David Bowie album: Death as a work of art

David Bowie’s last album was released on his 69th birthday, two days before his death. Only now it is clear how explicit he is dealing with his death: “Black Star” is a farewell gift.

“Look up here, I’m in heaven”, so the text of David Bowie’s latest single “Lazarus” begins. As we now know, it is the last, whose publication has seen it yet. Now he actually greets from heaven: David Bowie died on 10 January 2016, two days after his 69th birthday, the last album “Blackstar” published his.

According to his official Facebook page, David Bowie died after 18 months of repeated struggle against cancer. He let the public know nothing of his illness although he had the attention of the music world because of the forthcoming album for weeks.

Even he gave no interviews, for years of already no more, but also all the album involved in closely held producer Tony Visconti, nor the musicians to the saxophonist Donny McCaslin, who spoke in detail about the emergence of “Black Star”, mentioned Bowie health.

With the knowledge of his death, the circumstances under which released his last album seem like a final grand gesture of pop. This sentence sounds cynical at the most other musicians, but we are talking about the David Bowie, his most popular fictional character Ziggy Stardust the “rock and roll suicide” let die; the Bowie, the we the topos, pop stars to constantly reinvent itself, owe at all. It would be almost a miracle if one would assign as he would have done any thoughts on how he as an artist.