The news about the passing of the great David Bowie was still stinging my musical mind pretty hard after first hearing about it this past Monday and while I had already reflected on this sad news in THIS POST, I felt compelled to pass by his NYC residence to pay respects and to photograph some of the visuals that had been left by other fans. David and Iman lived downtown not far from China Town in this building you see here.
It was relatively early in the day and not yet lunch hour so the crowd while gathering was not impossible to navigate with. The way it was set up in front of Bowie’s apartment was protected by a police gate and fans were allowed to walk through to look at things and leave mementos to honor the memory of this iconic musical force. The photos below are what I saw laid out in honor for David by his ardent fans and as you can see there are incredible photos, albums and compact discs along with beautiful notes and quotes. I’ve also added in some thoughts from music people that I know from my own journalistic adventuring to make this nod of respect more special.
“I had to be dreaming this” I said to myself very early this morning when I first heard the 1010 WINS news broadcast as it played excerpts from the song “Modern Love”. As these melodies played the newscaster said the words “Rock Icon David Bowie Has Passed Away at age 69”. I shook my head and rubbed my eyes to a more “awake” state and a few minutes later the news was stated once again. I was not sleeping. This was no dream. David Bowie had died. 2016 had delivered the music world a truly crushing blow with this occurrence and I was finding it hard to formulate thoughts much less words about it….Bowie was 69 years of age and had only just celebrated this birthday on Friday that just passed.
The world at large knew him as David Bowie but he was born David Robert Jones back in 1947 and over the course of his 69 years on this planet had delved not only into inspiring and forward thinking music but art, acting, producing and being adept at numerous instruments. Many of which he played on his body of work and what a body of work this was at the end of the day. According to the official tally of his works, Bowie released 27 studio albums, 9 live albums, 46 compilation albums and 5 extended plays (EPs). From these albums there came no less than 111 singles and five of them reached the number one position on the UK Charts. There were also three soundtrack albums, 13 video albums and total of 51 music videos. Talk about keeping busy. I’m proud to say that I’ve been listening to the music of David Bowie for most of my life and I’ve got my Mom to thank for that since she was a fan and would play this music for me when I was a very young age. I even played some of his tunes on the drums in the various bands I was in over the years and that was always fun. If I had to think about what my own very first Bowie album was that was purchased with my own money (since that is a very big deal in a music fans life) I think that it was his first hits retrospective LP “ChangesOneBowie”. I didn’t buy it when it came out in 1976 as I was only eleven then so it was likely closer to 1980-1982. I still have that and a number of his other LP’s. These few photos below make up my Bowie stuff that I’ve collected over the years. I didn’t photograph any of the 45’s without a cover image but back when these first came out I was always snagging a 45 of someone I enjoyed and especially so if their disc had a photo cover of some kind.
The latest David Bowie album is his 25th and its actually the legendary musicians birthday so get thee to the record store or order a copy of “Lazarus” care of the Amazon.com link below. The album comes to us thanks to Columbia Records. All Hail Bowie!
Fans of the prolific David Bowie might be standing at attention at the news about this massive boxed-set. It’s one of many to come so check out the full press release and image down below. I’ll close out with some editorial for sure. Here we go.
The Press Release:
“Five Years, what a surprise”. Commencing countdown, engines on, check ignition and may God’s love be with you…The first in a series of David Bowie Box Sets to be released on September 25th.
June 23rd 2015 London; On this day in 1971, David Bowie performed for the first time at what was then known as the ‘Glastonbury Fair’. Today in 2015 as the Glastonbury Festival approaches once more, Parlophone Records are proud to announce DAVID BOWIE FIVE YEARS 1969 – 1973, the first in a series of box sets spanning his career.
The ten album / twelve CD box, ten album / thirteen-piece vinyl set and digital download featurs all of the material officially released by Bowie during the nascent stage of his career from 1969 to 1973. All of the formats include tracks that have never before appeared on CD/digitally as well as new remasters.
Exclusive to the box sets will be Re:Call 1, a new 2-disc compilation of non-album singles, single versions & B-sides. It features a previously unreleased single edit of All The Madmen, which was originally set for a US release but was never actually issued. Also included is the original version of Holy Holy, which was only ever released on the original 1971 Mercury single and hasn’t been available on any official release since. Continue reading Awesome! David Bowie “Five Years 1969-1973” Boxed Set Coming In September→
If you have been observing the releases that came upon us during 2008 then you will agree that this was a tremendous year for Metal. We’ve noted in our editorial that it felt like the year of the comeback as much as it delivered new bands that we hope will shine far into the future. The multi-faceted genre that makes up our Metal not only delivered quality music releases but also DVD’s, Books and Concerts that left you sore and with that in mind we are lining out some of the best stuff that we felt was delivered. In this installment I will only be giving the tip of the hat to the best albums for 2008 since I liked a lot of them. Doing it like this lets us all keep a proper focus. Here we go.
The Best Albums Of 2008:
Eluveitie “Slania” (Nuclear Blast Records): Pagan/Folk Metal of resounding proportions. I loved this one and played it quite a bit.
Meshuggah “Obzen” (Nuclear Blast Records) – Reminding us with every groove and spine crushing riff that they are one of the most powerful Metal bands on the planet. If this is news to you, then get with the program.
Journey “Revelation”(Columbia Records): New singer, new album, new versions of classic material & a DVD concert all in one package? Truly this is a standout release from the Rock legends.
Whitesnake “Good To Be Bad” (SPV Records): It’s as if no time had passed by and this CD came out after the juggernaut self-titled album from the eighties. Great work guys.
Def Leppard “Songs From The Sparkle Lounge” (Universal Music): I haven’t liked a Def Leppard album in years and was set on giving them up entirely until this one came out and showed us that they still had it in them.
In This Moment “The Dream” (Century Media Records): I knew I was seeing something special when I first caught them as an opener for Kittie, and this release shows musical and compositional growth from their killer debut that raises the bar. A must have album that offers much for wider scopes of fans. Trust me.
Origin “Antithesis” (Relapse Records): Clearly one of the most powerful Extreme Death Metal records released this year. This is smoldering stuff that moves at break neck speeds.
Keep Of Kalessin “Colossus” (Nuclear Blast Records): A band that has chosen to walk in the path of Dimmu and see what storms they can cause themselves is a worthy addition to the Metal collection. Killer stuff here.
Fish “13th Star” (Chocolate Frog UK): A return to form for the singer who once fronted Marillion. His strongest release in years and a must have.
Black Sabbath “The Rules Of Hell” (Rhino Entertainment): Collecting the four albums that Sabbath recorded with Dio and remastering them after many years of waiting, this was a must have release. Nicely packaged and eventually released individually for those fans who didn’t want the complete set. Continue reading PiercingMetal’s “Best Of” 2008: The Music→