A Journey Through the 12 Ages of David Bowie

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The Man Who Fell to Earth

Quite literally, in the sense that Bowie relocated to Berlin to get away from LA and a cocaine habit so colossal it led him to do things like trying to exorcise his swimming pool. Pretty much nothing Bowie does as far as his image is concerned can be considered irrelevant, and thus the choice to adorn the cover of Low with a still from Nicolas Roeg’s The Man Who Fell to Earth — in which he starred as an alienated alien — feels like a significant one.