With the recent passing of David Bowie, we must take time to appreciate the man he was and the aesthetic he brought to the world. Not only was he an incredibly talented musician, David Bowie brought a new breath and style to musical performance. With his many alter egos, David Bowie confused and delighted fans throughout the years. Here are only some of the different personas David Bowie portrayed.
Major Tom (1969, 1980)
First referenced in Bowie’s song ‘Space Oddity’, Major Tom was a character that came up many times during Bowie’s career. In 1969, Major Tom was described as an astronaut floating among the stars. In 1980, Bowie reprised the role of Major Tom who was described as being happy in space and not wanting to return to Earth.
Ziggy Stardust (1972)
By the time Ziggy Stardust came around, Bowie was already relatively known in the music world. Ziggy Stardust was an androgynous alien-turned rock star come to Earth to give hope to the human race. Known for his striking red hair and skin-tight body suits, Stardust is one of Bowie’s most famed characters.
Aladdin Sane (1973)
A pun on ‘a lad insane’, Aladdin Sane was described as ‘Ziggy Stardust goes to America.’ With the same fiery red hair as his predecessor, Aladdin Sane also had a metallic lightning bolt painted on his face.
Thin White Duke (1976)
Dress stylishly in a white shirt, black pants and a black waist coat, Thin White Duke was Bowie’s persona in 1976. Thin White Duke was based off of Bowie’s character Thomas Jerome Newton from the film The Man Who Fell to Earth. Bowie has said that the Duke was ‘a nasty character indeed’.