In June 1972, David Bowie debuted as Ziggy Stardust on a British TV show Lift Off with Ayshea but years later The technician accidentally wiped out the only known frame of performance instead of turning it into a digital one. The show's audio is available online, but the video record of the emblematic moment seemed lost over time. On Tuesday, however, it was revealed that a fan had recorded Bowie's appearance with a home video recorder. And if we're lucky, it can even appear in the BBC documentary next month.
The home video recorder is the precursor of the VHS, although the latter eventually wins it's cheaper, easier, and more capable of storing more content. Pictures of Ziggy's performance in June 1972 were unveiled only recently, and it is still to be seen whether it will be visible until the documentary debut is due to appear next month or not at all.
The tape has deteriorated over the years and is currently "baking", and the restoration is expected to continue before the documentaries, the BBC reported. The tapes of the early 1970s are at risk of so-called sticky car syndrome, in which the tape binder is worn, but is likely to recover, according to the University of Illinois self-assessment program (PSAP). Baking is used to solve this problem, which involves baking at low temperatures (from 130 ° F to 140 ° F) for one to eight hours or more, depending on the shape of the strip. While this is not a permanent solution – the tape can last only a few months before taking up moisture.
The original cassettes of the TV show were sent by Granada to a technician who will be digitized. From 144, a "handful" had an "X" on them to indicate that they were safe to erase, as they were duplicates, according to Telegraph. The technician believed that the "X" markers are the ones to be converted to digital, and instead delete all other tapes, including Bowie's first debut. Ayshea Brough Lift up with Ayshea told Record Collector that she did not understand the extent of the problem until 2014 about Granada's 50th anniversary, in which her producer told her about the cassettes she deleted . "He wipes out years of my life and performances and performances of everyone else," Brow said. "That's a terrible thing.
The record collector also asked Brow if he believed there were copies of the cassettes that still exist. "I hope," she said. "I have to get into the social media and put the word. Many people have to record different shows, "adding that she never wrote them because of her busy schedule. "I think there's got to be somewhere in there with David Bowie's performance.