David Bowie was one of the most intriguing musicians of our time, continually reinventing himself and influencing countless others along the way.
Bowie’s theatrical brilliance, creativity, sexual ambiguity, and incredible music kept audiences engaged time and time again. With the Sept. 16 release of “Moonage Daydream,” a 2022 documentary film about Bowie’s life and career with never-before-seen footage, Stacker has compiled a list of 25 things about David Bowie’s life that you might not know, culled from news reports, biographies, magazine interviews, and film and music databases.
He made more than two dozen albums, including “Blackstar,” which was released just two days before his death. He played over a dozen instruments, including a right-handed guitar even though he was left-handed. Bowie’s concept album, “The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars”, introduced the world to his glam-rock persona in 1972. Four years later, he starred in the film “The Man Who Fell to Earth”. In the late 1970s, he quit his drug addiction and appeared in “The Elephant Man” on Broadway.
Two years after suffering a heart attack in 2004, Bowie performed three songs on stage with Alicia Keys in New York. It was his last performance. In the year since his death, Bowie and “Blackstar” have won four Grammy Awards. The BBC reported in 2019 that David Bowie had won the broadcaster’s viewers’ poll for the greatest entertainer of the 20th century, beating Charlie Chaplin, Billie Holiday and Marilyn Monroe.
“I like crazy art and, most of the time, music from beyond the grave”, Bowie once said. “Rather than having a hit song these days, I like the idea that I’m in there changing the blueprint of what society and culture look like. I changed things , I knew I would. It’s awesome and very rewarding.”
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