Sunday, March 20, 2016

40 Year Itch : Arrest of the Thin White Duke

David Bowie : TVC-15

  On March 20, 1976 David Bowie, Iggy Pop, a bodyguard and a local woman named Chiwah Soo were arrested at the Americana Rochester Hotel on marijuana charges. Bowie and Pop had apparently picked up two women in the bar and brought them up to their 17th floor suite. The women were both undercover officers. They called in the waiting police who found half a pound of marijuana. Bowie, Pop and the two other spent the night in jail. Released on $2000 bail, with no charges pressed, Bowie escaped the whole incident untarnished. Very lucky considering the hard-drug use going on at the time.

1 comment:

  1. The American police loved fitting up their rock stars. Ray Davies recounted in his autobiography how he returned to his hotel room one evening to find a pretty young girl sat on his bed. She told him she was 14 and that her daddy was the local police chief and any minute now there was going to be a knock at the door... There was a knock but fortunately it was the Kinks manager who managed to remove the girl from the room and prevent an unsavory - and totally unfair - incident.