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David Bowie: RIP

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Woke up this morning and discovered that David Bowie died of cancer at the age of 69. I’m a lost for words, so I will have to leave it to Nick Gillepsie over at Reason to describe who David Bowie was to music:

Like Bob Dylan, Bowie was a shape-shifter and a persona-generator who over the course of dozens of records and film and TV appearances was constantly evolving, mutating, and maybe most important of all, obviously enjoying himself.

He was a one-man Ovid, constantly metamorphosing, first from folkie David Jones (his given name) to space-rock weirdo to a glam monarch to Berlin degenerate to bi-sexual androgyne to “Thin White Duke” to New Wave and MTV pop master to heavy metal kid to elder rock god to you name it.

Bowie’s ability to master cultural change is what made him such a successful artist in a career that spanned 40 years. While many artists are prisoners of their times, Bowie took on the challenge of shifting styles and tastes and still be relevant.

As a child of the 1980s, my exposure to David Bowie was what I saw on MTV and listened to on Top 40 radio. I missed his Ziggy Stardust days of the 1970s, but fully experienced his New Wave phase, including the Niles Rogers produced hit “Let’s Dance.”

He recently released a new—and ultimately last—album, Blackstar. David Bowie has been relatively low-key since the 1980s, preferring to eschew the limelight and release experimental albums that only hardcore David Bowie fans would enjoy: It’s David Bowie making music for David Bowie. God knows he had nothing to prove…to anyone.

Rest in peace, sir…

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Written by niraj

January 16th, 2016 at 8:16 pm

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