The Elephant Man

David Bowie was a vivid and gentle presence who never stopped exploring

He was just like us, David Bowie.

Sounds wrong, doesn't it? What could we have in common with the glamorous bundle of hangers? Which of us could find the hairline between genders and camp there for years? Could we make leg warmers look fabulous? Could there be any commonalities between regular folk and this alien who loved the world?

Look at the end or the beginning and you'll find the key. You'll see a disciplined, almost illogically sweet man who paid exquisite attention to everything. Bowie was equally fascinated by the mundane and the bizarre, the accidental charges and the planned, grinding make-work. He made himself from both.