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David Bowie

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.’

David Bowie
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42 Years Ago: David Bowie Makes His Last Appearance As Ziggy Stardust

David Bowie retired the Ziggy Stardust persona on July 3, 1973.

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Andrew H. Walker / Noam Galai, Getty Images

David Bowie Reportedly Taps ‘Dexter’ Star Michael C. Hall for New Stage Musical

David Bowie's next project, a stage musical titled Lazarus that's based on Walter Tevis' 1963 novel The Man Who Fell to Earth, has found its leading man in Michael C. Hall.

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Parlophone

David Bowie Announces New ‘Five Years 1969-1973′ Box

Mark your calendars, David Bowie fans: Sept. 25 brings Five Years 1969-1973, a 12-CD/13-LP collection that's being billed as "the first in a series of boxed sets spanning his career."

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RCA

41 Years Ago: David Bowie Launches ‘Diamond Dogs’ Tour

David Bowie shed the sparkling jumpsuits and flamboyant makeup of the 'Ziggy Stardust' era as he began the 'Diamond Dogs' tour on June 14, 1974 in Montreal.

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Vocalion Pop

51 Years Ago: David Bowie Releases His Debut Single, ‘Liza Jane’

David Bowie's first single was released on June 5, 1964.

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EMI

The History of David Bowie’s Tin Machine

A look at David Bowie's Tin Machine band.

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RCA
RCA

36 Years Ago: David Bowie Releases the Last Album in His Berlin Trilogy, ‘Lodger’

In the years since its release in May 1979, David Bowie's Lodger has often been painted as the weakest installment in the artist's vaunted Berlin Trilogy.

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Patrick Riviere, Getty Images

28 Years Ago: David Bowie Launches ‘Glass Spider’ Tour

David Bowie launched the 'Glass Spider' tour on May 15, 1987.

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41 Years Ago: David Bowie Releases ‘Diamond Dogs’

David Bowie released 'Diamond Dogs' on April 24, 1974.

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David Bowie Called Lou Reed and Metallica’s ‘Lulu’ a ‘Masterpiece’

David Bowie said 'Lulu' was Lou Reed's "masterpiece," according to Laurie Anderson.

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