The children of the 1980’s have lost another one of our pop culture icon’s today with the death of David Bowie. If you did not know about David Bowie, you can learn more about his life and accomplishments below! Join in the Conversation after the JUMP!
LONDON— David Bowie, a giant of the music world who defined the glam-rock era and influenced fashion and the arts, has died after a struggle with cancer. He was 69.
The singer’s death was announced in a statement posted to his official social-media accounts early Monday morning.
The statement, dated Sunday, read: “David Bowie died peacefully today surrounded by his family after a courageous 18-month battle with cancer.”
“While many of you share in this loss, we ask that you respect the family’s privacy during their time of grief,” it added, without giving further details.
Steve Martin, Mr. Bowie’s publicist, confirmed the singer’s death by email.
The news comes just days after Mr. Bowie released his 28th album, “Blackstar,” on Friday, his 69th birthday. “Look up here, I’m in heaven,” he sings from a stark white bed in the music video for “Lazarus,” one of the new tracks.
Mr. Bowie’s death ends a far-reaching five-decade career that took off in the early ’70s, when he embraced cartoonish makeup and an outlandish stage wardrobe to put a theatrical spin on the genre that came to be known as glam rock. Albums such as 1972’s “The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars,” along with visually arresting live performances, made him an icon of not just music, but also art, fashion and other forms of live performance.
His relentlessly changing music shifted over the years, to the soul of 1975’s “Young Americans” and the mainstream pop of 1983’s “Let’s Dance.” His countless many hits include “Space Oddity,” “Under Pressure,” and “Suffragette City.” Inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1996, Bowie was an influential touchstone for many musicians, including current pop stars Lady Gaga and Florence Welch, of Florence + the Machine. In a 2000 poll of musicians, British music magazine NME named him the most influential artist of all time, over The Beatles and Bob Dylan.
Born David Jones in London in 1947, he released his second album “Man of Words/Man of Music” on Mercury Records in 1969. The work contained one of the singer’s biggest hits, “Space Oddity,” which climbed the charts in both the U.S. and the U.K.
After the success of “Space Oddity,” which reached No. 5 in the U.K., Mr. Bowie’s fame continued to rise through his androgynous and alien alter ego, Ziggy Stardust. In 1972, he performed as Ziggy in the U.S. and the U.K., often donning platform boots, glitter and tight, sci-fi inspired outfits. Along with other U.K. artists, including T. Rex and Sweet, Mr. Bowie became a central figure of the flamboyant, performance-heavy glam rock genre.
source: the wall street journal