Bowie almost did the same for The man who fell to earth. He started writing a soundtrack which he planned to follow his 1975 album Young Americans. He only finished a few demos that were out of sync with the picture. Roeg brought in John Phillips from Mamas & the Papas. Bowie freed From station to station. When Bowie made the album Down in 1977 he sent a copy to Roeg with a note that simply read, “That’s what I had in mind for the film.” Demos were not available until the 40th anniversary release The Man Who Fell to Earth: Limited Collector’s Edition.
Bowie made music until his death in 2016. His last album, Black Starwhich was to be released on his 69th birthday, was released two days before his death. The fallen man“Moonage Daydream” opens on the planet Anthea, where Faraday departs to complete the mission started in the original film. As he prepares to board his boat, his wife asks him to stay, he promises to come back. It’s very human, but it’s alien. You have to love the extraterrestrial.
The former David Jones, who changed his name to Bowie in 1966 after singer actor Davy Jones rose to prominence as a member of the Monkees, has explored alienation for most of his career. He won an Ivor Novello award for the song “Space Oddity” in 1969 and was treated as such on his first appearance.
In the trailer for Lunar Reverie, we hear the disembodied voice of Dick Cavett wondering about the origins of Bowie. “Who is he? What is he? Where did he come from? Is he a creature of a foreign power? Is he a bad guy, is he dangerous, is he smart , stupid, nice to his parents? Real, a fucking? Crazy? Healthy? Male, female, robot? On the music scene, he had been everything: Ziggy Stardust, Aladdin Sane, Major Tom, The Thin White Duke. does not seek to define Bowie, but shows why he should be experienced. Bowie’s art is presented as a guide to how we can live our best lives. What was radical in 1971 is mainstream today. The non- Bowie’s conformity offered a new standard. David Bowie was not a chameleon. He never blended into the background.
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Bowie was the master of reinvention. It took British director Francis Whately three separate documentaries to explore the singer’s career: David Bowie: five years (2013), which focused on its introduction to the general public, David Bowie: The Last Five Years (2017), which examined the making of Bowie’s last two records, David Bowie: Finding Fame (2019), which explores his early years.