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David Bowie celebrates turning 68

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January 8, 2015
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Happy birthday, David Bowie! As the acclaimed British musician celebrates turning 68, HELLO! Online takes a look at what the stars have in store for David, and you… This is what David, who is a Capricorn, can be expecting today: We have been talking this week, about history. Can we trust all that we are told about the way things used to be? Back in the dark days before the Internet, almost everyone relied on word of mouth. In the rare instance where something had been inscribed on a scroll, it was treated as sacrosanct. Yet it is not just the history of the world that may now warrant some revision. You may need to challenge, today, a chain of explanations about events in your own past that you have previously accepted without question.

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David Bowie in 2009

David Bowie, born David Jones in 1947, is one of Britain's most celebrated musicians, a major music figure for over four decades known for his distinctive voice and willingness to reinvent himself constantly.

He made his commercial breakthrough in 1969 with Space Oddity but it was in 1972, with the creation of Ziggy Stardust, still thought of today as the biggest cult figure in popular music, that David really came into his own.

Wearing a sparkly jumpsuit and with his hair dyed red, David toured the UK as part of a band, The Spiders from Mars, leaving a musical influence behind that few others have been able to repeat, and the tour soon moved to the US.

David admitted that it was his love of acting that created his personas. "Offstage I'm a robot. Onstage I achieve emotion. It's probably why I prefer dressing up as Ziggy to being David," he said at the time.


By the end of the 70s, David was living in Germany, and the 11 albums he had produced that decade moved from rock and roll to soul, to the German music scene and minimalism before returning to guitar-pop.

David reached peak popularity in 1983 with Let's Dance, and the 80s saw a return to pop for the artist. He took a three-month break to perform in The Elephant Man on Broadway, and in 1986 made the fantasy adventure film, Labyrinth, which to this day remains a cult classic.

The 67-year-old continued working throughout the 90s, creating musical project Tin Machine as well as working on solo albums, and in 1996 he was inducted in to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. He continued touring across the world until 2004, when he suffered a heart attack.

David had emergency surgery in Germany, and limited his musical outputs for several years, until in 2013 he made a surprise return. by announcing his 25th album, and his first in ten years.

He won Best British Male at the Brit Awards in 2014 – making him the oldest act to ever do so, and his acceptance speech, read by Kate Moss, said: "I'm completely delighted to have a Brit for being the best male – but I am, aren't I Kate? Yes. I think it's a great way to end the day."

David married Angie Barnett in 1970 and the pair welcomed one son, Duncan Zowie Jones, into the world in 1971, but divorced in 1980.

In 1990 David was introduced to supermodel Iman, and the pair married in 1992. Their daughter Alexandria "Lexi" Zahra Jones was born in 2000.

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