David Bowie

Born 8 January 1947.
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Bowie at the Beeb

Andy Peebles follows Divid Bowie's relationship with the BBC from 1967 to 1972.

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David Robert Jones (born 8 January 1947), known professionally by his stage name David Bowie, is an English musician, singer-songwriter, actor and arranger. Bowie has been a major figure in the world of popular music for over four decades, and is renowned as an innovator, particularly for his work in the 1970s. He is known for his distinctive voice as well as the intellectual depth and eclecticism of his work. Aside from his musical abilities, he is recognised for his androgynous beauty, which was an iconic element to his image, particularly in the 1970s and 1980s.

Bowie first caught the eye and ear of the public in July 1969 when his song "Space Oddity" reached the top five of the UK Singles Chart. 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 merely one facet of a career marked by continual reinvention, musical innovation and striking visual presentation.

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  1. Review of The Next Day

    The Next Day 2013

    Reviewed by Jude Clarke
    A triumphant, almost defiant, return – innovative, dark, bold and creative.
  2. Review of Station to Station: Super Deluxe Edition

    Station to Station: Super Deluxe Edition 2010

    Reviewed by Martin Aston
    Bowie’s pre-Berlin Trilogy classic receives the deluxe edition treatment.
  3. Review of David Bowie (Deluxe Edition)

    David Bowie (Deluxe Edition) 2010

    Reviewed by Sean Egan
    Unmistakably the entrée of someone with a future.
  4. Review of A Reality Tour

    A Reality Tour 2010

    Reviewed by Mike Diver
    Bowie’s continuing hunger sets a fabulous example to new artists.
  5. Review of Space Oddity: 40th Anniversary Edition

    Space Oddity: 40th Anniversary Edition 2009

    Reviewed by Chris Roberts
    There has always been more to this album than its familiar title track.
  6. Review of The Buddha Of Suburbia

    The Buddha Of Suburbia 2007

    Reviewed by Daryl Easlea
    The Dame's return-to-form soundtrack to Hanif Kreishi's novel-turned-TV series is...
  7. Review of Young Americans

    Young Americans 2007

    Reviewed by Daryl Easlea
    'Young Americans' has always occupied a troublesome niche in David Bowie’s catalogue...
  8. Review of David Live / Stage

    David Live / Stage 2005

    Reviewed by Daryl Easlea
    Hearing Bowie perform the 'Ziggy Stardust' material straight still offers the wow...
  9. Review of Sound + Vision

    Sound + Vision 2003

    Reviewed by Chris Jones
    While Sound + Vision satisfies as a lovely object, its strange mix of the known and...
  10. Review of Reality

    Reality 2003

    Reviewed by Daryl Easlea
    Reality is a proper album, with a beginning, a middle and an end.
  11. Review of Aladdin Sane - 30th Anniversary Edition

    Aladdin Sane - 30th Anniversary Edition 2003

    Reviewed by Rob Webb
    Aladdin Sane is one of the finest forty-five minutes in rock.
  12. Review of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders From Mars: The Motion Picture

    Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders From Mars: The Motion Picture 2003

    Reviewed by Chris Jones
    Tony Visconti returns to the fold to sharpen things up.
  13. Review of Black Tie White Noise

    Black Tie White Noise 1993

    Reviewed by David Quantick
    The first step on Bowie’s journey of experimentation in the 90s.
  14. Review of Let’s Dance

    Let’s Dance 1983

    Reviewed by David Quantick
    The album that set the template for 1980s Bowie, for better and worse.
  15. Review of Low

    Low 1977

    Reviewed by Susie Goldring
    Self-destruction is carried through the album by the icy, mannered vocals.
  16. Review of Hunky Dory

    Hunky Dory 1972

    Reviewed by Daryl Easlea
    ...finally demonstrated David Bowie's enormous potential to the listening public
  17. Review of The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stardust And The Spiders From Mars

    The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stardust And The Spiders From Mars 1972

    Reviewed by Chris Jones
    Is it a major strand in rock's rich tapestry, with its gender bending bravado and...
  18. Review of Space Oddity

    Space Oddity 1969

    Reviewed by Susie Goldring
    ...this kaleidoscopic album is an amalgamation of Dave’s obsessions...
  19. Review of Heathen


    Reviewed by Chris Jones
    Heathen isn't a return to form. It's a continuation of all the marvellous things that...
  20. Review of Best Of

    Best Of

    Reviewed by Chris Jones
    Over 40 years on, David Jones still seems to have the ability to surprise. Just look...
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