Newspapers from across the world have paid homage to rock legend David Bowie, dedicating their front pages and publishing tributes following his death at the weekend.
Bowie died after an 18 month battle with cancer and will be remembered for his eclectic and genre-bending music, his unique sense of style, his alter egos like Ziggy Stardust and era-defining tracks like Space Oddity.
Tributes to the 69-year-old musician were published on the front pages of News Corp Australia papers including the Herald Sun, The Daily Telegraph, The Courier-Mail, The Advertiser and The Australian, Fairfax Media papers The Sydney Morning Herald and The Age and NZME daily the New Zealand Herald.
Front page tributes were also published in some international evening newspapers yesterday, as well as in today’s edition of UK papers The Sun, The Guardian, The Daily Mirror, The Independent and The Daily Mail.
Fairfax Media senior music writer Bernard Zuel described Bowie as someone who constantly remade the music industry.
“There are whole movements that either sprang from Bowie or cruised in his wake, lifting his style, his sound, his inspiration and turning them into thinner, shinier, sometimes more marketable forms, but always in his image,” Zuel wrote.
Performers Mick Jagger, Madonna and hip-hop producer Kayne West all added their voices to the chorus of Bowie tributes, as well as Australian music personality and critic Molly Meldrum.
“By the time Countdown started, a lot of acts were clearly inspired by him and the Ziggy Stardust character, which was like nothing we’d seen before.,” Meldrum wrote in a piece for News Corp Australia’s state-based titles.
“He was always so lovely to interview, and a real intellectual — that’s obvious when you listen to the way he approached his music and videos and his entire career..”
The Australian’s music writer Iain Shedden said Bowie was always one step ahead of the game.
“Whether as a glam-rock star or in any of his many guises, Bowie’s music appeared from outside the zeitgeist,” he wrote.