The Victoria and Albert Museum (V&A) has acquired the archive of the famous British rock musician, singer and songwriter David Bowie. In total, the collection includes 80,000 items. Hypebae writes about it.
The archive contains Bowie’s most famous stage outfits and handwritten lyrics to songs like “Heroes” and “Ashes to Ashes.” Fans also learn about unrealized projects that never saw the light of day in the notebooks Bowie filled with ideas.
Among them is a 1984 musical adaptation by George Orwell, which he hoped to show in the West End. It did not receive the approval of Orwell’s widow. The archive contains letters, scores, films, videos, scenery, instruments, album covers, awards, and a huge collection of photographs.
There are “intimate” notebooks, 70,000 photographs and a synthesizer that Brian Eno bought to record Bowie’s albums, as well as a stylophone donated by Marc Bolan and used to record “Space Oddity.”
Previously, David Bowie was recognized as the most influential British artist of the last 50 years. The rating also includes Vivienne Westwood, Elton John and Ridley Scott. We talk about it in more detail here.