On today’s edition of “The Freak Power Ticket,” a tribute to the late-great rock ’n’ roll icon David Bowie, who died yesterday at the age of 69.
Producer / host Ted Coe says: “The theatrically-trained David Robert Jones, aka David Bowie, who as a precocious 17-year old appeared on BBC Tonight claiming to be the founder of ‘The Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Long-haired Men,’ came into his own as an extraterrestrial alter-ego, Ziggy Stardust, the hero of a brilliant 1972 concept album and tour, and the figurehead of an entire gender-bending Glam Rock movement.
He defied classification, and took on many other roles throughout his career on stage and during an active film career as well. To many of his fans, though, it was hard not to think of David Bowie as some sort of other-worldly figure, ‘The Man Who Fell to Earth,’ whose mydriasis of one eye (after a youthful accident) was itself another marker of an identity very different than the rest of us — mere mortals.
Like many characters of science-fiction tales, Bowie suggested a potential for human evolution, which he largely tapped into for the rest of his days. And in that breakthrough album, Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars, he also warned of great peril for our species. Given his artistic output for over 50 years, the passing of David Bowie is absolutely devastating.
On today’s broadcast of my program, I’ll share sixty-minutes of Bowie originals and covers of his music that particularly touch me, many of them related to his substantial cinematic career. And I’m sure that the KCSB airwaves will explore David Bowie’s mythic legacy throughout the week, and beyond, in very personal ways. (We also invite calls to our request line for your own remembrances.)
May he rest in peace.”
“The Freak Power Ticket” airs on Mondays in the Winter from 11am-12noon PST.