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David Bowie

Data di nascita: 8. Gennaio 1947
Data di morte: 10. Gennaio 2016
Altri nomi: Bowie

David Bowie , pseudonimo di David Robert Jones è stato un cantautore, polistrumentista, attore, produttore discografico e pittore inglese.

La passione per la musica portò Bowie ad imparare a suonare il sassofono quando era ancora giovanissimo. Dopo aver partecipato alla formazione di varie band, raggiunse il successo da solista nei primi anni settanta, attraversando cinque decenni di musica rock e conquistandosi la fama di inventore del glam rock. La sua natura poliedrica e camaleontica lo portò a reinventare nel tempo il proprio stile e la propria immagine, creando numerosi alter ego come Ziggy Stardust, Halloween Jack, The Thin White Duke e Nathan Adler.

Significative le collaborazioni con Tony Visconti e Brian Eno, altro reduce con i Roxy Music dal glam rock dei primi settanta, con i quali instaurò una proficua e profonda amicizia che durò svariati anni.

Pur non essendo le sue attività principali, Bowie si dedicò anche alla pittura e al cinema. Tra i vari film in cui recitò, vi sono L'uomo che cadde sulla Terra, Furyo, Absolute Beginners, Labyrinth, Basquiat e The Prestige.

Nel 2008 fu inserito al 23º posto nella lista dei 100 migliori cantanti secondo Rolling Stone, che ha individuato tra i suoi migliori brani Life on Mars?, Space Oddity, Fame e "Heroes". Nel 2007 fu indicato dalla rivista Forbes come il quarto cantante più ricco al mondo.

„Della musica leggera italiana mi piace tutto quello che ha fatto Lucio Battisti.“

—  David Bowie

citato in Leo Turrini, Battisti: la vita, le canzoni, il mistero, retrocopertina

„Il mio cantante preferito è di gran lunga Lucio Battisti.“

—  David Bowie

citato in Gianfranco Salvatore, L'arcobaleno. Storia vera di Lucio Battisti, p. 179

„Sento che stiamo solamente annunciando qualcosa di più oscuro di noi stessi.“

—  David Bowie

[...] I feel that we're only heralding something even darker than ourselves.

„Credo che il Rock and Roll sia pericoloso.“

—  David Bowie

I believe that Rock & Roll is dangerous.

„Il rock è sempre stato la musica del diavolo.“

—  David Bowie

Rock has always been the devil's music.

„I've come to the realisation that I have absolutely no idea what I'm doing half the time“

—  David Bowie

"Sermon From the Savoy", New Musical Express (29 September 1984)
Contesto: I'm terribly intuitive—I always thought I was intellectual about what I do, but I've come to the realisation that I have absolutely no idea what I'm doing half the time, that the majority of the stuff that I do is totally intuitive, totally about where I am physically and mentally at any moment in time and I have a far harder time than anybody else explaining it and analysing it. That's the territory of the artist anyway: to be quite at sea with what he does, and working towards not being intuive about it and being far more methodical and academic about it.

„As long as there's me
As long as there's you“

—  David Bowie

"Where Are We Now?" (2013)
Song lyrics, The Next Day (2013)
Contesto: Where are we now?
Where are we now?
The moment you know
You know, you know
As long as there's sun
As long as there's sun
As long as there's rain
As long as there's rain
As long as there's fire
As long as there's fire
As long as there's me
As long as there's you

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„Turn and face the strange changes.“

—  David Bowie

Song lyrics, Hunky Dory (1971)
Origine: Ch-ch-ch-ch-Changes
Turn and face the strange.

„Though nothing, nothing will keep us together
We can beat them, forever and ever
Oh, we can be heroes just for one day.“

—  David Bowie

"Heroes", written with Brian Eno
Song lyrics, "Heroes" (1977)
Contesto: I, I wish you could swim
Like the dolphins
Like dolphins can swim Though nothing, nothing will keep us together
We can beat them, forever and ever
Oh, we can be heroes just for one day.

„It's an odd feeling, like something else is guiding you, although forcing your hand is more like it.“

—  David Bowie

Livewire interview (2002)
Contesto: Strangely, some songs you really don't want to write. I didn't like writing "Heathen". There was something so ominous and final about it. It was early in the morning, the sun was rising and through the windows I could see two deer grazing down below in the field. In the distance a car was driving slowly past the reservoir and these words were just streaming out and there were tears running down my face. But I couldn't stop, they just flew out. It's an odd feeling, like something else is guiding you, although forcing your hand is more like it.

„Nevertheless, I still don't know what the voice is saying, or even what language it's in.“

—  David Bowie

Livewire interview (2002)
Contesto: It's odd but even when I was a kid, I would write about "old and other times" as though I had a lot of years behind me. Now I do, so there is a difference in the weight of memory. When you're young, you're still "becoming", now at my age I am more concerned with "being". And not too long from now I'll be driven by "surviving", I'm sure. I kind of miss that "becoming" stage, as most times you really don't know what's around the corner. Now, of course, I've kind of knocked on the door and heard a muffled answer. Nevertheless, I still don't know what the voice is saying, or even what language it's in.

„It's odd but even when I was a kid, I would write about "old and other times" as though I had a lot of years behind me.“

—  David Bowie

Livewire interview (2002)
Contesto: It's odd but even when I was a kid, I would write about "old and other times" as though I had a lot of years behind me. Now I do, so there is a difference in the weight of memory. When you're young, you're still "becoming", now at my age I am more concerned with "being". And not too long from now I'll be driven by "surviving", I'm sure. I kind of miss that "becoming" stage, as most times you really don't know what's around the corner. Now, of course, I've kind of knocked on the door and heard a muffled answer. Nevertheless, I still don't know what the voice is saying, or even what language it's in.

„How many times does an angel fall?
How many people lie instead of talking tall?“

—  David Bowie

"Blackstar"
Song lyrics, Blackstar (2016)
Contesto: Something happened on the day he died
Spirit rose a metre and stepped aside
Somebody else took his place, and bravely cried
(I’m a blackstar, I’m a blackstar) How many times does an angel fall?
How many people lie instead of talking tall?
He trod on sacred ground, he cried loud into the crowd
(I’m a blackstar, I’m a blackstar, I’m not a gangster)

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