Biography, CDs, David Bowie
David Bowie died on January 10, 2016
Added on January 11, 2016 at 11:19 CET
David Bowie died on January 10, 2016 at the
age of 69. He had been fighting cancer for eighteen months. His latest album,
Black Star, was released on January 8, 2016. One of the greatest artists of
our time has left us!
Black Star CD:
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Added at 12:39 CET: I have just watched the
dark videos Black Star and Lazarus. Extremely moving, especially
considering his state of health when he wrote this great music.
Added on August 29, 2006:
After 9/11, David Bowie opened the
"Concert for New York City" at Madison Square Garden on October 20, 2001
performing the songs "America" and "Heroes". In 2002, his album Heathen
was released. The following year, in September 2003, another album, Reality,
was put on the market. Its release was followed by a tour to promote it. In the
German town of Schessel on June 25, 2004, he suffered from pain in his shoulder
on stage. It was later diagnosed as a blocked artery. An emergency angioplasty
was performed in the regional hospital. In 2005 and 2006, David Bowie has only
appeared occasionally. No plans for a new album or a new tour have been
announced so far.
Biography of David Bowie
Article added in December 1999:
David Robert Jones, better known as David Bowie, was born in Brixton
in 1947. He is one of those exceptional talents of pop culture who continuously
reinvent themselves. He has experimented with music, cinema, video, internet,
mimic art, theatre and all sorts of hybrid forms of art. David Bowie regularly
works together with musicians like Lou Reed, Iggy Pop or Brian Eno. He
got his inspirations in London, New York or Berlin. David Bowie is not
only a serious artist, but also an innovative and visionary businessman.
"Bowie" has become a corporation and is an officially quoted share. As
early as 1983, he's
Serious Moonlight Tour communication was conducted
through electronic mail. By 1988, David Bowie had the first artist news
group on the Internet and, in 1997, broke new ground with his internet-only
release of the drum-n-bass single Telling Lies. In 1998, he launched
BowieNet, the world's first artist-created Internet service provider. In
1999, BowieNet was a nominee for the 1999 WIRED Award for Best Entertainment
Site of the Year.
Now David Bowie's The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust (EMI) as
a re-release. Richard Cromelin described this path breaking record in the
Stone magazine of July 20, 1972, as David Bowie's thematically most
ambitious and musically most coherent album up to that date. The artist
presented himself as androgynous - that was very popular in the early 70s.
David Bowie never ignored the sings of the time, on the contrary, but his
references to the Zeitgeist were (almost) never superficial. For
Cromelin, Bowie's androgyny in 1972 was not only a simple ballyhoo, but
part of his image and art. On The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust,
the artist confronted himself with frustrations. His record was surrounded
by a bittersweet melancholy. David Bowie was not only extravagant, as you
can see him on his videos of that period, he also cultivated subtle distinctions.
Among his major themes were mortality, pain, conflicts between old and
new. His songs do not shock anymore and remind us, that Bowie was ahead
of his time. His videos are still avant-garde. Tracks like Lady Stardust,
Ziggy Stardust have become classics of popular music.
In a sense, David Bowie's new CD hours... (EMI, 1999) is a sequel to
The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust. Its melancholic sound together
with narcissistic elements - visible in his brilliant video clip to the track
Child - build the background for a subtle introspection. Is hours
... the expression of David Bowie's midlife crisis or just of his permanent
artistic introspection? What strikes us are not his reflections on aging
and death, fidelity and regret, loss and pain, hopes and fears, but his
new natural touch - although the video Thursday's Child is of a
deliberate "artificial naturalness". He literally encounters himself in
the clip. New is his reserve in the musical and vocal background as well
as in expression and atmosphere. Reeves Gabrel's guitar play is largely
responsible for that fact. David Bowie appears on Hours ... as a
purified Ziggy Stardust or Major Tom, without his usual eccentricity. Hours
... is definitively an album of the late 90s. Its subtleness, questioning
and depth only unfolds after repeated listening (but for some songs we
are still in the listening phase ...). On the negative side: David Bowie's
voice seems to have suffered over the years. Besides Thursday's Child
only three tracks are exceptional: Survive,
If I'm Dreaming My
Life and Seven. Still not too bad. - David Bowie
David Bowie The Next Day 2013. Photo Copyright © Floria Sigismondi.
David Bowie The Next Day 2013. Photos Copyright © Floria Sigismondi.
David Bowie The Next Day 2013. Photo © Jimmy King. - David Bowie
David Bowie The Next Day. Photo Copyright © 2013 Sony Music. Order the CD
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David Bowie: The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stardust
And The Spiders From Mars, 1972. Get the
CD from Amazon.com,
Amazon.de. Order the MP3 from Amazon.com
or MP3 from Amazon.co.uk.
David Bowie: hours..., 1999.
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David Bowie: Heathen. Sony, 2002. Get the CD from Amazon.de,
- David Bowie