The Loss of Music’s most Brilliant, Significant Figure – David Bowie

January 10th 2016, singer David Bowie passed away after an 18 month battle with cancer.

Very sorry and sad to say it’s true. I’ll be offline for a while. Love to all | Duncan Jones | January 11th 2016.

Heroes Album Cover Shoot. 1977 photograph by Masayoshi Sukita. Source: Victoria and Albert Museum
Heroes Album Cover Shoot. 1977 photograph by Masayoshi Sukita. Source: Victoria and Albert Museum

Can you recall your first experience of the enigmatic David Bowie? Much to the bemusement of my husband who owns every Bowie album, mine was either ‘Modern Love’ or ‘Let’s Dance’ from popular 1983 album “Let’s Dance”. I became one of the millions of

“The general pop-buying public,(who) at least, loved it” | BBC – Music – Review | David Quantick 2011

Bowie provided the soundtrack to many people lives. Many will mourn the loss of one of musics brilliant, significant figures. The top 10 essential Bowie albums was compiled by Tim Chester for NME, January 2012 in this info graph:

Known for liberating attitudes towards sex, with much speculation about his own sexual persuasion. He once described himself as “hey I’m not David Bowie anymore I’m a gay alien” and his Ziggy Stardust was his portrayal of a bisexual alien rock superstar which propelled Bowie to global fame. Bowies newest Album in which he returns to his 70’s anti pop roots; ‘Blackstar’ “is infused with sexual politics” (Simon Copland | SBS.Com | January 7th 2016) and has been reported as:

“one of the most aggressively experimental records the singer has ever made” David Fricke | Rolling Stone| December 2015 and “most extreme album of his entire career” Andy Gill.

Blackstar was released on his 69th birthday. The debut song “I can’t give everything away” is as poignant to me as when I watched Freddie Mercury sing “Who wants to Live Forever” when it was revealed he was dying.


Fearless in fashion a style icon both on and off the stage. His looks have covered the MOD look with derby boots, glam rock with platform shoes, 90’s baggy suits with leather brogues, how can you sum up his numerous looks? Well I can’t so I’ve done the only tribute I know how. Here’s my board dedicated to David Bowie and his shoes, his style, him. I hope you and my husband approve:

Follow Talking Men’s Shoes’s board David Bowie Shoes “We are the goon squad and we are coming to town, beep-beep” on Pinterest.

To finish this blog piece I leave you with a line from Fashion – “We are the goon squad and we are coming to town, beep-beep”- David Bowie | Scary Monsters (and Super Creeps) | 1980.

Credits:
BBC Music Review
Dave Horwitz
A Sweet 16 list of Bisexual secrets In the New Bio on “Bowie” – Examiner.com
David Fricke. Rolling Stone
Andy Gill
Simon Copland. SBS.com
You Tube
Tim Chester. NME infograph