David Bowie’s lost 1973 Top of the Pops performance of The Jean Genie – Video

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21-12-2011 15:15 David Bowie performing the Jean Genie on BBC Top of the Pop's Recorded 3rd January and aired 4th January 1973: Broadcast this evening 21/12/2011. on TOP2 Christmas Special. David Bowie Top of the Pops footage found by cameraman John Henshall, 69, from Stanford-in-the-Vale, Oxfordshire, retained a copy of Bowie performing Jean Genie in 1973. He said: "I just couldn't believe that I was the only one with it. I just thought you wouldn't be mad enough to wipe a tape like that." It was unveiled on Sunday at an event held by the British Film Institute. The annual event, Missing Believed Wiped, was the first time the footage had been seen since January 1973. Mr Henshall said he only kept it because he wanted it for his showreel. In the footage he used Telefex Fisheye lenses which he had designed himself. He also ended up in the background of one of the shots. After the recording he asked producers for a personal copy on 2in (5cm) broadcast videotape. 'Rarer than rare' Continue reading the main story "Start Quote The hairs stood up on the back of my neck" John Henshall Mr Henshall said: "I didn't realise that it had been wiped by the BBC. "They'd been looking for it for years, hoping that somebody had maybe pointed an 8mm home movie camera at the screen, because there was no VHS in those days. "I didn't realise that anybody wanted it. I'd just had it because it was my Fisheye. "I had loads of ideas for optical effects back then." Bowie's performance of Jean Genie was recorded on ...

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