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Haddon Hall: When David Invented Bowie
     

Haddon Hall: When David Invented Bowie

by Nejib
 

Ziggy Stardust, Aladdin Sane, The Thin White Duke: David Bowie had an extraordinary talent for reinvention. But at the beginning of his career, he made the most significant transformation of his life: from “David” to Bowie.
 
In 1969, shortly after the release of his first hit single, David and his girlfriend Angie move into Haddon

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Ziggy Stardust, Aladdin Sane, The Thin White Duke: David Bowie had an extraordinary talent for reinvention. But at the beginning of his career, he made the most significant transformation of his life: from “David” to Bowie.
 
In 1969, shortly after the release of his first hit single, David and his girlfriend Angie move into Haddon Hall, a sprawling Victorian villa in the London suburbs. Part commune, part creative hub, the house becomes home to a community of musicians, hippies, and hangers-on. As egos clash and parties get out of hand, David keeps writing: “Changes,” “Kooks,” “Life on Mars”—songs that will propel him to global fame. Charting Bowie’s personal life, the development of his music, and the transformation of his image, Haddon Hall is an evocative portrait of a young artist presiding over a musical revolution.

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Publishers Weekly
01/30/2017
Franco-Tunisian cartoonist Néjib’s slice-of-life graphic biography about a formative time in David Bowie’s early career will occupy a unique slot in what is sure to be a flood of Bowie-related releases this year. The title comes from the massive old house just outside London that David and Angie Bowie moved into in late 1969, where he could reevaluate the then-short career that “so far was nothing but a string of flops.” That, at least is the opinion of Haddon Hall itself, cast as the querulous interpreter and historian of the momentous events that followed in its sprawling, hippie- and musician-packed warren of rooms. Bowie gathers collaborators like Tony Visconti and starts searching for ideas on how to transform from just another long-haired folk songwriter into a mind-blowing, shape-shifting, glam dystopic avatar. While the breezy yet sharp and highly colorful art is certainly evocative, the narrative’s fuzzy way with details both demands too much of the reader and ultimately fails to answer why David invented Bowie. (Feb.)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781910593264
Publisher:
SelfMadeHero
Publication date:
02/14/2017
Pages:
144
Sales rank:
592,711
Product dimensions:
7.70(w) x 10.30(h) x 0.80(d)

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