Time May Change Him… David Bowie

David Bowie

There’s a saying in Montana that if you don’t like the weather, wait ten minutes. The same thing could be said for David Bowie (although we at Jetset would have a hard time finding anything about David Bowie to dislike). The ever-changing image and persona that is David Bowie is also a metaphor for the aesthetic changes of pop-culture over the last half-century. One look at a particular image of Bowie and we have almost no trouble identifying what year it was.

We at Jetset are involved in a long-running, prosperous, punch-drunk and, at times, even tempestuous love affair with pop-culture. Inside these walls, several generations are represented, from Baby Boomers to Generation X to Generation Z. Pop-culture alliances ebb and flow with the passage of time, but certain icons will always be evergreen, traversing generations with ease and never losing an ounce of relevance. David Bowie is one of those icons. Is it because his music is good? Of course it is. Is it because his very face has become iconic? Absolutely. But what is it about David Bowie that transfixes generation after generation? The answer, of course, is simpler than we think. Maybe it’s because, for lack of a better phrase, he’s always just been there.

Whether he’s donning an eye-patch and singing about space or he’s resorted to eating nothing but peppers and milk and futzing around the mixing boards with Brian Eno, every Bowie fan has their favorite era. And just like Beatles fans, many of them identify with individual albums.

Sure, he had his missteps in the 80s like many of his contemporaries (The Rolling Stones, Bruce Springsteen and Elton John to name a few), but we forgive him for the very reason that he never stopped pushing forward. And at the end of the day, we can forgive albums like Tonight, Let’s Dance and Never Let Me Down for one main reason: The 80s gave us Labyrinth Bowie, turning a whole new generation on to his music as well as giving us a fantastic (and endlessly quotable) collaboration with Jim Henson. In fact, it wouldn’t be unthinkable to say that most generations from this day forward will learn of the power of Bowie as young kids sitting on the floor watching Labyrinth. And we think that’s wonderful.

To us, every Bowie tells a story, and we couldn’t think of a better way to honor a man who has always been there for us (whether he’s telling us to shut our mouths or to turn and face the strange changes) than to pay homage to every Bowie that has ever been. So without further ado, we present:


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  1. Chris says:

    Neat, but you missed out on the soul boy from around ’75 – see David Live or Young Americans.

  2. Chris says:

    Not convinced by Ziggy, either – hairs too long, looks more like Aladdin Sane the following year.

  3. karen says:

    my hero bowie wot an amazin man he s like a modern day prophet …he see s thing s comin before they arrive…i can listen to his songs over an over an they sound like ive just heard them 4 the first time…i think he and nostradamus would ve been bosom buddies…he was way ahead of his time….would luv ta c him do an acoustic session doin all the old stuff a nice intimate settin few glasses vino ahh 1 can only dream….

  4. Berry says:

    This is absolutely incredible. Well done!

  5. Tony Perini says:

    You really forgot my very favorite look, ( next to ‘The Thin White Duke’ look ) and album cover. How could you overlook David’s period between ‘Halloween Jack’ and ‘The Thin White Duke’ which I will refer to as his albeit short lived ‘Plastic Soul’ look on the cover of one of his all time best albums ‘Young Americans’ ? He could not have look more elegant or beautiful than he did on that cover. To this day I can’t help but lovingly stare at his image on that album cover . I really can’t understand how it was overlooked………

  6. irene says:

    I agree that Bowie has been an endlessly fascinating benchmark through the decades. Disagree that “Let’s Dance” was a bad album. Everything after that has been a bit dull, but that’s what happens I suppose when you’re happy and settled and all the angst has gone from your life. The early stuff will never date, that’s for sure! Love you Mr B x

  7. Le says:

    A genius

  8. Margaret says:

    I want this for my screensaver!

  9. Eva-Maria says:

    Wonderful pictures and a dream-Story…. I am as a spider in his band since 38 Years….there is nothing ch ch ch ch….My love was, is and will be…David Bowie!

  10. Susannah says:

    I really want these as a poster! Love love love!

  11. sandra says:

    His right eye is blue, not green….

  12. sandra says:

    But it`s a really good work!

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