David Bowie


David Bowie was a superstar and still is even after his death. Today he would have turned 75 years old. One of the most influential figures in pop and rock, who was able to shape the world of music for several decades. An incredibly versatile chameleon, an eccentric. Happy Birthday Bowie, wherever you are! 🤘

1. Young multi-instrumentalist

At just nine years old, his father brought home an Elvis Presley record. Fascinated by his music, he began to play the ukulele, piano, and bass. Later he became obsessed with jazz, specifically with John Coltrane. His mother gave him a saxophone, and he even went to class. However, the rest of the instruments (guitar, keyboard, harmonica and koto) he learned on his own.

2. Precocious on the stage

It didn’t take long for him to assemble his first group. At age 15 Bowie founded “The Konrads” with whom he played at weddings and youth centers. The problem is, Bowie got bored quickly. In fact, he was about to quit music when he suddenly debuted with “Space Oddity”:


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3. Musically “wrong” and ahead of its time

David Bowie was not following the mainstream. He saw no reason to blend into what already existed. His songs were often ahead of its time, a trait he maintained throughout his nearly fifty-year musical career. He always looked to the future: “Tomorrow belongs to those who hear it coming.”

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4. Revolutionary and founder of glam rock

This Brit, David Bowie, revolutionized the world of music. At first he quietly triumphed and became world famous with his alter ego Ziggy Stardust he became the impressionist personified in pop culture. It created a symbiosis between pop, rock, psychedelia, folk and other styles. The result was an incredible crossover: glam rock.


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5. The Berlin trilogy?

For years he lived in Berlin, something that was liberating in many ways for Bowie. Hardly anyone knew him there. Anonymity helped him stay off drugs. He shared an apartment with a certain Iggy Pop and spent some time with Lou Reed. Between 1977 and 1979 he released the considered Berlin trilogy: three already legendary albums: “Low, Heroes” and “Lodger“.


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6. David Bowie’s androgynous appearance

His often androgynous appearance caused great fascination. His eyes were a different color and it was one of his trademarks. Still to this day, there are those who say that Bowie had a glass eye. Many urban legends around the theme of the eyes. The most successful is that it was an eye injury after a particularly strong blow, which permanently dilated the pupil and irreversibly paralyzed the iris. The right eye was blue, the left was brown.

7. Exceptional singer-songwriter

The melodies and harmonies of his songs are quirky and unconventional. Sometimes this can detract from your talent as a songwriter. At the end of the day his songs are quite fanciful, far from themes such as love. That is why his songs are easy to distinguish from others. As a young man he tried to persuade with humor through lyrics, but it didn’t work, he had to go from the futuristic to the philosophical.


8. Bowie and Jazz

Bowie was also recognized and respected by musicians especially in the jazz scene. High-level musicians have supported him in several of his projects, for example on his latest album “Blackstar”, in which five renowned jazz musicians participated, including Mark Guiliana. They weren’t at his orders, but they were a team in which everyone had a lot of freedom.

9. David Bowie didn’t take himself seriously

Bowie never took himself very seriously. This statement describes him well: “I’m always amazed that people take what I say seriously. I don’t even take what I am seriously.Another way to consolidate Bowie’s status that crossed conventional boundaries of image and expression.


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10. A pioneer in finance: the “Bowie Bonds”

Indeed, the exceptional outgoing artist has not only pioneered the music world but also the financial sector. Considered the inventor of “Celebrity Bonds”, he was the first famous person to bring to the market a financial obligation with which investors could participate in the success of the artist. And so it was that with the “Bowie Bonds” he secured the profits of 25 albums before 1990.

On January 8, 2016 Bowie celebrated his 69th birthday, releasing his latest album “Blackstar”. Unfortunately the celebrations did not last long, after two days he passed away after years fighting cancer. 🌹

“I’m not a prophet or a stone age man, just a mortal with the potential of a superman. I’m living on.” – David Bowie

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Joe has been singing since he can remember and started playing guitar when he was 10. He's been using it as a songwriting tool ever since. He is passionate about melody and harmony and admires musicians who create these in unique ways. Check out his alternative / indie projects Best of Feelings and Zef Raček.


    A good article, Joe. Except his eyes are the same colour, blue. The left eye looks brown because of his dilated pupil 😎

    He was in at least one other bands before he found stardom one was Johns Children check your facts.

    God,how he changed music is one of the wonders of the world!!! Not only did he influence others via his music,but also by his sense of fashion,the way he spoke,the way he presented himself,it goes on and on!!
    Genius is very over used in many ways,but regarding David Bowie, it fits like a glove,he was a true Genius!!
    He shaped my life like he did millions of others and I feel so lucky that I was brought up in the whole of David Bowie’s existence, the likes of him will never happen again, God bless you David

    David I think Is the best singer of all time he changed music and changed rock music he really changed the world there are many many reasons to love him I haven’t seen a singer who can write the songs like him his songs are deep and amazing the lyrics of his songs are complicated and are not about typical things like love or something like that his voice Is the best voice I have ever heard
    he was kind and beautiful and amazing he was a real ginius I love him soooo much and he will always be alive no one Is or will be like him. love you the god of rock . You are the best starman

    Of course David Bowie was an outstanding artist. I sometimes wonder though that if he wasn’t so physical beautiful he would have become such an icon

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