DAVID BOWIE IS .... V&A

David Bowie et ses avatars Major Tom, Ziggy Stardust, Aladdin Sane, Nathan Adler et le Minotaure, sont en scène au V&A jusqu'au 11 août 2013.


Photo collage of manipulated film stills from The Man Who Fell to Earth © STUDIO CANAL Films Ltd Image © V&A Images
Photo collage of manipulated film stills from The Man Who Fell to Earth © STUDIO CANAL Films Ltd Image © V&A ImagesPhoto collage of manipulated film stills from The Man Who Fell to Earth © STUDIO CANAL Films Ltd Image © V&A ImagesPhoto collage of manipulated film stills from The Man Who Fell to Earth © STUDIO CANAL Films Ltd Image © V&A Images

Voici un extrait de l'interview de David Bowie par William Burrough pour Rolling Stone : Beat Godfather Meets Glitter Mainman - Rolling Stone-February 28, 1974. by Craig Copetas.

Burroughs: Could you explain this Ziggy Stardust image of yours? From what I can see it has to do with the world being on the eve of destruction within five years.

Bowie: The time is five years to go before the end of the earth. It has been announced that the world will end because of lack of natural resources. Ziggy is in a position where all the kids have access to things that they thought they wanted. The older people have lost all touch with reality and the kids are left on their own to plunder anything. Ziggy was in a rock-and-roll band and the kids no longer want rock-and-roll. There's no electricity to play it. Ziggy's adviser tells him to collect news and sing it, 'cause there is no news. So Ziggy does this and there is terrible news. 'All the young dudes' is a song about this news. It is no hymn to the youth as people thought. It is completely the opposite.

Burroughs: Where did this Ziggy idea come from, and this five-year idea? Of course, exhaustion of natural resources will not develop the end of the world. It will result in the collapse of civilization. And it will cut down the population by about three-quarters.

Bowie: Exactly. This does not cause the end of the world for Ziggy. The end comes when the infinites arrive. They really are a black hole, but I've made them people because it would be very hard to explain a black hole on stage.

Burroughs:
Yes, a black hole on stage would be an incredible expense. And it would be a continuing performance, first eating up Shaftesbury Avenue.

Bowie:
Ziggy is advised in a dream by the infinites to write the coming of a starman, so he writes 'Starman', which is the first news of hope that the people have heard. So they latch on to it immediately. The starmen that he is talking about are called the infinites, and they are black-hole jumpers. Ziggy has been talking about this amazing spaceman who will be coming down to save the earth. They arrive somewhere in Greenwich Village. They don't have a care in the world and are of no possible use to us. They just happened to stumble into our universe by black-hole jumping. Their whole life is travelling from universe to universe. In the stage show, one of them resembles Brando, another one is a Black New Yorker. I even have one called Queenie the Infinite Fox.

Now Ziggy starts to believe in all this himself and thinks himself a prophet of the future starman. He takes himself up to incredible spiritual heights and is kept alive by his disciples. When the infinites arrive, they take bits of Ziggy to make themselves real because in their original state they are anti-matter and cannot exist in our world. And they tear him to pieces on stage during the song 'Rock 'n' roll suicide'. As soon as Ziggy dies on stage the infinites take his elements and make themselves visible. It is a science fiction fantasy of today and this is what literally blew my head off when I read Nova Express, which was written in 1961. Maybe we are the Rodgers and Hammerstein of the seventies, Bill!
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Promotional shoot for The Kon-rads 1963 Photograph by Roy Ainsworth Courtesy of The David Bowie Archive 2012 Image © V&A ImagesSelf portrait in pose also adopted for the album cover of 'Heroes'  Self portrait in pose also adopted for the album cover of 'Heroes' 1978 © The David Bowie Archive 2012 Image © V&A ImagesCut up lyrics for song Blackout from Bowie's Heroes album, 1977 © The David Bowie Archive 2012
Original photography for the Earthling album cover  Original photography for the Earthling album cover, 1997 Union Jack coat designed by Alexander McQueen in collaboration with David Bowie Photograph by Frank W Ockenfels 3 © Frank W Ockenfels 3Striped bodysuit for Aladdin Sane tour 1973 Design by Kansai Yamamoto Photograph by Masayoshi Sukita © Sukita The David Bowie Archive 2012Striped bodysuit for Aladdin Sane tour 1973 Design by Kansai Yamamoto Photograph by Masayoshi Sukita © Sukita The David Bowie Archive 2012David Bowie and William Burroughs  David Bowie and William Burroughs 1974 Photograph by Terry O’Neill Courtesy of The David Bowie Archive 2012Album cover shoot for Aladdin Sane, 1973. Photograph by Brian Duffy © Duffy ArchiveThe Archer, Station to Station tour, 1976, photographed by John Rowlands

Photo collage of manipulated film stills from The Man Who Fell to Earth© STUDIO CANAL Films Ltd Image © V&A Images Promotional shoot for The Kon-rads 1963 Photograph by Roy Ainsworth Courtesy of The David Bowie Archive 2012
Image © V&A Images

Self portrait in pose also adopted for the album cover of 'Heroes'1978© The David Bowie Archive 2012
Image © V&A Images
Cut up lyrics for song Blackout from Bowie's Heroes album, 1977 © The David Bowie Archive 2012 Original photography for the Earthling album cover, 1997.Union Jack coat designed by Alexander McQueen in collaboration with David Bowie Photograph by Frank W Ockenfels 3© Frank W Ockenfels 3 Striped bodysuit for Aladdin Sane tour 1973
Design by Kansai Yamamoto Photograph by Masayoshi Sukita
© Sukita The David Bowie Archive 2012

David Bowie and William Burroughs David Bowie and William Burroughs 1974 Photograph by Terry O’Neill Courtesy of The David Bowie Archive 2012
Album cover shoot for Aladdin Sane, 1973. Photograph by Brian Duffy © Duffy Archive The Archer, Station to Station tour, 1976, photographed by John Rowlands

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(c) 1973 EMI Records Ltd


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