David Bowie, 1947-2016

I awoke on January 10th to the shocking news that rock, pop, music-everything legend David Bowie had passed away. Cancer. He was 69. The genius label gets thrown around a lot, but it applies here. He was a mod, then he took the glam movement to the forefront. He rocked, he did pop. He did it all, and he did it with style, grace, and class. He didn’t just follow the trends and fake his way through them until the next one came along. He made the trends, fit them naturally, and caused others to follow him. Of course, through all of this, there was brilliant songwriting and performance. We lost a true cultural giant this past week.

 

This is Major Tom to Ground Control
I’m stepping through the door
And I’m floating in a most peculiar way
And the stars look very different today

— “Space Oddity”, written by David Bowie

 

R.I.P., Starman.

 

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The cover for David Bowie’s landmark album from 1972, The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars.  Specifically, this is the cover for the original CD issued in Japan by RCA under catalog number RPCD-11.

 

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The back insert for the original Japanese CD issue of The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars (RCA, catalog number RPCD-11).

 

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The original Japanese CD issue of The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars (RCA, catalog number RPCD-11).  The 11-track album is filled with hits, including the title track, “Starman”, and “Suffragette City”.

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