New Academic Experiment: Professor Spends a Year “Living Like Bowie”

Will Brooker, a professor at Kingston University, is taking film and cultural studies to a whole new level. He’s going to “live like David Bowie” for a year, devoting several months to some of Bowie’s different characters. He’s dressing like Bowie, getting Bowie haircuts and getting made up like Bowie. No word if he’s snort coke like Bowie, pretend to be an alien like Bowie and store his urine in the fridge like Bowie.

Before you ask, though, he has spent weekends eating nothing but red peppers and drinking milk–which is something Bowie used to do.

Okay, why?  From The Mirror:

The idea is to inhabit Bowie’s head space at points in his life and career to understand his work from an original angle, while retaining a critical and objective perspective at the same time – a kind of split persona perhaps.”

He added: “If you’re reading some strange science fiction and books about magic, you can kind of get into Bowie’s head.

“It’s sometimes quite a strange place, a dangerous place, a place you wouldn’t want to live for too long.”

Right. All in the name of academia.

More here. And there’s more here.

Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 30+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

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