The World Says Goodbye To David Bowie
Written by Remus Valentin.
Sunday the 10th of January 2016 was a day of great sadness for music fans all over the world, marked by the passing of pop master David Robert Jones, more commonly known as David Bowie. The famous English singer was born on the 8th of January 1947 in Brixton, England, and passed just two days after his 69th birthday in his suite in Manhattan, after a 44 year musical career.
After a ruthless and heroic 18 month battle with cancer, pop music superstar David Bowie has sadly passed surrounded by his family in New York City. Bowie’s career has span for over 40 years, decades in which he has blessed us with thunderous music, incomparable stage appearances and a surprising talent in acting. Best known for his androgynous appearance and his piano skills, Bowie is widely regarded to have been the creator of the glam rock genre. His musical influence also spans over genres such as pop and punk rock, art rock, electronic and experimental, historian Michael Campbell calling him ‘one of punk’s seminal influences’. David Bowie also enjoyed a successful, albeit sporadic film career, playing roles that varied from Pontius Pilate to Nikola Tesla.
David Bowie was first known in the beginning of the 60’s due to his musical debut. Starting a band at the age of 15, Bowie has observed a quick evolution from playing in a garage band to recording albums with famous producers. In the mid-70’s, Bowie was already considered a superstar, and was enjoying fame due to his innovative and eccentric Ziggy Stardust show. During his career, Bowie has recorded an immense amount of musical material, comprising of 27 studio albums, 46 compilation albums, 111 singles and a staggering 102 video and other albums.
Yesterday, a 44 year long musical genius’ career came to an end. What became with the bolt of a thunder and was impregnated into our minds as an androgenic spatial voice has ended in glory. A glory to be seen in the chart listing of his latest album, released a day before his passing, which immediately sprung into first place. A glory to be seen in the tens and hundreds of millions of his albums sold around the world. A glory to be seen in Bowie’s star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and in Bowie’s place in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. A glory to be seen in our hearts of souls, the music lovers’, whom are a bit emptier since yesterday without our beloved David Bowie. There is no doubt that David is now in a better place. David is now in music heaven, where he can once again share thoughts with legends like Freddie Mercury, Kurt Cobain, John Lennon or Jim Morrison: in his own words, David Bowie is now a starman waiting in the sky.