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David Bowie was a singular force, blurring gender and genre lines in a career that spanned over half a century. Along the way, he gifted listeners with a slew of memorable, solitary personas: Ziggy Stardust, the Thin White Duke, the Man Who Fell to Earth, the Goblin King, and, in his stunning final act, the Blind Prophet.
While Bowie will rightly be remembered as a brilliant solo artist who consistently pursued new inspiration, he would be the first to tell you that his musical odyssey was never conducted alone. Along with seeking out new sounds, the Bowie legacy is intertwined with his knack for reaching out and creating with others. From his partnership with Mick Ronson and the legendary Berlin triptych concocted with Brian Eno to assuming the mantle of producer on iconic albums by Mott the Hoople, Lou Reed, and Iggy Pop, some of Bowie’s most memorable and important moments were birthed through the spirit of collaboration.
His various collaborative endeavors serve as a meaningful prism through which to view his remarkable life and career. What follows are 10 key collaborations that touch on his entire 50-plus years as a recording artist. Many of them you’ll know. Some you may not. None of them are “Under Pressure”, a fantastic song that doesn’t particularly require further discussion. But all of them are important touchstones in understanding the talent and personality of one of the most vital figures in the history of popular music.