Singer David Bowie, one of the most influential musicians of his era, has died of cancer at the age of 69. A statement was issued on his social media accounts, saying he “died peacefully, surrounded by his family” after an “18-month battle with cancer”.
Iconic British singer David Bowie dies at 69 after long battle with cancer
David Bowie, the iconic and shape-shifting British singer whose illustrious career lasted five decades with hits like “Fame,” “Heroes” and “Let’s Dance,” died Sunday after an 18-month battle with cancer. He was 69.
From a mop-topped unknown named David Jones, to his space-alien alter ego “Ziggy Stardust,” to his dapper departure as the soul-influenced Thin White Duke, Bowie married music and fashion in a way few artists have been able to master.
He was theatrical, he was flamboyant, he was without parallel in his showmanship.
His albums, especially after his 1972 breakthrough “The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars,” were treated as events.
His songs, including “Changes,” “Fame,” “Heroes” and “Modern Love,” were anthemic hits, played constantly on the radio and inspiring generations of musicians.
With a voice that soared from a baritone to a falsetto, he spoke of carrying on against the odds. Of the terror in knowing what the world is about. Of turning and facing the strange.
His songs were a salve for the alienated and the misfits of the world.
モップ頭※１で無名のDavid Jonesから彼の宇宙人的第二の自我Ziggy Stardust、 彼の粋な出発点としてソウルに影響されたThin White Dukeまで、 ボウイはごく少数のアーティストしかマスター出来ない方法で 音楽とファッションを融合させた。
特に彼の１９７２年に大ブレイクした 「The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars」以後、 彼のアルバムはイベントのように取り上げられた。 「Changes」「Fame」 「Heroes」 そして「Modern Love」を含む彼の曲は アンセム※３的ヒット曲となり、 ラジオで絶えず流れ、何世代にも渡ってミュージシャンたちに影響を与えた。