Monday, March 21, 2016

Rolling Stone does a tribute to David Bowie, the Man Who Fell to Earth and walks among us


It’s time to do a little tribute to David Bowie.

Rolling Stone is selling a memorabilia booklet (about $12) in supermarket checkouts.  It features many articles, one of the main ones being “How Ziggy Stardust Fell to Earth” (p. 17) with a byline “Adolf Hitler was one of the first rock stars” (p. 27).  There is a one page sidebar describing a meeting with William S. Burroughs (“Naked Lunch”) on p/ 25. Timothy Ferris has a piece “Are you man enough for David Bowie”, even as the book puts Bowie’s thin, absolutely hairless chest on repeated display.

Bowie went on creating right until his passing at age 69 on January 8, 2016.



My favorite memory of Bowie is his role as a gentle alien and businessman entrepreneur Thomas Jerome Newton (seeking water for his planet) in “The Man Who Fell to Earth” (1976), directed by Nicholas Roeg, based on the novel by Walter Tevis. Could some like Newton walk among us and none of us (but me) notices?

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