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Real Name: David Robert Haywood Jones
Birth Place: Brixton, London, England, UK
Birth Date: January 08, 1947
Occupation: Soundtrack, Actor, Music Department

David Bowie Biography

David Bowie is widely regarded as one of the most influential writers of pop music. Born David Jones, he changed his name to Bowie in the 1960s, to avoid confusion with the then well-known Davy Jones (lead singer of The Monkees).The 1960s were not a happy period for Bowie, who remained a struggling artist, awaiting his breakthrough. He dabbled in many different styles of music (without commercial success), and other art forms such as acting, mime, painting, and playwriting. He finally achieved his commercial breakthrough in 1969 with the song "Space Oddity," which was released at the time of the moon landing. Despite the fact that the literal meaning of the lyrics relates to an astronaut who is lost in space, this song was used by the BBC in their coverage of the moon landing, and this helped it become such a success. The album, which followed "Space Oddity," and the two, which followed (one of which included the song "The Man Who Sold The World," covered by Lulu and Nirvana) failed to produce another hit single, and Bowie's career appeared to be in decline. However, he made the first of many successful "comebacks" in 1972 with "Ziggy Stardust," a concept album about a space-age rock star. This album was followed by others in a similar vein, rock albums built around a central character and concerned with futuristic themes of Armageddon, gender dysfunction/confusion, as well as more contemporary themes such as the destructiveness of success and fame, and the dangers inherent in star worship. In the mid 1970s, Bowie was a heavy cocaine abuser and sometime heroin user. In 1975, he changed tack. Musically, he released "Young Americans," a soul (or plastic soul as he later referred to it) album. This produced his first number one hit in the US, "Fame." He also appeared in his first major film, The Man Who Fell to Earth (1976). With his different-colored eyes and skeletal frame, he certainly looked the part of an alien. The following year, he released "Station to Station," containing some of the material he had written for the soundtrack to this film (which was not used). As his drug problem heightened, his behavior became more erratic. Reports of his insanity started to appear, and he continued to waste away physically. He fled back to Europe, finally settling in Berlin, where he changed musical direction again and recorded three of the most influential albums of all time, an electronic trilogy with Brian Eno "Low, Heroes and Lodger." Towards the end of the 1970s, he finally kicked his drug habit, and recorded the album many of his fans consider his best, the Japanese-influenced "Scary Monsters." Around this time, he played the Elephant Man on Broadway, to considerable acclaim.The next few years saw something of a drop-off in his musical output as his acting career flourished, culminating in his acclaimed performance in Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence (1983). In 1983, he recorded "Let's Dance," an album which proved an unexpected massive commercial success, and produced his second number 1 hit single in the US. The tour which followed, "Serious Moonlight," was his most successful ever. Faced with this success on a massive scale, Bowie apparently attempted to "repeat the formula" in the next two albums, with less success (and to critical scorn). Finally, in the late 1980s, he turned his back on commercial success and his solo career, forming the hard rock band, Tin Machine, who had a deliberate limited appeal. By now, his acting career was in decline. After the comparative failure of Labyrinth (1986), the movie industry appears to have decided that Bowie was not a sufficient name to be a lead actor in a major movie, and since that date, most of his roles have been cameos or glorified cameos. He himself also seems to have lost interest in movie acting. Tin Machine toured extensively and released two albums, with little critical or commercial success.In 1992, Bowie again changed direction and re-launched his solo career with "Black Tie White Noise," a "wedding" album inspired by his recent marriage to Iman. To date, the 1990s have been kinder to Bowie than the late 1980s. He has released three albums to considerable critical acclaim and reasonable commercial success. In 1995, he renewed his working relationship with Brian Eno to record "Outside." After an initial hostile reaction from the critics, this album has now taken its place with his classic albums.In 2003, David released an album entitled 'Reality.' The Reality Tour began in November 2003 and, after great commercial success, was extended into July 2004. In June 2004, David suffered a heart attack and the tour did not finish it's scheduled run. Reality is David's last tour and album to date.After recovering, David has not released any new music, but did a little acting. In 2006, he played Tesla in The Prestige (2006) and had a small cameo in the series "Extras" (2005). In 2007, he did a cartoon voice in "SpongeBob SquarePants" (1999) playing Lord Royal Highness. He has not appeared in anything since 2008 and stays home in New York with his wife and daughter.Bowie has influenced the course of popular music several times and influenced several generations of musicians. His promotional videos in the 1970s and 80s are regarded as ground-breaking, and as a live concert act, he is regarded as the most theatrical of them all.

David Bowie Movies / TV-Shows

David Bowie: The Last Five Years (2017)
George Michael: Freedom (2017)
Gimme Danger (2016)
Charlie Brooker's Wipe Charlie Brooker's 2016 Wipe (2016)
Bowie: The Man Who Changed the World (2016)
B-Movie: Lust & Sound in West-Berlin 1979-1989 (2015)
Soul Boys of the Western World (2014)
I Am Divine (2013)
20 Feet from Stardom (2013)
London: The Modern Babylon (2012)
Clockwork Orange County (2012)
David Bowie & the Story of Ziggy Stardust (2012)
London Calling (2012)
Queen: Days of Our Lives (2011)
The Love We Make (2011)
Pearl Jam Twenty (2011)
The Man Who Shot the 60s (2010)
Bandslam (2009)
Synth Britannia (2009)
Krautrock: The Rebirth of Germany (2009)
Biography David Bowie (2008)
August (2008)
Scott Walker: 30 Century Man (2006)
The Prestige (2006)
Glastonbury (2006)
Arthur and the Invisibles (2006)
C.R.A.Z.Y. (2005)
Nathan Barley (2005)
Midnight Movies: From the Margin to the Mainstream (2005)
Extras (2005)
The Nomi Song (2004)
David Bowie: A Reality Tour (2004)
Mayor of the Sunset Strip (2003)
Imagine (2003)
Whistle (2002)
Live by Request: David Bowie (2002)
Last Call with Carson Daly (2002)
Zoolander (2001)
Friday Night with Jonathan Ross (2001)
The Filth and the Fury (2000)
The Beatles Revolution (2000)
Family Guy (1999)
SpongeBob SquarePants (1999)
Cher: Live in Concert from Las Vegas (1999)
Herra Ricen salaisuus (1999)
Behind the Music (1997)
The Hunger (1997)
Closure (1997)
Basquiat (1996)
VH1 Storytellers (1996)
Rock & Roll (1995)
Queen: Champions of the World (1995)
Late Night with Conan O'Brien (1993)
Late Show with David Letterman (1993)
Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me (1992)
The Freddie Mercury Tribute: Concert for AIDS Awareness (1992)
The Linguini Incident (1991)
Imagine: John Lennon (1988)
The Last Temptation of Christ (1988)
Biography (1987)
Absolute Beginners (1986)
Labyrinth (1986)
Live Aid (1985)
American Masters (1985)
Into the Night (1985)
Yellowbeard (1983)
The Hunger (1983)
Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence (1983)
Timewatch (1982)
Baal (1982)
The Snowman (1982)
Christiane F. (1981)
Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars (1979)
The Man Who Fell to Earth (1976)
Arena (1975)
Saturday Night Live (1975)
Great Performances (1971)
Pierrot in Turquoise or The Looking Glass Murders (1970)
The Virgin Soldiers (1969)
Love You Till Tuesday (1969)
Top of the Pops (1964)

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