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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.’

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The History of David Bowie’s Tin Machine

A look at David Bowie's Tin Machine band.

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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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How the Rolling Stones, Rod Stewart and David Bowie Ran From the Taxman

Tax season is unpleasant for everyone (except the IRS), but imagine the plight of many popular British bands in the '60s.

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EMI

40 Years Ago: David Bowie Retires – Again

David Bowie's second retirement from music began on April 12, 1975.

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David Bowie Is Writing New Music for Stage Adaptation of ‘Man Who Fell to Earth’

David Bowie is set to take part in a new off-Broadway play adaptation of his 1976 sci-fi film 'The Man Who Fell to Earth.'

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Hear David Bowie’s ‘Golden Years’ Covered by James Murphy

Ben Stiller's new movie 'While We're Young' features a diverse array of artists on the soundtrack, including David Bowie, Paul McCartney, Foreigner and Survivor.

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David Bowie, Jimi Hendrix and Robert Plant Among Featured Releases for Record Store Day

A number of classic rock artists highlight the list of exclusives on tap for Record Store Day 2015, which takes place on April 18.

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