David Bowie is 60 today, and I want to know what impact The Dame, Ziggy Stardust, Aladdin Sane or The Thin White Duke have all made on your lives. In the summer of 2004 I went to a concert of his in Oslo; in which a remarkable thing happened early on in the set, when he was hit in the eye by a 'flying' lollypop. It even got stuck for a few seconds. Well, after a bit of swearing and stuff (at one point I thought the concert would be canceled for sure) he did continue, and I did find it remarkable knowing this man was almost 60, because he seemed so vigourous, particularly in the way he ended the show with 'Ziggy Stardust' and 'Suffragette City'. A month later he did suffer some sort of heart-failure (don't remember the diagnosis), so I was reminded that even though he looked 40-ish, his body probably had gone through some ordeals, especially in the 70s. Of course, he might have been in need of surgery at that stage in his life even if he didn't do all those drugs way back when -- life offers very few guarantees. I've been a fan for about 15 years now. Like most others, I do enjoy his work in the 70s particularly. All the studio-albums he made between 1970 and 1980 are classics, perhaps with the exception of 'Pin-ups'(1973), his only album 100% consistent of cover-versions. 'The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders From Mars'(1972) is for some reason one of my least favourite albums of his of that period. I think 'Hunky Dory' outshines it. As does 'Aladdin Sane'. But 'Ziggy Stardust' represent the breakthrough in Bowie's career, so it's natural that a great number of people swear by that particular album. What made him interesting was that he was always searching for something new. A new outlet for his creativity. This led to him never really stagnating; well, not until the mid-eighties, when worldwide success took its toll, and he for once started giving people what he thought they wanted, rather than keep searching for some new expression. In the 90s he started making interesting albums again, and from what I understand a new one will be released this year. I for one am really looking forward to it. Today is also the 72nd birthday of Elvis Presley, but I've never really been a fan, so the task of writing his homage will have to be carried out by someone else.