When enrolling in a semester-long seminar centered around David Bowie, I was vastly ignorant to the multitude of work created by the artist in his nearly fifty year career. My parents, though neither of them regular concert-goers by the time I was born, in their youth, fell more naturally into the British-invasion and hippie veins […]Read more "On Bowie"
After nearly ten years of pseudo-silence in his solo career, David Bowie, without spectacle, announced on his 66th birthday, January 8, 2013, the release of a new album. The Next Day was uploaded on iTunes the following month, for a limited period of free streaming. A music video for a single off of the album, […]Read more "Bowie’s YouTube Release: Where the Heck Are We Now?"
Early in his career, Dave Bowie acknowledges Bob Dylan’s “truthful vengeance” that “brought a few more people on/ And put the fear in a whole lot more” with “Song For Bob Dylan” on his 1969 album Hunky Dory. Surely the aspiring performer admired the resounding impact of Dylan’s biting lyrics and his uncanny skill in […]Read more "Bowie on Dylan: Tin Machine Covers “Maggie’s Farm”"
In August 1980, David Bowie released the music video for a single off of his upcoming album Scary Monsters (And Super Creeps). At the time, “Ashes to Ashes” was the most expensive music video produced to date, weighing in at a whopping quarter-million pounds. Produced by Bowie and Tony Visconti, the post-punk, new wave song […]Read more "“Ashes to Ashes”: Bowie leaves behind Major Tom the Junkie"
Following the booming commercial success of his 1983 hit album Let’s Dance, David Bowie found himself in an artistic funk. His two succeeding studio albums, Tonight (1984) and Never Let Me Down (1987) did not boast the chart-topping of the popularity of the previous record, and left Bowie musically disillusioned. Seeking creative revitalization, the star […]Read more "Tin Machine and Bowie’s “Uncanny” Shape-Shifting Ability"
After ten years of silence on the front of solo projects, in 2013, David Bowie released two single tracks in quick succession, each accompanied by a short film. The first, titled “Where Are We Now,” appeared unexpectedly on the Internet on the artist’s birthday, without announcement or warning. The second, “The Stars Are Out Tonight,” […]Read more "The Cycle of Stardom: A Closer Look at “The Stars Are Out Tonight”"
David Bowie’s nineteenth studio album 1. Outside was released in September 1995. The concept album resulted from the collaborative explorations of Bowie and Brian Eno. The album is branded with a self-portrait and accompanied by a brief segment of fictitious prose titled The Diary of Nathan Adler, both created at Bowie’s hand. The nineteen tracks […]Read more "The Diary of Nathan Adler: A Literary Analysis of Bowie’s Clever Criticisms"