Honors Senior Theses/Projects

Date of Award

Spring 2020

Exit Requirement

Undergraduate Honors Thesis/Project

Department

Honors Program

Faculty Advisor

Lars Soderlund

Honors Program Director

Dr. Gavin Keulks

Abstract

David Bowie is easily one of the most famous musicians who created a lasting impact with a musical career spanning over five decades. Born on January 8th, 1947 as David Robert Jones, his climb to fame was not easy, nor was his fight for stardom and his struggle with sanity through addiction. Key moments in his life had a profound impact on the music he created at the time, and his life and music cannot be easily separated from each other. Through this two-act play, I will take the audience through an array of pivotal moments in David Bowie’s life, examining just how much those moments influence the music created at that same time. It examines the messy and intricate relationships he held with people, influencing themes and personas that he created which became monumental in music history. This play will span from moments as a young adult who is searching for fame, a successful star with strained relationships and addiction problems, and a retired musician looking to create for no one but himself.

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