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Bowie

Bowie

Date: Jan 07 2008

Themes: Alternative, Music, Pop Culture

Intro

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David Bowie is a chameleon. The British singer rose to fame in the ‘70s playing glam rock, and his style has shifted in each decade since, though he’s always good at what he does.

Along the way, he’s worked with many influential musicians, including Stevie Ray Vaughn, Queen, Brian Eno, and, most recently Arcade Fire. Listen to Devan and Jason talk about how Bowie makes friends so easily.

Dialog

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Jason

Jason

Devan

Devan

Jason:  So you know what I think every musician wants to know?

Devan:  What?

Jason:  Is how did David Bowie get into, like, the position David Bowie is in? I mean, he’s incredibly talented, granted, but he has such freedom that other artists don’t have. He can be in movies and costumes and he can collaborate with anyone he wants and no one else does that…

Devan:  That’s because he’s an alien.

Jason:  Really?

Devan:  He’s not really human. He’s, like, superhuman. He’s amazing.

Jason:  Where is he from?

Devan:  Haven’t you seen his movie? The Man Who Fell to Earth?

Jason:  Oh…

Devan:  That’s basically an auto…or a biography about him. It’s about his life.

Jason:  And it explains that he’s an alien?

Devan:  Um-hm.

Jason:  Oh. Well, you answered my question, then. I guess other musicians are Earthlings and therefore…

Devan:  Why do you think he has two different colored eyes?

Jason:  Fair enough. I’ve seen Earthlings with different colored eyes though, but…

Devan:  No. He’s definitely…He’s Ziggy Stardust. He came to Earth with the spiders from Mars, started a band.

Jason:  And all this time I’ve just admired him for being able to pull off an act like Ziggy Stardust.

Devan:  Isn’t he amazing.

Jason:  He is amazing. But now I know that he actually is Ziggy Stardust. So thanks for solving the mystery.

 

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Discussion

Jason wonders how David Bowie is able to act in films, collaborate with all kinds of people, and do so much more than most musicians. Devan explains it’s because he’s an alien.

In the ‘70s, Bowie used to perform as an alter ego named Ziggy Stardust. But Devan insists that Ziggy isn’t a just a character. She says David Bowie is from another planet and that’s why he has two different colored eyes.

Jason says he’s seen people with different colored eyes before, but that maybe the idea that Bowie is an alien would explain his success and charm.

What other pop stars do you think might be aliens?

 

Comments

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Cherry-ZL

China

Maybe this is just imagination in the  film as spiderman. Life is so interesting because there are so many unbelieveable things.

10:13 AM Jan 07 2008 |

lan志

lan志

China

learned

10:05 AM Jan 07 2008 |

tawan

tawan

Thailand

He has abillity to work with other people and run good in that way too and those things he did it might be make other named him that he is an alian lol from another planet and similary that he has different eyes's color..and what do you think ?

09:57 AM Jan 07 2008 |

tawan

tawan

Thailand

He has abillity to work with other peole and run goog in that why too and those things he did it might be make other named him that he is an alian lol from another planet and similary that he has different eyes's color..and what do you think ?

09:53 AM Jan 07 2008 |

xzhaal

xzhaal

China

so great he is that he can succeed!

09:48 AM Jan 07 2008 |

Azamatkhan

Azamatkhan

Uzbekistan

Actually I really don't know him,but as peaople know him I guess he's pretty good singer,isn't that?!about the lesson that's great as usual as we do!

09:20 AM Jan 07 2008 |

victoriawei

China

  i don't know much about Bowie,acturally.when i learned this lesson,i know he is a alien! you konw what i mean ,he has incredibly talented,granted and he can collaborate with anyone he want.i'm so admiring for him.

09:12 AM Jan 07 2008 |

麦卡琳

麦卡琳

China

I know nothing about Divid ,but I think he must be an excellent actor

08:37 AM Jan 07 2008 |

gresa

gresa

Albania

I like this lesson!!!!!Laughing

Of course he's not a alien----bye

08:20 AM Jan 07 2008 |

gresa

gresa

Albania

I like this lesson!!!!!Laughing

Of course he's not a alien

bye

08:20 AM Jan 07 2008 |

Nguyen Thi Diem Hong

Viet Nam

Bowie was star rock but i never listened his music. I don’t like rock. the best music which i like is country music.

07:54 AM Jan 07 2008 |

gongyawei

gongyawei

China

there are not aliens on the earth,Bowie became the most succesful one,he can colaborated with each other very well and done well in other fields. we all should learn from him.

 

Grace

07:06 AM Jan 07 2008 |

bw30d

China

I know there isn't alion on the earth.

I want to be a charm man !!yes

05:04 AM Jan 07 2008 |

VIVI369

VIVI369

China

oh, my god~~

555555555~~~~~

03:52 AM Jan 07 2008 |

liuhaining

China

Jason says he's seen people with different colored eyes before"

means"he has seen… ..."

yes?

03:04 AM Jan 07 2008 |

yhf86

yhf86

China

so great he is that he can succeed!

02:25 AM Jan 07 2008 |

c l e v e r

China

read

02:21 AM Jan 07 2008 |

shirley115

shirley115

China

hehe,pop star is successful and charming ,bowie can collaborate with anyone he wants,jason think that's because bowie is an alien,heve two different colored eyes,he came to earth with spiders from mars,he is the man who fell to earth.he is ziggy stardust.i wonder if it have aliens on the earth.

02:10 AM Jan 07 2008 |

xfxy117

xfxy117

United States

why isn’t there any vedio this time?but i still enjoy the coversatoin. i learned about this musician once in college. but i didn’t quite get the point then.

01:59 AM Jan 07 2008 |

llh0308

llh0308

China

I don’t learn the story clearly, who could help me ? Thank you very much !

01:17 AM Jan 07 2008 |

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