David Bowie's Early Years Chronicled In New Showtime Doc

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The new documentary, David Bowie: Finding Fame, will debut on Showtime on Friday, August 9th at 9 pm ET / 10 pm Central. The film delves into the rock icon's formative years that preceded his global superstardom.

According to the official announcement:

David Bowie's death in January 2016 felt like a major milestone. He was one of the most influential music artists of his generation, but Bowie before the creation of Ziggy Stardust, the alter ego that made him famous, remains largely unknown.

This film follows five years of his early career, from the late 1960s through to the on-stage death of Ziggy Stardust in 1973. It shows how many of the ideas that originated during these early years and features never seen before archive interviews with some of Bowie's earliest collaborators.

David Bowie, who died in 2006 at the age of 69, never shied away from allowing influences from any era and genre to creep into his work -- although later in life he admitted he was a bit more subtle at wearing them on his sleeve: "People like Sonic Youth and Frank Black were major influences on me in the '80s, when I was singing and working on stuff that, really, I was indifferent to. What I was actually doing was going home and listening to the Pixies and Sonic Youth, but that's how life is. But I got wise -- I wised up -- and now I just do what I want to do."