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Blondie: Debbie Harry in denim

Blondie: Debbie Harry in denim

John & Yoko in Central Park, 1973, by Bob …

John & Yoko in Central Park, 1973, by Bob Gruen

Debbie Harry, Blondie. For the next time anyon…

Debbie Harry, Blondie. For the next time anyone tries to tell you that a little white dress ain’t punk.

The Doors, strange-ish days. Photo by Joel Bro…

The Doors, strange-ish days. Photo by Joel Brodsky.

glam-rock-guru: soundsof71: David Bowie, Rin…

glam-rock-guru:

soundsof71:

David Bowie, Ringo Starr and their hair, relaxing back stage.

Omg I’ve never seen this before

This is from a remarkable 1974 BBC documentary called Cracked Actor. They re-run it every so often, but it’s also available online if you poke around a bit. By far the best documentation (and really, darn near the ONLY documentation) we have of one of the artistically ambitious tours undertaken by anyone to date, very quickly stripped down soon after this as David turned the corner from glam to soul. He was clearly having a bit of trouble personally, and the interviews are difficult to watch, but my god, the performances are stunning. 

There’s also a bit from Ziggy’s final show (D.A. Pennebaker’s famous footage), as well as a few other shows on this tour, and for my money, 1974 really is where all pieces started coming together, as David leaves the intentional fakery of Ziggy, and Ziggy’s musically conservative, retro vibe behind to become something truly new.

Here’s part 1 of Cracked Actor, noting again that if you can’t see this in your territory or if it gets taken down, just keep poking around (including beyond YouTube). It’s out there, I promise, in every sense of that phrase, and worth every bit of effort to track it down.

Marvin Gaye in motion, by Jim Britt

Marvin Gaye in motion, by Jim Britt

Debbie Harry, 1978. Never let anyone tell you …

Debbie Harry, 1978. Never let anyone tell you that a fuzzy peach sweater ain’t punk. Photo by Chris Stein.

Joey Ramone, Los Angeles 1977, by Danny Fields…

Joey Ramone, Los Angeles 1977, by Danny Fields.

Mick Jagger, Paris 1971, by Jean-Marie Périer

Mick Jagger, Paris 1971, by Jean-Marie Périer

David Bowie: Ziggy Stardust in New York City, …

David Bowie: Ziggy Stardust in New York City, by Leee Black Childers.