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The Man Who Sold The World: David Bowie And The 1970s Kindle Edition
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It's a structure that can clearly work well with artists of depth and merit worthy of such examination (Goddard used the same method for his exemplary and exhaustive exploration of the Smiths musical history in `Songs that saved your life') so Bowie clearly meets the criteria.
Anyway, I am a big Bowie fan and I have read much on the man, certainly the significant texts. To be honest I wasn't really expecting too much from this book. Nicolas Pegg's Bowie bible `complete' having set an impossibly high bench mark for minutia information and detail. There is, however, much to recommend this book.
Firstly, it's well written (always a plus!), secondly there is good focus on 70s cultural influence and impact on Bowie's work, thirdly, and most importantly for me, there are some new, interesting and plausible perspectives on the songs. Doggett proposing that `Queen Bitch' may have been about Marc Bolan for example (one of many such jewels!).
So yes, a book I can highly recommend to the Bowie reader which is sadly let down by the poor quality paper on which it is printed (you know the sort that turns yellow after 6 months). These things matter to me. If you are less pedantic about page quality then add the additional star!
So it's a pity to have to report that this book isn't quite what I hoped for. It is largely a song by song review of Bowie's output in the 70s, interspersed with some magazine style boxed articles covering his life at the time which liven things up a bit. There is no lyrical analysis to speak of, but quite a bit of technical stuff about the musical structure of songs. If that is your thing you will probably enjoy this more than I did - but for me it was too technical to capture the magic of the music which was, and to some extent remains, the soundrack of my life.
So reasonably enjoyable in parts - but as a song by song, and album by album, review of Bowie's work not even close to the The Complete David Bowie by Nicholas Pegg.
His research does, however, throw up some interesting nuggets - not least the influence of Bowie's half-brother, Terry, in opening up his cultural horizons, and the fear of hereditary madness that seemed to drive him to workaholism (along with other addictions). Of course, any real attempt to track down the references in Bowie's work is a bit like lepidoptery - as soon as you pin them down and stick them behind glass, they lose the very qualities you're searching for. Bowie has been accused by Nick Kent of being a plagiarist, but his genius (not using the term lightly) lay in his capacity to soak up myriad influences and re-package them into a unique vision that managed to engage the imaginations of millions while remaining inimitable. Certainly, others have taken facets of that vision and built careers on them, but they've invariably been 2-D efforts in comparison to Bowie's widescreen 3-D.Read more ›
Bowie's view of of himself is not captured e,g. re Young Americans and this is crudely dragged up from memory, "needed to crack American, went there, got the no.1 and came back. Easy really."
Also, working with Nile Rogers, there is a classic US missing totally on UK humour - re China Girl, Nile suggested an "oriental" guitar lick, to which Bowie said something akin to "That's a great idea". If anyone cares to listen to Iggy Pop's version - while not the same - there is clearly an oriental element in the music.
Overall this is the type of book I have really wanted and is for me a bit of a let down
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Interesting to read, but not essential. There are loads of better books on Bowie written out there.Published 5 months ago by Pete
Comparisons with Revolution in the Head - Ian Macdonald's book about the Beatles' recordings and their times - should be taken with a big pinch of salt. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Andrew Dunn
Really disappointing Kindle book, it doesn't seem to be working correctly constantly jumping forward and back, not the narrative, but the kindle mechanism, What of the book I have... Read morePublished 22 months ago by Mafrench
Perhaps the definitive Bowie text - covers his golden years and a few scraps either side. Incredibly thorough and well researched with just enough opinion to keep it impartial yet... Read morePublished on 3 Dec. 2013 by F
Oh dear, where to start?
Firstly, I freely admit that there are parts of this book that went right over my head. Read more
Inferior to the peerless 'Revolution On The Head' which the book is unashamedly based on, this is nevertheless an extremely well crafted and enjoyable book. Read morePublished on 20 Aug. 2013 by Guy Haviland
My interest in David Bowie in only minimal as I'm more for his covers and who covered him.Thus my favorite cover of Life On Mars-possibly his greatest song-is by Marti Webb with... Read morePublished on 27 April 2013 by Richard
This book was purchased for one of our staff who needed it for his research on David Bowie, he was very pleased swith it.Published on 11 April 2013 by Mary-Jane Campbell
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