Does everyone have a vault kept for posthumous discovery? Back in March, Alex Winter launched a crowdfunding campaign to archive and share Frank Zappa’s massive vault. Prince reportedly left behind a vault with so much unreleased music that he could’ve released a new album a year for the next century. David Bowie is the latest to get unvaulted.
As NME reports, BBC4’s Danny Baker has gained access to Bowie’s vault and will feature a “treasure trove” of unreleased material in the second episode of their ongoing, four-part series, The People’s History of Pop. The late musician’s 1969 demo of “Space Oddity” will likely be one of the tracks featured, marking the first official time it can be heard. Much of Bowie’s vault has been bootlegged and leaked to Youtube (as you can see below), but BBC told NME that there’s going to be some “rare and special Bowie material” in the series’ July episode.
The full series will span 40 years, from 1956-1996. This Bowie episode will focus specifically on the mid-‘60s to the early ‘70s, placing Starman alongside fellow icons like Pink Floyd and Bob Marley. According to a statement: “The show meets music fans, including some who fell in love with the psychedelic sounds of Sgt Pepper, hippies who discovered peace and love at the Isle of Wight Festival, and Black Sabbath fans who turned to the new sounds of heavy metal.”
The show’s producers, who are relying on fans to help them recreate the history, have encouraged people to upload collectibles and rarities to the BBC website. As the name suggests, The People’s History of Pop is a curated account told through personal fandom. Hopefully, through the people that loved him, we get an even more intimate portrait of what David Bowie meant to the world.
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