David Bowie quotes and sayings
January 8, 1947
January 10, 2016
I always write well in New York.
I'm very shy. That's probably one of the reasons I got so heavily into drugs.
There's a starman waiting in the sky, he'd like to come and meet us, but he thinks he'd blow our minds.
People will keep the TV on even if a show is on that they hate - because, unfortunately, they've been programmed to do that.
I don't crave applause. I'm not one of those guys who comes alive on stage. I'm much more alive at home, I think.
There have been times when I've written something and it goes out and it comes back in a letter from some kid as to what they think about it and I've taken their analysis to heart so much that I have taken up his thing. Writing what my audience is telling me to write.
I went mainstream in a major way with the song "Let's Dance." And what I found I had done was put a box around myself. It was very hard for people to see me as anything other than the person in the suit who did "Let's Dance," and it was driving me mad - because it took all my passion for experimenting away.
See the mice in their million hordes From Ibiza to the Norfolk Broads.
It makes me sad when I see artists who come alive when they go onstage, because, gee, I really come alive when I'm home.
I think music should be tarted up, made into a prostitute, a parody of itself. It should be the clown, the Pierrot medium.
I knew about things like Iggy Pop and The Velvet Underground, weirdly, before I knew about David Bowie. I didn't know what David Bowie was, when I was a kid. I thought he was like Visage.
For me, the world that I inhabit in reality is probably a very different world than the one people expect that I would be in.
To be taken seriously about doing something creative and probably travel a lot. That was my motivation. I knew I was good, I knew I could write. I also knew you could get laid really easily.
The public, obviously, they takes things in a very simplest fashion and so they should. That's why we have such wonderful television.
I haven't changed my views much since I was about 12, really, I've just got a 12-year-old mentality.When I was in school I had a brother who was into Kerouac and he gave me On The Road to read when I was 12 years old. That's still been a big influence.
You can't stand still on one point for your entire life.
I find it easier to write in these little vignettes; if I try to get any more heavy, I find myself out of my league.
I don't like talk and I don't like talkers. Like Ma Barker. That's what she always said, 'Ma Barker doesn't like talk and she doesn't like talkers.' She just sat there with her gun.
Touring with Iggy Pop was something to do. It was good fun. I got drunk a lot.
The people who don't know so much about me regard me more sexually.
It is amazing how a new child can refocus one's direction seconds after its birth. Everything falls into a feeling of 'rightness'.
Nature Boy There was a boy A very strange enchanted boy They say he wandered very far, very far Over land and sea A little shy And sad of eye But very wise Was he And then one day A magic day he passed my way And while we spoke of many things, fools and kings This he said to me The greatest thing You'll ever learn Is just to love And be loved In return.
Some make you sing and some make you scream. One makes you wish that you'd never been seen. But there's a shop on the corner that's selling papier mache, making bullet-proof faces, Charlie Manson, Cassius Clay. If you want it, boys, get it here, thing.
The coming together of people I find obscene as a principle. It is not human. It is not a natural thing as some people would have us believe.
An armchair Jungian would say the whole thing is about my own ongoing spiritual search. My interior life has always been one of trying to find a spiritual link, maybe because I'm from a family of separate religious philosophies: Protestant and Catholic.
Fame puts you there where things are hollow.
There's a schizoid streak within the family anyway so I dare say that I'm affected by that. The majority of the people in my family have been in some kind of mental institution, as for my brother he doesn't want to leave. He likes it very much.
I'm not sure that an art career would have any benefit for me; I'm not sure it's what I want. I don't think I want to be a designer-rock artist.
Songs don't have to be about going out on Saturday night and having a good rink-up and driving home and crashing cars. A lot of what I've done is about alienation... about where you fit in society.
I think the first experience scared the hell out of me. Within months of my initial marriage on Angela Bowie, I realized I had done a really naive and rather stupid thing. . . . I don't think either of us had any real resolve about being together. The result was it made me wary of relationships.
My son's full real name is Duncan Zowie Haywood. As a toddler he was called by his second name Zowie. But it was such an identifiable name during the Seventies that if I called him loudly in public places, everyone would turn to stare, so I started calling him Joey to take the pressure off. It has the same sound and number of syllables as Zowie. And Joe stuck for most of his childhood. Now he has reverted to his real name, Duncan. Haywood was my father's name.
Music itself is going to become like running water or electricity. So it's like, just take advantage of these last few years because none of this is ever going to happen again. You'd better be prepared for doing a lot of touring because that's really the only unique situation that's going to be left.
I liked rock music, I kind of moved into that sphere, somehow thinking that somewhere along the line I'd be able to put the two together. And I suppose I very nearly did with the Ziggy character.
Lou Reed is the most important definitive writer in modern rock. Not because of the stuff that he does, but the direction that he will take it.
You can't put down anybody. You can just try and understand. The emphasis shouldn't be on revolution, it should be on communication. Because it's just going to get more uptight. The more the revolution goes on, and there will be a civil war sooner or later.
If you come from art, you'll always be art.
I'm afraid of Americans; I'm afraid of the world; I'm afraid I can't help it.
Ziggy played guitar, jamming good with Weird and Gilly.
If I had a talent, it was for looking askew at everything, possibly more than my contemporaries. But I had to really push myself to be a writer.
I really wanted to do, more than anything else, up until I was around 16, 17, was write musicals.
I'm a blackstar. I'm a blackstar.
David Bowie's last album Blackstar featured him backed by a jazz quartet.
Strangely, some songs you really don't want to write.
To not be modest about it, you'll find that with only a couple of exceptions, most of the musicians that I've worked with have done their best work by far with me.
I guess Ziggy would have been the perfect vehicle to have done with.
Strung out on lasers and slash back blazers.
You would think that a rock star being married to a supermodel would be one of the greatest things in the world. It is.
Glam really did plant seeds for a new identity. I think a lot of kids needed that - that sense of reinvention. Kids learned that however crazy you may think it is, there is a place for what you want to do and who you want to be.
Hearing that David Bowie passed was like you don't really believe it. It's as if the sky shifted a little bit, to remind you it was there.
I spent so much time in my bedroom. It really was my entire world. I had books up there, my music up there, my record player. Going from my world upstairs out onto the street, I had to pass through this no-man's-land of the living room, you know, and out the front hall.
I think the only music I didn't listen to was country and western, and that holds to this day.
I think it's rather a waste of time endlessly singing the same songs every night for a year, and it's just not what I want to do.
It would be positively boring if minds were in tune.
You'd like to know me well, but I've got things inside my head that even I can't face.
I'm really quite bipolar, and the depressed times, when everything felt like night, sometimes you get to such a low point that you physically beat at it until it bleeds - as you would say - bleeds till sunshine.
I'm English. I can't accept happiness that easily. There's got to be a trick in there somewhere.
I've started doing book reviews for Barnes & Noble! They saw that I did a lot of book reviews on the site, and they figured that it might not be a bad thing if they got me to do some for them as well. I gave them five categories I'd be interested in reviewing, from art to fiction to music.
I could never, ever talk to my father. I really loved him, but we couldn't talk about anything together. There was this really British thing that being even remotely emotional was absolutely verboten.
I had enormous self-image, problems and very low self-esteem, which I hid behind obsessive writing and performing. It's exactly what I do now except I enjoy it now. I'm not driven like I was in my twenties. I was driven to get through life very quickly.
There are half a dozen subjects that I return to time and time again, and that doesn't bother me. Because most of my favorite writers do that, to hunt down the same topic or theme from different directions each time.
Am I Machiavellian? I don't think I'm quite the mastermind people would have me be. Everything I do tends to be very successful and it may have something to do with the fact that I'm very good, not necessarily that I manipulate. But that doesn't often occur to people.
We slit the Catholic throat, stoned the poor on such slogans as wish you could hear and love is all we need.
We can't stop trying til we break up our minds, til the sun drips blood on the seedy young knight.
On the other hand, what I like my music to do to me is awaken the ghosts inside of me. Not the demons, you understand, but the ghosts.
Keep your 'lectric eye on me babe Put your ray gun to my head Press your space face close to mine, love Freak out in a moonage daydream, oh yeah!
Searching for music is like searching for God. They're very similar. There's an effort to reclaim the unmentionable, the unsayable, the unseeable, the unspeakable, all those things, comes into being a composer and to writing music and to searching for notes and pieces of musical information that don't exist.
It's true -- I am a bisexual. But I can't deny that I've used that fact very well. I suppose it's the best thing that ever happened to me.
Put on your red shoes, and dance the blues.
1961 was when I was really into clothes. I left school at 15 and started copying a bloke who used to go up on the train to London with me; Leslie, I think his name was. He was like, top mod of his own area. He wore Italian jackets with white linen jeans. Boy, was that cool! I mean, that's in style now - it's very much the L.A. look. But he was wearing it then, and it looked supercool.
My joke is a picture of David Bowie on his balcony in the 70s in a suit in Paris, and unless that's you, I'm not interested. There are very few aesthetic types that I have, and people who look like that are not always necessarily good for me.
I suspect that dreams are an integral part of existence, with far more use for us than we've made of them... The fine line between the dream state and reality is at times, for me, quite grey.
Once you lose that sense of wonder at being alive, you're pretty much on the way out.
I don't expect the human race to progress in too many areas. However, having a child with an ear infection makes one hugely grateful for antibiotics.
And I saw the sax line-up that he had behind him and I thought, I'm going to learn the saxophone. When I grow up, I'm going to play in his band. So I sort of persuaded my dad to get me a kind of a plastic saxophone on the hire purchase plan.
I think Mustique is Duchampian - it will always provide an endless source of delight.
It's a compulsive need to wreck everything. You might notice there's a pattern of stripping down and building back up again throughout my life. But I guess that's how some of us conduct our lives.
The truth is of course is that there is no journey. We are arriving and departing all at the same time.
Some references are more important than others. Like the metal stuff. Some people like Motley Crue and some people didn't listen to them at all. So that's why there's New Order and The New Replacements and David Bowie and Public Enemy.
The minute you know you're on safe ground, you're dead.
I think that the history of rock could be recycled in a different way and brought back into focus without the luggage that comes along with it.
I get offered so many bad movies. and they're all raging queens or transvestites or Martians.
They people mistake fashion for style.
I hate albums that are really happy. When I am really happy, I don't like to hear happy albums, and when I am really sad I don't wanna hear happy albums... and I tend to gravitate towards the lonely and isolated anyway when I write.
I'm not very articulate.
If I say something about David Bowie, I get 1000 tweets, if I say something about my business just a few! The more personal, the better.
David Bowie is kind of the pioneer of glam rock. Not just for music, but just his overall, how he incorporates fashion and other arts into music. And he does a really amazing job about being fearless and that kind of stuff.
There's an effort to reclaim the unmentionable, the unsayable, the unspeakable, all those things come into being a composer, into writing music, into searching for notes and pieces of musical information that don't exist.
John le Carre
James Howard Kunstler
John of Kronstadt
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