Has David Bowie Retired?

Biographer opens debate
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A biographer has cast doubt on David Bowie ever releasing new material again.

An iconic figure in pop music, David Bowie has hidden in the shadows for the best part of a decade. Releasing 'Reality' in 2003 the subsequent world tour took its toll on the influential singer.

Suffering chest pain, David Bowie underwent emergency angioplasty before taking time off. Seeming to enjoy having time to himself, the singer has only completed a handful of guest slots since then.

Working with everyone from Arcade Fire to Scarlett Johansson, perhaps David Bowie's best loved recent endeavour was to take a guest turn in 'Extras'. Memorably serenading Ricky Gervais the scene was amongst the highlights of the series.

Fans are desperate for new material, though, and in a new interview biographer Paul Trynka has argued that David Bowie has probably retired.

Preparing to publish his 'Starman' tome about the singer's life and influence, the writer told Spinner: "My heart says he'll come back. But my head says he's likely not to. I think he would only come back if he thinks he could deliver something that will be seismic."

"If you pop back into the stage, it's got to be something that has a big explosion and lots of flashes. It would be a bit of a miracle if he comes back, but miracles do happen."

Trynka also mused on the singer's lasting importance. "It's history that shaped today's cultural landscape, it's still vital. For me, how this happened is important as a tool to understand the world in which we live today, the sound we hear on the street or the fashions that we look at."

"(Bowie's) influence is still pervasive. It's an important life and a crucial one, and I want people to think about the nature of creativity and how he made himself into this amazing creative force."

David Bowie has made no official statement on his career, but has not performed onstage since 2006.

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