Something Cool Apparently Happens When David Bowie’s ‘Blackstar’ Is Exposed to Sunlight
Some industrious fans have apparently discovered one more parting gift from David Bowie. They say they left the vinyl-edition cover of Blackstar, the late rocker's final release, exposed to sunlight – and were thrilled as the image transformed.
Originally conspicuously black, in keeping with the title, the star on the LP's cover reportedly becomes dotted with an entire galaxy of stars. See for yourself in the above image, which was uploaded to Imgur. (We recommend you take the vinyl disc itself out of the sleeve before trying this at home, by the way.)
Blackstar arrived just days before Bowie's sudden death in January. Only later did fans learn of his lengthy, secret battle with cancer, and how Bowie had struggled to complete the project. "He made Blackstar for us, his parting gift," Tony Visconti, Bowie's longtime producer, memorably said. "I knew for a year this was the way it would be. I wasn't, however, prepared for it."
Afterward, every element of the album was dissected, from its lyrics to its stark cover to its imagery-laden videos. In some cases, you didn't have to look far: Blackstar opens with the line, “Look up here, I’m in heaven.”
On the other hand, this latest Easter egg moment, if true, was so well hidden that it took months to discover. “He always did what he wanted to do," Visconti said. "And he wanted to do it his way and he wanted to do it the best way. His death was no different from his life – a work of art.”
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