David Bowie has just made me realize, there are no more actual big prolific rock stars with strong mainstream presence anymore.
Can you think of any rock artists that produced music in various genres and collaborated with various artists and participated in various art spheres? As much as it hurts me to say it, Thom Yorke is quite possibly the last prolific, "big" mainstream rock star.
The superstars of their time reflect the cultural status of the west
This hit me harder than Lou Reed's.
In both cases I didn't cry, not even teared up. I was just left speechless, and felt very numb the entire day.
This is a shit year and can only get worse from here.
Bowie was a protagonist of his times, although a poor musician: to say that Bowie is a musician is like saying that Nero was a harp player (a fact that is technically true, but misleading). Bowie embodies the quintessence of artificial art, raises futulity to paradigm, focuses on the phenomenon rather than the content, makes irrelevant the relevant, and, thus, is the epitome of everything that went wrong with rock music.
Each element of his art is the emblem of a true artistic movement; however, the ensemble of those emblems constitutes no more than a puzzle, no matter how intriguing, of symbols, a roll of incoherent images projected against the wall at twice the speed, a dictionary of terms rather than a poem, and, in the best of hypotheses, a documentary of the cultural fads of his era.
Really hoping those Gorillaz collaboration rumors are real. I'm not ready to let go yet.
>I cried over Jeff Hanneman dying even tho I'm not a big Slayer fan but not Lemmy or Bowie
I've become so numb.
David Bowie turned marketing into the essence of his art. All great phenomena of popular music, from Elvis Presley to the Beatles, had been, first and foremost, marketing phenomena (just like Coca Cola and Barbie before them); however, Bowie turned that into an art of its own. With Bowie the science of marketing becomes art; art and marketing become one. There were intellectuals who had proclaimed this theory in rebellious terms. Bowie was, in many ways, the heir, no matter how perverted, of Andy Warhol's pop art and of the underground culture of the 1960s. He adopted some of the most blaspheme issues and turned them upside down to make them precisely what they had been designed to fight: a commodity.
This generalized garbage eradicates any individual elements from Bowie and reduces him to the cliché of the artist as a phenomenon. The lack of intricate knowledge on Bowies music and what makes it unique pours out of every single sentence of this try-hard baitpost.
I'm hoping he gets sampled on Bottomless Pit, like Bjork on Niggas on the Moon. He said that the Death Grips were an influence on the sound of Blackstar, it would be cool if he did some secret studio work with Death Grips before he passed.
Are we really going to fucking do this Anon? Are we really going to fucking JOKE right NOW? Do you know who the fuck just died? David fucking bowie. He was crafting masterpieces when you weren't even a thought yet. He was traveling to distant lands and fucking exotic women before your parents even met. For every great thing you've done, Davids done a thousand more. He'll be illuminating peoples ears with his magic for centuries to come, you'll be dead at best. You need to watch your fucking tongue and realize who you're talking about. A square inch of his nutsack is worth more than your entire family you fucking fool. You'll be dust underneath the earth while David's changing peoples life from his grave, you filthy fuck. Most of the genres of music you listen to probably wouldn't even exist without david bowie. We probably wouldn't exist without david bowie. You or me, pal. Ever heard of the butterfly effect? Who's to know if the human race would even exist without him? Who's to know what kind of place this world would've been without bowies light illuminating the path for us? Get your fucking head straight bro. Listen to the berlin trilogy and then try and question a thing I just said. You can't.
Reading the chronicles of his times, it is clear that what caused sensation was the show, not the music. The show that Bowie set up was undoubtedly in sync with the avantgarde, as it fused theater, mime, cinema, visual art, literature and music. However, Bowie merely recycled what had been going on for years in the British underground, in particular what had been popularized by the psychedelic bands of 1967. And he turned it into a commodity: whichever way you look at his oeuvre, this is the real merit of it.
there's a pornstar who takes after bowie. his name is david blowie
So, who knew about his cancer? Are we sure he didn't take any pills to just die before it gets him and let go?
I am 100% sure Blackstar (LP) had to do with his death.
Sad, this shit, I learn new shit about Bowie everyday. When Jackson died, I cried, because I was young and went with the mainstream, got non-contemporary music for the first time.
This time, man. It's fucking BOWIE.
So who else noticed the apparent the rapid change of his looks (health)?
>Rolling Stone names 2015 the year radical black music and politics returned to centre stage, with albums like Black Messiah and To Pimp a Butterfly. Kendrick Lamar’s song Alright becomes a protest song for the campaign Black Lives Matter.
In comes Bowie with Blackstar: in the centre of it all your eyes. You may not be a popstar or a filmstar but you matter, you’re a blackstar.
Every man and every woman is a star. (Aleister Crowley)
The Star Sapphire by Crowley: “Let him return to the centre, and so the centre of all.” Also: 69 is the holy hexagram (Blackstar being released on Bowie’s 69th birthday).
Wikipedia calls Blackstar “jazztronica”
“Many consider free jazz to be a musical reaction to the oppression and experience of black Americans.” (Wikipedia on ‘free jazz’) Black stars and stripes.
Kendrick Lamar didn’t just make a hip-hop album, he played with rap conventions and idioms. Lamar is to rap what free jazz is to jazz.
And white America thinks this is about the devil…
Fucking hell I'm actually mad right now.
Even though I'd noticed in the Lazarus video how thin and frail his hands were looking, I'd assumed that was just because, well, he was getting old. Never even clicked that it might be due to illness.
Mostly the "fitting old man" image, but also some chronic illness.
He was a good looking man.
>All those fucking callout posts saying he raped an underage girl
Who didn't want to fuck Bowie? Hell, I'm a straight guy and I'd have fucked a young David Bowie.
>First song on Bowie's discography is Uncle Arthur
>Last is Can't Give Everything Away
>Uncle Arthur Can't Give Everything Away
Bowie has sex appeal in spades. Anyone whose ever met him and been interviewed about it has mentioned how incredibly pretty he was.
And if he wasn't being pretty, he was being cool as fuck. He's the closest thing to the perfect human.
it's because /tv/ has more redditors, and thus more people on it
I agree that his recycling of psychedelia was a smart move. Of course, most of the rock stars of the 60’s and 70’s were/are highly overrated because of their infuential fucking boomer audience . . . ..
lolno - the mods have capped the thread at 1000 posts max and are deleting all the older posts:
I'm sorry, Dave... I can't front you anymore.
I'm 50 years old.
>I just ordered Blackstar from Amazon.
>It's delayed due to huge demand.
>I'm ok with that and I'm happy not to use the streaming on the Amazon cloud
I'm not actually ready to read a tombstone yet.
Find out this morning in class. Since the new album just came out it was a pretty big shock. Was just listening to and talking about him last night, like many others.
>Find out in class this morning.
>Listen to his music in between classes as it starts to set in, watch the music videos with a whole new meaning applied to them.
>Fall asleep in bed listening to Low.
>Have a dream where I'm hanging out with a young David Bowie.
>He has a fuck ton of prescription bottles everywhere.
>He hands me one, which says "Cocaine" on it which was kind of funny.
>I tell him i've never done Coke before.
>He says, "Jay, I think you'll really enjoy it."
>Bowie and I snort cocaine together for a while.
>Every time I look over he gets progressively older.
>I suddenly remember. I grab his shoulders and tell him, "Holy shit, you're fucking dead."
>He disappears, I wake up.
What did it mean, /mu/?
>Been into Bowie since 2011 or so
>Decide to buy some band t-shirts during the weekend 'cause I got some extra cash.
>Bowie shirt amongst them
>He dies next day.
I'm not buying band t-shirts anymore.
It means you need to fuck the boipussy, Jay.
>Check the David Bowie hashtag on twitter
>Mostly nice tributes
>See 2 posts from women calling him a homophobic, racist paedo and how one wants to find his grave and piss
I'm screaming inside
>dozens of David Bowie uploads for no apparent reason
I never got into Bowie, but my favorite musician is dead as well.
I know this feel, bros.
>listen to "Lazarus" on YT
>open this thread, not knowing "Space Oddity" would start playing
>lyrics somehow timed up perfectly
>"Look up here, I'm in heaven (Ground Control to major Tom)"
what the fuck, this actually worked quite well for the first minute
let me guess, you didn't listen to the lyrics?
>Find out last night that he died
>Talk about it with friends, too young, probably my favourite figure in music, etc.
>Today, walking through a snowy plain on my way back home
>Be my wife shuffles on my phone
>Can't keep the tears back
Fucking christ, why did it have to happen. When Lou died I joked that everything would be okay as long as Bowie was alive. Music isn't going to be the same anymore.
>RIP in peace
>Rest In Peace in peace
Retards everywhere. Point and laugh, kids.
I don't know the context, but he claims he made the statements when he was strung out on coke. He made Pin Machine to cover it up, I think.
Try Low, which gets pretty ambient for its second half, or Space Oddity.
>Lou died on a sunday morning
>Bowie dies 2 days after his album release on his birthday
maybe im just being auts (im totally autistic btw :^)
but why is it making me angry that people that never listened to bowie are all of a sudden saying what big fans they are and how torn up they are
i know for a fact they never listened to anything but the hits
Normie shit. They say whatever will get them the most real life upvotes, aka attention from their peers. It's common to go to a bunch of people and say "OH MAH GAWD "insert celeb here" IS DEAD!!!111"
>Bowie is dead, yet this faggot is still walking the Earth.
I hate him, and I hate that there's nothing I can do.
I don't have his Discography (only Ziggy, space Oddity and some others, was going to buy blackstar today) and I don't consider myself a true from hell fan, but he represents an age of my life where I was pretty happy. His songs where in my everyday life back then, thats why it hits me kind of hard.
I still find this shit hilarious
>Twats on tumblr run to their computers to post a list of why said celebrity was a horrible person and that you should be glad that they're dead.
They're an embarrassment
Apparently you don't actually. I know what I said. I had to deal with this shit all day, including to my dumb bitch of a coworker who listens to Foo Faggots even make a remark like she gave a fuck of Bowie.
So kindly fuck off you nigger.
you're super narrow minded. there are people that listen to schonberg and lady gaga, there obviously are people that listen to foo fighters and bowie. you must be delusional to think those artists appeal to totally different people, or think that listening to full albums is a super secret patrician thing
I'm talking about the people who really only listen to singles by and artist maybe a few times in their life, and not listen to a whole album by them. A lot of normies do that. They claim to "love" an artist, but can't name a song outside their pop single list.
>/mu/ actually believes Bowie's dead
>Actually believes this isn't a stunt to sell albums
There are about a hundred ways to tell that this is bull shit
1. He looks completely fine in the blacksktar video
2. The albums theme is of death (How the fuck could he know he was going to die?) This is clearly some kind of weird art project of
3. If you believe that he's not on an island somewhere laughing at us all, you're a fucking idiot.
4. His "Son" looks nothing like him and is clearly there just to make this look more realistic.
5. There are reports on twitter of him being seen around new york
He'll be back in a few years touring. You guys will eat up any bull shit the internet throws at you.
If he was diagnosed with cancer, I'm pretty sure he knew this would be his last album. It would be pretty awesome if he was alive, but the content of Blackstar is pretty damn convincing.
>all that will be left is their previous discography, a couple of threads and then silence
>silence and oblivion
>4. His "Son" looks nothing like him and is clearly there just to make this look more realistic.
Hahahaha oh shit nigga are you really this dumb or is this a joke? Duncan Jones is a famous movie director in his own right and is famous for A) Changing his name from "Zowie Bowie" because, well, that's retarded and was probably dreamt up by David on coke B) coming out as bisexual C) Directing a couple of really good movies and heading the upcoming World Of Warcraft movie and D) the fact he's the son of DAVID FUCKING BOWIE
You're clearly stupid if you think normie is an insult outside /r9k/.
It wouldn't surprise me coming from a huge autismo like you though.
Pft, I didn't say I didn't kno what it meant. It's not like it's a obscure meme either, and anyway there's still Know Your Meme.
You're just sad and pathetic.
>you will never get anything signed by David Bowie
>all that will be left is their previous discography
Not a singer, but I feel like he's got enough music under wraps to last a lifetime.
omg, so many special editions incoming with posters, interviews, etc.
Crossing my fingers for a massive boxset (or at least series of releases) of all his albums in deluxe editions. Hope he went the Freddie Mercury route and recorded like crazy as soon as he discovered he had cancer so we get more unreleased stuff in the future, e.g. the other songs from 'Lazarus' but sung by him.
You are now aware that David didn't know he was going to die when he put out The Next Day
He fully planned to come back into the limelight in his old age
Cried in the morning. Teared up on the bus. Couldn't concentrate on work. Crying again. When will it get better?
This... this is a bad day.
I'm not even a big fan, but I feel sad regardless. Anytime someone as artistically influential as he was dies is a serious fucking bummer.
if you're gay or bi it matters a lot. Freddie Mercury was gay, but never made a big deal out of it in his music, and went on to achieve massive stardom; Bowie did the same but acted like the freak he was the whole way
I knew this song is what would be playing.
you're saying AIDS =/= GAY ?
memes aside that is nice to think about, ty
Now you can rest, the pain is gone,. You can rest to the eternity, you can reach the secrets you wanna know, now you can rest the pain is gone Know you can rest and smile one more last time Know you can rest and all the pain will gone. We will se on the bright side good bye
fucking hate suge knight, fucking retarded tool that killed tupac and eazy e, and for what? fucking nothing.
correct. he's still here, just less organized.
I'm so glad we can filter
>turn on blackstar and open up /mu/ ready to
>hear bits of space oddity in blackstar
>think "neat, this is a nice tribute to his career origins, a little different but flows well"
>space oddity is still playing from /mu/
David Bowie was the single greatest artist to ever live
This will never stop hurting
The world truly lost a hero today
A shining beacon to our brothers in arms
Even in death, we are Diamond Dogs
I imagine his licensing costs just skyrocketed, sadly.
I didn't rike it...
First album I listened from him which made sense since I used to listen to Marilyn Manson and NIN during my teenage years so it was a nice transition. Anyways it introduced me to this genius so it has a special place in my heart. I wouldn't say that it is one of his best albums but is pretty awesome in its own way with a couple of classics in there.
Life on Mars? could possibly be one of the greatest songs of all time. That alone should earn Bowie eternal praise but it was only one gem in a catalog of incredible material. He was the greatest and I will miss him.
The first time I heard a David Bowie song was strangely enough, Mr. Deeds. I remember asking my dad what the song was and he showed me some old records he had of David Bowie.
One thing I can honestly thank Adam Sandler for.
my copy only arrived today, but how could anybody look at that sleeve booklet for the last couple of days and not realise he was dying? the whole thing feels styled like a black marble crypt
It's pretty impossible that someone hasn't heard several of his hits. He was ubiquitous for a long time. I'm willing to bet you only know of Ziggy, maybe Heroes and Blackstar and claim moral superiority. Typical 4chin
>a 14 year old groupie doing lines of coke is incapable of consenting
It's not like he was preying on young girls and hanging out at highschools, he did performances, did drugs, met people at parties and so happened to fuck drugged up groupies that were underage.
That death game was well crafty, and will be applauded by for decades to come
The Blackstar record and video, with the dead jewell-encrusted spacemans helmet being worshipped by a sexy cult of alien girls, seemed wacky and avante garde- but now has a new context.
With that and the one about Lazarus etc, it seems the sly old fox made an album about his own impending death, for us to contemplate when he was gone.
To be perfectly honest, my frater familiaris - this shit seems well beyond pop music. This is avante-garde art, more akin to Dali or Burroughs than most contemporary music.
Please don't be that guy.
Bowie managed to majke both darker and experimental-ish stuff, but also great radio hits, and there's no shame in just appreciating those for what they are.
Sure, most people are missing the greatness oh his whole career, but that doesn't mean they can't like him in their own way. Most people doesn't like music like "we" do, anyway. And that's fine.
That's because Bowie is more an artist than a musician, he has some good songs but lots of his shit is very experimental, avant garde and prog like. He did shit the way he wanted to but it was always about making an artistic statement.
probably the eeriest thing. i had finally gotten blackstar on saturday and was really digging it then i thought that the day this guy dies is going to be the worst day. he's one of my all time favorites and today happens to be my birthday...
go online to check the news and he's dead. what the fuck man.
>listening to blackstar
>girl loves me playing
>'where the fuck did monday go'
Which famous 60s artist do you think is going to die last? It'd be great if it was Keith Richards
JUST REMEMBER ANON
PLANET IS EARTH IS BLUE!
RIP MY STARMAN ;_;
I can fully admit to never listening to a full Bowie album before Blackstar at the weekend, which I've now listened to 5 times.
Even though I never really was a huge follower of Bowie, listening to Blackstar now and watching the videos for the title track and Lazarus, it's affecting me in a way I couldn't have imagined.
There's something very powerful about watching and listening to someone I know to be a creative genius, a promoter of individuality, who knows they're dying.
I will now make it my business to go through all his albums. I know how this might annoy people, but the fact that he's moved someone so much after his death is surely something to be celebrated?
I agree. I think he always reached for the staus of a fine artist, although perhaps not always attaining his goal.
But this final work, blows my mind. Bowie did not come out and cry for sympathy when he had his diagnosis- the man was a prince amongst men, and made art, for us, from his own suffering- all in secret.
To release the record and video, and then to reveal their context with his own death....
I really don't know what to say, I am in absolute awe of the great artfulness of his gesture..
Yes, it;s something to be celebrated. Bowie cemented his legacy and reanimated his catalog with some kind of space boy necromancy.
I am sure he would be glad to accept new disciples for years to come.
Have you heard The Man Who Sold the World?
You should. All his work is now imbued with a new-found eerie sense of premonition.
That's what I've heard.
I always knew his hits, my Dad would've loved him when he was younger so he played him a good bit. It's this final act that's just so genius and powerful, I have to listen to him more
>about to die
Perfect to the end.
"FAUX AVANT GARDE???!? What the fuck did you just fucking say about me you Italian pedophile? I'll have you know I graduated top of my class in Marketing and spoke with Andy Warhol once and have over 300 confirmed S+ rank members on motherbase. I am trained in digestable experimentalism and I'm the top artist in the world. You are nothing to me but just another unbought critic. I'm fucking dead kiddo."
Bowie was nothing if not graceful and far-sighted in life. He died like he lived.
The greatest artists are those who would have made art whether or not they were paid to do it. Bowie was just such an artist. He was dying, so what to do? Make one last album, of course.
im so goddamn mad right now, i was doing fine until my mom called me in and asked me about the harmonica in I Cant Give Everything Away
now ive had to lock myself up because im about to fucking cry and its ridiculous
I might not really know all that much about Bowie, but I always sort-of imagined he was playing himself there... Being all badass, and doing his own thing.
you get no enjoyment from life. you were born the wrong way. your brain is wired incorrectly. you don't feel the way humans are supposed to.
you're hearing music wrong.
please end your life.
Hopefully he's in season 6 of Venture Bros
i've listened to heroes, hunky dory, low, the man who sold the world, ziggy stardust, young americans, aladdin sane. should i work my way through the rest of the discography or just listen to blackstar now
East Coast USA
Hoping I'll go to sleep and wake up tomorrow and it's all a fucking dream.
>tfw last night drempt of church
>orthodox icons ceiling beautiful
Maybe Bowie is in the most beautiful heaven I know: Orthodox Heaven.
I tell you this.
I sure as hell won't cry for Jagger like I will for this huge faggot. Who I loved. Obviously more than I thought I did. Goddamned it.
I suppose the grief comes from the fact that in my health and age, I still look worse than he did on his deathbed.
Fuck me. Hard.
Amazing how many people this fucker's outlived.
take it fucking easy, you're not chewing candy.
try one album a day.
play the record, then go back and re-play your favourite tracks off the album.
Get a fucking grip of yourself man, you're like some cunt sprinting through the Louvre, ticking paintings off a list.
I was thinking about the Zoolander situation as well. seems like the Duke's holding the short end of the stick on that one.
I lost my virginity while "Changes" was playing.
I was 17. The year was 2004...
Thank You Bowie, i lasted for 2 minutes, but the memory of that moment and the fact that Your music was in the background makes me happy.
since that moment i got space oddity, heroes, hunky dory, the rise and fall and low on vinyl, ill just play them while drinking few glasses of jameson.