It’s been awhile! We went away to Vegas and out to the desert. I took a ton of pictures. Once we organize ourselves a bit there’ll be a Travel Adventure Breakdown complete with Adventure Photographs posted here. It’ll be awesome.
Anyway.Last night on the Biography channel we caught the Biography of David Bowie. It was very cool — entertaining and informative without pulling away too many shrouds of mystery. Only past Bowie interview clips were used along with the obligatory rock journalists and historians; Bowie himself contributed nothing to help people understand him or his work. Nothing but the work and interviews of those times.
But one thing about the Biography program bothered me. According to the program, Bowie had only one significant collaborator with him when he relocated to Berlin for the famous Berlin Trilogy of albums (“Low,” “Heroes” and “Lodger”), and that collaborator was none other than…
I found this whole story about them moving to Berlin together to help each other get clean and to kickstart their creativity to be awesome. The descriptions of the two of them zooming around this defeated-looking concrete city conjure some of the more unexpected visions for rock superstardom you will likely meet. And this was all stuff that I was unaware of, too, so bonus — like they say on South Park, I learned something today!
But no mention at all of Brian Eno and his huge involvement in all three of these Bowie albums? Well, I was surprised is all. To be fair, I guess, they made no mention of Tony Visconti, who produced all three albums for Bowie. Eno in fact didn’t produce any of them, which is a misconception I myself was until recently under the spell of.
So I guess from that point of view it makes sense that Iggy Pop and David Bowie was more the story to tell than Brian Eno and David Bowie was.
For a moment, though, I thought one of the Biography channel people succumbed to the swine flu outbreak and this caused some kind of oversight. You never know.
But anyway, I recommend checking out the David Bowie Biography. Check your local cable listings.