David Bowie: A Life by Dylan JonesDylan Joness engrossing, magisterial biography of David Bowie is unlike any Bowie story ever written. Drawn from over 180 interviews with friends, rivals, lovers, and collaborators, some of whom have never before spoken about their relationship with Bowie, this oral history weaves a hypnotic spell as it unfolds the story of a remarkable rise to stardom and an unparalleled artistic path. Tracing Bowies life from the English suburbs to London to New York to Los Angeles, Berlin, and beyond, its collective voices describe a man profoundly shaped by his relationship with his schizophrenic half-brother Terry; an intuitive artist who could absorb influences through intense relationships and yet drop people cold when they were no longer of use; and a social creature equally comfortable partying with John Lennon and dining with Frank Sinatra. By turns insightful and deliciously gossipy, DAVID BOWIE is as intimate a portrait as may ever be drawn. It sparks with admiration and grievances, lust and envy, as the speakers bring you into studios and bedrooms they shared with Bowie, and onto stages and film sets, opening corners of his mind and experience that transform our understanding of both artist and art. Including illuminating, never-before-seen material from Bowie himself, drawn from a series of Joness interviews with him across two decades, DAVID BOWIE is an epic, unforgettable cocktail-party conversation about a man whose enigmatic shapeshifting and irrepressible creativity produced one of the most sprawling, fascinating lives of our time.
Strange fascination: The best David Bowie books
The late global superstar didn't just leave us an eclectic list of his favorite reads. He also owned a library that was at least 45, books strong, and took hundreds of them on tour with him in giant cabinets the size of stadium amps. Once asked what activity brought him "perfect happiness," he didn't respond making music. Instead, his answer was "reading. See also: David Bowie's list of favorite books reveal his true inner nerd. Nonetheless, when it came to books being written about him, Bowie seemed keen to make sure there weren't many, apart from the picture books.
Not the typical s rock star anecdote. Throughout his life, Bowie was a colossal bibliophile, with books as the one habit he never relinquished. Late in life, he was a regular sighting at his local bookstore, McNally Jackson in Soho, and a photograph taken of him in parallels his Man Who Fell to Earth story. He even wrote lyrics via a literary device—William S. By the s, he had software do the grunt work for him. As Bowie has apparently left no memoir behind, the closest that he ventured to autobiography is this list of books. Some he chose because he wanted his fans to read them, but many selections have a deeper resonance in his work.
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