Bowie : A Biography

Bowie : A Biography


An expansive biography of David Bowie, one of the twentieth century's greatest music and cultural icons.

From noted author and rock 'n' roll journalist Marc Spitz comes a major David Bowie biography to rival any other. Following Bowie's life from his start as David Jones, an R & B--loving kid from Bromley, England, to his rise to rock 'n' roll aristocracy as David Bowie, Bowie recounts his career but also reveals how much his music has influenced other musicians and forever changed the landscape of the modern era. Along the way, Spitz reflects on how growing up with Bowie as his soundtrack and how writing this definitive book on Bowie influenced him in ways he never expected, adding a personal dimension that Bowie fans and those passionate about art and culture will connect with and that no other bio on the artist offers.

Bowie takes an in-depth look at the culture of postwar England in which Bowie grew up, the mod and hippie scenes of swinging London in the sixties, the sex and drug-fueled glitter scene of the early seventies when Bowie's alter-ego Ziggy Stardust was born, his rise to global stardom in the eighties and his subsequent status as an elder statesman of alternative culture. Spitz puts each incarnation of Bowie into the context of its era, creating a cultural time line that is intriguing both for its historical significance as well as for its delineation of this rock 'n' roll legend, the first musician to evolve a coherent vision after the death of the sixties dream.

Amid the sex, drugs and rock 'n' roll mayhem, a deeper portrait of the artist emerges. Bowie's early struggles to go from follower to leader, his tricky relationship with art and commerce and Buddhism and the occult, his complicated family life, his open romantic relationship and, finally, his perceived disavowal of all that made him a touchstone for outcasts are all thoughtfully explored. A fresh evaluation of his recorded work, as well as his film, stage and video performances, is included as well.

Based on a hundred original interviews with those who knew him best and those familiar with his work, including ex-wife Angie Bowie, former Bowie manager Kenneth Pitt, Siouxsie Sioux, Camille Paglia, Dick Cavett, Todd Haynes, Ricky Gervais and Peter Frampton, Bowie gives us not only a portrait of one of the most important artists in the last century, but also an honest examination of a truly revolutionary artist and the unique impact he's had across generations.

Similar Books

ISBN 10: 0316032255
ISBN 13: 9780316032254

18 Jul 2011
Paul Trynka

ISBN 10: 0753510022
ISBN 13: 9780753510025

09 Mar 2010
David Buckley

ISBN 10: 1785653652
ISBN 13: 9781785653650

06 Dec 2016
Nicholas Pegg

ISBN 10: 0007229453
ISBN 13: 9780007229451

28 Apr 2008
Tony Visconti

ISBN 10: 1529196043
ISBN 13: 9781529196047

16 Mar 2023
Hayley Morris

ISBN 10: 0500480508
ISBN 13: 9780500480502

30 Nov 2021
Anna Mason

ISBN 10: 1529033799
ISBN 13: 9781529033793

03 Mar 2022
Michelle Zauner

ISBN 10: 0316244589
ISBN 13: 9780316244589

27 Oct 2016
John Fogerty

ISBN 10: 1473635306
ISBN 13: 9781473635302

21 Sep 2017
Trevor Noah

ISBN 10: 1645176738
ISBN 13: 9781645176732

26 Apr 2022
Steve Binder

ISBN 10: 1398505323
ISBN 13: 9781398505322

26 May 2022
Bob Mortimer

ISBN 10: 1529108292
ISBN 13: 9781529108293

12 May 2022
David Attenborough