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David Bowie
11 January 2016
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Sad to hear the news - seems worse somehow because it was so unexpected.

I have had a few of his albums over the years; I think I only have a double-DVD video hits compilation left since the house move last November. I recall liking Low and Scary Monsters quite a bit.

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I have about 15 of his albums on CD, a couple more on vinyl. His music has meant a lot to me at various points in my life, but I'm not a big fan.  I may end up collecting all of the albums at some point. 

I was shocked by the news, but that is the way Bowie wanted it, right? He didn't tell us he was dying, he did the performance art thing instead and "told us" he was dying with an album and a video.

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I think my favorites are Low and Hunky Dory.

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12 January 2016
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The quantity of extraordinary songs he produced is matched only by a handful of others (the Beatles, the Rolling Stones, Serge Gainsbourg). It's surpassed by none, of course, and anyone who disagrees can meet me at dawn.

I discovered him in my early teens when he was at his lowest ebb artistically and so my initial love of his music was quite retrospective but he found his way again and his work of the new millenium was some of his finest. It seems bizarre that I'll never hear a new song sung by that voice again.

But although I'm saddened and confused by this sudden absence the feeling's a little different to the last time the death of a stranger affected me so much. When Syd Barrett died there was the sense of hopes cut short in an unusually brutal way (later made better by the realisation that he'd found peace and even happiness in his later years). Bowie, however, gained pretty much everything he might have wanted, including a happy family life. Even his mid-career slump was transformed into an opportunity to rise again. It doesn't make death seem any less unjust but it's the best any of us can hope for. Let all the children boogie.

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I tried to get into his music but could not; however, I can appreciate it for its influence and creativity and that. And as meanmistermustard said, Labyrinth is brilliant. 

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My wife is not a huge fan of Bowie either, but strangely she tends to love other bands covering Bowie songs. Maybe it's something to do with his voice.

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The quantity of extraordinary songs he produced is matched only by a handful of others (the Beatles, the Rolling Stones, Serge Gainsbourg). It's surpassed by none, of course, and anyone who disagrees can meet me at dawn.

I discovered him in my early teens when he was at his lowest ebb artistically and so my initial love of his music was quite retrospective but he found his way again and his work of the new millenium was some of his finest. It seems bizarre that I'll never hear a new song sung by that voice again.

But although I'm saddened and confused by this sudden absence the feeling's a little different to the last time the death of a stranger affected me so much. When Syd Barrett died there was the sense of hopes cut short in an unusually brutal way (later made better by the realisation that he'd found peace and even happiness in his later years). Bowie, however, gained pretty much everything he might have wanted, including a happy family life. Even his mid-career slump was transformed into an opportunity to rise again. It doesn't make death seem any less unjust but it's the best any of us can hope for. Let all the children boogie.

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13 January 2016
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I'm late but I truly can't believe it. The man was an icon, and he will be missed.

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13 January 2016
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The 11th "music of" concert at Carnegie Hall has been in the planning for a while. The artist being honored this year is David Bowie. Now with his death, the concert will become a memorial.

Billboard story : http://www.billboard.com/artic.....negie-hall
musicof.org story : http://www.musicof.org/davidbowie/#news

Some people have started speculating that Paul McCartney might be one of the singers that night. Guess we will have to keep on the story to see how it develops.

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Yoko Ono: David Bowie Was a "Father Figure" to My Son

Yoko Ono, wife of the late John Lennon , remembered David Bowie as being something of a father figure to the couple's son, Sean, after the former Beatle was gunned down in December 1980.

Bowie died Sunday at the age of 69 after batting cancer for more than a year. Ono shared some insight into Bowie's relationship with Lennon and his importance to their family.

"John and David respected each other," Ono wrote in a statement posted to her website. "They were well matched in intellect and talent. As John and I had very few friends we felt David was as close as family."

Lennon was shot and killed outside his New York apartment. Following that tragic incident, Bowie became even closer to the family, Ono wrote.

"When Sean was at boarding school in Switzerland, David would pick him up and take him on trips to museums and let Sean hang out at his recording studio in Geneva," Ono remembered. "For Sean this is losing another father figure. It will be hard for him, I know. But we have some sweet memories which will stay with us forever."

Sean Lennon also posted a message on social media expressing his heartbreak over losing Bowie.

Here is Sean's Instagram post
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So does anyone think he had himself euthanized? It seems as if his death was totally planned. Album out Friday, he dies on Sunday. And on the album he sings, "Where the f*** did Monday go?"

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So does anyone think he had himself euthanized? It seems as if his death was totally planned. Album out Friday, he dies on Sunday. And on the album he sings, "Where the f*** did Monday go?"

No. Not in the slightest. 

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So does anyone think he had himself euthanized? It seems as if his death was totally planned. Album out Friday, he dies on Sunday. And on the album he sings, "Where the f*** did Monday go?"

I've heard of people doing this before. Say they are dying and their child's wedding is coming up. They withhold their death until after the wedding. It is totally plausible he could have. 

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If anyone would, it'd be Bowie. He's barmy enough. a-hard-days-night-paul-10

By the way, can someone who knows more than I explain his handedness? Because I've seen him writing with the left, but playing guitar righty. So I'm confused. 

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By the way, can someone who knows more than I explain his handedness? Because I've seen him writing with the left, but playing guitar righty. So I'm confused. 

I do the same thing. Lefties are more ambidextrous, partly because we have to adapt to your righty world. I have heard of rightys playing lefty guitar but it's more common for leftys to play righty guitar. BTW, I use a computer mouse right-handed, go figure.

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Lefties are more ambidextrous, partly because we have to adapt to your righty world.

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Said before I am generally right-handed but play pool left-handed and can do many things with both. Why limit yourself? 

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There is some speculation as to whether the title of Bowie's album is taken from an Elvis song called Black Star. The Elvis song is about a man who knows he is dying and asks for a little more time to live.

"Every man has a black star
 A black star over his shoulder
 And when a man sees his black star
He knows his time, his time has come"

"Black star don't shine on me, black star
Black star keep behind me, black star
There's a lot of livin' I gotta do
Give me time to make a few dreams come true, black star."

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/mus.....r-and-5-o/

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Also, it appears he was having a laugh as he was dying. One of the last things he did was follow "God " on Twitter.

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