The death of a beloved artist sends tremors around the world. Tributes follow, as does the reassurance that at least the artist's work lives on for all of us. This is not quite how it went when the world learned of David Bowie's death on January 10th, just days after releasing Blackstar, his 25th album.
We were shocked. We were sad. But the difference here was that not only had we lost an inspiration to generations, we had been forced to confront the mortality of a man we'd all assumed was immortal. Yes, his work would live on, but this time that was cold comfort in the face of the realisation that despite his knack for otherworldly reinvention, David Bowie was, after all, a human being. A space traveler, a thin white duke, a force for unity in a divided city... an icon in so many ways, but a human being all the same.
If tomorrow does indeed belong to those who can hear it coming, no-one can lay claim to a future without David Bowie.
He moved us; what moved him? David Bowie's superlatives
- "One of the most emotional performances I've ever done.": Singing Heroes at the Berlin Wall
- "I'd never gone after anything with such passion in all my life.": His wife, Iman.
- "I'll never forget it.": His address in Berlin, Hauptstrasse 155, Schoeneberg
- "Possibly the most poignant version of [Heroes] ever created.":