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  •  I'm not entirely certain what I mean - my thoughts (1+ / 0-)
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    on this are evolving.

    Bowie has always been ambitious, diligent, thoughtful and looking towards the future. But he hasn't kept lucid and in control. Diamond Dogs was a sloppier album than the three before (Hunky, Ziggy, Aladdin). By Young Americans and Station to Station he was so pressured, twisted and coked out that he was living as a recluse, and seeing his walls open portals into other worlds and hells. So he fled to Berlin.

    Bowie, Madonna and Lady Gaga are similar. Yes, I can see they all control their own images, and own the package at the end of the day. But that's not their creative method: They all have enormous root structures, in the culture, influences and people around them. They reach out and absorb thousands of ideas in every direction. They are not logicians who sit alone and map out their campaigns, they are intuitives who feel all the currents and make the most of them.

    Sure, they all have logic in them. But it's not their deepest gift or power. Dylan said that Blood on the Tracks ('75) was the first time he managed to do consciously what he'd found by accident in his mid-'60s explosion of creativity.

    In the '70s, Bowie's unconscious kept exploding with new ideas, and he was very shrewd and nimble about picking the best ones, and building hits and albums out of them.

    "Every man has a right to utter what he thinks truth" Samuel Johnson

    by Brecht on Sun Jun 16, 2013 at 02:41:45 PM PDT

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