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David Bowie

David Bowie



David Robert Jones (8 January 1947 – 10 January 2016), known professionally as David Bowie (/ˈbi/),[2] was an English singer, songwriter and actor. He was a leading figure in popular music for over five decades, acclaimed by critics and other musicians for his innovative work. His career was marked by reinvention and visual presentation, his music and stagecraft significantly influencing popular music. During his lifetime, his record sales, estimated at 140 million albums worldwide, made him one of the world's best-selling music artists. In the UK, he was awarded nine platinum album certifications, eleven gold and eight silver, releasing eleven number-one albums. In the US, he received five platinum and nine gold certifications. He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1996.

Born in Brixton, South London, Bowie developed an interest in music as a child, eventually studying art, music and design before embarking on a professional career as a musician in 1963. "Space Oddity" became his first top-five entry on the UK Singles Chart after its release in July 1969. After a period of experimentation, he re-emerged in 1972 during the glam rock era with his flamboyant and androgynous alter ego Ziggy Stardust. The character was spearheaded by the success of his single "Starman" and album The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars, which won him widespread popularity. In 1975, Bowie's style shifted radically towards a sound he characterised as "plastic soul", initially alienating many of his UK devotees but garnering him his first major US crossover success with the number-one single "Fame" and the album Young Americans. In 1976, Bowie starred in the cult film The Man Who Fell to Earth, directed by Nicolas Roeg, and released Station to Station. The following year, he further confounded musical expectations with the electronic-inflected album Low (1977), the first of three collaborations with Brian Eno that would come to be known as the "Berlin Trilogy". "Heroes" (1977) and Lodger (1979) followed; each album reached the UK top five and received lasting critical praise.

After uneven commercial success in the late 1970s, Bowie had UK number ones with the 1980 single "Ashes to Ashes", its parent album Scary Monsters (And Super Creeps), and "Under Pressure", a 1981 collaboration with Queen. He then reached his commercial peak in 1983 with Let's Dance, with its title track topping both UK and US charts. Throughout the 1990s and 2000s, Bowie continued to experiment with musical styles, including industrial and jungle. He also continued acting; his roles included Major Celliers in Merry Christmas, Mr. Lawrence (1983), the Goblin King Jareth in Labyrinth (1986), Pontius Pilate in The Last Temptation of Christ (1988), and Nikola Tesla in The Prestige (2006), among other film and television appearances and cameos. He stopped concert touring after 2004 and his last live performance was at a charity event in 2006. In 2013, Bowie returned from a decade-long recording hiatus with the release of The Next Day. He remained musically active until he died of liver cancer two days after the release of his final album, Blackstar (2016).



A New Career in a New Town
A New Career in a New Town is a box set by David Bowie, released on 29 September 2017.
Live In Berlin
Live In Berlin is an album by musical artist David Bowie, released on September 26, 2017.
Helden is a song by musical artist David Bowie, released on September 22, 2017.
Cracked Actor
Cracked Actor is an album by musical artist David Bowie, released on April 22, 2017.

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David Bowie's Let's Dance demo released to mark what would have been his 71st birthday
  –  January 8, 2018
A portrait taken on May 13, 1983 shows late singer David Bowie during a press conference at the 36th Cannes ... Two years on, and he is amongst the ranks of late legends that continue to release music posthumously. Today (8 January) would have been his ...
David Bowie: The Last Five Years Gives Starman a Soft Landing
  –  January 8, 2018
Bowie’s music captured the underground and filled stadiums. Sure, you can get Tin Machine cassettes for a buck at basement record stores, but David Bowie is as much an icon as Elvis or Sinatra. We even know who he is by one name. There is no other Bowie.
Dublin David Bowie festival: Everything you need to know
  –  January 8, 2018
Two years ago, music promoter, booker and David Bowie aficionado John Brereton thought it would be a great idea to devise a celebration of all things Bowie albeit with, as much as possible, a Dublin slant. And so the Dublin Bowie Festival was born ...
Transmission's David Bowie night, beer-fueled patio party: 5 free things to do this week
  –  January 8, 2018
S., Minneapolis; 612-872-2232. Two years ago we lost David Bowie. To celebrate this iconic artist, Transmission's Jake Rudh has put together an evening of music and video on the anniversary of his death. The dance party will cover classics and newer tunes ...
HBO's 'David Bowie: The Last Five Years' chronicles the singer's private approach to cancer through song
  –  January 8, 2018
I didn’t think anyone else would make that film because it’s quite tough material… I thought maybe I could do it because I love the music from those last five years. And I think I had a fair wind behind me in terms of people who knew David Bowie.
Hear David Bowie’s previously unreleased demo for “Let’s Dance”
  –  January 8, 2018
Today (January 8) would have been David Bowie’s 71st birthday ... Our free 15 track-CD features 15 tracks of the month’s best music. Uncut: the past, present and future of great music.
How the Director of ‘David Bowie: The Last Five Years’ Created a Documentary From Virtually Nothing
  –  January 8, 2018
Watching the documentary “David Bowie: The Last Five Years” — which aired on the ... past and look at fame through ‘Stars are Out Tonight’ [Bowie’s comic 2013 music video co-starring Tilda Swinton] and the key songs on [his later] albums ...
David Bowie and Me
  –  January 8, 2018
David Bowie’s music and art career spanned over 50 years and captivated the life of billions of people whose life would be turned into a colourful spectrum of out-there clothing, glitter lightning bolts and groovy dancing. As it comes to his 71st ...
David Bowie Let's Dance demo release on his birthday
  –  January 8, 2018
David Bowie's 'Let's Dance' demo has been released to mark his 71st birthday (08.01.18). An early version of the track from the late music legend's 1989 record of the same name was mixed after Chic star Nile Rodgers took a trip to the 'Starman' hitmaker's ...
Remembering the Normcore David Bowie
  –  January 8, 2018
It's a tribute to David Bowie’s mystique that the most striking footage of David ... Some of the creative choices, such as when a music video is projected onto the window of Bowie’s recording booth as the raw audio from the track plays, are ...
David Bowie doc focusing on rock legend's final years gets US TV premiere on HBO tonight
  –  January 8, 2018
Director Francis Whately, whose film is a sequel to his 2013 documentary David Bowie: Five Years, tells ABC Radio that ... "for this I didn't really have anything other than the [music] videos [David made for The Next Day and Blackstar]."
LISTEN: David Bowie Let's Dance Demo Unveiled On 71st Birthday
  –  January 8, 2018
David Bowie's Let's Dance demo has been released to mark his 71st birthday today (8 January). An early demo of the track from the late music legend's 1983 record of the same name was mixed after Chic star Nile Rodgers took a trip to the Starman icon's old ...
David Bowie’s ‘Let’s Dance’ demo released to mark his 71st birthday
  –  January 8, 2018
with the music icon remarking ‘That’s it, that’s it! Got it, got it!’ at the end of the track. Nile Rodgers said: “I’ve been blessed with a wonderful career but my creative partnership with David Bowie ranks very very very high on the list of ...
Inside David Bowie's Final Years: A New HBO Documentary Reveals the Making of 'Blackstar' and 'The Next Day'
  –  January 7, 2018
Whately, a documentary filmmaker and the director of the 2013 BBC film David Bowie: Five Years, which examines the star ... Johan Renck, who directed the music videos for “Blackstar” and “Lazarus,” recalls Bowie Skyping him to say that he was ...
David Bowie: New HBO documentary gives an intimate look at icon's 'Last Five Years'
  –  January 7, 2018
Throughout his transcendent five-decade-long career, David Bowie embodied a kooky cast of musical characters ... Johan Renck, who was with him doing the Lazarus (music) video quite near the end, said that he got a sense that David was scared.
'David Bowie: The Last Five Years' compellingly reflects on the final projects of the artist's life
  –  January 7, 2018
"Doctor Who" may have got its global premieres synchronized, but it took a year for "David Bowie: The Last Five Years," a film about ... tales of genial collaboration, and lots of music. The continuing theme of the film is that fame isn't all it's cracked ...
David Bowie’s Last Five Years
  –  January 7, 2018
Perhaps the most quintessentially David Bowie music video ever made is not “Ashes to Ashes,” starring the rocker as a strung-out Pagliacci, but the achingly funny spoof “Bowie’s in Space,” by Flight of the Conchords. Bowie’s galactic-wanderer ...
Survivor: David Bowie's All Original 1982 Volvo 262C
  –  January 4, 2018
I think most people would agree that David Bowie was a genius. A musician, actor, producer, and tireless promoter, Bowie helped to shape the path of popular music for more than five decades until his death in 2016. More significantly to this blog ...
Weekend Events: Celebrate the New Year with Ice Skating, Rock Climbing or a David Bowie Tribute
  –  January 4, 2018
The free event goes from 6:30 to 8 p.m. The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra will perform Mozart’s Jupiter symphony at Strathmore’s Music Center ... The Bethesda Blues & Jazz will honor David Bowie’s legacy with a tribute show to the late star.
David Bowie's Son Honors His Father's Love Of Reading With A New Book Club
  –  January 3, 2018
Fans of late icon David Bowie have a new way to honor the memory of their favorite performer in 2018, other than listening to his music. Bowie's son Duncan Jones invited fans to read some of his father's favorite books with him on Twitter last week.


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