The Rise and Fall of David Bowie

Text by ViaEnglish student Guilherme Kodja Filho
Teacher Herman Junior

The Rise and Fall of David Bowie

David Bowie was born on January 8th, 1947 in Brixton, South London, at first, named as David Jones, name who would stick around until the late 60’s.

Young Davie Jones had a very artistic childhood, being in contact with music in the school choir, while attending to Burnst Ash Junior School. But his curiosity about art and music grew bigger when his father brought him a handful of American artists records, such as Elvis Presley and Little Richard. Later on, his brother introduced him to the jazz legends John Coltrane and Charles Mingus.

He changed his name from Jones to Bowie somewhere near 1967 due to the lack of strength of the name Davie Jones as a public figure, also because of the “Monkees” singer, also named Davie Jones. And by his new name, Bowie released his first album, but had little success.

After the disappointing start in the musical career, Bowie didn’t record any song for the next two years, focusing on other areas of art, such as dance and acting, working on a short film named Love You Till Tuesday, that featured his musical performance of Space Oddity, witch later on would become his first huge success.

David Bowie as Ziggy Stardust

The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars was released in 1972 and created all around the history of Bowie’s alter ego Ziggy Stardust, an alien rock star who fell to earth. It’s until today one of his most successful albums and more recognizable images.

David Bowie as Thin White Duke

On the other hand, the Thin White Duke was a much darker character than Ziggy, illustrating a bitter time in Bowie’s life, due to his addiction to cocaine in that period. It took him a long time to recover from that. In spite all of those negative facts, people say this was his most creative period, writing and producing one of his greatest album’s “Station to Station”, released in 1976.

Here a curious fact concerning about David Bowie’s rivalry with the Frank Sinatra’s song “My Way”…

Final Years

Bowie’s final years began with a major blast to his fans, when he passed out on stage performing the song “Reality”, saying, “Now my death is more than just a sad song”. Later that week, he performed again on a concert in Germany, collapsing again.

With that idea of death in his mind, despite that he hasn’t been diagnosed with any illness; he wrote the album Balckstar. Discovering his cancer only a few months before his death, he released the album and died just a few days later, saying his last farewell to the world with one of his most beautiful album’s.