The day David Bowie died, his friend and collaborator Iggy Pop posted a touching yet succinct tribute, simply saying, "David's friendship was the light of my life. I never met such a brilliant person. He was the best there is." And speaking to the NY Times, he had much more to say:

The friendship was basically that this guy salvaged me from certain professional and maybe personal annihilation -- simple as that. A lot of people were curious about me, but only he was the one who had enough truly in common with me, and who actually really liked what I did and could get on board with it, and who also had decent enough intentions to help me out. He did a good thing.

He resurrected me. He was more of a benefactor than a friend in a way most people think of friendship. He went a bit out of his way to bestow some good karma on me.

He was really disciplined. [Our 1976 tour] was at a time when it might be 700 people in Albuquerque, it might be 15,000 at the Garden, it might be 300 people in Zurich, etc. He did a great show every night. I don't care where it was.

Read the rest of the article here.

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