David Bowie

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The British singer, songwriter, producer and actor David Bowie (1947-2016) was renowned for his innovative music and stylish presentation. He was interested in music from a young age and found great inspiration in Elvis Presley. Fats Domino and Little Richard were also great favourites of his. Bowie was a multi-faceted and creative individual who grew up in Brixton, London, forming his first band when he was only fifteen. Bowie was more than a musician: he painted, was a dancer, and performed in various kinds of theatrical shows. He was also an art collector, owning pieces by Francis Picabia, Damien Hirst and Henry Moore among others. His work was experimental and pushed at the boundaries of musical genre. In 1969 he released Space Oddity, a recording which brought him his first real taste of fame. Among his greatest successes was the album The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars, based on one of Bowie’s alter egos. This album made Bowie a superstar and was followed by other releases, including Aladdin Sane (1973), Pin Ups (1973), Diamond Dogs (1974), Young Americans (1975), Station to Station (1976) and Low (1977). In 1980 Bowie made his Broadway debut in The Elephant Man. His most important collaborators were Brian Eno and Tony Visconti. As a stage personality he was ‘larger than life’, his flamboyant costumes and androgynous appearance becoming an iconic element of his image. His last album, Blackstar, was released on 8th January 2016. Bowie passed away just two days later.