Do You YouTube?

I have to admit to being addicted to Youtube.  You can find some of the most obscure videos in just about every category.  I am a huge David Bowie fan and was amazed when I found a substantial number of videos from the mid- 1970’s – in my mind the most creative period of his career.  Bowie was one of the first to experiment with the music video format.  Here is a 1977 video of "Be My Wife" which is from the album Low; you can clearly see that Bowie was still dealing with heroine addiction at the time.  The album was the second of three recordings that he did with Brian Eno in Berlin, Germany.  Go to just about any point in his career and you find that Bowie was ten years ahead of the game.

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  • Hiram Hover Dec 14, 2006 @ 15:32

    I do youtube, but in a different way. My 2-year-old loves steam locomotives, and on some rainy day, my wife or I had the brilliant idea of looking for videos of them on youtube. It turns out there are a lot, and he now can’t walk past the computer without exclaiming “Trains! trains!” We’ve since branched into dump trucks and tractors.

  • Justin Felux Dec 14, 2006 @ 9:25

    I’ve always wondered whether or not in several hundred years we will regard the artists of today in the same way we regard artists of centuries past. Will our rock stars be revered the same way Mozart, Shakespeare, et al are today?

    It seems pretty likely to me. In the brief century since their works were published, Mark Twain and Herman Melville have gone from authors of gutter fiction to authors of literary masterpieces.

    I think if anybody in music from the past several decades deserves to one day be mentioned alongside Mozart, David Bowie would be among the top contenders for the honor.

    I have little doubt that Bob Dylan, Jim Morrison, and Tupac Shakur will be considered great poets one day.

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