UNIT: David Bowie

Intermediate. Gerund Intermediate. Шоу-бизнес


to invent - - изобретать to deteriorate - усугублять
to avoid - избегать a heart attack - сердечный приступ
fictional - вымышленный release - появление
to include включать в себя to bandage - перевязывать
to admire - восхищаться worldwide - известный на весь мир

David Bowie was an English pop and rock star who became   popular, not only for his music, but for his  costumes and extravagant   music   performances. He was seen as a   creative   figure in pop music, who often   reinvented   his sound and changed his musical style.

Bowie was born as David Jones in the southern part of London on January 8, 1947.  He started playing saxophone at an early age and joined up with many bands during high school. Later on he changed his name to Bowie in order to   avoid being mixed up  with the   lead singer   of the   Monkees , Davy Jones.

Space Oddity   was his first hit. It was written at the time of the  first moon landing   and introduced Major Tom, a   fictional   astronaut. In his 1972 album   The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars   Bowie describes the ups and downs of a rock star.  Other hit records include   Let’s Dance ,   Fame   and   Without You .

In the 1970s, David Bowie started an acting career and   appeared   in several movies. He was   admired   for his   performance   in the Broadway play   Elephant Man .

Towards the end of the 1990s, Bowie slowly stepped out of   spotlight. In 2004, he stopped giving  concerts. In the last 15 years, David Bowie’s health   deteriorated. He suffered a series of   heart   attacks   and was   diagnosed   with  cancer.

Bowie died on January 10, 2016, shortly after the   release   of his latest album   Blackstar , which shot to the top position in the UK and US charts. In his last video, Bowie shows himself to his   audience   in a hospital bed with his eyes   bandaged.

David Bowie sold about 140 million records   worldwide   and became a member of the   Rock and Roll Hall of Fame   in 1996.

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