The new testament to Bowie's star power

Jan 17, 2017

The new testament to Bowie's star power

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"I was probably stupid enough to believe that having the same birthday as him actually meant something," the younger Bowie once said about "a major hero" of his, Elvis Presley. They shared quite a number of things — a record label, a weakness for ...

There's a starman, waiting on the screen . . .

Jul 20, 2016

There's a starman, waiting on the screen . . .

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In 1975, just as David Bowie had achieved breakthrough success, he was simultaneously teetering on the verge of a nervous breakdown. A re-issued single of "Space Oddity" was No. 1 in the U.K., and he scored his first No. 1 single in the States ...

15 minutes more

| Jan 15, 2016

15 minutes more

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One day in 1996, when I was working as an editor/writer on the features desk, I arrived at work and was told as I walked in the door that an unnamed person had called. They were looking for someone at The Japan Times to ...

| Jan 15, 2016

Ground control to Major Jack

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I first met David Bowie in August 1982 in Auckland, New Zealand, where the crew of Nagisa Oshima's "Merry Christmas, Mr. Lawrence" had come together for the flight to the film's location in Rarotonga, Cook Islands. From the outset he came across as a ...

| Jan 15, 2016

Bowie’s portable Japan

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I first learned that David Bowie had died while riding the Beetle jetfoil ferry from South Korea to Japan. Of the myriad thoughts that flooded through my mind during the crossing — for Bowie has been my lodestar, an absolutely determinant influence in my ...