In this new animated interview with David Bowie, we learn his very realistic reflections on his life as the ultimate rock star in the 1970s.
Bowie says that now he lives a very sedate life that is far from that of a rock star. Bowie reflects on his education in one of the first art-oriented high school in England and his start in the advertising industry. His first art teacher was Peter Frampton's father, which is quite a coincidence for fans of '70s rock.
Bowie always has seemed much more down-to-earth than this rather freakish image of the mid-'70s might suggest, and this interview appears to prove it. No mention, though, of his most recent release, which was a surprise hit a couple of years ago.
Probably the most amazing thing about this animation is that it animates a relaxed interview by Joe Smith that sounds like it was done last week, but in fact was completed over 25 years ago:
"I never really felt like a rock singer or a rock star or whatever," David Bowie said about his Ziggy Stardust era in the 1988 interview. "Now I realize that from '72 through to about '76, I was the ultimate rock star. I couldn't have been more rock star."Bowie added that he now understood the underpinnings of the appeal of his character, which actually sort of stemmed from animation:
"Ziggy was [cartoonish]. "I mean he was half out of sci-fi rock and half out of the Japanese theater. The clothes were, at that time, simply outrageous. Nobody had seen anything like them before."Animation is terrific in giving a timeless quality to events like this interview. This is part of the PBS Digital Studios "Blank on Blank" series of animated interviews.
From the youtube page:
"I never really felt like a rock singer or a rock star. I always felt a little bit out of my element"
- David Bowie
GIFs and more Bowie @ http://www.blankonblank.org
Interview by Joe Smith
Hear the full interview catalog at the Library of Congress
Executive Producer: David Gerlach
Animator: Patrick Smith
Netherlands Institute for Sound and Vision
Ziggy Stardust: The Motion Picture, Parlophone
David Bowie "Life on Mars" Video, EMI
Old Grey Whistle Test, BBC