David Bowie sadly passed away on the 10th of January 2016 after having suffered with cancer. Only a select few knew of his suffering, he kept the whole situation private and close to his chest. After the news broke thousands of fans in the UK sobbed, along with others around the world. Even celebrities paid tributes to their friend, a talented man via social media. Fans gathered in Brixton, David Bowie's hometown to celebrate their hero. Many straddled bins to sing and dance, a video appeared on the side of tall buildings and amp blasted ‘Let’s Dance’, everyone rose to the occasion. The mourning seemed to spread and hit those in New York, where fans placed flowers and candles outside of his apartment in Manhattan.

Bowie’s music on Spotify shot up, with some reminiscing over the memories, or some even listening to him for the first time. Bars, pubs and other venues globally played Bowie's music to honour his extravagant life. However, I didn’t listen to any Bowie music, in fact I don’t like his music, but that doesn’t mean I’m not a fan of Bowie.

David Bowie was much more than just a musician. He was someone from a privileged background, he didn’t ignore his roots but used his voice to question the music industry, in particular MTV on their racism, their lack of black artists on the radio and television. Although I’m not a fan of his music, he moved mountains for the music industry, the revolutionised it.

Bowie also bended, distorted and questioned gender and sexuality. He wore what he wanted, when he wanted, he could wear a suit but the next day wear a leotard. He made everyone question traditional gender roles. He opened up the fashion industry, blurring the boundaries between ‘male’ and ‘female’. He was the most experimental person of his time, not only in fashion but branching out into painting, acting and miming. There was no boundaries for him, there isn’t any boundaries for anyone.

I don’t like Bowie’s music, but I’m a fan of Bowie. I’m a fan because he made all the quirky outcasts, the weirdo’s, the outsiders feel proud of who they are. To love themselves.

Thank you David Bowie for transforming the world we live. I, like many others hope you have gone back to your planet, Starman.

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