“It was a book that I'd loved all through my youth. But of course I didn't take into account the second Mrs. Orwell, who when she got wind of what we were doing, absolutely put her foot down and said, 'I'm not having rock and roll people work on my late husband's great piece of work.'”


Bowie explains how George Orwell's widow shut down his plans to do a musical based on Orwell's book "1984."

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