David Bowie was one of a kind. Very few artists have had the same long-lasting impact on not just the music world, but society as a whole. Born David Robert Jones in Brixton, London on 8 January 1947, he spent the 60s finding himself as an artist. Working through the frustration of his lack of impact on the mainstream music market, he finally broke through with 1969’s ‘Space Oddity’. Although he enjoyed chart success with the single, it was not until after a brief hiatus that his career hit stratospheric levels of international acclaim. Returning in 1972 as his androgynous alter ego Ziggy Stardust, it became clear that a ‘Starman’ had landed.
While his music pleased both those with artistic intentions and those who favoured the mainstream pop sound, it was his gender bending image that started to really make an impact on the society that surrounded him. By 1975 he had cracked the American market with the single ‘Fame’, which saw him shake off the glam rock of his earlier sound in favour of something more soulful.
As his fame continued to rise, Bowie stayed true to the innovative artist at his core. Never releasing material for the sake of it, instead remaining an integrity to everything that he released. With each album arrived an exploration of a new sound, partnered with an equally enticing and intriguing new image.
An artist to the core, Bowie as a man unafraid to ask the questions others were too frightened to. As he bid farewell with his last studio album, ‘Blackstar’, and the insightful, moving video for ‘Lazarus’, it is clear that Bowie is a man who not only inspired his generation, but will continue to inspire and change generations to come.
We salute you Starman.