Monday 18 December 2017

Claire O’Mahony: Bowie is not going gently into that star-dusty night

David Bowie is cool. Scratch that -- David Bowie is beyond cool. Space constraints limit the capacity to pay tribute to his genius.

The fact that one of his last creative endeavours was a voiceover for a 2008 'Spongebob Squarepants' episode is neither here nor there. The man has been such a musical and artistic pioneer and is so widely revered that this pop cultural dalliance should be looked at in the same way as his cameo in the 2001 film 'Zoolander', where he judges a 'walk-off' between Ben Stiller and Owen Wilson -- this is a man who is happy to indulge in some iconoclasm and chip away at his own religion.

Last week, Bowie, who is now 65, was snapped in Manhattan looking slightly less fabulous than we expect our musical legends to appear (right). Decked out in a flat cap, grey hoodie, grubby jeans with shades, and carrying his lunch in a paper bag, this was not his famous Ziggy Stardust incarnation (left) by any stretch of the imagination.

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