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January 2016

1947 – 2016

Starman
Kook
Lover
Freak

When we mourn people, we don’t mourn them objectively; we don’t assess their worth and mourn them accordingly. We mourn them for what they mean to us, we feel their loss.

Major Tom
Madman
Wild Eyed Boy
Monster

When I mourn the death of my grandfather and remain unmoved by the death of yours, I’m not judging my grandfather to be better, more important, than yours. I mourn him because I love him, because he had an impact on my life, meant so much to me. Because he touched me.

Rebel
Faker
Bitch
Leper Messiah

Mourning David Bowie isn’t to judge him as better than other artists. Mourning is a feeling, not a judgement, though the feeling makes me realise that he touched me more than almost any other artist I can think of. Mourning him is not to hero worship him, to see him as a flawless god, it’s to feel the loss of someone who guided me from afar through the dislocation and isolation of my teenage years, who opened doors in my mind, inspired me to create, to read widely, to experiment, to be free.

Hero
Junkie
Thin White Duke
Young American

The fact that Bowie’s voices and personas were masks, not windows onto the person behind, is irrelevant. Voices and personas are the ways an artist shapes, crafts and communicates his or her truth – that’s the way art works. That art can communicate so truly and so deeply in this way, bypassing the literal, is where its power and beauty lies. It’s one of the greatest gifts we can offer each other.

Chameleon
Magician
Blackstar
Lazarus