NEW DAVID BOWIE DOCUMENTARY PREMIERES TONIGHT ON HBO

 



The David Bowie documentary The Last Five Years debuts tonight (Monday) on HBO. 

But, as Rolling Stone points out, the story began more than a decade ago, during what became his final tour in 2004.

A heart attack not long after the final show at Germany's Hurricane Festival nearly drove him to retirement. And when he began the album The Next Day, he became increasingly secretive -- to the point of having his musicians sign non-disclosure agreements.

Other topics covered by producer Tony Visconti and other longtime associates:

  • The politically themed song "Valentine's Day."
  • His lifelong interest in jazz as reflected in using the Donny McCaslin Band as his backups on Blackstar.
  • The video for "Blackstar" and its allusion to his character Major Tom.
  • The decision of George Orwell's widow that kept him from his dream of turning the novel 1984 into a musical.
  • How he turned his attention to his musical Lazarus instead.
  • His hesitancy to use "Heroes" as the closing song in Lazarus.

Source: RollingStone.com

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