Thursday, 21 May 2015

Hunky Dory

Listening to Hunky Dory and thinking about the various people Bowie name checks on the album - Andy Warhol, Bob Dylan, John Lennon, Frank Sinatra (obliquely mentioned on the back sleeve), as well as the cast of Quicksand - Aleister Crowley, Heinrich Himmler, Winston Churchill, and Greta Garbo. Interestingly, there's a school of thought that Garbo is not the famous Swedish actress but the infamous WWII double-agent Joan Pujol Garcia, known to the British by the codename Garbo. The lyrics to Quicksand are quite impenetrable so who can say ? But considering the company - Himmler, Churchill, and Crowley who is believed to have worked as an Allied spy, the Garbo spook theory is entirely plausible. Still Greta Garbo gets a nod of sorts by way of Brian Ward's album cover photo...

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