Anyone with the word Bow in his name, has to have a goal!
Love this film, but I love the Bowie. What an artist. Two thumbs up.
@Greg_Mc I've always thought that it was a classic movie for all ages. However, unlike your good self, I have to say that I love the soundtrack, even to this day. My usual tastes include Iron Maiden and Joe Satriani, so it must be some sort of nostalgia. Unless it really is that good... anyone else with me?
You know, I really love it when Vlatko tunes into the music scene, recently Freddie Mercury and Amy Winehouse, may they rest, and now David Bowie, and I'm hoping more to come.
Greg_Mc I've watched Labyrinth many times over the years, I was just surprised that my granddaughter had latched onto it too. Now that's 3 generations watching the movie together. :)
What I hadn't known though, is that David Bowie did the stage performance of Rocky. The Rocky Horror Picture Show is another family favourite.
Awesome Doc! What i found interesting that like stood out one of those ohh really I didn't know that... he was born in Brickston (I hope i spelled this correctly) isn't that one of the cities the recent london riots took place?
Without having watched it yet, all I can think of is how great Labyrinth was and is! You remind me of the babe! What babe? The babe with the power. What power? The power of voodoo. Who do? You do! Do what? Remind me of the babe!