YOUNG FAN: Bowie Robertson, of Lismore, was named after the iconic pop star who recently passed away after a battle with cancer.
YOUNG FAN: Bowie Robertson, of Lismore, was named after the iconic pop star who recently passed away after a battle with cancer. Marc Stapelberg

Bittersweet response to passing of Starman

"IF YOU'RE sad today, just remember the world is four billion years old and you somehow managed to exist at the same time as David Bowie," responded British comedian Simon Pegg to the outpouring of grief which met Bowie's death on Monday.

The transcendental troubadour died in his sleep at 69 after a secret 18-month battle with cancer. Last week on his birthday, he released Black Star, a parting gift to his fans.

Byron-raised Hannah Robertson's bittersweet response to the passing of the glam rock chameleon echoed the sentiments of Mr Pegg and millions worldwide.

"First there was shock, then tears, then dancing," said the fashion designer and mother-of-five.
 

Which of David Bowie’s biggest Billboard hits is your favourite?

This poll ended on 30 January 2016.

Current Results

Let’s Dance (1983)

10%

Fame (1975)

1%

Golden Years (1976)

5%

Dancing in the Street ft. Mick Jagger (1985)

3%

Blue Jean (1984)

0%

China Girl (1983)

3%

Space Oddity (1973)

23%

Modern Love (1983)

4%

Day-In Day-Out (1987)

1%

I never liked David Bowie

4%

My favourite track is not listed here because I'm a real fan

40%

This is not a scientific poll. The results reflect only the opinions of those who chose to participate.

Her 6-year-old son, Bowie, named after the musical space traveller, was nonplussed by the death of his namesake. However, Bowie's spirit is clearly embodied by the long-haired firebrand.

Ms Robertson explained the intergenerational obsession with Bowie.

"My parents were at the concert where he killed off Ziggy Stardust in London in 1973," she said.

"My earliest memories are dancing madly to Bowie with my mum in old run-down house in Byron. He was a major player in my childhood and formative years. When my partner Jesha and I had Bowie we were two weeks in without a name.

"The second it came to mind I said it out loud ... it was perfect, just unbridled imagination and individuality - perfect. Our Bowie is all of that and much more.

"He loves his long blonde hair despite what any of the other kids at school say. He makes up his own hip-hop lyrics. He is an individual, an innovator."

Yesterday local vinyl dealers were inundated with requests.

The Audio Room owner and Lismore vinyl king Nick Barovsky said he sold seven Bowie albums in the first 10 minutes of trading yesterday.

"The things about Bowie is his massive appeal because he stretches so many genres, whether it's Let's Dance or Ziggy Stardust or Heroes," he said.

"He had 25 official albums. He had such a huge influence around the world. I've been asked to do a Bowie tribute on Monday at 9.30am, on local ABC radio. Where do you start?"

A Bowie tribute has been organised for Saturday from 5pm to 11pm at The Northern Rivers Hotel, North Lismore.



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