David Bowie - in 1971, at the threshold of gender-bending.

David Bowie – In Concert – Paris Theater, London – 1971 – Nights At The Roundtable: Concert Edition

David Bowie - in 1971, at the threshold of gender-bending.

David Bowie – in 1971, at the threshold of glitter, gender-bending and shapes of things to come.

Click on the link here for Audio Player – David Bowie – In Concert with John Peel – June 20,1971 – BBC Radio 1

David Bowie’s breakthrough album Hunky Dory wouldn’t come out until December, but this concert gives a lot of previews of coming attractions. Big changes were coming down. The Man Who Sold World, which had been released only months before, laid the groundwork for what was to come. It could be said this concert, hosted by none other than John Peel and recorded at the BBC’s Paris Theatre in London, was a gestation period for Glam as it was to become. Six months later, the whole scene would change.

So this could be considered historic – probably on the par with Bowie’s Glastonbury performance, which occurred three days later, on June 23, 1971.

Bowie enthusiasts have probably heard this one thousands of times. It’s still exciting to listen to, just to know what was around the corner.

You really do need to play this one loud.

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