The Dream Rebel Flies the Glam Flag in 2017

David Bowie circa Ziggy Stardust and T. Rex around Electric Warrior and The Slider were more than just the sum of their heavy rock parts. In addition to dense, distorted Les Pauls, big drums, wells of reverb and sing-along choruses, they sketched our an early ‘70s vision of a rock ’n’ roll future, one where sexuality, style and storytelling leaned toward the poetic.

Repaving a Yellow Brick Road

The 40th anniversary box set of Goodbye Yellow Brick Road includes “Elton John and Bernie Taupin Say Goodbye Norma Jean and Other Things,” a short documentary from 1973, the year of the album’s release. It’s fascinating in its hushed, mannered Britishness, full of powerful overstatement and reverence, but its era contextualizes all that. It’s fun in the way that fan-oriented artist biographies of the day are, but it inadvertently provides some insight.

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