The stars look very different today – tributes to David Bowie

On Friday David Bowie released his latest album, Blackstar. He knew he was dying and sang about it, to incredible emotional effect, in Lazarus – “Look up here, now – I’m in heaven”.


* Mary Reid is a contributing editor on Lib Dem Voice. She was a councillor in Kingston upon Thames, where she is still very active with the local party, and is the Hon President of Kingston Lib Dems.

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  • Mark Blackburn 11th Jan '16 - 3:23pm

    I’m so glad LDV has posted this, I can’t think of a musician more worth a tribute on a Liberal blog. I keep trying to write my own, but flounder in my introspection. His music and actions did so much to open up tolerance to individuality, sexuality and self-expression, at a time when to counter the grey austerity of the mid-70s was difficult and even dangerous. I think it’s fantastic that the current London LY Chair is an openly gay young man called Bambi, and I seriously doubt this could have happened Before Bowie.

  • Adrian Collett 12th Jan '16 - 11:44am

    Thank you LDV for posting this. It was David Bowie, in his promotion of diversity in lifestyle, fashion and music, who opened my eyes to liberal values in the early 1970s. To this day there is no better artist than him in my view, and for a long time now, whenever I am feeling down I know that if I play one of his classic albums I will be motivated again by the end of it – Hunky Dory, The Man Who Sold The World, Space Oddity, Aladdin Sane, Heroes, Low – they and many others all contain such inspired music. What a loss it was to hear that he had died, but how typically Bowie to make fresh art out of his demise!

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