Photography for the cover of the album Alladin Sane, 1973. Photography by Brian Duffy. Copyright Archives and The David Bowie Archive.

After a phenomenal success in London in spring, 2013, first large-scale retrospective “ David Bowie is ” designed by Victoria and Albert Museum settles down in the Philharmonie de Paris from March 3rd till May 31st, 2015. The rich and fascinating route of a unique and unclassifiable musical icon.


More than 45 years that David Bowie monopolizes the charts and five decades when he dedicates his life to music. Introduced to this art by his older brother Terry Burns (in whom he will pay tribute through his character Aladdin Sane), he learns to play the saxophone from the age of 13 years. At the age of 16, he leaves the school. After a brief career in an advertising agency, he decides to become professional musician one year later. In July 1969, his song Space Oddity is in the top 5 of the sales of records in England. His career is launched. Will follow an impressive discography – with more than 33 albums and numerous compilations – and by plenty of successes: Sound And Vision, Ashes to Ashes, Under Pressure, Let’s Dance, China Girl, Dancing in the Street… It is also at this moment that David adopts his various roles of enigmatic characters, his avatars. Metamorphosing constantly, it will be alternately Major Tom (this astronaut lost in space), Ziggy Stardust, Aladdin Sane, Halloween Jack, the Thin White Duke, detective Nathan Adler and the Minotaur.

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