David Robert Jones, known professionally as David Bowie, was an English singer, songwriter and actor. He was a figure in popular music for over five decades, regarded by critics and musicians as an innovator, particularly for his work in the 1970s. His career was marked by reinvention and visual presentation, his music and stagecraft significantly influencing popular music. During his lifetime, his record sales, estimated at 140 million worldwide, made him one of the world’s best-selling music artists.
I Feel Confident Imposing Change On Myself. It's A Lot More Fun Progressing Than Looking Back. That's Why I Need To Throw Curve Balls.
Tony Visconti And I Had Been Wanting To Work Together Again For A Few Years Now. Both Of Us Had Fairly Large Commitments And For A Long Time We Couldn't See A Space In Which We Could Get Anything Together.
I Wanted To Be Gerry Mulligan, Only, See, I Didn't Have Any Kind Of Technique. So I Thought, Well, Baritone Sax Is Kind Of Easier; I Can Manage That - Except I Couldn't Afford A Baritone, So I Bought An Alto, Which Was The Same Fingering.
Frankly, If I Could Get Away With Not Having To Perform, I'd Be Very Happy. It's Not My Favorite Thing To Do.
I Don't Have A Problem With Ageing - In Fact, I Embrace That Aspect Of It. And Am Able To And Obviously Am Going To Be Able To Quite Easily... It Doesn't Faze Me At All.
For Me, Often, There's Such A Cloud Of Melancholia About Knowing I'm Going To Have To Leave My Daughter On Her Own. I Don't Know What Age That Is Going To Be, Thank God. It Just Doubles Me Up In Grief.
A Song Has To Take On Character, Shape, Body And Influence People To An Extent That They Use It For Their Own Devices. It Must Affect Them Not Just As A Song, But As A Lifestyle.
I Do Some Kind Of Work, Whether Writing Or Painting Or Recording, On A Daily Basis. And It's So Essential That When I'm Involved In The Actual Process, My So-called 'Real Life' Becomes Almost Incidental, Which Becomes Worrying.
Everything I Read About Hitting A Midlife Crisis Was True. I Had Such A Struggle Letting Go Of Youthful Things And Learning How To Exist And Have Enthusiasm While Settling Into The Comfort Of An Older Age.
From My Standpoint, Being An Artist, I Want To See What The New Construction Is Between Artist And Audience.
I'm Not A Prophet Or A Stone Aged Man, Just A Mortal With Potential Of A Superman. I'm Living On.
An Armchair Jungian Would Say The Whole Thing Is About My Own Ongoing Spiritual Search. My Interior Life Has Always Been One Of Trying To Find A Spiritual Link, Maybe Because I'm From A Family Of Separate Religious Philosophies: Protestant And Catholic.
Dance Music Is No Longer A Simple Donna Summer Beat. It's Become A Whole Language That I Find Fascinating And Exciting. Eventually, It Will Lose The Dance Tag And Join The Fore Of Rock.
I Cannot With Any Real Integrity Perform Songs I've Done For 25 Years. I Don't Need The Money. What I Need Is To Feel That I Am Not Letting Myself Down As An Artist And That I Still Have Something To Contribute.
Being Shoved Into The Top-40 Scene Was An Unusual Experience. It Was Great I'd Become Accessible To A Huge Audience But Not Terribly Fulfilling.
You Get To A Certain Age, And You Are Forbidden Access. You're Not Going To Get The Kind Of Coverage That You Would Like In Music Magazines; You're Not Going To Get Played On Radio, And You're Not Going To Get Played On Television. I Have To Survive On Word Of Mouth.
These Are All Personal Crises, I'm Sure, That I Manifest In A Song Format And Project Into Physical Situations. You Make Little Stories Up About How You Feel. It's As Simple As That.
What I Like To Do Is Try To Make A Difference With The Work I Do.
I Do Value The Respect I Get From My Contemporaries, But To Have Oasis Cover My Song, To Have Puff Daddy Cover A Song, To Have Goldie Come Along To My Gigs - That's Where My Ego Is At. To Have My Fellow Musicians Like What I Do, That's Very Cool.
I Would Dream. I Focused All My Attention On Going To America. The Subculture, James Dean, The Rock N' Roll, The Beat Writers.
I Re-invented My Image So Many Times That I'm In Denial That I Was Originally An Overweight Korean Woman.
All My Big Mistakes Are When I Try To Second-guess Or Please An Audience. My Work Is Always Stronger When I Get Very Selfish About It.
All Montreal Bands Have Around Nine Members, I Believe.
Gybe Are Among My, Erm, Two Favourite Montreal Bands, Arcade Fire Being The Other.
I Still Derive Immense Pleasure From Remembering How Many Hod-carrying Brickies Were Encouraged To Put On Lurex Tights And Mince Up And Down The High Street, Having Been Assured By Know-it-alls Like Me That A Smidgen Of Blusher Really Attracted The Birds.
When I Heard Little Richard, I Mean, It Just Set My World On Fire.
I Never Really Felt Like A Rock Singer Or A Rock Star Or Whatever.
The Americans At Heart Are A Pure And Noble People; Things To Them Are In Black And White. It's Either 'Rawk' Or It's Not. We Brits Putter Around In The Grey Area.
I'll Tell You Who I Absolutely Adore: Ian Mcewan.
I Wanted To Imbue Ziggy With Real Flesh And Blood And Muscle, And It Was Imperative That I Find Ziggy And Be Him.
There's An Effort To Reclaim The Unmentionable, The Unsayable, The Unspeakable, All Those Things Come Into Being A Composer, Into Writing Music, Into Searching For Notes And Pieces Of Musical Information That Don't Exist.
My Mother Was Catholic, My Father Was Protestant. There Was Always A Debate Going On At Home - I Think In Those Days We Called Them Arguments - About Who Was Right And Who Was Wrong.
I'm Responsible For Starting A Whole New School Of Pretension.
That's The Shock: All Cliches Are True. The Years Really Do Speed By. Life Really Is As Short As They Tell You It Is. And There Really Is A God - So Do I Buy That One? If All The Other Cliches Are True... Hell, Don't Pose Me That One.
With A Suit, Always Wear Big British Shoes, The Ones With Large Welts. There's Nothing Worse Than Dainty Little Italian Jobs At The End Of The Leg Line.
My Father Worked For A Children's Home Called Dr. Barnardo's Homes. They're A Charity.
I'm In Awe Of The Universe, But I Don't Necessarily Believe There's An Intelligence Or Agent Behind It. I Do Have A Passion For The Visual In Religious Rituals, Though, Even Though They May Be Completely Empty And Bereft Of Substance.
I Think Much Has Been Made Of This Alter Ego Business. I Mean, I Actually Stopped Creating Characters In 1975 - For Albums, Anyway.
I'm Not Actually A Very Keen Performer. I Like Putting Shows Together. I Like Putting Events Together. In Fact, Everything I Do Is About The Conceptualizing And Realization Of A Piece Of Work, Whether It's The Recording Or The Performance Side.
Now I Realize That From '72 Through To About '76, I Was The Ultimate Rock Star. I Couldn't Have Been More Rock Star.
I've Always Tended To Write Songs Prolifically.
The Name Zahra Was To Have Been Lman's Own Name At Birth, But A Senior Member Of The Family Changed It To Lman At The Last Minute.
There Are Half A Dozen Subjects That I Return To Time And Time Again, And That Doesn't Bother Me. Because Most Of My Favorite Writers Do That, To Hunt Down The Same Topic Or Theme From Different Directions Each Time.
I Suppose For Me As An Artist It Wasn't Always Just About Expressing My Work; I Really Wanted, More Than Anything Else, To Contribute In Some Way To The Culture That I Was Living In. It Just Seemed Like A Challenge To Move It A Little Bit Towards The Way I Thought It Might Be Interesting To Go.
I Think, Generally, I Just Cannot Really Envision Life Without Writing And Producing Records And Singing.
The Internet Carries The Flag Of Being Subversive And Possibly Rebellious And Chaotic, Nihilistic.
If I Had A Talent, It Was For Looking Askew At Everything, Possibly More Than My Contemporaries. But I Had To Really Push Myself To Be A Writer.
I Don't Crave Applause. I'm Not One Of Those Guys Who Comes Alive On Stage. I'm Much More Alive At Home, I Think.
The Truest Form Of Any Form Of Revolutionary Left, Whatever You Want To Call It, Was Jack Kerouac, E.e. Cummings, &Amp; Ginsberg's Period. Excuse Me, But That's Where It Was At.
It's Amazing: I Am A New Yorker. It's Strange; I Never Thought I Would Be.