David Bowie was an English singer, songwriter,
multi-instrumentalist, actor, and arranger.
Bowie was a major figure in the world of popular music for over four decades, and is renowned as
an innovator, particularly for his work in the 1970s
Throughout his career, he has sold an estimated 140 million albums.
David Robert Jones
January 8th, 1947
January 10th, 2016
(at the age of 69, from liver cancer)
Brixton, London, England
Singer, songwriter, record producer, actor
Hayward Stenton Jones
Margaret Mary Burns
Iman (model, actress; married on June 6th, 1992)
Angela Bowie (née Barnett; actress; married on March 20th, 1970; divorced in 1980)
Duncan Jones (born 1971)
Alexandria "Lexi" Zahra Jones (born 2000)
Step daughter Zulekha Haywood (July 5th, 1978)
Terry Jones (institutionalized)
Bromley Technical High School, London, U.K.
Rock, art rock, glam rock, pop, experimental rock
Vocals, guitar, keyboards, saxophone
Wanting to avoid confusion with
he renamed himself after the 19th-century American frontiersman Jim Bowie and the knife he had popularized.
Did You Know
• According to his first wife Angie, Bowie had a relationship with
• He was also a painter and collector of fine art.
David Bowie Quotes
About his music throughout the 1990s: "I really felt, in all honesty, fairly intimidated by my catalog at the time.
I really had to work out a new way of approaching what was going to be the '90s, and I needed elbow room.
I didn't want those things staring me in the face every time I went to do a show."
"Any list of advice I have to offer to a muscian always ends with, 'If it itches, go and see a doctor.'"
"It's true - I am a bisexual. But I can't deny that I've used that fact very well. I suppose it's the best thing
that ever happened to me"
Asked whether he still believed his public declaration he was bi was mistake, he replied:
"Interesting. I don't think it was a mistake in Europe, but it was a lot tougher in America. I had no problem
with people knowing I was bisexual. But I had no inclination to hold any banners nor be a representative
of any group of people. I knew what I wanted to be, which was a songwriter and a performer, and I felt that
bisexuality became my headline over here for so long. America is a very puritanical place, and I think it stood
in the way of so much I wanted to do"