David Bowie (1947-2016)

david-bowieDavid Bowie died yesterday, 2 days past his 69th birthday and the release of his latest album – Blackstar. You’ve got to admire the sheer willpower!

David Bowie, or David Robert Jones, was an artist who created his own genre – a visionary, wildly imaginative and unique music/performance/social commentary that escaped from all attempts at categorization. He was a singer, composer, actor, social critic…

His most remembered incarnation was Ziggy Stardust, an androgynous alien rockstar who gives a message of hope to the dying Earth and is torn apart by black hole-jumpers… Well, you’ve got it there, in this one sentence. This was in ’70 when many weird things happened, granted, but still – Ziggy Stardust/Aladdin Sane was one of the most unusual and most influential of them.

ziggy_aladdin sane

Heck, the reference to his social commentary was quite recently used by Banksy in the form of the famous makeup Banksy put on the British Queen’s face:

ziggy-queen

I’m not a great fan of his music, although I like some of the songs, but I remember him most vividly from Jim Henson’s 1986 movie Labyrinth, where he played the king of goblins. He was an unsettling presence, especially for an 8 – or less – year-old. A very ambivalent character, menacing and alluring at the same time, childishly egotistic and depressingly alone.

He played in many more movies, his roles include Tesla in Nolan’s awful The Prestige, a not-so-immortal vampire in Tony Scott’s erotic horror The Hunger And Pontius Pilate in Scorsese’s The Last Temptation of Christ.

He inspired many and will be missed by more.

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