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Paul Flynn Is Over It

WE MUST LOOK FOR THE GENIUS OF BOWIE IN THE EMERGING ART OF TODAY

WHEN A GENERATIONAL icon dies, time shifts a little. We start looking back and piecing together their story, because the play now has a final act. Unlike Michael or Whitney, there was something as elegant in death as there was in life for David Bowie. Unlike Amy or Lee McQueen, the architecture Bowie surrounded his end with was scripted mystery, not tragedy. Two days before he died, his last long player Blackstar had been released to critical plaudits and enough commercial tremor to guarantee a number one record regardless of the circumstance that would frame it. Right to the last breath, he made his presence felt with sophisticated heroism, clashing gently against the elements, dictating his own terms.

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