David Bowie 1947-2016 David Bowie was proof that you should always just make your own genre.
It's hard to even measure how much the loss of him means, because this man's impact was seismic.
(more after the jump) When
you look back, he is the single most influential musician in rock for
the last 37 years at least. There are very few people since him who did not want a
piece of what he made.
Punk, post-punk, goth, industrial, electronica, Britpop, most of alternative rock and new wave, even grunge, all owed him something. (Glam obviously)
saved the careers of both Lou Reed and Iggy Pop and brought them to the
masses. Madonna would not exist without his example, just to name one.
It's hard to name someone since ZIGGY STARDUST who hasn't been touched by his work a little. And anyone who does something arty in rock--that may have
started with the Beatles but it was Bowie who set the tone for what that
has meant for us.
There is not a single arty boy or girl in the last 35 years who did not aspire to be David Bowie at some point.
Not one. There are entire subgenres of rock that only exist because of people who wanted to imitate him.
And then we move to how many queer kids he
inspired to be themselves. And fashion. And art. And my god, we have
been living in Bowie's world in one little way after another in so many
different ways. So sad he's gone.
"Eternity with Beelzebub, and all his hellish instruments of death, will be a picnic compared to five minutes with me and this pencil." - E. Blackadder, 1791 Questionable
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