David Bowie was what theatre people call a triple threat: he could sing, dance, and act – plus he had an art school background for good measure. He was an enthusiastic early adapter of music video, producing a variety of highly imaginative works before anyone even thought of MTV. His concerts were also full-fledged affairs, with makeup, costumes and props… but not enough to distract from the music Here are some highlights of Bowie’s evolution.
Ziggy Stardust (1972)
Bowie assumed the persona of Ziggy, a megalomaniac rock star, for the accompanying tour. His high-heeled boots, space suit and kabuki-in-the-rain make-up paved the way for countless artists through the ages.
Ziggy Stardust – from Ziggy Stardust The Motion Picture
A play on the phrase, “A Lad Insane,” the album and persona represented a sort of personality molting. The face paint was still there, but evolved into a lightning bolt.
The Jean Genie
The Thin White Duke
Bowie discovers the thin white line and produces some pretty amazing music while his life falls apart.
Young Americans (2007 Remastered Edition)
Also known as “Ashes to Ashes” Bowie. (You can take the boy out of art school…)
Ashes to Ashes
Bowie puts on a sleek suit and rocks the mic for a new generation.
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