In an interview with The Guardian, David Bowie talks about his early days in London, his early years in England and his legacy.
Listen to the full interview at the top of the article David Bowie: I started in London in 1976 when I was 14.
When I started performing, I had this sense of an identity.
The world was changing, there was a lot of politics going on, and there was also this idea that London was a melting pot of cultures.
I felt like I was part of a whole new world.
There were people who looked like me and people who weren’t.
But I also felt that people were recognising me as part of the fabric of a country that was being changed, and I felt that that was a beautiful thing.
I saw it as a way of reclaiming the city.
I was very much influenced by the artists of the time, and it was an extraordinary feeling.
There was a sense of community, a sense that there was something special going on there, that there were people from all walks of life.
There’s this feeling that people weren’t quite sure what to make of me, and the world wasn’t quite ready for me.
I thought that Londoners had to be a bit more tolerant, because they were the people who would take the lead on the issue of race.
David Bowie – the man and the icon, his songs and albums and filmography are synonymous with Britain.
He has been described as a cultural and social icon, a visionary and a great musician, and a global cultural and cultural icon.
He died in 2016.
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