David Bowie, British rock legend, died Sunday at age 69 from cancer, two days after the release of his 25th album, and a rain of tributes around the world praised the innovative artist who has inspired generations of musicians.
“David Bowie died peacefully [Sunday] surrounded by his family after a courageous battle against cancer 18 months,” showed Monday Twitter and Facebook accounts of the British star.
“Sorry and sad to say that it is true. I will be offline for a while. I love you all, “confirmed his son Duncan Jones by posting on Twitter a photo in black and white baby him, standing on the shoulders of his father.
The announcement surprised the world because the star had managed to keep secret almost his long illness, failing to appear in public for months without arousing too many questions.
The death of singer “thousand faces” for its propensity to mutate and adopt multiple personalities, spoke two days after the release of his 25th album Blackstar, the day of his 69th birthday.
Chameleon artist, who has sold 140 million albums estimated in this album he showed that he was still decided to surprise, in indulging in seductive jazz experiments.
It was not a testament album, but “an album towards the future, someone who becomes master of his destiny, both experimental and pop away from the rest of the warrior, an album leaf, from busting neck … the most daring for almost thirty years, “said AFP Jean-Daniel Beauvallet, editor of the magazine Les Inrockuptibles, based in Brighton.
The tributes to his career Monday rained on social networks, both from his admirers, the music world as politicians.
David Bowie was “a visionary artist and early support our music,” said the American rock star Bruce Springsteen on the social network Twitter Monday. “Always changing and ahead of the others, he was an artist whose excellence inspired you. We will miss him terribly. ”
“Goodbye David Bowie. You are now among the Heroes. Thank you for helping to bring down the Wall “Berlin tweeted the German Foreign Ministry, referring to his title Heroes, title song of the Cold War.
This song was written while Bowie was living in Berlin in the late 1970s to escape his glory and his addiction to drugs.
“The friendship of David was the light of my life. I have never met someone as brilliant. He was the best, “tweeted Iggy Pop, 68, who worked with him during his Berlin period, particularly on the song China Girl.
Madonna said she was “collapsed”, the Rolling Stones hailed “an extraordinary artist, Paul McCartney praised” a big star “and said he was proud of the influence he had on the world music scene while Kanye West, the Pixies or the Foo Fighters have claimed its influence.
“It was an honor and a privilege to disseminate his music to the world,” responded her record label, Columbia.
Bowie also had friends in the fashion world, the British designer Paul Smith, 69, who paid tribute Monday at the presentation of his autumn-winter men’s collection in 2016 in London. The two had worked together recently on a tee shirt with the black star’s latest album of the musician.
“[…] His talent was evident very impressive,” said he said.
David Bowie was born David Robert Jones January 8, 1947 in a modest family of Brixton, a popular area of south London, where flowers and candles were filed throughout the day at the foot of a large fresco contained his face.
Flowers and tears also welcomed the announcement of his death in front of his house in Manhattan in New York and his former residence Berlin, Hauptstrasse 155.
He had left school as a teenager and gained notoriety in 1969 with Space Oddity, a mythologized ride on the story of Major Tom, an astronaut who becomes lost in space.
He then multiplied albums, musical changes and characters, fun to turn into relying on its mime training and his love of costume, fashion or kabuki theater. Bowie had also held a thirty film roles.
He had chained records and touring until the early 2000s, but a heart attack in June 2004 on the stage of a German festival had ended this very productive period.
Forced into a long rest, he had scarce the following years, but had recently multiplied projects: Serial Generic, musical, appearances like on the last album of The Arcade Fire, seemingly become the one who dictated fashion in 1970.
After The Next Day released in 2013, its 25th and final album under the sign of a mysterious black star. “His death like his life: a work of art,” said his longtime producer Tony Visconti. “He made Blackstar for us a parting gift.”
The video of Space Oddity
David Bowie in ten legendary songs
Space Oddity to Blackstar through Ziggy Stardust David Bowie several songs already in the zenith of pop and rock:
– Space Oddity (1969): the first success of the singer, inspired by 2001: A Space Odyssey by director Stanley Kubrick, narrates the conversation between a hapless astronaut Major Tom, recurring character of its future compositions, and the earth . Five minutes of careful arrangements in which the voice of Bowie flourishes.
– Life on Mars (1971): the most haunting melody and, perhaps, the best known of Bowie, whose wife perfectly piano and strings voices. Curiously, the song will be released in single two years after its release on the album Hunky Dory.
– Changes (1971): Within a decade 70 will be, by far, the most successful of his career, Bowie shows his melodic genius, which is comparable to Paul McCartney and Brian Wilson (Beach Boys) .
– Starman (1972): among the multiple characters qu’incarnera Bowie during his career, it’s Ziggy Stardust, star of extraterrestrial rock that has most marked Starman appears in The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stardust And The Spiders. From Mars, album full of major compositions and considered one of the most important of the decade.
– Jean Genie (1973): pop or rock, the Englishman is at home anywhere as proved this composition significantly rhythm’n’blues, without artifice, and driven by an unstoppable guitar riff.
– Young Americans (1975): in middle of the seventies, the artist again shows any curiosity and adaptability rubbing to soul. A more successful with this composition recorded in Philadelphia, notably with jazzman David Sanborn on sax.
– Heroes (1977): number of fans swear by the period known as “Berlin” with the singer’s albums Heroes, Low and Lodger (1977 to 1979). In collaboration with Brian Eno (ex-Roxy Music) and guitarist Robert Fripp (King Crimson), Heroes, became over time one of its most occasions compositions, the resolutely poses to the forefront in full punk period and new wave.
– Ashes to Ashes (1980): Bowie closes eleven years of extraordinary inventiveness, where it will usually beat modes, returning in song Space Oddity, the first hit out eleven years ago. An “epitaph” for the seventies, he explains.
– Let’s Dance (1983): the 80s is the least productive – and least loved by fans – for Bowie. But backed by bassist Nile Rodgers (Chic), large “pipe maker” (Madonna, Diana Ross …), it nevertheless holds its greatest commercial success, No.1 in the US, England and in a ten countries.
– Black Star (2015) released a few weeks before his death in November, his last individual may not reach the top of the charts. But it shows how, at nearly 70, he was far from resting on its “acquis”, putting still involved with a composition of about ten minutes it is accompanied by some of the cream of contemporary jazz (Donny McCaslin, Mark Guiliana).