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 Posted: Mon Jan 11th, 2016 11:12 am
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Wow, did not see that coming.  He had apparently been battling cancer for 18 months, which I assume they had kept quiet because I had never heard about it.  Just 2 days ago his 25th LP "Blackstar" was released to critical acclaim.

http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/david-bowie-dead-legendary-artist-854364

David Bowie has died after a battle with cancer, his rep confirmed to The Hollywood Reporter. He was 69.
"David Bowie died peacefully today surrounded by his family after a courageous 18 month battle with cancer. While many of you will share in this loss, we ask that you respect the family’s privacy during their time of grief," read a statement posted on the artist's official social media accounts. 
The influential singer-songwriter and producer dabbled in glam rock, art rock, soul, hard rock, dance pop, punk and electronica during his eclectic 40-plus-year career. He just released his 25th album, Blackstar, Jan. 8, which was his birthday.
Bowie’s artistic breakthrough came with 1972’s The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders From Mars, an album that fostered the notion of rock star as space alien. Fusing British mod with Japanese kabuki styles and rock with theater, Bowie created the flamboyant, androgynous alter ego Ziggy Stardust.
Three years later, Bowie achieved his first major American crossover success with the No. 1 single “Fame” off the top 10 album Young Americans, then followed with the 1976 avant-garde art rock LP Station to Station, which made it to No. 3 on the charts and featured top 10 hit “Golden Years.”
Other memorable songs included 1983’s “Let’s Dance” — his only other No. 1 U.S. hit — “Space Oddity,” “Heroes,” “Changes,” “Under Pressure,” “China Girl,” “Modern Love,” “Rebel, Rebel,” “All the Young Dudes,” “Panic in Detroit,” “Fashion,” “Life on Mars,” “Suffragette City” and a 1977 Christmas medley with Bing Crosby.


With his different-colored eyes (the result of a schoolyard fight) and needlelike frame, Bowie was a natural to segue from music into curious movie roles, and he starred as an alien seeking help for his dying planet in Nicolas Roeg’s surreal The Man Who Fell to Earth (1976). Critics later applauded his three-month Broadway stint as the misshapen lead in 1980’s The Elephant Man.
Bowie also starred in Marlene Dietrich’s last film, Just a Gigolo (1978), portrayed a World War II prisoner of war in Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence (1983), and played Pontius Pilate in Martin Scorsese’s The Last Temptation of Christ (1988). And in another groundbreaking move, Bowie, who always embraced technology, became the first rock star to morph into an Internet Service Provider with the launch in September 1998 of BowieNet.
Born David Jones in London on Jan. 8, 1947, Bowie changed his name in 1966 after The Monkees’ Davy Jones achieved stardom. He played saxophone and started a mime company, and after stints in several bands he signed with Mercury Records, which in 1969 released his album Man of Words, Man of Music, which featured “Space Oddity,” a poignant song about an astronaut, Major Tom, spiraling out of control.
In an attempt to stir interest in Ziggy Stardust, Bowie revealed in a January 1972 magazine interview that he was gay — though that might have been a publicity stunt — dyed his hair orange and began wearing women’s garb. The album became a sensation.
Wrote rock critic Robert Christgau: “This is audacious stuff right down to the stubborn wispiness of its sound, and Bowie's actorly intonations add humor and shades of meaning to the words, which are often witty and rarely precious, offering an unusually candid and detailed vantage on the rock star’s world.”
Bowie changed gears in 1975. Becoming obsessed with the dance/funk sounds of Philadelphia, his self-proclaimed “plastic soul”-infused Young Americans peaked at No. 9 with the single “Fame,” which he co-wrote with John Lennon and guitarist Carlos Alomar.
After the soulful but colder Station to Station, Bowie again confounded expectations after settling in Germany by recording the atmospheric 1977 album Low, the first of his “Berlin Trilogy” collaborations with keyboardist Brian Eno.
In 1980, Bowie brought out Scary Monsters, which cast a nod to the Major Tom character from “Space Oddity” with the sequel “Ashes to Ashes.” He followed with Tonight in 1984 and Never Let Me Down in 1987 and collaborations with Queen, Mick Jagger, Tina Turner, The Pat Metheny Group and others. He formed the quartet Tin Machine (his brother Tony played drums), but the band didn’t garner much critical acclaim or commercial gain with two albums.
Bowie returned to a solo career with 1993’s Black Tie White Noise, which saw him return to work with his Spider From Mars guitarist Mick Ronson, then recorded 1995’s Outside with Eno and toured with Nine Inch Nails as his opening act. He returned to the studio in 1996 to record the techno-influenced Earthling. Two more albums, 1999’s hours … and 2002’s Heathen, followed.
Bowie also produced albums for, among others, Lou Reed, The Stooges and Moot the Hoople, for which he wrote the song “All the Young Dudes.” He earned a lifetime achievement Grammy Award in 2006.
Bowie was relatively quiet between the years of 2004 and 2012, reemerging in 2013 with the album The Next Day. Its arrival was met with a social media firestorm which catapulted it to No. 2 on the Billboard 200, his highest charting album ever.

While demand for a tour by the reclusive rock star has been relentless, Bowie kept a decidedly low profile, maintaining a residence in New York but rarely seen.
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RIP.
His greatest hits has been in regular rotation for me for at least twenty years.

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Didn't know he was sick.



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RIP to a true rock chameleon.

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RIP to a true 80s icon.

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Bowie's final music video "Lazarus", just released and apparently designed to be his final goodbye.

"Look up here, I'm in heaven"

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=y-JqH1M4Ya8

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One of the most influential artists in history.



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I just learned that Bowie wrote "All the Young Dudes", Mott the Hoople's biggest hit that influenced most of the '80s hair metal bands. I had no idea.



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Just a brutal passing.  This one hits me harder than most.  The fact that he put out such great music for 40+ years and well into his 60's makes him stand alone--or at the very least in a very, very select group--in my book.  

Best quote I've seen so far, from Gawker: "Fuck the whole world, David Bowie is dead. And shits like Trump still walk the earth. We have definitive proof life isn't fair."



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Been playing Ziggy Stardust during my lunch and it brings back some wonderful college memories. I'm also a fan of some of his more recent projects, like "Heathen".

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So many good singles, and an impressive run of albums in the 70's and early 80s. One of my biggest regrets is never having seen him live.



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Another shirt lifter that we're supposed to get weepy about because he dressed like a Bruce Jenner barbie doll and wrote a decent tune or two. I'll remember "Modern Love" being used over the intro to WWF's All-Star Wrestling. Or was it Championship Wrestling? Anyway, he's gone and life moves on. BTW, did he undergo his cancer treatments with the NHS or did he use his money to go out of the country?



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broke wrote: So many good singles, and an impressive run of albums in the 70's and early 80s. One of my biggest regrets is never having seen him live.
I didn't realize this until I researched it today, but Bowie hasn't done a concert since June 24, 2004. He experienced chest pains during the show and never performed again, except as a special guest for 1-3 songs at other people's concerts in 2005 and 2006. Hasn't performed at all since then. 



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Had an opportunity to see him as a teen when nin opened for him. Couldn't afford it but wish I could have done something to fundraise for that ticket, be it sell pot or pimp out my gf at the time.



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