Friday, February 7, 2014

40 Year Itch : Bowie in Amsterdam

In February of 1974, David Bowie was in the midst of creating a new persona to replace Ziggy Stardust and Aladdin Sane. With a flame red mullet and an eyepatch, Bowie spent the weeks leading to the February 15th release of the single "rebel Rebel" as the toast of the town in Amsterdam.  With wife Angie and son Ziggy often within reach, he accepted awards , posed for photos and made the strange TV appearance below. 

These were probably frustrating times for the Thin White Duke. He had spent months working on a musical adaptation of George Orwell's 1984 but was denied the rights by Orwell's wife. ( He should have used my grandfather's technique to help the CIA buy the rights to Orwell's Animal Farm. He introduced the widow to Clark Gable) Diamond Dogs , out in April, is a reworking of the failed musical. Bowie would spend most the year on tour in America where he became infatuated with soul music. The result, Young Americans, awaits us in 1975.

David, Angie and Zowie at the Amstel Hotel, Amsterdam, Netherlands. Taken February 7th 1974. (Photos by Gijsbert Hanekroot)

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