Ground Control to Major Tom …

David Bowie, Mick Ronson (lead guitar), Trevor Bolder (bass), Mike Garson (keyboards),
Mark Carr Pritchard (guitar), Aynsley Dunbar (drums)

from the 1980 Floor Show, filmed at the Marquee Club in London, October 19-20, 1973

British singer David Bowie died Sunday (10), age 69, announced a statement on their official Facebook page. He struggled with cancer was 18 months. The son of the artist also confirmed the information to the BBC British TV network.

“David Bowie died peacefully today surrounded by his family after a courageous battle 18 months with cancer. As many of you will share this loss, we ask that you respect the family’s privacy during their time of grief,” says the communiqué the social network.

The artist remained out of the spotlight since undergoing emergency heart surgery in 2004. His last live performance was at a charity concert in New York in 2006.

Bowie celebrated his birthday 69 on 8 January with the release of “Blackstar”, the 25th and most recent work of a long career. The album has received positive reviews.
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Career
David Robert Jones was born in the London district of Brixton and began playing saxophone at age 13.
He dropped out of school in adolescence and jumped to fame in 1969 with “Space Oddity”, a mythical ballad about the story of Major Tom, an astronaut who is lost in space.

In 1972, he released “The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders From Mars.” This revered disc, which tells the unlikely story of the character Ziggy Stardust, a bisexual and androgynous alien-turned-rock star, showed two of the singer’s obsessions: the Japanese kabuki theater and science fiction.

Among his biggest hits are “Let’s Dance”, “Space Oddity,” “Heroes”, “Under Pressure”, “Rebel, Rebel,” “Life on Mars” and “Suffragette City”.

During the 70s, the intellectual depth of his work, his particular voice and originality that impressed all their projects turned him into one of rock glam teachers.

He also built an acting career with the role of an alien in search of help for your planet in “The Man Who Fell to Earth” (1976), Nicolas Roeg. Bowie made a three-months as The Elephant Manon Broadway in the 1980s.

Provocative, enigmatic and innovative, the British built one of the most revered and imitated races of the fickle entertainment industry, which put him on the pedestal of music legends.

Among his multiple skills stood out its facets as an actor, phonographic producer or arranger, but also revered as a fashion icon for his tendency to lead with their decorations and to play with his image.

In 2006, the singer announced she would take a sabbatical and many of his fans wept a long absence that earned all kinds of rumors about his health.

This “retreat” Music was broken only with some sporadic and occasional collaboration as his appearance by surprise at a concert of David Gilmour (Pink Floyd) at the Royal Albert Hall in London in 2006 and his collaboration on the album of Tom Waits songs he published in 2008 American actress Scarlett Johansson.

Three years ago, the British musician chose her birthday to break the “dry” with the song “Where Are We Now?”. The song revived a flame that some considered shaky.

Two months later, a new album with rock tones, “The Next Day”, confirmed the return in full form of the influential and chameleonic artist. The album produced by veteran Tony Viscontti, his right-hand man, won critical.

Among his latest projects, there is the music that accompanies the credits of the series of Franco-British television “The Last Panthers”, a musical comedy or some contributions, like the last album from The Arcade Fire.

 In “Blackstar”, represented by a mysterious black five-pointed star, the drums and the saxophone share center stage with the unmistakable voice of Bowie.

The artist has fun stretching and disrupting your music, which far exceeds the standard format of three or four minutes. There are also resonances with his previous works, such as the classic “Low” (1977) or “Black Tie White Noise” (1993), which re-launched Bowie after the difficult 1980s.

Your magnetism and inexhaustible commercial tug made the London museum “Victoria & Albert” you devoted a large exhibition, which was exploited his influential career through 300 objects selected from more than 7000, as some of his extravagant ornaments and tools.

The influence of Bowie, which sold approximately 136 million records worldwide, is detected in artists of all kinds, such as Marilyn Manson, Boy George and Groove Armada.

Bowie was married since 1992 with the Somali model Iman, with whom he had a daughter, Alexandria Zahra “Lexi” Jones, and before he had had another son, Duncan Jones, the fruit of a first marriage to Angela Bowie.

 

 

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