David Bowie: 1947 – 2016

Posted on January 11, 2016

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Legendary space being David Bowie has moved on to the next phase of his existence and we in the material plane are all the poorer for his absence.

 

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But rather than wallow in our loss as a species, let’s all marvel and wonder that we got to exist on planet earth at the same time that he did.

 

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How lucky we were to have him. Luckier than we knew, probably, but that tends to be the way of such things. The world has a tendency to not fully appreciate its geniuses while they walk the planet. Even the most celebrated of them.

 

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It will be up to far better writers than us, not to mention the people who knew him well, to make sense of his life and career and put both in context now that they have reached their endpoints.

In this dimension, at least.

 

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But for these two fashion queens, David Bowie’s entire existence was a celebration of oddness; a seven-decade manifesto that taught us not only that we didn’t have to be normal if it didn’t suit us, but that the pursuit of abnormalcy in one’s life can be an aesthetic, philosophical and most importantly, moral choice with true value and rewards.

 

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Now that he’s gone, many will say that his greatest gift was to make the pursuit of weirdness a viable goal in one’s life, but that’s not quite how we see it.

 

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David Bowie’s greatest gift as an artist and ostensible human being is that he made the pursuit of weirdness … beautiful.

 

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Thank you for being weird, David. More importantly, thank you for making it look so fucking drop-dead fabulous.

Don’t rest in peace. The universe deserves better. Keep going, Space Oddity. All of us down here on earth will continue to cheer you on.

 

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  • ‘Becca’lise Deveaux

    Ugh. So sad.

  • sherrietee

    The news this morning made me cry. Oddly enough, while Space Oddity went through my head, I was also reminded of Freddie Mercury/Queen’s The Show Must Go On, too. (Then again, they did collaborate on Under Pressure.)

    • Sadly the one line that came to mind when I first heard the news was ‘This is our last dance.’ I haven’t stopped tearing up since. So sad.

      • jilly_d

        Always my favorite line from that song! Stopityouremakingmeteary

      • Lily

        Have been listening to such “Under Pressure” all morning. Two souls, bound to brightness, singing in harmony again.

    • Saturnine

      Yeah, I already have David and Freddie playing in heavy rotation this morning . . . Ugh– I hate crying.

      • Nancy Arseneault-Heald

        They sang the soundtrack to my whole damn life.

  • MMS_SMS

    Thank you for capturing just what my heart felt by my mind could not form. RIP.

  • OffToSeeHim

    My heart goes out to Iman, they were so in love.

    • Trent

      First thing I thought, too. They were the world’s most fabulous couple, and yet seemed so private (so unusual in these pimp-my-life-for-fame days) and in love. I have loved Bowie’s work and life since the 70’s, with Young Americans, Ziggy and the Brian Eno collaborations. To an oddball gay kid then, his utter refusal to fit into any of life’s “boxes” was revelatory. He was a true chameleon, but not a dilettante. And the music was always wonderful, and far more accessible than we expected, even in his most experimental period.

      The fact that he was still creating ambitious, well-reviewed music literally until he died — and allowed us to experience that music without the distraction of knowing his medical status — is the sign of a true artist. RIP David Jones, and much love to Iman and his wonderful children.

    • Saturnine

      Thanks for this—my two very very favorites. *sigh*

  • Thank you for doing this.

  • Sanglots longs

    He was so fabulous I never even realized he was weird.

    • Coleen

      ^^^^ THIS.

  • Sekhmet6

    Thank you, TLo. Thank you, David.

  • spanglemaker9

    This is a wonderful tribute to his sense of style and visual artistry, which he made no less a part of his performance than the music. Growing up in a small town in the south in the 80s, the existence of people like David Bowie (and the 80s artists who came in his wake and owed much to his 70s trailblazing) gave me hope that there was a much wider world outside of my conservative, smothering hometown. They made me determined to get out and live in a place where people like that existed. Of course, there’s only one Bowie, but his life and work was inspiration to countless misfits and freaks.

    • NilBlur

      Well said! Me – 1980’s, SC, Cocteau Twins

  • Thank you for this beautiful tribute.

  • steph

    Thank for posting, his music, style, and vision will never be duplicated.

  • GemFemme

    He showed us that being true to yourself not only brings your soul closer to perfection, but frees it from earthly constraints as well. God speed.

  • shoofly

    Tears. Thank you for this.

  • jilly_d

    What a wonderful tribute, gentlemen. Thanks.

  • your face

    Lovely tribute.

  • SylviaPearl

    Beautiful! Thanks you!

  • Mary Elizabeth Poytinger Baume

    that last picture is the best one yet…it was sad to wake up to this news this morning…his latest album is getting amazing reviews and is said to be one of the best he has ever produced. Diva’s know how to drop the mic and go out in style…and this bitch was fab to his core. He will be so missed and the world is a little less strangely beautiful without him

    • Saturnine

      I heard the album was excellent too, and was looking forward to a quieter weekend to listen to it. I wish I could have heard first it not knowing what I know now. 🙁

      • Nathan

        I’ve read that he knew he was dying before the album dropped. I think he wanted us to hear it in this context.

        • Saturnine

          I read that this morning too. It will be hard to listen to, but I guess he wanted to create one last mind-blowing experience for his listeners. A consummate artist and showman til the end . . .

          • fursa_saida

            If you haven’t yet, and you feel you have the emotional fortitude, look up the music video he just released. It’s called Lazarus and it is without question a dying farewell. He chose very deliberately what his goodbye would be.

          • Saturnine

            I saw clips. I don’t think I can do it yet. :-(. I’m glad he had the ability to go out (artistically at least) on his own terms.

          • Saturnine

            Hi– me again. I still can’t bring myself to view the video, but I did download the album. Unreal and amazing, musically and experientially.

          • fursa_saida

            I’ve been so moved that he gave us such a goodbye, when he didn’t have to at all.

        • Saturnine

          You might have moved on from this thread, but I wanted to tell you that I did download the album and the only word for it is mind-blowing. The music is classic Bowie–fresh, fusion-y sounds, trippy lyrics, and gorgeous, GORGEOUS vocals. But conceptually, for me, it was an utterly unique and even uplifting experience to hear his last musical “statement” in the context of his passing. I know there’s a team of producers and the drop was meticulously timed, but it doesn’t seem ‘manufactured.” The album plays like a message from beyond, above, all over. Who else but Bowie could manage to achieve that? A true, true artist.

  • Karen B

    I was 10 when I was first introduced to David Bowie. Oddly enough, it was not through his music, but through a quote that would serve an entire generation via a movie about five people, each an oddity in their own way.

    • Jackie4g

      Ch ch changes. And this is another one of them.

  • Leah Robin

    Thank you so much for that. The world will be less strange and less beautiful without him.

  • KLeigh

    Yes! He has been called back to his home planet and we are better for having been allowed to borrow him.

  • scribbles14

    I was trying to put into words for my teenagers what David Bowie meant to many teenagers growing up in the 1970s, unable to put into words who they were or wanted to be. Or to anybody who had fireworks going off in their brains they were struggling to explain. This was what I wanted to say.

    • Lisalady161

      I was trying to do the same thing this morning. He was the background music to my adolescence and youth, validating and celebrating it in a time where the ‘normal’ world would tell us we were strange and not beautiful. He knew better.

  • Ramon Figueroa

    Thank you for this beautiful tribute. The world is a lot less fabulous today.

  • Saturnine

    Thanks for these beautiful words. I am so gutted today– what a loss.

  • TheRoyalWe3

    This brought tears to my eyes .. again.

  • Diane

    Thank you for such a lovely tribute. I am heartbroken over the news.

  • Sam Pantha

    Beautiful tribute. Thank you TLo.

  • What????
    No
    No. No.

    This is not OK.

  • My heart aches at the loss of such a fabulous, iconic talented person. I’ve felt teary eyed ever since I opened FB and saw the news,

    Thanks, T-Lo for this beautiful tribute to a man who will not soon be forgotten. He was a treasure. A magical unicorn. He made the world a more wonderful place to exist. Your light will be sorely missed, David.

  • AC Simons

    Thank you for these photos and your comments. Bowie was an innovator, collaborator, and enthusiast – all great things. He will be greatly missed.

  • Rhonda Shore

    THANK YOU for this. I was lucky enough to have seventh row seats for the Elephant Man w/Bowie in the lead. “Turn and Face the Strange.”

  • karinlee

    Thank you for this, TLo.

  • Introspective

    lovely and fitting tribute. the world is a more boring place indeed.

  • VioletFem

    I already miss him. Everyone has to go at some point, but it is still hard to accept when it happens. My heart goes out to Iman.

  • RussellH88

    He shaped my childhood with Labyrinth and then I fell in love with his music as an adult. This is really fucking me up.

    • Pet Peeve

      Fortunately Russell you have decades of art, fashion, music, poetry, acting and so much more to comfort you. I don’t think it is quantifiable to truly know the extent of how his art full energies have influenced this world. He will continue to do so. As many masters of art have. Sending you virtual hugs.

  • kazibear

    Thank you for pulling all those great photos together here.

  • LilyVanessi

    Amazing tribute.

  • RedRaven617

    Gender bending before we knew the term existed.

  • I loved him.

  • KA Popovic

    I have never in my life cried over the death of a celeb but I just can’t stop the tears.
    He’s a Blackstar, he’s promised to go ahead and make what’s next in his image, wherever that is.
    And he’s never let me down before, so I’m just gonna have to believe.

  • Bland Gland

    Amen.

  • Capt. Renault

    Well said. This weirdo thanks you.

  • Kit S.

    Thanks for this.

  • Froggae

    Thank you so much for this post.

  • alyce1213

    A true original. I’m grateful for his beautiful existence. It’s so hard to take in, that such a being is gone.

  • Regardless of what you believe about an afterlife, if anyone could morph into some sort of multi-dimensional being that could live forever, it’s David Bowie. Thank you both for this.

  • Erica

    I awakened this morning to my husband giving me this sad news. I recognized his fashion as trendsetting, of course, since I first came to know who he was through MTV back in the early 80s. But his wonderful, weird music from all through the years became one of the soundtracks of our house, as my husband’s love for Bowie (and Queen, for that matter) knows no bounds. And I’ve always marveled at how you can listen to one of his songs from the early 70s and it is still so fresh and forward thinking and skilled that it could have been written yesterday.

  • Beautiful post, gents.

  • mar

    You are so right. He will be missed.

  • Lurker

    Devastated. Completely. Utterly. Devastated.

  • LDV24

    Beautifully written. Thank you.

  • Lilyana_F

    Thank you for that.

  • Capt. Renault

    A lovely tribute, and well said. It summarizes my feelings perfectly.

  • Lily

    Beautiful. Tears.

  • Gatita

    Not only was he fabulous and unbelievably talented but apparently also remarkably ego free and kind to friends and fans. I read an interview with him where he was all “Let’s not talk about me, let’s talk about new bands!”

  • TigerLaverada

    Thank you for this. I cried when I found out he’d passed on, and cried again reading your wonderful tribute.

  • MilaXX

    Damn! Can’t decide which I hate more, Monday’s or cancer. All I know is this former weird kid is really sad.

  • Judy_J

    What a lovely tribute, with accompanying glorious photos. I picture him on another astral plane, showing them all how it’s done.

  • Alice Edinburgh

    Shocked to read this news this morning and I realized that a big reason is that he kept his illness private, unlike so many celebrities today. Though I am just a fan my reaction to his death was visceral. A world without David Bowie seems impossible.

  • tereliz

    I’m usually so good at finding the right words to say, but I’m at a loss. We’ll miss you so, Mister Stardust.

  • VCR1

    Shocked and saddened….

  • cocohall

    I’m just gutted and it is comforting to come to this site where there’s a shared sense of loss. The thing that always stood out for me about Bowie (in addition to his glorious otherness) was his truly beautiful and expressive singing voice. The angel’s choir is in luck today.

  • lynnlee

    I love how you guys see style. Lovely tribute.

  • AnniNoone

    What a beautiful tribute. Thank you for giving me the big, ugly cry I needed to have.

  • SneakyKitty

    I am so deeply, achingly sad. When the news mentioned it this morning I burst into tears and was crying the entire time I was getting dressed for work. Celebrity deaths don’t usually hit me so hard, but he was something else, you know? And I always took for granted that he’d live forever, because he seemed like he’d always existed and like he’d outlive everyone to the end of time.

  • SuzBald

    Beautifully done. Thank you.

  • Jacquie

    Heartbroken and devastated to hear of the loss of someone who has been a huge part of my life since I was 7 years old. One of a kind, iconic, multi-faceted amazing human being. You will greatly and sadly missed, David.

  • Anathema_Device

    Beautiful tribute, TLo. This has hit me so hard. He wa weirdly beautiful. And beautifully weird. He was one of a kind. Hate to say something so cliche, but it’s true.

  • CassandraMortmain

    What an absolutely beautiful, pitch-perfect remembrance. I’m sure I will come back to this many times. Thank you.

  • Karen

    This was so beautiful. Thank you for this tribute.

  • Named my beautiful half Siamese kitty after this man. He is white with markings on just half his face, blue eyes, and I said to my Mom, “I’m going to name him Bowie, because I think he looks like David Bowie. You know…cat from Japan, snow white tan.” And she said, “Well, why don’t you just name him Ziggy, if you think he looks like Ziggy Stardust?” And I said, “Because he doesn’t look like a Ziggy. He looks like a Bowie!”
    Oddly enough, my cat doesn’t care for his music, but I will always have much love for the man! Thank you for sharing these magnificent photographs!

  • MzzPants

    Thank you for this celebratory post.

  • mjude

    thank you TLO for posting this. I was a fan back to Ziggy Stardust. I was lucky enough to see him in concert back in the day. He was everything you said & I will forever bow down to him, our Thin White Duke.

  • ashtangajunkie

    Well said. Thank you.

  • redhead with tattoos

    I feel like the air has been sucked out of the world. Devastated.

  • Jordynne Rios

    I feel for Iman! Rest in Peace, Bowie. You have inspired all of us.

  • Freynika

    Rock on, you beautiful Space Oddity.

  • Jennifer Knopf Bernstein

    This was the best piece about Bowie I have read this morning.

  • siriuslover

    What a beautiful statement! This brought tears to my eyes, which wasn’t hard, given that my teenage son, who just discovered the awesomeness of the Bowie repertoire, has his voice catch as he told me the news over the stair railing this morning. His voice and his legend will live on for a new generation.

  • marlie

    I don’t often cry when a celebrity dies, but I was a weepy mess this morning.

    • schadenfreudelicious

      Same, and me too 🙁

  • ThaliaMenninger

    I didn’t know he was gone. I am so tired of all these icons leaving us so much earlier than they really should. Just as a side-note: I was on an airplane with David Bowie and Iman once. Didn’t know it till everybody got off and was standing around the luggage carousel. He and Iman were dressed as impeccably as you could wish. He had a dark blue pin-stripe suit and she had a white jumpsuit. He wasn’t as tall as I expected, but such a beautiful couple, just standing there at the luggage carousel, waiting patiently like everybody else.

  • SportifLateBoomer

    I’m a mess over this news. When I was 11-12, in the early ’70s, I felt like such a misfit/oddball and knew there was something bigger than my hometown, friends and upbringing (working class, Catholic school, etc.) that I couldn’t articulate. I was really precocious and had interests no one I knew shared. I was so drawn to his music and image, in a way i didn’t understand. I bought a cassette copy of either Pinups or Aladdin Sane — don’t recall, just remember the covers. It was WAY over my tween head — but I felt like he was sharing a world I wanted to be in. Fast forward to the recent present, grown up into a midlife hetero suburban white lady, Bowie’s music and style speaks to me so much as I’m making radical changes to my life (ending a long LTR, career change, move, etc.). My alarm wakes me up to “Heroes” to remind me that I too can be a hero, just for one day. The pic of Bowie w/Tilda Swinton (which I think came from TLO) from their video collaboration rests on my desktop as a testament to eternal fabulosity, reinvention and aging naturally. He gave us so much.

  • Christine

    And Ziggy played guitar. He lived his life as performance art. Even his death is a work of art. What an amazing artist has left us, but his art, and thus his life, continues on.

  • DKBB

    While we are all indeed poorer for his absence, we are oh so very much richer for his presence while he was here….RIP Ziggy…fly among the stars forever.

  • KayEmWhy

    I met him and Rod Stewart on the street in NYC in the 80’s two nice down to earth guys for heavenly creatures. R.I.P. Back in space.

  • Gatita

    A columnist for the Guardian nailed it:

    My David Bowie is not dead. Nor ever can be. What he gave to me is forever mine because he formed me. I have absolute clarity about that, I need no lamentations from politicians or TV presenters with their dim memories of his “hits”. I need no ranking of whether he was up there with Dylan or Lennon because I just know that is a dumb question. I simply know. He was my lodestar: in the years when I was trying to become myself, he showed me the endless possibilities. He extended out into the new spaces, metaphorically and physically. That man could move.

    • Megan Kennedy

      Gorgeous. So many of us feel this way.

    • Gatto Nero

      ^Thanks for this. I’ve been speechless with shock all day.

  • masugawa

    Oh god… I’m still in denial and hoping this is all a publicity stunt. 🙁

  • majorbedhead

    I was surprised how sad and shocked I was to hear about this.

  • Carla_Charlton

    And I’m crying again. David Bowie was one of those people that was always THERE…and now he’s not; it’s such a reminder of time passing.

  • Hellene

    What a lovely tribute. Strangely enough, I watched “the Man Who Fell to Earth” this weekend. Not the best movie by a stretch. But all I could think, “What a beautiful person.” Couldn’t stop watching him.

  • prisma

    Nothing to add that hasn’t already been put into words here. I’m still in shock.

  • He was truly an original. Several times, in fact. His capacity for reinvention is the stuff of legend.
    I am bereft at his passing.

  • Bowildhaze

    The news this morning hurt as it had about John Lennon, Lou Reed, Donna Summer, and those that made the soundtrack of our lives. Dancing to “Let’s Dance” at clubs in New York, scream/singing to “Under Pressure” and then the occasional sightings of him around Chelsea, taking his daughter to school.

    Pioneer in so many ways…

  • enuma

    I can’t say it better than Dean Podestá: If you’re ever sad, just remember the world is 4.543 billion years old and you somehow managed to exist at the same time as David Bowie.

  • funkydonut

    I seriously cannot with this. I just can’t.

  • minnye

    A light has gone out. RIP David and condolences to Iman and his/their children.

  • TamiSeattle

    Thank you.

  • mrspeel2

    Here, Here! Very well said, TLo!!

  • Inspector_Gidget

    Hot tramp! I love you so.

  • Gail Anderson

    I received the news of David Bowie’s death when I read an e-mail from CNN about it at 2:30 AM today. I have received hundreds of e-mails from CNN over the years about all sorts of disasters, but this was the first time I’ve ever had one that made me gasp and say “Oh My God” out loud! This reminds me of when Elvis died, as well as when John Lennon was murdered. (I felt bad when George Harrison died, but if I remember correctly, we knew that George had been sick for awhile, so his death wasn’t such a shock.) Not to mention Michael Jackson. All of these men were brilliant artists that we lost too soon.

    Thank you TLo, for sharing your insight with us. This is the best tribute to David Bowie I’ve seen all day! You guys are the best!

  • Uncle Spike

    Your last four sentences in this tribute: DEAD ON. And these pictures are breathtaking. Thank you.

  • harthad

    A bright spirit has left the planet. I listened to “Bring Me the Disco King” in his honor this morning.

  • oh vienna

    The life I lead was, in no small part, shaped by Bowie’s profound influence on me, from a young age. And I know I am far from alone in being able to say this — with grief, with wonder, and also with profound gratitude. And for his to go out like this, planning one final beautiful farewell to his fans and in so doing, turning his death into his final work of art… only Bowie could possibly have done such a thing. His whole career was a gift, and now the stars look very different today. Vale Bowie, and Vive Bowie, forever and ever.

  • Kaonashi

    This was a beautiful tribute, TLo.

    I was very fortunate to see the David Bowie is…retrospective of his work at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago. He was a very talented man whom I shall miss greatly. My thoughts are with Iman and his children.

  • Megan Kennedy

    Yes, this. Beautiful words, gentlemen. Thank you.

  • bitchybitchybitchy

    Put on your red shoes and dance the blues……
    Thank you, David Bowie-that’s all-simply, Thank you.

  • LittleMascara

    What a great tribute. So many tears today. So sad….we can be heroes

  • EEKstl

    Love this tribute, thanks TLo. I am devastated by the death of one of my all-time heroes. And a damned fine songwriter to boot. We’ve lost a genius.

  • AndieJay

    I started the day in tears. Thank you for this tribute.
    I just watched his last video. It begins with him coming out of a wardrobe, and ends with him going back into a wardrobe. Very fitting for someone who spoke through fashion as eloquently as he did. The song is called “Lazarus.” If only.

  • Beth513

    When I heard the news this morning in the car I cried and later thought to myself, if I can get online soon, I bet TLo will have a beautiful tribute, and you did. Thank you so much for this.

  • willworktomorrow

    One thing I really appreciate about Bowie’s vision was that in the pursuit of that weird beauty, he defied gender categories and expectations all the time. Which makes him a hero for so many of us.

  • Like everyone else, I cannot believe how shocked and sad I was when I heard. Thank you for sending him off into space for us to cheer on!

  • Karen Clark

    Great piece on him. Thank you. Just moving through tears and grief today.

  • tereliz

    Okay, so I didn’t think there was anyone in the world who was untouched by David Bowie, but apparently the baby twink who gave me a blow out this afternoon learned to do hair in a cave on Mars. It’s a sad state of affairs when the man doing your hair doesn’t know anything about the Holy Emperor of Glam Rock. I think I’ll go home and watch The Man who Fell the Earth, and then Labyrinth. *sigh*

  • KittieLynnNYC

    Such a beautiful and heartfelt tribute, TLo. Thank you. You said everything that I find myself too grief stricken to express right now.

  • SewingSiren

    Love him. Always have always will. His music touched so many from so many generations. My children loved him too. My favorite fashion moment for Bowie was when he was on the Midnight Special and he wore a skirt so tight they had to carry him on to the stage. Fabulous beyond words.

  • A_guy01

    Genius. We miss him already.

  • fiercediva

    It’s really impossible to summarize the hugeness of his influence on fashion, on music, on LGBTQ children of the 1970s onwards – the number of things that would not exist had he not paved the way is staggering. I’d hoped we’d have this treasure for a couple more decades before we had to part with him.

  • Lattis

    Loved this man. His music meant a great deal to me in my 20’s – 30’s especially. Always fantasized I’d see my birthday mate (Jan 8) IRL and say thank you.

  • Blackcatbitch

    That was so beautifully put, it made me tear up. Thank you, TLo. Well said. Don’t Rest in Peace. Rest in FABULOUSNESS !!!

  • julnyes

    My sister woke me up this morning to tell me and I don’t think I’m really processing it yet. I feel terrible for his friends and family and feel the loss as a fan as well.

  • DrMomLovesLife

    “Ooh, bop! Talk talk talk talk talk talk talk about, ’bout, ’bout, ’bout, FASHION! La la la la … “. He was a true visionary, who understood fashion as an expression of individuality and of self. An artist, in every sense of the word. We’ll miss you, Ziggy Stardust.

  • ArchaicSmile

    Heartbreaking news. I truly admired him and his work. He left us too soon.

  • Louise Bryan

    To me he was more of an icon than someone who’s music wowed me. I’m pretty sure I remember seeing him on SNL, wearing a dress. First time I ever saw a man in a dress (not a kilt, hush!), who was not in drag. It was just what he was wearing as a stage costume. Freaked my teenage self out pretty thoroughly.

  • James

    I’ve been a yo-yo all day over this. Up and down, up and down, during the whole day, the good memories mixing with the realization that oh hey, he’s not actually magical and yes, he is gone. And yet not really because his music is still here, including Blackstar that now sounds completely different to the initial listen.

    It’s also seeing someone who was such a big part of my childhood and then teen years die, and maybe I’m a little bit weird because I thought he was so fabulous and if so I’m so grateful but at the same time, I feel like mortality is right there and well, all of this makes me think. Up and down all day, all jumbled up, but maybe that’s not so bad either. It’d be boring otherwise and one thing this man never was, was boring. He was just fabulous and a true, true artist.

  • Glammie

    Love the tribute, love the photos. The thing about Bowie, for me, is that even as he did the chameleon thing better than anyone, he was also himself. I didn’t get how much so until his last two albums and videos, where he was old and embraced it, but without dismissing all the things he’d been before. There was something genuine about him–his performance art really was his self-expression. I saw the Dark Star video when it came out–and the refrain is just drumming in my head. “Lazarus” I watched last night–disturbing, but beautiful.

    Hope he’s dancing among the stars.

  • renad

    He was my first love. I’ll miss him forever.

  • renad

    He was my first love. I’ll miss him forever.

  • The Detonator

    The only way to deal with an unfree world is to become so absolutely
    free that your very existence is an act of rebellion. – Albert Camus

  • DesertDweller79

    What a beautiful tribute. Thank you.

  • Steampunk Octopus

    You keep saying there are far better writers than you two in the world. I think you underestimate yourselves. That was a beautiful, moving, and touching memorial and celebration of David Bowie’s life. You found the words I’ve not been able to. Thank you.

  • quiltrx

    Beautiful images and beautiful words. Thank you.

  • AbbaGurl

    Lovely tribute, TLo.

    Hot tramp, I love you so.

  • sisterb67

    Sigh. He’s “a total blam blam.”

  • Kimberlini

    Funny…I never thought of him as a weirdo. A visionary, yes, but never a weirdo. He was the epitome of “Be me or do me.” Style, style, style. Plus he was a star from the get-go on his first world tour for Ziggy Stardust. No opening act status for Mr. Jones. I was pissed that I missed the October ’72 show in Santa Monica but was fortunate enough to make it to Long Beach in March ’73. The most amazing show EVER…and I have seen hundreds of rock concerts. I never missed a tour after that. He was my idol, and I am devastated.

  • Super_Red

    Turn and face the strange. </3

  • PLH

    Oh, I think you said it pretty well. Love the Starman since high school. Thanks for the great pix.

  • picarica

    What does love dare us, every day?

  • Mr. Ellie Pooh

    Thank you for posting this. One day later and I am still heartbroken. He was my first “famous crush.” I have loved him since I was a freshman in college and own all his albums, have seen all his movies — anyone remember “Hunger,” or “Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence?” You will be missed Mr. Bowie, Ziggy, Thin White Duke, Major Tom. #RIPDavidBowie

  • SewingSiren

    Thanks for that. I had misremembered this as being on the Midnight Special. He did another set on the same show where he is in a mummy case like outfit and Klaus and Joey carry him to the microphone and he sings The Man Who Sold the World.

    • Gatto Nero

      Yes! There’s another YouTube video explaining the origins of that dadaist costume.
      And they also performed “Boys Keep Swinging,” with Bowie as a puppet!
      Genius.
      Still so shaken today.

  • Milos Mom

    One of the better memorial posts… Kudos.

  • cousinelizabeth

    Thank you.

    • Gatto Nero

      I was happy to be reminded of it.

  • Rosie Posie

    Ashes to ashes, Stardust to stardust…
    He once said, “I don’t know where I’m going from here, but I promise it won’t be boring.” For me, my belief in the truth of those words seems to provide a moment of comfort here and there. (And yet, at other times, I’m gutted and can’t quite believe it.) Thank you, gents, for a great tribute.