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Why Did David Bowie and Dennis Hopper Break Into a Psychiatric Ward?


David Bowie was known for his eccentric ways and oddity. His music tells a tale of a rather fluid and psychedelic approach, and his roles in acting seem to speak the same language. Throughout his career, he was known to do peculiar things, but did you know that he and his buddy, Dennis Hopper, broke into a psychiatric ward?

In 1975 Dennis Hopper and David Bowie notedly broke into the psychiatric ward wearing fancy spacesuits. Their friend, Iggy Pop was held there and the two came by to supply him with cocaine.

The Life of David Bowie

David Bowie, originally David Robert Jones was an English singer-songwriter and actor. He was a foremost figure in the music industry and is considered one of the most significant musicians of the 20th century. 

Bowie was applauded by critics and musicians, particularly for his innovative work during the 1970s. His career was marked by reinvention and visual presentation, and his music and stagecraft had a powerful impact on the overall piece.

As consistently listed in later life as one of the wealthiest British music stars in the world. The November 1997 issue of the  Business Age magazine inaccurately reported his net worth as over $900 million, surpassing even that of fellow British musician Paul McCartney, making him Britain’s richest rock star. In 1999 Reuters mistakenly approximated his net worth at roughly $917 million. (Source: International Business Times)

How Did His Interest in Music Develop?

Bowie conceived a curiosity about music as a child. He studied art, music, and design before embarking on a professional career as an instrumentalist in 1963. Space Oddity, which was released in 1969, was his first top-five entry on the UK Singles Chart. 

After a period of experimentation, he re-emerged in 1972 during the glam rock era with his striking and androgynous alter ego Ziggy Stardust. (Source: The Rolling Stone)

Iggy Pop and David Bowie: Truth Behind Their Relationship

When David Bowie passed on January 10, 2016, Iggy Pop admitted to the New York Times that Bowie had resurrected him. They first met in 1971, and Bowie assembled Raw Power, the third album unleashed by Iggy Pop’s band The Stooges. 

By 1976, though, both were thoroughly bewildered by their drug addictions, heroin for Iggy Pop and cocaine for Bowie. After The Stooges fell apart for the second time due to Pop’s abuse of heroin, he entered himself inside a mental institution, and Bowie asked him to tag along on his Isolar tour. They then moved to West Berlin together to kick the dopes and restore their work. (Source: Grunge)

While living in West Berlin, sitting on floors because chairs were deemed unnatural, the two musicians traveled to French and German studios to record their albums, with Iggy Pop releasing The Idiot and Lust for Life. At the same time, Bowie composed his famed Berlin Trilogy of Low, Heroes, and Lodger. Each of these albums has attained classic status, and from then on, according to Art-Sheep, the two remained friends.

(Source: Far Out Magazine)

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  1. Crieve

    breaking out is where its at !!

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