Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Tribute to Starman (1947-2016)

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David Bowie died Sunday after a courageous 18-month battle with cancer two days after he celebrated his sixty-ninth birthday.
An extraordinary artist. Bowie was a rock musician of rare originality and remarkable versatility. He was also, variously, a producer, painter, film actor (1983’s ‘Merry Christmas, Mr. Lawrence’; 1986's Labyrinth; 2001’s ‘Zoolander’), art critic, the progenitor of bisexual chic, a family man and an astute multi-millionaire.
The influential musician had a career spanning six decades. Bowie's hits include Space Oddity (1969), Life on Mars (1971), Starman (1972), Rebel, Rebel (1974), Heroes (1977), Let's Dance (1983), and Where Are We Now? (2013). 
Jangling and melancholy, his music matched imagistic lyrics with his rich, British-accented singing style and tunes that owed as much to white opera as to black soul, and to the simple pop of the Beatles as to the drugged edginess of the Velvet Underground.
Bowie was endlessly manipulating his public persona. And at one time, he was even rumored to be an alien from outer space. “I am an actor,” he once said. “My whole professional life is an act.”

In the UK, a massive crowd had converged to the colorful south London district of Brixton where he was born – some clutching beers, others wearing Bowie t-shirts – to lay flowers beneath a giant mural of his face.
Lines of Bowie’s hit song “Space Oddity” rang through the chill winter air as fans played guitar and others sang along, several wearing the lightning bolt face makeup or shocking red mullet of “Aladdin Sane”, one of Bowie’s many stage identities.
From a building nearby a speaker blasted Bowie’s 1983 hit “Let’s Dance”, while Brixton bars dedicated their playlists to the artist.
And in New York, USA, mourners gathered in tears outside Bowie’s building in the city’s exclusive Soho neighborhood.

R.I.P. Starman David Robert Jones.

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