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david-bowie-00s-david-bowie-37030347-900-900(Update:you’d think with all my work on online construction of performance I’d be better at embedding media? Well I’ve improved this post a bit…)

I’ve been obsessing about my long-time personal fan status with David Bowie like so many others over the last day and a half, since I learned of his death this past weekend. I’ve found myself posting over and over on Facebook. But today I decided to formalize it and curate a full page of links to items about Bowie that hit specific things about him as a performer, musician, and performance artist (yes, I’m separating out the performer from the performance artist). Expect this post to get updated fairly regularly over the next week or so.

So here we go.

How David Bowie Made It OK to be a Wandering Jewish Misfit

  • This one, just for the title, but it hits on many of the issues I see coming up over and over about the ways (especially the 1970s Bowie) became an icon for folks who needed role models that challenged gender norms.

What really made Bowie a star: As a songwriter he was unparalleled

  • What I love here is the tribute to his songwriting and song-crafting skills from someone who had to learn to appreciate Bowie as an artist.

Thanks, Starman: Why David Bowie Was the Greatest Rock Star Ever

  • Rob Sheffield’s tribute. ‘Nough said. If you don’t know who Rob Sheffield is, well, you’ve got a lot of reading (and listening) to do.

David Bowie Dead at 69

  • Rolling Stone’s obit. The catalog of his work. Again, ‘nough said. This one’s a bit overwhelming for me to read. I want to hole up in my apartment, turn on the tunes, put a pot of coffee, and wallow in great music and art here.

This one needs musical accompaniment:


You’ve got to be listening to this while you look at it:

And while you’re at it, great fun from a master: Magic Dance from Labyrinth

  • And speaking of gender bending representations,

You ask what’s inspired this post? Curation is the new obituary: 8 ways media outlets marked Bowie’s life and death

I’ll add more over the coming days as I either get inspired by my own listening or find more articles that need adding to this collection.Update: I had to include this one.

David Bowie’s 1976 mugshot

  • Doing the rounds on Twitter today: For the anti-establishment cool factor, this is priceless. And $2700 for a mugshot found at a garage sale? Fabulous.

Reflections of a Bowie Girl

  •  Ann Powers’ lovely tribute. I’d rename this “David Bowie and the Gen-X generation” myself.


Yet another one – a podcast including an interview he gave in 1988…

David Bowie on Stardust

  • This is an interview with Bowie about being (his words) an interpretive performer, and especially on Ziggy Stardust.

I’ll get more creative about how I talk about adding more sources as I go forward, folks!


  • Madonna Honor David Bowie With ‘Rebel Rebel’ Cover. Need I say more about this?

What orchestras could do for David Bowie – Greg Sandow

  • Greg Sandow’s take on how classical musicians might respond to events like Bowie’s death. I especially like how he put this in context after listening to Blackstar. (FN: I’m listening to Blackstar as I read and post this. Sandow’s right.)

I had to add this. Fred Armisen’s tribute brings out how and when I began to understand what a performance artist is. See both this and the full performance below.

and because I can’t stand not seeing whole original, gorgeous performance piece in its entirety,




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