Ashes to Ashes: Farewell to the Starman

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By Harry Ballmann

Regrettably, there are very few things that can be said to give justice to a man which contributed so much to culture, and what it is to be inherently British. Bowie will certainly provide a profound legacy in art, music and film.

There is probably one word which describes Bowie, in his influence, and his style. Enigmatic. His style in film was exemplary, and yet so confusing, his disturbing role as the Goblin King in Labyrinth certainly spring to mind at this point.

Similarly, Bowie didn’t disappoint in his fashion style, another legacy that will remain and still prove enigmatic, ultimately making him one of the most iconic figures in the music industry. Most unfortunately however, it was not to last. But his last album, Blackstar, shouldn’t be looked at with regret. His death will undoubtedly linger over the album, but that doesn’t detract from the fact that Bowie left us in a way that nobody else could to the same affect. Very few people, if any at all would have grasped the melancholic allusions of his own death Blackstar, arguable making it Bowie’s most touching and most poignant piece.

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