Like many around the world, David Bowie’s death on 10 January left me feeling a sense of overwhelming grief and loss. There are a lot of things that could be said about the reaction to Bowie’s death, at age 69, and Jean Burgess’s piece in Medium captures nicely the way in which news of Bowie’s death triggered a huge collective response through social media, that was matched by collective gatherings around the world, at streets in Brixton, bars and clubs
The Guardian has a retrospective on the music of 1989. While noting that the year had its fair share of dross, it was also the year of The Stone Roses, The Pixies, Happy Mondays, De La Soul and Soul II Soul, as well as Madonna’s “Like a Prayer” and New Order’s “True Faith”. All up, a pretty interesting year for music – and also for fashion and drugs, as the middle picture reminds us. While you may not want to
Smashing Pumpkins’ frontman Billy Corgan’s appearance before the U.S. Congress on performers’ rights payments for radio inspired that witty headline in Pitchfork.