David Bowie stars in a 1982 BBC production of Bertolt Brecht’s Baal (video)


This part might have been written for David Bowie, if Bertold Brecht was capable of time travel.

Baal was written by Brecht in 1918 while he was a 20 year old student at the University of Munich. The musical tells the tales of a genius living a life of hedonism and sometimes crime on the margins of society.

According to Wikipedia:
"The story charts the decline of a drunken and dissolute poet, Baal. Baal is an anti-hero who rejects the conventions and trappings of bourgeois society. This situation draws on the German Sturm und Drang tradition, which celebrates the cult of the genius living outside the conventions of society that would later destroy him."

This production, which aired on the BBC in 1982, came with an accompanying EP which Bowie recorded in Berlin. It features the five songs performed by Baal in the musical.

Here is David Bowie in Baal:

Via Open Culture
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