• landjohn

    Wow, this is fascinating stuff. It speaks of a very different time. The past is indeed a foreign country. That reference to Hitler is troubling, isn’t it? Whilst one could never mistake Bowie for a right winger, he was clearly fascinated by the whole Nazi thing in historical terms when he was young , and what we perhaps misread as a momentary aberration in 1976 was of a piece with his early Nietzschean interests (and of course the Crowley references on Hunky Dory).

    It also recalls a time, pre- internet, pre digitalization, when real people could say pretty much what they wanted. If you wanted to read an interview, you read it, if you didn’t, you didn’t. And of course back then there was very little interest from the establishment media in figures like Bowie. This was a genuine counter culture which had veered away from the mainstream more and more after Sergeant Pepper.

    I love the line “in England, we take our time about that and philosophize… we’re lethargic, we don’t produce any action. We just talk a lot.” I fear that is an England of long ago. The eighties destroyed it.

    This is by far the most interesting interview I have read in the revivals of all the material in the last few weeks. Thank you for sharing it.

  • Matthew

    Shame you felt the need to put that silly disclaimer at the top of an otherwise great piece.

    • Jeri Creson

      I’d totally agree with that statement. What’s the matter with us that we’ve come to a place where we have to be apologetic about shocking somebody? Isn’t that counter to the very point that David Bowie made, quite successfully, his entire life?

    • rocketgrrrrl

      I agree. But I also think the disclaimer is misleading or just uninformed–Bowie disclaimed things he said around 1975/76 during his cocaine addiction period, not things he said in 1971.