Tag: David Bowie

Starman for all misfits

Today David Bowie would have turned 70. Unfortunately he died almost a year ago. The below I wrote in December 2015, in retrospect a month before his death. I didn’t publish it at the time. I didn’t dare to. It made me feel like a vulture. It made me feel like someone writing something for…


Grief in music

Art loves the company of a grieving artist. Nick Cave’s ‘Skeleton Tree’ (2016) made me realise it once again, and as I keep listening it, I also keep thinking about the last line of NME’s review: “Yet this is not an album for the rest of us; it’s a reflex reaction to a torment most…


Rock ‘n Roll Suicide

Like every other kid I had a best friend at primary school. We did everything together until he disappeared one day. Not sure if anyone ever told us why. As far as I remember our teacher just explained in very neutral, meaningless terms. Different stories circulated on the schoolyard. The most popular one was that…


Why I can’t listen to Blackstar

I downloaded Blackstar, David Bowie’s final album, one or two days before its official release on January 9 2016. I was excited, after all the album came relatively unexpected, and seemed to signal the return of the old master.Listening to it made me even more excited. Blackstar was a very good piece of music; experimental,…


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