Pop music lost its most enduring chameleon Sunday, when David Bowie died of cancer just days after his 69th birthday.
Bowie was a transformative figure and an ever-evolving one, a shape-shifter who remained constant in his dedication to exploring, and defining, new forms of expression. With ’70s albums such as The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders From Mars, Diamond Dogs, Station to Station and “Heroes,” he realized rock ‘n’ roll’s breadth and elasticity, moving from charging guitars and glam-rock drama to fluid R&B rhythms and textures to the seminal electronically enhanced work that he and producer Brian Eno crafted during Bowie’s “Berlin Trilogy.”
The music world burns a candle today for a great musician. Editor’s Note: We’re losing a lot of great ones these days. What’s left on the other side appears to be a lot of industry-generated business models, and not so much true artists who were painting grand masterpieces with their music.