David Bowie

Voilà 66 ans depuis le 8 janvier dernier, que le monde à vu naître une icône. Dix ans après son dernier album, il a profité de cette date pour publier un nouveau clip et annoncer la sortie de son prochain album qui s’intitulera The Next Day.
A voir: Where Are We Now ? dernier single de Bowie

Quelques jours après ces annonces, je crois que le moment est venu de vous exposer dans la langue originelle du chanteur pourquoi a-t-il un tel poids dans l’histoire de la musique du XXe siècle et pourquoi je le place au rang d’icône musicale. (ce choix n’est qu’une suggestion et n’implique que moi, bien sûr)

So, David Robert Jones better known as his stage name David Bowie is an important English musician but also an actor, record producer and arranger who was born in January 8th 1947.
First of all,  Bowie is an innovator, he revolutionized music as his own way, and was a major figure of music during four decades.
My favorite period of his life is undoubtedly the 1970’s. In fact, in 1969 he signed his first tube Space oddity which riched the top 5 of the Uk Singles Chart. In 1972 he became an icon of glam rock era with his flamboyant androgynous alter ego Ziggy Stardust, spearheaded by the album The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars. It’s in this era, that Bowie had an important impact in the world’s music. He created one of the biggest culte in popular culture. Despite all, Ziggy had a relatively short life but for Bowie it was just to reinvent himself. In this decade he also was implicated in Lou Reed‘s and Iggy Pop‘s solo careers.
His own career was marked by continual reinvention, musical innovation and striking visual presentation.
During the following years, he met many of other major music’s figures such as Freddy Mercury and the others members of Queen with whom he did a famous song : Under Pressure in 1981, or Mick Jagger for their collaboration in Dancing in the Streets in 1985.
After his psychedelic folk and glam rock period, during a few time around 1975, he prefered soul and funk. In this years he co-signed the hit Fame with John Lennon.
The real consecration happened in the 80’s. He used MTV to become much and much popular. Except some songs like Let’s Dance, I’m not really crazy of this Bowie’s music period which isn’t really timeless in my opinion.
In the early 90’s he tried new things by the fact that he chose to be with a band again, the quartet Tin-Machine.
Since 1992 to 1999 he did electronica songs, and from the 2000’s to now, he return to his origins.

I « admire » this man because he succeed in his passion. He started studying art in the 1950’s. He was really interested on all kind of music to modern jazz with musicians such as Charles Mingus and John Coltrane (who led Bowie’s mother to give him a plastic alto saxophone in 1961) to classic rock n’ roll with Elvis Presley or Little Richard.
The fact that he tried to always do something new and unexpected is for me the proof that he is an artist really implicated on his music.
He is fascinating because he played of all the facets of his personality to convince the world of his persona. When he was known as Ziggy Stardust he said he was gay. After in 1976 he declared that he was bisexual whereas in 1983 when he was very popular, he prefered saying that he was heterosexual.
I also admire him because he succeed in dissociating his public and private life. All of his career could be an inspiration, he just did what he wanted to and he didn’t really care of people’s opinion. He met incredible people too, such as Lou Reed, Andy Warhol, Jon Lennon or Michael Jackson. He staid all the time in an artistic broth.
He was invested on all of his persona and inspires many other genius artists such as Yann Curtis (Joy Division) or Cherry Curry (The Runaways) with his persona of Aladdin Sane for exemple.
On stage he is full of energy and he really share something with his public.
Furthermore Bowie is an accomplished artist, because of his actor’s career added to his musician’s career. He acted in an Monthy Python’s comedy, in The last temptation of the Christ a movie directed by Martin Scorsese or in Christopher Nolan’s film, The Prestige (where he played Nikola Tesla), among others.

A vos notes: Le Victoria & Albert Museum de Londres prépare une rétrospective sur les 40 ans de carrière du chanteur en association avec Gucci, intitulée « David Bowie is », du 23 mars au 28 juillet 2013.

A (ré)écouter encore et encore:

-Space Oddity, Space Oddity 1969
-The Man Who Sold the World, The Man Who Sold the World, 1970
-Changes, Hunky Dory, 1971
-Life on Mars ?, Hunky Dory, 1971
-Oh ! You Pretty Things, Hunky Dory, 1971
-Suffragette City, The Rise And Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders From Mars, 1972
-Five Years, The Rise And Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders From Mars, 1972
-Starman, The Rise And Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders From Mars, 1972
-Ziggy Stardust, The Rise And Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders From Mars, 1972
-Rock n’ Roll Suicide, The Rise And Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders From Mars, 1972
-Let’s Spend The Night Together (Mick Jagger and Keith Richards), Aladdin Sane, 1973
-The Jean Genie, Aladdin Sane, 1973
-Rebel Rebel, Diamond Dogs, 1974
-Fame (John Lennon), Young Americans, 1975
-Sound and Vision, Low, 1977
-Ashes to Ashes, Scary Monsters (and Super Creeps), 1980
-Under Pressure (Queen), 1981
-Let’s Dance, Let’s Dance, 1983
-Cat People (Putting Out Fire), Let’s Dance, 1983
-Blue Jean, Tonight, 1984
-Dancing in the Streets (Mick Jagger), 1985
-I’ve Been Waiting For You, Hearthen, 2002

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