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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.’

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

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Maurice Hibberd / Evening Standard / Getty Images

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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40 Years Ago: David Bowie Retires – Again

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EMI

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’

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Alex Livesey, Getty Images

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

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Andrew H. Walker / D Dipasupil, Getty Images

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

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recordstoreday.com

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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40 Years Ago: David Bowie Reinvents Himself (Again) with ‘Young Americans’

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EMI

David Bowie explored his soul influences on 'Young Americans,' which was released on March 7, 1975.

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45 Years Ago: Mick Ronson Plays First Show With David Bowie

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Hulton Archive / Getty Images

David Bowie has played with a lot of great guitarists in his day.

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David Bowie GIF Illustrates a Career of Different Looks

David Bowie

There may not be a rock star on the planet who's been through more periods of change (ch-ch-changes) than David Bowie.

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Top 10 David Bowie Songs

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Hulton Archive, Getty Images

David Bowie has been called many things in his life: rock 'n' roll chameleon, musical genius, Ziggy Stardust and Thin White Duke, to name a few.

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Grateful Dead vs. David Bowie – Ultimate Classic Rock Hall of Fame Round One

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Ultimate Classic Rock

The first-round battle for induction into the completely fan-voted Ultimate Classic Rock Hall of Fame continues, with the Grateful Dead and David Bowie facing off.

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