Complete David Bowie Paperback – 8 Oct 2009
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"I can't imagine how this nook could be better...the definitive read for Bowiephiles." Uncut. "The complete David Bowie certainly lives up to its title... Pegg's opinionated and witty prose turns it into that rare thing: a reference book that sparkles." MOJO. "Pegg has a keen critical intelligence." Sunday Telegraph. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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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 In his research for this benchmark book, Nicholas Pegg has used a host of sources, many of them previously unpublished.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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It works on several levels. It is bursting with detail, but there is a consistent discipline which prevents it falling into random trivia. With Bowie, this distinction is vital. His cronic referencing of many artists, not least himself, creates a maze. Mr Pegg is our surefooted guide through the sometimes obscure labyrinth. My appreciation of Bowie's work, particularly from Buddha Of Suburbia onwards, has been hugely enhanced by understanding his influences & context at the time of writing.
The most satisfying sections are the narratives on albums & tours. These are not biography, in the sense of the bonkfest pageturner genre of rock writing. Mr Pegg clearly has no appetite for these redtop areas. Rather, he studiously, absorbingly & lovingly charts the evolution of the Bowie canon.
Bowie emerges as down to earth, somewhat vulnerable & touched by an extraordinary intuitive genius. We see that his work excels the more he trusts this intuition.
Most broadly, 'The complete DB' begins to place Bowie in cultural history. Legacy is not,I suspect, a priority of Bowie, but it is an inevitable issue & the almost scholarly perspective & rigour of Mr Pegg sets a well considered marker.
The final pleasure of this book is the style. Generous, whilst balanced in sharing past journalistic criticisms of Bowie; witty; understated, yet sharp. I would have enjoyed the read if Bowie had not been a hero. For those for whom he is, you will find yourself continually pouring through the pages, preferably with the stereo at full volume.
Whilst Bowie doesn't have the volume of fans that Springsteen, Dylan, The Stones and Beatles may have one thing is for sure, Bowie fans are a desperate bunch!
We love to know everything about his music, films, art, his passion for writing and like myself many of us have been inspired by Bowie to discover Dali, Kraftwerk and French art house cinema.
Nick Pegg picks apart every aspect of Bowie's career in great detail. You will find out so many wonderful bits of information and continue to come back to this wonderful publication time and again.
I own all bar one of the volumes released so far and none have left me disappointed.
For an indepth understanding of ALL his work look no further than this eridite, yet highly readable book- without all the salacious gossip.
This, and Paul Trynka's "Starman" are all you need to understand one of the most important people in the field of popular music of the 20th centuary.
For books full of colour photos of Bowie go elsewhere.
My only hesitation to new buyers is as it is over five years old and in at least its fourth edition, (which says something about how good it is) it is time now for Nicholas to carry out one final update. This could include his detailed take on the last two studio albums and include all the documentaries etc which have come out since this edition, and last but not least, some narrative of the recent archive finds such as the rediscovery of the great performance of Jean Genie with the Spiders on TOTP from 1973 and details on the Young American sessions and the Mick Ronson soundboard tape recording of the Hammersmith 73 farewell concert that have surfaced in the last year or so if you know where to look. Knowing Mr Pegg he will give us lots of other great new facts we were unaware of.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I own quite a few Bowie books but this is one I return to time and time again. Bursting with content and information at a bargain price.Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
i like this book but ive only read a few chapters and all has been up to now ,not in life story ,im hoping that it gets better and tells the reader less about the songs were... Read morePublished 5 months ago by nori
Outstanding book. Absolutely essential for Bowie fans. I'm still going through the track by track details. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Stephen Carter
If you like detail to an almost geek level, then this is a good book for you. Found out stuff about the late, great Mr Jones that I hadn't come across before.Published 5 months ago by Ant UK