Two years ago on Jan 10th 2016 the people woke to the shocking news that the superstar David Bowie had died of cancer.
David Robert Jones born in London on the 8th of January 1947 became an icon at the top of his profession for fifty years.
His last album Blackstar which was released just two days before his death soared to the top of the albums charts while the artist’s back catalogue in the week of his death rose by 5,019 percent to 682,000 sales. Of that, pure album sales represented 308,000 (up 8,440 percent) while song downloads comprised 375,000 (up 3,752 percent) according to Nielsen Music.
Interest for David Bowie does not wane and just last week a Volvo motor car he owned was sold at auction for £160,000, nearly three times its expected sales value.
Duncan Jones, Bowies son, has just recently launched the ‘David Bowie Book Club’
‘My dad was a beast of a reader. One of his true loves was Peter Ackroyd’s sojourns into the history of Britain. I’ve been feeling a building sense of duty to go on the same literary marathon in tribute to dad. Time allowing,’
Duncan Jones announced on twitter ‘Alright gang! Anyone who wants to join along, we are reading Peter Ackroyd’s Hawksmoor, as an amuse cerveau before we get into the heavy stuff.’
Photographer Roger Bamber, whose work features on Fleet Streets Finest met David Bowie and photographed him on many occasions.
Once, when photographing Bowie for a national newspaper Roger had his car stolen and David Bowie and the band toured the streets of Lewisham searching for the stolen vehicle, without success. The story and all of Roger’s images can be seen HERE.