Nobody in rock ‘n’ roll history has changed his public persona with as much success as David Bowie. He started in the mid ‘60s as a British folksinger before shifting course, becoming a psych-pop rocker with a thing for space aliens. By the early ‘70s, he had made another change, this time taking on a character – a drug-snorting narcissistic rock star from outer space named Ziggy Stardust who looked and acted a lot like David Bowie – who became the center of the glam-rock movement and Bowie’s greatest creation. He tried on other roles over the years, including American soul man and European electronic-music pioneer, while shaping the careers of Mott the Hoople, Iggy Pop and Lou Reed. He had the biggest-selling album of his career in 1983 with ‘Let’s Dance’ as a New Wave pop star. In 2013, after a 10-year break, he made a triumphant return with ‘The Next Day.’
Birthdate: Jan. 8, 1947
Selected Discography: ‘The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders From Mars’ (1972), ‘Hunky Dory’ (1971), ‘Low’ (1977)
Earlier this month, David Bowie released 'The Next Day Extra,' a three-disc expansion of his acclaimed album that came out earlier this year. Ultimate Classic Rock and Diffuser.fm have teamed up with Bowie to give one lucky winner a prize pack containing the newly expanded collection and three exclusive 7" singles.
Far be it from us to encourage one more rock star to try and lure fans into buying two copies of a new album, but David Bowie seems to have gone all out for 'The Next Day Extra,' the newly expanded reissue of his recent 'The Next Day' LP.
On Jan. 29, 1972, David Bowie took the stage at the Borough Assembly Hall in Aylesbury, England, on what might have been an otherwise unremarkable night as he warmed up for his first major tour in four years. Except this was the night that Ziggy Stardust began to take shape.
Elton John -- "dull?" David Bowie -- an "amateur?" These were the opinions of the BBC before the singers became famous, according to newly discovered notes that will be used in an upcoming documentary.
On Oct. 22, David Bowie will put out a 7" picture disc of 'Sorrow.' Although only 10,000 copies of the single will be available worldwide, Ultimate Classic Rock and Diffuser.fm have teamed up with Parlophone Records to give five lucky winners a copy of the limited-edition release.
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