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David Bowie: Pantomime Rock?

Report and Interview by John Mendelsohn, Rolling Stone, April 1971

Los Angeles: in his floral-patterned velvet midi-gown and cosmetically enhanced eyes, in his fine chest-length blonde hair and mod nutty engineer’s cap that he bought ...

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David Bowie (1995)

Interview by Simon Witter, Rock's Backpages Audio, October 1995

The Great Dame talks at length about art, role playing, Eno, successes and failures, and his place in the greater scheme of things.

File format: mp3; file size: 56.9mb, interview length: 1h 02' 09" sound quality: *****

David Bowie, part 1 (1999)

Interview by Chris Roberts, Rock's Backpages Audio, July 1999

The Dame, surrounded by some splendid NYC ambience, talks about where he's at today, his workaholism, being part of Tin Machine and some of the personae he has adopted.

File format: mp3 File size: 27.5mb Interview length: 30 minutes 02 seconds Sound quality: ***

David Bowie, part 2 (1999)

Interview by Chris Roberts, Rock's Backpages Audio, July 1999

DB on being liberated by Hunky Dory, becoming Ziggy, years lost to drugs, and on his relationship with his fans via the internet.

File format: mp3 File size: 24.3mb Interview length: 26 minutes 21 seconds Sound quality: ***

ARTICLES IN LIBRARY

David Bowie: 'Space Oddity'

Review by Penny Valentine, Disc and Music Echo, July 1969

DAVID BOWIE – AMAZING SOUND! ...

David Bowie: 'Space Oddity' (Philips)

Review by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, July 1969

DAVID IS A talented young man who has written many fine songs and now concentrates on mime shows. ...

David Bowie: The Beckenham Arts Lab

Interview by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, September 1969

"I RUN AN arts lab which is my chief occupation. It's in Beckenham and I think it's the best in the country. ...

David Bowie Hopes To Take Over A Road...!

Interview by Tony Norman, Top Pops, October 1969

DAVID BOWIE is a quietly spoken young man. His hair curls around his head and his eyes are warm. In his face, his smile, you ...

David Bowie Says Most Things The Long Way Round!

Interview by Penny Valentine, Disc and Music Echo, October 1969

ON HEARING a new LP called David Bowie, someone remarked: 'Well it's very nice, but do you think he's a lasting talent?' ...

David Bowie: Bowie, Music And Life

Interview by Penny Valentine, Sounds, 1970

David Bowie has never been a conventional anything. Certainly he is no run of the mill product of the music business, something rather that was ...

David Bowie: The Man Who Sold The World

Review by John Mendelsohn, Rolling Stone, February 1971

"Some say the view is crazy/But you may adopt another point of view. So if it's much too hazy/You can leave my friend and me ...

Contemporary Songwriters: David Bowie

Profile by Penny Valentine, Sounds, May 1971

THE WORK of songwriters is conditioned by many things. Their environment, their childhood, their brushes with love, their hopes and dreams, their disillusionment. And they ...

Profile: David Bowie

Profile and Interview by Steve Turner, Beat Instrumental, July 1971

David Bowie doesn't give interviews. 'I don't feel that anything I could say would be worth quoting,' he says by way of explanation. However, he ...

David Bowie: The Space Oddity Comes Down To Earth

Interview by James Johnson, New Musical Express, August 1971

AT ONE TIME singer/songwriter David Bowie used to write songs because, "I truly believed we songwriters were going to change the face of the world." ...

David Bowie: The Darling of the Avant Garde

Profile and Interview by Richard Cromelin, Phonograph Record, January 1972

IS THIS FRAIL-LOOKING young Englishman with the delicate, birdlike features, arresting Capricorn eyes and page boy waves of sandy blonde hair indeed destined to become ...

David Bowie: Hunky Dory

Review by John Mendelsohn, Rolling Stone, January 1972

DAVID BOWIE, the swinging/mod Garbo, male femme fatale, confidante to and darling of the avant-garde on both sides of the Atlantic, and shameless outrage, is ...

Oh, You Pretty Thing: David Bowie

Profile and Interview by Michael Watts, Melody Maker, January 1972

DAVID BOWIE, rock's swishiest outrage; a self-confessed lover of effeminate clothes, Bowie, who has hardly performed in public since his 'Space Oddity' hit of three ...

David Bowie: Hunky Dory (RCA Victor)

Review by Danny Holloway, New Musical Express, January 1972

Bowie at his brilliant best ...

David Bowie: 'I'm Not Ashamed Of Wearing Dresses...But Unfortunately It's Detracted From The Fact That I'm Also A Songwriter'

Interview by Danny Holloway, New Musical Express, January 1972

ON THE day I was to meet David Bowie at his home in Beckenham, Kent, I really didn't know what to expect. I had heard ...

David Bowie: Bent on Success

Interview by Rosalind Russell, Disc and Music Echo, May 1972

DAVID BOWIE is at last letting the Great British Public catch up with him. With grasshopper alacrity, he has kept ahead of us for years ...

David Bowie: The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stardust & The Spiders From Mars (RCA)

Review by Nick Kent, Oz, July 1972

DAVID BOWIE, easily the most brilliant young songwriter in this country, seems to have been going through quite a few rapid changes over the last ...

David Bowie: The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders From Mars (RCA)

Review by Jon Tiven, Phonograph Record, July 1972

DAVID BOWIE, England’s Answer-To-Alice-Cooper-But-He’s-For-Real, has finally made an album with positive commercial potential and consistent strength. Ziggy Stardust is the Aftermath of the Seventies, where ...

David Bowie: Phallus in Pigtails, or the Music of the Spheres Considered as Cosmic Boogie

Essay by Ron Ross, Words & Music, July 1972

MIGHT ONE suggest that "the longer one studies life and literature, the more strongly one feels that behind everything that is wonderful stands the individual, ...

David Bowie: Central London Polytechnic, London

Live Review by Jonh Ingham, Phonograph Record, July 1972

"YES, I'M DAVID BOWIE. These are the Spiders from Mars. And we're the slickest show in town." ...

David Bowie: The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars

Review by Richard Cromelin, Rolling Stone, July 1972

UPON THE RELEASE of David Bowie's most thematically ambitious, musically coherent album to date, the record in which he unites the major strengths of his ...

David at the Dorchester: Bowie on Ziggy and other matters

Interview by Charles Shaar Murray, New Musical Express, July 1972

THREE CHANGES of dress and a kiss from Lou Reed. The waiters were horrified. ...

The Rise and Rise of David Bowie

Profile and Interview by Steve Turner, Beat Instrumental, August 1972

Ch-ch-ch-ch-ChangesCh-ch-ch-ch-ChangesLook out you Rock 'n Rollers.(Changes). ...

David Bowie, Roxy Music: Rainbow Theatre, London

Live Review by Charles Shaar Murray, New Musical Express, August 1972

GOING TO THE Rainbow these days is definitely an outing, an excursion, something of a treat. Unfamiliarity breeds respect, and though the cheerful hippies who ...

David Bowie: Rainbow Theatre, London

Live Review by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, August 1972

MUSIC FROM A Clockwork Orange heralded the spectacular performance staged by David Bowie at London's Rainbow Theatre on Sunday night. "At least it makes a ...

David Bowie: The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stardust And The Spiders From Mars (RCA)

Review by Dave Marsh, Creem, September 1972

DAVID BOWIE may become a star this year, or he may not. This may or may not make a difference in your life. But, for ...

David Bowie: The Super Pop Event

Live Review by Al Aronowitz, New York Post, September 1972

David Bowie: Carnegie Hall, NYC ...

David Bowie: Fleeting Moments In A Glamorous Career

Report by Ron Ross, Phonograph Record, October 1972

WITH NOT SO much as the Ed Sullivan Show, Shindig or Hullabaloo, a Winky Dink screen or a fifth-Spider like Murray the K to add ...

David Bowie: Carnegie Hall, New York NY

Live Review by Roy Hollingworth, Melody Maker, October 1972

Can Bowie save New York from boredom? ...

Bowie Neat-O At Carnegie Debut

Live Review by Ron Ross, Record World, October 1972

David Bowie: Carnegie Hall, NYC, 28 September 1972 ...

David Bowie: Freak Out In A Moonage Daydream

Report and Interview by Lenny Kaye, Cavalier, January 1973

AYLESBURY, ENGLAND. He is, as he had planned, magnificent. The stage appears impeccably struck, lights arranged to catch the finer angles of his face, making ...

David Bowie & The Spiders from Mars: Rainbow Theatre, London

Live Review by Charles Shaar Murray, New Musical Express, January 1973

ZIGGY PULLS THE SQUEALERS ...

Goodbye Ziggy And a big hello to Aladdin Sane

Review and Interview by Charles Shaar Murray, New Musical Express, January 1973

Two days in the life of David Bowie - A rare interview and a preview of his new album... ...

Lookin' Back, David Bowie: Sinister Odyssey Through a Treacherous Landscape

Overview by Charles Shaar Murray, New Musical Express, February 1973

RIGHT NOW David Bowie's albums are the subject of more close and obsessive study than anybody else's since the days when hippies all over the ...

David Bowie: Gay Guerillas & Private Movies

Interview by Charles Shaar Murray, New Musical Express, February 1973

ALRIGHT, so you're a rock singer out of Beckenham, Kent called David Bowie and you're hotter than a stolen atom bomb packed with pictures of ...

David Bowie: Stranger in a Strange Land

Report and Interview by Michael Watts, Melody Maker, February 1973

Aladdin Sane is the punning title of David Bowie's next album. It's more remote, more spacey, than anything he's done before says MICHAEL WATTS, who ...

Lookin' Back Part 2, in which Murray looks at Hunky Dory and Ziggy Stardust

Overview by Charles Shaar Murray, New Musical Express, February 1973

AFTER MAN Who Sold The World came Hunky Dory (RCASF 8244), with its Garbo cover-pose and its extraordinary range of mood and sound. The hard ...

David Bowie: The Revolution Is Here

Essay by Ian MacDonald, New Musical Express, March 1973

IN THE NINE months since he broke through to mass recognition, David Bowie has had more written about him than most rock artists will in ...

David Bowie: Aladdin Sane

Review by Charles Shaar Murray, New Musical Express, April 1973

Bye-bye, Ziggy. It was nice seeing you, and I hope you'll keep in touch. Hello, Aladdin Sane, make yourself at home. David Bowie's new album ...

Cherry Vanilla: Cherry Sauce

Interview by Andrew Tyler, Disc and Music Echo, April 1973

...Or hot gossip from a former skin-flick queen who's been hired to handle David Bowie's publicity machine. ...

David Bowie in the USA

Report by Nick Kent, New Musical Express, April 1973

THE MAN from the customs – a surly-looking Negro – eyed me suspiciously for a full ten minutes, and checked and rechecked my baggage and ...

David Bowie: Aladdin Seine

Report by Charles Shaar Murray, New Musical Express, May 1973

ANGIE BOWIE is a gas. She really is. She's sitting between Cherry Vanilla and an ice-bucket at a table in the colossally elegant main dining ...

David Bowie: Cha...Cha...Cha...Changes — A Journey with Aladdin

Report and Interview by Roy Hollingworth, Melody Maker, May 1973

CHARING CROSS STATION, London, 9.10 pm: And when he arrived they screamed and they cried, and they rushed, and gushed forth and beat their feverish ...

David Bowie: Aladdin Distress

Live Review by Nick Kent, New Musical Express, May 1973

"AND WHEN he arrived they screamed and they cried, and they rushed, and gushed forth and beat their feverish feminine fists into..." FORGET IT! This ...

David Bowie: Images 1966-1967

Review by Ian MacDonald, New Musical Express, May 1973

"I'M AGELESS," said David Bowie in a recent interview – and these 21 tracks from the very earliest days of his career point up the ...

David Bowie: Aladdin Scotland

Report and Interview by Ray Fox-Cumming, Disc and Music Echo, May 1973

RAY FOX-CUMMING WATCHES THAT MAN STUN THE SCOTS IN ABERDEEN ...

David Bowie: Total Sensory Overload

Report by Charles Shaar Murray, New Musical Express, May 1973

Following the controversial London Earls Court gig, Charles Shaar Murray and photographer Joe Stevens check out Bowie on tour – and find a riot goin' ...

Bowie Zowie

Comment by Dave Laing, Let It Rock, June 1973

WHAT YOU THINK of Bowie depends on your idea of rock-and-roll. It's no good criticising him for falling short in what he's trying to do, ...

David Bowie: Aladdin Sane

Review by Ron Ross, Phonograph Record, June 1973

FRESH FROM HIS second campaign in the American rock wars, our once and future pop boy fave David Bowie delivers Aladdin Sane as Phase III ...

David Bowie: Aladdin Sane (RCA)

Review by Kim Fowley, Phonograph Record, June 1973

DAVID BOWIE is not a gay act. David Bowie can't dance. David Bowie has no sense of humor. David Bowie cannot write constantly familiar songs. ...

David Bowie: Zowie Bowie

Essay by Simon Frith, Let It Rock, June 1973

ARGUING ABOUT pop stars is mostly a loony thing to do. So many of the judgements involved are subjective that the inarticulacy of a Juke ...

David Bowie: Aladdin Scotland (part 2)

Interview by Ray Fox-Cumming, Disc and Music Echo, June 1973

Part two of Ray Fox-Cumining's report on David Bowie in the North ...

The Bowie Experiment

Interview by Charles Shaar Murray, New Musical Express, June 1973

THIS IS ONE OF those restaurants where quiet good taste just screams its presence. You just know that they have pheasant under glass, and that ...

T. Rex/David Bowie/Roxy Music Albums

Review by Simon Frith, Let It Rock, July 1973

T. Rex: TanxDavid Bowie: Aladdin SaneRoxy Music: For Your Pleasure ...

David Bowie: Hammersmith Odeon, London

Live Review by Ian MacDonald, New Musical Express, July 1973

THERE ARE crowds of kids outside the hall, waiting for Stardust to limousine into view. And for them this is all three times as real, ...

David Bowie: Best Dressed Mainman at The Twilight Zone Ball

Comment by Nick Kent, Creem, August 1973

SOME SAY THAT the only reason Mick Rock got that job as Mainman's official photographer/sometime designer was because Angie Bowie fancied his wife. That's a ...

David Bowie: Bowie-ing Out at The Chateau

Report by Charles Shaar Murray, New Musical Express, August 1973

CHARLES SHAAR MURRAY WITH THE MAIN MAN IN FRANCE. WORK ON NEW PROJECTS, REPORTS MURRAY, IS GOING AHEAD DELICIOUSLY IN THE DEAD OF NIGHT ...

David Bowie: Tight Rope Walker At The Circus

Interview by Charles Shaar Murray, New Musical Express, August 1973

THE CHATEAU D'HEROUVILLE is probably the only recording studio in the world boasting a resident chef who does Charlie Chaplin impressions at suppertime. Trouble is, ...

David Bowie: Pin-Ups

Review by Ian MacDonald, New Musical Express, October 1973

THE GOLDEN AGE Of Rock is almost universally assumed to have been in full swing between about 1954 and 1959, following which, according to every ...

David Bowie: Zigs and Troggs and Backless Nuns

Report by Charles Shaar Murray, New Musical Express, October 1973

IT DOESN'T MATTER who's playing. The Marquee's always a drag on Saturday nights. It's hot, crowded, uncomfortable, and noisy, and it poses a severe visibility ...

Ziggy Storms the Marquee: Bowie’s 1980 Floor Show

Live Review by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, October 1973

DAVID BOWIE in action at The Marquee (where it all began) was just one of the many rare and knee-trembling sights to be enjoyed within ...

The Rise and Fall of David Bowie: All That Glitters is Not Gold

Comment by Jon Tiven, Good Times, November 1973

"No matter how good David Bowie may really be, the stuff he's doing now is a lot of shit." – Chris Chesnutt, editor of the ...

Bowie Salutes the Sixties' Stars

Report and Interview by Stephen Demorest, Circus, December 1973

Aiming for his first musical, he abandoned the rock emporiums as quickly as he had arrived. But first, with a fine sense of etiquette, the ...

David Bowie: Pinups

Review by Greg Shaw, Rolling Stone, December 1973

WITH EVERYONE from the Band to Don McLean doing oldies albums, the Who revisiting the Mod era, and David Bowie's guitarist Mick Ronson's obvious brilliance ...

David Bowie: How to Become a Cult Figure in Only Two Years

Profile by Steve Turner, Unpublished piece for Nova, 1974

Mickie Bloomfield is a 16-year-old shipping clerk who lives in a tower block off the Old Kent Road and who in order to ‘be great ...

The Rock Lovers

Report and Interview by Stephen Demorest, Circus, February 1974

Being a rock star has its advantages, but the spotlight is usually only big enough for one person. Circus took a behind stage look at ...

The Scruffy Little Failure who became David Bowie

Profile and Interview by Steve Turner, New Musical Express, April 1974

Ken Pitt, Bowie's former manager and the only man In the world who's lived with both Bowie and James Dean, reflects on the days before ...

David Bowie: Diamond Dogs

Review by Chris Charlesworth, Melody Maker, May 1974

A NEW album release by David Bowie is today looked on with as much awe as a release by the Beatles in the sixties. Later ...

David Bowie: Birth Of The New Rock Theatre

Live Review by Chris Charlesworth, Melody Maker, June 1974

A FEW THOUSAND lucky Canadians witnessed a completely new concept in rock theatre last weekend when David Bowie opened his North American tour in Montreal ...

David Bowie: O'Keefe Auditorium, Toronto

Live Review by Lenny Kaye, Disc and Music Echo, June 1974

THE POWER of the image took precedence as David Bowie opened the first leg of his North American tour with a string of Canadian dates. ...

David Bowie: Diamond Dogs

Review by Ron Ross, Phonograph Record, July 1974

RUFF-RUFF-BOW-BOW: Bowie's bewitched, bothered, bewildered and back to play – 25 eastern cities in an intense five week tour concluding mid-July with his single biggest ...

Lindsay Kemp: The Man Who Taught Bowie His Moves

Interview by Mick Brown, Crawdaddy!, September 1974

LONDON — Lindsey Kemp doesn’t converse. He orates. Words spill out, like wine from a jug, in a long, liquid flow; pictures spring to life, ...

Tony Visconti: Behind Bolan And Bowie

Interview by Ray Fox-Cumming, Disc and Music Echo, September 1974

THIS IS a story of Marc Bolan and David Bowie – compared and contrasted. Bolan, the complete professional, who lost out through believing himself above ...

David Bowie: Time For Another Ch-ch-change

Report and Interview by Richard Cromelin, Rolling Stone, October 1974

LOS ANGELES – David Bowie hadn't slept for 36 hours. He'd just gone through his rigorous show at the Universal Amphitheater for the fourth night ...

David Bowie: David Live

Review by Charles Shaar Murray, New Musical Express, October 1974

IS THERE life on Uranus? Dunno. Things were pretty quiet last time I looked. On the other hand, Tony Defries' little redhead has a new ...

David Bowie: Mr. Bowie Has Left The Theatre

Report by Mick Farren, New Musical Express, November 1974

NEW YORK'S Radio City Music Hall, with its elaborate art deco Thirties interior, must be the ideal place to present a David Bowie show. Unfortunately ...

David Bowie: Radio City Music Hall, New York NY

Live Review by Lenny Kaye, Disc and Music Echo, November 1974

THE DAVID Bowie Minstrel Show shuffled into Radio City Music Hall last week for a stay of five days, in what had to be the ...

Bowie Throws A Bone To His 'Dog' Fans

Report and Interview by Ron Ross, Circus, December 1974

WHILE HARSHER CRITICS said his music was being lost behind his many theatrical masks, Bowie was planning the live album that would reveal him as ...

David Bowie: David Live (RCA)

Review by Robot A. Hull, Creem, January 1975

ERIK IMPORTS proudly presents David Blow-Up onstage doing the martian hop in Philadelphia, dazzling in ghostly radiance in his new blue suit and shedding his ...

David Bowie: Who Will I Be Now?

Report by Ron Ross, Circus Raves, February 1975

TWO YOUNG black men with Afros and Yes T-shirts gazed at the art-deco murals and shrugged their shoulders. As they awaited the debut of David ...

David Bowie : Young Americans

Review by Ian MacDonald, New Musical Express, March 1975

WHERE have all poppa's heroes gone? Living in New York, every one. A hard city by reputation, but presumably it has its compensations for someone ...

David Bowie: Young Americans (RCA)

Review by John Mendelsohn, Phonograph Record, April 1975

IN VIEW OF the fact that, in his first major American interview, Bowie assured us, "If I'm mediocre I'll get out of the business: there's ...

Mick Ronson: "It's Strange Being On Your Own"

Interview by Ron Ross, Circus, April 1975

WHEN MICK RONSON set down his guitar and stepped out of the London studio where he was serving as "musical director" for lan Hunter's first ...

David Bowie: 'Rock and Roll is Dead'

Interview by Anthony O'Grady, RAM, July 1975

"WELL," SAYS David Bowie. "Rock and roll is just a toothless old woman. It really is." ...

David Bowie: Watch Out Mate! Hitler’s On His Way Back

Interview by Anthony O'Grady, New Musical Express, August 1975

"WE THINK WE'VE got an audience," says the spokesperson in the Bowie suite. "We're pretty sure the operator will be listening in." ...

David Bowie: Did We Use Him? Did We Abuse Him?

Essay by Charles Shaar Murray, New Musical Express, August 1975

Well, he's acting like we did, so maybe there's something in it. Two recent and much-maligned Bowie albums are herein re-evaluated for your reading pleasure... ...

Lindsay Kemp: Camp? No — Kemp

Interview by Mick Brown, Sounds, September 1975

Lindsay Kemp says it with Flowers. He also aided and abetted the transformation of David Bowie into Ziggy Stardust. Mick Brown reports. ...

David Bowie: Station to Station – A Report

Report by Ben Edmonds, Phonograph Record, January 1976

A YEAR AGO, David Bowie's public face was a mess. The Diamond Dogs tour he'd recently completed had certainly been successful enough, but it was ...

David Bowie: Station To Station

Review by Charles Shaar Murray, New Musical Express, January 1976

"A sixty thousand word novel is one image corrected fifty-nine thousand, nine hundred and ninety-nine times"– Samuel R. Delaney ...

David Bowie: Station to Station (RCA)

Review by Jonh Ingham, Sounds, January 1976

IN MY PHYSICS textbook at school was an amazing photo of two galaxies colliding. Just imagine being on a planet in a system in either ...

Spiders from Mars

Interview by Chris Salewicz, New Musical Express, February 1976

"We've still got the Bowie costumes. We can wear those.""Yeah, Dave was really into duffle coats for a hour and a half in them days." ...

David Bowie: Station to Station

Review and Interview by Richard Cromelin, Circus, March 1976

DAVID BOWIE, never one to maintain continuity in his work or in his life, has become more elusive than ever in the past year. ...

David Bowie: Ol' Orange Hair Is Back

Live Review by Ben Edmonds, RAM, March 1976

MR. DAVID BOWIE could hardly have selected a more suitable jumping off point for his 1976 world tour than Vancouver, British Columbia, (somewhere in) Canada. ...

David Bowie: Ringing The Changes

Interview by Chris Charlesworth, Melody Maker, March 1976

"I'M JUST DOING this tour for the money. I never earned any money before, but this time I'm going to make some. I think I ...

Bowie Meets The Press: Plastic Man or Godhead of the Seventies?

Interview by Ben Edmonds, Circus, April 1976

AFTER THE BRILLIANT plumage of every previous David Bowie incarnation, the stark black and white figure on the Station to Station stage might have come ...

David Bowie: Soul Train Comes To Wembley

Live Review by Vivien Goldman, Sounds, May 1976

David Bowie: Wembley, London ...

David Bowie: The Man Who Fell Into Sinatra's Suit

Live Review by Max Bell, New Musical Express, May 1976

IT'S HALF PAST five on Sunday afternoon and I still don't know how to start this thing. Only David Bowie could return like the Prodigal, ...

David Bowie: Changesonebowie

Review by Mick Farren, New Musical Express, June 1976

I GUESS that one of the main functions of any greatest hits album is to explain to anyone who isn't a hard core fan exactly ...

Eno: "Zing!" Go the Strings of My Art...

Interview by Miles, New Musical Express, November 1976

...as Thin and Serious People gather to make music. The luscious but committed BRIAN ENO has been in recording with the skinny and deranged ...

David Bowie: Low

Review by Ian MacDonald, New Musical Express, January 1977

YOU'RE JUST a little girl with grey eyes and you never leave your room. ...

David Bowie: Low

Review by Charles Shaar Murray, New Musical Express, January 1977

AND YOU'RE profile to profile with The Man Who Fell To Bits. Against an incandescent orange background, the cover of David Bowie's new album reprises ...

David Bowie: Low

Review by Kris Needs, ZigZag, February 1977

WELL, THIS IS probably the strangest thing Bowie has ever recorded. First listen was a real shock...and I've come to expect surprises from this bloke. ...

David Bowie: Low

Review by Bud Scoppa, Phonograph Record, February 1977

THE NEW BOWIE album doesn't make much sense. While practically everybody else in rock is striving for cleaner and more accurately recorded sound, Bowie's Low ...

Bowie Now: New Songs for Day and Night

Report and Interview by Wesley Strick, Circus, February 1977

THESE ARE the facts:David Bowie's latest album, Low, is two-sided. Side One contains seven crypto-disco tracks, no track shorter than 1:42 or longer than 3:26. ...

Bowie and Bolan Get It On

Report by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, September 1977

"OH THAT'S REALLY Polaroid! You've gotta keep the ending!" David Bowie rocked with laughter and Marc Bolan wiped away the tears that had threatened to ...

The Thin White Duke Has Gone. Here's The New David Bowie

Report and Interview by Tim Lott, Record Mirror, September 1977

THE TONE is final. This negative is as impenetrable as it is predictable. "No." ...

David Bowie: Heroes

Review by Kris Needs, ZigZag, October 1977

BOWIE RECKONS he's discarded the last of his image facades/personality disguises, but as his appearance gets straighter the music gets weirder. ...

David Bowie: 'Heroes' (RCA PL 12622)

Review by Tim Lott, Record Mirror, October 1977

Bowie and blind faith ...

David Bowie: Who Was That (Un)masked Man?

Interview by Charles Shaar Murray, New Musical Express, November 1977

CHRIST, HOW LONG has it been? Four years, man, and I set up the tape machine – Bowie attempting to balance the microphone on top ...

Eno Part 2: Another False World — How to Make A Modern Record

Interview by Ian MacDonald, New Musical Express, December 1977

Thinking about music with BRIAN ENO. Some more monologues recorded and compiled by IAN MacDONALD. ...

David Bowie: Heroes (RCA)

Review by Ira Robbins, Crawdaddy!, January 1978

SMARTS AND KRAFTWERK ...

Secret Secret Never Seen: An Interview with David Bowie

Interview by John Tobler, ZigZag, January 1978

THE LAST couple of albums, which is really what you're here to talk about, have been, to some people, somewhat inaccessible. I think you said ...

David Bowie: From Brixton To Berlin

Report and Interview by Michael Watts, Melody Maker, February 1978

Michael Watts reports from the German film set where David Bowie is making Just A Gigolo ...

The Producers: Gus Dudgeon

Interview by Fred Dellar, Sound International, May 1978

The producer's job is possibly one of the least-understood and most under-rated in the entire recording business. One usually thinks of a producer as providing ...

David Bowie: Boston Garden, Boston

Live Review by Deborah Frost, Boston Phoenix, The, May 1978

DAVID BOWIE borrows identities and musical ideas the way teenage girls borrow their best friends' clothes. But no matter whose duds Bowie puts on, with ...

David Bowie: Madison Square Garden, NYC

Live Review by Paul Rambali, New Musical Express, May 1978

IT WOULD make a great parlour game were some enterprising company to formalize rules. A game this writer has been known to play over the ...

David Bowie: Peter And The Wolf

Review by Jon Savage, Sounds, May 1978

THE RELEVANCE of this classical record to the 'rock marketplace' is quite frankly marginal but evidently heavily counted upon by RCA in their wisdom. ...

David Bowie: City Hall, Newcastle

Live Review by Phil Sutcliffe, Sounds, June 1978

EVERYBODY I spoke to was complaining. A front row of seats had been sold then removed to fit the stage extension in. The roadies thought ...

David Bowie: Stage

Review by Jon Savage, Sounds, September 1978

SO: THE next stage. The ending of one, the beginning of another? But of course, all the world's a stage. Aaaaaaah... ...

Oblique Strategies

Essay by Cynthia Rose, Harpers & Queen, 1979

Cynthia Rose looks at artist/musicians David Bowie, Brian Eno and Iggy Pop (touring Britain this month) and the risks they are taking with electronics, Expressionism ...

David Bowie: Stage (RCA)

Review by Jeffrey Morgan, Creem, January 1979

"Uh, I’d been listening to a Neil Young album and, uh, they phoned through and said that my wife had had a baby on Sunday ...

David Bowie: Lodger

Review by Jon Savage, Melody Maker, May 1979

ANOTHER YEAR, another record. Like Burroughs, David Jones, rootless, looks for unconventional commitment: Burroughs found it in junk, control-systems and predatory homosexuality; Jones found it ...

David Bowie: Lodger (RCA)

Review by Sandy Robertson, Sounds, May 1979

ANOTHER THESIS would be the straw that broke the camel's back. Now there's a line that could easily have been snipped from one of David ...

David Bowie: From Low to Lodger

Retrospective by Paul Yamada, New York Rocker, July 1979

THE LAST TWO studio LPs by David Bowie seem to make up some sort of unit. The release of a third album in collaboration with ...

David Bowie: Scary Monsters (RCA)

Review by Charles Shaar Murray, New Musical Express, September 1980

LEARNING to live with somebody's depression: the man in the clown suit stops running, finds self in back-against-wall situation, attempts to deal with same. Scary ...

David Bowie: The Gender Bender

Comment by Jon Savage, Face, The, November 1980

"WHAT DO YOU want to be when you grow up, David?" ...

Bowie For Breakfast: Angie Bowie’s Free Spirit

Review by Cynthia Rose, New Musical Express, July 1981

David’s golden years get shredded as Angie spills half baked beans. ...

Tony Visconti Talks

Book Excerpt by Stuart Grundy, John Tobler, 'The Record Producers' (BBC Books), 1982

IN MUCH THE same way that George Martin is known for his work with the Beatles, anyone who has ever inspected the small print on ...

David Bowie: Brechtfast In Bed

Report by Ian Penman, New Musical Express, March 1982

IN BAAL, DAVID Bowie finally shed his skin and played the part of someone else. ...

Ziggy Stardust: From Bowie To Bauhaus… The Key To Decades Conceits

Essay by Chris Bohn, New Musical Express, October 1982

So you've seen Bauhaus performing 'Ziggy Stardust' on TV and you still don't believe in reincarnation? Ziggy, who entered the material world via David Bowie, ...

David Bowie: Rare

Review by Chris Bohn, New Musical Express, January 1983

NEITHER RARE nor particularly well done, the latest Bowie collection of alternative cuts, outtakes, live run throughs, flipsides and flops is hardly likely to endear ...

David Bowie: Let's Dance

Review by Charles Shaar Murray, New Musical Express, April 1983

"Put on your red shoes and dance the blues to the song they're playing on the radio..." ...

Merry Christmas Mr Bowie

Interview by Chris Bohn, New Musical Express, April 1983

I: The Missing YearsDavid Bowie's new film, The Hunger, opens not with the focus fixed firmly on the star but with a cameo sequence of ...

Live Bowie!

Live Review by Charles Shaar Murray, New Musical Express, May 1983

David Bowie: Brussels Voorst National, Belgium ...

David Bowie

Report and Interview by Cynthia Rose, City Limits, June 1983

In the days of Beau Brummell or even Baudelaire, to be a dandy was to be a true social outlaw – one whose fixed individuality ...

Carlos Alomar: Hard Driving Anchor Man For The David Bowie Show

Profile and Interview by Gene Santoro, Guitar World, January 1984

IMAGINE THE fairy-tale scene this way, since this is how it actually happened: It is 1973, the setting is RCA's recording studios in New York ...

David Bowie: Tonight

Review by Richard Cook, New Musical Express, September 1984

IT MIGHT be foolish to conjecture on which are David Bowie's public and which are his private records. ...

David Bowie: Sermon From The Savoy

Interview by Charles Shaar Murray, New Musical Express, September 1984

When David Bowie recently visited Britain he agreed to do one ‘official’ interview — with NME’s Charles Shaar Murray. In this exclusive story he gives ...

David Bowie: The Byronic Man

Report and Interview by Charles Shaar Murray, Face, The, October 1984

"WHAT WE'RE DOING here is bringing back the talkies," David Bowie announces self-mockingly. His livid mask recalls the white-faced clowns and demons of the Commedia ...

David Bowie: Labyrinth

Review by David Quantick, New Musical Express, June 1986

MOST OF us are familiar with David Bowie from his role as Vendice Partners in the sparkling musical comedy Absolute Beginners, but how many I ...

David Bowie: Never Let Me Down

Review by Roy Trakin, Creem, August 1987

THE PICTURE OF Dorian Bowie, in which the master remains young but his music begins to limp. Or the boy who cried wolf, so that ...

Lets Dance!: David Bowie With La La La Human Steps: Dominion Theatre, London

Live Review by Chris Roberts, Melody Maker, July 1988

BEAUTY will be compulsive or not at all. ...

David Bowie: Boys Keep Swinging

Interview by Adrian Deevoy, Q, June 1989

Six years since his last convincing album, and with the overblown Glass Spider tour still fresh in the memory, David Bowie has rapidly returned to ...

David Bowie: Sound + Vision

Review by Tim Riley, Boston Phoenix, The, October 1989

Boxing Bowie: Sound + Vision puts it together ...

David Bowie: Sound + Vision

Review by Deborah Frost, Newsday, November 1989

Golden Years ...

David Bowie: NEC, Birmingham

Live Review by Chris Roberts, Melody Maker, March 1990

"I thought I'd play a couple of numbers from the Tin Machine album... wait, wait, where are you going...come back!" ...

David Bowie: ChangesBowie

Review by Mat Snow, Q, April 1990

BY ONE OF those neat symmetries, David Bowie introduced his prime persona at the very end of the '60s with Space Oddity, and laid it ...

The Great Escape of the Thin White Duke: David Bowie in Berlin

Essay by Steve Turner, Independent, The, May 1991

IN 1976 THE WORD was out that David Bowie was slumming it in Berlin. Rejecting the life of a rock and roll star, which was ...

Tin Machine: Versus

Interview by Charles Shaar Murray, Q, October 1991

PICTURE THIS: you are in a sex shop in Sydney (for whatever twisted reasons people have for patronising such institutions), and this scholarly-looking gent with ...

Bowie Knifed: Backstage Passes: Life On The Wild Side With David Bowie by Angela Bowie with Patrick Carr

Book Review by Andy Gill, Q, April 1993

The ex-wife speaks: David Bowie was an alien, had nothing to do with his own success and was no Cherry Vanilla. ...

David Bowie: Black Tie White Noise

Review by David Sinclair, Q, May 1993

THE 1980S WAS not a happy decade for David Bowie. ...

David Bowie: Black Tie, White Noise

Review by Dave Thompson, Rocket, The, May 1993

IN THE DECADE since his last truly successful album, Let's Dance, David Bowie has undergone any number of changes, each of them as dramatic as ...

David Bowie

Interview by Mat Snow, MOJO, October 1994

"ONE THING I'VE NOTICED driving around in this part of Switzerland is that there are no flowers. It's relentlessly green in Geneva – they must ...

David Bowie on the Outside

Report and Interview by Paul Gorman, Music Week, 1995

THE CRITICAL AND commercial disappointment which has greeted David Bowie's output since the crossover success of 1983's Let's Dance would have forced a less adventurous ...

David Bowie/Morrissey: London, Wembley Arena

Live Review by Sylvie Simmons, MOJO, 1995

THE THIRD OF four nights of two thinnish white pop Dukes with great barbers and a well-honed sense of alienation. Seventies icon Bowie and 80s ...

David Bowie: Outside (Virgin)

Review by Ira Robbins, Addicted To Noise, 1995

Had it not been for the stiff on line in front of me at the microphone in Avery Fisher Hall at September's CMJ convention in ...

David Bowie: Man Of A Thousand Phases

Interview by Steven P. Wheeler, Music Connection, September 1995

IF EVER there was a rock star who epitomized the life of a musical chameleon, it would be David Bowie – not only in his ...

David Bowie: Outside

Review by Charles Shaar Murray, MOJO, October 1995

"Fuck art, let's concept," suggests former Dame to his chrome-domed chum. "Umpteenth comeback is a corker!" cries a passing Charles Shaar Murray ...

David Bowie: Action Painting

Interview by Chris Roberts, Ikon, October 1995

David Bowie is enjoying another renaissance – hyperactive, philosophical, and buoyant. The century may be expiring, he figures, but his cup runneth over. Chris Roberts ...

Inside The Outsider: The Postmodern Panorama of David Bowie

Interview by Gerrie Lim, BigO, October 1995

HE'S BEEN a lot of things to a lot of people, sometimes even too many things to too many people, and the only certainty has ...

David Bowie/ Nine Inch Nails: Meadowlands Arena, New Jersey

Live Review by Cliff Jones, MOJO, December 1995

SOMEWHERE, ROUGHLY TWO THIRDS OF THE WAY through the non-linear-Gothic-drama-hyper-cycle-murder-mystery known as David Bowie's Outside, the seasoned pro lost his audience. What began with the ...

David Bowie, Smashing Pumpkins, The Cardigans: The White Room

Report and Interview by Lucy O'Brien, Q, March 1996

"THE BEST THING was when we had Tora Tora, or The Artist Formerly Known As Prince," says Chris Cowey, the noticeably effusive producer of The ...

Contract Breakers

Essay by Mark Sinker, Wire, June 1996

2005 note: Savage Pencil did a nice illustration for this: John and Yoko hilariously naked, among other excellent things. It also elicited an angry postcard ...

Happy Birthday, David Bowie!

Report and Interview by Paul Gorman, Music Week, January 1997

THERE'S NOTHING the media loves more than an anniversary and David Bowie's 50th birthday on January 8 offered ample opportunity for career retrospectives and dissections ...

David Bowie: Drum 'N' Bass Oddity

Interview by Stephen Dalton, New Musical Express, February 1997

Forget the '80s. Forget Let's Dance and Tin Machine. Forget the mullets. 'Cos DAVID BOWIE'S discovered jungle and he's back with a vengeance. STEPHEN DALTON ...

David Bowie: Earthling

Review and Interview by Andy Gill, MOJO, March 1997

Is jungle exploration the right career move for a 50-year-old pop star who plans to float himself on the Stock Market this year? ...

David Bowie: Hanover Grand, London

Live Review by Caroline Sullivan, Guardian, The, June 1997

Bowie wants to meet his public so he plays a small London club – heaven or what? Some fans paid 100 pounds for a ticket. ...

David Bowie: Shepherd's Bush Empire, London

Live Review by Chris Roberts, Uncut, August 1997

HE LOOKS spectacular; anyone who's told you different is jealous, insecure, myopic. Yet he wants us to love his new music, and it's hard to ...

10 Great Glam Rock Albums

Guide by Barney Hoskyns, Harpers & Queen, 1998

TEN GREAT GLAM ROCK ALBUMS you cannot afford to live without... ...

David Bowie: Reissues

Review by Chris Roberts, Uncut, April 1998

Bowie: the good, the bad and the ugly ...

Dancing in the Street

Film/DVD Review by Terry Staunton, Uncut, June 1998

THE ROCK'N'ROLL documentary is in fine shape in the Nineties, thanks mainly to the BBC. Second series of both Rock Family Trees and Classic Albums ...

Ziggy Stardust: The Album That Killed The Sixties

Retrospective by Mark Paytress, Record Collector, June 1998

Bowie's Ziggy Stardust redefined the meaning of rock artistry ...

David Bowie: Best Of 1974/1979 (EMI)

Review by Ian Fortnam, Vox, June 1998

Where the first instalment of this condensed collection of Bowie's "best" work covered the formative innocence of the man's glam rock period, 1974/1979 finds the ...

A Rock 'n' Roll Suicide: A live art event by Iain Forsyth and Jane Pollard: ICA London

Report by Nick Coleman, Independent, The, July 1998

"OF ALL THE SHOWS on this tour, this particular show will remain with us the longest. Not only is it the last show of the ...

David Bowie: White Lines, Black Magic

Essay by Ian MacDonald, Uncut, October 1998

'I ran across a monster who was sleeping by a tree. And I looked and frowned and the monster was me'(David Bowie, 'The Width Of ...

Divine Decadence: Memories Of Glam

Retrospective by Jon Savage, Gadfly, October 1998

GLAM — or as it was originally called in the UK, Glitter Rock — flourished from early summer 1972 to summer 1974: shorter than Hippie, ...

Glam Revival

Comment by David Stubbs, Uncut, November 1998

Why the frightening prospect of a full-scale Glam revival fills David Stubbs with dread… ...

Glam Rock: Scary Monsters, Super Freaks #2

Special Feature by Chris Roberts, Uncut, November 1998

TWENTIETH CENTURY BOY ...

Rock 100: David Bowie

Book Excerpt by Lenny Kaye, David Dalton, Cooper Square Books (reissue), 1999

HE IS, AS HE HAD PLANNED, MAGNIFICENT. The stage appears impeccably struck, lights arranged to catch the finer angles of his face, making him seem ...

Having The Time Of His Life: David Bowie: 'hours…' (Virgin)

Review by Mark Paytress, MOJO, November 1999

His new album coincides with the umpteenth reissue of 17 studio albums from Space Oddity to Tin Machine, this time without extra tracks. (And no ...

Major Tom.com

Profile by Sean O'Hagan, Observer, The, January 2000

From drifting astronaut to Ziggy Stardust to Thin White Duke and actor...the Brixton boy worth £500 million and with his own Internet bank is bringing ...

David Bowie: The Astoria, London

Live Review by Chris Roberts, Uncut, February 2000

The live shows you really shouldn't have missed ...

David Bowie: Bowie At The Beeb

Review by Chris Roberts, Uncut, November 2000

TRIPLE-CD gathers The Dame's sessions for 'Auntie', both contemporary and historical. ...

David Bowie: The Dame's New Clothes

Essay by Nicky Parade, Rock's Backpages, May 2002

How David Bowie became Mr. Respectable ...

How I alienated David Bowie!

Comment by John Mendelsohn, Rock's Backpages, May 2002

IN THE AUTUMN of 2000, I had gone from being a very well paid Web designer to being an out-of-work former Web designer. ...

Mr Universe: David Bowie: Heathen (ISO/Columbia) ****

Review by David Quantick, Q, June 2002

Rock's original spaceboy flexes his muscles. ...

Ziggy Played Guitar (But Never Took His Eyes Off The Business)

Profile by Charles Shaar Murray, Independent, The, June 2002

"TIME," AS DAVID BOWIE once sang. "is waiting in the wings." As far as Bowie himself, who turned 55 last January, is concerned, time seems ...

David Bowie: Ziggy Stardust, now a man of wealth and taste

Essay by Barney Hoskyns, Independent, The, June 2002

IT IS NO COINCIDENCE that June 2002 is turning out to be David Bowie month. This time 30 years ago, trading under the plastic-fantastic moniker ...

David Bowie: The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust And the Spiders From Mars: 30th Anniversary Edition

Review and Interview by Daryl Easlea, Record Collector, July 2002

"I'm really just a Photostat machine. I pour out what has already been fed in. I merely reflect what is going on around me" – ...

David Bowie: Royal Festival Hall, London, 29th June

Live Review by William Higham, Rock's Backpages, July 2002

IT SEEMS LIKE some of the old guard are rediscovering their form over the last eighteen months: Brian Wilson, Bryan Ferry, Roger Waters and now ...

David Bowie: Move Festival, Old Trafford, Manchester

Live Review by Chris Roberts, Uncut, September 2002

WE'RE ALL primed for the set of Low and Heathen (in full) which he'd played in London the previous week. That'd do, of course: no ...

Fifty Ways To Love Your Bowie: Half a Ton of Fave Daves

Guide by William Higham, Rock's Backpages, October 2002

WITH THE Bard of Beckenham on a critical high right now (and yes, new album Heathen IS his best in years), it seems an opportune ...

David Bowie: Life On Earth

Interview by Ken Scrudato, SOMA, July 2003

"You know how I know it's the end of the world, Lenny? Because everything's been done. Every kinda music, every government, every hairstyle. How we ...

David Bowie: The star looks very different today

Comment by Robert Sandall, Sunday Times, August 2003

SO FAR AS the world knows, David Bowie has been cruising in an enviable holding pattern for at least 10 years: a wealthy rock aristo ...

The Sound and Vision of David Bowie

Interview by Bill DeMain, Performing Songwriter, September 2003

PLANET EARTH is blue and David Bowie's beige. Dressed down in khakis, a light tan T-shirt and a matching ball cap, he looks more like ...

David Bowie: Reality (ISO/Columbia)

Review by Andy Gill, Independent, The, September 2003

LIKE BOB DYLAN, David Bowie seems to have been re-invigorated by a lengthy period with a stable band: Reality appears with almost indecent haste a ...

David Bowie: All The Old Dude Had, He's Still Got

Live Review by David Sinclair, Times, The, November 2003

David Bowie: MEN Arena, Manchester ...

David Bowie: MEN Arena, Manchester

Live Review by Nick Hasted, Independent, The, November 2003

DAVID BOWIE spent much of the '90s in a state of shivering insecurity. The creative brinkmanship that let him shed identities and styles with matchless ...

David Bowie and the Media

Retrospective by Chris Charlesworth, Rock's Backpages, 2004

A WHIFF OF hedonism lingered amid the dense fog of cigarette smoke inside the top floor suite of Detroit's luxurious Ponchartrain hotel. David Bowie sighed, ...

David Bowie: The Story of 'Young Americans'

Retrospective by Johnny Black, Blender, January 2004

"'YOUNG AMERICANS' wouldn't have happened without Bowie's cocaine addiction," asserted Duran Duran's John Taylor in a recent interview. ...

Changing Man: David Bowie: MEN Arena, Manchester

Live Review by Rob Hughes, Uncut, February 2004

So much to answer for… the Bard Of Bromley's back in fine forward-looking fettle with a scintillating combination of the old and the new ...

The Greatest Songs Ever! 'All The Young Dudes'

Retrospective and Interview by Johnny Black, Blender, October 2004

David Bowie saved Mott the Hoople from extinction with this glam-rock anthem. ...

Tony Visconti: Bolan, Bowie, Morrissey And Me

Interview by Mick Brown, Daily Telegraph, March 2006

"WHAT A LOT of people don't realise about Morrissey," says the producer of his new album, Tony Visconti, "is that he has a sense of ...

Bowie In America 1972/73

Retrospective by Ian Gittins, MOJO, January 2007

MORE THAN 30 years after the event, Ziggy Stardust remains one of the most inventive and flamboyant productions in rock history. Yet when Bowie took ...

Bowie in Berlin

Retrospective by Ian Gittins, MOJO, January 2007

BY THE END of recording Station To Station in Los Angeles in 1975, David Bowie was in meltdown. Strung-out, paranoid and at war with his ...

Child of the Revolution: Tony Visconti: The Autobiography: Bowie, Bolan And The Brooklyn Boy (Harper Collins) ****

Book Review by Mark Paytress, MOJO, April 2007

A life in music, rich in chemical romances, bickering stars and some wonderful work, is recounted with great dignity, says Mark Paytress ...

Virgin/EMI To Issue David Bowie: Live Santa Monica '72 On July 8th

Report by Harvey Kubernik, Rock's Backpages, July 2008

VIRGIN/EMI Records on July 8th will release David Bowie: Live Santa Monica '72 in limited edition CD and numbered 180-gram double vinyl LP packages culled ...

Turn and Face The Strange: David Bowie and the Making Of Hunky Dory

Retrospective by Bill DeMain, Uncut, April 2011

JANUARY, 1971. There was trouble in outer space. Major Tom's signal was growing fainter by the day. And Ziggy Stardust was still an undefined blip ...

David Bowie: The Next Day

Review by Chris Roberts, Quietus, The, February 2013

Chris Roberts is inspired out of his clothes and on to the dancefloor by David Bowie's glorious return. ...

David Bowie: The Next Day

Review by Kieron Tyler, Arts Desk, The, February 2013

The return of the Thin White Duke after a ten year silence does not disappoint ...

David Bowie Lands In The Jungle

Interview by Jim Sullivan, JimSullivanInk.com, November 2013

N.B. This interview is taken from a story originally printed in the Boston Globe on 9 February 1997 ...

Mr. Bowie Changes Trains: Station to Station

Retrospective by Barney Hoskyns, Rock's Backpages, December 2013

NOTE: This essay on one of Bowie's greatest records was written for the artist Doug Aitken's (partially-Bowie-inspired) Station to Station exhibition, which travelled by train ...

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