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Lost 1973 David Bowie Ziggy Stardust Video Found (watch!)

Lost 1973 David Bowie Ziggy Stardust Video Found (watch!) 1David Bowie’s long lost 1973 television performance as flamboyant, androgynous alter ego Ziggy Stardust has resurfaced after 38 years. It aired in 1973 and just re-aired on a BBC Christmas special.

Bowie was at the center of the glam rock movement when he appeared on Britain’s “Top of the Pops” show and sang his then No. 2 hit “The Jean Genie,” with his band, The Spiders from Mars. The tune was off his classic album The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars.

A video tape of the show was thought lost when the BBC started a controversial money-saving policy that resulted in hundreds of tapes being erased so they could be reused. The Bowie performance was among them.

But a copy of the tape surfaced in in October. TV cameraman John Henshall kept a copy of the show for his personal collection and never realized how rare it was, according to the BBC.

When he casually mentioned that he had the tape during a radio interview, Bowie fans contacted him to explain its value. Since then, it’s been played at a special British Film Institute showing of long-lost TV shows.

The four-minute clip, originally aired on Jan. 4, 1973, shows Bowie performing a live, extended version of Jean Genie.

“I just couldn’t believe that I was the only one with it. I just thought you wouldn’t be mad enough to wipe a tape like that,” Henshall said.

Check out the performance below

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