(ORIGINALLY PRINTED IN 2016 JAN- FEB EDITION)
By Brianne Lindline‑ Campus Press Co-Editor and Columnist
What happens when the immortal become mortal? Shock. Denial. Heartbreak at the least. On January 10, glam rock star, David Bowie was announced dead at age 69 from cancer. The next day became a day of mourning and grief over the otherworldly hero.
Ziggy Stardust, A Bowie Persona Almost everyone knows of David Bowie and his loss brings devastation for all. The music industry was forever changed when in 1967, he released his self-titled debut and in 1969, we were given “Ziggy Stardust” a character introduced in Bowie’s album Space Oddity. This character was the beginning of several personas Bowie took on throughout his career along with Aladdin Sane, (pictured top center) which is a pun for “A Lad Insane” and the popular, well known, lightning bolt across his face represents the duality of mind. From our childhood and possibly our first crushes, he brought us Jareth the Goblin King from The Labyrinth (pictured top right) and several other movie roles including an immortal vampire in The Hunger. David Bowie was unlike any artist I have ever seen or heard. He had an element about him that was so unique that if anyone even tried to imitate him it would be tacky. Like his life, his death seemed to be a work of art in itself. Eighteen months prior to his death, he was diagnosed with liver cancer but decided not to have this news made public.
Blackstar, Bowie’s Last Album Released on His Birthday, January 8 He worked on his last album Blackstar which was released on his birthday January 8. His producer, Tony Visconti said that this album was Bowie’s “Parting Gift” and that even though ill while making it “he wanted to do it his way and he wanted to do it the best way” which he did.
He also released a music video for his song “Lazarus” which features an eerie sound and an ending scene of him backing up into a closet, another way for him saying goodbye. Although the news was upsetting and left a lot of people in tears, I believe his spaceship knew which way to go and he finally went back to his home planet proving that there is now life on mars.
► Bowie’s top-selling single songs include: Fame! Let’s Dance!, China Girl, Heroes, Starman, Ashes To Ashes, and Life on Mars?