David Bowie didn’t feel like a rock star in the early to mid-’70s — when his rock-star theatrics were at their peak.
The latest installment of PBS Digital Studios’ “Blank on Blank” finds Bowie reflecting on his Ziggy Stardust years, when he melded Kabuki theater and sci-fi to create a space-alien alter ego. The series brings to life old interviews — this one is from 1988 — with new animation.
Interviewer Joe Smith asked Bowie if he thought the spacey persona kept his music from being taken seriously.
“I think I moved out of Ziggy fast enough so as not to be caught by that one,” Bowie said.
And though Bowie realized later that he was never deeper into rock star theatrics than during his Ziggy period, he didn’t feel like a rock star at the time.
“I never really felt like a rock singer or a rock star. I always felt a little bit out of my element,” he said.
“Blank on Blank” was created by David Gerlach.
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