Inspiration and life lessons from the man himself.
David Bowie was a prolific song writer and performer, actor, artist, and intellectual. He was one of the world’s most influential and top selling artists who is widely regarded as the chameleon of rock, due to his innovation due to his ability to break artistic barriers and tendency to jump from genre to genre through his music.
David Bowie’s legacy extends across nearly half a century, inspiring multiple generations. During the long duration of his career he produced 27 studio albums and over 100 singles. He also starred in 27 films.
Born as David Robert Jones on January 8, 1947 in Brixton, London, England, UK, he showed an interest in music at a very early age. He learned several instruments and formed several bands as well as an experimental arts lab.
Bowie even joined an avant-garde theater and mime group and flirted with Tibetan Buddhism, almost becoming a monk in resident.
Propelled by hopes of stardom, he changed his name to “David Bowie” at age 18. He first earned his first big break with the release of “Space Oddity” which was fortuitously released in tandem with the televised Apollo 11 space launch and reached the top five charts in the U.K.
Bowie personally identified himself more as a writer and actor than as a musician. This unique blend of theatrical performance and musicianship would come through in a lot of his albums as he would jump from persona to persona throughout his career, providing varietal themes and music styles that he developed and performed onstage.
After his death, Kory Grow of Rolling Stone Magazine described Bowie as an “ever unpredictable” and “mercurial artist and fashion icon [who] wore many guises throughout his life.”
“Beginning life as a dissident folk-rock spaceman, he would become an androgynous, orange-haired, glam-rock alien (Ziggy Stardust), a well-dressed, blue-eyed funk maestro (the Thin White Duke), a drug-loving art rocker (the Berlin albums), a new-wave hit-maker, a hard rocker, a techno enthusiast and a jazz impressionist.“
In 1992, David Bowie married Iman, a model, actress and entrepreneur after meeting her during a blind date arranged by a mutual friend and hairdresser. When asked during an interview what he considered to be the single greatest achievement of his career, Bowie replied
“Marrying my wife. That’s the most successful thing I ever did in my life… Nothing else counts.