Remembering a Music Legend

11 January 2016

Here at Adam Matthew we are extremely sad to learn of the death of the legendary, inspirational and unforgettable David Bowie. 

Bowie was a creative genius who irrevocably changed the course of music in the early 1970’s with the album ‘The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars’. He continued to revolutionise music for the rest of his career, constantly reinventing genres - and himself - and never allowing music to languish in the present. ‘Blackstar’, his latest album is a wonderful testament to this.

Bowie’s influence ranged further than his incredible music. In his own way he changed the world: he changed how we act, how we dress, how we express ourselves. Through the characters of Ziggy Stardust, Aladdin Sane, the Thin White Duke (to name only a few) he showed that it was possible to mould our own identities and to be whoever we want to be irrespective of social norms or expectations. His music and performances provided a glimpse into a world in which social and political boundaries diminished so that all that was left was human creativity in its purest, perfect form.

For generations of people, he was and always will be a hero. Here are a few pictures form the Mirrorpix Photographic Archive which feature in our Popular Culture in Britain and America, 1950-1975 resource, in tribute to his incredible career. 


Image © Mirrorpix Photographic Archives. Further reproduction prohibited without permission.

About the Author

Amy Hubbard

Amy Hubbard

Since joining Adam Matthew’s editorial team in January 2015 I’ve had the privilege to work on some fantastic resources including ‘World’s Fairs: A Global History of Exhibitions’, 'Race Relations in America‘ and 'Socialism on Film: The Cold War and International Propaganda’. My academic background is in literature and film and my main academic interests lie in visual culture, in particular anything to do with David Bowie.

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