The Last Hurrah: Bowie and Popular Culture

The whole world is talking about it. The death of a pop culture icon. To many the death of the pop culture icon. David Bowie, singer, songwriter, musician, record producer, actor, artist, genius has taken his final bow, as the curtain drops on the biggest stage, the majority of the world’s population begs for an encore as I sit here and type my musings.

Bowie was someone who transcended the art form, being one of a handful of artists to command a mystique, to epitomise the phrase rock god and cloak himself in myth and legend. Today these words are wastefully used in the media, the press and among music collectors as a way to explain music and create hype for some of the most mundane music.

Bowie was a man of many faces, who reinvented himself time and time again playing different characters, to create, recreate and recreate again with no hint of repetition yet always remaining Bowie.

The passing of Bowie leaves me confused for what music is going to do now. It has left a huge void for me. Bowie represents more than just his albums and the movies he appeared in. Bowie is a complete representation of the creator, the risk taker, the artist that gave even the disenfranchised hope, the unified message being that anything is possible.

It is very difficult to explain to people who are young, bright eyed, bushy tailed and have no context of the 70’s that David Bowie, to a certain generation, will always be dismissed as a “puff”. All because he wore makeup and played on a mysterious sexual ambiguity. This during a time where you could have been beaten for liking a different music to someone else, never mind being homosexual or just plain different.

David Bowie was one of the most unique and gifted pop culture icons of the 20th Century and saying goodbye to him is like saying goodbye to that era. We are entering an era where the most artistic, creative and experimental music is in the underground and will no longer be apart of popular culture, this style of music is now the counter culture, the underground, the niche as our champion of the weird and wonderful exits stage left…


R.I.P. David Bowie (1947-2016)


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