Jim Shelley & Book Of Kills

David Bowie

I can still remember hearing the album The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars for the first time at a friend's house not too long after it came out. I don't know if I'd ever heard anything by David Bowie before that...I suppose maybe his early radio hit, "Space Oddity"...but Ziggy Stardust was one of the very best records I'd ever heard by anyone, The Beatles included. It stunned me actually, how good it was.

I am really sad that Bowie has died. There are some people in the world like Bowie, Lou Reed, John Lennon, George Harrison, and Kurt Cobain that you feel sort of float above the common core of humanity. You have a hard time imagining that they're actually mortal. When they die, it's a blow to your soul.

Nothing can be said to make their loss acceptable. Nothing can be said to make Bowie's loss acceptable.

Now everyone will go out and buy his CDs or stream and download his songs.

"The greatest thing you'll ever learn is just to love and be loved in return."

"I always had a repulsive need to be more than human. I felt very puny as a human. I thought, 'Fuck that, I want to be superhuman.'"

"If it works, it's out of date."

"I'm just an individual who doesn't feel that I need somebody to qualify my work in any particular way. I'm working for me."

"The truth of course is that there is no journey. We are arriving and departing at the same time."

"People are so fucking dumb these days. Nobody reads anymore. Nobody goes out and looks and explores the the society and culture they were brought up in. People have attention spans of five seconds and as much depth as a glass of water."

"As you get older, the questions come down to two or three: How long have I got and what am I gonna do with the time I have left?"

"Look up here--I'm in Heaven!
I've got scars that can't be seen
I've got drama that can't be stolen
Everybody knows me now...

This way or no way
You know I'll be free
Just like that bluebird
Now, ain't that just like me?"

--David Bowie