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David Bowie

David Robert Jones (8 January 1947 – 10 January 2016), known professionally as David Bowie, was an English singer, songwriter and actor. He was a figure in popular music for over five decades, regarded by critics and musicians as an innovator, particularly for his work in the 1970s. His career was marked by reinvention and visual presentation, his music and stagecraft significantly influencing popular music. During his lifetime, his record sales, estimated at 140 million worldwide, made him one of the world's best-selling music artists. In the UK, he was awarded nine platinum album certifications, eleven gold and eight silver, releasing eleven number-one albums. In the US, he received five platinum and seven gold certifications. He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1996. Born and raised in South London, Bowie developed an interest in music as a child, eventually studying art, music and design before embarking on a professional career as a musician in 1963. "Space Oddity" became his first top-five entry on the UK Singles Chart after its release in July 1969. After a period of experimentation, he re-emerged in 1972 during the glam rock era with his flamboyant and androgynous alter ego Ziggy Stardust. The character was spearheaded by the success of his single "Starman" and album The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars, which won him widespread popularity. In 1975, Bowie's style shifted radically towards a sound he characterised as "plastic soul", initially alienating many of his UK devotees but garnering him his first major US crossover success with the number-one single "Fame" and the album Young Americans. In 1976, Bowie starred in the cult film The Man Who Fell to Earth and released Station to Station. The following year, he further confounded musical expectations with the electronic-inflected album Low (1977), the first of three collaborations with Brian Eno that would come to be known as the "Berlin Trilogy". "Heroes" (1977) and Lodger (1979) followed; each album reached the UK top five and received lasting critical praise. After uneven commercial success in the late 1970s, Bowie had UK number ones with the 1980 single "Ashes to Ashes", its parent album Scary Monsters (And Super Creeps), and "Under Pressure", a 1981 collaboration with Queen. He then reached his commercial peak in 1983 with Let's Dance, with its title track topping both UK and US charts. Throughout the 1990s and 2000s, Bowie continued to experiment with musical styles, including industrial and jungle. Bowie also continued acting; his roles included Major Celliers in Merry Christmas, Mr. Lawrence (1983), the Goblin King Jareth in Labyrinth (1986), Pontius Pilate in The Last Temptation of Christ (1988), and Nikola Tesla in The Prestige (2006), among other film and television appearances and cameos. He stopped concert touring after 2004 and his last live performance was at a charity event in 2006. In 2013, Bowie returned from a decade-long recording hiatus with the release of The Next Day. He remained musically active until he died of liver cancer two days after the release of his final album, Blackstar (2016). Born : 8th-Jan-1947

Movie Credits

Beside Bowie: The Mick Ronson Story

Beside Bowie: The Mick Ronson Story is a documentary about the life and work of Michael "Mick" Ronson, the guitarist, songwriter, producer and arranger who, in the early part of his career, performed with David Bowie as one of the 'Spiders from Mars'.
Released : 9th-May-2017

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David Bowie: The Man Who Stole the World

With the news of his passing flooding newspaper headlines, and millions of fans paying tribute to him on social media, David Bowie's departure has left a mark on many all over the world. Known as a musical chameleon, Bowie was able to flow and adapt his music and style to current fashion and trends. Prior to his breakthrough in 1972, he recorded a proto-metal record and a pop/rock album, eventually redefining glam rock with his ambiguously sexy Ziggy Stardust persona. Ziggy made Bowie an international star, yet he wasn't content with gleaming mere glitter rock. Each one of his phases in the '70s sparked a number of subgenres, including punk, new wave, goth rock, the new romantics, and electronica. Few rock heroes ever had such lasting impact. With just two days after his 69th birthday and the uncannily timed release of his most poignant album ‘Blackstar’, he left his fans with a parting gift that will solidify his already indelible mark in music history.
Released : 26th-Apr-2016

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David Bowie: Sound and Vision

A special programme on the life and music of David Bowie, presented by Jeremy Vine. Bowie was one of the most influential musicians of his time, constantly re-inventing his persona and sound, from the 1960s hippy of Space Oddity, through Ziggy Stardust and the Thin White Duke to his later incarnation as a soulful rocker.
Released : 12th-Jan-2016

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David Bowie: Starman

A celebration of the career of the musician, whose death from cancer was announced 11th Jan 2016. Bowie's work was the soundtrack to a generation and influenced countless musicians and this features memorable music videos and performances, as well as tributes from friends and fans around the world.
Released : 11th-Jan-2016

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Let's Dance: Bowie Down Under

The remarkable, forgotten story behind David Bowie’s biggest-ever hit record – and how an unlikely journey, deep into the Australian outback, led to its unprecedented success.
Released : 10th-Feb-2015

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B-Movie: Lust & Sound in West-Berlin

Music, art and chaos in the wild West-Berlin of the 1980s. The walled-in city became the creative melting pot for sub- and pop-culture. Before the iron curtain fell, everything and anything seemed possible. B-Movie is a fast-paced collage of mostly unreleased film and TV footage from a frenzied but creative decade, starting with punk and ending with the Love Parade, in a city where the days are short and the nights are endless. Where it was not about long-term success, but about living for the moment - the here and now.
Released : 5th-Feb-2015

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Wilde Jahre West-Berlin

Tv documentary by Margarete Kreuzer about the sub-culture of West-Berlin in the 1980s. The unique political and geographical status of West-Berlin in the cold war lead to a unique scene of artists reflecting the Zeitgeist and creating profound work that is now a part of history. A lot of historical footage is used and interesting anecdotes are shared. For example the story of creating the famous Die Dominas project involving Kraftwerk.
Released : 1st-Jan-2015

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Bing Crosby Rediscovered

Bing Crosby was, without a doubt, the most popular and influential multi-media star of the first half of the twentieth century, pulling audiences in with his intimate, laid-back voice and innate charm. Narrated by Stanley Tucci and directed by Robert Trachtenberg, this film explores the life and legend of this iconic performer, revealing a personality far more complex than the image the public had only thought they'd known.
Released : 2nd-Dec-2014

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David Bowie: The Next Day

Music video by David Bowie performing The Next Day.
Released : 30th-Apr-2013

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Clockwork Orange County

Many objected to leather-jacket, spike-hair kids with tattoos. But, that did not dissuade a generation... No one realized that a little club in Costa Mesa, CA would end up spawning a multi-billion dollar youth culture that still endures today! It was the Cuckoos Nest of the late 70s and early 80s. With archival, unseen and new footage, the filmmakers compiled an intimate story about the beginning of a movement, a place of refuge for a youth culture, a fearful establishment and a police force that didnt understand what was happening.
Released : 4th-Jul-2012

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David Bowie & the Story of Ziggy Stardust

Both a visual flashback and a telling of the life and birth of the alter ego that was David Bowie's Ziggy Stardust.
Released : 22nd-Jun-2012

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The Love We Make

"The Love We Make", a film directed by Albert Maysles ("Gimme Shelter") and Bradley Kaplan, follows Paul McCartney as he journeys through the streets of New York City in the aftermath of the destruction of the World Trade Center on September 11th, 2001. It also chronicles the planning and performance of the benefit concert that took place less than six months after the attacks: "The Concert For New York City".
Released : 10th-Sep-2011

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Acoustic At The BBC

A journey through some of the finest moments of acoustic guitar performances from the BBC archives, from Jimmy Page's television debut in 1958 to Noel Gallagher and Biffy Clyro.
Released : 2nd-Sep-2011

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David Bowie: Rare and Unseen

Most famous for his alter-ego, the ostentatious, androgynous "Ziggy Stardust", Bowie has continually reinvented his music and image. He has had numerous top ten hits in the US & UK, most notably China Girl, Space Oddity, Under Pressure and more. Told through archive interviews (originally thought lost) and rare and unseen footage, this DVD is a worthy addition to any Bowie collection. Items genuinely unseen and never before appeared on DVD including film from the ITN archive. Includes lost and now restored TV interviews from the past and rare film of the singer talking about his career.
Released : 1st-Jan-2010

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Bandslam

A high school social outcast and the popular girl bond through a shared love of music.
Released : 6th-Aug-2009

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David Bowie: VH1 Storytellers

This is a Live performance for the Cable TV Show 'VH1 Storytellers' featuring David Bowie. The show was recorded on August 23, 1999, and contains songs spanning David's career from the 60's thru to his then-current release, 'Hours'. Tracklist: 1. Life On Mars? (truncated), 2. Rebel Rebel" (truncated), 3. Thursday's Child, 4. Can't Help Thinking About Me, 5. China Girl, 6. Seven, 7. Drive-In Saturday, 8. Word On A Wing, 9. Survive, 10. I Can't Read, 11. Always Crashing in the Same Car, 12. If I'm Dreaming My Life
Released : 14th-Jul-2009

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August

August is a 2008 drama film directed by Austin Chick and produced by 57th & Irving. The screenplay by Howard A. Rodman focuses on two brothers, ambitious dot-com entrepreneurs attempting to keep their company afloat as the stock market begins to collapse in August 2001, one month prior to the 9/11 attacks.
Released : 16th-May-2008

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David Gilmour: Remember That Night

David Gilmour: Remember That Night - Live From Royal Albert Hall captures the Pink Floyd guitarist playing a number of that band's most well known songs along with selections from his solo album On An Island. A number of special guest stars play with him over the course of the evening including David Bowie, and Graham Nash. - Perry Seibert, All Movie Guide
Released : 6th-Sep-2007

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David Bowie: Glass Spider

David Bowie's Glass Spider Tour show, held in November 1987 at the Sydney Entertainment Centre, Australia. The astonishing David Bowie in an eye-popping, mind-blowing concert from his benchmark Glass Spider tour of the '80s. It is expertly shot on video, capturing all the theatricality, intensity, weirdness, and beauty that are Bowie's stock in trade. Features Bowie performing his biggest hits including 'China Girl,' `Let's Dance,' `Heroes,' `Fame,' `Young Americans,' `Loving The Alien,' and many others.
Released : 22nd-Jun-2007

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Arthur and the Invisibles

Arthur is a spirited ten-year old whose parents are away looking for work, whose eccentric grandfather has been missing for several years, and who lives with his grandmother in a country house that, in two days, will be repossessed, torn down, and turned into a block of flats unless Arthur's grandfather returns to sign some papers and pay off the family debt. Arthur discovers that the key to success lies in his own descent into the land of the Minimoys, creatures no larger than a tooth, whom his grandfather helped relocate to their garden. Somewhere among them is hidden a pile of rubies, too. Can Arthur be of stout heart and save the day? Romance beckons as well, and a villain lurks.
Released : 13th-Dec-2006

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TV Credits

Full Stretch

David Bowie
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