Last night I dreamed with Bowie
“I was on a train and he sat down beside me. We spoke about photography, and he told me he preferred 35mm”. Conversations, advice, or private concerts. Bowie’s admirers share in the “Dreams about Bowie” forum how the Duke appears to them in their dreams.
The “Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao” written by Junot Diaz was one of the books that Bowie bought in McNally Jackson Books, one of his favourite bookstores. Another favourite was The Strand Books, where Marketing Director Whitney Hu recalls how Bowie, despite wanting to go unnoticed, “gave off electricity”. “He was always alone, wanting his private life respected, not wanting scenes with the tourists, but when he requested a book he was charming and delightful”. This is why the Chameleon continues on in New York. It was in 1969 when Space Oddity launched his career. He had arrived from Brixton, London, made his debut in 1972 in Carnegie Hall, that mythical New York space that, since it opened its doors to the public in 1891, has welcomed composers such as Rachmaninoff and politicians as Martin Luther King.
In one of those disconcerting coincidences of life, Carnegie Hall and The New York Times both announced just hours before his death a concert that was to include music of Bowie. That was in January and the concert was programmed for 31 March. It wasn’t a tribute concert, though he was expected to attend. But life and death had other plans.