Carl’s Rock Songbook #60: David Bowie, “Fame” » Postmodern Conservative
We left off the analysis of ALMOST FAMOUS at the key point, where we were about to get into what it says about Rock and Fame. That is a complicated subject, because you need to consider the phenomenon of Fame itself, before you get into what Rock does with it. Bowieâs deliberately sour song is practically incidental to this, but of course not Bowie himself.
1) There are two distinctions we particularly have to consider: first, the modern pursuit of fame v. the pre-modern ambition for honorable greatness, second, celebrity as the key species of modern fame.