Friday, September 10, 2010

Cracked Actor

It's been three-and-a-half years and I can't believe it myself: nary a peep here from David Bowie, one of my all time favorite rock and roll chameleons. From the beginning all the way through to the early 80s hits from "Modern Dance," I've always loved his stuff. Tonight, in fits and starts, I've been watching the film of Bowie's 1973 "retirement" gig, Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars, shot at the Hammersmith Odeon. Not the greatest film quality but a great period in Bowie's career and a fantastic show from the looks of it. I'd totally forgotten that Bowie dabbled with the harmonica, but I've never forgotten what a seminal role his guitarist/producer, Mick Ronson, played in the Spiders. Here's "Cracked Actor" for your listening and viewing pleasure. There will be more here from Bowie at some point; of that I'm sure.


Joe Manekin said...

YES!!! Love this movie from D.A. Pennebaker. And that band, favorite musical sequence is during The Width of a Circle, when the lighting gets all crazy and they jam it out a good bit.

Will have to check out Pennebaker's latest about pastry chefs.

David McDuff said...

Had no idea Pennebaker had entered the culinary realm. Sounds like it could be promising:

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