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'Blackstar' Hidden Image Keeps David Bowie Alive in Fans' Minds

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By    |   Thursday, 05 May 2016 11:13 AM

A hidden image in David Bowie's final album, "Blackstar," has surprised and delighted fans of the musician who died two days after the album's Jan. 8 release on his 69th birthday.

"Blackstar" has been lauded as the star's parting gift and a fan discovered the hidden image, said CNN.

"When the gatefold is opened with the vinyl removed, and a strong light shone onto it from behind, the front of the album is illuminated by a field of stars," CNN noted.

A fan posted about the accidental discovery on Imgur.

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Bowie's son tweeted about the image.


"It’s quite a touching little secret, and a nice nod to Bowie’s immortality as a musical and cultural icon," The Independent reported.

Cover designer Jonathan Barnbrook told Dezeen in January that the cover was designed to reflect Bowie's mortality.

"He always wanted to do something interesting, often to the annoyance of the record company," Barnbrook said. "He understood the value of the image on a record cover, when other people had forgotten about it."

The finality, darkness, and simplicity of the album cover reflects the music, Barnbrook explained.

"The idea of mortality is in there, and of course the idea of a black hole sucking in everything, the Big Bang, the start of the universe, if there is an end of the universe," he said. "These are things that relate to mortality."

The Guardian questioned whether the hidden image was an intentional design or a trick of the light, and invited fans to test the theory.

Twitter users shared mixed reactions to the discovery.


Apparently, no one has played the album backwards yet.

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