Monday, 11 January 2016

RIP The Thin White Duke


David Bowie and Mick Ronson enjoy dinner on the Train to Eternity

It’s hard to believe or even accept David Bowie’s death at the age of 69. There is a theory in left wing politics about Revolution - the theory of ‘permanent revolution’ - where we keep the rebellion going, churning over, re-inventing, polishing, progressing. That was David Bowie’s art in a nutshell. With every album he transformed himself into something new. Ziggy, the Thin White Duke ... the Young Americans, Major Tom, Master of the Dance ... Bowie was everything - pure musical sophistication. His superb ability as a composer of timeless songs was matched by his ever-changing image.  Now the Gene Genie is back in the bottle. 
I never got to see him live, but I have a frail, tenuous connection to the Great Man. In the 1960s I played guitar in a Hull band called The King Bees. In a fit of petulance I resigned because they wouldn’t let my girlfriend ride in our van. My temporary replacement was a young Hull Corporation gardener  named Mick Ronson. Now Mick and David are together again. They’ve already got a bass player up there with Lemmy … Heaven must be like a permanent Glastonbury. 


Ralph Taylor said...

Hi Roy,Just came across this today, and when seeing your name felt i had to reply. They were happy times- having a few pints in the George in st Georges rd after practicing. It would be great to get a reply from you and chat further. I'm happy to see that you are doing well. I live on a farm on the IOW with my wife Sarah. Looking forward to hearing from you,
Best wishes,
Ralph Taylor

roybaintonwrites said...

What a surprise.
My email is get in touch:
yes, I do look back fondly on those times.
I'm living in Mansfield, Notts.
so contact me.