Bowie died Sunday after a long battle with cancer, according to a representative. He released his latest album, the critically acclaimed Blackstar, on Friday, which was also his 69th birthday. (NPR - January 11, 2016)
Early in his life, David Bowie spent time in a monastery, tried playing the saxophone and founded a mime company. He decided to focus on music in the 1970s, depriving the world of a miming talent that may have rivaled that of Marcel Marceau. With his new album "Heathen," Bowie enters his fourth decade as a rock star. Host Renee Montagne speaks with him about his new album, being a father again and the birthday of one of his earliest creations: Ziggy Stardust.
It's been more than 30 years since the legendary rock performer created the gender-bending Ziggy Stardust, and produced the now classic album, The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders From Mars. With it, Bowie helped invent glam-rock. Over the years he has produced albums for Lou Reed and Iggy Pop and collaborated with Brian Eno. He also starred in the films The Man Who Fell to Earth, Merry Christmas, Mr. Lawrence and Basquiat. Bowie has a new album, Reality. The interview...
On the occasion of his 60th birthday, we rebroadcast an excerpt of a 2002 interview with David Bowie. More than 30 years ago, Bowie created the gender-bending Ziggy Stardust, and produced the now classic album, The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars. With it, Bowie helped invent glam-rock. This interview originally aired on Sept. 4, 2002.
The icon's new album plays like a collection of discrete singles, with each performed in a different style, genre and mood. In this way, the album isn't a return to form, in part because David Bowie never took one form to begin with.
On this edition of All Songs Considered, Bob Boilen crushes co-host Robin Hilton's little heart in a disagreement over the music of John Denver. Plus brand new music from David Bowie, Phoenix, Wavves and more.
David Bowie, Lou Reed, and bands like T-Rex and Roxy Music, were some of the forerunners of the glam rock movement between the early and late 1970s. Mark Dery, author of “All the Young Dudes: Why Glam Rock Matters,” explains why glam rock matters.
On 3 July 1973 on stage in London, David Bowie killed his creation Ziggy Stardust. In honour of the 40th anniversary of the death of Bowie's most famous invention, a lunchtime Ziggy Stardust concert was held at Otago University, New Zealand, on September 5, 2013.
Since 1972, capturing Bowie's many personas on film was Japanese photographer Masayoshi Sukita. In 2012, Sukita opened an exhibition in Melbourne, Australia with some of those images, many of which David Bowie handpicked himself.