Journalist and filmmaker Cameron Crowe was at the Television Critics Association's winter meetings Tuesday afternoon to talk about his upcoming series for Showtime, "Roadies," when someone asked him about any "memorable" experiences he might have had with David Bowie.

His answer was certainly memorable, and a reminder that Crowe might have had one of the coolest adolescences ever.

Here's what he had to say:

"I wrote about him a lot for Rolling Stone magazine and  Playboy and Creem magazine. He was... the most generous and exciting interview subject that I was ever allowed a lot of time with, and that all came from David Bowie.  I'd been profiling some friends of his during a period where Bowie himself had done no interviews, and I had told these musician friends of his, 'Boy, I would really like to interview David Bowie.'  I was 16.  So they were like, 'Yeah.  We'll let David Bowie know you want to interview him.'

"So I went back home.  I was sitting in my bedroom in San Diego, and the phone rang one night, and it was David Bowie.  And he said, 'I'm on a train, and I'm on my way from New York.  I've just split with my manager.  I don't know that many people in Los Angeles.  I'll be getting in in a couple of days, and would you like to do an interview with me?' And I said, 'Yes, I would.  I really, really would.' He says, 'Well, I'll call you when I get to Los Angeles.' I was ready for it to be over at that point.

"So everybody wanted the story, so it was a great help for my career then.  But the amazing thing that I come away with is that even then, which was kind of a wild period in his life, he was always obsessed with music and art and never the business.  It was always a young artist had moved him.  He would reach out to that artist.  Bruce Springsteen was somebody that caught his attention on the first album.  He was talking about Bruce Springsteen in ... early stages of Bruce Springsteen's career. 

"But the thing that I just wanted to say over the last couple of days I've had a chance to really think about it, David Bowie's impact is so huge in that he presents himself now as a role model to artists that may need to remember that it's not about branding.  It's about a restless need to be creative and to continue being creative, and David Bowie was the anti-branding artist, and for a young musician or artist of any kind, anybody coming up, it's great to look to Bowie and see that seismic effect he's had on people, not because he kept doing the same thing that worked again and again, but because he always shook it up and he always served the gods of creativity, and that was the lesson I got from him then and today."

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