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Throughout his life, English singer-songwriter David Bowie was a master of reinvention. With his unmistakable, plaintive croon, he remained authentic, even as he crossed boundaries from folk to glam rock to punk to electronica. Bowie stood apart in his ability to influence, not appropriate, different musical genres. A standard-bearer for gender fluidity, his many personas highlighted his aesthetic beauty and his comfort with experimentation.
"I'm not a prophet or a stone-aged man, just a mortal with potential of a superman. I'm living on."- David Bowie, “Quicksand” lyrics
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"I fell in love with David Jones. I did not fall in love with David Bowie. Bowie is just a persona. He's a singer, an entertainer. David Jones is a man I met."- Iman
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Bowie had an uncanny sense of the future, making work that anticipated the world as it might be. In 1969, the year of the moon landing, he released his first hit, “Space Oddity,” a melancholy tale that singlehandedly captured the wonder and anxiety of the times. With BowieNet ISP, launched in 1998, he foresaw the potential of online music distribution and fan interaction. And before he succumbed to liver cancer in January, he penned his elegies on grief and mortality in his off-Broadway musical “Lazarus” and his final album, “Blackstar,” released two days before his death.