Legendary musician and actor David Bowie has passed away at the age of 69 after an 18 month battle with cancer. Who could sum up this pop culture behemoth’s legacy in one article? Well my editor has given me 200 words to give it a shot.
It can’t be overstated the influence Bowie’s chameleonic music career had on the world of pop music, as the English language does not possess such supernatural hyperbole. It can be felt among sources as disparate as Iggy Pop, Lady Gaga, and Kanye West. Also Lana Del Rey, but we shouldn’t speak ill of the dead.
David Bowie was born David Robert Jones on 08 January 1947, in Brixton, London. At school, David was often called “Dave” by friends and teachers, and he favoured roast beef.
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But while that barely begins to scratch the surface of his previous 27 albums and acclaimed film career, Bowie remained creatively vital right up to the end. His latest album, Blackstar, was released to critical acclaim on January 08 2016, his 69th birthday. While he is gone, his achievements will mean he’ll never die (as long as we don’t count that cancer thing).
Matthew Farthing is the Music Reporter for the (un)Australian. He’s not sure what ‘vale’ means or why its use is suddenly so popular.