By Hugo Wilcken
"One day I blew my nostril and part my brains got here out."<B>Los Angeles, 1976. David Bowie is holed up in his Bel-Air mansion, drifting into drug-induced paranoia and confusion. keen about black magic and the Holy Grail, he's outfitted an altar within the lounge and retains his fingernail clippings within the refrigerator. There are occasional journeys out to go to his pal Iggy Pop in a psychological establishment. His newest album is the cocaine-fuelled Station To Station (Bowie: "I realize it used to be recorded in los angeles simply because I learn it was"), which welds R&B rhythms to lyrics that blend the occult with a longing for Europe, after 3 mad years within the New World.<B><B>Bowie has lengthy been haunted through the angst-ridden, emotional paintings of the Die Brucke flow and the Expressionists. Berlin is their non secular domestic, and after a chaotic international journey, Bowie adopts this urban as his new sanctuary. instantly he units to paintings on Low, his personal expressionist mood-piece.
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