After 69 years on Earth, David Bowie has moved on from this planet. While he was here, Bowie went by a variety of names (David Robert Jones, Ziggy Stardust) in his pursuit of a variety of creative endeavors (musician / actor / artist / fashionista). Whatever he did, he brought a quality of transcendent humanity that resonated with fans around the entire globe.
Following the news of his passing, tributes began pouring in.
From The New York Times:
Mr. Bowie wrote songs, above all, about being an outsider: an alien, a misfit, a sexual adventurer, a faraway astronaut. His music was always a mutable blend: rock, cabaret, jazz and what he called “plastic soul,” but it was suffused with genuine soul.
The Guardian ended their tribute with a quote from Bowie from an earlier interview:
— David Bowie
My entire career, I’ve only really worked with the same subject matter. The trousers may change, but the actual words and subjects I’ve always chosen to write with are things to do with isolation, abandonment, fear and anxiety, all of the high points of one’s life.
In The BBC’s tribute, Sir Paul McCartney said he’d miss the good times he’d shared with Bowie, adding:
— Sir Paul McCartney
David was a great star and I treasure the moments we had together. His music played a very strong part in British musical history and I’m proud to think of the huge influence he has had on people all around the world.
Those who knew David shared their memories and condolences online. Tony Visconti, producer of Bowie’s Young Americans album, posted:
Madonna took to Facebook to post:
Fans shared their sadness at the news of Bowie’s passing on social media as well.
In joining the tribute, here are a few of our favorite Bowie memories:
David Bowie as the Goblin King in Jim Henson’s Labyrinth:
A comedic performance from Bowie on Extras:
Bowie as Nikola Tesla in The Prestige:
David Bowie and wife Iman in Design & Art Magazine:
David Bowie as alter-ego Ziggy Stardust:
Keith Haring art for Bowie’s 1983 single “Without You”:
Bowie and his painting “Head Of J.O.”, a portrait of Iggy Pop, hung at the Eduard Nakhamkin Fine Arts Gallery:
An interesting 4 hour interview with Bowie on Stardust for PBS Digital Studios:
Bowie’s answers to the so called Proust Questionnaire he completed for Vanity Fair:
Thank you for everything you gave us while you were here, David. You will be missed.