Born David Jones in Brixton, England on the 8th of January 1947, David Bowie would have been 70 today. During the airing of his documentary David Bowie: The Last Five Years on the BBC recently, it was revealed that he had no idea he was dying until 3 months before. The concept for the “Lazarus” ( ‘Look Up Here, I’m in Heaven’) video was thought up before Bowie found out he was terminal. According to BBCnews, “Johan Renck, director of the Lazarus music video, said: “I found out later that the week we were shooting is when he found out that it is over… We’ll end treatment or whatever capacity that means, that his illness has won.”Renck said that the video, which shows Bowie in a bed with his eyes bandaged and covered with buttons, was not about the singer’s illness.”To me it had to do with the biblical aspect of it, you know the man who would rise again, and it had nothing to do with him being ill.”That was only because I liked the imagery of it.”Bowie’s long-time producer Tony Visconti said in the documentary that the artist was “at the top of his game” when recording his final album Blackstar, released on 8 January 2016 to coincide with Bowie’s 69th birthday”.
David died two days later on January 10th, 2016
This year on the anniversary of his death, the last 3 original recordings released as an EP, called No Plan and includes Lazarus from Blackstar.