The huge loss of David Bowie


Like many people today, I am mourning David Bowie. A true star, he and his music have been a constant throughout my lifetime and his ability to re-invent himself has inspired as much as his music

Even now, we frequently listen to his work, particularly ‘Hunky Dory’, ‘Aladdin Sane’ (I have even run to this sometimes – must have looked hilarious) and ‘Low’.When Baz and I first met we found that we had been to see him on the same tour (Serious Moonlight)

Charlotte has been brought up listening to his albums on long car journeys and she has been educated by/ subjected to no end of footage of Ziggy Stardust and Bowie documentaries, to show her how he helped shaped music, fashion and attitudes. We felt this was every bit as important as any academic teaching

Inevitably, there were things he did that were unsuccessful but these pale against the great works, and the man was a true inspiration to me. I don’t know of anyone in the music business who was untouched by his work and he was universally popular as a person – no mean feat in the worlds of music and art

I was not expecting to like his latest album, seeing him as past his best, but I saw the video of ‘Blackstar’ this morning and my hair stood on end. What a disturbing and fitting last gift

R.I.P. a great and beautiful man. We are indebted to you

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