David Bowie Biography (Wikipedia)
David Robert Jones (8 January 1947 – 10 January 2016), known professionally as 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 in Brixton, 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 starred in the cult film The Man Who Fell to Earth and released Station to Station. 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". "Heroes" ...
- Adam Buxton: Why I love David Bowiehttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p04q83zq.jpghttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p04q83zq.jpg2017-01-21T09:11:00.000ZEveryone knows Adam Buxton loves Bowie. Who doesn't? Here he is to explain why...http://www.bbc.co.uk/music/audiovideo/popular/p04q840t
Adam Buxton: Why I love David Bowie
- The story behind the naming of David Bowie’s Blackstarhttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p04ny4nt.jpghttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p04ny4nt.jpg2017-01-09T16:32:00.000ZFrancis Whately might have the answer to this much asked question.http://www.bbc.co.uk/music/audiovideo/popular/p04ny4v5
The story behind the naming of David Bowie’s Blackstar
- A man on top of his game: David Bowie’s late careerhttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p04nxq91.jpghttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p04nxq91.jpg2017-01-09T15:11:00.000ZTony Visconti looks back at a late recording session where he believed Bowie was ‘a man on top of his game’ at the very end of his career.http://www.bbc.co.uk/music/audiovideo/popular/p04nxqbb
A man on top of his game: David Bowie’s late career
- Lavinia Greenlaw's Poem For Bowiehttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p04nrh5c.jpghttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p04nrh5c.jpg2017-01-08T09:00:00.000ZPoet and novelist Lavinia Greenlaw reads out a new version of her poem for David Bowie, written for BBC Radio 4 on the day of his passing.http://www.bbc.co.uk/music/audiovideo/popular/p04nrh5k
Lavinia Greenlaw's Poem For Bowie
- Where are we now? The Bowie Walking Tour Launches...https://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p04nnndk.jpghttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p04nnndk.jpg2017-01-08T09:00:00.000ZNick Stephenson on the Bowie walking tour he has launched in London.http://www.bbc.co.uk/music/audiovideo/popular/p04nnnfc
Where are we now? The Bowie Walking Tour Launches...
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Hiding in plain sight - David Bowie walks the streets of New York
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I Can’t Give Everything Away: David Bowie’s parting gift
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Charles Hazlewood on Philip Glass and David Bowie
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A tribute to David Bowie
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55,000 people sing David Bowie's Starman
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David Bowie's Blackstar has MORE hidden secrets...
- Mary Anne Interviews Bowie's Designer, Jonathan Barnbrookhttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p04g4znm.jpghttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p04g4znm.jpg2016-11-13T09:20:00.000ZMary Anne interviews Jonathan Barnbrook, the designer behind several David Bowie album covers (Heathen, The Next Day, Reality, and Blackstar).http://www.bbc.co.uk/music/audiovideo/popular/p04g4znq
Mary Anne Interviews Bowie's Designer, Jonathan Barnbrook
- Bowie's Art Collection: Duchamphttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p04g4z8z.jpghttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p04g4z8z.jpg2016-11-13T08:35:00.000ZThis is Art Historian Richard Cork talking about Mary Anne's favourite piece from the collection, a beautiful painting called ‘Nude Descending A Staircase, No 2’ by Duchamp.http://www.bbc.co.uk/music/audiovideo/popular/p04g4z96
Bowie's Art Collection: Duchamp
- Bowie's Art Collection: Damien Hirsthttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p04g02nq.jpghttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p04g02nq.jpg2016-11-13T08:30:00.000ZSotheby's Deputy Director Tom Eddison on the spin painting that Bowie and Damien Hirst created together, ‘Beautiful Halo Space Boy’.http://www.bbc.co.uk/music/audiovideo/popular/p04g4zjv
Bowie's Art Collection: Damien Hirst
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Bowie's Art Collection: Auerbach
- Bowie's Art Collection: Basquiathttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p04g4zv7.jpghttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p04g4zv7.jpg2016-11-13T08:00:00.000ZSotheby's Deputy Director Tom Eddison on Jean-Michel Basquiat's painting ‘Air Power’.http://www.bbc.co.uk/music/audiovideo/popular/p04g4zvd
Bowie's Art Collection: Basquiat
- Mary Anne's Tour Of Bowie's Personal Art Collectionhttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p04g02nq.jpghttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p04g02nq.jpg2016-11-11T16:25:00.000ZMary Anne speaks to Sotheby's Deputy Director, Tom Eddison, and Art Historian, Richard Cork, about four key pieces in David Bowie's personal art collection.http://www.bbc.co.uk/music/audiovideo/popular/p04g02p7
Mary Anne's Tour Of Bowie's Personal Art Collection
- Neil Cowley celebrates the wide-reaching influence of David Bowiehttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p04bs7jm.jpghttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p04bs7jm.jpg2016-11-08T15:11:00.000Z"He was never afraid to engage himself with all forms of music... crossing genres"http://www.bbc.co.uk/music/audiovideo/popular/p04fm91q
Neil Cowley celebrates the wide-reaching influence of David Bowie
- ‘…for the 4 or 5 minutes he was singing, he would pour his heart out’ - Tony Visconti on David Bowie recording his final albumhttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p04ngmg9.jpghttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p04ngmg9.jpg2016-11-04T09:20:00.000ZDavid Bowie: The Last Five Years a new landmark film by Francis Whately, the BAFTA award-winning producer and director of David Bowie: Five Years, airs on BBC Two in January 2017http://www.bbc.co.uk/music/audiovideo/popular/p04f4cg3
‘…for the 4 or 5 minutes he was singing, he would pour his heart out’ - Tony Visconti on David Bowie recording his final album
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