The first anniversary of the m death of David Bowie, that it is today, will be surrounded by special events such as the broadcast of a BBC documentary and a series of concerts tribute to the iconic London artist in various parts of the world.
Twelve months after the musician succumbed to cancer at the age of 69, the world of culture pays tribute to the legendary singer, a virtuoso of the staging, master par excellence of the reinvention and pioneer of the so-called “glam rock.”
No one like Bowie combined with such naturalness an overwhelming talent and an undeniable commercial magnetism with great transgressive abilities.
To celebrate its influential heritage, the public broadcaster BBC has made an exhaustive review of his last five years with David Bowie: The Last Five Years, which was broadcast last Saturday.
The film, directed by Francis Whately – who previously headed in David Bowie: Five Years in 2013 – included an unreleased sound from the recording of Lazarus, drawn from the prophetic Blackstar, a work plagued by symbolism and references to the death, which was released only two days before his decease.
The new film by BBC has revealed unknown aspects of the composer and has revealed that Bowie learned that his illness was terminal only three months before he died.
The film, focusing on his latest albums The Next Dayand the aforementioned Blackstar, investigates the idea that, despite the appearance of fireproof reinvention that emanates from Bowie’s trajectory (1947-2016), the reality is that his work presents recurring themes, such as fame, alignment and mortality.
Throughout 2017, the BBC plans to broadcast through all its channels and stations a series of programs in memory of the artist.
In addition, during this month, as part of the tributes, there are scheduled charity concerts by several cities around the world with which the artist had a special connection, such as London, New York, Los Angeles, Sydney and Tokyo.
In these, tens of musicians – many of his regular collaborators – participate in order to honor his memory.
Master of the glam rock
During the 70’s, the depth of his work, his voice and the originality that surrounded all his projects made him one of the masters of glam rock.
Artificer of praised works like Heroes (1977), Lodger (1979) or Scary Monsters (1980), the singer from Brixton (London), settled in New York for years, reached the top of this industry in 1972 with The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and The Spider From Mars.
This album tells the story of one of his many alter ego, the character Ziggy Stardust, a bisexual extraterrestrial turned rock star, followed by many other personalities like Aladdin Sane or the White Duke.
Lennon, Queen and Pink Floyd
His first success in the United States arrived in 1975 of the hand of his simple Fame, coauthored with the Beatle John Lennon, as well as thanks to his disc Young Americans.
From there, his successes would not cease, like Low (1977), the first of three collaborations with Brian Eno, that entered the British Top 5; the catchy Ashes to Ashes from the album Scary Monsters (and Super Creeps“; the collaboration with Queen in Under Pressure; or Let’s Dance.
In 2006, the singer, who has sold about 136 million albums worldwide, announced that it would take a sabbatical year, giving rise to all kinds of rumors about his state of health.
During a long absence, he was only seen in some timely collaboration, such as his surprise appearance in a concert of David Gilmour (Pink Floyd) at the Royal Albert Hall in London that year.
After ten years away, he was “resurrected” in 2013 with The Next Day, an album produced by his friend Tony Viscontti, his man of confidence, which excited the critics.
Only a year later he released the anthology Nothing Has Changed, which celebrated half a century of career and concluded his musical production with Blackstar, coinciding with his 69 birthday and published two days before passing away.
On a personal level, Bowie had been married since 1992 with the Somali model Iman, with whom he had a daughter, Alexandria Zahra “Lexi” Jones, and had before another son, Duncan Jones, the fruit of his first marriage with Angela Bowie.
London, January 10, 2017, EFE/Practica Español