By Henry Schecker
On Jan. 10, the world lost a true living legend in David Bowie.
He passed away at the age of 69 after an 18 month battle with cancer.
His death shocked the music world which was just beginning to recover from the loss of Motorhead front man Lemmy Kilmister back in December.
Bowie was a pioneer for glam rock and rock ‘n’ roll in general; his numerous personas inspiring four decades of musicians, actors and writers.
Perpetually cool, David Bowie constantly reinvented himself, never getting caught in the trappings of ego or familiarity.
Sure some of his projects could be decadent and self serving, but it came more out of a sense of exploration; never quite satisfied with stopping, needing to push characters to their logical end.
Switching genres and physical appearances like a chameleon was seemingly second nature to The Thin White Duke, and in the spirit of keeping critics on their toes, David Bowie zigged when the world expected him to zag.
David Bowie kept his cancer a secret to the public during the recording process for his final album “Blackstar,” because he wanted the album to be judged without the bias of pity.
“Blackstar” was released on Bowie’s birthday, Jan. 8 2016, and received critical praise and almost unanimous five star reviews.
Listening to the album now is a haunting experience, as most of the tracks deal with the subject of death and the macabre.
“Blackstar” is genius and David Bowie is genius as well. Bowie recorded this album knowing he was most likely going to pass away, and with the remaining time he had left created his most brilliant album in near 30 years.
David Bowie made art out of his death and eulogized himself. If that’s not brilliance then I don’t know what is.
To honor the spirit and memory of David Bowie, the Sherman Theater is having a special screening of the hit 1986 fantasy movie, Labyrinth on Saturday, Feb. 13.
There will be a pre and post screening party where prizes will be given out to the best David Bowie/Labyrinth costumes.
Tickets are $10 in advance, and $12 on the day of the show. Tickets will be available at the door. Doors open at 8:30 p.m.
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