David Bowie and The Hype’s seminal gig at the Roundhouse in 1970 is considered to have seen the birth of glam rock. The Hype caused something of a stir, giving themselves evocative superhero names – Space Star, Rainbowman, Hypeman – and wearing, as Bowie observed, “costumes that make us look like Dr Strange or the Incredible Hulk”. If you wanted to dare to be and do something different, Bowie led the way…

This series of activities will enable pupils to engage with historical testimonies that shed light on the controversial impact of Bowie’s music, plus develop core English skills through analysing lyrics and responding to them through a range of written challenges.

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