The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame + Museum

David Bowie

Induction category: Performer
Presented by: David Byrne


Inductee: David Bowie (vocals, guitar, saxophone, keyboards; January 8, 1947 - January 10, 2016) David Bowie was rock’s foremost futurist and a genre-bending pioneer, chameleon, and transformer. Throughout his solo career and in his alliances with other artists - including ...

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"When David Bowie came along, well, rock and roll needed a shot in the arm and when I first saw him it was a shock, and yet it was very familiar. It was very necessary. It was something that was needed. It was essential. And like all rock and roll, it was tasteless, it was glamorous, it was perverse, it was fun, it was crass, it was sexy, it was confusing."

- David Byrne inducts David Bowie

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