Where to start? Bowie is one of the artists John Peel is credited with discovering and his career has spanned many years, sounds and changes in style. He has been David Jones, Ziggy Stardust, The Thin White Duke and The Man Who Fell To Earth.
He started out in south London, changing his last name from Jones to Bowie when The Monkees' Davy Jones became a star. He released a few unsuccessful mod-style singles, before recreating himself as a singer/songwriter for his first album 'Man Of Words, Man Of Music'. He followed this with the rockier 'The Man Who Sold The World' and the avant-pop of 'Hunky Dory'.
But Bowie's global breakthrough came when he unveiled Ziggy Stardust, his bisexual glam-alien character. The albums 'Ziggy Stardust and The Spiders From Mars' and 'Aladdin Sane' followed. After retiring Ziggy, Bowie began to move in a direction he called plastic soul for 'Young Americans' and 'Station To Station'. However his heavy cocaine usage was starting to take its toll. He moved to Berlin in an effort to clean up and started to collaborate with Brian Eno, producing 1977's 'Low', following it up with the classic 'Heroes'. Later albums were less well received. Although David Bowie remains an interesting an experimental artist, his career in recent years has lost a little of the sheen that made him such a glorious spectacle at his peak.