Remembering David Bowie (1947-2016)

David Bowie is a legend.  And like all legends, even though he is gone, that doesn't mean that he'll be forgotten.  Now, before we get started, I'd like to preface this by saying that I was never a Bowie fan.  That doesn't mean I hated him--I just never had the chance to check him out.  And now, I feel really sad that I've waited until now to really look into the work of a man who is truly regarded as an amazing artist.

In honor of his passing, I have put together some facts of his life and career for you here.  And also, for those of you who are interested in braving the cold to come into the library, I have put up a small display by the Popular Materials desk which includes Bowie CDs and DVDs, which are flying off the shelves.  But, don't worry; even if you can't get the CD right now, you can access tons of David Bowie music through Hoopla.  You can borrow 10 digital albums a month, and each of those albums is good for a week.  And there is sooo much Bowie on Hoopla!  119 records for music alone, to be exact.  So, go and check it out.  I'm sure you'll find something wonderful!

So, why not turn on your favorite Bowie ablum and sit back to read some David Bowie facts:

 

  • Bowie's eyes aren't different colors, after all!  When he was younger, he had gotten into a fight with a friend over a girl, and was punched in the eye.  The resulting trauma caused his left pupil to permanently dilate, which makes the one eye appear darker than the other.
  • He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1996 and the American Songwriter's Hall of Fame in 2005.
  • In March 2003, Bowie concept album The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars placed 8th in Classic Rock's list of 30 greatest concept albums of all time
  • He refers to Little Richard as his first musical influence
  • He came out as bisexual in 1972, making him one of the first British pop stars to do so.  However, in 1983, he claimed that this was a sham that he had made up to create more mystery about himself.
  • He was offered the honor of Commander of the British Empire in 2000 and knighthood in 2003, but turned down both.
  • His birth name was actually David Jones, but he changed it to David Bowie so he wouldn’t be confused with Davie Jones of The Monkees.
  • While he’s most famous for his roles in films such as Labyrinth, you can also find him making cameos in films like Zoolander.  In case you’re wondering, he played one of the judges in the fashion “walk-off” scene between Derek Zoolander and Hansel.
  • He was the first major recording artist to release a song that was Internet exclusive, titled “What’s Really Happening?”
  • He played 14 different instruments, including saxophone, cello, harmonica, piano, and mandolin
  • For our last fact, Bowie was a voracious reader.  What better way to honor him than to check out some of his favorite books?  You can access the complete list here.

 

Facts from IMDB and BowieWonderworld.com; image from AllMusic.com