David Bowie’s 1976 arrest for pot possession birthed the greatest mugshot in history

RIP, David Bowie, 8 January 1947 – 10 January 2016.

This mugshot of David Bowie was taken on 3/25/76 in Rochester, NY, four days after he was arrested for pot possession.

Via The Strut:

Cops busted 29-year-old Bowie, his buddy Iggy Pop and [a couple of 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.

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  1. Cactus Wren

    October 6, 2014 at 3:26 am

    #17: Tights. Those are not “leggings”, those are TIGHTS.

  2. Andrew Auten

    October 6, 2014 at 8:10 pm


  3. Thom Proctor

    October 18, 2014 at 9:45 pm

    So, cool = old? Because that’s the only common thread I see here. People wearing suits? I don’t get what makes #7 cool at all, besides the fame of the subjects. If they were just two guys, the picture wouldn’t even be interesting. #17 features three girls wearing unflattering clothes and makeup, standing awkwardly and caught in mid sentence. # 14 Is a shot of a guy with a blank expression in front of a blank background wearing a blank sweater. I guess the point is that “cool” is completely arbitrary, proven by the arbitrariness of the pictures here.

  4. co

    November 30, 2014 at 4:49 am

    That “London couple” is Patty Boyd and the fine actor Tom Courtney.

  5. Terri

    November 30, 2014 at 5:24 am

    exactly. Young women wore patterned tights in those days. I was 14 then. PS – leggings do NOT have feet!

  6. maxine bruce

    November 30, 2014 at 5:26 am

    Thom Proctor, you wouldn’t know cool if it sat up and barked at you. Don’t even try, you will never make it.

  7. Terri

    November 30, 2014 at 5:26 am

    not sure how old you are, but the young women in photo #17? That was how you were SUPPOSED to look at the time. I was 14 at the time, grew my hair as long as I could, and wore frosted pale pink lipstick so I could look in style, like these young women. PS – that dress style was called a “shift”.

  8. Daniel M. McKernan

    November 30, 2014 at 1:03 pm

    In 1969, they were tights.
    In 2014, they would be leggings, and probably coming back in style again.

  9. arlo

    November 30, 2014 at 9:57 pm

    Many of these are posed promotional pictures, and so are not “cool” at all. Some are pretty cool, but many look like they were posing for an ad of some sort, which makes them very uncool.

  10. Maryj

    December 1, 2014 at 5:14 am

    So sayeth the hipsters..lol.

  11. nola2chi

    December 1, 2014 at 7:06 am

    Yep, they sayethed.

  12. marenbrekke

    December 1, 2014 at 2:14 pm

    Those kids from Jamaica are cooler than even Sinatra stepping out of the helicopter with a drink in his hand.

  13. Brother John

    December 2, 2014 at 2:00 pm

    Trudeau and his posse sure knew how to wear a suit. But they sure made a mess of Canada.

  14. Ajax

    December 2, 2014 at 2:31 pm

    All pics of Sophia Loren are jaw-dropping.

  15. Schaianne

    December 3, 2014 at 12:21 am

    No, leggings never have feet whereas tights do. And leggings have been in style for a few years now … including the jegging.

  16. Larry

    December 3, 2014 at 4:08 am

    Any list of “cool” people without Miles Davis is flawed.

  17. eggnostriva

    December 3, 2014 at 3:09 pm

    While we are pulling this very cool selection of photos. The beauty is on a stepthrough, not a scooter.

  18. lawn

    December 4, 2014 at 2:34 am

    Same goes for Audrey.

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  20. Bakeka Incontri Roma

    December 8, 2014 at 2:49 pm

    Great list!

  21. empatbambu

    December 10, 2014 at 12:11 am

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  22. Vitacare

    December 10, 2014 at 7:03 am

    Excellent Pictures 😉

  23. Dylan Norton

    December 13, 2014 at 5:31 am

    Regardin #25: as a Canadian with relatives living in Alberta, I can assure you that his looks were the only “cool” thing about Pierre Trudeau. Now his son is in line to be the next PM. I never thought I’d prefer Trudeau senior over someone else.

  24. Kelly Stilwell

    December 14, 2014 at 12:38 am

    Love this so much. Thank you.

  25. Khat Aroo Baker

    December 30, 2014 at 4:51 pm

    Sophia and Audrey took my breath away.

  26. Gabbi MacClure

    January 6, 2015 at 10:56 am

    Yep, and note the dresses.. To some girls today: tights weren’t meant to be worn with a tee shirt..

  27. Gabbi MacClure

    January 6, 2015 at 11:00 am

    Bravo Terri! Telling it like it is.. Great to hear from someone who was there!

  28. Gabbi MacClure

    January 6, 2015 at 11:01 am

    Bravo Terri! Telling it like it is.. So cool to hear from someone who was there!

  29. amy

    January 20, 2015 at 7:40 am

    If you don’t know why these pictures are cool well then that says it all

  30. Sonny

    January 20, 2015 at 12:52 pm

    Miles isn’t cool. He failed the first test. A truly cool person doesn’t consider himself/herself cool.

  31. lazybride

    January 20, 2015 at 5:57 pm

    Trudeau did a lot of great things for Canada, unfortunately, same can’t be said for Harper & Co.

  32. Kristin Dillard

    January 22, 2015 at 7:59 am


  33. Janice Henning

    March 15, 2015 at 1:15 am

    Mostly white. Come on. WTF?

  34. Tim Graham

    March 15, 2015 at 3:19 am

    Pattie Boyd, aka Layla

  35. Kendall

    March 16, 2015 at 5:05 pm

    #12 is Clarice Lispector, Brazilian author, definitely not a dream.

  36. Ludis Mergins

    March 17, 2015 at 1:20 am

    Right on Boomers. Lost in a state of permanent nostalgia as usual. All men appreciated for who they are and what they do and the women for how they look.

  37. telegramsam2000

    May 18, 2015 at 9:50 pm

    What no Steve McQueen, or JFK?

  38. Bill

    May 19, 2015 at 3:57 pm

    Actually, Miles Davis was cool. It’s a scientific fact

  39. Sieraadgraveren.nl

    June 2, 2015 at 11:43 am

    great photos.

  40. Sneha

    June 4, 2015 at 11:32 am

    Amazing….. 🙂

  41. kristina

    December 17, 2015 at 2:54 am

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