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Every Generation Had Its David Bowie Moment

Over his 50-year career, Bowie had an unparalleled ability to remain relevant by giving each generation its own moment with him. The 1970s kids got to enjoy his most prolific and influential period as one of the era's most definitive artists as it happened while the rest of us eventually discovered it as a pop cultural rite of passage, regardless of our entry point. He kicked off the decade a year early with his non-hippie hit "Space Oddity" before unleashing his Ziggy Stardust and Thin White Duke personae, collaborating with John Lennon, Lou Reed and Iggy Pop, and moving to Berlin to record his groundbreaking trilogy, "Low," "Heroes" and "Lodger."
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Who Is David Bowie Really? Find Out at the AGO

Six months ago David Bowie Is, an exhibition I co-curated with Victoria Broackes opened at the AGO on Sept 25. Bowie is an expert lyricist, a skilled musician and one of the greatest live performers but he is something more: he is a phenomenal artistic construction, and the evidence for this on display is what surprises many visitors to the exhibition -- even hard core fans.