David Bowie has died aged 69 after suffering from cancer – ‘Blackstar was his parting gift’

David Bowie born David Robert Jones, 8 January 1947 – 10 January 2016) was an English singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, record producer, arranger, painter, and actor. Bowie was a figure in popular music for over four decades, and was known as an innovator, particularly for his work in the 1970s. His androgynous appearance was an iconic element of his image, particularly in the 1970s and 1980s.

David Buckley said of Bowie:

“His influence has been unique in popular culture—he has permeated and altered more lives than any comparable figure.”

On Twitter The David Bowie Official Feed said:

January 10 2016 – David Bowie died peacefully today surrounded by his family after a courageous 18 month battle with cancer. While many of you will share in this loss, we ask that you respect the family’s privacy during their time of grief.

British astronaut Tim Peake tweeted his sadness from outer space aboard the International Space Station:

Saddened to hear David Bowie has lost his battle with cancer – his music was an inspiration to many.

Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby told the BBC on Monday that he became a fan during Bowie’s early rise to prominence.

“I remember sitting listening to his songs endlessly in the ’70s particularly and always really relishing what he was, what he did, the impact he had,” Welby said. “Extraordinary person.”

David Cameron says Bowie’s death is “a huge loss.”  

The British Prime Minister tweeted Monday that he had grown up listening to and watching Bowie. He called the singer a “master of reinvention” and a pop genius who kept on getting it right.

On 8 January 2013 (his 66th birthday), his website announced a new album, to be titled The Next Day and scheduled for release 8 March for Australia, 12 March for the United States and 11 March for the rest of the world.

Bowie wrote and recorded the opening title song to the television series The Last Panthers, which aired in November 2015. The show’s director, Johan Renck, said of Bowie:

“His first response was precise, engaged and curious. The piece of music he laid before us embodied every aspect of our characters and the series itself – dark, brooding, beautiful and sentimental (in the best possible incarnation of this word).

All along, the man inspired and intrigued me and as the process passed, I was overwhelmed with his generosity. I still can’t fathom what actually happened.”

The theme that will be used for The Last Panthers will also be the title track for his January 2016 release Blackstar (★) which is said to take cues from his earlier krautrock influenced work. According to The Times: “Blackstar may be the oddest work yet from Bowie”

On the day of execution, only women kneel and smile

A letter Bowie wrote to a fan at the beginning of his career, in 1967, has been circulated online and shows the charm and humility of a star on the rise. By this point, Bowie had never been to America, and had released a single The Laughing Gnome, and an eponymous debut album. Neither of them charted. ‘My real name is David Jones and I don’t have to tell you why I changed it’

David Bowie once said:

“I always had a repulsive need to be something more than human. I felt very puny as a human. I thought, “Fuck that. I want to be a superhuman.”

“The truth is of course is that there is no journey. We are arriving and departing all at the same time.”

“Strangely, some songs you really don’t want to write. I didn’t like writing ‘Heathen’. There was something so ominous and final about it. It was early in the morning, the sun was rising and through the windows I could see two deer grazing down below in the field. In the distance a car was driving slowly past the reservoir and these words were just streaming out and there were tears running down my face. But I couldn’t stop, they just flew out. It’s an odd feeling, like something else is guiding you, although forcing your hand is more like it.”



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