The world is still reeling after this morning’s shocking news of David Bowie’s passing. Brian Eno, who worked closely with Bowie during what may have been his most creatively ambitious period, remembers him:
David’s death came as a complete surprise, as did nearly everything else about him. I feel a huge gap now.
We knew each other for over 40 years, in a friendship that was always tinged by echoes of Pete and Dud. Over the last few years — with him living in New York and me in London — our connection was by email. We signed off with invented names: some of his were mr showbiz, milton keynes, rhoda borrocks and the duke of ear.
About a year ago we started talking about Outside – the last album we worked on together. We both liked that album a lot and felt that it had fallen through the cracks. We talked about revisiting it, taking it somewhere new. I was looking forward to that.
I received an email from him seven days ago. It was as funny as always, and as surreal, looping through word games and allusions and all the usual stuff we did. It ended with this sentence: ‘Thank you for our good times, brian. they will never rot’. And it was signed ‘Dawn’.
I realise now he was saying goodbye.
Yoko Ono Lennon remembers Bowie “as close as family.”
Paul McCartney mourns the loss of one of British music history’s brightest stars.
Very sad news to wake up to on this raining morning. David was a great star and I treasure the moments we had together. His music played a very strong part in British musical history and I’m proud to think of the huge influence he has had on people all around the world.
I send my deepest sympathies to his family and will always remember the great laughs we had through the years. His star will shine in the sky forever.
But perhaps David Bowie left us with a eulogy of his own—his final album, which arrived just two days before his passing, Blackstar.