David Bowie in the '70s

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Robert Forster, frontman of The Go-Betweens and eminent Australian music critic, explains why his first radio show for Double J is all about Bowie.

Read Robert Forster's full guide to Bowie in the '70s

What The Beatles were to The Sixties, Bowie was to The Seventies. Ever-changing, prolific, and able to make adventurous, art-filled albums while having hit singles. He was also a hovering, commanding presence over bands and avid listeners, like The Beatles were in their own decade.

Bowie's career in The Seventies also overlaps in a wobbly way with my own life – I was twelve in 1970 at school, and twenty-two in 1979 in The Go-Betweens. I grew through these years with each Bowie album purchased on, or near, release date.

So when it came to programming my first show on Double J as 'Artist in Residence', the artist I turned to - in what was his peak decade for songs and haircuts - was David Bowie.

 

Robert Forster's show on David Bowie airs 3pm Sunday May 4, and he'll host Artist In Residence throughout the month. Listen online, on your digital radio or TV. 

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