Bowie captured backstage in 1972 by Mick Rock

Watch candid footage of David Bowie and the Spiders From Mars taken from Mick Rock's new documentary Shot!
David Bowie backstage in Dunstable taken from the Mick Rick documentary Shot!

In this fantastic footage, legendary photographer Mick Rock captures a jovial David Bowie and the Spiders From Mars hanging out in their dressing room at Dunstable during the first Ziggy tour in 1972. The clip is from a new new documentary film about Rock called Shot! The Psycho-Spiritual Mantra of Rock.

“I don’t think they felt that I was an outsider. I was part of the fabric. I was celebrated and I think they all knew that. So I was a natural, organic Joseph Goebbels for the piece in the time. And I came pretty cheap.”

Shot! The Psycho-Spiritual Mantra of Rock features unseen archival footage and unearthed audio recordings of some of Rock’s most famous subjects, including Bowie, Queen, Lou Reed, Iggy Pop and Pink Floyd founder Syd Barrett.

In addition to Rock’s landmark work and his relationships with rock legends, the documentary also focuses on the photographer’s battle with drug addiction and a near-death experience he had in his youth.

In a September 2015 interview with Rolling Stone, Rock spoke at length about working with Bowie early in the icon’s career.

“He was very open and relaxed with me. It seemed kind of normal at the time,” Rock said of Bowie. “He wasn’t saying, ‘Don’t shoot this, don’t shoot that.’ He was a very positive and encouraging personality. He was not closed, he was very open. He wanted me to take the pictures.”