You can consider this page a work-in-progress. David Bowie’s musical career consisted of so many changes, transformations and persona that coherence can be elusive. There is no single “ultimate Bowie album,” no “definitive Bowie phase.” There are moments of brilliance and moments where you mumble “What the fuck?” He was a master at media manipulation, a remarkably empathetic human being, no stranger to controversy and ultimately something of a riddle. At this point in time, I’m putting the pieces together, in search of some kind of distillation that can fully explain this complex and fascinating character.
I might not get there, but I’m sure that the journey will be pretty damned interesting. Here’s what I have so far:
- Hunky Dory
- The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars
- Alladin Sane
- Station to Station
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