Ashes to Ashes

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by A.O.T.F, Jan 11, 2016.

  1. A.O.T.F Member


    Happy Trails, Brother. You'll be sorely missed.

    David Bowie: legendary rock star dead aged 69

    There are many places of pilgrimage to David Bowie today. As well as Brixton and New York there is Beckenham, the south-east London suburb where he grew up from the age of six. The first floral tributes have already been laid outside what was the Three Tuns pub - now a branch of pizza chain Zizzi – where in the late 1960s the singer set up the self-styled Beckenham Arts Lab.

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    Blackstar has been on the turntable this entire week. It truly is a brilliant album

    These from the Album...

    David Bowie - Lazarus


    David Bowie - Sue (Or In A Season Of Crime)


    David Bowie - Blackstar - FULL ALBUM 2016


    David Bowie - Heroes



    The Inside Story of David Bowie's Stunning New Album, 'Blackstar'


    One Sunday night in the spring of 2014, David Bowie walked into 55 Bar, a 96-year-old jazz joint tucked away on a quiet side street in New York's West Village. A friend, jazz bandleader Maria Schneider, had suggested he check out the night's headliner, a quartet led by saxophonist Donny McCaslin. Bowie grabbed a table near the stage and took in a set of exploratory jazz, then left without speaking to the band. "A server was like, 'Wait, was that David Bowie?'" McCaslin says. "It started dawning on people."

    Ten days later, McCaslin got an email: Bowie wanted him and his drummer Mark Guiliana to join him in the studio. "I thought, 'This is David Bowie, and he chose me, and he's sending me an email?'" McCaslin says. "I tried not to think about it too much. I just wanted to stay in the moment and just do the work [he wanted]." That work, initially, was only one song: the trippy, jazz-infused "Sue (Or in a Season of Crime)," which Bowie released on his 2014 compilation album, Nothing Has Changed.


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  2. Random guy Member

    Listening to "Space odity". Godspeed Captain Tom!
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  3. A.O.T.F Member

    That was musically groundbreaking stuff, back in 1969.
  4. A.O.T.F Member

    If any one of you have listened to this (From my original post) It is in essence brilliantly played ... The only thing letting it down, the piece is bordering on distortion. This is why ....


  5. A.O.T.F Member

    On the turntable ...

  6. The Wrong Guy Member

    David Bowie, 1947-2016 | The Underground Bunker

    “We used to call him Garson The Parson in the Spiders, poor love, when he was into Scientology. But it did cause us one or two problems. I was thinking about having him back in the band and the thing that really clinched it was hearing that he was no longer a Scientologist.”

    — David Bowie, in Q Magazine, 1997

    The news this morning of David Bowie’s death to cancer has really unmoored us. We are postponing the story we had planned for today until tomorrow. It can wait.

    And about that quote from Bowie. We looked into it a bit. Jazz pianist Mike Garson told an interviewer that he got into Scientology in 1970 and then got the chance to play on a Bowie album in 1972, which turned into an ongoing collaboration until the two went their separate ways in 1975. Garson says he left Scientology in 1982, and the two musicians reunited in the 1990s.

    We can’t help getting a chuckle from Bowie’s comment. We didn’t know that we could admire him even more than we already did.

    The tributes to Bowie in our comments section started early this morning. We hope you keep them going. We’re still reeling at the news.

    Source and comments:

    Tributes for iconic singer David Bowie | Associated Press
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  7. A.O.T.F Member


    David Bowie - Blackstar

    Get the best out of VLC Player when one sets the EQ Preset to Rock.

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  8. A.O.T.F Member

    David Bowie - Sound and Vision - Documentary

    A documentary, which takes you on a journey of Bowie's revolutionary career, struggle with his personal life and his achievements and successes. Features interviews with Bowie, Iman his wife, his musical contemporaries including Iggy Pop, Moby and Trent Reznor. Exclusive footage of live performances of the showman's best and music and film to showcase 30 years of his career. Highlights Bowie's interests, passions and involvement with the arts.

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  9. Random guy Member

    A bit before my time, but still really good stuff!
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  10. Ogsonofgroo Member

    Though I appreciated much of Mr. Bowie's early music, I could never have been called a 'fan', was into all sorts of other extraordinary music during those times. I think it was probably his album Station to Station that swayed me, years after my teens, and I still have the LP copy I bought somewhere in my piles of 'goodstuff/junk'. Over the years I have listened to everything he made, and with an older view, have come to understand him as the true genius he was. He spoke to a generation finding itself, and so many more...

    RIP Mr. D. Bowie, too young, and a real loss to the world of music. That in his dying days he was able to put together a last album, to me is utterly amazing, and I can have no greater respect for any musician. A fifty year span of music which will stand the tests of time.

    Good travels to you David!
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  12. The Internet Member

    For you, AOTF:

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  14. A.O.T.F Member

    Thank You, TI
  15. A.O.T.F Member

    You put that down beautifully, Ogs
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  16. A.O.T.F Member

    A poignant and beautifully written obituary from Adam Sweeting of the Guardian.

    Artist who blazed a trail of musical trends and pop fashion, reinventing himself, his music and media across many decades

    Until the last, David Bowie, who has died of cancer, was still capable of springing surprises. His latest album, Blackstar, appeared on his 69th birthday on 8 January, and showed that his gift for making dramatic statements as well as challenging, disturbing music had not deserted him.

    Throughout the 1970s, Bowie was a trailblazer of musical trends and pop fashion. Having been a late-60s mime and cabaret entertainer, he evolved into a singer-songwriter, and a pioneer of glam-rock, then veered into what he called “plastic soul”, before moving to Berlin to create innovative electronic music.


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  17. A.O.T.F Member

    There is no pain you are receding
    A distant ship smoke on the horizon................

    David Gilmour + David Bowie (HD) - COMFORTABLY NUMB - Royal Albert Hall, 2006

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  19. RightOn Member

    The original
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  20. A.O.T.F Member

    As in - Stunned Disbelief ?

    As in - A real feeling of loss ?

    As in - When one wipes away a tear or two ?
  21. A.O.T.F Member

    I was wondering what his thoughts were on us ... Anonymous?
  22. A.O.T.F Member

    Bowie lit the candle in our hearts eons ago. A candle that will burn forever.
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  23. Random guy Member

    I just listened to his last album. Some of it is very, very good, which is in itself amazing, coming from a fairly old and dying man.
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  24. A.O.T.F Member

    Did you notice the difference between the album version of track - 04 Sue (or in a season of crime) and the official video of the track, RG? .. You'll find the album version is way more punchier. Heavier bass line and kick drum tracks have been beefed up.
  25. A.O.T.F Member

    David Bowie: Dancing with madness and proselytising the socio- political in art and life.

    A longstanding, successful and frequently controversial career spanning more than four decades establishes David Bowie as charged with individual agency. The notion of ‘agency’ here refers particularly to the ‘ability of people, individually and collectively to influence their own lives and the society in which they live’ (Germov and Poole, 2007: 7). That Bowie has influenced many lives is undeniable to his fans.

    He has long demonstrated an avid curiosity for the enduring patterns of social life which is reflected in his art. Bowie’s opus contains the elements of ideological narratives around sexual (mis)adventure, expressivity, and; resistance to ‘normative’ behaviour. He requisitions his audiences, through frequently indirect lyrics and images, to critically question sanity, identity and essentially what it means to be ‘us’ and why we are here. Here, in this context, ‘dancing with madness’ assumes an intimate relationship, even if brief, where ideas and emotions come passionately together for the purpose of creative expression much like the intertwining and energetic performance of the partner dance Tango.

    As such, ‘dancing’ is argued here to be an appropriate descriptor for how Bowie has engaged with creative cultural forms but not meant to be self-conscious nor indicate superficiality or ignorance. The idea of madness for its part is a theme in many of his compositions, for example the original album cover for The Man Who Sold the World (1971) it depicts an asylum and includes the song ‘All The Madmen’ and Aladdin Sane (1973)—a lad insane--are but two examples. This paper argues that Bowie’s frequently astute contemplations, manifest through his art over a period now spanning more than forty years, continues to draw fans of like mind to his work with the result that he has a legitimate claim to influence and affect.

    Bowie long identified with the plight of youth, as in ‘Changes’ (Hunky Dory, 1971) he declared;

    ‘I hear you: I get you’:

    And these children that you spit on
    As they try to change their worlds
    Are immune to your consultations
    They're quite aware of what they're going through

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  26. RightOn Member

    Never a huge fan, but was saddened when I heard of his passing.
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  27. The Internet Member

    Fan or not, Bowie lived through an interesting era. He vacuumed up memes and sent them on their way again in strangely tasty new flavors. Reviewing his sources and those he influenced is like eating the entire modern world.

    Bowie was my greatest fan.
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  28. The Internet Member

    The magician from Station to Station

    Scarecrows remind me of Aleister Crowley in a Golden Dawn robe making the Sign of Silence.
    crowley mask.jpg
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  29. A.O.T.F Member


    David Bowie Starman (2016)

    A celebration of the career of the musician, whose death from cancer was announced 11th Jan 2016. Bowie's work was the soundtrack to a generation and influenced countless musicians and this features memorable music videos and performances, as well as tributes from friends and fans around the world.

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  32. The Internet Member

    Also, last song on the last album:

    I know something is very wrong
    The post returns for prodigal songs
    With blackout harks with flowered news
    With skull designs upon my shoes

    Seeing more and feeling less
    Saying no but meaning yes
    This is all I ever meant
    That's the message that I sent

    I can't give everything
    I can't give everything
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  34. Random guy Member

    You know you've done well when an actual astronaut brings his guitar with him to do a live version of your spacman song in space!
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  35. I posted this favorite of mine on Marty Rathbun's blog oftentimes to make a point:

    Funny that this Clip was posted on YouTube by somebody with the nick Bluebird:
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  36. A.O.T.F Member


    "I'm just a fucking maniac in straight clothing. There's no reason to dress my monster up."

    Glenn Frey

    There will never be enough room on this page for all of the man's superlative accomplishments. There's just way too many.

  37. The Wrong Guy Member

    David Bowie's son breaks social media silence to share letter from Palliative Care Physician

    Duncan Jones has returned briefly to social media for the first time since his father David Bowie's death to share a "thank you letter" from a palliative care specialist written to the late British musician.

    Jones had confirmed to the world the sad news of his father's death Jan. 10 after an 18-month battle, signing off with a message "I'll be offline for a while."

    Jones ended his silence to retweet a post by the Marie Curie organization linking to an essay published by Cardiff, Wales-based palliative care consultant Dr Mark Taubert.

    "Whilst realization of your death was sinking in during those grey, cold January days of 2016, many of us went on with our day jobs," wrote Taubert. "At the beginning of that week I had a discussion with a hospital patient, facing the end of her life. We discussed your death and your music, and it got us talking about numerous weighty subjects, that are not always straightforward to discuss with someone facing their own demise. In fact, your story became a way for us to communicate very openly about death, something many doctors and nurses struggle to introduce as a topic of conversation."

    Taubert went on to thank Bowie for his music, which played a soundtrack to his and the lives of many others. And how Bowie's "gentle death at home" had given strength to others working in palliative care and those facing the last stages of their life.

    "Thank you for Lazarus and Blackstar," Taubert added. "I am a palliative care doctor, and what you have done in the time surrounding your death has had a profound effect on me and many people I work with. Your album is strewn with references, hints and allusions. As always, you don't make interpretation all that easy, but perhaps that isn't the point."

    Read Taubert's essay here.
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  38. Random guy Member

    Quite. The Blackstar video is hard to watch. It's a very naked and quite uncomfortable look at death. Bowie wrote his own dirge.
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  39. The Internet Member

    Bowie family.jpg

    This pic makes me sad for Lexi, Bowie's 15 year old daughter.
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