Monday, 11 January 2016

Art of the Cover - David Bowie's "Blackstar" (2016)

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Blackstar (stylised as ★) is the twenty-fifth and final studio album by the late David Bowie.

It was released on 8 January 2016, the date of Bowie's 69th birthday and two days before his death.

Blackstar was the first Bowie album not to feature a picture of him on the cover: instead, a stylised black star heralded a darker work. 

The 5 star segments below the main star (on the album cover) can be read as stylised letters spelling 'b o w i e'.

There is much in Blackstar to suggest Bowie was saying goodbye - particularly the track Lazarus. 

Meanwhile, the video for the title track, opens with the image of a dead spaceman.

According to producer Tony Visconti, many of the album's lyrics were confirmed to be foretelling Bowie's eventual death from his secret 18-month long battle with liver cancer, ultimately revealing that Bowie had actually planned for the album to be his swan song or "parting gift" for his fans.

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