Monday, January 11, 2016
Rest In Peace Sir David Bowie
Born David Jones on Jan. 8, 1947, in
South London, Mr. Bowie rose to fame with
“Space Oddity,” in 1969, and later through his jumpsuit-wearing alter ego Ziggy
Stardust and another persona, the Thin White Duke. He was inducted into
the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1996.
Mr. Bowie was his generation’s standard-bearer for rock as theater: something constructed and inflated yet sincere in its artifice, saying more than naturalism could. With a voice that dipped down to baritone and leaped into falsetto, he was complexly androgynous, an explorer of human impulses that could not be quantified.
He also pushed the limits of “Fashion” and “Fame,” writing songs with those titles and also thinking deeply about the possibilities and strictures of pop renown.
Mr. Bowie was married to the international model Iman, with whom he had a daughter, Alexandria Jones.
In a post on Twitter, the musician’s son from an earlier marriage, Duncan Jones, said, “Very sorry and sad to say it’s true. I’ll be offline for a while. Love to all.”