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Monday, 11 January 2016

Memories of David Bowie music superstar, fashion guru and cultural icon

It was a massive shock to hear of the death of David Bowie this morning especially after only just ordering his latest album "Black Star" off the internet. A true pop genius, style and cultural icon constantly changing his style and persona, his influence on popular culture is enormous only rivalled I would argue by Elvis Presley & the Beatles. He also did much to extend boundaries and contribute greatly to the values and freedoms that we value today. A true innovator, he was a beacon of artistic/ cultural/pop music light against the grey power-starved days of the early 1970's. I first heard David Bowie when "Space Oddity" was played on the Top 40 and also on "Top of the Pops" and his records played I attended at parties in the late 1970's, the album "Hunky Dory" was a particular favourite. Of course, when you hear songs like "Jean Genie", "Life on Mars" "Changes", "Suffragette City", "Young Americans", "Heroes", "Ashes to Ashes", Fashion", "Let's Dance", "Hello Spaceboy" they defined not just one generation but several. I was lucky enough to see David Bowie perform live with his band at Wembley Stadium in 1987 on the "Glass Spider Tour" to support the "Never Let Me Down" album, the stage set was impressive where a large glass arachnid towered over and encompassed the stage, really impressive. He sang most of his latter day songs and I was a little disappointed that he didn't see a few more of his classic songs from the 1970's but he was still excellent and I particularly remember the circular stage had lots of dancers on it. I also remember Bowie was changing his costume every 3/4 songs into different coloured suits green, red, blue, yellow were some of colours worn! RIP David Bowie.

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