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To Major Tom: The David Bowie Letters [Paperback]

Dave Thompson
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  • Paperback: 300 pages
  • Publisher: Sanctuary Publishing Ltd (31 May 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1860743749
  • ISBN-13: 978-1860743740
  • Product Dimensions: 19.2 x 12.8 x 3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 871,483 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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To Major Tom is a novelisation of one man's increasing obsession with pop icon David Bowie, presented as a collection of letters written to the singer over the course of 20 years.

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5.0 out of 5 stars A MUST for any 40somethings from the Ziggy era!! 11 Jan 2003
By J Ross
I have just finished reading Major Tom and I would thoroughly recommend it not just to all David Bowie fans but particularly to those who like Gary in the book were young teenagers when 'Starman' hit the charts and became lifelong fans. For me, the early part of the book which covers the early 70's Ziggy era was particularly poignant and I remember all the things Gary writes about in his letters to David as though they were yesterday. I too was totally smitten by Ziggy - I covered my walls with pictures and eagerly sought out interviews, articles etc even to the point of cutting and colouring my hair to look like him.
The progress of the years from teenager to grown up, married with kids, is a journey which in the book takes place through Gary's regular letters to David, and is a great trip down memory lane for all of us 40somethings who are still fans of the great man.
I suggest you buy it now - you won't regret it!!
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2.0 out of 5 stars Nice idea but ultimately not a success 12 Aug 2008
Being a big Bowie fan, I couldn't resist the intriguing idea behind this book. It's essentially a novel in the form of letters (written between 1972 and 2002) from 'Gary Weightman' to his idol David Bowie. Only a few pages in, though, I began to get irritated by the style and content of the letters. They are either exercises in showing off an admittedly well-researched knowledge of Bowie and his works, or clunking, unenlightening tracts of cultural analysis. If you're a fan yourself, you won't learn much from the former but you might well find the latter as tedious as I did. I persevered out of genuine interest in Bowie and a lifelong aversion to leaving books unfinished, but I wouldn't buy it again with hindsight.
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5.0 out of 5 stars i loved 29 Mar 2014
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I brought this book for my hubby because he is a great fan of this person and he will enjoy reading it. It got to me with out trouble and I have no problem with seller or the service.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant and Funny 25 Feb 2013
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If, like me, you are in your early fifties and have been a David Bowie fan from the start of the 1970's, you will really enjoy this book. Although I did not attend boarding school like the main character Gary in the story, so many of his ideas and experiences struck a chord with me as I recall many similarities (and probably most Bowie fans of the same age at the time) between us. Some of the letters are hilarious, and they are well thought out as you notice the change in maturity as Gary grows older. A must for any Brit Bowie fans - though I am not sure fans from around the world would get the humour and historic events which Gary comments on.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Not A Bad Read At All 21 Feb 2013
I have just finished reading 'To Major Tom' myself and I have to say it's not a bad read at all. The book is a novel written in the form of letters by 'Gary Weightman' to his idol, David Bowie. Gary begins writing to Bowie in 1972 and finishes in 2002, 30 years later. In that time, we read as Gary starts off as an angst-ridden teenager in a boarding school (Colditz) in Bournemouth to a travel agent father of two. Gary shares his most imtimate thoughts with Bowie, ensuring that his albums and songs within them serve as inspiration and solace throughout the good and bad times in his life.

If I had any complaint to make about the book, it would be the fact that you had to be there in the 1970s to recognise some of the events that Gary references in his letters to Bowie. Sadly, for me, I was not around and so found myself a little lost in the narrative. Overall, though, it wasn't a big issue. The book was a very good read.

Finally, I would say that anybody who plastered their bedroom walls with posters of Bowie (or, indeed, any of their musical heroes) or who ran out to buy the newly-released LP on the first day of release will surely recognise themselves here. If that is you, then this book is highly recommended.

Thanks for reading.
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