Monday, January 11, 2016

Joe the Lion - David Bowie: January 8, 1947 - January 10, 2016

On January 8, 2015, AM published a tongue in cheek article entitled "★ -The Death of David Bowie." It was meant as an analysis of the impact of Bowie's music, both in the past on the stellar new LP, but it was also meant to comment on the lyrics and ominous feel to ★, released that same day, Bowie's 69th birthday. Those of us not a part of Bowie’s inner circle knew nothing tangible about the singer's illness, an 18 month battle with cancer.

David Bowie passed away earlier today, and it comes as a shock to us all. Those of us who have been fans for 40+ years will spend the day in mourning and reflect on his incredible career, and will do so for days to come, as his life, shared with us vicariously, will remain a fixture within our hearts and minds. In 1972 I was more than fascinated by Bowie, and one of the visuals that I will forever carry with me is the edict on the back of Ziggy Stardust that says, "TO BE PLAYED AT MAXIMUM VOLUME." Bowie was indeed an artist that will remain endlessly in my life at maximum volume.

Belgian theater director Ivo van Hove who produced Bowie's off-Broadway sensation Lazarus stated that Bowie wasn't well enough to attend rehearsals in late 2015, but said that he "fought like a lion and kept working like a lion through it all." Tony Visconti wrote: "He made Blackstar for us, his parting gift. I knew for a year this was the way it would be. I wasn't, however, prepared for it. He was an extraordinary man, full of love and life. He will always be with us. For now, it is appropriate to cry."

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