Wednesday, March 14, 2012

"The Man Who Sold The World: David Bowie and the 1970's by Peter Doggett

Via my work as the book buyer at Book Soup, I received a galley of Peter Doggett's mega book on David Bowie - "The Man Who Sold The World." I know, another new book on Bowie, but gosh darn it he's a fascinating figure. And Doggett goes through all the songs by Bowie (including unreleased tunes) through out the 70's and also including the more obscure 1960's material. So the book is a biography on Bowie as well as a critical analysis of Bowie's work. Or a narrative via his songs 

And yeah I guess this book is for the Bowie geek, but it is also a fascinating read on a man and his work - and his 'work' is extremely impressive. And one can say he said it all in the 1970's from Space Oddity to Scary Monsters - which is an incredible range for an artist within a ten year span. But you know I love all his work -even his so-called horrible albums (I won't tell!). And again what I find the most interesting time period of Bowie is his 1960's era. He was searching up and down to fit in or to make it into the music biz. Hustler (and that is a compliment) galore and a quick study on the world around him. Its pretty impressive that it took Bowie at least 8 or 9 years in the slogs of music business before he made it big -and yeah, Bowie is really the ultimate show-biz figure who to this day has the touch of pure gold - or genius. Bowie fans do buy!
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