By Tim Leslie.
In the tiny town of Carinda in western New South Wales, the phone at the pub is ringing off the hook.
Bartender Marie Draper is fielding calls about the death of a former patron, who 32 years ago forever linked this quiet outback town to rock and roll history.
That man was David Bowie, who came to Australia and fell in love with the country.
The smoke-filled public bar at the Carinda Hotel was the setting for his iconic film clip for Let’s Dance — with a blonde-haired Bowie mixing it with the locals.
The pub has since become a pilgrimage for tourists, with Bowie fans making the journey out west to pose against the same yellow tiles the Thin White Duke once leant against.
"When we have tourists come through they always ask where David Bowie did the video clip," bartender Ms Draper says.
"I would say now that he's passed away there would probably be a lot more that would come."
Marie says that when owner Malcolm George renovated the hotel there was a lot of interest in making sure the tiles stayed, and so they were carefully removed and returned to pride of place after the renovation.
While the vast landscapes of the outback entranced Bowie, what he saw as the country's endemic racism angered him, and became a central theme in the Let's Dance clip.
Fearless and controversial, Bowie tackled racism
Ed Gibbs, the co-writer and producer of Let's Dance: Bowie Down Under, a documentary about the singer's time in Australia, says Bowie was fearless in calling out the racism he witnessed travelling across the country.
"Nothing was holding him back in terms of what he felt he could say or not say, or how he could express himself," Gibbs says.
"I can't imagine that many other artists like that making a statement like that at that time.
"But as we know he had decades of very gutsy creative behaviour throughout his life and career, right up until a few days ago when he released his latest record."
In a 1983 interview with Rolling Stone, Bowie didn't mince his words.
"As much as I love this country, it's probably one of the most racially intolerant in the world, well in line with South Africa," he said.