He was born David Jones but found fame as a rock ET. These ten David Bowie facts sort reality from fiction to uncover the man himself.
Shelved for 20 years, the ‘Toy’ album found David Bowie revisiting his pre-fame songs. ‘His connection to them was so deep,’ says Mark Plati.
Though not a hit single, ‘Hunky Dory’’s opening track is now regarded as one of Bowie’s most pivotal songs.
David Bowie’s timeless Life On Mars? song is a ‘soaring, cinematic ballad’ – and it was inspired by Frank Sinatra.
Bold and diverse, David Bowie’s self-titled 1969 album boasted songs such as Space Oddity which saw him emerge as a unique songwriter.
Tapping into the energy of mid-60s London, ‘Pin Ups’ found Bowie looking to his 60s past to inspire his post-Ziggy future.
The second instalment in David Bowie’s daring ‘Berlin Trilogy’, the genre-defying ‘Heroes’ album still sounds like the future.
The 1999 album that began life as a computer-game soundtrack, ‘‘hours…’’ found David Bowie ‘trying to capture the feelings of guys my age’.
Two new David Bowie box sets are due for imminent release. '5. Brilliant Adventure (1992-20010) will be out on 26 November and 'Toy (Toy: Box)' on 7 January 2022.
Reuniting with Brian Eno for the first time since the 70s, David Bowie created ‘1. Outside’, a complex work in which murder becomes an ‘art’.
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