In a way, David Bowie was the leading actor in a generation of Renaissance men and women. He was among the company of brilliant cotemporaries like Iggy Pop and Lou Reed, who were also his partners traversing the golden years of rock ‘n’ roll, glam, punk and many genres that defined future generations of artists. His journey through these manifestations of pop-culture allowed him to witness the tragedy of being vilified before being deified. Bowie’s last act was like much his storied career, he, before anyone else, saw that it was time for his curtain to fall and his physical presence come to an end. His departing gift to the world was Black Star, an album that bode farewell to his temporary visit here on the mortal plane. We now give praise to his existence in this time and place for allowing us to witness, participate and appreciate the perseverance of his legacy. Bowie, aka David Jones, passed on January 10, 2016 at the age of 69 after an 18_month battle with liver cancer and just two days after the release of Black Star. It took long moments to accept that his bright star had finally dimmed.
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