This looks like Mick the morning after the sleepover, finally taking the dare to call that boy in second period geometry he has a crush on. What it IS lounging at producer Michael Butler’s LA home, 1972, by Ken Regan.
David Bowie, getting prepped for his appearance on ABC’s Good Morning America, February 3, 1976, by Neal Preston
Okay, so here’s a query for you Bowie whizzes that I’ve asked all over the web, and have yet to find an answer. What the heck was David on GMA to talk about?
The rest of the context is that he was in Los Angeles to speak with Rona Barrett, GMA’s Hollywood correspondent (the show was, and is, based in New York), and he was there with Angie. So more specifically, what was Dave on Good Morning America to talk about alongside Angie?
Here they are on air….
…and backstage with Rona:
In context, he’d just begun his Isolar tour in support of Station To Station, which makes me wonder about if the date of Feb. 3 on these photos can possibly be correct. He’d played Vancouver to open the tour the night before and was due in Seattle later that night, but to be in LA for a New York live spot, he might have been on set as early as 5am — and he notoriously hated to fly, and no way he could have done this by train.
Maybe it was a taped segment to promote his 3-night run in LA starting the 8th, plus a night in San Diego, the following week? But still, how? Or maybe he did the taping when he did in fact arrive in LA…which still begs the question, what would he have been talking about with Angie alongside him?
Anyway, this is some of the stuff that keeps me awake at night, and why I spend an average of maybe an hour of research per post I make, and in some cases, like this one, doing vastly more than that, over a period of months or even years. And sometimes to no avail.
Sooooooo, my Bowie experts, what can you tell me? Help a brother get some sleep!
PS. #rant on: These pictures are typically credited to the Michael Ochs Archives, a pet peeve of mine. That’s accurate enough, but Michael Ochs wasn’t a photographer himself. He rightly saw an opportunity to manage the rights of other people’s photographs, and did what he could to elevate the brand value of his archive, even if it meant erasing the names of the original photographers. For all my gratitude for preserving the photos, a pox on him and his estate’s minions at Getty for obscuring the heritage of the photographers who actually did the work, here, as noted, Neal Preston. Sometimes “Michael Ochs Archives” is the only name we’ll ever have, but please do the fandom a favor when you can, and try to find the REAL names of the photographers when you post them. #rant off