David Bowie: Leaving a Legacy
After an 18-month battle with cancer, David Bowie, musician, actor and pulp culture icon, has sadly passed away at the age of 69.
While Bowie has left our world, his presence here will remain alive for a long, long time - let’s just say forever.
Bowie, along with the Beatles, the Rolling Stones and Elvis Presley, is hailed for defining pop music as we know it. He sang and danced his way through the decades as an extraordinary and cool artist in every sense, with his hits including Let’s Dance, Modern Love, Under Pressure and Life on Mars, to name a few.
Bowie himself is also praised as a genius for creating his glitzy alter ego Ziggy Stardust.
Bowie’s son, Duncan Jones, who is a British Academy of Film and Television Arts (Bafta)-winning film director, tweeted the news of his father’s passing saying: “Very sorry and sad to say it's true. I'll be offline for a while. Love to all.”
Sir Paul McCartney has just issued a statement to media calling Bowie a “great star” who “played a very strong part in British musical history.”
Just a few days before his death, Bowie had released a new album, Blackstar (January 8, 2016). The album was well received among critics the day it was released, and his new work serves, in a unique and special sort of way, as a parting gift for the entire world to enjoy.
Blackstar is widely anticipated to be No. 1 on the charts in the UK and North America by this weekend, according to the Official Charts Company.
Tony Visconti, who has produced a number of Bowie’s albums spanning over five decades, including Blackstar, stated on Facebook: “His death was no different from his life - a work of art.”
While his music dominated the world, so did his artwork. Bowie was an avid painter and his homes were filled with amazing art.
“Art was, seriously, the only thing I'd ever wanted to own,” said Bowie during a recent New York Times interview. “It can change the way that I feel in the mornings.”
Over the years, Bowie has painted many masterpieces and has collected an array of paintings from notable pop-culture artists.
Sure, Bowie is gone, but everything he created for us to enjoy won’t be going anywhere anytime soon, that’s for sure.