Sad, Horrible news. Iconic rock star, David Bowie, is dead at age 69. The news was confirmed by his reps on the singer’s official Facebook page:
The multi-faceted artist’s last album, Blackstar, a collaboration with a jazz quintet, was released on Friday, his birthday. He was to be honored with a concert at Carnegie Hall on March 31 featuring the Roots, Cyndi Lauper and the Mountain Goats.
From the New York Times obituary:
Mr. Bowie was his generation’s standard-bearer for rock as theater: something constructed and inflated yet sincere in its artifice, saying more than naturalism could. With a voice that dipped down to baritone and leaped into falsetto, he was complexly androgynous, an explorer of human impulses that could not be quantified.
He also pushed the limits of “Fashion” and “Fame,” writing songs with those titles and also thinking deeply about the possibilities and strictures of pop renown.
Mr. Bowie was married to the international model Iman, with whom he had a daughter, Alexandria Jones.
In a post on Twitter, the musician’s son from an earlier marriage, Duncan Jones, said, “Very sorry and sad to say it’s true. I’ll be offline for a while. Love to all.”
Very sorry and sad to say it’s true. I’ll be offline for a while. Love to all. pic.twitter.com/Kh2fq3tf9m
— Duncan Jones (@ManMadeMoon) January 11, 2016
Bowie’s reach into the worlds of music, art, film and fashion cannot be measure. He influenced scores of artist who came after him. The ultimate chameleon, Bowie changing personas, and explored new styles. By the time his influence permeated pop culture he, was on to his next artistic endeavor, his imitators barely visible in the rearview mirror. Bowie was creating and innovating right up until the very end.
We’re losing our 70’s glam gods. First Lou Reed, in 2014, and now David Bowie.
RIP sweet prince.
Choosing music to post led me down a Youtube black hole. So much good stuff to choose from. Here’s a big long list. I went with mostly music videos and live performances. Bowie so supremely a creature of the stage.
David Bowie Performing Heroes at Live Aid 1985
David Bowie. You were our hero. Maybe one of his most well-loved live performances, Bowie inspiring millions at Live Aid.
Space Oddity – 1969
This is Major Tom to Ground Control. “And I’m floating in a most peculiar way…and the stars look very different today.”
Changes – 1972
Turn and face the strange ch-ch-changes.
Suffragette City – 1972
From Ziggy Stardust. Wham bam thank you ma’am
Life on Mars – 1973
Rebel Rebel – 1974
Young Americans – 1974
Fame – 1975
Bowie on Soul Train. A collaboration with John Lennon
David Bowie and Bing Crosby -1977
One of the oddest and coolest collabs ever. From a Bing Crosby Christmas special.
Fashion – 1980
Under Pressure – 1981
Queen and David Bowie – An iconic collaboration
Let’s Dance – 1983
In the 80’s Bowie reinvented himself as a dapper dance king. “Let’s Dance” was a huge hit.
Modern Love – 1983
Prisoner of Love (with Tin Machine) – 1989
Bowie’s Last Project Blackstar