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.
MESSAGE FROM IGGY: “David’s friendship was the light of my life. I never met such a brilliant person. He was the best there is. – Iggy Pop”
— Iggy Pop (@IggyPop) January 11, 2016
— Paul McCartney (@PaulMcCartney) January 11, 2016
David was always an inspiration to me and a true original. He was wonderfully shameless in his work. 1/2 — Mick Jagger (@MickJagger) January 11, 2016
DAVID BOWIE ????? — ErykahBadoula (@fatbellybella) January 11, 2016
Bowie existed so all of us misfits learned that an oddity was a precious thing. he changed the world forever. — Guillermo del Toro (@RealGDT) January 11, 2016
??? Spent a substantial amount of time studying and learning this great mans music at school. Mr. Bowie.. Us and planet Earth will miss you. A photo posted by Disclosure (@disclosure) on
Farewell Major Tom ?… There are no words. RIP David, another hero remembered #legend #davidbowie A photo posted by Courtney Love Cobain (@courtneylove) on
RIP David Bowie – someone who was connected to the source — M.I.A (@MIAuniverse) January 11, 2016
Planet Earth is blue – Bono A photo posted by U2 Official (@u2) on