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The Calm Before The Storm

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Documentary that takes an in-depth look at the artistic work of David Bowie between 1969 and 1971. The period saw Bowie write and record some of his most acclaimed albums, including 'The Man Who Sold the World' (1970) and 'Hunky Dory' (1971). A number of people who knew Bowie during the period, including John Peel, Keith Christmas and Annie Nightingale, contribute their thoughts.

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Product Details

  • Actors: David Bowie
  • Directors: n, a
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
    NR
    Not Rated
  • Studio: Sexy Intellectual
  • DVD Release Date: August 21, 2012
  • Run Time: 65 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0085TZTMM
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #23,076 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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The storm in question here being the way would be rock icon in waiting
David Bowie found himself catapulted to superstardom in the wake of
the era-defining release of Ziggy Stardust in June 1972.

This documentary lands hot on the heels of the
40th anniversary of the release of Bowie's career-shaping Ziggy
Stardust and The Spiders from Mars. However, while the recent focus
has been concentrated on the genesis and the unstoppable rise of Ziggy
here the scope is consciously restricted to Bowie's pre Ziggy career
with special emphasis on the key formative years of 1969-1971.

Bowie's idiosyncratic career path is plotted from the earliest days of
his fledgling pop persona circa '65-'67 when he emerged as a maverick
fusion of Tony Newley and Syd Barrett to his chance meeting with Tony
Visconti and his subsequent career transforming recording of 'Space
Oddity' in 1969. Thereafter, his second album David Bowie aka Space
Oddity comes under the critical microscope before The Man Who Sold The
World and Hunky Dory get the same treatment via a mix of archive TV
clips and period film footage, audio interviews with the man who would
be Ziggy, contributions from critics including Shindig!s Kris Needs
and Paolo Hewitt plus interviews with former band members John
Cambridge, John Hutchinson, Keith Christmas, Bob Solly and in one of his last
interviews, John Peel.

This film offers a superb overview of Bowie's career before he joined the big leagues, and for anybody who is only familiar with his story post-Ziggy, this DVD will prove invaluable.
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This is a documentary covering the early work of David Bowie that leads to his breakout in the US after the Ziggy Stardust record. I would have liked to see more about Mick Ronson, but overall it gives a good idea of Bowie's step by step journey into music creation and sucess.The main records covered are Space Oditty(Man of words, Man of Music),Man Who Sold the World, and Hunky Dory. But previous records, as well as the Ziggy Lp are also discussed. A good buy for a Bowie fan or a rock historian in gereral.
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David Bowie - The Calm Before the Storm is a must see for Bowie fans. I knew I liked a few of his songs, but watching this, realized I liked more than I thought. The film follows his early work pre-Ziggy Stardust and how he transformed himself over and over again musically, personally and professionally.

He went from a more folk-y musician to the androgynous persona we remember him as. He influenced generations of people and the documentary includes one of Kurt Cobain's last performances, Nirvana's MTV Unplugged where they covered Bowie's "The Man Who Sold the World" (which is still one of the most haunting cover songs of all time). It features a good mix of music, old footage, interviews and people talking about how his music influenced them and shaped their lives.

This is a great musical documentary that will easily fit into your music collections. It`s a must watch for Bowie fans and it might show some people who don`t think they are fans, that they are. Some great early footage of the music icon and you can see his transformation from rather normal looking David Jones into cross dressing, make up wearing, performance rocking music god. And let's face it... "Space Oddity" is one of the most iconic songs in music history.
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I gave it 2 stars because I cannot "hate" anything Bowie, however it is not recommended as a buy. If you find a used, cheap copy maybe... It is narrated and has interviews with people, many of which are not really big Bowie fans. Hutch sounds a little bitter. All the same it's maybe interesting if you can find it cheap enough. The thing to know is these are being reproduced and packaged to look differently. If you see "David Bowie - The Final Changes" which is a two DVD set that is slickly packaged -- this is the exact same DVD as the " one entitled, "Floating in a Tn Can" in that packaged set. Completely different covers --appears to be different companies but the EXACT same DVD. So just know what your buying. As a fan, I didn't learn anything I didn't know and I disagreed with some of their "opinions."
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Horrible. Large letters on back screaming UNAUTHORIZED. A collection of old tossers sitting around talking about Bowie. No wonder Bowie and his management wanted to make sure they had nothing to do with this t*rd.
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