Category: david bowie




Another fantastic Brian Ward photo from HD album cover sessions




David Bowie on The Dick Cavett Show, aired December 5, 1974, with David Sanborn (sax), Earl Slick, Carlos Alomar (guitars), and Pablo Rosario (percussion)

I need to find this somewhere on the interwebs.

Here ya go! It’s quite ragged, coming at the end of 74 Diamond Dog/Soul Dog shows. David’s voice is shredded, but this stompin’ cover of “Footstompin’” by The Flairs features a Carlos Alomar riff that evolved into the foundation of Bowie’s track “Fame”, which the band recorded the following month.

Also featured: Geoff MacCormack (aka Warren Peace) and Luther Vandross on vocals, David Sanborn on sax, and a cutaway to a dancing Ava Cherry.

Poke around and you can find this entire episode of Cavett online, with a highly animated (coked up?) Bowie chattering away, as well as edited performances of “1984″ and the recently recorded but still unreleased title track of “Young Americans”.

Keep in mind that in the US, we were still nearly a full year before Bowie’s prime time TV debut (on Cher, November 23, 1975), so this was the first time that much of mainstream America got a look at our boy in action– as well, indeed, as the first look most of us got of Luther Vandross and the wailin’ David Sanborn.  

So a bit of a mess, yes, but history usually is!


David Bowie’s Ziggy Stardust album photoshoot outtake. 1972.


 Brian Ward


David Bowie and Jim Henson, Labyrinth.


David Bowie backstage before going on as The Elephant Man on Broadway. 1980

Mary Ellen Mark

David Bowie

From the October, 1979 issue of GROOVES Magazine


Cherie Currie of The Runaways listens to records at home, 1977

Of COURSE the two posters next to the record player are of 1973 Bowie and The Runaways.

Iggy Pop, 1977, by Chris Stein, my edit of original via rollingstone

“We toured with Iggy on his Idiot Tour. He was great. He’s such a sweet guy. And the whole Bowie connection was a huge deal to us; Bowie was playing piano in the background on that tour. Everybody knew he was there, but it was very generous. He really loved Iggy. The performances were great. When we got to Detroit, it was complete mayhem. People were just taking their clothes off – leather jackets and cameras and shit like that – and throwing them onstage. It was amazing. We learned a lot on that tour. They were super professional and Bowie gave pointers to Debbie about how to work the stage.” ~Chris Stein


“I’m a little teapot…”