Gregg Nunney: Bowie is an artist in the truest sense

Gregg is still wowed by David Bowie
Gregg is still wowed by David Bowie

Last weekend we took a trip to London to see the David Bowie exhibition at the Victoria and Albert.

We’re incredibly lucky in this country that a lot of our top museums and galleries are free to enter – they make their money through gift shops and special exhibitions.

It’s rare I would pay an extra £15 to see one of these limited time only displays but I was brought up on a diet of the “Thin White Duke” so it only seemed right and proper.

The V&A had a huge selection of handwritten song lyrics, costumes from the different stages of Bowie’s career and, to my delight, props from the movie Labyrinth.

What I found most remarkable though is the impact that Bowie has had on pop culture over the past 45 years.

He has regularly changed his appearance and style and, every time he has done so, he has influenced a generation of fans and upcoming artists.

He didn’t just perform, he designed his own costumes and sets.

We often call musicians artists, and David Bowie is in every sense of the word.

I would go as far as to argue that, while you may not think of him as the best performer of all time, he is certainly the most influential rock artist there has ever been.

I wonder if any of today’s acts will have the same impact in 40 years.

Would Justin Bieber or One Direction have a wing of the Victoria and Albert dedicated to them in 2055 – or have influential artists like David Bowie and his contemporaries had their day?

We live in an era where people interact with their musical icons in a different way.

We don’t need to wait to see unfinished lyrics and behind-the-scenes photos in a museum because the stars themselves post them on Twitter.

Maybe the song was wrong – maybe Instagram Killed the Radio Star!