David Bowie dies of cancer at 69; One of the most influential musicians of his era, David Bowie, has died of cancer at the age of 69. He died peacefully exclaimed his social media accounts, Steve Martin his representative stated that he was with his family. He battled with cancer for a period of 18 long months.
Everyone is paying Tribute to the extraordinary artist whose also released a new album days ago. Just like Elvis Presley and Little Richard he made it clear that anything is possible. Despite his suffering and frightening scenario i.e. as he was nearing his death the rock star gave another hit album for the world.
He was a versatile singer with his unpredictable range of styles and the ability to meld European jadedness with American rhythms. His wardrobe and the ever changing persona made him stand off the crowd. His ability to bring the theatre and the androgyny to music has changed the very meaning of being a rock star.
Fans were always curious of his different looks in different concerts. His stunning looks in black leather and a pompadour, orange hair, wearing a Mohawk, or elegant and debauched in a dark vest and white shirt, cigarette dangling from his mouth, just took the uncertainty of modern life.
David Bowie dies of cancer
Bowie’s death was announced earlier today.On Friday, Bowie had turned 69 and interestingly he released a new album called “Blackstar” same day. He also released a music video on Friday a song named “Lazarus,” which depicted him frail and lying in bed and his eyes were bandaged. The song begins with a beautiful line- “Look up here, I’m in heaven”
“While many of you will share in this loss, we ask that you respect the family’s privacy during their time of grief,” a statement was carried out on the behalf of the representative of Bowie. No further details were provided.
“My entire career, I’ve only really worked with the same subject matter“
At all the levels where it be visual, intellectual, sonically he was appealing to millions of fans. He was referred to an old pop song, his versatility as a writer, a musician and producer made him one of the first rock stars to receive attention as a stage performer. Years before the rise of MTV, he was using videos not just for promotion, but for creating narratives and expanding on the themes implicit in the music.
“The trousers may change, but the actual words and subjects I’ve always chosen to write with are things to do with isolation, abandonment, fear and anxiety all of the high points of one’s life.”
David Bowie dies of cancer at 69
“What I’m most proud of is that I can’t help but notice that I’ve affected the vocabulary of pop music. For me, frankly, as an artist, that’s the most satisfying thing for the ego,” he said in the 2002 interview.
Mick Jagger, Lou Reed and Freddie Mercury were amongst many of the artists who worked and were influenced by him. He was one of the central figures in the “Glam Rock” in the mid-1970s. He also influenced the disco era and stars like Madonna and also helped the visually-oriented performers of 1980’s who rose with MTV.
He also wrote the glam rock anthem “All the Young Dudes”. Vandross and Bowie together wrote another song from the “Young Americans” album, “Fascination.”
“And yet it was very familiar,” Byrne said. “It was very necessary. It was something that was needed. It was essential. And like all rock and roll, it was tasteless, it was glamorous, it was perverse, it was fun, it was crass, it was sexy, it was confusing.”
Madonna also added and accepted the honour for Bowie, “Before I saw David Bowie live I was your normal dysfunctional, rebellious teenager from the Midwest. He has truly changed my life.”
Bowie was born in 1947 as David Jones in London. From the beginning, he had a taste for music, design, art and dancing and like other children of his time, he was profoundly moved by rock music. “I had heard God,” was how he described the impact of Little Richard’s “Tutti Frutti.” In 1996, Bowie was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. Bowie was married twice, one to the actress and model Mary Angela “Angie” Barnett from 1970-80, and then to the international supermodel Iman since 1992. He had two children Duncan Jones and Alexandria Zahra Jones one with each wife respectively.
David Bowie dead of cancer at 69
He started performing in bands by his teens and played blues, folk, contemporary pop and other kinds of music. But his early singles were not so popular and they didn’t sell. It was said that he is suffering from confusion at that time and is being confused with starts like Davy Jones of the Monkees. He changed his last name to Bowie, after the knife identified with American frontiersman Jim Bowie.
He changed his last name to Bowie after the knife was identified with American frontiersman Jim Bowie. In 1969, the “Space Oddity” was released soon before the launch of the Apollo 11 mission that landed the first men on the moon and it became a top five hit in England.
He became one of the top rock’s in mid 80’s with No. 1 albums including “Aladdin Sane” and “Diamond Dogs” and the smasher “Let’s Dance” which was produced by Nile Rodgers and featured such hits as the title song and “Modern Love.” Other songs included “Blue Jean”, “Golden Years” and “Heroes” which were performed at a concert for rescue workers after the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001.
David Bowie dies of cancer at 69
After the heart attack of 2000, Bowie kept a low profile. “The Next Day” was his first moody music recording in a secret decade in New York City.
“I’m not a natural performer,” he said. “I don’t enjoy performing terribly much. Never have. I can do it and, if my mind’s on the situation, do it quite well. But five or six shows in, I’m dying to get off the road and go back into the studio.”
British Prime Minister David Cameron also tweeted to Bowie’s death and said that it is “a huge loss.” He also stated that he grew up watching and listening to Bowie and called him “master of reinvention” and a pop genius.
Kanye West tweeted “was one of my most important inspirations, so fearless, so creative, he gave us magic for a lifetime.”
The TCD team offers their condolences to the Bowie family. R.I.P. David bowie.