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June 05, 2018



I have tickets for two weeks from today, and I've been getting a little edgy about going. I live in Queens, and for reasons that escape me, it takes two hours by train to get to Brooklyn. (Both boroughs are on the same side of the river, so why do I have to transfer in Manhattan?) Then I'm going with my two 20-something daughters and a friend who didn't know Bowie did anything other than play the Goblin King in Labyrinth. (Yeah. I was speechless and was inclined to disinvite her, but the teacher in me wants to expand her musical horizons.) My daughters, who were raised right, will have no trouble appreciating the show. The friend, meh.

But I'm more worried that I won't be able to see the exhibits over the crowds (I'm short, by American standards anyway) and I might start crying at some point. I know now why my parents didn't want to see movies about the 1950s and didn't care for the whole American Graffiti thing. Seeing your youth displayed for people who weren't even born then is both infuriating---they never get it right!---and sadder than fuck.


I went in the middle of April on a weekend, and while it was pretty packed I didn't have any problems with the layout of the exhibit. I was able to see and enjoy all of it (and I'm of average height, by the way). In fact compared to the recent Ramones and Stones exhibits I found this show to be the best. While those shows displayed some amazing artifacts, I thought the Bowie show had more to offer in terms of very recognizable iconic pieces. If I have the chance I may go back before the show closes. What an amazing artist he was in life and will continue to be in spirit. Side note: I also was frustrated by the lack of regular size t-shirts. I really wanted one with the Alladin Sane album cover on it but as you said, all they had was XXL...

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