The last picture taken of David Bowie by his wife Iman, on his birthday, January 8th 2016.
Bono said it best: “Planet Earth is blue” upon his passing.
"I don't know where I'm going from here, but I promise it won't be boring."
"I always had a repulsive need to be something more than human. I felt very puny as a human. I thought, "Fuck that. I want to be a superhuman."
"I'm an instant star. Just add water and stir." “Fame itself… doesn’t really afford you anything more than a good seat in a restaurant.” Q Magazine, 1990.
“I was virtually trying anything… And I think I have done just about everything that it's possible to do – except really dangerous things, like being an explorer. But anything that Western culture has to offer – I’ve put myself through it.” Telegraph, 1996
“All my big mistakes are when I try to second-guess or please an audience. My work is always stronger when I get very selfish about it.” The Word, 2003
“I suppose for me as an artist it wasn’t always just about expressing my work; I really wanted, more than anything else, to contribute in some way to the culture I was living in.” GQ, 2002 "I'm just an individual who doesn't feel that I need to have somebody qualify my work in any particular way. I'm working for me." 60 Minutes, 2002. “You know, what I do is not terribly intellectual. I’m a pop singer for Christ’s sake.”GQ, 2002
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Bowie began his professional music career with the Konrads, seen here in 1963. (BBC)
"After hearing Little Richard on record, I bought a saxophone and came into the music business. Little Richard was my inspiration."
David Bowie and Iggy Pop
courtesy of BBC