#HappyBirthdayDavidBowie: 7 Fun Facts About The King of Glam Rock

Today we celebrate the late David Bowie on what would have been his 72nd birthday. Bowie is known as the king of glam rock, a style of rock music that developed in the United Kingdom in the early 1970s. It was performed by musicians who wore theatrical costumes, makeup, hairstyles, and our personal favorites…platform shoes and glitter! Bowie was a creative genius who reinvented the way that society viewed male musicians. He pushed the limits when it came to androgyny and is a certified legend. Here are 7 facts that you may not have known about David Robert Jones, also known as David Bowie:

He was a futurist.

In 1999 he predicted the impact of the internet in this interview with BBC.

He refused to drink tea. 

When he was five, Bowie’s parents took him on a Thames boat trip, where he drank tea that had been stewing for seven years. He swore it was so gross that he never drank a cup of English tea ever again.

Pioneer of music streaming.

In September 1996, Bowie became the first major artist to release a single via internet download only with the hit single “Telling Lies,”. In those days songs took about 11 minutes to download…yikes.

He was a bookworm. 

Bowie often read a book a day, in late 2017 Bowie’s son Duncan Jones announced via Twitter that he would be paying tribute to his fathers love of reading with an online-based book club.

 Advocated for long hair for men before it was a thing.

When he was 17 years old, he formed The Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Long-Haired Men. The organization protested against the treatment that he and other men with long hair received on the streets of London.

The reason behind his different colored eyes.

One thing that made Bowie’s look so special was the fact that he had different colored eyes. Everyone thought that the artist had heterochromia, a genetic condition that results in having two different colored eyes but that wasn’t the case. Truth is, Bowie’s eye got sliced by a fingernail in a fight with George Underwood over a girl when he was 15 years old.

Sidebar: The two later collaborated on an album as The King Bees and Underwood went on to design the album covers for some of Bowie’s most famous records, including The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars.

Bowie stanned for Little Richard he was his number one fan.

In a Q & A with Sean Moller, Bowie expressed that his number one idol was Little Richard.

 “He was pretty much the main man for me. I think it was his sax lineup. I just loved the saxophones in that band. I just felt that that was the group I was going to join when I grew up because I was like nine when he happened in Britain. I just wanted to be a part of that sax lineup.” – David Bowie

 

 

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