Culture

Jan 12, 2016

David Bowie is not your agile disruptor

Bowie wasn’t exceptional because he moved fast with the times; quite the opposite.

Helen Razer — Writer and Broadcaster

Helen Razer

Writer and Broadcaster

Since it was announced yesterday on Facebook, the death at 69 of musician David Bowie has been “liked” almost half a million times. Generally speaking, a click seems an improper way to convey regret. But in the case of the end to this particular performance, the like button doesn’t seem at all unfitting.

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  1. john ferris

    Bowie embraced other people great talents in his songs and creative productions and his change of looks often reflected that journey. And his journey was not simple what he wanted but also a reaction to and with the media of the day, his audience and their / our cultural signifiers. He also has a great ability to construct images and I don’t mean just visual, but metaphorical and cultural. Some say postmodern, or just media savvy. I think there is some value in applying words like ‘change’ to his music / productions. Look at the cultural difference between Diamond Dogs and Young Americans – dark, 1984 dystopian future vision verses a coke ridden, black American contemporary view and clothes to match.

  2. ken svay

    One of my favourite musos for most of my life, I am now 64. RIP.

  3. mikeb

    A lot of the “black star” content makes more sense after current events. Makes the listening much more poignant. An artist to the end. DB RIP.

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