David Bowie-CC-Mark Jeremy-2002-andDavid Shankbone-cc-2009

The chief characteristic of rock star David Bowie’s life (1947-2016) was also the name of one of his most beloved hits — Changes.

He released his final album, Blackstar, on Friday, which was also the British rocker’s 69th birthday. On Sunday, after battling cancer for 18 months, he died “peacefully, surrounded by his family.”

Constantly re-inventing himself as an artist, his music was created for various personas which he embodied across several decades. Here is a look back at some of his iconic looks and sounds. 1. Major Tom “This is ground control to Major Tom,” Bowie sang on the classic, “Space Oddity,” released on the…

Photo credits: (top, left) Mark Jeremy in 2002; and (top, right) David Shankbone in 2009–CC

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