David Bowie - Five Years

David Bowie - Five Years premiered February 2016

David Bowie - Five Years explores five key years in David Bowie's music career.

About the Program

With unprecedented access to David Bowie’s personal archive, including previously unseen footage, this is the definitive portrait of one of rock’s most influential stars.

David Bowie is widely recognized as one of the most daring and innovative performers of the 20th century, boasting both critical and commercial success since his early days in the 1960s and influencing popular culture ever since.

After a 10-year hiatus, Bowie released the single “Where Are We Now?” a new album “The Next Day,” and the first international retrospective of Bowie’s career is set to open at London’s Victoria and Albert Museum.

With unique access to David Bowie’s personal archive of costumes, set designs, lyrics and memorabilia, this film explores five seminal years across Bowie’s extensive career, with each year illustrating not only the source of his inspiration, but also where those ideas led him.

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More about the show

The film starts with 1971 and the creation of Ziggy Stardust. Next, we explore 1975, which saw the release of “Young Americans” and the “Thin White Duke.” 1977 saw “Low” and “Heroes,” two hugely influential albums. After that, 1980 saw one of the most iconic songs of the decade with the release of “Ashes to Ashes.” Lastly, we explore “Let’s Dance” and 1983 -- the year Bowie went commercial.

This film offers a unique opportunity to explore Bowie’s work and creative vision and shows Bowie not just as the rock star chameleon, but also as an artist drawing on rich and diverse cultural influences.


David Bowie - Five Years was produced by BBC Worldwide Americas


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