Behind the Photo: The 1976 David Bowie Mugshot


This mugshot was taken on 3/25/76 in Rochester, NY, four days after Bowie was arrested for pot possession.  Cops busted 29-year-old Bowie, his buddy Iggy Pop and couple ladies at 2:25AM in The American Rochester Hotel following a concert in town. Bowie’s manager was able to free him on a $2,000 bail so he could make his next show date in New Haven, Connecticut.  He briefly returned to Rochester(much to the happiness of the fans) a few days later for arraignment (when this photo was taken) before heading back to the UK. Over 30 years later this photo was taken out of the trash at the estate sale of a retired Rochester police officer by Gary Hess.  Hess then sold the 5×4 inch photo on ebay in 2007 for $2,556.

Your Music Pairing: David Bowie – Golden Years (1976)

  • Alan

     yeah nice picture, how about Iggy’s photo ?