Along with his visual associations page at homebakedbooks, everything the present author wished to write about David Bowie was published as Metrobolist: Five Chapters between 2014 and 2015.
Metrobolist chapters' précis began at this site 2015. It was inevitable Five Chapters' online posts would need amending and revising after sad news of David's death in 2016. But précised chapters one and two remain here on original date of posting, January 5 2016.
Although Mick Weller is user and supporter of information junkie Jimmy Wales's Wikipedia project, an honest account of David and Michael's original Metrobolist is not included in its current The Man Who Sold the World (album) article. The present writer tried but didn't succeed to effectively add accurate revision to content -- it was altered back to an earlier patchwrite. Mick's effort can be found buried in the article's 'Cover art' edit history. Wales's free-to-use-and-edit encyclopedia can attract an obsessional wikipedian concern with erroneous detail resulting in a form perhaps best described as uncreative patchwritten wikifiction.
A telephone interview Mike Weller conducted with John Robinson for music magazine UNCUT's February 2020 Bowie Ultimate Record Collection Part 1 (1964-76) is recommended for its insights and historical accuracy. Or as Mick responded to this edition of UNCUT's archive collection—someone's done research at last!
But Metrobolist chapters have never claimed to be anything other than fiction. Imaginative fiction is sometimes the only mode in which truth be told. Starman Jones made fantasy characters out of experience for the entertainment of himself and his audience. From Ziggy to final identification with vulnerable, ailing, alien Newton -- the character Jones first portrayed in Nicolas Roeg's movie of Walter Tevis's The Man Who Fell to Earth.
Perhaps only the small surviving group of people who knew David in childhood; and those close to him maybe in later years, are really able to compare the human-being who lived downstairs until 2016, with Mike Weller's character drawn upstairs as "John Beyond" in a fiction with made-up 16th century actor Kenneth Morris Tapley playing boys and girls in old times.
In his late twentieth century incarnation "Ken Tapley" plays pop and rock musician "John Dagger", doubling as a cultural vanguardist in New Elizabethan Deamtime Reality. By 1958 Weller's secondary world character demanded someone soon play him for real. In this incarnation Ken Tapley is written and birthed by a "lady grinning soul" -- glamourous yet obscure handmaiden of suburban 1940s Metrobolist picture houses.
Ken Tapley, preparing for his role as rock 'n' roller John Dagger, in turn playing '70s pop sensation "Glitter Glamm" is blue-suited figure left, accompanied by glamorous lady grinning soul character "Debbie Dagger" centre, and fictional Jinkerman -- revolutionary "Mo Stepniak", character right, disguised as worker struck for fame at "The Firm".
(Blue Note extract from Metrobolist 4, Home'Baked Books, 2015)