Wake Up to The Next Day

I think one of the bravest things Bowie did in the last seven years was to perform “Wake Up” with Arcade Fire on September 8, 2005, during the televised “Fashion Rocks” awards show not 15 months after his heart attack. It’s not that Bowie is more than 33 years older than Arcade Fire’s lead singer […]

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Lambeth to Brixton, or Poetry and Painting, Sound and Vision, William Blake, and The Institute of Imagination

David Robert Jones was born within walking distance of the house where William Blake (1757-1827) did much of his greatest work. London seems a remarkably small town in some ways: so much has happened there in so little space over so many hundreds of years’ time. South of the Thames River, at Hercules Road, London […]

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[No Longer] Crashing in the Same Car

Crashing in the Same Car All accounts I have read suggest that David Robert Jones [Bowie] was a cherished if not planned child. Both his parents, however, had histories of child abandonment, either accidental or deliberate. His paternal grandfather died in WWI, and his grandmother soon afterwards. Bowie’s dad, Haywood Stenton Jones, was born in […]

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Sound & Vision: Bruegel and Bowie

Early in Nicolas Roeg’s film of Walter Tevis’s novel The Man Who Fell to Earth, Dr.  Bryce (Rip Torn), who will oversee the development of an intergalatic vehicle for Thomas Jerome Newton (Bowie), browses through a book of the paintings of Bruegel the Elder, paying particular attention to Landscape with the Fall of Icarus. If […]

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Readings: The Ziggy Stardust Companion and Bowie Golden Years

When I was researching my posts on the ways Bowie traveled when he didn’t fly, two sites were indispensable: The Ziggy Stardust Companion and Bowie Golden Years. I’m humbled when I come across such thoroughly researched and valuable sites and grateful for their creators’ generosity. The Ziggy Stardust Companion Mike Harvey of Wellington, New Zealand, […]

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