I didn't listen much to Bowie in college or as a young adult. Based on what i did listen to he certainly would have fit in nicely. I listened to British prog, Genesis, Yes and i listened to Led Zeppelin and deep purple. I was dabbling in jazz fusion. When i did start buying Bowie CDs in 2001 it was like a new present for the senses and now i own 18 of them. He was so diverse and so brave with his art. The album Low could have ruined his career commercially and it is insanely good. Because of Bowie's Berlin trilogy i started listening to German art rock, what the Brits call "Krautrock" groups like Kraftwerks, Neu and Harmonia. Another wonderful discovery.