All the Young Dudes
Charcoal and pastel on paper
12 x 18 inches
Mott and the Hoople had reached success in the UK but were falling short on their albums. The band decided that they were going to break up in 1971. Fan of the band, David Bowie persuaded them to stay together and he would offer them a song along with producing their album. The original song Bowie had offered them was “Suffragette City” from his yet-to-be-released Ziggy Stardust album, but they turned it down. 1972, Bowie had come back with “All the Young Dudes” written for them. The song became an instant hit in the UK and US. The lyrics of “All the Young Dudes” may have many different meanings such as youth culture, glam rock, or even a Ziggy Stardust apocalyptic world. However, this song has always left me with a playful sense of the surreal.
Inspired by: "All the Young Dudes" by Mott and the Hoople
Rehs Contemporary Galleries, Inc., New York City