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Rock Legend David Bowie Dead At Age 69
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David Bowie

Legendary rock icon and actor David Bowie died at his home surrounded by his family on Sunday night after an 18-month battle with cancer.

The news broke through Bowie’s official Facebook page just after 2AM EST on Monday.

January 10 2016 – David Bowie died peacefully today surrounded by his family after a courageous 18 month battle with…

Posted by David Bowie on Sunday, January 10, 2016

Bowie’s son, director Duncan Jones, also confirmed the news via his official Twitter page:

Beginning his career in the early 1960s, the young British artist whose birth name was David Jones took on the surname Bowie later in the decade to avoid any confusion with Davy Jones of the American act The Monkees. Undeterred by the commercial failure of his 1967 eponymous debut album, Bowie would go on to create some of the most iconic and seminal music, characters, and fashion statements in the pantheon of rock and roll beginning with his second record 1969’s Space Oddity. His persona would evolve from introspective folk singer to the bombast and glamour of his characters Ziggy Stardust, The Thin White Duke, and many, many more. Along the way, he would create some of rock’s most ubiquitous anthems including “Space Oddity,” “Heroes,” “Suffragette City,” “Changes,” “Ashes to Ashes,” “Fame,” “Modern Love,” “Let’s Dance,” and the spectacular duet with the group Queen “Under Pressure,” amongst countless others.

Bowie would also enjoy a long acting career, starring in films such as The Man Who Fell to Earth, Basquiat, and perhaps his most famous role, as The Goblin King in Labyrinth. He also worked in television and on the stage, including the Broadway production of Elephant Man.

The Goblin King

He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1996 and is widely acknowledged as one of the innovators of glam rock. Bowie’s influence on the entirety of pop music that followed is immeasurable, with some legendary artists such as Stevie Ray Vaughn and Iggy Pop pretty much owing their entire solo careers to him.

The void that Bowie’s death leaves is already palpable. It is rare for any artist to sustain a career of nearly 50 years, but to remain relevant though constant reinvention through it all is nearly unheard of. His 25th album, Blackstar, was just released this past Friday on his 69th birthday, and is being hailed as another masterpiece by critics. His death comes as a complete shock as he had not let the news of his 18-month cancer battle go public. There is still no word on the nature of the illness that he succumbed to. All we know at this point is that the world has lost one of the most important and unique visionaries of the past half century.

David Bowie

Rest in peace, Mr. Bowie, and on behalf of rock fans the world over, thank you for sharing your considerable gifts with us.

RIP David Bowie
January 8, 1947 – January 10, 2016

Video

David Bowie – Ziggy Stardust (From The Motion Picture)

David Bowie – Starman (1972)

Suffragette City David Bowie

David Bowie – Space Oddity [OFFICIAL VIDEO]

David Bowie – Life On Mars? [OFFICIAL VIDEO]

David Bowie – The Jean Genie [OFFICIAL VIDEO]

David Bowie – Rebel Rebel

David Bowie – Heroes

Magic Dance (Power of the Babe) David Bowie Labyrinth 1986

David Bowie Simon and Garfunkel’s “America” For 9/11 concert

[Source: DB Official Facebook]

  • jwhyrock

    It’s a mistake in my opinion to gloss over the later half of Bowie’s career. Not a criticism of your article, just for people in general. I’m 38 and I actually really discovered Bowie with his Earthling album. It was many years later when someone told me about the Outside album. I also picked up his other new content over the years. One of my best concert dvds is the Reality Tour. I’ve loved each and every album Outside album forward with one exception being the one prior to Black Star. I just listened to Black Star for the first time today and really like it. I’m going to give his last release another chance though. Many of his albums took time to percolate in my brain before I fell in love with them.

    I can’t think of another artist who has reinvented themselves consistently over so many years. I’ll give props to U2 and Marilyn Manson for their musical changes over many years though.

  • Completely agreed. We only had so much time to get the obit ready last night, so of course we had to hit the more mainstream aspects of a career that could (and does) have volumes written about it. I featured Tin Machine in my other column, Massive Metal Monday today and “I’m Afraid of Americans” is one of my favorite Bowie tracks. It is a shame that the mainstream missed out on most of the second half, but in a way I think that makes that material even more precious to those of us who truly love the man and his considerable talents. Thanks for reading and commenting.

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