David Bowie
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1947-01-08
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David Bowie

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, becoming acclaimed by critics and other musicians for his innovative work. 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 albums 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, directed by Nicolas Roeg, 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...

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David Bowie Performances & Interviews


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Starman
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Starman
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Space Oddity
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Space Oddity
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Changes
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Changes
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'Heroes' (Glastonbury, 2000)
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'Heroes' (Glastonbury, 2000)
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Wild Is The Wind
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Wild Is The Wind
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Love You Till Tuesday
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Love You Till Tuesday
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Somebody Up There Likes Me
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Somebody Up There Likes Me
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Sorrow
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Sorrow
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Never Let Me Down
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Never Let Me Down
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Starman
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Starman
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Let's Dance
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Let's Dance
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Young Americans
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Young Americans
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Memory Of A Free Festival
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Memory Of A Free Festival
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Five Years
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Five Years
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Modern Love
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Modern Love
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The Jean Genie
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The Jean Genie
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Golden Years
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Golden Years
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Life On Mars?
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Life On Mars?
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Ashes to Ashes
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Ashes to Ashes
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Right
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Right
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Rebel Rebel
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Rebel Rebel
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Aladdin Sane (1913-1938-197?)
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Aladdin Sane (1913-1938-197?)
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'Heroes'
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'Heroes'
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Oh! You Pretty Things
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Oh! You Pretty Things
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Moonage Daydream
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Moonage Daydream
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Fame
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Fame
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The Man Who Sold The World
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The Man Who Sold The World
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Suffragette City
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Suffragette City
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Dancing In The Street
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Dancing In The Street
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Velvet Goldmine
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Velvet Goldmine
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Ziggy Stardust
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Ziggy Stardust
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Past BBC Events

Mercury Prize: 2016
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Eventim Apollo, Hammersmith, London
2016-09-15T13:24:53
15
Sep
2016

Mercury Prize: 2016

19:00
Eventim Apollo, Hammersmith, London
Glastonbury: 2000
https://www.bbc.co.uk/events/er2mxj
Worthy Farm, Pilton
2000-06-23T13:24:53
23
Jun
2000

Glastonbury: 2000

Worthy Farm, Pilton
Glastonbury: 1971
https://www.bbc.co.uk/events/ex5v4f
Worthy Farm, Pilton
1971-06-20T13:24:53
20
Jun
1971

Glastonbury: 1971

Worthy Farm, Pilton

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