The new testament to Bowie's star power

Art Jan 17, 2017

The new testament to Bowie's star power

by Mark Thompson

"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 . . .

Film Jul 20, 2016

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

by Giovanni Fazio

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 ...

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Music | David Bowie in Japan Jan 15, 2016

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by Mark Thompson

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 ...

In the wake of Starman's sudden departure

Culture / Images Jan 15, 2016

In the wake of Starman's sudden departure

After an 18-month battle for liver cancer, cultural icon David Bowie passed away on Sunday, Jan. 10, two days after his 69th birthday. Here is a snapshot of the mourning and tributes that followed. Bowie dominated the news in London on Jan. 12, following the announcement ...

Music | David Bowie in Japan Jan 15, 2016

Ground control to Major Jack

by Roger Pulvers

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 ...