Remembering David Bowie 2 years after his death

By Newsday Staff Updated January 10, 2018 9:53 AM David Bowie died Sunday, Jan. 10, 2016, at the age of 69 after an 18-month battle with cancer. Take a look back through the icon's amazing career. David Bowie released "The Next Day," his first album in 10 years, as a complete surprise in 2013. David Bowie attends the CFDA Fashion Awards at Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center in New York City on June 7, 2010. Iman and David Bowie attend the Keep a Child Alive organization's Black Ball at the Hammerstein Ballroom in New York City on Nov. 13, 2008. The English singer announced Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2013, on his 66th birthday, that he has released his first song in 10 years titled "Where Are We Now?" A new album, "The Next Day," was dropped shortly later, in March 2013. Lou Reed and David Bowie attend the opening of the Lou Reed photography exhibit at the Gallery at Hermes in New York City on Jan. 19, 2006. David Bowie and Iman attend the Metropolitan Opera 2006-2007 season opening night at Lincoln Center in New York City on Sept. 25, 2006. Rock and roll legend David Bowie gestures to the crowd with his wife Iman. Kate Moss, David Bowie and his wife Iman pose for a photo at the 2005 CFDA Awards dinner party at the New York Public Library on June 6, 2005. David Bowie performs onstage on the third and final day of The Nokia Isle of Wight Festival 2004 at Seaclose Park in Newport, United Kingdom on June 13, 2004. David Bowie performs at Jones Beach on June 6, 2004. David Bowie performs at the Provinssirock Festival in Seinajoki, Central Finland, on June 20, 2004. David Bowie and his wife Iman attend the Costume Institute Benefit Gala sponsored by Gucci at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City on April 28, 2003. David Bowie performs at Madison Square Garden on Dec. 15, 2003. David Bowie stands backstage at The Film Society of Lincoln Center's Tribute to Susan Sarandon at Avery Fisher Hall in New York City on May 5, 2003. David Bowie Continue Reading

The Magic Shop — recording studio where David Bowie and Lou Reed made albums — being priced out of SoHo digs

ALBANY — Abracadabra, the music is disappearing in SoHo. The famed music recording studio where the late David Bowie made his last two albums will host its last recording session this week and shut its doors for good. The Magic Shop, which opened on Crosby St. in 1988, is just the latest to be priced out of SoHo and other parts of Manhattan where once thriving studios have been turned into condos, co-ops and retail stores. “SoHo used to be the arts and music and painters,” said Steve Rosenthal, owner of the Magic Shop. “Now it’s like all you can do is shop. I see tourists wandering around looking for a New York that doesn’t exist anymore.” Producer John Agnello is set to begin on Wednesday a three-day recording session with the band Alyeska that will be the studio’s last. Rosenthal then must vacate the space by the end of the month. Lou Reed, Blondie and Norah Jones have also recorded at the Magic Shop. “The city is in bad shape with what’s happening to music and art space and how they’re being kicked out,” Rosenthal said. The Magic Shop will be one of at least three city studios in the past year that have either closed or been put up for sale. Many in the music industry say it’s just becoming cheaper to record in places like Nashville and Los Angeles. To try and stem the tide, a coalition of some 200 music groups is pushing the state to rework a tax credit the industry won a year ago. Critics say it was worded in such a way that no one has yet to even apply for it. The problem is the credit, which is under an existing state Excelsior Jobs Program, is eligible to companies that create jobs that are full-time and filled for more than six months. But the music industry mostly uses independent contractors who work project to project, said Justin Kalifowitz, the CEO of Downtown Music and the co-founder of the statewide New Continue Reading

Like David Bowie sang, accepting that ‘changes’ are inevitable is key to understanding market volatility

Ch-ch-ch-ch-changes (Turn and face the strange) Ch-ch-changes (Just gonna have to be a different man) — David Bowie David Bowie, in addition to his musical and acting talents, was an astute businessman who understood that change is inevitable. He monetized his music earnings through a bond sale and cashed in before the music business fundamentally changed for the worse (at least for the artist). As a nod to this legendary artist, I thought we should focus on understanding how "changes" may also be a key to understanding today's volatile financial markets. All things being equal, market values are higher in a stable environment. Stable means predictable, and a predictable earnings stream is valued at a different level than a sporadic one, even if the end result is the same. For example, most people prefer a salary over freelance work whereby earnings will fluctuate. So too, if a rental property is in a stable neighborhood with a good school system, that property will be worth more than one where the neighborhood's demographics are changing, even if the rental income is the same. I believe the stock markets of the world are selling off for the same reason: changes. Although the overall income generated hasn't declined — the aggregate earnings are increasing — the equilibrium established over the past five to six years has been changed. This uncertainty is causing investors to re-rate the level they are willing to pay for a given business. At a lower level, buyers come in to buy bargains, and eventually a new equilibrium will emerge. So what are the variables that have changed? Oil has declined by around 70%, and most other industrial commodities and agricultural commodities have declined as well. And while buyers benefit as sellers suffer, the initial reaction is negative because some oil-dependent countries will have problems paying debts as their income sinks and their currencies plunge. Continue Reading

Iman reveals secret to her 24-year marriage with David Bowie

Timing was the key to Iman and David Bowie's marital bliss. The Somali supermodel says her marriage to the late English rock star remained in tune for 24 years because they were each at a point in their lives where they could commit to each other completely. "You have to be at the right time in your life that you're ready for an everlasting relationship, that it becomes first and a priority in your life," Iman said in an interview with OWN's "Where Are They Now" taped shortly before Bowie's Jan. 10 death. "If your career is important to you, don't get married and have children, because something will give," she continued. "I know we as women, we want to be able to have it all, but we can't have it all at the same time. So make your priority of what you want at that time." The 60-year-old beauty added she and the "Heroes" singer managed to ditch their celebrity statuses when they were together and simply treated each other as husband and wife. "We both understand the difference between the person and the persona," she said. "When we are home we are just Iman and David. We're not anybody else." Iman and Bowie married in 1992, welcoming their only child together, 15-year-old Lexi, eight years later. The model has remained mostly silent in the months since her husband's death following a secret 18-month battle with cancer, though she has resumed posting daily inspirational messages on her Twitter. Continue Reading

David Bowie speaks on musical influences,’Ziggy Stardust’ era and getting older in final in-depth interview with the Daily News

(This story was originally pubished in the New York Daily News on June 9, 2002. It was written by Jim Farber. David Bowie passed away on Jan. 10, 2016.) In conversation, David Bowie tosses around terms like futurism, generalism, relativism, 19th-century romanticism and existentialism. He alludes to Baudelaire, Matisse, Martin Amis, Anthony Burgess and George Orwell, and holds court on topics like the end of the music industry, the state of the novel, the role of the cult artist and the connection between identity and pop culture. But try calling him an intellectual and he flinches. "It's not a term I apply to myself," he says. "What I have is a malevolent curiosity. That's what drives my need to write and what probably leads me to look at things a little askew. I do tend to take a different perspective from most people." No kidding. RELATED: LEGENDARY ROCKER DAVID BOWIE IS DEAD AT 69 After more than 30 years in the public eye, David Bowie has managed to keep his mind alive and his music ever-changing. Even when his albums have not clicked creatively (and in the last 20 years, many haven't), no one could accuse him of standing still or of taking the well-traveled path to success. In the last half-decade, Bowie has enjoyed a creative comeback by reuniting with fellow restless soul Brian Eno (on the 1995 LP "Outside"), collaborating with Trent Reznor on a 1996 Nine Inch Nails tour and by creating the best rock/electronica synthesis to date, on his 1997 album "Earthling." At the same time, Bowie has seemingly found a way to halt the physical aging process. As he bounds into his downtown New York hotel room, the 55-year-old appears 20 years younger. "And you know," he winks, "I don't even moisturize." Call it a genetic gift or credit it to his high creative metabolism, but in middle age Bowie not only looks smashing, he retains a knack for whipping up lots of attention around himself. He has a new album out this Continue Reading

David Bowie releases new song ‘Where Are We Now?’ from upcoming album ‘The Next Day’

Ground Control to Major Tom: Are you out there? Fans have been wondering something along those lines about David Bowie for years now. He’s one of pop’s most hyper-active stars who, before Tuesday, had been m.i.a. for what seems like eons. In fact, a full decade has passed since one of pop’s most prolific artists has released a full, new CD. In the meantime, rumors have swirled that he may be ill, or “having work done,” or any explanation you can imagine save being idle or waiting patiently for inspiration. It’s with significant relief, then, that Bowie resurfaces today - his 66th birthday - to release a spanking new single, and to float the news that he’ll unfurl his first full CD since 2003’s “Reality” in March. Titled “The Next Day,” the disc was produced in New York by Tony Visconti, who pacted with Bowie on some of his seminal works of the ‘70s. The first single, and corresponding video, takes the all-too-relevant title “Where Are We Know?” It’s an anthem of dislocation, with a suitably hauting look and sound. Sonically, it couldn’t be more somber or troubled. Slowly, gracefully, Bowie sings in a voice of genuine gravity. The song’s video paints him as equally pained and burdoned. Both the visuals and lyrics return the star to a key, earlier location in his life: Berlin. Back in 1977 - when the city was still divided by a wall - Bowie recorded important and probing albums like “Heroes” and “Low.” In the lyrics to the new song, Bowie takes us through the streets while, in the video, black and white images of the city flicker. It’s not the bright Berlin of today but instead the walled one that existed back when Bowie first roamed its platzes and squares. Like the songs off “Low,” there’s a heaviness here, a mood he credibly renders. While the song’s down-beat sound and subject may Continue Reading

Album Review: David Bowie, ‘The Next Day’

David Bowie’s new CD represents a resurrection by definition. It’s the star’s first fresh work in 10 years, a time rife with rumor and worry over his health. How could fans not fretfully speculate, given that Bowie has rated as one of pop’s most creatively ravenous figures? In a career of more than four decades, the man had never gone more than three years without giving us something new — often of a startling variety. Fears were not quieted when Bowie seemed to do something impossible in the Internet age: he disappeared completely. Given this, you’d expect his comeback album, at age 66, to have an air of the triumphant — an “I’m Still Here” assertiveness. Nothing could be further from the truth. Bowie plays his comeback like a funeral. “Here I am/not quite dying/my body left in a hollow tree,” he moans in the title track, which opens the CD. He follows that doozy with pronouncements like “I can’t get enough of that doomsday song.” The album strikes a tone that’s consistently tense, dense and dire. It’s filled with askew guitars, jerkying rhythms and flatulent saxes. It’s Germanically harsh. Small wonder Bowie set the video for the album’s first single, “Where Are We Now?,” in the Berlin of the 1970s, back when he lived in that still-walled city. Likewise, the CD’s cover involves the main image from a disc recorded at the time: 1977’s “Heroes.” The single has a lovely morbidity that stands in bold contrast to most everything else. It’s one of just three slower songs, out of 17 (counting a trio of bonus tracks). Most cuts have far more aggression, with coiled guitar parts, many provided by old ally Earl Slick, fidgety bass work from Gail Anne Dorsey, and barreling drums. In “Dirty Boys,” the guitars snipe and snarl, while the sax has a sleazy appeal. Other songs recall Continue Reading

Brit Awards honor David Bowie, George Michael

LONDON (AP) — The Brit Awards recognized big international stars including Drake and Beyonce and a cross-section of home-grown talent Wednesday — but the ceremony was overshadowed by the much-missed David Bowie and George Michael.Bowie, who died in January 2016 at age 69, was crowned British male artist of the year and won British album of the year for Blackstar, released days before his death.Bowie's son, filmmaker Duncan Jones, accepted the best album award on behalf of his father, who he said had "always been there supporting people who think they're a little bit weird or a little bit strange, a little bit different.""This award is for all the kooks, and all the people who make the kooks," Jones said.Kooks is the song Bowie wrote for his son when he was born.As well as rewarding Bowie, the show paid tribute to one of the music industry's many losses of 2016 —George Michael, who died on Christmas Day aged 53.His Wham! bandmate Andrew Ridgeley said that with Michael's death, "a supernova in a firmament of shining stars has been extinguished."Coldplay singer Chris Martin performed a moving rendition of Michael's A Different Corner — dueting with a recording of Michael himself and backed by a group of violins.The flashy show at London 's O2 Arena opened with girl group Little Mix giving a thunderous performance of Shout Out to My Ex, backed by a troupe of silver-pained dancers. The song went on to be named British single of the year.There were also performances by Bruno Mars, The 1975, Coldplay, Ed Sheeran, Robbie Williams and grime musician Skepta on a night where Britain's music industry celebrated U.K. talent and a smattering of international stars.Soulful chanteuse Emeli Sande was named female British artist of the year, while Manchester indie pop group The 1975 won the trophy for best British band.Singer Matt Healy noted that the band, whose album I Like It When You Sleep, for You Are So Beautiful Yet So Unaware of Continue Reading

Mick Jagger’s affair with David Bowie revealed in new book: They ‘were really sexually obsessed with each other’

Christopher Andersen is the author of revealing, often scandalous, bestselling biographies of the likes of Madonna, Michael Jackson, Jacqueline Kennedy and Princess Diana. “Mick: The Wild Life and Mad Genius of Jagger” lays bare rock’s Satanic Majesty’s sexual forays, including this exclusive excerpt about his dalliance with icon David Bowie. BY CHRISTOPHER ANDERSEN MICK JAGGER and David Bowie fascinated each other, both as stars and as men. Jagger was just four years older than Bowie, and yet Bowie was now being hailed as the hot new star. Ziggy, in spandex and gold body paint, hugged Mick when Jagger paid him a backstage visit in the spring of 1973. When Bowie and his companion Scott were invited to a Stones concert a few months later, Mick not only paid for the couple’s hotel room but sent along roses and champagne with a note signed “Love, Mick.” DAVID BOWIE DEAD AT 69: MUSIC LEGEND LOSES CANCER BATTLE  Where Jagger was still coy about his own sexual preferences, Bowie made no effort to conceal the fact that both he and his wife were bisexual and often shared partners. “Mick looked at David and wondered if maybe this was the wave of the future,” said Leee Black Childers, former executive vice president of MainMan, the management firm that handled Bowie. “Mick was very conscious of doing whatever it takes to stay hot; David was the hottest thing around at the time.” When Mick Jagger of the Rolling Stones glammed it up on stage, it was a tribute to his pal and lover, David Bowie, according to new book. (Michael Putland/Getty Images) “It was the glitter era, and everybody wanted to be part of the bisexual revolution,” explained singer Chuckie Starr, who ran into Mick at a party in Beverly Hills the week that “Angie” hit number one. “Mick was no different. He was wearing rhinestones, blue eye shadow, and platform shoes.” Why the offstage Continue Reading

20 best songs of 2017 (so far): Bash & Pop, Homeshake, Father John Misty, Run the Jewels, David Bowie and more

The new year is off to a promising start – for music fans, at least, with the Kinks' Ray Davies finally resurfacing with his first new song in forever in a January that also brought us tracks from Tommy Stinson's Bash & Pop, Father John Misty, Spoon, the Shins and David Bowie. Here's our playlist of the month's best singles.This is exactly the sort of rough-and-tumble rock and roll that had a generation of outsiders falling hard for the Replacements back when bassist Tommy Stinson was doggedly drinking his way through his teens at the eye of a rock-and-roll hurricane. It even hangs its chorus on the sort of lyric critics used to cite as further proof of Paul Westerberg’s God-given lyrical genius, only this time, the lyrics were written by Stinson. “Now you’re trying to forget everything you never wanted to know,” Stinson wails on the singalong chorus of a song with passing references to a dead kid lying in the street on CNN and another kid’s dad coming home in a bag.This is the second taste we’ve had of Bash & Pop’s forthcoming album, “Anything Could Happen,” and Stinson has issued a statement explaining his goals going into the sessions: "I found myself longing to make a record in the same way that we made the early Replacements records: live, in the studio, as a band. Since early 2015 I've been recording new songs with new and old friends, cutting all of them as live as possible without losing too much fidelity nor over-thinking the songs." And that approach is definitely paying off if the songs we’ve heard are any indication (which they clearly are).This is one smooth-sailing yacht-rock revival with Peter Sagar laying some yearning falsetto down over a rubbery bass groove and a bittersweet chord progression I am pretty sure I’ve heard before, all in service to a timeless pop hook. And then, you have the lyrics, drawing you in with “Every single thing that I Continue Reading