Written in 2012 ostensibly as a review of two books, this article traces with some authority Bowie's artistic evolution between 1962 and 2003. It also weighs in heavily on the details of band members, attitudes, muses, influences and mistakes. Such was the man's life that an honest account of his antics and creations (especially one written before his death) leaves you far more prone to worship than any of the gushing, mawkish, "I've got nothing to say so I'm going to write 2,000 words about it" articles that we're inundated with now every time somebody dies.
It's long but worth it. A perfect reminder of why we all felt it a bit more than we thought we would.