IAN HART: Excellent tributes to music legend

Ian Hart
Ian Hart

Another landmark day, sadly never to be forgotten, with the passing of David Bowie last week.

When a high profile person dies words like ‘genius’ and ‘legend’ are bandied around, but in Bowie’s case these were true – and, in my opinion, in the history of music his death is on the same level as that of John Lennon, in 1980, and Freddie Mercury, in 1991.

Growing up, I was always aware that Bowie had played the Assembly Hall in 1972, and it was interesting to put the ticket price of 60p through the inflation calculator this week.

It came up with the figure of £7.10, which in this day and age wouldn’t get you a round of drinks at the Assembly Hall, let alone a concert ticket.

The media coverage of Bowie’s death in the main was exemplary, with some excellent tributes and classic footage.

The one exception came in the shape of Channel 5, and their ongoing reality TV show Celebrity Big Brother.

Channel 5’s collection of, in my opinion, ‘has-beens’ and ‘never-will-bes’ managed to turn the death of one of the finest artists this country has ever produced into a pantomime.

A ‘misunderstanding’ involving the Bowie’s ex-wife Angie, David Gest and an ample breasted American TV reality star, whose name doesn’t escape me, I just have no desire to know it, was truly car crash TV.

What was worse was that it was recorded before transmission, so someone had the chance to think, spike the whole thing and handle the news with a little bit of class and decorum, as every other media organisation did.

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