Happy Birthday to you in heaven. Death is an illusion as we know. You're silhouette is so stationary. But moondust will cover you. Angel or devil, I don''t care. For in front of that door, there is you. THANKS FOR ALL, Dave.
As usual for most of rock music it's 99% about image, affectation and promotion in mass media, and 1% about actual music. Bowie is just yet another rock "legend" who worked this way. It's all about his weirdo-faggot image, his music itself is absolute trash.
Very early on in his career? Maybe 50% image and 50% music. Space Oddity wasn't THAT good. But come on, the guy has a discography spanning 6 decades. You can't just lump him in as a classic rocker and be done with it. That's so lazy. He worked with hundreds of people in his career. He changed his sound with each of his 27 albums. He's not just some one-off guy who danced around on stage with zany make-up in the 70s. He kept at it. And the fact is, you almost definitely haven't listened to most of his discography anyway.