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David Bowie (1947-2016). A Star is Dead.
(Blogmensgo, gay blog of January 12, 2016) He was an author, a composer, a performer, an actor and a producer – but most of all, he was an innovator and an avant-gardist. David Bowie passed away at the age of 69 years last Sunday, January 10, 2016.
Two days before his death, Jimmy King captured his broad smile on a photo. This is how he celebrated his 69th birthday, which would be his last.
Just about everything has been said and written about the British singer, from the color colors of his eyes to his place in music history.
For many, he was an intellectual most of all, someone who was able to sense trends and movements. It is true: Others sold more albums than he did – but he was a driving force in his arts.
Very early on, in the 1970ies, David Bowie started influencing the public opinion on homosexuality, bisexuality and gender identity very strongly. Due to his androgynous physique, it was difficult to label him, and he skillfully used his alter ego, the extravagant persona Ziggy Stardust for his own purposes.
During that same period, in 1972 according to Wikipedia, Bowie revealed his bisexuality but said it in a clumsy way. Later he corrected himself:
“It’s true—I am a bisexual. But I can’t deny that I’ve used that fact very well. I suppose it’s the best thing that ever happened to me.”
There are many rumors on Bowie’s sexual escapades and many affairs. Supposedly, he had one with Mick Jagger – but is that really true? In fact, it does not matter.
For musical illustration and for its lyrics: Here is a live version of his song “Boys Keep Swinging” (from the album Lodger).
Bowie was not easy to label. Instead, he just lived his life and pursued his art, influencing and inspiring many people around the globe. A great legacy indeed.