He's a singer, he's an actor, he's a musical innovator. He's Ziggy Stardust and he's Major Tom; he's the man who fell to Earth and he's even the guy with two different coloured eyes. David Bowie is, it has to be said, a rather unique fella.
When he released his new track – Where Are We Now? – in January after 10 years out of the music business, there was an astonishing flurry of excitement worldwide about the reemergence of this multi-talented music legend.
Even though we've heard little from Bowie in recent years, his popularity has evidently not waned one iota – which tells me that tickets for the forthcoming David Bowie is exhibition taking place at the Victoria & Albert Museum from March to July are going to sell out quicker than you can say Ashes to Ashes, Funk to Funky dressed in a Pierrot costume.
The V&A has been given unprecedented access to all-things Bowie – from lyrics written in his hand to original costumes (yes, a number of his famous Ziggy Stardust bodysuits will be on show). Among the 300 Bowie-related artefacts making up the exhibition you'll also find set designs, album artwork, photography, music, film clips and even a selection of his musical instruments.
The exhibition organisers describe Bowie as "one of the most pioneering and influential performers of modern times" and promise to explore "the creative processes of Bowie as a musical innovator and cultural icon, tracing his shifting style and sustained reinvention across five decades."
Following his life and career from his early years as plain ol' David Robert Jones through to the release of his new single this month (all the really interesting stuff happens in between), this exhibition is a must-visit for Bowie fans everywhere.