January 8, 1947 – January 10, 2016
Growing up I can remember going to my friend Ralph’s sister’s apartment and going through her album collection. We’d go over there a few times a week and I’d always play David Bowie’s 1980 classic, “Scary Monsters (and Super Creeps.)” It was my first exposure to his music and it left it’s mark on my youth. (I would listen to Ashes to Ashes over and over and over.)
I then fell in love with his acting in the 1983 cult classic “The Hunger.” He co-starred in the film with Catherine Deneuve and Susan Sarandon as John Blaylock, the lover of his vampire mistress, Miriam Blaylock.
Over the years I came to appreciate his substantial contributions to music and cutting edge approach to fashion. The man had an incredible voice and was literally a chameleon. He’d change his appearance and recreate himself at the drop of a hat. As Ziggy Stardust and the Thin White Duke and Aladdin Sane he created avant-garde personas that resonated with fans everywhere.
Bowie turned out an impressive 28 albums including Hunky Dory, Aladdin Sane, Heroes, Tin Machine, and his latest, 2016’s Blackstar. He collaborated with the likes of John Lennon, Mick Ronson, Lou Reed, Brian Eno, Trent Reznor, Iggy Pop, Mick Jagger, Queen, and Arcade Fire to name a few.
He also had a very successful film career starring in 20 films including The Man Who Fell to Earth, Merry Christmas, Mr Lawrence, Labyrinth, and The Prestige. His influence was felt around the world and he will be missed by many.