How a Screaming Wife and Two Men and a Dog Contributed to David Bowie’s Success

Here’s an interesting bit of Bowie hisotry from The Telegraph:

Any live performance by David Bowie these days would be met by thousands of screaming fans and rave reviews worldwide.  

But unseen footage from a 1972 concert suggests his fame was not always so assured, with an audience made up of his adoring young wife and “two men and a dog”.

Video from the small concert, to be broadcast as part of an upcoming BBC documentary, shows a screaming Angie Bowie surrounded by just a handful of other fans as she looks up at a Ziggy Stardust performance.

Her support, it has been claimed, helped transform Bowie into a global phenomenon, as the world aligned with the “rock star” persona he adopted.

The footage is just one of the unseen clips from David Bowie: Five Years,which focuses on 1971, 1975, 1977, 1981 and 1983 as the “critical” moments of the artist’s career.

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Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 30+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

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