David Bowie • Interviewed by Janet Street Porter • Backstage at Earls Court, London • June 30th 1978

David Bowie • Backstage interview by Janet Street Porter • Earls Court, London • June 30th 1978

An approximately five minute interview with David Bowie, filmed backstage at Earls Court arena, literally minutes before he goes on stage. The interview is by English media personality, journalist and broadcaster, Janet Street-Porter, CBE.

The interview was shot by London Weekend Television, and was included in their David Bowie Special, broadcast the following week.

“In June 1978, I was presenting a television show for young people when I got a call from David Bowie’s PR to say the living legend had decided I should interview him. He’d watched one of my music documentaries, and was impressed by my lurid dyed burgundy hair – a style he’d sported in The Man Who Fell to Earth.

“I was told to present myself backstage at Earls Court, an hour before his show. We met in his dressing room, where he was completing his preparations. After a preliminary chat about friends in common… with a capacity crowd screaming their heads off, we were filmed walking together right to the point where he stepped out in front of the crowd.

“I had about twenty minutes of his undivided attention, with no retakes. Bowie showed no nerves, just extremely good manners. “Heroes” became my anthem for over a decade.”

– Janet Street Porter, CBE in 2013 & 2016

Earls Court, London • July 30th 1978 • From the ITV London Weekend Television David Bowie Special • Broadcast July the 9th, 1978

There has never been a really good quality, complete version of this interview online before, and it is something I regularly receive requests for. I have been collecting material from the LWT special for several years, slowly piecing the show back together. Along with other sources, the final goal is to produce my own David Bowie is Live at Earls Court 1978 film, to be released on the anniversary of those Earls Court shows. However, another June 30th is upon us, and still my film isn’t finished. So in the meantime, here’s Janet Street-Porter interviewing David Bowie, approximately 8pm, June 30th, 1978.

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