Cameron Crowe remembers David Bowie
The death of David Bowie is something filmmaker and journalist Cameron Crowe is still trying to process.
As a young journalist in the mid-’70s, Crowe followed the late rock icon for six months during his transition from the “Young Americans” (1975) to his persona of The Thin White Duke in “Station to Station” (1976).
Here’s what Crowe, who also penned a tribute to Bowie here, had to tell us about Bowie’s death before his panel started at the TCAs:
“I felt so lucky that I got to be the guy who had a front-row seat to be the representative of a lot of people like me. I made friends with David Bowie. I spent a lot of time with that guy. He was an enormously committed artist. I think his death is a seismic event for artists, and it came at an amazing time because he is proof that the answer to success in music is creativity, not branding.
“So when he passed on, it was shocking. It’s still shocking, a world without him. But it also made me think, like, there’s really a privilege to do that job and to take music to people. You should know that more goes into it than creating a Twitter fight to get publicity. That’s fun, but it’s nothing without the music. And Bowie was about the music and the art.
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