As most of you have probably learned, acclaimed multi media artist David Bowie (1947-2016) has passed away after a gruesome battle with cancer.
I originally learned of him in the movie “Labyrinth “ where he played Jareth, the Goblin King and I couldn’t think of a better actor to play a role who exuded just the right amount of sexy and danger that made Jennifer Connelly feel confused about returning to reality or keep living in the imaginary world. After all, who wouldn’t want to live in a world where David Bowie rules?
Back in the 80’s , Bowie had already established as an avant-garde music artist, willing to jump genres and redefine the sounds that have originally made him become a musician. He was never afraid of “straying” from the standards. He has already recorded “The rise and fall of Ziggy Stardust and the spiders of Mars”(1972-73) but it was the 80’s who catapulted him to forever stardom with the single “Ashes to Ashes” (1980) and the incomparable duet/sample with Queen’s Freddie Mercury “Under pressure” (1981). You would think that fame and success would stop David Bowie from continuing to evolve but he didn’t stop and once more he paired with other big artists like Iggy Pop and Tina Turner to keep creating sounds that no one else have heard and that maybe we weren’t ready to listen.
He didn’t stop creating during the 90s and the 2000’s brought a neoclassicism period. He was awarded the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 2006 for his contributions to music and released what it would become his last album on the day of his 69th Birthday( Jan 8th 2016) . The album has been acclaimed by critics and fans and now it will probably become an object of cult for Bowie and music fans in general.
The last time David Bowie would play in the big screen would be in the very much acclaimed “The prestige” (2006) directed by Christopher Nolan and starring Hugh Jackman and Christian Bale, in “The Prestige”, Bowie plays Nikola Tesla with the necessary sophistication, intensity and mad genius that we would expect from his real-life counterpart.
David Bowie has done so much for so many aspects of our culture that we cant even think of. He singled-handedly advanced glam-rock in the 70’s and was responsible for many social battles like equality for everyone . He who wasn’t afraid to bend genders, to bend genres, to break standards was probably also not afraid of dying either .
I’ll leave you with one of my favorites quotes by him : “I don’t know where I’m going from here, but I promise it won’t be boring.” and we know wherever he’s going, it will be colorful, unexpected and evolving . R.I.P David Bowie!!
If you would like to revisit David Bowie’s life either in music or movies or maybe even read about his life struggles who made him become the artist he was, you are welcome to check these titles that I have compiled below:
Music : Nothing has changed (2014), The next day (2013) ,The Runaways music from the motion picture. (2010),Heathen (2002), BBC Radio Theatre, London, June 27, 2000 (2000),Young Americans ( 1991), ChangesBowie (1990),
Happy reading and listening,