David Bowie

New Showtime Doc Is a Geeks-Only Backstage Pass to David Bowie’s Most Creative Years

Outside of ’60s monoliths The Beatles and The Rolling Stones, it seems likely that no musical career has been as comprehensively recorded on film as David Bowie’s. Documentary filmmakers have caught him at highs (D.A. Pennebaker’s classic Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders From Mars) and lows (Alan Yentob’s 1974 BBC project, Cracked Actor, a painfully raw account of Bowie’s LA-coke-hell period); Todd Haynes blew him a glittery kiss in 1998, with the glam-rock fantasy Velvet Goldmine; and Bowie’s own acting roles, such as his portrayal of an alien in Nicolas Roeg’s The Man Who Fell to Earth, have often felt like an extension of his musical persona. And those are only a few of the best-known examples of cinema’s obsession with David Bowie, a man whose IMDb page boasts no fewer than 153 “as himself” credits. … Read More

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10 David Bowie Songs Covered by Women

David Bowie led the way for mainstream rock ‘n’ roll musicians to play around with gender bending. So naturally, his catalog of songs provides plenty of opportunities for female performers to build upon his musical foundations. In honor of his 67th birthday, here are ten examples of how Bowie’s songs transcend gender as much as they offer room for other musicians to put their own stamp on his compositions. … Read More

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Flavorwire’s Most Fascinating People of 2013

It wouldn’t be the end of the year without an onslaught of top ten lists, and perhaps the least fascinating one is the most obvious: Barbara Walters’ most fascinating people of the year. She announced nine of the ten picks this week, and they’re not too surprising: Miley Cyrus, Kanye and Kim, the guys from Duck Dynasty, Jennifer Lawrence, Prince George. Yes, the baby. Walters’ picks, of course, give us the inspiration to come up with out own favorite pop culture heavyweights of the year. Here’s who we’d choose as the most fascinating — and each one of them can actually articulate thoughts through… Read More

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David Bowie’s 10 Best Music Videos

We’ve been constantly spoiled by all things David Bowie-related this year — a new album, a bunch of new singles, a deluxe version of the album… and now, in the last month, not one but two new videos for James Murphy’s remix of “Love Is Lost.” The second of these premiered yesterday, and it’s a spectacular piece of CGI work from director Barnaby Roper, apparently constructing the startlingly realistic animations of two people from scratch and then getting them to, well, get it on. It’s the latest fascinating video for which Bowie has been responsible — he was one of the first to pioneer the video as an art form, way back in the late 1960s, and he’s appeared in many weird and wonderful clips throughout his career. Here are ten of our favorites. … Read More

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Deconstructing David Bowie’s DIY Video for “Love Is Lost”

Happy Halloween: there’s a new David Bowie video! As with his excellent album The Next Day itself, the video for James Murphy’s remix of “Love is Lost” arrives unexpectedly and with a minimum of fanfare: Bowie wrote, shot and edited it all himself, apparently over the course of last weekend. The video apparently cost Bowie all of $12.99 to shoot, which only goes to show that you don’t necessarily need a massive budget if you have interesting ideas. And our hero most certainly has those — the video finds him revisiting the idea of confronting himself, a constant theme throughout The Next Day, and is a remarkably bleak and discomforting viewing experience. As ever, there’s a heap of fascinating imagery to unpick, so join us as we (over)analyze the hell out of it. … Read More

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