Artist of the Week: David Bowie
David Robert Jones (1947), known by his artistic persona David Bowie, is an English musician, record producer, arranger and actor, whose major influence in the world of popular music in the last five decades is only paired by the work of Bob Dylan.
The cliché of Bowie as a music chameleon is only partially accurate: though he undeniably mastered trends and fashions such as the hippie culture in the 60s, soul, funk and disco in the 70s, mainstream pop in the 80s and jungle in the 90s, the truth is that he was a groundbreaking precursor and innovator in genres such as proto Heavy Metal (The Man Who Sold The World), glam rock (the Ziggy Stardust and Aladdin Sane era), electronics and ambient music (the Berlin trilogy), stretching the boundaries of rock, influencing several generations of musicians and selling over 140 millions of records worldwide. He remains, to this day, the holder of one of the most singular and recognizable British accent voices to ever cruise popular music and was one of the first major artists to recognize and fully embrace the potential of the emerging digital media landscape.
After an hiatus of ten years, David Bowie is back with the new and critically acclaimed album The Next Day, which finally gives the opportunity for a new generation of listeners to witness and feel the anxiety, thrill and surprise that have been dominating his releases for the last 46 years.
João Pedro da Costa is a web studies scholar and a music fan.