1947 - 2016 | DAVID BOWIE

Let's dance. Put on your red shoes and dance the blues. 
David Bowie
"Let's Dance" opening line (1983)

David Bowie
Still frame from the video "Let's Dance", 1983

“The red shoes are a found symbol, and it seemed à propos for this particular video (Let's Dance). They are the simplicity of the capitalist society – luxury goods, red leather shoes. Also they’re a sort of striving for success – black music is all about ‘Put on your red shoes, baby’. Those two qualities were right for the song and the video.” 
David Bowie
(From: The Complete David Bowie - Nicholas Pegg, Titan Books, 2011)


Let's Dance

Three thoughts. I first heard them while sitting behind a console in a studio — probably at some ungodly hour. They sum up my life. 
‘Life’s a gas.’ Marc Bolan 
‘Life is a pigsty.’ Morrissey 
‘We could be heroes.’ David Bowie 
Tony Visconti
The Autobiography: Bowie, Bolan and the Brooklyn Boy
(Harper Collins, 2007)

1980 | DAVID BOWIE
PIERROT WITH THE SILVER SHOE

1973 | KANSAI YAMAMOTO & MASAYOSHI SUKITA


1978 | David Bowie self-portrait
© The David Bowie Archive 2012


 

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