The culture section of the most recent Independent On Sunday had as its front page the article above entitled Icon To Icon. Inspired by recent Bowie related publications, Philip Hoare explores what would seem to be a popular topic at the moment; "...the role of style leaders and their followers in history, art and fiction...", and he asks; "will this special relationship survive into the digital age?"
Following Wayne Hemmingway's lead on The Big Breakfast just last week, ("...(Bowie) shows what we're missing today...all the pop stars are manufactured.") Philip manages to capture the feeling of belonging to something special, ("a club for which you had to have the right references") perhaps best summed up here: "Such was Bowie's effect on a generation; like Wilde, like Warhol, Bowie was as important for what he represented as for what he did - surely one of the functions of an icon: to instigate a cult." and "Bowie knew what he was doing, as did Oscar Wilde, and Vaslav Nijinsky."
Thanks again David for giving Bowie fans a reason and the confidence to wear a smug 'we-knew-along' grin.
Total Blam Blam - (European Correspondent)
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