David Bowie is the "Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon" of music. Through his collaborations, you learned about Brian Eno, Robert Fripp, Philip Glass, Adrian Belew, Luther Vandross, David Sanborn, Lester Bowie, Nile Rogers, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Iggy Pop, and Lou Reed. And, if you liked Bowie, then you loved Nick Cave, Peter Murphy and Bauhaus, Tom Waits, and Julian Cope. And in the art world you learned about Julian Schnabel, Andy Warhol, Salvador Dali, and my favorite Jean-Michel Basquiat. And don't forget writers like William S. Burroughs. For a young gay boy in Westminster, Maryland, Bowie was the road map out of that fucking town.