I was 15 when John Lennon died. I remember the shock, sitting on the bed with my oldies, listening to the morning news with disbelief. No, surely that’s not possible? Dead? That doesn’t make sense.
This morning, Spurs Fan woke me with the news that David Bowie has left us, and I felt just like I had 35 years ago.
I wasn’t a Bowie fan when I was 15- that came later. I met JWN at university and we combined our record collections; my Beatles, Springsteen and Ultravox to her Bowie and Velvet Underground. I learned a lot, and loved it all.
Bowie was there, always, it seemed. Where there was creativity, theatricality and fun, there was a hint of Bowie.
Of course, Bowie’s influence is beyond music- Caitlin Moran calls it…
But where to start today? I’ve spent hours with 6Music listening to much wonderful music by Bowie, influenced by Bowie, and which influenced him. I’m hearing old interviews, and bereft broadcasters and listeners sharing tales of humour and kindness. A man who did things his own way, and enabled others to do the same.
Thanks, Bowie. The stars will look very different today.