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Bowie: A Biography Hardcover – 25 Apr 2010

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Product details

  • Hardcover: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Aurum Press Ltd (25 April 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1845135512
  • ISBN-13: 978-1845135515
  • Product Dimensions: 16.6 x 4.2 x 24 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 2.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 417,649 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'Spitz...attempts to bring the private man back into fuller view. This he achieves with novelistic flair and much insight' -- David Buckley MOJO 201006 'Spitz concentrates on the complex evolution of Bowie's music to deliver an evenhanded, critically thorough, while still reverential, life of the Thin White Duke.' Publishers Weekly 'A breezy, well-lit portrait of the ever-enigmatic rocker...Spitz's encyclopedic knowledge and obvious appreciation for Bowie's work separate this book from countless cookie-cutter rock stories.' Kirkus Reviews

About the Author

Marc Spitz is a music journalist, author and playwright. Spitz's writings on rock n' roll and popular culture have appeared in Spin (where he was a Senior Writer) as well as The New York Times, Maxim, Blender, Harp, Nylon and the New York Post. He is currently the music blogger for Vanity Fair and a regular contributor to Uncut magazine. He has authored two novels and has written several biographies, including Jagger: Rebel, Rock Star, Rambler, Rogue, Nobody Likes You: Inside the Turbulent Life, Times and Music of Green Day, and BOWIE: A Biography.


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I thankfully did not buy this book, rather I borrowed it from the local library! I wanted to post a review to stop anyone else wasting their cash on it!

This bio is a mish mash of other bio's the author had read, badly edited so that the same phrase (or cliche) often appears in a sentence twice. Even more infuriating though is when he occasionally tells you about a meeting Bowie had with some no mark, then has forgot that the two had met already by the next paragraph...

Perhaps the publisher wanted the book put out quickly, so there was no time to reread prior to print, but it makes for a long and difficult read. Nothing new is revealed anyway, so don't put yourself through it as I have just done!

Avoid!
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In short - this book is a lazy-boy rewrite of everything that's been written before. I was lured into buying it from it's promise of new news! What's he doing now - not tomorrow, yesterday, it's happening now! But, hey - there is nothing new to say or, is this book a better read in telling the same story than all the others that went before it. The style of prose is definitely rock-mag American and that is not a good thing! Best buy to learn something about Bowie and his music is Nick Pegg's. He can tell you a thing or two you probably didn't know!Complete David Bowie
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Don't waste any of your precious time or money on this book- it is truly awful. It is very badly written, and, as has been said before, badly editied. I had to read some sentences a number of times and still they made no sense. It is lazy; he uses and re-uses material from other books and quotes song lyrics, without comment, for no apparent reason other than to fill space.
The errors it contains are appalling. He states that Bowie failed his 11 plus exam (he didn't) and was sent to Bromley Technical High School (he chose to go there over the local Grammar school). Bromley School was not an "Art College" as he asserts. The head of art (or any department in a state school in the UK) is never referred to "Professor" and Angie Bowie did not have to marry Bowie to obtain a Green Card to allow her to remain in UK as there is no such thing as a Green Card in the UK.
His enthusiasm for repeating prurient tales of casual sexual encounters with nonentities, while ignoring his relationship with Angie Bowie and his son just says it all.
If you really want to know about the life and work of this truly ineresting and influential individual read Starman by Paul TrynkaStarman: David Bowie - The Definitive Biography and The Complete David Bowie by Nicholas Pegg. You can't go wrong with those two. The Complete David Bowie
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Sometimes the author is a bit boring and talks more about himself and about non-Bowie stuff than he should, but in the end, Marc Spitz's Bowie: A Biography is a must-buy for fans of the Thin white duke.
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