Why David Bowie Mattered
He was a lifelong innovator, and not just in music
By Newser Editors,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 11, 2016 7:00 AM CST

(Newser) – The fascinating life of David Bowie is providing all kinds of remembrances. Some related reading upon his death from cancer at age 69:

  • He'd just released an album, Blackstar. Was he saying goodbye? A critic at the Guardian assesses.
  • Bowie also was a "mesmerizing" actor, and the Washington Post looks back at some of his eclectic roles, including a portrayal of Andy Warhol.
  • He was financial wizard, too, notes Forbes. In the 1990s, "he pioneered an entirely new investment vehicle when he created Bowie Bonds, asset-backed securities of current and future revenues of his catalogue of more than 300 songs and 27 albums." And don't forget his ISP, Bowie.net.
  • Gizmodo makes the case that Bowie changed not just music, but science fiction.

  • Here's one music critic's list of the 20 best Bowie songs at USA Today. It's got "Space Oddity" over "Changes."
  • But Rolling Stone has a list of songs that "only hardcore fans know." Anyone remember "London Bye Ta Ta"? Check your Bowie cred here.
  • One of Bowie's eyes was permanently dilated, the result, he said, of a childhood punch. The Telegraph collects that and other Bowie factoids.
  • The New York Times reprints a 1971 review of Bowie's work, with the prescient line, "The day will come when David Bowie is a star."
  • Billboard rounds up "10 Brilliantly Bizarre" music videos here.
  • Born David Jones, he changed his name because of, yes, the bowie knife. The AP has a full obituary.
  • The secret to his greatness is that he "never stopped innovating," explains this Los Angeles Times appreciation.
Click for an amazing GIF showing all of Bowie's iconic hairstyles.
 

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