I Don't Get David Bowie (and why there's an art exhibit about him)
One musician I never "got" is David Bowie. Just a case of his voice and songs hitting my ears all wrong. Really wrong. So I've long avoided his music. He's credited for being "creative" but he strikes me more as a derivative musician and his various personas - Ziggy Stardust, Major Tom, Thin White Duke etc. - have always struck me as attention seeking nonsense. So it was with more than a little amusement that I recently read about the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago running an exhibit about Bowie starting today and running through January 4. Here's a snippet from the Museum's write up on the exhibit.
September 23, 2014–January 4, 2015
David Bowie Is presents the first retrospective of the extraordinary career of David Bowie—one of the most pioneering and influential performers of our time. More than 400 objects, most from the David Bowie Archive—including handwritten lyrics, original costumes, photography, set designs, album artwork, and rare performance material from the past five decades—are brought together for the first time.
I can't imagine paying $25 to see this exhibit. With my luck his music would be playing in the background.
Was he really that creative? Why were his "personas" of interest to anyone? Period pieces of the 60's and 70's I'd guess?