David Bowie Biography (Wikipedia)
David Robert Jones (8 January 1947 – 10 January 2016), better known by his stage name David Bowie, was an English singer, songwriter and actor. He was a figure in popular music for over five decades, regarded by critics and musicians as an innovator, particularly for his work in the 1970s. 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 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 seven gold certifications. He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1996.
Born and raised in 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 began a sporadic acting career, starring in the cult film The Man Who Fell to Earth. 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". "
- What did Bowie's Let's Dance sound like before Nile Rodgers' production?http://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p03x5mfr.jpghttp://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p03x5mfr.jpg2016-06-03T09:21:00.000ZNile tells the brilliant story of how he transformed David Bowie's Let's Dance.http://www.bbc.co.uk/music/audiovideo/popular/p03x4q45
What did Bowie's Let's Dance sound like before Nile Rodgers' production?
- David Bowie enters the Singers Hall of Famehttp://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p03fh261.jpghttp://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p03fh261.jpg2016-01-17T19:45:00.000ZDavid Bowie enters the Singers Hall of Famehttp://www.bbc.co.uk/music/audiovideo/popular/p03fh29n
David Bowie enters the Singers Hall of Fame
- David Bowie - Hallo Spaceboy (Later Archive 1995)http://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p03fm0h2.jpghttp://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p03fm0h2.jpg2016-01-15T17:03:00.000ZDavid Bowie performs Hallo Spaceboy on Later... with Jools Holland in 1995.http://www.bbc.co.uk/music/audiovideo/popular/p03fm0ht
David Bowie - Hallo Spaceboy (Later Archive 1995)
- Remembering Bowie in Sound and Vision: Chalkie Davieshttp://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p03fb0xy.jpghttp://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p03fb0xy.jpg2016-01-13T21:42:00.000ZRock photographer Chalkie Davies from Cardiff, who captured so many of the greats of the 1970s & 1980s, reflects on working with his friend David Bowie.http://www.bbc.co.uk/music/audiovideo/popular/p03ff5gb
Remembering Bowie in Sound and Vision: Chalkie Davies
- David Bowie - Rebel Rebel (Later Archive 2002)http://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p03fcl49.jpghttp://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p03fcl49.jpg2016-01-13T11:44:00.000ZDavid Bowie performs Rebel Rebel on Later... with Jools Holland in 2002.http://www.bbc.co.uk/music/audiovideo/popular/p03fcl5k
David Bowie - Rebel Rebel (Later Archive 2002)
- David Bowie - Cracked Actor (Later Archive 1999)http://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p03fcj2g.jpghttp://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p03fcj2g.jpg2016-01-13T11:23:00.000ZDavid Bowie performs Cracked Actor on Later... with Jools Holland in 1999.http://www.bbc.co.uk/music/audiovideo/popular/p03fcj3f
David Bowie - Cracked Actor (Later Archive 1999)
- "Music has allowed me so many moments of companionship when I've been lonely" - David Bowiehttp://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p03f6rq5.jpghttp://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p03f6rq5.jpg2016-01-12T08:32:00.000ZChris reflects on the influence of David Bowie with an excerpt of a speech from 1999, speaking to students at Berklee College of Music in the USAhttp://www.bbc.co.uk/music/audiovideo/popular/p03f89yw
"Music has allowed me so many moments of companionship when I've been lonely" - David Bowie
- "I've done so many albums, I rarely go outside of my own work"http://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p03f54c3.jpghttp://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p03f54c3.jpg2016-01-11T13:45:00.000ZFrom 1995, Mark Radcliffe in conversation with David Bowie on BBC Radio 1 in New Yorkhttp://www.bbc.co.uk/music/audiovideo/popular/p03f5psv
"I've done so many albums, I rarely go outside of my own work"
- I paid 60p to see Bowie in Aberystwyth in 1972http://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p03f5hvf.jpghttp://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p03f5hvf.jpg2016-01-11T12:46:00.000ZKeith Morris from Aberystwyth on how he saw the legendary singer at the town's Arts Centre just as Starman took off - in an intimate gig which cost him just 60p.http://www.bbc.co.uk/music/audiovideo/popular/p03f5hyf
I paid 60p to see Bowie in Aberystwyth in 1972
- David Bowie: “Life is a finite thing”http://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p03f5cxr.jpghttp://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p03f5cxr.jpg2016-01-11T12:08:00.000ZIn a 2002 interview, David Bowie speaks about the themes of ageing and death.http://www.bbc.co.uk/music/audiovideo/popular/p03f5cyt
David Bowie: “Life is a finite thing”
- Bowie at the Beebhttp://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p01czf95.jpghttp://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p01czf95.jpg2013-07-18T14:18:00.000ZAndy Peebles follows Divid Bowie's relationship with the BBC from 1967 to 1972.http://www.bbc.co.uk/music/audiovideo/popular/p01czfb7
Bowie at the Beeb
- Bowie in the 1980'shttp://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p0176dq7.jpghttp://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p0176dq7.jpg2013-04-03T11:20:00.000ZDavid Bowie and Nile Rodgers discuss the making of the hit album, Let's Dance.http://www.bbc.co.uk/music/audiovideo/popular/p0176dqr
Bowie in the 1980's
- The Berlin Trilogyhttp://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p0176d8p.jpghttp://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p0176d8p.jpg2013-04-03T11:15:00.000ZDavid Bowie, Brian Eno, Tony Visconti and Iggy Pop reflect on their time in Berlin, recovery from drug addiction and recording some of the most influential albums of the time.http://www.bbc.co.uk/music/audiovideo/popular/p0176db7
The Berlin Trilogy
- Simon Goddard on 'Ziggyology'http://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p0174nvl.jpghttp://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p0174nvl.jpg2013-04-02T11:22:00.000ZSimon Goddard chats to Shaun about the cultural impact of Ziggy Stardust.http://www.bbc.co.uk/music/audiovideo/popular/p0174nzt
Simon Goddard on 'Ziggyology'
- Making David Bowie's Hunky Doryhttp://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p0174ny5.jpghttp://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p0174ny5.jpg2013-04-02T11:21:00.000ZA look back at the beginnings of Bowie's classic album, Hunky Dory.http://www.bbc.co.uk/music/audiovideo/popular/p0174nzr
Making David Bowie's Hunky Dory
- David Bowie on Andy Warhol and Lou Reedhttp://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p0174jxb.jpghttp://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p0174jxb.jpg2013-04-02T10:15:00.000ZDavid Bowie reflects on his first encounters with Andy Warhol and Lou Reed, one of his main musical influences.http://www.bbc.co.uk/music/audiovideo/popular/p0174jxr
David Bowie on Andy Warhol and Lou Reed
- David Bowie and Iggy Pop's Berlin Adventureshttp://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p016y4jz.jpghttp://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p016y4jz.jpg2013-03-31T11:00:00.000ZDanny Robins goes on a guided tour with former recording engineer Thilo Schmied around some of David Bowie and Iggy Pop's old haunts and the Hansa studios.http://www.bbc.co.uk/music/audiovideo/popular/p01733fx
David Bowie and Iggy Pop's Berlin Adventures
- David Bowie: Vintage Key Of Life interview with Mary Anne Hobbshttp://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p0172cqy.jpghttp://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p0172cqy.jpg2013-03-31T09:00:00.000ZDavid talks to Mary Anne about selecting his name and Warhol, Bolan, Jagger and Stardust.http://www.bbc.co.uk/music/audiovideo/popular/p0172crl
David Bowie: Vintage Key Of Life interview with Mary Anne Hobbs
- David Bowie "Size seven and a half"http://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p016wnzh.jpghttp://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p016wnzh.jpg2013-03-30T10:00:00.000ZDavid Bowie speaks about Ziggy and his disastrous first encounter with Andy Warhol.http://www.bbc.co.uk/music/audiovideo/popular/p0172bmw
David Bowie "Size seven and a half"
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