The incident is also the subject of a documentary made by a Rochester filmmaker. Following Bowie's death, our news partner, News10NBC made available old footage to the filmmaker. After sorting through the film, that had been sitting in the station archive for four decades, he uncovered some unseen footage.

Monday would have been rock star David Bowie's 71st birthday.

The iconic singer passed away in 2016, days after his 69th birthday, after a mostly secret battle with cancer.

Forty years before his death, Bowie was involved in a forgettable incident in Rochester. While on tour in 1976, in support of his "Station to Station" album, Bowie made a stop in Rochester -- his first and only performance in the city. But, while in town, Bowie was arrested following a marijuana bust by Rochester police.

Charges were eventually dismissed, but the event lives on in Rochester and resulted in Bowie's iconic mugshot that often makes its way onto posters and cardboard cutouts.

The incident is also the subject of a documentary made by a Rochester filmmaker. Following Bowie's death, our news partner, News10NBC made available old footage to the filmmaker. After sorting through the film, that had been sitting in the station archive for four decades, he uncovered some unseen footage.

In honor of Bowie's death, News10NBC is sharing that footage -- which includes Bowie discussing his arrest.

In the short bites, Bowie tactfully responds to questions from reporters.

Reporter: "What's your reaction to the treatment that you have received in this city?"

Bowie: "I thought I was treated very fairly. I thought everyone acted like gentlemen."

Again, charges against the musician were ultimately dismissed and, of course, the incident had no discernible impact on his career. In the years following his arrest, Bowie released some of his most acclaimed material – namely his “Berlin Trilogy.”