chapter  10
Art’s Filthy Lesson
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In 1995, David Bowie unleashed the album 1.Outside: The Diary of Nathan Adler, or the Ritual Art-Murder of Baby Grace Blue: A non-linear Gothic Drama Hyper-Cycle on the listening public. Featuring 19 tracks and running 75 minutes in total, the work is a bricolage of cut-up, Burroughs-esque1 lyrics, jazz, pulsing electronic time-counting with industrial leanings, classical quotations, and musician and producer Brian Eno’s signature eerie sound collages.2 Bowie, often called a chameleon for being able to align his musical output with the ever-changing “now” of rock music, incorporated many styles and sounds into Outside and, in so doing, created a philosophically, psychologically, and sonically dystopian3 world-on-the-brink.