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10 Memoirs Inspired by David Bowie’s Diamond Dogs

on January 11, 2016, 12:00am
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Note: This feature was original published in April 2014.

#RealLife is a monthly feature where Consequence of Sound staffers join forces with a diverse cadre of writers to share personal stories inspired by one legendary album. Some may be inexorably linked to the album itself, others may just share its themes, tone, and atmosphere. Regardless, they’re all real.

David Bowie may have been ready to retire Ziggy Stardust after 1973’s Aladdin Sane, but Ziggy wasn’t content to dissipate with the glam-rock trend that had conjured him. His bright red shock-top appears on the cover of Diamond Dogs, Bowie’s first post-Ziggy record, and traces of his persona can be heard on the title track and, of course, the ubiquitous “Rebel Rebel”. The merging of these with the plastic soul of “Rock n’ Roll With Me” and “1984” mark Diamond Dogs as an important transitional record in Bowie’s discography, one that’s essential to understanding the man as an artist.

The songs on Diamond Dogs turn 40 this week. That’s 40 years of concerts and parties, road trips, and cover bands. And after so much time, these songs become more than just music; they become wallpaper for your brain. To celebrate this milestone anniversary, we’re scouring that wallpaper in search of the stains, rips, and tears made by our memories. This is #RealLife.

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