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Oh, You Pretty Thing: Vintage David Bowie Mugshot Surfaces


These days we're used to seeing Hollywood mugshots paraded across the media. But the Smoking Gun has turned up a rare artifact — the 1976 booking photo of androgyne David Bowie.

They write: "[The Bowie mugshot] was snapped in Rochester, New York following the singer's March 1976 arrest on a felony pot possession charge. Bowie, 29 at the time, was nabbed along with Iggy Pop and two other codefendants at a Rochester hotel following a Saturday concert. Bowie was held in the Monroe County jail for a few hours before being released. The Rochester Police Department mug shot was taken three days after Bowie's arrest, when the performer appeared at City Court for arraignment. The photo was provided to TSG by a Rochester man who is seeking to sell the one-of-a-kind image."

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  1. No fair. Even his mugshots are art.

    Posted by: adamblast | Nov 9, 2007 10:42:11 AM

  2. tilda swinton could easily perform this as an art installation piece.

    Posted by: ryan | Nov 9, 2007 11:23:57 AM

  3. Seriously, Adamblast. I so agree. I hope someone makes a poster of this shot. I would hang it in my home in a hot second.

    Posted by: Marco | Nov 9, 2007 11:26:12 AM

  4. My god the man canm't take a bad pic

    Posted by: Lito S | Nov 9, 2007 11:36:02 AM

  5. It's a terrific find.

    Posted by: anon ( | Nov 9, 2007 11:49:51 AM

  6. God, I woudl love to have that photograph!

    Posted by: peterparker | Nov 9, 2007 12:23:47 PM

  7. Wow, suitable for framing. And how Bowie to somehow transform mug shot into art, even if he wasn't exactly the one creating it.

    Posted by: Ernie | Nov 9, 2007 12:48:13 PM

  8. Go Rochester! I thought I smelled smoke....

    Posted by: Marc | Nov 9, 2007 1:09:47 PM

  9. Strange that it was pot, given all the coke and heroin Bowie was doing in 1976. Beautiful man.

    Posted by: Paul | Nov 9, 2007 2:57:09 PM

  10. wow...I remember Ziggy Stardust... all I can say is "wow"-- I'm dumfounded-- gorgeous man--- if Warhol were alive, he'd be sooooo jealous!

    Posted by: John | Nov 9, 2007 7:16:46 PM

  11. bowie has always been cool.

    Posted by: nic | Nov 10, 2007 12:36:28 AM

  12. my hero forever.

    Posted by: atheist | Nov 11, 2007 4:33:25 PM

  13. watch an eyepatch

    Posted by: bronson | Nov 11, 2007 8:53:41 PM

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