Crash Course for the Ravers · Music

Bowie Crash Course: The Part of Tens

It's been the Year of Bowie. Just about a year ago I stood in front of David Bowie and Iman's Manhattan home and thought hey, I should listen to like all of his stuff. And now I've done it - aside from the occasional rough draft, outtake, collaboration, or film appearance, which I'll gladly continue… Continue reading Bowie Crash Course: The Part of Tens

Crash Course for the Ravers · Music

David Bowie Is Star Begotten

In a 1937 novel, a modest history writer starts nightmaring that pretty much everyone younger than him - including his own wife and baby - are alien plants designed, from the genes on up, to replace normal stodgy humans like himself. After a long paranoid muse, where he takes every sparkling, wondermaking word or action… Continue reading David Bowie Is Star Begotten

Crash Course for the Ravers · Music

You Call Yourself a Prophet?

Crash Course for the Ravers Album: The Next Day (2013) Prior Level of Acquaintance: High Three-Word Review: angry, precise, defiant So I was trying to listen to Bowie only in order, but I admit that The Next Day was where I turned the morning after November's presidential election. The combination of shouty and defiant -… Continue reading You Call Yourself a Prophet?

Crash Course for the Ravers · Music

Give Me Your Hands, ‘Cause You’re Wonderful

Hurrah for New York City, which David Bowie made his home for many years and which hosts events like last night's gigantic starry tribute to him - albeit in a sticky-floored concrete box crowded like the rush-hour 6. It was worth it. The remarkable artists included but were not limited to (in no particular order)… Continue reading Give Me Your Hands, ‘Cause You’re Wonderful