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David Bowie: A Life In Pictures

The legendary singer, songwriter and actor died on 10 January at the age of 69. Here is David Bowie’s life in pictures.

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Bowie, reflecting on his youth, in an interview with The Daily Telegraph in 1996:

"We know what can happen... you can get a job, go to work, you can follow that line of perceived security. But I think there's a different kind of security, which is trusting to and living by a code, of almost drifting where the wind takes you. And I spent well into my 20s doing that – throwing myself wholeheartedly into life at every avenue and seeing what happened."

Bowie seen on the day of the release of his album The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spider from Mars at the premiere of Live and Let Die, Odeon Leicester Square, London, 6 June 1972.

From an interview with the New York Daily News:

"What I have is a malevolent curiosity. That's what drives my need to write and what probably leads me to look at things a little askew. I do tend to take a different perspective from most people."

Bowie interviewed on television programme in 1973.

"I find that I am a person who can take on the guises on different people that I meet. I always found that I collect. I am a collector, and I always seem to collect personalities, ideas. I have a hotchpotch philosophy which is very minimal."

Bowie recollecting about playing at the Berlin Wall in 1987, according to a book written by Bill DeMain.

"It was one of the most emotional performances I've ever done. I was in tears. They'd backed up the stage to the wall itself so that the wall was acting as our backdrop. We kind of heard that a few of the East Berliners might actually get the chance to hear the thing, but we didn't realize in what numbers they would. And there were thousands on the other side that had come close to the wall. So it was like a double concert where the wall was the division. And we would hear them cheering and singing from the other side."

Bowie marks his 50th birthday with a celebration concert alongside 90s indie rock stars.

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Thurston Moore, Kim Gordon, Dave Grohl, Robert Smith, David Bowie, Billy Corgan, Pat Smear, Kim Gordon and guests.

Bowie interviewed on BBC Radio 4's Front Row in 2013:

"It's not the age itself. Age doesn't bother me... It's the lack of years left that weighs far heavier on me than the age that I am. I feel pretty good frankly. I do what I've always wanted to do, I'm a writer, yet it's having to let go of it all."

Matt Tucker is the UK Picture Editor for BuzzFeed and is based in London.

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