The multi-talented David Bowie, died today after fighting a long 18-months battle with cancer. He was 69. Bowie worked in several musical genres over a career that spanned over 45 years.
Known for his iconic androgynous appearance, principally in the 1970s and 1980s, Bowie revolutionised the music industry. His folksy tunes infused with rock, and eternal lyrics delivered in a trademark deadpan style made Bowie a legend through the ages.
In David Bowie’s 2000 BBC interview with Jeremy Paxman, the avant garde artist predicted the evolution of music. Talking about the impact the internet will have on music and society. Bowie remarks- “I don’t think we’ve even seen the tip of the iceberg. I think the potential of what the internet is going to do society – both good and bad – is unimaginable. I think we’re actually on the cusp of something exhilarating and terrifying.”
He even, later in the interview, refers to its impact on “content.”
See the full interview here.
The music personality embarked on a solo career voyage that initially didn’t see much success either. Firstpost, in its tribute writes:
His eponymous debut album didn’t gain much traction and Bowie didn’t release any music for two years. The Bohemian musician instead signed up for dance lessons and pursued the stage while constantly writing music. It wasn’t until his song Space Oddity was released two days ahead of the Apollo 11 launch that Bowie actually tasted commercial success. Although, it is today rated among his most successful songs, it didn’t typecast his musical personality.
His music was as metaphorically schizophrenic as was his multi-faceted personality; where understanding Bowie often meant looking through a kind of kaleidoscope. He was a jukebox of talent and today that tin machine has gone silent. Bowie once said, “I don’t know where I’m going from here, but I promise it won’t be boring.”
Bowie was a style statement in himself. While his contribution to the art will always be remembered, his way with words should also be celebrated.
“I was virtually trying anything… And I think I have done just about everything that it's possible to do – except really dangerous things, like being an explorer. But anything that Western culture has to offer – I’ve put myself through it,” he said in an interview given to Telegraph in 1966.
Read his famous quotes here.
Bowie's final- Lazarus, released on his 69th birthday just two days before his death. The song opens with the lyrics: "Look up here, I'm in Heaven!" It's surreal how the last number shows him approach his death.
Many celebrities reacted on social networking sites after his demise:
David Bowie was one of my most important inspirations, so fearless, so creative, he gave us magic for a lifetime.— KANYE WEST (@kanyewest) January 11, 2016
"But the key to the city is in the sun that pins the branches to the sky..." #DavidBowie— Joseph Gordon-Levitt (@hitRECordJoe) January 11, 2016
I just lost a hero. RIP David Bowie.— Ricky Gervais (@rickygervais) January 11, 2016
Never imagined a world without him. He has ascended into the cosmos from whence he came. Farewell, David Bowie— Elijah Wood (@elijahwood) January 11, 2016
Rest in peace David Bowie... Universe traveler dream bringer song singer... I'm glad you were here and will keep listening, as always...??— regina spektor (@respektor) January 11, 2016
RIP David Bowie :( this was taken last night at my gig.. He was such an icon.. There is no other… https://t.co/vJH2J43FQQ— Ruby Rose (@RubyRose) January 11, 2016
People always asked me what actor I wanted to work with the most, and I'd always say David Bowie. Sad I'll never get that chance. RIP— Joe Manganiello (@JoeManganiello) January 11, 2016
Rip Father of all us freaks. Sad sad day. Love always Legendary singer David Bowie dies at 69 https://t.co/ezRx7NVhSC # via HuffPostEnt— Mark Ruffalo (@MarkRuffalo) January 11, 2016
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