Thursday, 22 July 2021

TONY VISCONTI RECALLS HOW DAVID BOWIE MET JOHN LENNON































 
Speaking to the BBC for a new radio special Bowie: Dancing Out in Space, Visconti described the meeting, which took place before the two musicians collaborated on the 1975 hit Fame.
 
He said that he was asked to accompany Bowie to the hotel room in order to “buffer the situation,” recalling: “About one in the morning I knocked on the door and for about the next two hours, John Lennon and David Bowie weren’t speaking to each other. Instead, David was sitting on the floor with an art pad and charcoal and he was sketching things and he was completely ignoring John.

Visconti went on to say how the initially awkward atmosphere dissolved into something more jovial: “So, after about two hours of that, he [John Lennon] finally said to David, ‘Rip that pad in half and give me a few sheets. I want to draw you.’ So David said, ‘Oh, that’s a good idea’, and he finally opened up. So John started making caricatures of David and David started doing the same of John, and they kept swapping them and then they started laughing and that broke the ice.”

After this, Bowie invited John to help out on his cover of the Lennon-penned Beatles song Across the Universe, as well as co-write and sing on the Young Americans closer Fame, which Visconti co-produced.
 
 
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