Read David Bowie’s “Work Flow Diagram” for “The Next Day”

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Apr 26, 2013 Bookmark and Share


Having the luxury of being David Bowie, The Thin White Duke hasn't done a single interview to discuss his new album The Next Day up to or since its release. Recently novelist Rick Moody managed to circumvent Bowie's self-imposed barricade and got him to deliver a "work flow diagram" of the record, which came in the form of a 42-word list of descriptors. While Moody went on to write an essay on the album and his interpretation of the list for The Rumpus, you can read Moody's introduction to the list and Bowie's full collection of words down below:

"I persuaded Bowie, somehow, to give me a sort of a work flow diagram for The Next Day, because I wanted to think about it in light of what he was thinking about it, I wanted to understand the lexicon of The Next Day, and so I simply asked if he would provide this list of words about his album, assuming, like everyone else waving madly trying to get his attention, that there was not a chance in hell that I would get this list, because who the fuck am I, some novelist killing time writing occasionally about music, and yet astonishingly the list appeared, and it appeared without further comment, which is really excellent, and exactly in the spirit of this album, and the list is far better than I could ever have hoped, and it's exactly like Bowie, at least in my understanding of him, impulsive, intuitive, haunted, astringent, and incredibly ambitious in the matter of the arts; Bowie is a conceptual artist, it seems to me, who just happens to work in the popular song, and he wants to make work that goes somewhere new, and this is amply demonstrated by the list."


Effigies
Indulgences
Anarchist
Violence
Chthonic
Intimidation
Vampyric
Pantheon
Succubus
Hostage
Transference
Identity
Mauer
Interface
Flitting
Isolation
Revenge
Osmosis
Crusade
Tyrant
Domination
Indifference
Miasma
Pressgang
Displaced
Flight
Resettlement
Funereal
Glide
Trace
Balkan
Burial
Reverse
Manipulate
Origin
Text
Traitor
Urban
Comeuppance
Tragic
Nerve
Mystification

(www.davidbowie.com)



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