I don't know where I'm going from here, but I promise it won't be boring.- David Bowie
Bowie, struggling with a cocaine addiction in the mid/late 70s, moved away from California in an attempt to save himself. The lyric content in the album points to a world of pain and addiction surrounding Bowie, our narrator, at the time the album was recorded. Interestingly, Low is a more collaborative album, with Brian Eno donating a significant amount of the compositional material (especially for side 2) of the album. Join us as we dissectLow into points of deeper listening (rhythm, texture, harmony, melody, instrumentation, form, etc...), discuss the creation of the album, and how Bowie's life plays into the musical material.
We'll listen and experience the album in-full as a group—discussing what to listen to and focus on beforehand, and an analysis after the listening. For a more fulfilling experience, check out the recommended reading, listening, and links below.
*[ RCA rejected Bowie's Low.
And Bowie kept that rejection letter on his wall.
...obviously the executives at RCA had no idea what they were listening to...]
Recommended listening: Low, David Bowie
Recommended reading: Low by David Bowie- 33 1/3 Album Series
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