David Bowie passes.  image via Helen Green on Twitter

David Bowie passes.
image via illustrator Helen Green on Twitter

Mr. Bowie wrote songs, above all, about being an outsider: an alien, a misfit, a sexual adventurer, a faraway astronaut. His music was always a mutable blend: rock, cabaret, jazz and what he called “plastic soul,” but it was suffused with genuine soul. He also captured the drama and longing of everyday life, enough to give him No. 1 pop hits like “Let’s Dance. […]” [New York Times]

THIS ONE knocked me back. David Bowie stunned me, blew away my sense of normal, traditional gender values. He was one artist and rebel that never knew boundaries. As an artist, I couldn’t imagine such freedom. Today, I understand.

Perhaps “Blackstar” (first video below) will now be better understood.

Rest in peace, Mr. Bowie. You were truly GREAT.

Artists never die, they just run out of time.

At exactly the same time I was experimenting with dressing up, and it felt like Bowie was giving me and a whole generation of kids permission to explore the dressing-up box. The sheer danger of it was what made it extraordinary. I would call it social bungee jumping. Terrifying but thrilling. Bowie made a great woman – later on, I remember seeing him in the video for Boys Keep Swinging. He looked amazing with long red hair, lipstick and high cheekbones. As a young proto-transvestite I felt very jealous. All I wanted to do at that point was look like a pretty girl and of course Bowie managed it effortlessly. [Guardian]

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