The Icon, the Legend: David Bowie
January 14, 2016
1947-2016, 69 years filled with eccentric people and talented artists, one of the most influential being David Bowie. January 11th, 2016 will be remembered for the passing of an iconic entrepreneur, the start of a never ending legacy, and a day in which some say “the stars look different.”
David Robert Jones, born in Brixton, on January 8, 1947, was a true born artist. After changing his name in 1966, Bowie signed with Mercury Records and released his first album “Man of Words/Man of Music” in 1969. Throughout his career he excelled in glam rock, art rock, soul, hard rock, dance pop, punk and electronica.
His artistic breakthrough occurred in 1972 along with “The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars” an album that was included his alter ego, Ziggy Stardust. Bowie wanted to stir interest in Ziggy Stardust so he revealed in a January 1972 magazine interview that he was gay, although some say it was just a publicity stunt. He did however dye his hair orange and started to wear women’s clothing. After the iconic breakthrough, the album did become a huge sensation. By 1975 Bowie became obsessed with the dance/funk music of Philadelphia, which was the beginning of his journey through numerous changes in appearance and musical style which ultimately defined Bowie as an artist.
David Bowie’s career was definitely a successful one to say the least but sadly it ended with lung cancer. Bowie was diagnosed with cancer 18 months before his death. Fans all around the world are devastated to hear the news. Although David Bowie was not a part of Chino High School students’ era, he did have quite an influence on their lives.
CHS senior Alondra Capetillo has a few kind words to say about his passing. “…he was a much loved person. He was an innovator and influenced a lot of people but I don’t think there will be another artist like him.”
CHS sophomore David Plascencia had some heartfelt words to say. “I am bummed he is gone! He was a musical genius and changed the world of music forever.” When asked if he thought there will ever be another artist like him his response was very inspiring: “Yes…me.” Surely CHS can’t wait to hear your first masterpiece David!
Finally, CHS junior Marley Diaz, a David Bowie fanatic, had a lot of inspiring words to say about her favorite artist. “David Bowie was one of the most inspirational artists in music in my perspective. He pushed the limits and wasn’t afraid to reinvent himself. He had the most eye catching performances of anyone I could ever think of. His death was very eye opening to me because I grew up listening to his music and loved that he wasn’t afraid to be weird and colorful.” After seeing some students’ responses to Bowie’s passing it is clear he is definitely living on through his legacy!
Although the passing of David Bowie is a tragedy, we should be thankful for getting to witness a legend who lives on and who will continuously inspire artists all around the world to live life with color and to be who they want to be. An icon, a legend. David Bowie.