adding page as my intro to bowie (and while reading musicophilia)… intrigued by how he touched so many.. (ie: followed him for 40+ yrs.. showing us how to live outside human box.. exemplify reinvention.. making me think of natural state of shed\ding…we don’t just reinvent…we are reinvent\ing.)
from amanda palmer rt:
Bowie existed so all of us misfits learned that an oddity was a precious thing. he changed the world forever.
David Bowie And The Story Of Ziggy Stardust (BBC Documentary)
3 min – his belief was .. if you want to do something bad enough and you put your mind to it you can… he didn’t just take one thing.. he wanted to do/be everything
he taught him to astonish
she made him brave
shocking was what he wanted to be
avant garde – andy worhal
21 min – stardust – made him a superstar – politics of it.. a creature fantasy come to save us.. only 5 yrs.. left
23 min – 95% of every recording i did with him.. was one take from beginning to end
26 min – starman.. the eureka moment in rock and roll
27 min – a generation of kids who were too young for the 60s .. so ripe for exploitation
31 min – all the young dudes
45 min – bowie took ideas from everywhere.. something he’s done throughout his career…. everything i get is from someone else.. what i do is i know which things to steal…
48 min – said of that period he couldn’t stand the noise of the band ringing in his ears.. rather he was on stage or not
49 min – on ziggy taking over.. ie: people didn’t want interviews with david.. but with ziggy.. and i didn’t know who i was anymore.. on schizo ness – each costume change was a diff personality..
51 min – 63 performances in 50 odd days… every ticket sold..powerful… part of belonging to something
band started only seeing him on stage..
56 min – the safe thing would have been to keep being ziggy for rest of career.. but he had courage most artists don’t have.. to take the thing which is most loved and say.. i’m not doing that anymore..
he was to 70s what beattles were to 60s…
sunk into dangerous drug addiction battling to leave past behind.. i was so lost in ziggy.. a little schizo.. grew out of proportion.. ziggy overshadowed everything…
he was leader (as ziggy) of artistic side of rock and roll… look at punk.. 80s music wouldn’t have happened if it wouldn’t have been for bowie.. dressing up/make up .. is where it started..
58 min – anyone who challenges the moors of today are doing a ziggy.. in a sense..
59 min – i think he (ziggy) was very successful.. but i’m glad i’m me now..
time may change me but you can’t trace time
so i did know of him
all the young dudes..and.. take a walk on the wild side.. let’s dance..
bowie and queen a capella – under pressure
knowing what this world is about.. watching good friends screaming.. let me out
give love one more chance…love dares you to care for the people on the edge …and dares you to change our way of caring…
this is ourselves.. under pressure..
a nother way..
David Bowie’s last release, Lazarus, was ‘parting gift’ for fans in carefully planned finale
The producer of Blackstar confirms David Bowie had planned his poignant final message, and videos and lyrics show how he approached his death
David Bowie Dies of Cancer at 69; He Transcended Music, Art and Fashion
Mr. Bowie wrote songs, above all, about being an outsider: an alien, a misfit, a sexual adventurer, a faraway astronaut. His music was always a mutable blend: rock, cabaret, jazz and what he called “plastic soul,” but it was suffused with genuine soul. He also captured the drama and longing of everyday life, enough to give him No. 1 pop hits like “Let’s Dance.”
If he had an anthem, it was “Changes,” from his 1971 album “Hunky Dory,” which proclaimed:
“Turn and face the strange / Ch-ch-changes / Oh look out now you rock and rollers / Pretty soon now you’re gonna get older.”
Angst and apocalypse, media and paranoia, distance and yearning were among Mr. Bowie’s lifelong themes. So was a penchant for transgression coupled with a determination to push cult tastes toward the mainstream.
Mr. Bowie was a person of relentless reinvention.
married to inman 20 yrs
Inman tweets hopeful quotes before his death
“Sometimes you will never know the true value of a moment until it becomes a memory.
Brian Eno – i realize now he was saying goodbye
David Robert Jones (8 January 1947 – 10 January 2016), known professionally as David Bowie (/ˈboʊ.i/), was an English singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, record producer, arranger, painter, and actor. Bowie was a figure in popular music for over four decades, and was known as an innovator, particularly for his work in the 1970s. His androgynous appearance was an iconic element of his image, principally in the 1970s and 1980s.
Born and raised in South London, Bowie developed an early interest in music although his attempts to succeed as a pop star during much of the 1960s were frustrated. Bowie’s first hit song, “Space Oddity”, reached the top five of the UK Singles Chart after its release in July 1969. After a three-year period of experimentation, he re-emerged in 1972 during the glam rock era with the flamboyant, androgynous alter ego Ziggy Stardust, spearheaded by the hit single “Starman” and the album The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars. Bowie’s impact at that time, as described by biographer David Buckley, “challenged the core belief of the rock music of its day” and “created perhaps the biggest cult in popular culture”. The relatively short-lived Ziggy persona proved to be one facet of a career marked by reinvention, musical innovation and visual presentation.
from 2000(?) – on music, rebellion, the internet, community
i wanted to be a musician because it seemed rebellious – like could affect change.. it was very hard to hear music when i was young… so therefore a kind of call to arms feeling to it.. this is the thing that will change things..
now.. it’s a career opportunity and the internet now carries the flag of being subversive… the monopolies do not have a monopoly…
from where i am..i embrace the idea that there’s a new mystification going on between artist and audience… 70s def artists.. now subgroups/genre’s it’s a communal type thing.. more and more about audience… the point of having someone who led forces is disappeared… conveyor of info.. not a conveyor of rebellion
what is new construction between artist and audience… rave’s – audience at least as important.. almost like artist is accompanying the audience..
up until mid 70s .. felt we were living in guise of single/absolute created society… no duplicity/pluralism.. that started to break down in 70s… the singularity disappeared… internet establishes and shows us we are in total fragmentation
i think potential of internet.. is unimaginable.. not just a tool.. an alien life form.. more profound than a delivery system
context and state of content – so diff – the interplay between user and provider so in simpatico – will crush our ideas of what mediums are all about..
idea that piece of work not finished till audience come to it and add their own interpretation… what piece of art is about is the grey space in the middle.. that grey space in the middle is what 21st cent is going to be about
Nikhil fb share:
“My message, as an aging Gen X-er to millennials and those coming after them, is: Go get us. Take us down — all those cringing provincials who still think climate change is a hoax, that being transgender is a fad or that ‘socialism’ mean purges and re-education camps. Rid the world of all our outmoded opinions, vestigial prejudices and rotten institutions. Gender roles as disfiguring as foot-binding, the moribund and vampiric two-party system, the savage theology of capitalism — rip it all to the ground. I for one can’t wait till we’re gone. I just wish I could live to see the world without us.”
in comments.. shared by tara ansley @TaraAnsley:
From the beginning of breakfast club but still rings true:
‘and these children that you spit on as they try to change their worlds are immune to your consultations. they’re quite aware of what they’re going thru’ – david bowie
autism et al
Bowie the wild man, the extravaganza, the extraterrestrial—he was, as he always knew, in desperate need of being humanized, of being understood as merely, fully, human. Everything he did was about its being all right to be yourself—that’s what Benj heard and, in the mirror he held to himself, allowed Bowie again to be. Such acts of recognition are where all differences meet and can be overcome. It’s how Benj gained the power to climb the mountain to launch himself forward, and how he helped bring the Starman down to Earth