By now, you’ve probably heard the sad news that rocker and music legend David Bowie (born David Robert Jones) has passed away. The singer lost his 18-month long battle with liver cancer on January 10, 2016, just two days after his 69th birthday. Bowie is known for being one of the most recognized artists in the “glam rock” genre, and often recorded eccentric music videos with elaborate storylines and several underlying meanings.
Over his career, which spanned more than 50 years, David Bowie made significant strides in the music world. Aside from being very daring when it came to fashion (he had no problem dressing in drag) and wowing the world with new musical concepts, he also spoke out against several social issues and took his role as an agent of change in the world very seriously. It is also notable that he was married to supermodel Iman for more than 20 years and it was well known that his love for her was undying. A marriage that lasts that long is remarkable even for people who aren’t famous, but is especially impressive for celebrities. The couple had a daughter together, and each of them had a child from previous relationships, but it was clear that their family unit was strong. David Bowie will definitely be missed. Here are 12 of the ways the musician changed the world.
12 He Inspired Several Generations Of Musicians
11 His Live Performances Influenced Pop Culture
10 He Always Gave A Phenomenal Show (Technically)
9 He Created A Subterranean “Language”
8 He Created His Own Music “Feelings”
7 He Constantly Changed His Look And Persona
6 He Made A Statement With Androgyny
5 He Was A Champion For Outsiders
4 His Music Was The Soundtrack To The Moon Landing
3 He Was Knows As The “Picasso of Rock n’ Roll”
2 He Was Scientifically Intelligent
1 He Spoke Out Against Inequality
During an interview on MTV in the 1980s, David Bowie had the boldness to ask why more Black artists were not being featured on the network. He criticized the interview for the fact that MTV did not show enough videos by Black singers, and openly disputed the interviewer (Mark Goodman) when Goodman tried to suggest that White viewers in the Midwest may be a little afraid of “black faces.” He was also a spokesperson for Civil Rights, spoke out against the action of the Nazis and defended the rights of indigenous people. Bowie truly understood that harmony and mutual respect were the keys to a beautiful society, and his fans will likely always be inspired by his philosophies.
Sources: mtv.com, independent.co.uk, flavorwire.com, theweek.com, rollingstone.com
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