Moonage Daydream: The Life and Times of Ziggy Stardust Hardcover – 13 Oct 2005
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...fascinating read making it the perfect Christmas gift for
-- News of the World
Revealing and funny -- Q
Though you may well he familiar with the image, you won't have
seen it like this -- Record Collector
About the Author
Mick Rock launched his career with an unknown David Bowie in 1972. His career continued to soar with key 70s images like Lou Reed's Transformer, Iggy Pop's Raw Power and Queen's Queen II and many of the Sex Pistols' infamous shots. In 1977, he moved to New York, where he became involved with the underground music scene pioneered by The Ramones, Talking Heads and Blondie. His pictures captured the revolutionary spirit of this groundbreaking period and made him the one of the most sought-after photographers in the world. Recently, Mick Rock has worked with stars like Kate Moss, Michael Stipe, The Chemical Brothers and The Libertines. His retrospective at Tokyo's Metropolitan Museum of Photography in 2003 was hailed as "one of the most exciting exhibitions of pop culture imagery to ever reach these shores".
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Top Customer Reviews
It was perhaps inevitable that given a decent interval, the book would reappear in a trade edition at a more reasonable price. Still the size of a breeze block and glamorous enough to grace the best of coffee tables, official photographer Rock's upmarket photo album traces the entire history of the Ziggy Stardust era from its flame-haired inception to its last gasp on the legendary 1973 TV special, the 1980 Floor Show.
And what pictures they are - cataloguing the evolution of the alien, anorexic Ziggy style from its Clockwork Orange beginnings through harlequin suits and wrestler's boots to the late-period oriental eccentricity of Aladdin Sane.
But that's not all. The pictures are annotated by Bowie's own reminiscences - fragmented, acerbic, funny, wry, wistful, often self-deprecating. In the absence of a proper Bowie memoir, this is as good as it gets, shedding sidelights on an era that now seems as remote as the roaring twenties.
Dip into this if you must, but even in its cheap and cheerful form, Moonage Daydream is that rare artefact - a coffee-table book that's worth reading from cover to cover.
The revelation for me is Bowie's text, which runs through the book, partly as commentary on particular photos, but more often as general musings. He looks back fondly, yet dispassionately on the farflung Ziggy times. Witty & all rather English.
On being pressed by a girlfriend to take a look at Lindsay Kemp, the avantguarde mime artist, he comments: 'A mime. What could be less interesting?'. But then the girlfriend mentions that Kemp was playing Bowie's first album at the interval. 'A mime. how interesting.'
DB reveals that the lightening flash came from the sign for high voltage electricity. Not the schizophrenia reference which I had assumed.
You also get pictures, 300 pages' worth, recording much of the brief time Ziggy was with us (merely 18 months). An interesting mix of brash on-stage Ziggy & Spiders with some superbly mundane backstage footage & a few boyish ones at Haddon Hall. Viva Mick Rock!
This is not the first DB item you should buy. But it makes for a handsome addition for the Bowie enthusiast.
Some how I always knew that David, no matter how much makeup and androgynous clothing he wore, was a bloke through and through. We had a black and white television and read Melody Maker and NME, therefore David was not usually available in full colour. There were colour pop mags and several of the pictures featured in this fantastic book were on my bedroom wall.
Along with the familiar images are some photo's that I have never seen before and with an entertaining narrative from Bowie Himself this is a feast of Sound and Vision. This book took me back to the 11 year old school boy and is a must for a Bowie fan, or even for the mildly curious. Now there was a man who sounded as good as he looked....
Bowie is stick thin in these pictures. He has cheekbones so shockingly prominent you could, without doubt, cut your hands on them and, in most of the photographs, he is sporting his famous Ziggy carrot mullet. A cut that no doubt troubled many a 70's barber!
There is no doubt that Bowie has aged extremely well. Now 60 years old he still has the appearance of a man in his 40's. Viewing this book however i was still shocked to see how young Bowie actualy looks in some of these photographs. There are a collection of shots taken outside the Beverely Hills Hotel where Bowie could easily pass as a 15 year old schoolboy let loose in his mother's wardrobe!
The book stands alone on the strength and importance of these photographs. However, if that were not enough, there are also threads of narattive from Rock and Bowie himself throughout the book with both men recalling memories of the era or the origins of the photographs.
I strongly advise you to buy this volume of photographs whilst it is still in print and available.At this laughbly cheap price it is criminal not to!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Super book been waiting long time to get a copy of this and was not dissapointed 10/10Published 5 months ago by Paul Stedman
Great insight in to one mans music and life during this period in the 70's. A must for any fan.Published on 8 Dec. 2012 by paintmaster
I received a couple of days. At first view i noticed that is a special book.
Contain a very beautiful photos and words by Bowie, wich i think is very important detail. Read more
Wow, brilliant. I can't say enough good things about this book, but will tell you that it's well worth every penny. Read morePublished on 21 July 2011 by JB
David Dowie was the inspiration for my lifestyle and provided the soundtrack of my youth.
He has NEVER made a bad song - written a NAFF lyric - or copied trends or... Read more
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