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Any Day Now: David Bowie The London Years (1947-1974) [Paperback]

Kevin Cann
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25 Nov 2010
Any Day Now is an in-depth and highly visual chronology charting the early life and career of one of music s all-time greatest icons: David Bowie. This book is the ultimate fan guide for David Bowie's most devoted followers.

Packed with hundreds of interviews and images, Any Day Now offers a detailed year-by-year account of Bowie's life- from his birth in postwar London in 1947 to his departure from the UK in 1974.

With a wealth of new information and with each page featuring rare photographs, news clippings and memorabilia, the book also includes the most concise listing of early Bowie performances ever published.

Author Kevin Cann unravels many of the myths that have surrounded Bowie s early career in this encyclopaedic reference that will fascinate and entertain. Cann has worked on reissues of Bowie's back catalogues as well as anniversary releases of his albums. His role as a Bowie archivist for nearly 20 years has allowed him to amass extremely rare photographs and memorabilia, which are combined with interviews with a hundred of Bowie's friends and associates. Through his dedicated research and its fascinating results, Cann has developed a reputation as one of Bowie's greatest and most trustworthy biographers.

With the Victoria and Albert Museum's unprecedented, career-spanning retrospective, "David Bowie" is underway and Bowie's newest album The Next Day having shot straight up to number one on the music charts, now is the perfect time for fans to engross themselves in the best David Bowie book currently available.

Author Kevin Cann has worked closely with the V&A in producing the "David Bowie is" exhibition, meaning the same standard of care and prestige put into the exhibition has been put into this book as well. In fact, many of the rare photos on show at the V&A were first seen in Any Day Now.

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  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Adelita (25 Nov 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0955201772
  • ISBN-13: 978-0955201776
  • Product Dimensions: 27.9 x 23 x 2.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 292,622 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The insight the superb photographs... make [it] music book of the year.... it may well be music book of decade.
-- Daily Express, 26 November 2010

An illustrated record of Bowie's long and giddy rise to stardom, it is a goldmine of information peppered with quotes. --The Guardian, 18 December 2010

The insight the superb photographs... make [it] music book of the year.... it may well be music book of decade.
--Daily Express, 26 November 2010

The insight the superb photographs... make [it] music book of the year.... it may well be music book of decade. --Daily Express, 26 November 2010

"A brilliant new book by author Kevin Cann lifts the lid on Bowie's early attempts to find fame." --News Of The World, 9 January

"A Bowie fan's dream book.... the photographs alone are extraordinary..." --The Observer, 13 March

"... Sumptuous... beautiful. The photographic content alone is a delight. Bulging with countless previously unseen images. The text is also riveting."
--Classic Rock, April issue

About the Author

Kevin Cann is regarded as the number one biographer of David Bowie. He has worked as a designer and writer for the last 30 years and in 1983 wrote his first book, David Bowie: A Chronology for Vermilion. In 1988 he co-authored Kate Bush: A Visual Documentary with the late Sean Mayes. In 1994 he worked with Mick Ronson's family to stage Mick Ronson's Memorial concerts. Also in 1994, Kevin worked with David Bowie for the first time, the following year working as an assistant on his first solo art exhibition in Cork Street London. In 1999 Kevin researched and coordinated the reissue of Bowie's back catalogue with EMI (17 albums), and has contributed chronologies for various David Bowie 30th anniversary releases, including Ziggy Stardust and Diamond Dogs. He acted as consultant on Bowie's and Mick Rock s Genesis Publications book Moonage Daydream (2002) and Geoff MacCormack's From Station To Station (2007). He has also worked with many musicians including Bill Nelson, Adam Ant and Brian Eno. He has most recently collaborated with the Victoria and Albert Museum for their exhibition "David Bowie is". He lives in Kent.

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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a standard reference for serious Bowie followers 10 Dec 2010
I can understand why the previous reviews were not of great help: lack of description.

You should know before buying this book that it is a chronology, therefore you cannot expect massive entries on (all) the various subjects considered; but the one about the "Ziggy album" cover is definitely extended.

This having been said, the older ones among Bowie fans will remember that Cann wrote a chronology almost thirty years ago which, for those times, was very helpful.
What you get today is an improved version of the above, with an abundance of pictures (of memorabilia as well), which will probably have a follow up for the years from 1974 onwards.
At the end of the book you also find a listing of live shows, televisions appearances, and an essential bibliography.

I think it will become, together with the acclaimed Nicholas Pegg's The Complete David Bowie the standard, and essential, reference text for bowiephiles.

For a proper biography you will have to look somewhere else (by using Cann and Pegg bibliographies, by the way).

Worth the buy, and you might also try to have one copy of the limited edition as well (because there is a limited edition).
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wowie Bowie !! 26 Dec 2010
By L. Din
WOW !!! Having been a Bowie Fan for 40 years !!!This is the BEST Bowie Book..so many unseen pics and memorabilia.I spent most of Xmas Day engrossed...it even beats the IPAD as my fave 2010 Christmas pressie.The Author deserves a HUGE GOLD Star for all his hard work putting this together.Hope we get 1974 to ??? next..that would definately go on the 2011 Santa List..You will not be dissapointed...
Now, can someone out there do a MARC BOLAN version for all us middle aged Rex Children.. that really would be the Bees Knees !!!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars King B 7 Jan 2012
There's nothing much I can add, other than another 5 star review. I'm loving this book - the very early part of Bowie's career has rarely been given this much attention, and the detail is enthralling for fans. It's not just lists and dates - the anecdotes and clippings are priceless.

Beautifully presented too, with lots of rare photos.

I hope some follow ups detailing Bowie's US and European years are in the pipeline!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Authoritative and essential 3 Nov 2011
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Packed with exhaustively-researched detail and decorated with countless rare photos and other ephemera, Kevin Cann's flawless Bowie book will delight both the hardcore fan and the fairweather friend. You need no other Bowie books than this and Nicholas Pegg's COMPLETE DAVID BOWIE. I only hope Kevin Cann is now working on the next volume, picking up the story after Bowie moves to America.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Intriguing and astonishing! 7 Dec 2010
By pernil
Cann has created an absolutely fantastic book on Bowie. I have more or less all books written on Bowie and I rate Cann's book as the best, together with Pegg's book! Cann has unearthed a wealth of new information. What I particularly like is his information on early recordings of songs like "Diamond Dogs", "1984" (during Aladdin Sane sessions), which gives an indication of how projects and ideas developed over time. I'm also fascinated with information on many songs I was not even aware of. I'm also impressed by his ability to trace influences for album covers, song lyrics, music, etc. Having written a few books on Prince, including The Vault (which used an approach similar to Pegg's The Complete David Bowie), I have an idea of how much research and work has gone into Cann's book.

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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
By Siggy
Wow! This has to be the best-ever book about David Bowie's early years that's ever been published.

For anyone who became a fan back in the early days and thinks they've seen it all, think again! Packed with rare photos and press clippings, the book is a fantastic record of Bowie's life up to 1974.

I didn't think there could be many Bowie photos from the 60s and 70s that I'd not seen before but boy was I wrong!

The chronological presentation of the details (and there's lots of 'em) makes for a compelling read.

All the facts are here, with details of all the tours and radio/TV appearances.

A brilliant book and I look forward to any follow-up covering the later years.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
I haven't even read this book properly yet, just flicked through the pages, but the sheer number of involuntary 'Blimey, I've not seen that photo before' and 'Wow, I never knew that!' exclamations I made mean that I have no hesitation in giving this 5 stars already. As someone with quite a few Bowie books on my shelves (including about four editions of the only previous Absolute-Must-Have title, Nicholas Pegg's The Complete David Bowie) I like to think I know my Bowie Onions, and this really does have new information on every other page. The sheer range of unpublished/unfamiliar imagery is jaw-dropping. I think my favourites are the shots of Bowie on his way to the stage at Glastonbury, wearing what can only be described as a fabulous cape.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Stupendous book! 1 Feb 2011
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This really is an impressive tome! I am a long time Bowie (Ziggy) fan. I thought I knew pretty much everything and certainly heard everything the great man has done. I read it with Youtube up next to me and found a number of songs I'd never come across before. It was compulsive reading... totally addictive. Impressive work in the extreme. Thanks Kevin!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Best Bowie book by a mile
Due to working on a Bowie related project I have been reading lots of David Bowie books, trust me when I say this is by far the best on his bourgeoning period and exploding early... Read more
Published 4 months ago by tommy
5.0 out of 5 stars Bowie fan? You need to own this book!
I bought Any Day Now around 6 months after its release. Why I didn't buy it sooner is beyond me!

From the opening pages you are left astounded at the quality and... Read more
Published 6 months ago by David Bentley Newman
5.0 out of 5 stars Love it !!
Fantastic , very detailed a must for any Bowie fan . Well laid out with lots rare pictures and documents
Published 10 months ago by Zarker
5.0 out of 5 stars Essential
For every early fans. A well documented book. Very professional and unseen photograph. A must. Un livre interessant et tres bien documente qui s avere un achat essentiel
Published 14 months ago by GEORGES Daniel
5.0 out of 5 stars good birthday present
bought this for my uncle who is a huge bowie fan for his birthday. he was really pleased with it, good pictures too
Published on 25 Jun 2012 by crankycow
4.0 out of 5 stars a bowie bonanza
chock full of great shots and tons of useful and useless info - a great read, fantasic research, there is only one problem... Read more
Published on 16 Jan 2012 by Mr. Anthony J. Hume
5.0 out of 5 stars PROBABLY THE BEST BOOK ON BOWIE...
I picked this up yesterday and was absolutely stunned by the detail packed into this book. It is a chronological day by day account of David's life from childhood to 1974. Read more
Published on 2 Oct 2011 by HAYLING BOOK & MUSIC VENUE (HBMV)
5.0 out of 5 stars The Definitive Bowie Book
If you only buy one Bowie book, this would need to be it. In depth, accurate and a first class piece of work by someone who knows. A reference work for all others.
Published on 4 May 2011 by A M B
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic
As a Bowie fan of nearly 40 years standing i thought i'd seen every Bowie pic ever taken;i was wrong. Read more
Published on 1 Mar 2011 by F. J. Smith
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Being an uber-Bowie fan, there comes a point with Bowie books where you get all the same stories, same photos, again and again. Read more
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