Sharing an article from the Vanity Fair archives for our favorite Star Man’s birthday today. In Vanity Fair’s November 2003 issue, David Bowie reveals, in no particular order, the music that changed his life, and why it will surely change yours.
Confessions of a Vinyl Junkie is written by Bowie himself and includes short anecdotes about each selected album. There are some obvious selections like Robert Wyatt’s Shipbuilding and Syd Barrett’s The MadCap Laughs, but also plenty of unexpected picks like dub poet Linton Kwesi Johnson’s Forces of Victory and “the world’s worst opera singer” Florence Foster Jenkins’ The Glory (????) of the Human Voice. It’s a truly unique list and gives some wonderful insight into the mind, listening habits, and life of David Bowie.