From Madonna to Carrie Brownstein, artists pay tribute to David Bowie

David Bowie

David Bowie

We’ve lost David Bowie, and as fans continue to reel from the news, it’s safe to expect numerous memorials and tribute concerts in the coming days and weeks.

Everyone had “their Bowie” — the version of the chameleon artist that spoke most clearly and directly to them. Was it Let’s Dance Bowie? Glammed-out Ziggy? The rock star? The folk legend? The punk?

Whichever expression you think of first when you hear his name, one thing is clear — when it comes to the spirit of reinvention, exploration, and vision that is so often lacking in music, the Thin White Duke was the people’s prince.

For many fans (and especially his countless queer fans), Bowie’s refusal to play by anyone’s rules — be it pop music, gender or sexuality — made him a totem of weirdness in the best way possible.

Below, fellow artists pay tribute to the loss of a giant.

He always did what he wanted to do. And he wanted to do it his way and he wanted to do it the best way. His death was…

Posted by Tony Visconti on Monday, January 11, 2016

 

I’m devastated.David Bowie changed the course of my life forever. I never felt like I fit in growing up in Michigan…. Posted by Madonna on Monday, January 11, 2016

 

The death of David Bowie feels somehow apocalyptic. I’m sure this is true for many queers for whom Bowie was the first… Posted by Justin Vivian Bond on Monday, January 11, 2016

 

DAVID BOWIEJohn and David respected each other. They were well matched in intellect and talent. As John and I had very… Posted by Yoko Ono on Monday, January 11, 2016

 

 

Like a gazillion other people, I feel stunned by the news that David Bowie has departed this earth. At the loss of…

Posted by Annie Lennox on Monday, January 11, 2016

 

Farewell Major Tom ?… There are no words. RIP David, another hero remembered #legend #davidbowie A photo posted by Courtney Love Cobain (@courtneylove) on

 

 

Planet Earth is blue – Bono A photo posted by U2 Official (@u2) on

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