Bowie has written new 'The Man Who Fell To Earth' inspired songs


David Bowie has collaborated on a new play called Lazarus, with writer Enda Walsh, which is inspired by the 1963 novel, The Man Who Fell To Earth and will feature new music by the now publicity-shy rock star.

Bowie, of course, brilliantly played the lead role in Nicholas Roeg’s 1976 film version of Walter Tevis’ book. Although fans may have expected David to have written some soundtrack music for that film, it never happened, with him preferring to concentrate on his acting.

However, the exciting news today is that this new production – to be staged at the New York Theatre Workshop – centres on the character of Thomas Jerome Newton and features songs specially composed by Bowie for this production as well as new arrangements of previously recorded songs.

Lazarus will be premiered in Winter 2015. Hopefully a soundtrack album will appear at some point.

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Best news music-wise for a very long time. Been searching the web for years for that mythical lost Bowie/Buckmaster recordings. Can’t wait to hear.


If its as good as the Buddha of suburbia soundtrack I will be one very happy bunny.


great news! would love to hear some of the song demos/fragments from the late 70s when bowie worked on the soundtrack. also re-arranged songs and new music is fabulous! let’s just hope they release a soundtrack (with bowie, not the cast)


Why is this to be called “Lazerus” and not “The Man Who Fell To Earth”?!


I guess because they don’t want people to think that it’s based on the film.


There was some work done on the soundtrack with Paul Buckmaster, but nothing came of it, however some of it was thought to be later reused on side 2 of Low. Paul Buckmaster confirmed they worked together, but that the results were very much just demo only and they never recorded anything properly.


Great news; thank you Paul!