Following the death of David Bowie, his last two videos, 'Blackstar' and 'Lazarus', were widely interpreted as containing clues to his illness. This lecture, based on Will Brooker's unique, year-long research project on Bowie and his monograph Forever Stardust, demonstrates that death has been a running theme throughout Bowie's work since the 1960s. It reexamines 'Blackstar' and 'Lazarus' as complex explorations of 'passing on' -- not just of mortality but of continued life and legacy. David Jones is gone, Brooker argues, but 'Bowie' is still alive.
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