David Bowie Essentials
Struggling London mod Davy Jones changed his name to David Bowie to minimize confusion with the Monkees star—then eclipsed his namesake. Initially adopting and discarding musical styles almost at whim, Bowie became a global superstar during the glam era. Unlike many rockers, however, stardom increased his appetite for risk-taking. From Philly soul to Berlin experimentation to MTV domination to immersing himself in '90s electronic music, Bowie never lost his forward momentum.