A Journey Through the 12 Ages of David Bowie

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The Thin White Duke

AKA the “lots of cocaine” years. Drugs are bad, m’kay? Bowie grew into the Thin White Duke persona — “a nasty character indeed” — throughout his years in LA, making first the white-boy soul of Young Americans, and then Station to Station, an album that represented both the apogee of this period and its logical conclusion. The story goes that he can’t remember the recording process — he describes listening to it now as “a piece of work by an entirely different person.”