Tony Visconti remembers his friend, David Bowie

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David Bowie's producer opens up about his grief and that amazing final record.

One the first anniversary of David Bowie’s passing, there have been countless touching tributes to one of popular music’s most influential figures.

But few of them mean as much as the tribute penned by his long-time producer and friend, Tony Visconti.

Visconti was one of the few people who knew exactly what was happening during Bowie’s final years of life. He knew that the artist was ostensibly preparing his own eulogy through the excellent Blackstar album, but was no less shaken and upset by the news of his death.

When Bowie passed, Visconti shared a short, heartbreaking tribute. Today he’s done it again.

In his latest message, he reflects on the moment he found out that Bowie had passed and how he has been processing the news in the past year.

“Grief is a very real thing,” he writes. “There is no control over it. I have been on an emotional roller coaster all year and I know most of you have been too.”

He also offers a deeper insight into what it was like making that extraordinary final record.

“Making Blackstar wasn’t a haphazard affair, we knew every minute we were making something akin to constructing a Gothic cathedral,” he writes. “This was a very special album from day one. David was so happy and energetic making The Next Day but on Blackstar he was so much stronger, more positive and bursting with creativity.”

Read Visconti’s full tribute here.

Tune in to Double J from 3pm today as Myf Warhurst pays tribute to David Bowie 

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