Bowie: A Biography by Marc Spitz

By Marc Spitz

Eventually an expansive biography of 1 of the 20 th century's maximum tune and cultural icons

From famous writer and rock 'n' roll journalist Marc Spitz comes a huge David Bowie biography to rival the other. Following Bowie's lifestyles from his commence as David Jones, an R & B--loving child from Bromley, England, to his upward push to rock 'n' roll aristocracy as David Bowie, Bowie recounts his profession but additionally unearths how a lot his track has stimulated different musicians and perpetually replaced the panorama of the trendy period. alongside the best way, Spitz displays on how growing to be up with Bowie as his soundtrack and the way scripting this definitive e-book on Bowie stimulated him in methods he by no means anticipated, including a private size that Bowie fanatics and people keen about artwork and tradition will connect to and that no different bio at the artist bargains.

Bowie takes an in-depth examine the tradition of postwar England within which Bowie grew up, the mod and hippie scenes of swinging London within the sixties, the intercourse and drug-fueled glitter scene of the early seventies whilst Bowie's alter-ego Ziggy Stardust used to be born, his upward thrust to worldwide stardom within the eighties and his next prestige as an elder statesman of other tradition. Spitz places each one incarnation of Bowie into the context of its period, making a cultural time line that's exciting either for its historic importance in addition to for its delineation of this rock 'n' roll legend, the 1st musician to adapt a coherent imaginative and prescient after the dying of the sixties dream.

Amid the intercourse, medicines and rock 'n' roll mayhem, a deeper portrait of the artist emerges. Bowie's early struggles to move from follower to chief, his tough courting with paintings and trade and Buddhism and the occult, his complex kinfolk lifestyles, his open romantic courting and, eventually, his perceived disavowal of all that made him a touchstone for outcasts are all thoughtfully explored. A clean evaluate of his recorded paintings, in addition to his movie, level and video performances, is incorporated in addition.

Based on 100 unique interviews with those that knew him top and people conversant in his paintings, together with ex-wife Angie Bowie, former Bowie supervisor Kenneth Pitt, Siouxsie Sioux, Camille Paglia, Dick Cavett, Todd Haynes, Ricky Gervais and Peter Frampton, Bowie provides us not just a portrait of 1 of crucial artists within the final century, but additionally a decent exam of a very innovative artist and the original impression he's had throughout generations.

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Bowie’s former manager, Kenneth Pitt, published a book in the early eighties entitled David Bowie: The Pitt Report, in which he draws from what could only be his own diaries and logs. As with Angie, I interviewed Mr. Pitt for this book, but only via snail mail (at his insistence). He actually sent me typewritten corrections to his spelling and language weeks after our old-school exchange was complete. Very charming man, now in his eighties. Anthony Zanetta, former vice president of Bowie and his manager Tony Defries’s ill-fated entertainment conglomerate MainMan, published Stardust, also in the early eighties, when Bowie was enjoying his greatest commercial success.

Herbert lived in the basement. He lost himself in books and the stars (gazing through a borrowed telescope at the country estate where his mother became a caretaker). Like Bowie, Wells used his discipline and intelligence to lift himself above his working-class station. Like Bowie, he showed discipline and aptitude early; he wrote his first novel, The Desert Daisy, at age ten (Bowie was taking lessons with acclaimed jazz saxophonist Ronnie Ross at twelve). Most important, like Bowie, Wells had one aim over all: to eventually find a way out of here.

Call them interludes, palate cleansers, whatever you want: they are here, along with the hard reporting. They are a necessity and, I hope, a bit of useful levity. Finally, the idea of beginning a Bowie book during the largest period of silence in his career seemed strange. As I write this, David Bowie has not released a new album since 2003. He has not toured since undergoing emergency heart surgery the following year. Before this, Bowie had been as prolific as Woody Allen, Tyler Perry, Ryan Adams or Prince—one of those artists who don’t let a year pass without offering something to their public.

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