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I nota big fan but after seeing black star and i was blow away but the everything its sad that he is gone 

It's like he came back to say "Ok kids, this is how you do subversive pop music" and then left the room. Much respect.

 

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According to Visconte (producer) he knew his days were numbered when he wrote and recorded BlackStar. When you see the "Lazarus" video, it seems apparent that he wanted to tell us all goodbye. I love that it's serious and spooky and also kind of goofy. He went out in as Bowie a way as possible.

All the superlatives this week seem lame, weak, and overused. He was a massive talent, never sold out, conquered glam, pop radio, and avant garde, never coasted on some classic-rock status, and almost all of his output was at the very least interesting, with spikes of unforgettable perfection. Any one phase of his career would have made any artist proud to have accomplished, and he did it again and again. One of the most remarkable careers in 20th century art.

For years this has been a favorite clip to share with people - Bowie at 25 and already writing songs that are insanely memorable and original. But look at that smile - this is like a cocktail of joy. So glad we have things like this to look back on:

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Lets not forget he was also a very gifted film actor. His most compelling roles in films by auteurs such as Roeg and Lynch. His unnerving cameo in the Twin Peaks feature film is at the centre of one of the most quintessentially brilliant Lynchian scenes ever:

And of course there's the less high-brow but equally brilliant Labyrinth, for which Bowie chooses to play the role of 'Jared the Goblin King' as a deathly pale and emaciated Tina Turner tribute act:

Yesterday I put together a Youtube playlist of some of my old Bowie favourites (for a year or two in the late 90's I literally listened to nothing but Bowie and Dylan):

RIP Bowie. Thanks for falling to earth ...

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