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Photos of Bowie Fans Celebrating His Life with a Singalong in Brixton

We asked people what exactly the Thin White Duke meant to them.

by Jake Lewis
Jan 12 2016, 4:32pm

Yesterday morning, it was announced that David Bowie had died at the age of 69. People from around the world mourned his loss in their own way—but many of these ways ended up being pretty similar in that they involved dancing, drinking, and loudly singing his songs in public. Big memorial parties full of face-painted people took place in cities around the globe, celebrating a life well lived.

We went to Brixton last night, where hundreds of people had congregated outside the Ritzy Cinema to pay homage to the Thin White Duke, and asked a few fans what David Bowie meant to them.

Anne, 18: I enjoy his music a lot. I can't say it has had the same profound effect as it has had on [Linus], but I love his music. I think it's inspirational for that reason.

Linus, 19: He was one of the first people who made me feel like it was acceptable to be the person I am.

Zoe, 23: His music is something I remember from a very young age, and it's always been really important to me.

Murray, 31: He was such a force of creativity when I was growing up. As a gay kid in Cornwall [his music] was so different to everything else. It opened my eyes. It was like music from another world, and it was fantastic. I just loved the guy. [His music] took me on a complete journey.

Topher, 26: I grew up with him. He was my mum's hero and she passed him down to me.

Bonnie, 27: I think, as a teenager, I felt really left out and was a bit of a goth. I didn't know where my place was, and then I discovered the whole glam rock thing and he was one of those pivotal people in that scene—the king of music.

Darren, 42: He taught me to be different, and to not be afraid of being different. Just be.

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