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Final years of David Bowie’s life captured in new BBC documentary

on November 04, 2016, 2:57pm

Since his passing earlier this year, there’s been a bevy of David Bowie content to help grieving fans remember the late legend. From cast recordings of his musical Lazarusto an entire lost album of original material, dejected starchildren have been given plenty of new insight into Bowie’s genius. In January, the BBC will offers fans an intimate look at the end of his life with a new documentary, David Bowie: The Last Five Years.

The film follows the Thin White Duke as he worked on his critically acclaimed end-of-life albums on The Next Day and Blackstar, as well as Lazarus. The doc is made up of unreleased Bowie interviews, archival footage and discussions with the artistic icon’s friends and collaborators. UK readers can watch a trailer for the film here.

In the trailer, longtime collaborator Tony Visconti discusses what it was like to work with Bowie on Lazarus. “He would stand in front of the mic and for the four or five minutes he was singing he would pour his heart out,” Visconti said. “I could see through the window he was really feeling it. The audio picked up his breathing, it wasn’t that he was out of breath, he was hyperventilating in a way, getting his energy up to sing this.”

The documentary is not the only piece of Bowie news to drop today. “Life On Mars” director Mick Rock re-edited the iconic video in conjunction with a new singles compilation due out next week. Watch his updated take below.

If this flood of Bowie-related material only whet your appetite for more Ziggy, check out our ranking of David Bowie’s albums from worst to best.

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