David Bowie, the Thin White Duke himself, was undoubtedly a leading figure in the music industry and is considered one of the most influential musicians of all time.
A recent poll conducted by BBC 2 as part of its historical series looking back at of 20th century saw the British public champion the singer, naming him Britain’s greatest entertainer of the 20th century
Bowie’s innovative, pioneering and daring work of the 1970s set the foundations of what was to come in the future. During his lifetime it is estimated that Bowie’s record sales reach in excess of 140 million albums sold worldwide, a figure that makes him one of the world’s best-selling artists.
While his artistry endeared him to fans and musicians alike, it was Bowie’s all-encompassing personality that connected him to people around the globe. With close ties to rock royalty like Lou Reed, Iggy Pop and Bob Dylan, Bowie was also known to be part of the iconic Andy Warhol Factory movement in New York and collaborated with an endless list iconic names.
An infamous partier in his early years, below you’ll find a selection of Polaroid images taken by the likes of Warhol, Linda McCartney and more: