Ã‚Â© Mick Rock
A life of such powerful meaning
Deconstruction and Ziggy : Sunday Times : 12/16/01 In a leading 'News Review' article defending this year's Turner Prize winner, Martin Creed; Matthew Collings draws a line all the way from Duchamp to Damien Hirst, via Samuel Beckett and Ziggy Stardust in support of his argument that less can be more. He says : "Deconstruction appeared in the 1960s and 1970s in the world of academic theory. It entered the art world in the 1980s. It means to dismantle meaning ? not to annihilate it but to pick it apart and see what hidden effects it produces. David Bowie in the early 1970s is a good example of deconstruction in action. Glam rock deconstructed rock. But there are plenty of meanings in Ziggy Stardust ? they just seem to be deliberately unreal compared with the ?naturalness? of a previous style of rock. Before Bowie?s rise as Ziggy, sincerity had value, and there had been a rock style to represent sincerity. Ziggy?s style was based on attacking that previous style." An interesting view, whether or not you agree. Click the link in the heading to read the whole thing.
Moulin Rouge : Fox Home Entertainment : 12/25/01 The movie, which has just been voted 'Film Of The Year' by viewers of the influential UK TV show 'Film 2001', is now available in the USA on Video and DVD. Zoolander is also now available to pre-order from the usual sources. (blammo)
1999 Dublin Gig : Irish Press : Nov 2001 An article about Pulp's recent Dublin 'Witness' gig discussed artists who have played these gigs in the past, including "a now legendary David Bowie performance featuring an earth-moving version of "Life On Mars", the very mention of which still brings a tear to the eye of many a hardened rock hack". (dara)
Reference point : The Independent : 12/22/01 Now more than ever, references to David's song writing pervade the press in the UK and world-wide. The major music magazines, in particular, would have a lot more difficulty writing their headlines without him. This is a quote from an article bemoaning the state of government support for British Sport. Like the sons of the silent age in the David Bowie song, those responsible for steering British sport into the 21st Century have searched through their one-inch thoughts and decided it couldn't be done.
(contributors : blammo, dara, bonster, spaceface)