Vanity's child-picture you now...
"THE SOUND AND THE GLORY - With 45 Grammies, 65 platinum albums, and God knows how many Top 10 hits among them, the 12 greats on this month's cover span four decades of cutting-edge sound."
In the accompanying feature there is a pre-shoot pic of David with Beck and Gwen Stefani and a little spiel on each artist. Here's an excerpt from David's entry:
"David Bowie was the glamorous 70s antidote to dreary California rock. His career has seen dazzling character re-invention, not just hair and makeup changes. This self-described "synthetic artist" claims his work wasn't about fashion: "Hopefully," says Bowie, "it was about style. It was Eurocentric - I never thought American audiences would pick up on it."
"His new album, recorded over the summer in upstate New York, will be released in early 2002. He lives in New York City with his wife, the model Iman, and at our cover shoot he proudly displayed photos of their year-old daughter, Alexandria Zahra Jones. As ever, looking to the future."
Elsewhere in the mag, Beck chooses his 50 all-time favourite album covers...several of which would find their way into my own favourite list, including: Trout Mask Replica, Raw Power and Transformer (both photographed by Mick Rock), the Warhol designed The Velvet Underground With Nico and Sticky Fingers, Electric Warrior, Never Mind The Bollocks, and an album that helped me through puberty; Roxy Music's Country Life. It seems Beck had a tough time choosing the Bowie sleeve in the list, PinUps:
"Bowie has at least eight all-time great covers. How do you choose between Low and Diamond Dogs? "Heroes" and Ziggy Stardust? Any of these are my favorites."
Couldn't agree more.