“If You Haven’t Heard About David Bowie, Look Him Up MotherF*ckers.” – Madonna.

Source: Rollingstone

Well-said Madge. Well-said.

No shame in not knowing about him but it’s better to be willing to learn about a musical genius than be the ignorant jerk with a “so what he was old” attitude…sadly I did see that comment on an article and that person is to be pitied.

The good news is, it is never too late to learn and you just might find a new hero!

So if you want to get schooled, might I recommend checking out:

The David Bowie Top 33
and
David Bowie DNA

Slacker Remembers David Bowie

david-bowie-c2a9-1984-greg-gorman2-940x1175Turn and face the strange       
Ch-ch-changes

– David Bowie, CHANGES

And I’m floating in a most peculiar way
And the stars look very different today

– David Bowie, SPACE ODDITY

We could steal time, just for one day
We can be heroes, forever and ever

-David Bowie, HEROES

David Bowie was an adventurer, and an iconoclast, and a leader. Bowie was never predictable, never boring, and always challenged expectations and conventional thinking. He was a star, a big star, but he wasn’t for everyone. Bowie continually embraced the weird, the strange, the kooks. We understand that energy, that sensibility to do things differently. For many of us at Slacker, Bowie was one of our biggest heroes.

So today, and for the month of January, while the news of his untimely passing is still a fresh wound for us, we honor his memory the best way we know how — by putting David Bowie’s music and his story front and center:

  • David Bowie DNA  traces the tip of the complex iceberg that is the David Bowie story.  Hosted by Jennifer White, we tell the story of Ziggy Stardust, The Thin White Duke, Major Tom, Thomas Jerome Newton et all.  You will hear Bowie’s influences, contemporaries and followers like Little Richard, The Beatles, Al Green, The Velvet Underground, Kurt Cobain, and LCD Soundsystem. If you listen closely, we think you might just hear your personal story here too.
  • David Bowie Top 33 counts up Bowie’s greatest songs. These are the Bowie songs that you have listened to, shared, and “hearted” the most. From classics like Changes, Fame and Let’s Dance to some surprises from his many collaborations and era’s, these songs paint a picture of an eclectic and inspired career.
  • Finally, our Album Of The Week is Blackstar, which was just released on Friday January 8th, David Bowie’s 69th birthday. Bowie’s final album can be heard on many levels. Musically, it explores his love for texture, emotional singing, and the kind of inspired instrumentation that blends pop, jazz and funk into a otherworldly mix. Lyrically, it hauntingly speaks for itself, from the opening lines of Lazarus — “Look up here, I’m in heaven” to the final moments of I Cant Give Everything Away — “Seeing more and feeling less, saying no but meaning yes, that’s the message that I sent, I can’t give everything away.

For now, we have to deal with Bowie’s passing. We turn and face the strange. Bowie was our star, and our stars do indeed look very different today. But if you listen to the music, you’ll see why David Bowie is still our hero.

9 Steps To Help You Cope With the Death Of David Bowie.

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Source: Mashable

1. “Dammit Why didn’t I see him live?”
2. “THERE ISN’T ANYONE LIKE HIM ANYMORE.”
3. “I gotta go to Brixton.”
4. “That baby in Labyrinth never knew how lucky he was just hanging out on Bowie’s lap.”
5. “Who looks that hot in a mugshot?? No one…the answer is no one.”

Struggling with the death of this artistic juggernaut the likes of which have never been seen?? I get it.

Here are some articles that may improve/enrich your cycle of grief**:

Step 1. Turn on The David Bowie Top 33, Bowie’s last album Blackstar, which happens to be our Album Of The Week and/or David Bowie DNA.

Step 2. Read the “lusty scrap” story behind his dialated eye.

Step 3. Read what it was like to interview him and add a “Bowie-Joke” to your arsenal.

Step 4. Watch this hilarious scene from Extras…again because it is that good.

Step 5. If you like Ricky Gervais, read how Bowie influenced him.

Step 6. Watch 1000s of people dancing in the streets of his hometown to celebrate his life. Think about that. Most of us would be thrilled to know our existence compelled one person to dance after we die…Bowie?? THOUSANDS.

Step 7. Remember this brilliant quote which may not be original but does put things in perspective because at the end of the day, we are pretty f*cking lucky.

Step 8: Check out that style!

Step 9: Watch Labyrinth…again.

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**Disclaimer: There are a million fantastic articles/stories/experiences out there about him and I am well aware I didn’t even scratch the surface…these are simply some of the ones that made me smile and I’m hoping they do the same for you.