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David Bowie RIP

Posted in David Bowie, Uncategorized with tags on January 11, 2016 by Jagged Visions

Going out with a bang!  “Oh, I’ll be free / Just like that bluebird / Oh, I’ll be free / Ain’t that just like me”

 

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10 reasons to like David Bowie even if you hate his music #6

Posted in David Bowie with tags , , , on January 8, 2013 by Jagged Visions

You might hate Bowie his music and prefer to listen to Skrillex, One Direction or Jay-Z, but damn if you are a marketeer you should fucking appreciate Bowie his skills to influence the media and the public!

Like mentioned in my previous post Bowie always has had a great sense of how to play the public. How to create a buzz. How to attract attention. How to boost record sales. Just by saying “he was gay” or making strange comments about fascism. Of course not everyone could do this without keeping his mystic and powerful image. Only Bowie can pull it off. It almost seems kitsch and spontaneous sometimes, still it is all part of a genius marketeer mind. Hell yeah, but yes also Goebbels was a great marketeer, Bowie would agree I guess.

Today turning 66 Bowie has done another masterstroke by releasing totally out of the blue a new single. “Where are we now” made him a trending topic on Twitter, newspapers and some blogs post about. Genius marketing plot without any accidental leaks or rumours, there was the announcement of a new album coming out in March and a new single with video, see below. Like the dude in the Guardian says while all other rockstars dip into nostalgia, Bowie is just Bowie! I love it. Happy birthday David Bowie!

Ten reasons to like David Bowie even if you hate his music! #5

Posted in David Bowie with tags , , , on January 2, 2013 by Jagged Visions

So you might be hating David Bowie’s music and still appreciate Bowie for his flirtations with fascism… Yes, that would be strange some paranoid fascist like Breivik might appreciate his interest for Thule. It’s pretty clear  Bowie himself wasn’t a fascist. Still especially during  70-ties when Station to Station is recorded, it is pretty clear that Bowie was really fascinated with fascism and did quite some dubious statements.

David waving

Bowie made a famous quote “Hitler was the first popstar”. This is quite a clever and true statement, don’t populism and pop stardom not need similar forms of crowd control?  Around the time the above picture was taking showing David Bowie waving from a black Mercedes in London, he made some dubious statements and on that occasion at Victoria Station, he also made a Nazi salute, see picture on this scanned article. For example in this interview, he says “”So the best thing that can happen is for an extreme right Government to come.”

Bowie later retracted all these statements and generally it’s said that during this time as The Thin White Duke he was a drug head living on “coke, red pepper and milk”. The true is actually a bit more complex and maybe less innocence as well as this interesting article explains. He divides Bowie interest in fascism in two parts.

First during the early seventies there was  Nietzsche inspired search for the Ubermensch or the Superman, which also led into interest in the Nazi occult. On the “The Man Who Sold the World” and “Hunk Dory” there are several lyrical references like in Quicksand:

“I’m living in a silent film
Portraying Himmler’s sacred realm
Of dream reality”

Bowie was interested in Aleister Crowley occult and this was linked to the Nazi party occult groups in the top of the SS. The SS had a special occult group “Ahnenerbe” looking for the holy grail. So that’s where he refers to in Quicksand lyrics.

After Hunky Dory references to Nazism and Crowley disappear from Bowie his work. Ziggy Stardust is born! Around the release of Young Americans Bowie returns his interest in the occult, probably caused by drugs paranoia. He does all kinds of black magic rituals and spells to exorcise houses. He also then gets back his interest in fascism  He is interested in using the fascist imagery to influence, later also taking on board by punks (think Crass, who were also named after a Bowie lyric). On the other hand he also wants to shock, like this good article on subject tells. Bowie is well aware that some shocking quotes about Nazis will give him a lot of press and boost sales.

When the Berlin trilogy is written, the fascist imagery of The Thin White Duke is dropped again. His shock quotes about a fascist regime in Britain stop and he writes with Iggy Pop China Girl.

“I’d stumble into town

Just like a sacred cow

Visions of swastikas in my head

And plans for everyone

It’s in the white of my eyes…”

Read further: Ten reasons to like David Bowie even if you hate his music #6

See also previous posts:

Ten reasons to like David Bowie even if you hate his music #4 on Iggy Pop!

Ten reasons to like David Bowie even if you hate his music #3 on fashion

Ten reasons to like David Bowie even if you hate his music #2 on being the founder of the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Long-Haired men!

Ten reasons to like David Bowie even if you hate his music #1 on William Burroughs

Ten reasons to like David Bowie even if you hate his music #4

Posted in David Bowie with tags , , , , , on April 28, 2012 by Jagged Visions

So you might hate Bowie, still you should at least respect him for one thing his friendship with Iggy Pop! It was his David Bowie who got him from several times from the gutter in the 70-ties to save him from an early junkie dead and revive his career. So without Bowie you would have seen this shit hot Stooges reunion shows and all these great Iggy Pop solo records. Face it, even if you don’t like his music, Bowie is the Man! Iggy Pop himself is also hero!

Bowie liked the Stooges and he met Pop for the first time in early seventies in New York. The rock star Ziggy Stardust was based on Iggy Pop, who according Bowie represented the wild side of existentialist America. So it was Bowie who got the band in 1973 together to record their third album “Raw Power“. Iggy Pop says about this himself “Very few people recognized the quality of the Stooges’ songwriting, it was really meticulous. And to his credit, the only person I’d ever known of in print to notice it, among my peers of professional musicians, was Bowie. He noticed it right off.” Bowie is also credited as the producer of Raw Power. Although according to the story he only had 3 tracks of the 24  to mix. So the only thing he could do is to turn up to volume of the guitar and vocal up and down and to put some echo on the guitar.

Unfortunately the album never really got off and The Stooges disbanded again a year after the release. Pop worked for a while on a  Bowie tour through the US, but drug problems made him leave. He became a heroin addict and checked himself into a psychiatric hospital in LA where Bowie foudn him in 1976. Bowie got him out took him as companion on the “Station to Station” tour and later they moved to Berlin, where they both had a really creative period inspired by drugs, parties and Berlin. Iggy Pop recorded “The Idiot” and “Lust For Life”, especially on the “The Idiot”  Bowie contributed a lot of songwriting. Vice verse on “Low” Iggy Pop is doing backing vocals. A true creative collaboration. China Girl, Night Clubbing, Funtime, Lust For Live, The Passenger…

Check out this great interview with Pop and Bowie in an American talkshow:

Bowie also played piano on “The Idiot” tour. Check here Funtime live:

documentary on bowie and pop

Bowie and Pop dressed up

Ten reasons to like David Bowie even if you hate his music! #3

Posted in David Bowie with tags , , , , , , , on January 19, 2012 by Jagged Visions

David Bowie just went with retirement 2 weeks ago, when he became 65. So it is about time to get on with my top 10 of reasons to like Bowie eventhough he already retired 10 years ago! And this time it is an obvious one, since I assume there are a lot of people who do not care about Bowie’s music, but do like his Style. Bowie is glamourous, flamboyant and andrygonous fashion. Here some of my favorite pics!

Bowie as a mod

Bowie in Crowley pose

Bowie Glam style

Ziggy Stardust

Ziggy Stardust Era

Bowie in snakeskin jumpsuit going iceskating

posing in jumpsuit | Ziggy era

Nice suit!

The famous Alladin Sane cover

Bowie his make up and fashion around this time was influenced by Japanese Kabuki theatre.

Kabuki print

Picture by Terry O’Neill

Bowie as the Thin White Duke in his Soul era

Bowie in 1978 in Boston

Bowie Berlin era

Photo by Brian Duffy

I will not post the Labyrinth photo. Next David Bowiepost  will be on Bowie and facism!

Ten reasons to like David Bowie even if you hate his music! #2

Posted in David Bowie with tags , , , on June 2, 2011 by Jagged Visions

Here is my second post on why you should or at least could like David Bowie even tough you hate his music. And this is an easy on for all your headbanging metal kids! David Bowie at the age of 17 was the founder of the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Long-Haired men. Respect! Check below what must be the earliest TV interview with David Bowie, here still known under his real name as David Jones.

Another member of this idealistic group of long haired men was Jimmy fucking Page! David Bowie around the same time played in a band  named the Manish Boys which released one single “I pity the fool” in 1965. This ep features Page, at the time a session guitarist, doing the solo. The song also appeared on Bowie his debut LP.  Later on  in 1976 according to an interview Bowie once exorcised his house after Page visited him. He thought that Page brought poltergeist to his house. Later on more about Bowie and the occult…

Check here another early video of Jimmy Page with the Yardbirds:

Ten reasons to like David Bowie even if you hate his music!

Posted in David Bowie, Uncategorized with tags , , , , on April 27, 2011 by Jagged Visions

So why wouldn’t you like David Bowie his music!?! I have no fucking clue! Still some people do and I will give them 10 reasons why they should at least like him for some other amazing things that he did next to music! I hope to post all these damn good reasons on this blog in the coming months. Some of them will be quite straight forward, others not. Today I will start with the reason #1!

Bowie and Burroughs

David Bowie wrote some of his lyrics using the cut up technique, which was invented by Dadaism and made popular by William S. Burroughs. The American novelist of the Beat generation would cut up normal texts, take out words, then rearrange the remaining words in random order. Burroughs thought the texts he wrote using these methods had subliminal meaning. Another way was to cut up two pieces of texts along the middle in half and then line two halves along the edge to get a new text. You can see Burroughs using this technique in the below video:

Bowie met Burroughs in 1974 in London, a journalist of Rolling Stone magazine set up an interview between the two. In the fascinating interview, they openly talk with each other about a lot of cool topics like psychic phenomena, Ziggy Stardust and Andy Warhol who is according to Burroughs  “a real science fiction character”. Burroughs also talks about dreams and how they influence him. He says that 70% of his ideas come from his dreams. David Bowie even keeps a tape recorder next to his bed to record his ideas. That both of them get a lot of creativity from the unconscious also is known through their interest in psychedelic drugs. Bowie once said that the time after Ziggy Stardust came out was one long trip of heavy drugs use. William Burroughs was also an advocate of drugs like LSD and regularly addicted to heroin. It is also really worthwhile to check out the hallucinatory hippie movie Chappaqua with an appearance of Burroughs and also of Allen Ginsberg.

Bowie and Burroughs

David Bowie also used the cut-up technique to make songs. The track “Warszawa” written with Brian Eno from “Low” album is made by using the cut-up technique. They cut up a instrumental songs in pieces based on finger-clicks and then rearranged it with chord changes based on certain numbers.  The melancholic and haunting song is one of the highlights of the first  album of the Berlin Trilogy, a series of amazing Bowie records in collaboration with Brian Eno. Ian Curtis who was a big Bowie fan first named his band  Warsaw after this song, to change it later to Joy Division.

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