"Tomorrow belongs to those who can hear it coming."
"I always had a repulsive need to be something more than human. I felt
very puny as a human. I thought, 'Fuck that. I want to be a superhuman.'"
"I don't know where I'm going from here, but I promise it won't be boring."
RIP David Bowie.
Musical innovator, cultural pioneer, style icon: like him or not, the man who was born David Jones but who took on countless personas over the course of his life was impossible to ignore. While I wouldn't consider myself an absolute Bowie nut - like many (most?) people, I have a favourite Bowie period rather than loving everything I heard - and felt he did (inevitably) take some wrong turns along the way, I always admired his refusal to stand still and determination to blaze a trail, and was blown away by parts of his headline performance at Glastonbury in 2000. I haven't yet heard new album Blackstar, released to coincide with his 69th birthday on Friday, but by all accounts it's a fitting testament to the man's extraordinary and enduring ability to both push boundaries and retain commercial appeal.
By way of a hasty tribute, I'll point you in the direction of my review of Glam! The Performance Of Style, an exhibition held at Tate Liverpool a few years ago which inevitably featured Bowie as a central protagonist, and my thoughts on Francis Whately's documentary film David Bowie: Five Years, which now stands as a perfect tribute to and celebration of its subject.