David Bowie’s response to his first ever American fan letter

David-Bowie by Rik Walton CC-BY-SA

I’m not much of a letter-writer, but some correspondence means the world. These days it’s all emails, but you only have to look at this site to see how a brief exchange can change a life.

I’m a great believer in fan mail – I think it must be nice to know that you’re appreciated. I’m not saying be like that guy who sent JG Thirlwell a pig’s heart in the post (that must have been offal!), but I think almost anyone would enjoy a simple “I really like your stuff” message from time to time.

I’m impressed with David Bowie’s gracious and lengthy reply. We don’t know the contents of Sandra Dodd’s original letter, but it must have warmed Bowie’s heart to elicit such a warm response. It suggests a gentle, self-deprecating humour and humility that’s a welcome revelation in one of our most beloved stars. Continue reading