David Bowie Made Your Favorite Rock Stars Possible

Watch interviews with Blondie's Debbie Harry, R.E.M.'s Michael Stipe, and other stars on Bowie's lasting influence

July 26, 2016 5:00 am
David Bowie
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When David Bowie died this past January, he left behind a massive body of work and throngs of followers the world over. His genre-bending music drew in an eclectic range of fans from all over the musical spectrum—including many of his fellow rock stars, who were fans of his long before they ever donned eyeliner or an electric guitar.

In this video from Okayplayer, a panoply of popular musicians, young and old—including Blondie’s Debbie Harry, R.E.M.’s Michael Stipe, and The Flaming Lips’ Wayne Coyne—weigh in on how Bowie’s music influenced theirs, many citing specific songs or sightings of the man who was Major Tom, Ziggy Stardust, and so much more.

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