The Beatles dominated the 1960s across the UK and the rest of the world, but when they broke up in 1970 that all changed. A new era of rock and pop music has been ushered in, with extravagant acts including David Bowie entering the scene. In 1995, Bowie recalled being fortunate enough to become a close friend of John Lennon, before describing the Liverpudlian in a unique way.
Bowie and Lennon first met in 1974 where they hit it off almost instantly.
A year later, the songwriting duo wrote one of Bowie’s first biggest hits, Fame.
The Ziggy Stardust frontman was keen to praise Lennon in the 1995 interview, saying, “He was probably one of the brightest, quickest-witted, and genuinely socialist men I have ever seen. have never met in my life.
“Socialist in his true definition, not in a fabricated political sense, a true humanist. And he had a really nasty sense of humor which, of course, being English, I loved.”
He added that their friendship did not last long.
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Bowie said, “I just thought we would be friends forever and get along better and better, and all that fantasy.”
In the second half of the 1970s, Lennon focused more on his wife, Yoko Ono, and his children, Julian Lennon and Sean Ono Lennon, thus moving away from the music industry.
Five years later, on December 8, 1980, Lennon was assassinated.
Bowie then chatted about The Beatles as a whole and his favorite member of the band.
Bowie said: “We kind of started to meet and at the time he gave me what I thought was one of the best quotes from Lennon, which I have said a number of times.
“I asked him what he thought about what I was doing, glam rock, and he said, ‘Yeah, that’s great, but it’s just rock and roll with lipstick on. ‘
“I was impressed, as I was with virtually everything he said.”
Bowie was so impressed with Lennon that he later called the star “probably [his] greatest mentor “.
Bowie continued, “I guess he defined for me, anyway, how you could twist and transform the fabric of pop and imbue it with elements of other art forms, often producing something ‘extremely beautiful, very powerful and imbued with strangeness.
“Plus, uninvited, John spoke endlessly about any topic under the sun and was overloaded with opinions.”
Bowie survived Lennon for 36 years, before dying on January 10, 2016 of liver cancer at the age of 69.