January 10 2016 – 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.
If you follow David Bowie on any platform, you probably saw this message earlier this evening. But if you didn’t, you still probably saw the outpouring of sympathy and grief about the legend David Bowie passing away. His son confirmed that his father had died following an 18-month battle with cancer, just two days after his 69th birthday and most recent album release. If you have not heard it, Blackstar is available wherever you listen to music, and we highly recommend it.
English singer David Bowie was an English singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, record producer, arranger, painter, and actor. His androgynous appearance was an iconic element of his image, particularly in the 1970s and 1980s. He has released 26 studio albums, 9 live albums, 46 compilation albums, 5 extended plays (EPs), 111 singles, including 5 UK number one singles, and 3 soundtracks. Bowie has also released 13 video albums and 51 music videos. Bowie’s innovative songs and stagecraft brought a new dimension to popular music in the early 1970s, strongly influencing both its immediate forms and its subsequent development.
A pioneer of glam rock, Bowie, according to music historians Schinder and Schwartz, has joint responsibility with Marc Bolan for creating the genre. At the same time, he inspired the innovators of the punk rock music movement. While punk musicians trashed the conventions of pop stardom, Bowie moved on again—into a more abstract style of music making that in turn became a transforming influence. Biographer David Buckley writes, “At a time when punk rock was noisily reclaiming the three-minute pop song in a show of public defiance, Bowie almost completely abandoned traditional rock instrumentation.” Bowie’s record company sought to convey his unique status in popular music with the slogan, “There is old wave, there is new wave, and there is Bowie …” Musicologist James Perone credits him with having “brought sophistication to rock music”, and critical reviews frequently acknowledge the intellectual depth of his work and influence.