11th February 2013

Los Angeles Times comments on Bowie's domination of popular culture

Bowie's musical and stylistic influences are everywhere and this year will be no exception. Los Angeles Times writer Adam Tschorn comments on why 2013 will be the year of Bowie.

"As the high-profile worlds of fashion and music collide at the Grammy Awards on Sunday night, one need only consider David Bowie to see why the two will be forever intertwined.

Five decades after he introduced the first of his myriad manifestations, Bowie and his stylistic influences still reverberate from Hollywood red carpets to glossy magazine covers to the runway shows going on now at New York Fashion Week.

And, if the first month and a half of 2013 is any indication, there's every reason to believe that the Thin White Duke will cast a long shadow across popular culture this year.

Part of it will be due to the natural halo effect of his first new album in a decade, "The Next Day," due out in March and announced with the stealth release of the single "Where Are We now?" on Jan. 8, the musician's 66th birthday.

But it's more than that. A half-century in, the androgynous look he pioneered so perfectly is once again a major fashion influence... Then there's the "David Bowie Is" exhibiton, scheduled to open March 23 at London's Victoria & Albert Museum... On this side of the pond, Diane von Furstenberg is set to show a Fall-Winter 2013 collection on Tuesday at New York Fashion Week that was born of a bit of Bowie on the brain... She's not surprised that all things Bowie - and glam rock - are rearing their heads. After all, the guy whose song "Fashion" blared over the closing ceremony of the 2012 London Olympics is no stranger to the fashion world...

... If the past is any indication, expect all kinds of new elements to be discovered in this golden year."

Article written by Adam Tschorn and published in the LA Times, February 10, 2013.
Read the full article on the LA Times website.

Find out more about the new title, Bowie: Album by Album, produced by Palazzo Editions and published by Carlton Books (UK), Insight Editions (USA), Edel (Germany), Editions Fetjaine (France) and Forma (Sweden).

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