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“Talking ’bout Monroe and walking on Snow White” December 13, 2011


You may have heard recently that two of the 108 lost Doctor Who episodes have now been discovered, featuring William Hartnell and Patrick Troughton respectively. Well did you know that a former TV cameraman from Oxfordshire has discovered a very rare clip of David Bowie performing “The Jean Genie” on the BBCs Top Of The Pops?

John Henshall was the cameraman when Bowie and the Spiders recorded the clip on January 3rd 1973. It was broadcast the following day and hasn’t been seen since. Henshall had kept a copy because he had used a number of new techniques and some new equipment during the shoot. Notably the fish eye lens. Click here to read the story on the BBC.

The film will now be shown in full on BBC4 next year. Along with many other Bowie fans I am a little excited by this news. Enjoy this clip of the song taken from the 1973 US TV Special ‘The 1980 Floor Show’ while you wait for that elusive Top Of The Pops footage to air next year.

 

6 Responses to ““Talking ’bout Monroe and walking on Snow White””

  1. Oh wow. I am excited.
    Will it be online?

    • justwilliam1959 Says:

      Well given that it’s on the BBC (the report said it would be shown on BBC4 next year) I would feel pretty confident that it will be available on line some tome next year. Maybe Mr Bowie could agree to make it available on his own site 🙂

    • justwilliam1959 Says:

      It looks like the missing film may well be shown on BBC4 in the UK this Wednesday at 19.30 🙂

  2. […] on Top Of The Pops in 1973 has recently been unearthed. I posted about it on December 13th, just click here to read that […]

  3. […] the missing footage of David Bowie doing “The Jean Genie” on Top of the Pops in 1973.  Click here and here to see the earlier posts. The reason for this last post is that the video has now […]


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