Published January 11th 2016
A mailing by The Hollywood Reporter woke me up on high alert this morning, reporting that the legendary David Bowie has died. The news has been confirmed by his family on Bowie´s social media channels.
Bowie had just released his new album “Blackstar” to much critical acclaim. It was his first album in 10 years, even though he did chart with The Next Day in 2013. “Blackstar” was released on his 69th birthday. The singer hadn’t appeared in public since 2006, which was rumored to be because of poor health.
His last video “Lazarus” seems to refer to his battle. He had been fighting cancer for 18 months and lost his battle on January 10th, 2016.
Bowie has had a major impact on music. He’s been named of great influence to many of today’s artists. His eccentric image led him to play with many roles and genres in his music career, but also led to a successful acting career, in theatres and on the big screen.
Musically, he broke through in 1972 with “Space Oddity”, playing Ziggy Stardust. Most people will remember him for his pop era, which sparked the hits “Let’s Dance”, “China Girl” and “This Is Not America”. Other hits include “Rebel Rebel”, ”Heroes” and “Fame”.
He’s sang with many other stars like Mick Jagger (“Dancing In The Street”), Tina Turner (“Tonight”) and Queen (“Under Pressure”).
Bowie will be remembered as one of the earliest musicians who increased the importance of image to a music career and therefore made this artistry as a whole. With that, he left us a generation of artists who do the same and a legacy of great music.