David Bowie

English singer, songwriter, musician David Bowie

David Robert Jones, known by his stage name David Bowie, is an English musician, actor, record producer and arranger. A major figure for over four decades in the world of popular music, Bowie is widely regarded as an innovator, particularly for his work in the 1970s. He is known for his distinctive voice as well as the intellectual depth and considerable eclecticism of his work.
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Rare photos of David Bowie as 'The Man Who Fell to Earth'
CNN - about 1 month
With such otherworldly characters as Ziggy Stardust, Major Tom and Aladdin Sane under his belt, it's no wonder that, in 1976, David Bowie was approached to bring his alien tendencies to the big screen for his first starring role.
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'David Bowie: The Last Five Years' compellingly reflects on the final projects of the artist's life
LATimes - about 1 month
"Doctor Who" may have got its global premieres synchronized, but it took a year for "David Bowie: The Last Five Years," a film about Britain's other great cultural spaceman, to make it to the United States. Francis Whately's film, which premiered in the U.K. in January 2017, comes to HBO Monday...
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TV This Week, Jan. 7-13: 'David Bowie: The Last Five Years,' the Golden Globes and more
LATimes - about 2 months
SUNDAY You get an award! And you get an award! But Oprah Winfrey gets the Cecil B. de Mille Award at “The 75th Annual Golden Globe Awards.” Seth Meyers hosts. 5 p.m. NBC A troubled teen has a bone to pick with the healthcare system in the new thriller “You Killed My Mother.” 8 p.m. Lifetime “Star...
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'Beside Bowie: The Mick Ronson Story' argues that British rocker deserves more credit for Ziggy Stardust success
LATimes - 6 months
The rock doc “Beside Bowie: The Mick Ronson Story,” directed by veteran rock ’n’ roll chronicler Jon Brewer, asks who was Ziggy Stardust without the Spiders From Mars? The answer the film arrives at is: probably no one without Ronson, David Bowie’s lead guitarist in the early 1970s. A humble gardener...
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Funk Band Behind 'Amen Break' Drum Riff Receives Long Overdue Notoriety
NPR - 7 months
The Amen break is a drum riff that's been sampled in more than 2,000 songs by artists as diverse as N.W.A. and David Bowie. It was created some 50 years ago by a funk and soul band called The Winstons, and they've finally started getting some recognition.
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Pandora Celebrates And Supports LGBTQ Community With Launch Of 'Sounds Like Pride'
Huffington Post - 8 months
Pandora, “the world’s most powerful music discovery platform,” is turning up the volume on Pride with a brand new spotlight on queer artists and experiences. The “Sounds Like Pride” campaign includes a special station, exclusive content from emerging LGBTQ+ musicians and Pandora employees, and a charitable collaboration with The Ally Coalition, according to a press release sent to HuffPost. The “Sounds Like Pride” station features “personal Pride experiences from Riff Raff and Jonny Pierce from The Drums,” as well other artists throughout June, via Artist Audio Messages. It will also offer listeners music from LGBTQ+ artists including Against Me!, Grizzly Bear, Le Tigré and Perfume Genius, as well as classics from ABBA, Blondie, Culture Club, David Bowie, George Michael, Queen and many more. Pandora users can donate directly to The Ally Coalition via the “Sounds Like Pride” station to support their LGBTQ+ advocacy.  In an effort to shine a light on queer employees workin...
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Neil Young Quits Legendary Bridge School Concert For 'Personal Reasons'
Huffington Post - 8 months
Rock legend Neil Young announced he’s no longer sponsoring the Bridge School Benefit Concert in California, a legendary annual event that has featured some of the biggest names in music for three decades. Young, 71, said he is dropping the concert for “personal reasons,” and did not elaborate. This year’s concert, which usually takes place in October, has been canceled. It’s unclear if it might return in the future. The Bridge School, located in Hillsborough, teaches children with serious speech and physical disabilities. Young’s sons, Ben, with ex-wife Pegi Young, and Zeke, with the late actress Carrie Snodgress, both have cerebral palsy. Pegi Young co-founded the school to help Ben and other children, and she and Neil Young launched the annual concerts in 1986 to raise funds to keep it operating. Young split with his wife in 2014 after 36 years of marriage, after he began a relationship with actress and activist Daryl Hannah. The upheaval immediately sparked...
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SpongeBob SquarePants Musical to Open on Broadway
NYTimes - 9 months
The musical, which features songs by a long roster including David Bowie, Cyndi Lauper and John Legend, will open this fall at the Palace Theater.
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How Jean-Michel Basquiat Became The Ultimate American Artist
Huffington Post - 9 months
Jean-Michel Basquiat, hailed as the first black art star to break through New York’s predominantly white gallery world, made history on Thursday when his untitled painting sold for a heart-stopping $110.5 million. After the record Sotheby’s sale, the late Basquiat ― who died at age 27 in August 1988, in the midst of a meteoric career ― officially became the highest selling American artist at auction. Born in Brooklyn in 1960, Basquiat has often been described in terms of what he was and what he managed to become ― long before he dethroned Andy Warhol as America’s most expensive maker of art. “How did a young graffiti rebel go from selling drawings for $50 in 1980 to having a painting come up for auction this week at a staggering $60 million?” The New York Times asked ahead of the May 17 sale. Even when he was alive, critics gawked at his rise from homelessness and unemployment to unfathomable celebrity status, selling single paintings for five figures when he was just 24 years...
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13 Awesome Baby Names That Pay Tribute To Famous Icons
Huffington Post - 10 months
We know that celebrities inspire popular baby names, from Audrey (Hepburn) to (John) Lennon. But celebrities also choose famous names for their children, with actors and musicians paying homage to legendary stars with their name choices. Our report on this trend from a few years back highlighted picks like Mariah Carey’s Monroe and guitarist Slash’s Cash. The trend hasn’t slowed down one bit! Those names remain in the headlines, but there’s a whole new class of celebrity baby names inspired by stars. Bowie Baby name Bowie made our original list, thanks to Rebecca Minkoff’s daughter, Bowie Lou. Since then, Zoe Saldana has welcomed a son named Bowie, as have Tess Holliday, and Dane DeHaan and Anna Wood. One reason for the acceleration? The early 2016 passing of music legend David Bowie has put this musical surname in the same class as Marley and Hendrix. Presley Jackson Rathbone’s younger child carries a doubly musical name: Presley Bowie. The middle is both a family...
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Remember 'Labyrinth'? David Bowie's Score For The Cult Classic Is Back
NPR - 10 months
Nostalgic fans of the Jim Henson movie are cheering the return of a long out-of-print and now remastered version of its score by David Bowie and Trevor Jones. (Image credit: Courtesy of YouTube)
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    LATE ADULTHOOD
  • 2016
    Age 69
    Bowie's grandson from his son Duncan was born 10 July 2016, exactly six months after Bowie's passing.
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    On 13 January 2016, Belgian amateur astronomers at MIRA Public Observatory created a "Bowie asterism" of seven stars which had been in the vicinity of Mars at the time of Bowie's death; the "constellation" forms the lightning bolt on Bowie's face from the cover of his Aladdin Sane album.
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    In 2016, Rolling Stone proclaimed Bowie "the greatest rock star ever".
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    On 10 January 2016, two days after his 69th birthday and the release of the album Blackstar, Bowie died from liver cancer in his New York City apartment.
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    The BBC's Mark Easton wrote in 2016 that Britain was "far more tolerant of difference" and that gay rights, such as same-sex marriage, and gender equality would not have "enjoyed the broad support they do today without Bowie's androgynous challenge all those years ago".
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    His art collection, which included works by Damien Hurst, Henry Moore and Jean-Michel Basquiat among others, was valued at over £10m in mid-2016.
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    As of 11 January 2016, more than 1.3 million people had visited the "David Bowie Is" exhibition, making it the most successful exhibition ever staged by the Victoria and Albert Museum in terms of worldwide attendance.
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    Blackstar was released on 8 January 2016, Bowie's 69th birthday, and was met with critical acclaim.
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    The theme that was used for The Last Panthers was also the title track for his January 2016 release Blackstar which is said to take cues from his earlier krautrock influenced work.
  • 2015
    Age 68
    On 7 December 2015, Bowie's musical Lazarus debuted in New York.
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    Bowie wrote and recorded the opening title song to the television series The Last Panthers, which aired in November 2015.
    In August 2015, it was announced that Bowie was writing songs for a Broadway musical based on the SpongeBob SquarePants cartoon series.
    In May 2015, "Let's Dance" was announced to be reissued as a yellow vinyl single on 16 July 2015 in conjunction with the "David Bowie is" exhibition at the Australian Centre for the Moving Image in Melbourne.
  • 2014
    Age 67
    New information was released in September 2014 regarding his next compilation album, Nothing Has Changed, which was released in November.
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    Bowie's reference to the forthcoming September 2014 Scottish independence referendum garnered a significant reaction throughout the UK on social media.
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    At the 2014 Brit Awards on 19 February, Bowie became the oldest recipient of a Brit Award in the ceremony's history when he won the award for Best British Male, which was collected on his behalf by Kate Moss.
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  • 2013
    Age 66
    A poll carried out by BBC History Magazine, in October 2013, named Bowie as the best-dressed Briton in history.
    According to The Times, Bowie ruled out ever giving an interview again. An exhibition of Bowie artefacts, called "David Bowie Is", was organized by the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, and shown there in 2013.
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    The Next Day debuted at No. 1 on the UK Albums Chart, his first since Black Tie White Noise (1993), and was the fastest-selling album of 2013 at the time.
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    Record producer Tony Visconti said 29 tracks were recorded for the album, some of which could appear on Bowie's next record, which he might start work on later in 2013.
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    On 8 January 2013 (his 66th birthday), his website announced a new album, to be titled The Next Day and scheduled for release 8 March for Australia, 12 March for the United States and 11 March for the rest of the world.
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  • 2011
    Age 64
    In late March 2011, Toy, Bowie's previously unreleased album from 2001, was leaked onto the internet, containing material used for Heathen and most of its single B-sides, as well as unheard new versions of his early back catalogue.
  • 2008
    Age 61
    Bowie performed on Scarlett Johansson's 2008 album of Tom Waits covers, Anywhere I Lay My Head.
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  • 2007
    Age 60
    Bowie was chosen to curate the 2007 High Line Festival, selecting musicians and artists for the Manhattan event, including electronic pop duo Air, surrealist photographer Claude Cahun and English comedian Ricky Gervais.
    Nonetheless, the bonds liquidated in 2007 as originally planned, without default, and the rights to the income from the songs reverted to Bowie.
  • FIFTIES
  • 2006
    Age 59
    Bowie was awarded the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award on 8 February 2006.
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  • 2005
    Age 58
    He contributed backing vocals on TV on the Radio's song "Province" for their album Return to Cookie Mountain, made a commercial with Snoop Dogg for XM Satellite Radio and joined with Lou Reed on Danish alt-rockers Kashmir's 2005 album No Balance Palace.
    He returned to the stage on 8 September 2005, appearing with Arcade Fire for the US nationally televised event Fashion Rocks, and performed with the Canadian band for the second time a week later during the CMJ Music Marathon.
    During a relatively quiet 2005, he recorded the vocals for the song "(She Can) Do That", co-written with Brian Transeau, for the film Stealth.
  • 2001
    Age 54
    In October 2001, Bowie opened the Concert for New York City, a charity event to benefit the victims of the 11 September attacks, with a minimalist performance of Simon & Garfunkel's "America", followed by a full band performance of "Heroes". 2002 saw the release of Heathen, and, during the second half of the year, the Heathen Tour.
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  • 2000
    Age 53
    On 25 June 2000, Bowie made his second appearance at the Glastonbury Festival in England, playing 30 years after his first.
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    Sessions for the planned album Toy, intended to feature new versions of some of Bowie's earliest pieces as well as three new songs, commenced in 2000, but the album was never released.
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  • 1999
    Age 52
    Bowie created the soundtrack for Omikron, a 1999 computer game in which he and Iman also appeared as characters.
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  • 1998
    Age 51
    In September 1998, Bowie launched his own Internet service provider, BowieNet, developed in conjunction with Robert Goodale and Ron Roy.
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    Bowie reunited with Visconti in 1998 to record "(Safe in This) Sky Life" for The Rugrats Movie.
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  • 1997
    Age 50
    In November 1997, Bowie performed on the BBC's Children in Need charity single "Perfect Day", which reached number one in the UK.
    On 7 January 1997 Bowie celebrated his half century with a 50th birthday concert at Madison Square Garden, New York, at which he was joined in playing his songs and those of his guests, Lou Reed, Dave Grohl and the Foo Fighters, Robert Smith of the Cure, Billy Corgan of the Smashing Pumpkins, Frank Black of the Pixies and Sonic Youth.
  • FORTIES
  • 1996
    Age 49
    In the ensuing decades he has been honoured with numerous awards for his music and its accompanying videos, receiving, among others, two Grammy Awards and four Brit Awards—winning Best British Male Artist twice; the award for Outstanding Contribution to Music in 1996; and the Brits Icon award, given posthumously in 2016.
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    Bowie was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on 17 January 1996.
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  • 1995
    Age 48
    Visiting cities in Europe and North America between September 1995 and February 1996, the tour saw the return of Gabrels as Bowie's guitarist.
  • 1993
    Age 46
    In 1993, Bowie released his first solo offering since his Tin Machine departure, the soul, jazz and hip-hop influenced Black Tie White Noise.
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  • 1992
    Age 45
    After Bowie married Iman in a private ceremony in 1992, he said they knew that their "real marriage, sanctified by God, had to happen in a church in Florence".
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    On 24 April 1992, Bowie married the Somali-American model Iman in a private ceremony in Lausanne.
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    On 20 April 1992, Bowie appeared at The Freddie Mercury Tribute Concert, following the Queen singer's death the previous year.
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  • 1990
    Age 43
    In October 1990, a decade after his divorce from Angela, Bowie and Somali-born supermodel Iman were introduced by a mutual friend. Bowie recalled, "I was naming the children the night we met... it was absolutely immediate." They married in 1992.
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  • 1989
    Age 42
    Bowie shelved his solo career in 1989, retreating to the relative anonymity of band membership for the first time since the early 1970s.
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  • 1987
    Age 40
    His final solo album of the decade was 1987's Never Let Me Down, where he ditched the light sound of his previous two albums, instead offering harder rock with an industrial/techno dance edge.
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  • THIRTIES
  • 1986
    Age 39
    He also appeared as Jareth, the Goblin King, in the 1986 Jim Henson film Labyrinth, for which he wrote five songs.
    Bowie was given a role in the 1986 film Absolute Beginners.
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  • 1985
    Age 38
    Bowie performed at Wembley in 1985 for Live Aid, a multi-venue benefit concert for Ethiopian famine relief.
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  • 1984
    Age 37
    At the 1984 MTV Video Music Awards Bowie received two awards including the inaugural Video Vanguard Award.
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  • 1983
    Age 36
    By 1983, Bowie had emerged as one of the most important video artists of the day.
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    Bowie reached his peak of popularity and commercial success in 1983 with Let's Dance.
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  • 1982
    Age 35
    In March 1982, the month before Paul Schrader's film Cat People came out, Bowie's title song, "Cat People (Putting Out Fire)", was released as a single, becoming a minor US hit and entering the UK top 30.
    Bowie was given the lead role in the BBC's 1982 televised adaptation of Bertolt Brecht's play Baal.
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  • 1981
    Age 34
    Bowie paired with Queen in 1981 for a one-off single release, "Under Pressure".
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  • 1980
    Age 33
    Bowie and Angela divorced on 8 February 1980 in Switzerland.
    Towards the end of the year, Bowie and Angela initiated divorce proceedings, and after months of court battles the marriage was ended in early 1980.
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  • 1978
    Age 31
    After completing Low and "Heroes", Bowie spent much of 1978 on the Isolar II world tour, bringing the music of the first two Berlin Trilogy albums to almost a million people during 70 concerts in 12 countries.
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  • 1977
    Age 30
    During the same period, Iggy Pop, with Bowie as a co-writer and musician, completed his solo album debut The Idiot and its follow-up Lust for Life, touring the UK, Europe, and the US in March and April 1977.
  • TWENTIES
  • 1976
    Age 29
    Although he completed the album in November 1976, it took his unsettled record company another three months to release it.
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    Before the end of 1976, Bowie's interest in the burgeoning German music scene, as well as his drug addiction, prompted him to move to West Berlin to clean up and revitalise his career.
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    Bowie moved to Switzerland in 1976, purchasing a chalet in the hills to the north of Lake Geneva.
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    Bowie's positive comments about Hitler, and Eric Clapton's about immigration restrictions in 1976, led to the establishment of Rock Against Racism.
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  • 1975
    Age 28
    In 1975, in a move echoing Ken Pitt's acrimonious dismissal five years earlier, Bowie fired his manager.
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  • 1974
    Age 27
    To promote it, Bowie launched the Diamond Dogs Tour, visiting cities in North America between June and December 1974.
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    Bowie moved to the US in 1974, initially staying in New York City before settling in Los Angeles.
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  • 1973
    Age 26
    Pin Ups, a collection of covers of his 1960s favourites, followed in October, producing a UK number three hit in "Sorrow" and itself peaking at number one, making David Bowie the best-selling act of 1973 in the UK.
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  • 1972
    Age 25
    After breaking up the Spiders from Mars, Bowie attempted to move on from his Ziggy persona. His back catalogue was now highly sought after: The Man Who Sold the World had been re-released in 1972 along with Space Oddity. "Life on Mars?
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    Bowie contributed backing vocals to Lou Reed's 1972 solo breakthrough Transformer, co-producing the album with Mick Ronson.
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    Dressed in a striking costume, his hair dyed reddish-brown, Bowie launched his Ziggy Stardust stage show with the Spiders from Mars—Ronson, Bolder and Woodmansey—at the Toby Jug pub in Tolworth on 10 February 1972.
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  • 1971
    Age 24
    To promote it in the US, Mercury Records financed a coast-to-coast publicity tour in which Bowie, between January and February 1971, was interviewed by radio stations and the media.
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  • 1970
    Age 23
    Bowie married Mary Angela Barnett on 19 March 1970 at Bromley Register Office in Bromley, London.
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  • 1969
    Age 22
    Biographer Christopher Sandford said, according to Mary Finnigan—with whom Bowie had an affair in 1969—the singer and his first wife Angie "created their bisexual fantasy".
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    Bowie met Angela Barnett in April 1969.
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    In February and March 1969, he undertook a short tour with Marc Bolan's duo Tyrannosaurus Rex, as third on the bill, performing a mime act.
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    Bowie and Farthingale broke up in early 1969 when she went to Norway to take part in a film, Song of Norway; this affected him, and several songs, such as "Letter to Hermione" and "Life on Mars?
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  • 1968
    Age 21
    Playing acoustic guitar, Farthingale formed a group with Bowie and guitarist John Hutchinson; between September 1968 and early 1969 the trio gave a small number of concerts combining folk, Merseybeat, poetry and mime.
    In January 1968 Kemp choreographed a dance scene for a BBC play The Pistol Shot in the Theatre 625 series, and used Bowie with a dancer, Hermione Farthingale; the pair began dating, and moved into a London flat together.
  • TEENAGE
  • 1967
    Age 20
    Satirising life in a British prison, meanwhile, the Bowie-penned "Over the Wall We Go" became a 1967 single for Oscar; another Bowie composition, "Silly Boy Blue", was released by Billy Fury the following year.
    Bowie met dancer Lindsay Kemp in 1967 and enrolled in his dance class at the London Dance Centre.
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    His April 1967 solo single, "The Laughing Gnome", using speeded-up thus high-pitched vocals, failed to chart.
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  • 1962
    Age 15
    In 1962 Bowie formed his first band at the age of 15.
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    Bowie received a serious injury at school in 1962 when his friend George Underwood punched him in the left eye during a fight over a girl.
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  • 1961
    Age 14
    Bowie studied art, music and design, including layout and typesetting. After Terry Burns, his half-brother, introduced him to modern jazz, his enthusiasm for players like Charles Mingus and John Coltrane led his mother to give him a plastic alto saxophone in 1961; he was soon receiving lessons from a local musician.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1953
    Age 6
    In 1953, Bowie moved with his family to the suburb of Bromley, where, two years later, he started attending Burnt Ash Junior School.
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  • 1947
    Age 0
    Born on January 8, 1947.
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