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29 Apr 2023

NextImg:PSA to David Bowie Fans, ‘Moonage Daydream’ Is Now Streaming on HBO

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The Starman has landed on HBO, because Moonage Daydream, the 2022 David Bowie documentary, is now streaming on HBO Max.

Directed by Brett Morgen—whose other documentary credits include The Kid Stays in the Picture (2002), Crossfire Hurricane (2012), Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck (2015), and Jane (2017)—this isn’t exactly your average music documentary. Backed with full support by the Bowie estate, Morgen combines sublime, kaleidoscopic imagery, personal archived footage, and unseen performances for a truly immersive experience. Featuring footage of performances spanning from 1972 to 1997, alongside some never-before-seen interviews, this film is certainly a must-watch for Bowie fans.

And even if you’re not a huge fan, Moonage Daydream is worth watching, especially for viewers in the queer community. Though the documentary doesn’t shy away from Bowie’s complicated relationship with his own sexuality, it also showcases the rock n’ roll singer as the bisexual, non-gender-conforming icon that he was. At one point, a particularly nosy interviewer in 1972 asks Bowie if his shoes are “men’s shoes, or women’s shoes, or bisexual shoes?” To which Bowie replies with a smile, “They’re shoe shoes, silly!”

The distorted footage and color manipulation that is scattered throughout the film may seem a tad pretentious, but if anyone deserves to be propped up as an ethereal, other-worldly poet, it’s David Bowie. Moonage Daydream was originally released in IMAX last September, before releasing on video-on-demand a month later. But now, finally, the documentary is available to stream, free to anyone with an HBO Max subscription. (The ad-free tier of HBO Max costs $14.99 a month, or $149.99/year.) So what are you waiting for? Go pay your respects to Ziggy Stardust.