Who Was David Bowie? (Libro en Inglés)

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ISBN: 9781524787578
ISBN: 9781524787578
Editorial: Penguin Workshop
Autor: Gurevich, Margaret
Año de edición: 2021
N° Paginas: 112
Tipo de pasta: Pasta dura
Descripción: Find out how this English singer-songwriter and actor who constantly reinvented his look and sound became one of the most influential musicians of the twentieth century in this new book from the #1 New York Times bestselling series.David Bowie, born David Robert Jones, wasn't just an incredible singer; he had an amazing talent for keeping his fans happily guessing about what he would do next. He alternated between musical genres with ease, established a successful acting career, and even created a legendary persona--the rocker alien Ziggy Stardust--that people still dress up as for Halloween each year. Author Margaret Gurevich takes readers through David Bowie's life and shows exactly why he is an inspiration to many people and is celebrated all over the world.About the AuthorMargaret Gurevich is a children's book author and has written for many magazines. She lives in New Jersey.Excerpt. © Reprinted by permission. All rights reserved.Who Was David Bowie?When audiences tuned in to their favorite British music show, Top of the Pops, on July 6, 1972, they didn’t know what to expect from the singer they were about to see. Most had heard “Space Oddity,” his huge hit that had actually been broadcast in Britain during the US Apollo 11 moon landing three years before. Some viewers had also bought his two most recent albums, Hunky Dory and The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars. However, many people had never seen David Bowie perform live. They didn’t even know what he looked like.Then David stepped up to the mic. His hair was bright red, and he wore a rainbow--colored shiny jumpsuit and red boots. He also wore makeup. The audience wasn’t sure what to think, but he certainly had their attention.He grabbed the mic to sing “Starman,” a song from the Ziggy album. As he sang, he put his arm around his guitarist, Mick Ronson. Some people were uncomfortable. They weren’t used to seeing men wearing makeup on television. They also didn’t like that David was hugging another man.But he didn’t care what they thought. He was only being himself. He pointed at the television audience as he sang. Viewers felt like he was talking to them and, just maybe, giving them permission to be themselves, too. It really felt as if he were speaking personally to everyone who was watching.That night, the man in the blue eye shadow and sparkly clothes, dressed as Ziggy, a character from his most recent album, strummed his blue guitar and showed Britain who he was. It had taken him nine years to become this successful. It was finally happening—-and on his own terms.Chapter 1: Absolute BeginnersDavid Robert Jones was born in Brixton, in South London, England, on January 8, 1947. He had two older siblings, a half sister, Annette, and a half brother, Terry. His parents were Haywood Stenton Jones, called “John,” and Margaret Mary Burns, known as “Peggy.” John worked for a children’s charity called Barnardo’s, and Peggy worked as a waitress. When David was six, he and his parents moved to the Bromley neighborhood of London. Shortly after, Annette moved away, and Terry joined the air force.At that time, parts of England were still recovering from World War II. Rubble littered the streets, and David and his friends sometimes played in old bomb shelters. David’s childhood was a happy one. His parents always encouraged music. Peggy spoke about David’s grandfather, who played wind instruments. His father bought a record player—-something few families could afford. In elementary school, David participated in art and music classes and sang in the choir. He also loved all things American—-even baseball and American football, which were both unpopular in England. His favorite music was American, too. He and his cousin Kristina often danced to records by Elvis Presley, a famous American singer.Around this time, David’s mother took him to see the American rock and roll artist Little Richard perform in a movie.
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