"David Bowie" (born "David Robert Jones" on January 8, 1947) is an English singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, producer, arranger and mixer, whose work spans more than four decades. A knowing, indulgent and occasionally camp figure, he is universally recognised as one of the more accomplished and inspired artists in popular music. Throughout the 1970s he took cues from art, philosophy and literature, and appeared to elevate popular music to a more sophisticated level while cleverly not overplaying the gravitas card. He is also a film and stage actor, and a visual artist.
Bowie first caught the eye and ear of the public in the autumn of 1969, when his spage-age mini-melodrama "Space Oddity" reached the top five of the UK singles chart. After a three-year period of experimentation he re-emerged in 1972 during the glam-rock era under the guise of the flamboyant, androgynous alter ego Ziggy Stardust , spearheaded by the hit single "Starman" and the album ''The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars''. The relatively short-lived Ziggy persona epitomised a career defined by consistent musical innovation, reinvention and striking visual presentation.
|instrument||guitar, piano, keyboards, saxophones, synthesizers, drums, percussion, harmonica, violin, cello, koto (musical instrument)|
|music genre||Folk, Hard Rock, proto punk, Glam, Soul, R & B, Electronica, New Wave, Dance, Post-punk, Industrial, Drum & Bass, Pop music|