Journalism Politics

David Bowie grills interviewer on why MTV doesn’t play black artists (1983)

I apologise for publishing three posts in such a short space of time, but I absolutely had to share this wonderful video.

Watch as David Bowie turns the tables on MTV’s MArk Goodman in 1983. Bowie expertly questions him on why the music video network doesn’t play black artists. Watch as Goodman squirms his way through an explanation which sounds completely ridiculous (even, Im sure, to himself). Makes you realise that Bowie would have made an excellent journalist if he’d chosen to go that way.

Just another reminder that David Bowie was one of the good guys & he thought that Black Lives Matter.

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5 replies on “David Bowie grills interviewer on why MTV doesn’t play black artists (1983)”

Bowie always possessed great intelligence and empathy, a great sense of humour too. Well apart from maybe 1973 to 1977 a.k.a. the Cocaine Years. I love this MTV interview though.

Incidentally most people believe that Michael Jackson’s “Billie Jean” was the first video by a black artist to be on heavy rotation on MTV, but I think it was actually “Little Red Corvette” by Prince. Both in March 1983 πŸ™‚

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No, he was proper cleaned up as far as drugs went in 1983. He still smoked back then though πŸ™‚
He said a few times in interviews that he would never write an autobiography because he couldn’t remember much at all from 1973 to 1977.
If you want to see the height of his cocaine paranoia check out Alan Yentob’s “Cracked Actor” documentary from 1975. I think it is probably available on YouTube. πŸ™‚


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