People around the world are mourning David Bowie, and his music is reaching new heights in the charts since his January 10 death.
Interestingly, although it was assumed that David Bowie’s Blackstar was his “final message to fans,” it appears that David Bowie and other artists, writers, and musicians will turn the idea of Bowie’s Lazarus into a premonition due to the way he seems to be rising from the dead in the two weeks after his death.
On top of that, this posthumous list of surprises lined up for fans will continue through 2017, according to David Bowie’s studio producer.
In fact, the regards for David Bowie are so high that at least one city is asking for their public shrine/tribute to David Bowie to become a permanent monument.
Immediately after he died, critics and reviewers were analyzing the meaning behind David Bowie’s album Blackstar that was released a couple of days before his death.
After his death, David Bowie’s Blackstar was described by Island Packet as “his best” and “eerily magnetic and emotionally evocative, yet cryptic and coded, just beyond the reach of language and logic.”
However, there were a few signs that Blackstar might not be David Bowie’s final work, according to Rolling Stone. In an interview with Tony Visconti, David Bowie’s long-time producer, Visconti said Bowie probably did not realize he was going to die so suddenly and that he had planned a future album.
Currently, Visconti claims that there are written songs and recorded demos for five songs, and these David Bowie tracks will be released between now and the end of 2017.
Naturally, fans should not be surprised that David Bowie is giving gifts surrounded in mystery — even after death. For example, about the gift David Bowie gave Michael C. Hall, (star of the David Bowie-composed theater production, Lazarus), he told the Guardian the following:
“Out of respect for his intense privacy I’ll just say that it was an artifact from his past that he had passed on to me. And it will be a talisman to me for the rest of my life.”
What else can we expect from David Bowie’s post-death career in 2016 or 2017? Now that all of the details of David Bowie’s life are being explored, it has become apparent that he left behind a massive collection of books, albums, and other memorabilia that could be turned into museum displays.
For example, Vinyl of the Day talks about how David Bowie was a “vinyl junkie,” and Scallemang gives a list of David Bowie’s top-25 curated favorites.
Of course, there is always the legendary “warehouses of books” that David Bowie said he owned. The Daily Beast and others quoted David Bowie from a past interview with SPIN Magazine founder, Bob Guccione Jr., stating the following.
“Every book I ever bought, I have. I can’t throw it away. It’s physically impossible to leave my hand! Some of them are in warehouses. I’ve got a library that I keep the ones I really really like. I look around my library some nights and I do these terrible things to myself—I count up the books and think, how long I might have to live and think, ‘F***, I can’t read 2/3 of these books.’ It overwhelms me with sadness.”
For now, there is one museum exhibit full of David Bowie-related memorabilia traveling around the world that was put into place long before his death. Daily Mail says that the David Bowie costume exhibit has been traveling for three years and that it will come to an end in March when it reaches “Groninger Museum in Groningen – the northern Dutch city is just a short hop on a Flybe flight from Southend Airport.”
Another thing fans can expect from David Bowie’s life-after-death is the release of previously dormant interviews. For instance, Deadline points out that 60 Minutes is releasing an interview from 2003 of David Bowie that discusses his experiences with a heart attack.
There are also companies creating memorabilia from their private archives as it relates to David Bowie. Entertainment Weekly writes that TIME recently produced a David Bowie tribute book titled David Bowie: His Life on Earth and states the following.
“[It] is a fully illustrated 80-page commemorative edition book that will chronicle his life and career over the decades, looking at his influences on music, fashion, and culture through iconic photos and materials from the Time Inc. archives.”
Another upcoming David Bowie media project comes from the cast of his theater production, Lazarus. Broadway World reports that “just one day after the 69-year-old Lazarus composer and legendary singer passed away, the cast of his new musical gathered at a recording studio in Manhattan to lay down the show’s cast album.”
Chances are, these future releases and memorabilia will be hits … despite the fact his former publicist said he was often maligned. Independent reports that Alan Edwards said that, in his opinion, the press was often wrong about David Bowie and that he was “brilliant, rational, charming and decent.”
Even though he had image issues in the media, they did not appear to truly hold David Bowie back in the end. According to Billboard, two weeks following his death, David Bowie hit number one in America in the charts for the first time in his career.
Regardless, the real truth is that David Bowie is deep in the hearts and souls of many of his fans — and the proof is in the shrines, still standing two weeks after his death. Brixton Buzz reports on January 24 that a local community in England is now requesting that their David Bowie tribute shrine in the center of town become a permanent monument.
About the possibility of a permanent David Bowie tribute monument in Brixton, “Lambeth Council released a statement concerning any possible monument to permanently honor David Bowie in Lambeth, saying that it would be, ‘undertaken in consultation with residents and his family.'”
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