David Bowie coverage: Failed to focus on his many breakthroughs: Musically and socially

Adonis Diaries

In David Bowie coverage, the media forgot to mention a major aspect of the rockstar’s life

The news of David Bowie’s death, at 69, from cancer, broke late Sunday night.

Most people in the US awoke to read the news, and Monday was filled with hurriedly published obituaries, and then appreciations from critics, fans, and celebrities and notables from all over the world.

Bowie was a rock star of some note. He broadened the musical and thematic borders of the 1970s with a series of garish stage characters—personae, the critics called it—who played all manner of music.

The doomed rocker Ziggy Stardust; the transvestite on the cover of the album Hunky Dory; the epicene Aladdin Sane (a pun on “a lad insane”); the swellegant Thin White Duke, with his self-styled “plastic soul.”

And that was just the 1970s, before he moved firmly into the mainstream with his MTV-friendly…

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