"I did have two or three fabulous, wonderful friends [in the late 70s]...but the loneliness was within me. Coco [Schwab] was always a great support, and I was very close to Iggy as well, so the three of us bonded as a team. And yeah, some wonderful work came out of it. But within myself I was a very lonely person. It wasn't a pleasant neighbourhood in my head. I was in a kind of recovery, yet I didn't know it. I'd really badly fucked myself up, and it took quite a few years to realise the extent of the damage to my emotional self. I was really cracked-up and broken, y'know."
David Bowie, Uncut magazine, October 1999