On Bowie

On Bowie

by Rob Sheffield


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From the New York Times bestselling author of Love Is a Mix Tape, a thoughtful and loving meditation on the life of the late David Bowie that explores his creative legacy and the enduring and mutual connection he enjoyed with his fans

Innovative. Pioneering. Brave. Until his death in January 2016, David Bowie created art that not only pushed boundaries, but helped fans understand themselves and view the world from fantastic new perspectives.

When the shocking news of his death on January 10, 2016 broke, the outpouring of grief and adulation was immediate and ongoing. Fans around the world and across generations paid homage to this brilliant, innovate, ever evolving artist who both shaped and embodied our times.

In this concise and penetrating book, featuring color photographs, highly regarded Rolling Stone critic, bestselling author, and lifelong Bowie fan Rob Sheffield shares his own feelings about the passing of this icon and explains why Bowie’s death has elicited such an unprecedented emotional outpouring from so many lives.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062562708
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 06/28/2016
Pages: 208
Sales rank: 337,147
Product dimensions: 5.30(w) x 7.40(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Rob Sheffield is a columnist for Rolling Stone, where he has been writing about music, TV, and pop culture since 1997. He is the author of the national bestsellers Love Is a Mix Tape: Love and Loss, One Song at a Time and Talking to Girls About Duran Duran: One Young Man’s Quest for True Love and a Cooler Haircut, as well as Turn Around Bright Eyes: A Karaoke Journey of Starting Over, Falling in Love, and Finding Your Voice and On Bowie.

Table of Contents

Introduction 1

The Night David Bowie Died 23

The London Boy 33

Major Tom (1969-1980-2016) 39

The Queen Bitch Who Sold the World 59

The Starman 67

The Night Ziggy Met America 75

Aladdin Sane 81

The Cracked Actor 87

Young Americans 93

The Plastic Soul Brother 103

The Man Who Fell to Earth 111

The Thin White Duke 117

The Dictator 129

The Low Profile 135

The DJ 145

The Lodger 151

The Modern Lover 157

Let's Not Dance 163

Looking for Satellites 171

Where Are We Now? 179

The Blackstar 183

Acknowledgments 193

Notes 195

About the Author 198

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