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David Bowie 1947 - 2016
o David Bowie, who died on January 10th 2016 aged 69, was
one of Britain's most successful and revolutionary musicians.
He enjoyed a sparkling career that spanned six decades and
saw him become one of the most prevalent recording artists
of all time, as well as a brilliant Hollywood actor.
o The chameleonic superstar, who changed his name and then
transformed into the infamous ‘Ziggy Stardust’, continued to
reinvent himself and his music, as well as maintaining a
reputation as a ground-breaking artist.
o Bowie released 111 singles - including five UK number ones,
26 studio albums, 46 compilation albums, five EPs and three
soundtracks. He collected dozens of awards, including two
Brits Awards, two Grammys and three MTV awards and
transferred his artistry to film in 51 music videos.
Ziggy Stardust is still the most definitive Bowie persona to
date. It was his most extensive exercise in creating a
background and an actual character to go with his image,
so much so that for a while, at least, Ziggy and his creator
were largely indistinguishable.
Although Aladdin Sane lacked Ziggy’s defined
personality and back story, representing Bowie’s
ambiguity about the entire Ziggy experience, as well as
the state of his career and his rising fame. The conflict
found its representation in the lightning bolt down the
middle of his face, an image that also referred to the
mental conflict implied by the character’s name “Aladdin
Sane”, a pun on “A lad insane.”
The theatricality of Ziggy inspired a whole new generation of
glam-influenced musicians, and the flamboyance of Bowie’s
creation found perhaps its most extreme expression in the
New Romantic movement of the early 1980s. Bowie never
entirely embraced this group, but the most enduring image of
him from the period is definitely New Romantic-inspired: the
lonely, lost Pierrot of the “Ashes to Ashes” video.
Jareth the Goblin King
Summary of the film and Bowie's character Jareth: Jareth, the
Goblin King is wants to capture a child, when it just so happens
that an angsty teen, Sarah wishes the goblins would take her
baby brother away. Jareth then takes her brother and declares
that if she wants him back, she has to find her way through my
labyrinth. He performs all sorts of tricks to ruin her rescue
attempt, but he also falls in love with her.
“I ask for so little. Just fear me,
love me, do as I say and I will be
The mid to late ’90s saw David Bowie embracing his ‘outsider’
status and undergoing a remarkable creative renaissance.
Outside was a weirdly conceptual, industrial-inspired work that
still makes for rather discomfiting listening, while Earthling,
made two years later, involved an unexpected and surprisingly
successful expedition into drum ‘n’ bass. Both were
accompanied by an evolving image that found its fullest
expression on the cover of Earthling — goatee, spiky hair,
crazy Union Jack jacket.