Hmm, so, maybe I was right

Endlessly manipulating his public identity, Bowie was once rumoured to be an alien from outer space, and suggested in the mid-1970s that Britain needed a fascist prime minister. “I am an actor,” he said. “My whole professional life is an act.”

4 thoughts on “Hmm, so, maybe I was right”

  1. Yes, yes he acted characters, it’s what performers do. I maintain that the songs came first, which is what I’m interested in.

    The art and the clothes and the personas and Bowie Bonds and BowieBanc and BowieNet (1998 – well ahead of the curve) and all that were expressions of innovation.

    So you are right, but my angle is that he was a songwriter and to promote the songs he used characters to give that otherworldly aura.

  2. The interview Bowie did with Paxman in 1999 was very interesting – largely backs up Timmy’s viewpoint actually. (Roughly, Bowie claims that he enjoyed the dramatic aspect of creating characters up to the 1980s when he tried to write songs for himself, to sing as himself… but doubts how successful he was at doing so.)

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FiK7s_0tGsg

  3. So Much For Subtlety

    Bowie was once rumoured to be an alien from outer space, and suggested in the mid-1970s that Britain needed a fascist prime minister. “I am an actor,” he said. “My whole professional life is an act.”

    As excuses go, that one is not bad. Eric Clapton should have tried it.

    Why would anyone think he didn’t mean it?

  4. Hmmm. You could say he laid the base for the whole Stage Persona that’s really so cut-and-dry in the music business nowadays people hardly notice anymore.

    Never been able to peg him as an actor that works with music, or a musician who actually knew how to act.
    Maybe that was his strength. You couldn’t peg him down, or categorise him. Maybe as the first true multimedia artist, maybe.

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