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David Bowie on the Cover of TIME

By Isaac Guzmán

The musician died on Jan. 10 two days after his 69th birthday

Oh, you pretty things! How you loved David Bowie — imagined yourselves in his guise, stood before your bedroom mirrors and preened in mascara, boas and platform shoes. How you turned up the music, then stepped back, striking a chord on your air guitars before singing along, in unison: “Ziggy played gui-ta-aa-ar!”

Bowie was the rare artist who inspired not just adulation but imitation, a desire to inhabit and inhale the glittering spectacle he presented on album covers, in music videos and onstage.

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