It’s been a year since David Bowie’s death, so we wanted to revisit some of our best looks into his work.
On January 10, 2016, David Bowie passed away after battling cancer. The news came as a shock; after all, Bowie had just released a new album, Blackstar, two days earlier, coinciding with his 69th birthday. Eulogies and remembrances came pouring in from people all over the world, from all walks of life: musicians, politicians, journalists and astronomers — Bowie had clearly touched many lives across many generations. His many fans felt like they’d lost a loved one.
Across his fifty year career, Bowie proved one of the most influential artists of all time, winning countless awards and honors, gaining inductions into both the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and the Science Fiction and Fantasy Hall of Fame and even having a spider named after him: Heteropoda davidbowie!
Bowie was also an accomplished, award-winning actor, starring in pictures from the children’s cult-classic Labyrinth to the big-budget drama The Last Temptation of Christ.
And of course, Bowie’s legacy left immeasurable contributions in fashion, inspiring everyone from Iggy Pop in the ‘70s to Lady Gaga in the ‘10s. In short, Bowie was a once-in-a-lifetime, fully-complete icon; no one before or after has come even remotely close.
And yet, because of all his accolades and accomplishments, it’s easy to overlook Bowie’s noted humanitarian efforts.
So while others write endless pieces about Bowie’s long career and the amazing impact he’s had on the cultural landscape and all of our lives, let’s remember this amazing visionary by looking at five of his lesser-known (but still enduring) contributions to improving the world: