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Old 01-11-2016, 09:27 AM   #361
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My coffee hadn't kicked in at all when I heard the news. I was out of the David Bowie loop and wasn't really aware how sick he was. My first memories of him were from the early 80's when MTV used to play the shit out of Let's Dance. Still love that song. The man was a rock n' roll chameleon.
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Old 01-11-2016, 09:31 AM   #362
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Awful news. One of the greatest musicians of the last 100 years. Everybody has his particular favourite Bowie era, but Low is for me an album that has a very special place - not only does it contain some of the most emotional and atmospheric tracks I've ever heard (I can't think of any music that depicts the worn down and desolate urban landscapes of Eastern Europe as well as the 2nd half of Low), it also opened for me new pathways and discoveries in this gigantic world of music.

I also loved listening to his interviews and comments on music - it was unusual seeing this larger-than-life persona talking about bands like The Velvet Underground, Pixies, Sonic Youth and Nine Inch Nails like a fanboy, analyzing a great deal what makes those bands so dear to him - just like we do here.

I think it's safe to say that he was one of those artists who perhaps contributed the most to the concept of reinvention and defying expectations in rock and roll. His catalogue is truly a behemoth organism of many layers and sounds, revealing so much after repeated listenings, where one experiences immense and brilliant soundscapes behind all those subterraneans.

Rest in peace.
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Old 01-11-2016, 09:33 AM   #363
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I also didn't even know about his new album until today, and yes, it's fucking marvelous. I'm so grateful he gave us this before he left.

(cuz his last one was yeeeeeeesh)
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Old 01-11-2016, 09:37 AM   #364
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Just look at the expanse of artists claiming him as an inspiration...how many others can really lay claim to this kind of influence?

Artists Pay Tribute to David Bowie | News | Pitchfork
some artists like Bono and St. Vincent were probably sincerely inspired by Bowie's antics and reinvention, but I don't know the rest.
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Old 01-11-2016, 09:44 AM   #365
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I was out of the David Bowie loop and wasn't really aware how sick he was. .
Apparently he kept his illness pretty much out of the public eye, so nobody really knew.
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Old 01-11-2016, 09:51 AM   #366
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Holy fucking shit. I'm devastated.
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Old 01-11-2016, 09:52 AM   #367
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Old 01-11-2016, 10:11 AM   #368
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Couple illuminating reads.

The first about writing and content:

‪The Beautiful Meaninglessness of David Bowie - The New Yorker

Words from Visconti about its release:

David Bowie's last release, Lazarus, was 'parting gift' for fans in carefully planned finale - Telegraph


So yeah, it looks like this has been in the can for a while, and he tried to release it as close to his death as possible. Just wow.
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Old 01-11-2016, 10:43 AM   #369
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Apparently he kept his illness pretty much out of the public eye, so nobody really knew.
Oh, ok.
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He's not the first to do this, but channeling his artistic vision until the very end and leaving behind this last album - which may well be a masterpiece - is awe-inspiring.
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Woke up in the middle of the night and grabbed my phone to check the time. Saw 4 breaking news alerts that Bowie had died. I'm still in shock. It was hard to fall back asleep.


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My favorite Bowie track. The guy has so many astounding deep cuts.

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RIP David, you won't soon be forgotten!
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Couple illuminating reads.

The first about writing and content:

‪The Beautiful Meaninglessness of David Bowie - The New Yorker

Words from Visconti about its release:

David Bowie's last release, Lazarus, was 'parting gift' for fans in carefully planned finale - Telegraph




So yeah, it looks like this has been in the can for a while, and he tried to release it as close to his death as possible. Just wow.
Yeah it is just amazing. Reminds me of something that happened in my own life, though i don't want to get too much into that. But still, he truly was in command of his own life and marched to the beat of his own drum, even in death. Blackstar was a gift, no doubt about that, for which i/we are all greatful.

I almost ordered Blackstar (and others) off of Amazon yesterday, for no particular reason i decided to wait instead.

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Tony Visconti, the producer who worked with Bowie to complete his final album, has released a statement saying it was deliberately created and timed as a "parting gift" for his fans.

In a statement on his Facebook page, he said: "He always did what he wanted to do. And he wanted to do it his way and he wanted to do it the best way.

"His death was no different from his life - a work of Art.

"He made Blackstar for us, his parting gift.

"I knew for a year this was the way it would be. I wasn't, however, prepared for it.

"He was an extraordinary man, full of love and life. He will always be with us
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The artist reaction that most interested me. This was funny, but difficult to read:


Brian Eno
David's death came as a complete surprise, as did nearly everything else about him. I feel a huge gap now.
We knew each other for over 40 years, in a friendship that was always tinged by echoes of Pete and Dud. Over the last few years - with him living in New York and me in London - our connection was by email. We signed off with invented names: some of his were mr showbiz, milton keynes, rhoda borrocks and the duke of ear.
About a year ago we started talking about Outside - the last album we worked on together. We both liked that album a lot and felt that it had fallen through the cracks. We talked about revisiting it, taking it somewhere new. I was looking forward to that.
I received an email from him seven days ago. It was as funny as always, and as surreal, looping through word games and allusions and all the usual stuff we did. It ended with this sentence: 'Thank you for our good times, brian. they will never rot'. And it was signed 'Dawn'.
I realise now he was saying goodbye.
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