David Bowie (1947-2016)



I just woke up to this news.

I’m still processing this.

I didn’t know David Bowie (born David Robert Jones) but I know how profoundly his music and his work in cinema and general presence on the planet affected me. Affected generations. Millions and millions of people all over the globe.

There was no one else like David Bowie. Though so many people tried to be David Bowie. They could never catch him. He was always a step ahead, a cut above.

He just released his latest album (on Friday, his Birthday in fact, a day he shared with the late Elvis Presley) BLACKSTAR, to rave reviews. A swansong that was obviously, meticulously timed to release at the point of his passing. A showman until the end.

From Bowie’s official Facebook page:

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.

We will.

We’ll go to our private corners and listen to the music. We’ll watch the films.

Fans of darker cinema will note that Bowie’s persona was channeled in such mesmerizing works of dark fantasy as Nicolas Roeg’s THE MAN WHO FELL TO EARTH (pictured above and the likes of which just saw Bowie transform into a stage musical), Tony Scott’s THE HUNGER,  Jim Henson’s LABYRINTH, David Lynch’s TWIN PEAKS: FIRE WALK WITH ME and most recently, Christopher Nolan’s THE PRESTIGE.

So many faces. So many changes. So much sound and vision. Such an indelible mark on the arts.

Expect more coverage here at SHOCK. We were and are and forever will be fans.

Safe travels, Starman. We love you so very, very much.