David bowie - public image limited p.i.l. absolute beginners - rise
Growing up, I never thought David Bowie was for me, but the inclusion of “Golden Years” on the Trainspotting soundtrack was enough for me to give his stuff another shot. I later found the Station to Station LP in a store I can’t remember (Montreal?) and it was the 10-minute title track (“return of the thin white duke, throwing darts in lovers’ eyes”) that cemented the compact between us. Every song on that record is pure gold. More than almost any songwriter, he understood the power of pop rock to transcend the boundaries of any medium and to take seriously his own depth as an artist, even if it was clumsy or obtuse like his role in the film Station to Station. He imbued so many of his songs with a wild, self-contained mythology, providing a standard of formal ambition in pop music that still burns brighter than stardust. Bowie’s for everybody.
The artworks and other items, around 400 in number, were all once owned by the late David Bowie , and will be sold by Sotheby’s in three auctions later this month. Until then there is an unprecedented 10 days of free public display, including an all-night session on Friday.