David Bowie is an English musician, actor, record producer and arranger. A major
figure for over four decades in the world of popular music, Bowie is widely
regarded as an innovator, particularly for his work in the 1970s. He is known for
his distinctive voice and the intellectual depth and eclecticism of his work.

Bowie first caught the eye and ear of the public in July 1969, when his song
"Space Oddity" reached the top five of the UK Singles Chart. After a three-year
period of experimentation he re-emerged in 1972 during the glam rock era with the
flamboyant, androgynous alter ego Ziggy Stardust, spearheaded by the hit single
"Starman" and the album The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from

Bowie's impact at that time, as described by biographer David Buckley, "challenged
the core belief of the rock music of its day" and "created perhaps the biggest cult
in popular culture." The relatively short-lived Ziggy persona proved merely one facet
of a career marked by continual reinvention, musical innovation and striking
visual presentation.