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.