Monday, January 08, 2007

From Ziggy Stardust to an icon of style - David Bowie turns 60

David Bowie, the chameleon of pop business turns 60 today. Hard to believe he was the spearhead of a youth movement. But that is what remains in my head.
I will always remember the movie "Christiane F. - Wir Kinder vom Bahnhof Zoo" with the music and the presence of David Bowie.

After some unsuccessful singles David Bowie had his first top 10 appearance in the American charts in 1969 (I was born in that year!) - with his album "Space Oddity".
It was a breakthrough for him who attracted attention with ongoing spectacular appearances - as extraterrestrial hermaphrodite Ziggy Stardust, as pale-faced Thin White Duke or as Young American with Frank Sinatra look.
His early years are under the influence of drugs. In the late seventies Bowie spends some years in Berlin to get rid of the scourge Heroin. In Berlin he records his probably best album "Heroes" on which he sings abouts his drug experiences. The title song is recorded in German and French as well and is the title song of "Christiane F." (see above).

In the Eighties his fame fades somehow, critics want to have discovered that Bowie is burned out.
Nevertheless he has his greatest commercial success in this time, with the titles "China Girl" and "Let's Dance".
In the meantime David Bowie gets into the Internet, the medium that is suitable for the play with virtual identities like hardly any other. In autumn 1999 he publishes his new album "hours" first in the internet and also appears as Internet provider.

He remains wild at heart with his albums "Heathen" and "Reality". He lives mainly in New York at the moment.

The Frankfurte Allgemeine Zeitung (FAZ) titles today "The wise peacock - David Bowie turns 60" and writes:
"Bowie's most memorable musical and acting gestures evoke an cunning vain, haggard bone-dry eros and reject with all determination the virile Rock'n Roll vitalism, which worships unique specimens with back hair and liquor in the beard."

Couldn't say it better.

Happy Birthday David Bowie!


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