Alea Martino, Reporter
Almost everyone knew who David Bowie was, but most don’t know his original name. David Robert Jones was one of the most iconic musicians to ever live.
He was born on January 8, 1947 in London, England. He died of liver cancer on January 10, 2016 in New York City. Even when he was a child, Bowie had an interest in music, and started playing the saxophone when he was 13 years old. He changed his name after he had released a few unsuccessful songs because he was afraid people would mistake him for Davy Jones, the lead singer of the Monkees. The name Bowie was inspired by the Bowie knife, which was invented in 19th century by Jim Bowie.
He had played some extremely intricate, memorable characters in the past, such as: Ziggy Stardust in, his fist hit album, the Space Oddity. In 1969, he released the Space Oddity album. His features came in handy for this album, when he took on the role of Ziggy Stardust, a mysterious Starman. With his cheekbones, lithe frame, and permanently dilated pupil that made it appear as though his eyes were two different colors, Ziggy came to life and inspired millions to “turn and face the strange”, to accept themselves as who they really are.
During the 1970’s, Bowie’s work triumphed, but his personal life was practically crumbling. He had developed a terrifyingly strong addiction to cocaine, so much so that in 1975, he considered suicide while he was living in Los Angeles. Eventually, the press caught wind of his issues and he appeared in piece for BBC called Cracked Actor.
By 1976, he and his recent wife, Angela Bowie, had divorced due to his excessive stardom and the strain it put on him. They fought a court battle for the custody of their son, Duncan Zowie Haywood Jones, which David eventually won. In 1980, he was officially clean, no more addiction. In 1992, he got remarried to Iman, an African American supermodel and had a daughter named Alexandria Zahra Jones.
Millions of fans and people close to him mourn over him and remember his living self. “David Bowie changed the course of my life forever. I never felt like I fit in growing up in Michigan. Like an oddball or a freak. I went to see him in a concert at Cobo Arena in Detroit. It was the first concert I’d ever been to… his music was always inspiring, but seeing him live set me off on a journey that, for me, I hope will never end,” said Madonna,a famous singer. She had never met him, and yet he inspired her to become the person she is today.
Madonna was moved by David Bowie, and the people who worked closely with him were as well. “He was an extraordinary man, full of love and life. He will always be with us. For now, it is appropriate to cry,” said Tony Visconti, the producer of eleven Bowie albums. It is okay to mourn for now, but the contributions that Bowie made to the world will always be here.
His very last album, Blackstar, has a song in it called Lazarus, which is the subject of a prominent miracle attributed to Jesus in the Gospel of John, in which Jesus restores him to life four days after his death. The video of it has him playing the part of a hospital patient. It’s almost as if he was sending a message that though he may be gone, he will still live on in the hearts and minds of everyone he ever inspired. A fitting goodbye from such a man as David Bowie, who inspired so many to follow his lead and be who they truly are with no fear of rejection.
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