I watched the David Bowie documentary recently released on HBO GO, “The Last Five Years.” Like nearly everything else on HBO, it was mostly liberal propaganda with little insight. It claimed to be about the last few years of Bowie’s life with flashbacks to earlier points in his career but it completely ignored the most important period and manufactured several fictions.
Bowie’s final album “Blackstar,” whose title track alludes to the Nordic village of Ørmen, has its closest thematic and musical similarities to “Station to Station,” which Bowie released during his prophetic period as the Thin White Duke. The documentary makes no mention of “Station to Station” or the Thin White Duke period. Instead it focuses on the supposed gun control message of “Valentine’s Day” which makes no policy prescription for mass shootings, and claims, without evidence, that “Lazarus,” arguably the best track from “Blackstar” and the title of Bowie’s successful musical, has something to do with Jewish open borders poet Emma Lazarus, who wrote the words regrettably attached to the Statue of Liberty. Truth is far more interesting than these delusions, but for HBO, it is useless if it cannot be used to spread an anti-gun, pro-amnesty agenda.
If you are reading this, you are probably thinking about watching the documentary to learn something about Bowie, or, like me, you are upset about the documentary’s failings. In either case, IPR-X can provide you with some of the useful, insightful information you seek. Let’s look at the relevant connections to the end of Bowie’s life and more importantly, what happened after he died.
- It is speculated, “Lazarus” (or at least a part of the song) was influenced by an IPR post from Lazarus Mudd in 2014, which depicted New York City as a Sodom and Gomorrah awash with money, greed, and vice. The presence of the Republican Party in Trump Tower culminates with freedom and a rising of the spirit in the manner of Lazarus of Bethany.
- “Blackstar” hearkening to “Station to Station” reflects the political climate around the release in January 2016. Examination of “Station to Station” shows a prophetic connection to Donald Trump and his rise to the US presidency.
- In fact, a performance of “Station to Station” itself was prominent at the 2016 Republican National Convention. As a fan of Bowie, President Trump likely appreciates the vision of the Thin White Duke.