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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

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

—  David Bowie

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

„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

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

—  David Bowie

Song lyrics, Cat People (Putting Out Fire) (1982)
Contesto: Still this pulsing night
A plague I call a heartbeat
Just be still with me
Ya wouldn't believe what I've been thru.

„Turn and face the strange changes.“

—  David Bowie

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

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„Music has given me over 40 years of extraordinary experiences. I can't say that life's pains or more tragic episodes have been diminished because of it. But it's allowed me so many moments of companionship when I've been lonely and a sublime means of communication when I wanted to touch people. It's been both my doorway of perception and the house that I live in.“

—  David Bowie

Commencement Address for the Berklee College of Music, at Hynes Convention Center, Boston, Massachusetts (8 May 1999) https://www.berklee.edu/commencement/past
Contesto: Music has given me over 40 years of extraordinary experiences. I can't say that life's pains or more tragic episodes have been diminished because of it. But it's allowed me so many moments of companionship when I've been lonely and a sublime means of communication when I wanted to touch people. It's been both my doorway of perception and the house that I live in.
I only hope that it embraces you with the same lusty life force that it graciously offered me.

„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 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.

„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.

„Steel on the skyline
Sky made of glass
Made for a real world
All things must pass“

—  David Bowie

"Heathen (The Rays)"
Song lyrics, Heathen (2002)
Contesto: Steel on the skyline
Sky made of glass
Made for a real world
All things must pass
Ooo
Waiting for something
Looking for someone
Is there no reason?

„Strangely, some songs you really don't want to write.“

—  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.

„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)“

—  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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