For the first post of the week, watch the video David Bowie: Spiders from Mars (segments 1 through 5) found in Week 5 of the Content area. Utilizing concepts from chapters 8 & 9, discuss the relevance of the video clips to your understanding of Culture & Identity.
Note: Even though segments 1-5 are the only required viewing for the week, please feel free to watch more segments of the video to further your discussion posts.
Description: Invoking Paul McCartney, David Bowie described his own funky, soulful songs released in the early to mid-1970s as “plastic soul.” This video contains interview material and archival footage presented all on one video! It begins with the rarest, most amazing UK Bournemouth footage, featuring Bowie putting on his make-up and costumes from the Ziggy period. Also featured is a Russell Harty interview from the UK, Bowie’s press conference after leaving RCA and signing to EMI, and some very rare footage of David Jones in ’64 when he explains the “Society for the prevention of cruelty to long haired men.” Enjoy Bowie interviews with Jonathan Ross, Parkinson, Valerie Singleton, and a full 40-minute press conference. Contributions from several colleagues round out this fascinating program: Mike Garson, Bowie’s long serving pianist; Andy Newmark, drummer on Young Americans; Robert Elms, style guru, journalist, broadcaster and self confessed soul boy; and many, many more. (102 minutes)