Innovators of rock music: today, we discuss David Bowie

This prolific and innovative English artist is a singer, songwriter, musician, and actor. His role in the history of rock music is most significant, and he has managed to successfully reinvent himself many times. Whether you like his style(s) or not, he remains a true artist, an open-minded creator, a unique artist, and there are so few of them. His songs have depth, and again, that is unfortunately not that common. More than that, I am certain his bizarre yet confident and straightforward characters have saved people who felt misunderstood and utterly lonely, especially in the 60’s, which were still quite the conservative times, even if we tend to forget it.

Now on to the good stuff. There’s a huge body of work to choose from here. So let’s say, we watch (1) the Space Oddity video (the classic amongst classics); (2) a live version of the rocking Suffragette City from his bold Ziggy Stardust period (The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars, man, what an album!) ; (3) a live performance of Ashes to Ashes (I was not a fan of the pointy hat period, but those lyrics and hooks were – and are still – great); (4) a live peformance of All the Young Dudes, a song he wrote for Mott the Hopple (few artists have that particular sensitivity that makes them able to write great songs for other people) ; (5) and a live performance of Wake Up by Arcade Fire, featuring Bowie (by giving his support to an unknown indie band’s strange – but awesome – debut, he proved once again that he had quite the eye, and ear, and a cutting-edge vision of music, in the 60’s as well as in the 2000s).

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