Ground Control to Major Tom: Dance Music Says Farewell to David Bowie


A chameleon who innovated and challenged his way through mod culture, glam-rock, the Berlin underground, pop, film, theater and f-f-fashion, David Bowie took androgynous chic to the mainstream, challenging the status quo at every turn. Yesterday we learned the sad news that the Thin White Duke/Ziggy Stardust died peacefully surrounded by his family after an 18-month battle with cancer. He was 69.

Last week on his 69th birthday Bowie released his last album, Blackstar, a collaboration with a jazz quintet. The album’s dark, somber tone and shielded lyrics left many wondering if Bowie was bidding the world farewell. Whatever the case, Bowie leaves behind a legacy that will live on forever; one that will continue to inspire outsiders.

The outpouring of shock, grief, appreciation and love has been massive on social media. Those who knew and worked with Bowie—famed producer Brian Eno to Chic’s Nile Rodgers—have offered their heartfelt condolences. Likewise, many in the world of dance/electronic music who worked with him or were influenced by his work are devastated at the icon’s passing. David Bowie’s life was in the public eye but he never really played the part of the quintessential celebrity. And perhaps that’s one of the many reasons he was so loved. He fearlessly showed us the many sides of his personality, inspiring us outsiders and misfits to do the same.

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Darren Ressler

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