On January 11 2016 the world awoke to the death of pop genius David Bowie, who had consistently innovated and changed the face of pop culture over the course of an unparalleled five-decade career. Here’s how the world’s press celebrated his life.
Our own tribute, out tomorrow (January 15) uses a striking image of Bowie from the early ’80s.
The Independent opted for stark black-and-white. That piercing gaze is one we are unlikely to forget.
The Yorkshire Evening Post recalls the time Bowie performed as Ziggy Stardust at the Kirkstall Rolarena in 1973, touching down in then-humdrum Leeds as if he’d actually come from space.
The Metro’s cover is, like the ‘Aladdin Sane’ album art to which it pays homage, impossible to ignore, captioned poignantly with lyrics from Bowie’s 1969 breakthrough single ‘Space Oddity’.
The style section of The Washington Post captured the effortlessly cool aspect of Bowie’s personality, while paying tribute to his “legacy of changes”.
New York freesheet amNewYork remembered Bowie as a citizen of his adopted city, where he was cremated and to which he paid tribute in his haunting final single, ‘Lazarus’: “By the time I got to New York I was living like a king”.
The Chicago newspaper RedEye is aimed at 18-34-year-olds and opted for a cover that shares the youthful vim and vigour Bowie retained throughout his entire life.
Hoy, the Spanish language newspaper distributed in Chicago and Los Angeles, remembered Bowie as charismatic alien Ziggy Stardust. The headline, ‘Voy a ser libre’, translates as “I’ll be free”, words taken from the lyrics of ‘Lazarus’.
One of the more eye-catching cover images was published by tbt, a freesheet distributed in Tampa Bay near the Gulf of Mexico, who opted for this magnificent illustration. Like The Metro, it eulogises Bowie with his own ‘Space Oddity’ lyrics.
Público, the Portuguese newspaper, remembers Bowie at his most expressionistic, accompanying the image with lyrics from ‘Lazarus’: “Look up here, I’m in Heaven”.
The Slovakian title Denník took a sombre approach, using the album art from Bowie’s 25th studio album ‘Blackstar’, released just days before his death, which many have come to consider his parting gift.
Flemish newspaper De Morrgen (which claims to be the “World’s best Designed Newspaper”) cartoonishly emblazoned its front page with the iconic lightning bolt that made the ‘Aladdin Sane’ album art so striking.
French newspaper Libération reminds us of Bowie the human being, rather than the rock God who entertained millions.
This wrap-around from The Times captures Bowie looking pensive on the front cover, while the back pays tribute to the Aladdin Sane persona that helped him break America and become an international success.
The Guardian went for a sophisticated, understated approach, emphasising the man’s elegance.
And while it may not be his lasting legacy, the man certainly had great hair, a fact that Brazil’s Metro newspaper saluted.