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Filled with ex Melody Maker journos pontificating about the meaning of albums without going any deeper than a quick wipe across the surface. So nothing about where he lived, who he met, what he did and how he coped. Just talking heads displaying the meaning of the songs to themselves. There were no great insights either. It appears journos live in a plastic bubble well away from nasty reality checks such as imminent nuclear destruction. paranoia and personal psychological destruction.

Each refers the songs back to either Station to Station or Neu/Kraftwerk without any great explanation why. No mention of the Lour Reed spat or the relationship with Iggy, the women who appeared and disappeared along with everyone else. The video sums up the vacuous nature of the music press and their insular world view.

Bowie makes no appearance except on a tape, someone found and a few blurry concert pics. There is also no Eno but the stars shine for the German guys and the English guy who were forces during this period. For anyone else - save your money - this has minimal insight and it is not a heirloom
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on 22 February 2016
Bowie in Berlin: Sound & Vision supreme!


Rob Jones

The Bowie in Berlin DVD traces the period surrounding probably the most fertile years of the recently deceased rock god. 1969 kick started the Bowie buoyancy as he transformed himself from just another folk pop artist in to a Space Oddity sensation. From that elevation it was onwards through other phases heading towards the monumental Ziggy Stardust and then soul boy come Thin White Duke era. The creativity was evident as David Bowie morphed from 60’s wannabe to 70’s wonder!
A lead part as an alien in the Man who fell to Earth movie had the man born David Robert Jones shift gears. This androgynous idol was also drawn towards the aural adventure apparent in Germany. Bowie packed his bags and Iggy Pop joined him for what was to prove to be a successful stint in Berlin. These pop pioneers sought to clean up their acts while taking their respective careers in new directions. It certainly worked for Iggy who with the assistance of David made some of his most memorable music.
Meanwhile, Bowie as per usual used his skills to hone in on key players such as Kraftwerk and the underground stars of the krautrock scene. The magpie mechanics of the Brixton boy was to score fresh praise and personnel such as Tony Visconti, Brian Eno and Robert Fripp played roles in another new and exciting Bowie chapter.
An era of electro experimentation blended with an already pertinent ability to create a premier pop/rebel rock mix enabled alternative album aplomb to flourish across the years 1976-1979. As a result the remarkable records: Low, Heroes and Lodger surfaced and in turn stamped their phenomenal fare upon the musical world.
Associates, analysts, affecters and admirers unveil the details surrounding these renowned studio triumphs-and, once again the brilliance of Bowie comes to the fore.
As 2016 opened the life of Bowie ended-and, the great man is sorely missed! To soften this hammer blow we can rejoice in a sublime sonic style and dexterous documentary delights such as Bowie in Berlin also present monumental memories!
David Bowie VIP RIP.
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on 28 June 2013
It was an interesting film. Covered the music he produced in Berlin, rather than his time in Berlin.
Had some interesting contributions, but not authorised so didn't have any contributions from Bowie himself.
As it was only cheap, it was good value.
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on 17 December 2013
Claimed to have rare footage but there was very little, mostly just the same pictures shown repeatedly throughout. Plenty of arm chair pontificating and subjective point of views from people who were not closely associated with Bowie. I bought this for my husband, who is a huge fan and it definitely was not what it says on the box! Regret the purchase so glad it was cheap!
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on 7 November 2015
An excellent Bowie documentary on the best years of the mans career.
Great Footage and Interviews
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on 3 January 2014
This was a present for my dad and he was over the moon when he opened it. Again arrived in good time and in good condition!!
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on 6 January 2016
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