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The Complete David Bowie Paperback – 23 Sep 2011
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"Pegg eloquently catalogues Bowie's proclivity for making radical jumps from one musical and fashion motif to another." - Publishers Weekly"All Bowie books must now be measured against Nicholas Pegg's The Complete David Bowie ... 'It is not only a pleasure to dip into, but also one of the few reference books that can be read cover to cover. Pegg's encyclopaedic structure mirrors the cut-up, mix-and-match nature of Bowie's own career, making one reconsider the very notion of a conventional rock biography." - Times Literary Supplement "An indispensable guide for all serious collectors of David Bowie's music." - BowieNet "Absolutely thorough, absolutely definitive and absolutely entertaining." BBC Radio 5 Live
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The first definitive account of Bowie's work
THE COMPLETE DAVID BOWIE Nicholas Pegg
ANNOUNCING THE MOST COMPREHENSIVE BOWIE BOOK EVER PUBLISHED!
THE COMPLETE DAVID BOWIE is the first book to cover every facet of Bowie's career in revealing depth and detail. In his research for this benchmark book, Nicholas Pegg has used a host of sources, many of them previously unpublished. Every recording is analysed from a technical and musical point of view, as well as being judiciously placed in the context of Bowie's mercurial career moves and constantly refined creative intentions. The A-Z of songs and the day-by-day dateline of Bowie's career are the most complete yet published.
* THE ALBUMS - detailed production history and analysis of every album from 1967 to the present day.
* THE SONGS - hundreds of individual entries reveal the facts and anecdotes behind not just the famous recordings, but also the most obscure of unreleased rarities - from 'Absolute Beginners' to 'Ziggy Stardust', from 'Abdulmajid' to 'Zion'.
* THE TOURS - set-lists and histories of every live show.
* THE ACTOR - a complete guide to Bowie's career on stage and screen, including many obscure and little-known performances.
* PLUS - the videos, the BBC radio sessions, the paintings, the Internet and much more.
From the 11-year-old's skiffle performance at the 18th Bromley Scouts' Summer Camp in 1958, to the 53-year-old's headliner at Glastonbury 2000, THE COMPLETE DAVID BOWIE dissects every last move in rock's most fascinating career... --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.See all Product description
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Casual fans will find it far too detailed and with little of the 'gossip' type coverage of Bowie the man...this really is aimed at the Bowiephiles who want to know every who, what, where, when, how and why...of every piece of work he ever did.
An incredible book!
At first I was a bit overwhelmed with the sheer size of the book (800 solid pages of text), but when you consider the volume of work Bowie put out over the course of his career, it's no surprise.
This book is a mine of information on every Bowie song recorded, not to mention every album and tour he released and played. There are so many interesting facts and stories that even the most avid fan might not be aware of many.
I've enjoyed listening to his music while reading the book, learning about the background of each track while it's playing. In case you're not sure, this is a reference book and not an illustrated book of his life. There are no photos.
If you've enjoyed David's music over the years, you'll enjoy reaching for the book time and time again, to learn what made the man and his music tick.
I had it in digital format but found it difficult to "turn" to the page (e.g. Song) that I wanted to read about.....better in book format.
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