30 Dec 2023

David Bowie: The Legacy of Let's Dance

From RNZ Music, 11:00 am on 30 December 2023
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David Bowie's decade defining album 'Let's Dance', celebrated its 40th anniversary in 2023.

Bowie's biggest selling record, Let's Dance topped charts across the globe including a 5 week spell at #1 in Aotearoa.

But while its credited as changing the course of Bowie's Career and the perception of modern-day pop, it's a record that divides his fans. Jettisoning his trusted group of long-serving musicians and producers and teaming up with Disco legend Nile Rodgers, Bowie made a calculated decision to create a completely different sound to his previous albums - and challenged preconceptions with a far more accessible public image.

David Bowie - The Legacy of Let's Dance looks back at a pivotal time in Bowie's career and explores his successful repositioning as a 'mainstream insider' in 1983.

Featuring original material along with archived interviews, Bowie scholar Dr Ian Chapman and producer Sam Coley reflect on the importance of Bowie's biggest selling album and consider its place in history.

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"David Bowie - The Legacy of Let's Dance" was produced for RNZ Music by Sam Coley, Birmingham City University

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