David Bowie- Glam Rock

By Niani McDonald Period 2A

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David Bowie's actual name is David Robert Jones and he was born on January 8th 1947. He has lived in Brixton, London, and England. He is a songwriter, a English singer, multi-instrumental, record producer, arranger and actor. He is mostly known for playing the guitar and being a vocalist. He is also a house hold name because of the many movies he has starred in including Ladyninth and The Man Who Fell From Earth.

David Bowie is a talented musician that has been around for over 4 decades. He has made many popular songs and is renowned as an innovator of music because he influenced many different forms of music.David Bowie was known as a artist that could jump from different sounds and genres of music and sound great in each one.

He started to show interest at a very young age. At the age of 13, he actually started playing the saxophone. He was greatly influenced by his brother Terry who had a mental illness. As a result of his brother being put into an institution, it influenced his later songs. When he got out of high school, he worked as a commercial artist. Then, he joined a band called The Monkees. He then soon became a solo artist. However, when one of his solo albums didn't do to well, he exited the singing world for a while. After collecting him self for while, he came back into the music world and was better than ever.

Throughout his career he has been apart of many labels. This includes Dream, RCA,Virgin, EMIISO, Columbis, BMGP, and Pye. With these different labels, has received many different awards form his music including a Grammy.

David Bowie was known for his beauty which was an important aspect of his image. He was also well known for his distinct voice and intellectual depth in his music.


The song that propelled him in to fame was "Space Oddity" which became public in July 1969. After he re-emerged to glam rock as his alter ego, Ziggy Stardust. This alter ego made David Bowie very popular.


  • " Space Oddity"
  • " Fame"
  • "Starman"
  • "Plastic Soul"
  • "Heroes"
  • " Ashes to Ashes"
  • "Dancing in the Street"


  • Low
  • Let's Dance
  • Tonight
  • Earthling
  • Station to Station


  • Also known as glitter rock
  • Mixture of rock and pop music rock
  • Developed in the United Kingdom in the early 1970s
  • Singers wear outrageous clothes, hairstyles, makeup, platformed shoes and glitter
  • Varies from simple to complex Rock and Roll
  • Mesh of various styles

" Space Oddity"

S- acoustic guitar, electric guitar, drum set, cello, lead vocals, back up vocals

H- Acoustic guitar, electric guitar, drum set, cello, back up vocals

M- lead vocals

R- in 4, moderate

G- soft-moderate--soft


intro, verse 1, verse 2, interlude, verse3, verse 4, verse 5, , verse 6, outro

David Bowie- Space Oddity (With Lyrics) HD

Works Cited

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Kimmelman, Michael. "TALKING ART WITH/David Bowie; A Musician's Parallel Passion." The New York Times. The New York Times, 13 June 1998. Web. 13 Mar. 2015.

"Official Charts Company." Official Charts Company. N.p., n.d. Web. 13 Mar. 2015.

"The Telegraph - Google News Archive Search." The Telegraph - Google News Archive Search. N.p., n.d. Web. 13 Mar. 2015.