Looking through the years of David Bowie

Looking through the years of David Bowie

He’s been known by many names throughout the years. Ziggy Stardust, the Goblin King, Major Tom. He’s had enough costumes – and makeup, as well – to fill a warehouse. Even his hair has evolved over the decades. Each style has been unique in its own way, but none have been nearly as memorable as the rock and pop idol behind the pseudonyms, David Bowie. After a year and a half of battling liver cancer, Bowie passed away in January 2016 and left a legacy that will last many years to come.

Bowie joined his first band at age 15 and played at local youth gatherings and weddings. From age 16, he knew that he wanted to become a pop star. He joined, and left, several bands throughout the years, gathering very little commercial success. His first hit as a solo artist was “Space Oddity,” reaching number 5 on the UK charts in 1969.

He quickly gathered a following with his quirky music and costumes. His stage characters ranged from the Martian rock star Ziggy Stardust to the cool, city slicker Thin White Duke. Bowie is remembered for his flamboyance and wide variety of outlandish costumes.

Bowie also starred in several films throughout his career. His most memorable performance was probably as the Goblin King in the 1986 film “Labyrinth.” He also had cameo roles in movies such as “The Prestige” and “Zoolander.” Bowie definitely made an impact in both the music and film world.

The Thin White Duke continued to release albums up until his death in early 2016. His final album, Blackstar, was released just two days before his death. The album was chilling and felt like a final farewell from Bowie. The final song on the album, “Lazarus,” starred a man lying sick and dying on a bed and started with the lyrics “Look up here, I’m in heaven.”

Bowie had kept his almost two-year long battle with liver cancer a secret to the general public up until his death. It is speculated that the large amount of drugs he consumed in his earlier years contributed to the early death. Bowie was quoted saying that during his Thin White Duke persona in 1976, he had lived entirely on a diet of “red peppers, milk, and cocaine.”

No matter the cause of death, David Bowie will surely live in the hearts of millions for years and years. His masterpieces such as “Space Oddity” and “The Man Who Sold the World” are still covered and played today. Bowie will always be remembered, not just as the flamboyant and quirky pop star from the ‘70s and ‘80s, but also as a master of his art and a true rock star.