More Secrets Revealed in the Artwork of David Bowie’s Last Album

David Bowie has been gone since January 10 but he’s still managing to surprise his fans thanks to the carefully designed artwork of his last album, Blackstar. Here’s what the vinyl package looks like.

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Here’s a better look.

David Bowie - Blackstar vinyl

Earlier this year, fans discovered that if you hold the album up to sunlight, a starfield appears. When you take out of the sun, the stars fade away.

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Another discovered this.

The latest discovery involves the total number of points on the six black stars found in the booklet that comes with the CD. There are 69–Bowie’s age when he died.

And there’s more.

  • What’s the significance of a “black star?” Yes, there’s the cancer lesion theory, but is there more?
  • Is there an Elvis connection?
  • What’s the “villa of Ormen?”
  • What does Norway, an old girlfriend and a Tumblr have to do with it?
  • Can we infer anything in the fact that this is the first Bowie album not to feature his image on the cover? What about t
  • What about the design of the vinyl edition? Is there a Unicode message in plain site in the album artwork? (Hint: ★ means something to coders.)
  • Does Aleister Crowley pop up somewhere?
  • We’ve seen that smiley face on the astronaut’s jacket in the “Lazarus” video before. But where?

Anyone else found anything interesting?

Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 30+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

7 thoughts on “More Secrets Revealed in the Artwork of David Bowie’s Last Album

  • November 20, 2016 at 10:16 am
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    This is a bit far fetched, but I think the black star is actually a space ship. Look at the 5th symbol at the bottom, looks like a ship getting ready for take off. Now that you see the star broken down like that isn’t it easy to believe that the black star is a space ship with wings?!

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    • November 20, 2016 at 8:45 pm
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      The stars spell out “BOWIE”

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      • November 22, 2016 at 11:31 am
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        I can totally see that now, I had no idea it spelt his name out. Its so obvious now that I look at it. Sheesh! Something else that I found interesting is that STP front man Scott Weiland who died 2 months prior to DB, released an album in 1999 with STP called No. 4. Its literally the exact same cover just reversed colours. I always thought that was so weird. Also in Scotts last interview ever he talked about how David Bowie was his biggest inspiration and how he would love to work with him. I just always thought this was so strange. Link to No.4

        https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/No._4_(album)

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  • November 20, 2016 at 6:04 pm
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    Has anyone figured out why the astronaut’s helmet has a symbol, of what I believe is a symbol for fire, on the upper left part of the visor? Also, I think it IS Major Tom and it represents the end of his mortal life. There are just too many references of Major Tom in all of his videos. But, I could be wrong…

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  • November 20, 2016 at 7:55 pm
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    I think the symbols under the star say bowie. I think it could be village of all men instead

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  • November 21, 2016 at 12:37 am
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    Have you seen the star man in the stars I have just seen him

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  • November 22, 2016 at 8:59 am
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    It’s my birthday. The only thing that would have made it better would be if our Starman were still here on Earth. As for Blackstar, I feel too many people try to read things into his artistry – his music is the gift that will always keep on giving and should be taken for what it is.

    “There’s a starman waiting in the sky
    He’d like to come and meet us
    But he thinks he’d blow our minds
    There’s a starman waiting in the sky
    He’s told us not to blow it
    ‘Cause he knows it’s all worthwhile”

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