On Bowie

On Bowie

Book - 2016
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On Bowie is 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, 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.
Publisher: Headline Publishing Group, London 2016
ISBN: 9781472241047
Branch Call Number: ANF 782.42166092 SHEF
Characteristics: 197 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, portraits ; 23 cm


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Nov 15, 2016

It's a book length fan letter/diary entry; if you can get past the beginning, where Sheffield uses Bowie quote after quote as lines in the book in a way to say, "look, this is how much I know about him," you will be treated to a rambling yet very astute meditation on the role Bowie played in society and in the lives of his listeners album by album. Slightly younger than the author, ON BOWIE helped me realize why I thought this guy was interesting but I didn't listen to him as a teen -- he was making some of his worst music, while many of the bands he inspired were making some of their best.

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