Photos of Bowie Fans Celebrating His Life with a Singalong in Brixton
We asked a few people there what exactly the Thin White Duke meant to them.
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 ways – but many of these ways were actually pretty similar, in that they involved dancing, drinking and loudly singing his songs in public. Big, face-painted memorial parties in cities the globe over, 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 it was so different to everything else, and even though it was a long time after the 70s it still had a big impact on me. It opened my eyes. It was like music from another world, and it was fantastic. I just love the guy. It took me on a complete journey and all the different stuff he did.
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, 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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