Articles on David Bowie

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Space Cadet to Major Tom

David Bowie was not God, although for kids like me in the early 1970s he was the closest we ever came to believing in one. Neither was he perfect. For a long time there, back in the 1980s, just about everything…
David Bowie produced some of his most innovative work while living in divided Berlin. EPA/Nils Meilvang

David Bowie in the divided city of Berlin

Bowie’s life has been under the microscope since he burst on the scene in 1969 with the smash hit, Space Oddity. We examine how the divided city of Berlin saved this extraordinary artist at his lowest ebb.
David Bowie posing for the Aladdin Sane tour, 1973. Photograph by Masayoshi Sukita. Image courtesy of ACMI.

Bowie and gender transgression – what a drag

David Bowie has long confounded us with enigmatic acts of gender transgression, with gestures and personas drawn from Hollywood stars, literature and avant-garde art. That flame still burns brightly.
Our lives are often shaped and made meaningful by the stars and celebrities who enter them. EPA/Stephanie Pilick

Back then, and now – just who is David Bowie?

When Bowie sang of aliens, cross-dressed, or emptied himself of colour and light, he demonstrated the power that music, fashion and performance can have in creating a landscape of endless possibility.

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