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‘Don’t take drugs was good advice’ – says David Bowie

 
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'My figure? I don't put on weight, just like my father' ... David Bowie
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‘Don’t take drugs was good advice’
– says David Bowie



DAVID BOWIE was born plain David Jones in Brixton, south London, on January 8, 1947.
The worldwide style and music icon became a star at 21 with Space Oddity. He has a son, Duncan, 41 – formerly Zowie – with first wife, Angie, and a daughter Alexandria, 12, with second wife, the model Iman.

His first single in ten years, Where Are We Now?, will be followed by album The Next Day on March 11.

Here he tells GARTH PEARCE what he wishes he had known at 18.



WHEN I was 18 I thought that, to be a romantic, you couldn’t live past 30.

I thought: ‘I am an artist. That means at 30 I will be no more and people will say ‘Yeah, he made a great-looking corpse’.

I knew that I was ‘interesting’ at 18 because I was aware that I could get away with doing things on stage.

I had a burning, over-riding feeling that, one day, it would happen for me. I cannot say now I had any doubts about it.

Ever since I was eight, when I was given She’s Got It by Little Richard, I said: ‘I want to do that and want to be just as exciting as him’.

It never occurred to me that I could do anything other than succeed at some point. When things didn’t go well, I would get depressed.

I never felt suicidal — not at that point, anyway — and I would sort of retire, regroup and go again.



'Drugs had taken my life away from me. I felt as though I would probably die' ... David Bowie
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I would dream. I focused all my attention on going to America. The subculture, James Dean, the rock ’n’ roll, the beat writers.

I thought it would be the be-all and end-all. But I was living in Beckenham, Kent! I was in a commune, sharing a house called — and I hope I get this right — Haddon Hall.

We paid a weekly rent of £7 10s (£7.50). It was a help to those, like me, without a steady job.

I was on my own as a musician at this point. I used to do pre-recorded tapes, play the guitar and sing — a one-man show.

I would drive to gigs in my tiny little Fiat. I would shoot up and down the M1 to play at various places.

I remember one London gig in which I played to a group of skinheads, who just threw burning cigarettes at me. I thought: ‘That’s it. My career is over.’ Yet I still thought I could change rock ’n’ roll.

I thought there must be more avenues to explore. It could not be all blue jeans and long hair, which it was then.

I did the whole range of stupid things in my teens and wish, now, that I could have seen how life would turn out.

When I was 14, I bought a packet of menthol cigarettes and smoked them all on top of a bus. I became very sick.

I was very lucky because Owen Frampton (father of rock star Peter Frampton) developed one of the first art courses in England for those who had passed their 11-plus. You could start taking it properly from the age of 12.

I took the course at Bromley Technical High School. I was a lousy student. I had other things on my mind.

Peter Frampton, three years younger, used to come to the art block with his guitar. He was already magnificent. We used to sit and play Buddy Holly songs.

I’m lucky in so many ways. My figure? I don’t put on weight, just like my father.

Fears? Flying. I have tried hypnosis and none of it works. I like to think it had benefits. I travelled all over America by train and saw it as it should be seen.

The lowest point in my life was in 1975, when I was 28, living in Los Angeles. I really did think that my thoughts about not making 30 would come true.

Drugs had taken my life away from me. I felt as though I would probably die and it was going to be all over. My assistant, Coco, got me out of it. Thanks to her, I got myself out of America to Berlin.

Best advice, which I wish I had known at 18? Don’t do drugs.

I was told that before I took them, when I took them and afterwards. Every time, that advice was right.

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MessagePosté le: Lun 21 Jan - 10:43 (2013)    Sujet du message: ‘Don’t take drugs was good advice’ – says David Bowie Répondre en citant

Waow, ça change un poil des jeans gris !!!
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