David Bowie Documentary: ‘The First Five Years’ Has Been Announced


BBC has shared details a new documentary exploring David Bowie’s pre-Ziggy Stardust days. It’s simply called David Bowie: The First Five Years.

Due out for release next year the documentary begins in 1966 following Bowie’s decision to change his name from David Jones and comprises of unheard audio recordings and unpublished documents as well as interviews with friends and fellow collaborators.

Within the unearthed documents is a rather negative 1965 report by BBC’s Talent Selection Group on an early audition Bowie presented to the network at the time. As part of the documentary, the audition’s drummer Phil Lancaster has been recorded reading the audition report for the first time.

David Bowie: The First Five Years. Will go out on BBC Two in 2019 to celebrate the 50th anniversary of David Bowie’s “Space Oddity.” This is the third documentary in the trilogy conceived by BBC Studios Production, following David Bowie: Five Years in 2013 and David Bowie: The Last Five Years in 2017. Later this month, BBC Four will screen David  Bowie’s headlining show at the 2000 Glastonbury Festival.

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