David Bowie interviews
[Update: Bowie was sharp at guerilla marketing from an early age. At 17 he founded the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Long-haired Men.]
"I'd love to be a film star [...] But you gotta do all this work to do that." - David Bowie
David Bowie interview on Dick Cavett 1974 (man, that's long ago).
He's more twitchy than I've ever been! Maybe I could do that.
Dick asks Bowie: "Did you ever try to picture yourself at sixty?"
Hey, Bowie just turned sixty in January!
I'm not sure what his young self would think of him, but I don't think he has anything to be ashamed of. (Granted, I don't care too much for his work in this millennium (!), but many people adore it, and it's certainly done with care and love.) He comments a bit on this here.
He's a lot more erudite in 2002.
Funny quote from that: "They fuck you up, your mom and dad/They may not mean to but they do/ They fill you full of faults they had/ And they add some extras just for you"
Bowie is quoting Philip Larkin:
They fuck you up, your mom and dad
They may not mean to, but they do.
They fill you with the faults they had
And add some extra, just for you.
But they were fucked up in their turn
By fools in old-stylen hats and coats,
Who half the time were soppy-stern
And half at one another's throats.
Man hands on misery to man
It deepens like a coastal shelf.
Get out as early as you can
And don't have any kids yourself.