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David Bowie - Five Years in the Making of an Icon
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Oh, this is a glorious and beautiful thing: a whole 90 minutes of teasing, daring, swaggering David Bowie. As Five Years opens with the heart-thumping joy of those Rebel Rebel chords we are swept away by a fabulous talent, showcased by, indeed, five significant years in his pop career.
There is so much to talk about and to love: from watching out-takes from his Life on Mars video to seeing him rather fondly make mincemeat of a hopelessly out-of-his-depth Russell Harty (“The Golden Tears”; “No, it’s Years”).
There are lengthy contributions from collaborators Brian Eno, Robert Fripp and Tony Visconti, and the charming, mischievous and sublimely gifted guitarist Carlos Alomar guides us to the world-cracking Serious Moonlight Tour of 1983: “[This] was a very happy David… I found it a little odd!”
If you love Bowie, then you will feel a tingle in every second.
Documentary exploring five key years in the singer's career, which saw him redefine himself as an artist by adopting a different persona - each one marking a shift in musical direction. Featuring interviews with his collaborators, the programme focuses on 1971's ultimate glam-rock icon Ziggy Stardust, Bowie's reinvention as the impeccably dressed soul stylist the Thin White Duke in 1975, his regeneration in Berlin with the critically acclaimed 1977 album Heroes, 1980's Scary Monsters triumph and Let's Dance's global success in 1983.
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