Saturday 25 November 2017

The man who fell to Earth and sold his music to the world - the genuine icon

Genuine icon: Starman, David Bowie
Genuine icon: Starman, David Bowie
Ian O'Doherty

Ian O'Doherty

The word 'icon' is, perhaps, one of the most wildly over-employed phrases in the English language, particularly whenever a singer of even modest renown has passed away. But yesterday morning brought news of the death of a true icon, a genuine legend and a real inspiration for not one but several generations.

There had been rumours for some time that David Bowie was ill, but the thin white enigma had always maintained such effortless aloofness that such rumours were casually dismissed.

After all, he had returned to the public eye in 2013, following a near decade-long silence, and that video, for the haunting single 'Where Are We Now', featured a gaunt Bowie appearing as a conjoined puppet, looking back on his younger days and singing about 'Just walking the dead'.

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