David Bowie for Blogophilia 34.6

This past weekend we visited Toronto with the hopes of visiting the pandas in the zoo. But of course it rained. So we went to the David Bowie exhibition at the AGO.

For young’uns reading this,  in answer to your question: Who is David Bowie?

David Robert Jones (born 8 January 1947), known by his stage name David Bowie is an English musician, singer-songwriter, actor and arranger. Bowie has been a major figure in the world of popular music for over five decades, and is renowned as an innovator, particularly for his work in the 1970s. He is known for his distinctive voice as well as the intellectual depth and eclecticism of his work.

The exhibition:

Spanning five decades and featuring more than 300 objects from Bowie’s personal archive, this totally immersive multimedia show celebrates the groundbreaking artist’s collaborations in the fields of fashion, sound, theatre, art and film. An audio guide by Sennheiser is part of the experience and is included with admission.

David Bowie is — acclaimed by the New York Times as “united in sound and vision in a way rarely seen in a museum” — is the first international exhibition devoted to the British-born musician and performer. Organized thematically, the show takes visitors on a spectacular and interactive trip through Bowie’s numerous personae and legendary performances, highlighting his artistic influences and his experiments with Surrealism, German Expressionism, Music Hall, mime and Japanese Kabuki performance.

We were given head phones to hear the narration  as we wandered through the displays.

Bowie was never Alone. He was always meeting new personas again and again like Ziggy Stardust and Major Tom.

“Space Oddity” was released on 11 July, 1969, five days ahead of the Apollo 11 launch, to become a UK top five hit. Oh yeah! Back in the summer of ’69.

David takes pride in his accomplishments but I didn’t get the impression he is vain

The extravaganza was pretty amazing  for those who are familiar with Bowie and for those who aren’t. The film clips really demonstrated his talents and diversity: Labyrnth, The Man who Fell to Earth, Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars as well as a few others.

It didn’t make up for missing the pandas though….

Written for
Blogophilia Week 34.6 – Alone, We Meet Again
Bonus Points:
(Hard, 2 pts): Include a Jane Austen quote \
(Easy, 1 pt):  Use a line from the song “Summer of ’69”

Vanity and pride are different things, though the words are often used synonymously. A person may be proud without being vain. Pride relates more to our opinion of ourselves; vanity, to what we would have others think of us


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25 Responses to David Bowie for Blogophilia 34.6

  1. Fame. What’s your name?

    Saw him in concert during his heroin years. He was about 3/4 out of it.

    But he is a genius.

  2. nissmech says:

    I would love to see this exhibition! I am a Bowie fan. Sorry you missed the pandas but I do think the exhibition would be better!

  3. Marvin says:

    Spiders From Mars!? Oh My, I must look into this and it would be interesting to meet with this man and find out what else he knows about Mars!
    Yes, you have been promising something different from the others and indeed, you have delivered something different!

    8 points Earthling! 🙂

  4. trev says:

    I had no idea Toronto had a museum for relicts Sue… LOL..
    Sorry Bowie was never my cup of tea even in the 60’s..
    but they do say if you remember the 60’s .. you was never there!!!…
    but he has talent and he’s been very lucky with his connections with the world’s fashion industry too … I admit he has his name on a lot of music production stuff.. but then a lot of it is to sell the production stuff .. but that’s me being cynical Sue… sorry girl…

    its a shame you didn’t get to go see the Panda’s love…. There are a couple of Panda’s in Edinburgh Zoo in Scotland… they was expected to mate but they didn’t… so they have artificially inseminated the female and her birth is expected to be soon I believe.. Once she has had her baby you can use it as a good reason to come over here again right?… I never had the time to show you Scotland Sue… now that would be fun girl.. 🙂

    But I digress… your description here is second to none Sue… you have a talent in this that always has me in ore love… and I love the way you weaved in the challenges.. very ingenious… loved it Sue.. 🙂 xxx

  5. Tyler/Chuck says:

    So when are you sending it south of the border? I have never seen Bowie live, I have seen Panda on several occasions. I’m thinking I’d have picked this ahead of the pandas from the get.That may just me (and probably Colleen)

  6. fullmoonpoet says:

    Good article 🙂
    I like a bit of Bowie ~ and non of this miming lark for him on Top of the Pops ~

  7. Bettie says:

    Great penned .. 🙂

  8. Myke Todd says:

    Interesting overview, Sue… I was never a fan of Bowie, but strangely enough, my youngest daughter discovered him, when she was a teenager, and became enthralled with him.
    I guess, he really is one of those timeless icons in pop culture. Hence, the museum thing.

    • Sue says:

      well obviously a half dozen museums around the world think he’s remarkable enough to exhibit

      • Myke Todd says:

        Really? … Name them. (j/k) … 😉

        • Sue says:

          • Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto, Canada from 25 September to 27 November 2013
          • Museum of Image and Sound, Sao Paulo, Brazil from 28 January to 21 April 2014
          • Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, USA from September 2014 to January 2015
          • Philharmonie de Paris/ Cité de la Musique, Paris, France from 2 March to 31 May 2015
          • Groninger Museum, Groningen, The Netherlands from 15 December 2015 to 15 March 2016

  9. Wow, I never knew so much about David Bowie!

  10. BarbaraK aka fiddlbarb says:

    Such a fascinating and gifted artist. I love how he has transformed himself so many times over the years. And so remarkably resilient. Thanks so much for the memories and for this wonderful Blogophilia 34.6 piece.

  11. Doris Emmett says:

    Extraordinary man and performer…I loved him then and still love him now…thanks for this “blast to the past” and back to the present 🙂

  12. kim says:

    that would of been cool to see

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