Bowie at the AGO

October 20, 2013 at 7:23 pm (Uncategorized) (, , , )

When someone says, “I like David Bowie,” I’m often tempted to ask which one?

Bowie is a chameleon, and although the last record I really paid interest to was Scary Monsters (maybe I’m forgetting something), those early years of his career are peerless: Ziggy, the cracked actor, the thin white Duke, etc. Bowie’s creativity seemed endless. Not only that he helped out (and yes, ahem, borrowed from others lie Lou Reed, Iggy Pop and Mott the Hoople)

So, if you’re any sort of Bowie fan you really should check out the exhibit currently at the Art Gallery of Ontario. The exhibit is spread over two floors and contains artifacts, music and film from Bowie’s career along with materials from those who influenced Bowie (one room is full of Warhol items).

Even if you’re a Bowie expert, you’ll likely see something new – early films and posters were fascinating, along with different mixes of songs. And c’mon, where else are you going to see Bowie’s mid-70s coke spoon?

Admission to the show includes an audio tour which tends to cut out, and it’s often unclear which part the audio is discussing, but overall it’s quite impressive.

A word of advice though. Book your ticket online. I went Sunday morning at 10 and the place was packed. The show runs until November 27, 2013.

Oh, and my favourites, Hunky Dory, Ziggy Stardust and Heroes. 

 

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