9 Songs, 46 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

The hippie folk-rock sound of David Bowie's second album (like his 1967 debut, it was just called David Bowie on its original UK release) may come as a surprise at first. But underneath the pealing 12-string acoustic guitars and often lavish arrangements, the title track's chilling alienation and the doomy epic "Cygnet Committee" forecast Bowie's sometimes apocalyptic '70s lyrics. Elsewhere, the touching breakup ballad "Letter to Hermione" and the dreamily communal "Memory of a Free Festival" showcase a gentler side.

EDITORS’ NOTES

The hippie folk-rock sound of David Bowie's second album (like his 1967 debut, it was just called David Bowie on its original UK release) may come as a surprise at first. But underneath the pealing 12-string acoustic guitars and often lavish arrangements, the title track's chilling alienation and the doomy epic "Cygnet Committee" forecast Bowie's sometimes apocalyptic '70s lyrics. Elsewhere, the touching breakup ballad "Letter to Hermione" and the dreamily communal "Memory of a Free Festival" showcase a gentler side.

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6:52
2:36
9:39
3:25
3:00
4:53
3:22
7:10

About David Bowie

Everyone has a David Bowie that they fell in love with first—the otherworldly outsider Ziggy Stardust, the electronic adventurer, the wild-eyed glam pioneer, the enigmatic storyteller. But it was Bowie's ability to reinvent himself so vividly that captivated us again and again. Driven by boundless imagination, David Bowie was a multifaceted music icon, a social provocateur, a force in fashion, and a gifted actor whose unique personas and perspectives traveled with him through the decades. From the moment his homesick astronaut captured the spotlight in the late ‘60s to his exploratory, jazz-influenced Blackstar almost 50 years later, he excelled and innovated with turns in pop, glam, punk, soul, hard rock, and electronic music. And even though Bowie released vital albums throughout his life—and will forever embody the most artful edge of rock ’n’ roll—he was more than just the music he made. Bowie's fearlessness inspired us to celebrate the complexity and beauty of being completely ourselves.

  • ORIGIN
    Brixton, London, England
  • GENRE
    Rock
  • BORN
    January 8, 1947

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