In honor of the music icon's birthday, there's a bounty of Bowie content for fans to dig into today, tonight and this week. Get info on the new Bowie documentary, the special 'Let's Dance' release and what' happening with Philly Loves Bowie Week.
HBO's David Bowie: The Last Five Years
Starting tonight at 8p, HBO will air the highly anticipated David Bowie documentary, 'David Bowie: The Last Five Years'.
While illuminating iconic moments of his extraordinary and prolific career, 'David Bowie: The Last Five Years' focuses on three major projects: the albums The Next Day and the jazz-infused Blackstar , and the musical Lazarus, which was inspired by the inspired by the character he played in the 1976 film The Man Who Fell to Earth.
Focusing on the artist's final years, David Bowie: The Last Five Years presents a nuanced look at the evolution of Bowie's music as told through archival footage and interviews with the musical legend's bandmates. Largely focused on Bowie's final two albums, The Next Day and Blackstar, the film also explores his musical, Lazarus, which he began developing in the midst of his illness.
Let's Dance DEMO release
To celebrate what would have been the 71st birthday of David Bowie, the previously unreleased LET’S DANCE (DEMO) is available now as a special digital-only single via Parlophone for streaming and download.
In late 1982, David Bowie was visited at his home in Switzerland by Nile Rodgers to listen to songs for the album that became LET’S DANCE. Inspired by the new songs that Bowie had written the pair decided to record a set of demos straight away. On their first day, they recorded a funky stripped back demo for Let’s Dance. Thirty five years later the track has been mixed for the first time especially for this release by Nile Rodgers and Russell Graham at Nile’s Le Crib Studios in Westport, Connecticut.
Philly Loves Bowie Week
David Bowie has a special connection to Philadelphia for a variety of reasons. One of them is that he recorded 'Young America' at Sigma Recording Studios on 12th Street in Philadelphia. The fans that hung out outside of the studio hoping to catch a glimpse of him became known as The Sigma Kids. Towards the end of putting the finishing touches on the album, Bowie invited some of the Sigma Kids into the studio to hear it. In 2017, The Sigma Kids organized a week's worth of activities, shows, events, celebrating Bowie's artistry and called it Philly Loves Bowie Week. Here's what's happening for 2018's 2nd Annual Philly Loves Bowie Week.