In November of 1970, a month after signing a five-year publishing deal with Chrysalis Music, 24-year-old David Bowie wrote the following letter to Bob Grace, the man who signed him, and briefly filled him in on his life so far.
(Source: Any Day Now; Image: David Bowie in 1970, via.)
November 17th, 1970
Mr. Bob Grace
Chrysalis Music Ltd
388/398 Oxford Street
I was born in Brixton and went to some Schools thereabout and studied Art. Then I went into an Advertising Agency which I didn't like very much. Then I left and joined some Rock 'n' Roll Bands playing Saxophone and I sang some which nobody liked very much.
As I was already a Beatnik, I had to be a Hippie and I was very heavy and wrote a lot of songs on some beaches and some people liked them. Then I recorded 'Space Oddity' and made some money and spent it which everybody liked.
Now I am 24 and I am married and I am not at all heavy and I'm still writing and my wife is pregnant which I like very much.