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David Robert Jones aka David Bowie (8 January 1947 — 10 January 2016)

I always had a repulsive need to be something more than human.

When I was younger, I was fascinated by David Bowie, for example. He had created an entire myth around himself. It was as important as his music. — Lars von Trier

I do not use the word ‘genius’ lightly, but if David Bowie is not a genius, then there is no such thing. — Mick Rock

I look at Bowie as an icon in art. It’s not just about the music. It’s about the performance, the attitude, the look. And that is where I live as an artist. — Lady Gaga

If Bowie can make a record in complete anonymity without anybody knowing about it and without it being leaked and without it coming out and surprise everybody the way that he did - and to come back with such a wistful track like ‘Where Are We Now?’ - then I think there’s hope for us, there really, really is. And hats off to him. Touché. Well done David. — Brian Molko

As was the case with Miles Davis in jazz, Bowie has come not just to represent his innovations but to symbolize modern rock as an idiom in which literacy, art, fashion, style, sexual exploration and social commentary can be rolled into one. — Rolling Stone Magazine