With the loss of David Bowie last night, the world seems to have erupted with tributes from movie stars, musicians and fans alike. It’s hard to imagine living in a world without him, or worse, living in a world and not knowing of his existence. After Celebrating his 69th Birthday only days ago on January 8th, Bowie left this world on Monday 11th of January after an 18th month battle against cancer. To celebrate his life and work, we will take a look back at some of our favourite moments.
I was lucky enough to grow up in a household that introduced me to the likes of David Bowie from such a young age that I don’t remember a time in my life without him. Whether it was listening to his music with my parents, or seeing him in films like The Labyrinth or even having his music used in skateboard videos. This oddly dressed, strange looking man always fascinated me; he seemed to have a universal following that broke down barriers. If there is one lasting impression for me to take away from his death, it’s that he was living proof that one individual can change the world despite naysayers and amazing odds. I would often listen to his music in the early hours of the morning, sitting on the gutter at the end of my street trying to comprehend the genius of his song writing, and not much has changed.
Obviously when talking about David Bowie and Movies, the first thing that comes to most people’s mind is The Labyrinth. How could anyone go past the big haired Goblin King, Jareth? His performance in this movie not only re-affirmed his place as a pop culture icon, but would ensure that this character, like many others he created throughout his career would live on, long after he is gone. Other films like Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence, The Prestige, Twin Peaks and The Last Temptation of Christ proved that he could do more than just write groundbreaking music. Often times, he didn’t even need to be in the film to have a resounding affect. The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou chose to use his songs throughout the whole movie, either the original version, or French acoustic renditions performed by Sea Jorge, proving that he doesn’t even need to be on screen to have his presence felt. Here is a Video the people at JoBlo.com have put together highlighting some of the best moments.
Another big contribution that David Bowie gave to the world of film is his son, Duncan Jones, responsible for films like Moon, Source Code and soon Warcraft.
A tweet was released confirming the death approximately 6pm (Australian Time)
January 10 2016 – David Bowie died peacefully today surrounded by his family after a courageous 18 month battle… https://t.co/ENRSiT43Zy
In his final days on earth, as mentioned before, he celebrated a birthday, but also the release of an album, which would be his last imprint on the world. Recorded despite a reported 6 heart attacks over the course of the sessions. Seemingly knowing the end was near he also released a video which many people are seeing as his final goodbye. The video for the song “Lazarus” shows Bowie in a hospital bed reflecting on life and saying “Look up here, I’m in heaven”. Similarly quite a lot the album contains references or implications that he was well aware that this would be his final release.
Despite the circumstances and inevitable end, images by photographer Jimmy King were taken on his birthday, and shared by his wife. He is seen laughing in the face of death, hopefully knowing that he made the most of his time here on earth.
Rest In Peace, and I hope wherever you go from here isn’t boring.