David Bowie lives on

Jasmine Howard
Staff Writer
jah4470@lhup.edu

BBC will be releasing a new documentary entitled “The Last Five Years” focusing on the life of David Bowie in the final conclusive period of his career. The documentary is scheduled to release in January 2017.

According to Alex Galbraith, writer for Consequence of Sound, “The Last Five Years” is said to be a sequel to director Francis Whatley’s 2013 documentary “David Bowie: Five Years.” This documentary will cover the making of Bowie’s last two albums, “The Next Day” and “Blackstar” and also the ever-so-popular musical “Lazarus.”

The documentary will broadcast the “never before-heard final vocal Bowie ever recorded for ‘Lazarus’” says Daniel Kreps, writer for Rolling Stone.

Director Whately has his hands full in making a follow-up Bowie documentary and will hopefully do Bowie justice yet again.

“I always hoped that I would make another film about Bowie as we were only able to scratch the surface in the first film, but I just didn’t expect it to be this soon,” says Whately.

“Looking at Bowie’s extraordinary creativity during the last five years of his life has allowed me to re-examine his life’s work and move beyond the simplistic view that his career was simply predicated on change,” he continues.

The documentary will also include supposed unseen footage of Bowie interviews and comments from collaborators and comrades of his.  It will give fans yet another opportunity to reminisce their beloved idol.  Some fans took to social media to express their excitement for this documentary.

Bowie fan Paul Hollins said, “A year after his death; this will be a compelling documentary of the brilliant David Bowie.”

“Straight away, this is more appealing and interesting than yet another re-hash greatest hits album that blights rather than enhances Bowie’s legacy,” says fan Mick Ronson.

The Bowie January 2017 tribute train doesn’t stop there. BBC Four will also air “Bowie at the BBC” which is a “compilation of rare footage throughout his career as captured by the BBC.” You will see him from his very first performance to his last performance before his death.

But wait, there’s more. BBC Radio 2 will broadcast “Life on Mars” and BBC Radio 6 Music will let listeners vote for their favorite Bowie album. Once the vote is decided, there will be a listening party for that entire album.

The legendary singer songwriter died at 69 years old on January 10, 2016 due to a long battle with cancer. The documentary is being released in January in honor of the one-year anniversary of his death as well as his birthday, January 8.

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