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.’
Stones, Beatles, Bowie and More Among '24 Record Store Day Lineup
There are also exclusive releases on the way from Fleetwood Mac, the Doors, Talking Heads and countless others.
Brian May Says He Never Liked Queen and Bowie’s ‘Under Pressure’
Guitarist hoped 1981 collaboration would sound like the Who, then realized arguing over mix “was going to be a fight.”
David Bowie Gave Lulu a Hit and It Became One of Her Few Regrets
Scottish pop star with soulful voice recalls running from relationship in 'Young Americans' era, and the moment Jimi Hendrix trashed her TV show.
The Beatles and David Bowie Among Early Grammy Winners
Jason Isbell also took home a pair of awards during the Grammy Premiere Ceremony.
Why David Bowie's Favorite Producer Turned Down 'Space Oddity'
Tony Visconti later regretted his decision.
When John Lennon and David Bowie Shared a 'Mountain of Cocaine'
Producer Tony Visconti details a memorable night with the rock legends.
Nile Rodgers Says David Bowie Would Be Ignored by Labels Today
He claims the days of record companies nurturing artists "are truly over."
How David Bowie Found Himself on His Second Self-Titled LP
At this point, he'd been kicking around the London music scene for five years.
40 Years Ago: Black Rock Icon Shapes David Bowie's 'Modern Love'
Hint: It wasn't Nile Rodgers.