David Bowie was a phenomenal artist. What he did in the ’70s with his music, his self-expression, his stage manner – it changed the world of music and the world in general. He was so quirky, so unusual, so out of this world. Some people believe to this day that David Bowie was an alien just visiting this planet.
He was such a breath of fresh air. Bowie’s creativity, his worldview, the way he wasn’t afraid to change and, in fact, embraced change – he was so unapologetically himself. Rolling Stone called him the greatest rock star ever and you can’t help but agree with that. He was creative in so many ways that it’s no wonder he’s still influencing the world of art even after his death.
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Bowie liked reinventing himself and changing up his style. His first breakthrough came with Ziggy Stardust. A colorful space pirate who mesmerized audiences with his style, kooky fashion choices, and crazy hair and makeup. The outfits he chose were quite scandalous even for modern times, but that was a different time and Bowie was on a mission to stand out and shock audiences.
Most of you will be familiar with his persona of Aladdin Sane (A lad insane). You know, that image of Bowie with a lightning bolt painted across his face? Yup, that’s Aladdin Sane. He came after Bowie murdered Ziggy on stage in London. He was quite a theatrical performer. The only explanation for the lightning bolt on his face we got from Bowie was very casual. He said Aladdin was quite an electric boy.
The Thin White Duke persona came later. We would say he looked quite a normal human with no outrageous clothes or makeup. Just platinum hair (that later went ginger), trousers, white button-down, and a vest. But the songs he wrote at the time were so moving, yet spoke of numbness. It was quite a dark time for Bowie, he struggled with drugs.
David Bowie went through quite a few styles and personas throughout his career. He has shared in some interviews that he wasn’t fully comfortable appearing on stage as himself, so creating characters and personas helped him overcome that feeling of inadequacy. He also considered himself to be just a decent singer and preferred to write songs for others. Yet here we are, decades after his first albums came out, still marveling at his talent and creativity, being inspired by everything he’s done.