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Duncan Gibbs
01-11-2016, 02:16 AM
Dead at 69, three days after his birthday and three days after he released his new album 'Blackstar'.

He had had an eighteen month battle with cancer.

RIP :(

doorstop
01-11-2016, 02:28 AM
Bugger! :(

LeeG
01-11-2016, 02:49 AM
No!

wizbang 13
01-11-2016, 03:29 AM
crap

isla
01-11-2016, 05:41 AM
That's really ruined my day. Outside of blues and jazz he was one of my favourite artists. RIP

This from Berlin in 2002..


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bsYp9q3QNaQ

Duncan Gibbs
01-11-2016, 05:59 AM
http://www.thetimes.co.uk/tto/multimedia/archive/00388/122827631_bowie-swi_388614b.jpg

http://40.media.tumblr.com/61bbc10a663ed1aa0bd33e1f18208f7c/tumblr_mllzv3fORH1qz7b9so1_1280.jpg

McMike
01-11-2016, 06:36 AM
RIP. Got to see him live with Trent Rezner back in 94 or 95. Great show.

Ian McColgin
01-11-2016, 06:43 AM
Still too young.

WX
01-11-2016, 06:44 AM
Bloody hell!

Vince Brennan
01-11-2016, 06:46 AM
The only reason, it seems, that I come here anymore is to find out who died last night and to note the idiocy being promulgated by ("That Crowd").

Sorry to hear about Bowie... always an innovative and interesting artist and a man with superb taste in (companions).

Curtism
01-11-2016, 07:09 AM
One of the musical trailblazers of our time, his contributions will be sorely missed here.

I found a video of his a couple years back (Valentines Day, not sure how old it was then) and remember thinking that , finally, his appearance had started to catch up with his age.

moTthediesel
01-11-2016, 07:25 AM
Crap!

Here's the oddest Christmas duet in the history of US TV.


https://youtu.be/ADbJLo4x-tk

pkrone
01-11-2016, 07:30 AM
That's really ruined my day. Outside of blues and jazz he was one of my favourite artists. RIP

This from Berlin in 2002..


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bsYp9q3QNaQ

Awesome footage. Thanks for sharing. Ziggy will be missed...

Ian McColgin
01-11-2016, 07:33 AM
The best tribute. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=apemYk2oz7M

TomF
01-11-2016, 07:34 AM
Here's where I say that I'm sorry he died so relatively young, and that I recognize his contributions. But that personally, I've very rarely liked any of his art, however influential it turned out to be. He's always come across to me as pompous, self-involved, and more interested in expanding the commodification of the artist than in the quality of the art.

What Bowie took to a different level in his time, has become ever more merchandized through folks like Lady Gaga. Another artist who's really excellent at some of what she does, but whose purpose seems to be to have a performance life as the product.

Duncan Gibbs
01-11-2016, 07:47 AM
He wasn't Schubert, but I think that you're radically underestimating him Tom.

Watch 'David Bowie: Five Years' and report back then. I think of him in the same league as Frank Zappa.

Upshur
01-11-2016, 07:56 AM
In my 71 Torino, drinking beer and listening to an 8 track of Pin UPs by Bowie,,,effin blasting on my way to pick up a girlfriend to go to a rock club. Oh ya.

The Bigfella
01-11-2016, 08:02 AM
http://hyperallergic.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/01/db-transformation-colour.gif

Curtism
01-11-2016, 08:07 AM
Good grab, Ian.

An NPR report covered the tributes pouring in from countries around the world and quoted bowie as saying the Chris Hadfield rendition of Space Oddity was the "most poignant version he'd heard". I'm inclined to agree.

C. Ross
01-11-2016, 08:20 AM
Really sad news. He still had a lot more to contribute.

Tom I'm with Duncan. It's really only in our generation that artist / composer changed from being rare to a common combined identity. As a performer Bowie was avant garde and larger than life, but he's hardly alone in that. As a songwriter I think you can draw a line from Space Oddity through Roxy Music and Genesis into New Wave and punk. Listen to "Suffragette City" and then songs a few years later from NewYork Dolls, Sex Pistols, Clash and Violent Femmes. He also wrote songs in a wide range of styles: art/prog rock, electronica, disco, and others. I think the guy was enormously influential and he won some poll of recording musicians a few years ago.

I'll listen to "Heroes" a few times today.

SMARTINSEN
01-11-2016, 08:27 AM
RIP, even though I agree with TomF.

wizbang 13
01-11-2016, 08:39 AM
In high school in the early seventies, I was weird and un cool cuz I listened to Bowie. Too far out for my peers.
Me and about 6 others.
Just been listening to "Next Day"recently.

isla
01-11-2016, 08:45 AM
I remember an interview with Midge Ure after the 1985 Live Aid concert. He related how a large group of top performers of the time, Status Quo, Phil Collins, Mark Knopler and many others, were sitting around backstage waiting to go on. Various people entered and left, everybody remained seated but waved or shouted greetings to each other. When Bowie walked in everybody stood up.

varadero
01-11-2016, 09:00 AM
The stars look very different today.

Joe (SoCal)
01-11-2016, 09:01 AM
OMG NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO

The Thin White Duke was just the cool outsider artsy, innovative original that I gravitated to in those formative musical moments when others were listening to Skynard and AC/DC. One of my first concerts was the China Girl Tour. I was just listening to NPR the other day and they were talking about his new album coming out.

CWSmith
01-11-2016, 09:02 AM
Although far from my favorite performer, he was far, far too young to die. I'm truly sorry for him and his family and friends.

Arizona Bay
01-11-2016, 09:13 AM
Ah man...

Saw him in '72
Star man blew our minds

bob winter
01-11-2016, 09:21 AM
A strange but very talented man. Too young to go.

Sky Blue
01-11-2016, 09:24 AM
when Bowie walked in, everyone stood up

There are players and then there are the artists.

There are also persons with an almost otherworldly personal charisma such that they are somehow able to momentarily stop time for the rest of us when they come into a room.

John of Phoenix
01-11-2016, 09:46 AM
Release an album on your 69th birthday and check out three days later. Productive to the very end. What a grand exit. Very David Bowie.

Breakaway
01-11-2016, 10:04 AM
I am saddened by this news. Sad. Bowie's contribution to the soundtrack of my life is large.

Kevin

JimD
01-11-2016, 11:58 AM
Saw him in '83 in Edmonton, Canada.

B_B
01-11-2016, 12:17 PM
"Ashes to Ashes, Dust to Stardust" Chris Hadfield

Ted Hoppe
01-11-2016, 12:35 PM
Here's where I say that I'm sorry he died so relatively young, and that I recognize his contributions. But that personally, I've very rarely liked any of his art, however influential it turned out to be. He's always come across to me as pompous, self-involved, and more interested in expanding the commodification of the artist than in the quality of the art.

What Bowie took to a different level in his time, has become ever more merchandized through folks like Lady Gaga. Another artist who's really excellent at some of what she does, but whose purpose seems to be to have a performance life as the product.

I like some of his art but I tend to agree with you on his life was more performance art. His true great ability was to link great musicians with his work product. The song China girl for example is Bowie taking the guitar artistry of SRV and blending it to something Bowie packaged for 80s MTV consumption. His superior understanding of Pop music and use of high fashion was clear from the beginning. His risks were always as if they came from a Worhollian factory.

Gerarddm
01-11-2016, 01:08 PM
Stunned by the news. Hunky Dory to me is an uber-classic LP, and he never looked back. No one synthesized that dark Euro sensibility within pop music as he did. Such a loss. Creative to the end.

Garret
01-11-2016, 01:14 PM
What a contributor to music & way too young.

Damn.

I'm afraid those of us "of a certain age" are going to have to get used to our icons passing. I remember my parents dealing with that & it was remarkable how hard it hit them - mortality & all that.

birlinn
01-11-2016, 01:18 PM
You can be heroes.

He was.

But not just for one day.

lupussonic
01-11-2016, 01:25 PM
He was royalty. Total innovative trail blazing royalty. He has been the soundtrack to millions of people's lives. From Ziggy to Changes, to Spiders from Mars, Hunkydory...he's a large part of my and many others DNA. Hard to believe he's gone. Won't ever be forgotten. RIP you crazy kook.

Michael D. Storey
01-11-2016, 01:29 PM
David Bowie and Mick, Dancin in the Street. You tube. Check it out.

PhaseLockedLoop
01-11-2016, 01:39 PM
He's always come across to me as pompous, self-involved...

A rock star, pompous and self-involved? Tell me it ain't so.

Jim Bow
01-11-2016, 02:24 PM
https://youtu.be/y-JqH1M4Ya8

TomF
01-11-2016, 02:35 PM
A rock star, pompous and self-involved? Tell me it ain't so.Yeah, but unlike run-of-the-mill rock stars, Bowie consciously built his stardom on continual re-invention of his persona. His product was himself; the music was just one line of business among others selling it. Folks like Hendrix or even lesser lights like Bob Seger were quite possibly more self involved, but their "product" was actually the music.

Bowie was a very fine musician, there's no doubt. And a whole lot smarter than many of the others making a living in public - hence being so influential. I dunno, just didn't rock my world enough. You know the saying "dance like nobody's watching"? The constant re-making into this or that performance art "character" made me feel like his whole approach was to do the reverse.

Duncan Gibbs
01-11-2016, 02:45 PM
I think you've got the wrong end of the stick Tom. Seriously, watch Five Years and you'll see why.

TomF
01-11-2016, 02:46 PM
Maybe. I'll give him a try, when I figure I've some time I want to invest.

Bob Adams
01-11-2016, 08:40 PM
Not Bowie, but you formites should recognize him. Goodnight Major Tom.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KaOC9danxNo

Joe (SoCal)
01-11-2016, 10:37 PM
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ildVYgYWPqc

Ted Hoppe
01-11-2016, 10:40 PM
I took the time to listen to Bowie again. I put it in order and saw how it unfolded. Now I think He was a brave artist. He took life, music and art and was lucky enough to make a go of it. Being always an idol of Elvis and his coming of age in England in the 60s with such an musical expression made him a natural for the artist he became. I think we will miss him as not only gave us an alternative soundtrack and made possible the expansion of compassionate understanding of the human spectrum to the main stream.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zbnJo88kuP8

Old Dryfoot
01-11-2016, 11:13 PM
https://youtu.be/y-JqH1M4Ya8

Look up here, I’m in heaven
I’ve got scars that can’t be seen
I’ve got drama, can’t be stolen
Everybody knows me now

Look up here, man, I’m in danger
I’ve got nothing left to lose
I’m so high it makes my brain whirl
Dropped my cell phone down below

Ain’t that just like me

By the time I got to New York
I was living like a king
Then I used up all my money
I was looking for your ass

This way or no way
You know, I’ll be free
Just like that bluebird
Now ain’t that just like me

Oh I’ll be free
Just like that bluebird
Oh I’ll be free
Ain’t that just like me

This way or no way
You know, I’ll be free
Just like that bluebird
Now ain’t that just like me

Oh I’ll be free
Just like that bluebird
Oh I’ll be free
Ain’t that just like me

pipefitter
01-11-2016, 11:16 PM
Listening to Bowie was a sign that the leash from home was wearing thin.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HRD0ghlFSgk

Jimmy W
01-11-2016, 11:39 PM
Bowie didn't want to keep replaying his old stuff. He wanted to keep trying new stuff.

ShagRock
01-12-2016, 02:13 AM
Bowie didn't want to keep replaying his old stuff. He wanted to keep trying new stuff.

Absolutely and he kept reinventing himself and his sound right to the end. I always liked his integration of different musical genres into his creations. The musicians on the Black Star album are some of the hottest players on the New York experimental jazz scene. He talks about his invention of Bowie and other aspects of his musical personas in a 2000 interview with Jeremy Paxman! Great interview and some of comments re the future of the internet are rather prophetic. (looks like the video has copyright).