Check out Ultimate Classic Rock’s article on David Bowie ’45 Years Ago: David Bowie Becomes David Bowie on ‘The Man Who Sold the World’

Where does David Bowie begin?’…

Bowie was a precocious songwriter who signed with David Platz’s publishing company, Essex Music, while still a teenager. Essex was a major player in the late-’60s British music scene, representing the Who, the Rolling Stones and Marc Bolan, among others. When an American prodigy named Tony Visconti moved to London, he went to work for Essex too. Visconti recalled for Starzone magazine back in the early ’80s what happened next:

[Platz said] ‘We’ve got this young man and we don’t quite know what to do with him. He writes every song in a different style.’ I was already involved with Marc Bolan at the time, and David Platz continued to say: ‘Since you seem to be the expert with these strange people — I’d like to see what you can do with David Bowie.’’

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