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David Bowie

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

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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.

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Frasi David Bowie

„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

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„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

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„I always had a repulsive sort of need to be something more than human. I felt very very puny as a human. I thought, "Fuck that. I want to be a superman."“

— David Bowie
Quoted in this interview http://www.theuncool.com/journalism/rs206-david-bowie/ in Rolling Stone #206 (12 February 1976); a slightly altered version of the quote has appeared in various sources such as Fas Ferox - A Modern Day Mythology - World Walkthrough (2006), edited by Anna Young and James Curcio: "I always had a repulsive need to be something more than human. I felt very puny as a human. I thought, 'Fuck that. I want to be a superhuman.'"

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

— David Bowie
Context: 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.

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„Ya wouldn't believe what I've been thru.“

— David Bowie
Context: Still this pulsing night A plague I call a heartbeat Just be still with me Ya wouldn't believe what I've been thru.

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

— David Bowie
Context: 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
Context: 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.

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

— David Bowie
Context: 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. "Sermon From the Savoy", New Musical Express (29 September 1984)

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