David Bowie

author: Jojo Reaper date: 11/15/2010 category: the history of

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David Bowie (Real name: David Robert Jones), was born in 1947. He was a very popular british singer and songwriter who combined rock music with a variety of extravagant stage personalities in the 1970's to help define a style known as 'glam rock'. David was born in south london, he learned the saxophone as a teen. In the early 1960's he played conventional rock music with a series of 'part-time groups', recording severl songs. in 1966 he had changed his surname to Bowie to prevent confusion between him and Davy Jones of the pop-music group the monkees. Although his early single releases failed to sell well, Bowie studied pantomime and continued to develop the theatrical element in his performance style. His first hit single, Space Oddity (1969), presented the character of Major Tom, an astronaut afraid of his imminent fame on Earth (There was also a theory that David had multiple personalities and Major Tom was one of them). Bowie followed this with a series of avant-garde stage characters. The most popular of these was featured on the 1972 album The Rise and Fall Of Ziggy Stardust and The Spiders From Mars, which depicted a rock star driven to destruction by the expectations of his audience. Bowie was also famous at this time for his androgynous style of dress. He later turned his attention to American soul music (see Rhythm-and-Blues Music), topping the American charts with the single Fame (1975), and then traveled to Berlin, West Germany, to make a trilogy of influential albums of electronic music with British producer and composer Brian Eno, beginning with Low in 1977. Bowie's other albums include Hunky Dory (1971), which contains the popular song Changes; Station to Station (1976); Heroes (1977), another collaboration with Brian Eno; and Let's Dance (1983), which contains the number-one hit song of the same name. Bowie has also been recognized for his acting ability, most notably for his performance as the central alien character in the 1976 motion picture, The Man Who Fell To Earth, and for his role as a man who suffers from terrible physical deformities in the 1981 Broadway production of The Elephant Man. In 1989 Bowie formed a more conventional rock band, Tin Machine, suggesting that his intense, image-changing period was over. He released the album Black Tie White Noise in 1993, and it was an immediate popular success in Britain. Bowie resumed his work with Eno on the album Outside (1995), and Bowie received critical acclaim for his next album, Earthling (1997). In 1996 he was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. FAMOUS KNOWN QUOTES FROM DAVID BOWIE: * 'I decided to use the masks so I didn't have the humiliation of going on stage and being myself' * ' It's a spot, which I hang on a white wall' * 'I never will consent to having my name or my face used in any merchandizing context beyond advertising the actual artistic work I've done'. 'I have said no even when I was tempted with regular earnings for Ziggy Stardust dolls' * 'There's a streak of madness in the family'. I've a horrible fear it's genetic. 'One of the reasons I've never been in analysis is I've always been afraid of what I might find out' * 'Adolf Hitler was one of the first rock stars. Look at some of his films and see how he moved'. 'I think he was quite as good as Jagger' * 'I am a great believer that of all the art forms, rock is the living art form. It's the living culture', 'it's the one thing that can actually move and change society' * 'It's trueI am bisexual. But I can't deny I've used the fact very well'. I suppose it's the best thing that ever happened to me' - I hope I helped you with any information you needed to know about David Bowie, While I've spent allot of research on this, I now know that David Bowie had one of the most unique voices in the music industry, he was truly an inspiration and a great man.
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