Peter Bargh

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January 10th, 2016

David Bowie RIP

Mourning the loss of my teen idol…and respected musician

Such a sad day today…The loss of an incredible artist, innovator, teacher, idol, all-round genius. RIP David Bowie.

David Bowie was the first artist I liked…and I became a huge fan through my teen years and starting 1972 up to 1979, buying everything he released including imports…all on vinyl there were no cds then. I used to compile scrap books of cuttings from nme, sounds, record mirror, and various girls magazines such as Jackie. I had ten scrap books, plus loads of posters, scarves, badges, the works. Through those years Bowie introduced me to a huge variety of artists and genres, and helped me discover lots of bands through these connections. He helped shape my musical taste.

I always loved the versatility and range of styles he approached, from rock to glam, to soul, to electronic. My favourite albums were Aladdin Sane, Diamond Dogs, Low. In 1979 around Lodger I started to change feelings and by the time of Lets Dance I was no longer obsessed by his work. I liked a few tracks over the following years such as Ashes to Ashes and Thursdays Child, but it wasnt untilĀ  1995 and Outside that I thought he’d returned into a space I enjoyed, so I returned to buying his albums and enjoying the material, but never to the same level as those early years.

When Blackstar was released two days ago on the 8th I was really hooked and thought he’d returned to what made him a hero for me. And sadly two days on we heard the news.

Thanks you David Bowie you were a massive part of my life.

My mum did an oil painting for me back in the day..she left out a bangle that was on his wrist because she didn’t think a man should wear such an item. It’s a good job she never saw my scrap books!

bowie oil painting