Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Bowie Bio Starman Chapters 14-17

In Chapter 14 Bowie's "ghastly" appearance in a BBC documentary leads to his being cast in his first and best film , The Man Who Fell To Earth.

 He records Station to Station which features a melody uncomfortably close to George Benson's version of "On Broadway".

It's called "Golden Years".

In Chapter 15, Bowie and Iggy are friends again. Bowie gets his mug shot taken for possession of marijuana. The two visit the USSR. They record The Idiot. Then Bowie records Low. That's Tony Visconti's wife THE Mary Hopkin ( "Those were the Days") singing the "doo doo doo's" in "Sound and Vision"

In Chapter 16, Bowie and Eno work together on "Heroes" which Bowie debuts on Marc Bolan's TV show days before the T Rex founder dies. Bolan falls off the stage just as he's about to take the mic in this, his final apperance on television.

In Chapter 17 Bowie does his famous duet with Bing Crosby. He divorces "the blowtorch" Angie.

Bowie's band knocks out a live album and Lodger.
Adrian Belew records the famous guitar solo at the end of "Boys Keep Swinging".

Then after a fight with Lou Reed, Bowie records Scary Monsters with the help of Reed guitarist Chuck Hammer on "Ashes to Ashes".

Bowie appears on stage as The Elephant Man and , while he is in NYC, hears that Lennon has been shot.

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