David Bowie died on Sunday, January 10th, following a largely secret 18-month battle with cancer. Bowie left behind an impressive body of work including a brand new album, Blackstar, released just days before his death.
Even if you don't like David Bowie's music, you can bet that some of the musicians you do like were inspired by him. He was a pioneer in many ways, and musicians around the world mourned his death. Rapper Kanye West said, "David Bowie was one of my most important inspirations, so fearless, so creative, he gave us magic for a lifetime."
David Bowie was one of my most important inspirations, so fearless, so creative, he gave us magic for a lifetime.
— KANYE WEST (@kanyewest) January 11, 2016
Pharrell Williams said, "David Bowie was a true innovator, a true creative. May he rest in peace."
David Bowie was a true innovator, a true creative. May he rest in peace 🖖🏾 #RIPDavidBowie
— Pharrell Williams (@Pharrell) January 11, 2016
Alternative rock artist Taylor Momsen linked to his song, "Quicksand" with the words, "Voice. Song. Amazing."
Voice. Song. Amazing. https://t.co/2fTDZAlDiK
— Taylor Momsen (@taylormomsen) January 12, 2016
Nick Gillespie at Reason gave a great tribute to Bowie saying "was an emissary from our own hyper-personalized future" whose "insistent, playful shape-shifting helped to create a freer, more individualized world."
Bowie was many things to many people, but he was certainly a larger-than-life character whose work will be remembered and treasured long after his untimely death.