David Bowie, courtesy of the V&A Museum

The news of David Bowie‘s death on January 10th was announced early Monday morning to shocked fans around the world. The legendary rock star, artist, writer, and muse died just two days after his 69th birthday. A post on his Facebook page read, “David Bowie died peacefully today surrounded by his family after a courageous 18 month battle with cancer. While many of you will share in this loss, we ask that you respect the family’s privacy during their time of grief.”

David Bowie, who was born David Robert Jones, on  January 8, 1947 in Brixton, South London, was known for constantly re-inventing himself. He has inspired millions with his work, which crossed over from singing and songwriting to painting and acting. His career has spanned multiple universes since he took off on his cosmic journey with the release of “Space Oddity” in 1969, which was his first big hit. His gender-bending persona as Ziggy Stardust will carry on throughout history as one of the most profound and recognizable of the last era. His later 1975 release “Fame” and album “Young Americans” cemented his status as a rock legend, with a devout global following. His popularity reached new heights with his 1983 album “Let’s Dance”, which featured singles “China Girl” and “Modern Love”. Throughout his life he continued to inspire with his music and creativity. His last album “Blackstar” was only just released this past Friday, January 8, on his 69th birthday. He was to be honored at Carnegie Hall on March 31st with a concert featuring Cyndi Lauper, The Roots and the Mountain Goats.

Bowie was a student of art, music and design, including layout and typesetting before he became the legendary musician that we know today. His artwork crossed over from painting to sculpture, photography to printmaking and has been sold at auction and exhibited in galleries and museums across the globe. His work as an artist and muse was featured in retrospective exhibition “David Bowie Is” at the V&A museum in London in 2013.  The museum was given unprecedented access to his personal archive in order to curate the show. “David Bowie Is” explored the creative processes of Bowie as a musical innovator and cultural icon, tracing his shifting style and sustained reinvention across five decades.

His legacy will be celebrated throughout history as the man who inspired generations with his original and boundary pushing work.


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