'You know I love to see people being dangerous':
David Bowie meets public media 

There is no point in eulogizing David Bowie. One can barely speak of him in the past tense at all; his imagination and work were too protean. He has always been slipping past us.

But sometimes he paused to let others catch up. In lieu of a eulogy, then, a few of Bowie's intersections with public media, from 1964 to last week. 

 

"You know I love to see people being dangerous."
 
"We've had comments like 'Darling' and 'Can I carry your handbag?' thrown at us. I think it's just had to stop now."
 
"It broke our heart when we came over here [to the United States] and found that mimes were tantamount to artistic criminals."

"As I get older, my questions are fewer but I bark them more than ask them."

"David has a remarkable knowledge of jazz chords. I don't think he quite knows what they're called. ... And you don't hear that in an average rock song. But they were well hidden in the recordings of the past. Or alluded to."
"Because my love for you/Would break my heart in two."
 
 


 

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From the Archive: Too-intimate tape?

Editor's note: From time to time, we have all encountered powerful, well-produced radio works that leave us wondering: Am I grateful to have heard that program? Should that report have been broadcast? Even if the head says yes, the heart and gut may not. Are some pieces better left undone? These are a few of the questions asked by longtime producer Alex van Oss.

Sometimes it’s hard to know what to do. After all, except for broadcasting certain coarse words, few things are forbidden to us as radio producers. Moreover, there are no Ten Commandments of feature-making, though the following might serve as a start:

“Thou shalt not make a piece just because you have hot tape.”

There’s perhaps no “hotter” tape than of a person’s final moments and that may be why there are so many stories documenting people in the final stages of life. [READ MORE]
 



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