David Bowie’s final album, ‘Blackstar‘, was a “parting gift” to fans before his tragic death, according to his long-time producer Tony Visconti. And the album – a remarkable, jazz-influenced masterwork that we absolutely love – is the gift that keeps on giving.
Users of imgur, the image-sharing website, have discovered something quite touching about the vinyl edition of the album. If you hold the gatefold sleeve (remembering to remove the record first, lest you damage it) up to the sunlight, it transforms and depicts a different image. Instead of the titular black star, you’re greeted by an entire galaxy. Which is obviously pretty damn cool.
So, as we all knew, his legacy lives on long after death. After news of Bowie’s death broke, the video for the single ‘Lazarus’ was hailed as being loaded with meaning about his fate, while fans flocked to the ‘Aladdin Sane’ mural painted in Brixton, south London, the place of Bowie’s birth. There was also a dodgy mural painted in Sheffield, but we don’t talk about that.
When Bowie died, Visconti said: “He was an extraordinary man, full of love and life. He will always be with us.” As the internet continues to provide reminders of the power of his art, it’s clear Visctonti’s on the money.