Bowie on Bowie

Bowie on Bowie

Interviews and Encounters With David Bowie

Book - 2015
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Over the Rainbow Selection 2016

David Bowie has been one of pop music's greatest interviewees since January 1972, when he famously risked career death by asserting to Melody Maker that he was gay. Although he wasn't yet a big star, it was a groundbreaking moment. And over the years, Bowie has failed to give an uninteresting interview. It might be said that he has habitually used the media for his own ends, but he has paradoxically also been searingly honest, declining to ever be coy about his ambitions, his private life, and even his occasional ennui.

Bowie on Bowie presents some of the best interviews Bowie has granted in his near five-decade career. Each interview traces a new step in his unique journey, successively freezing him in time as young novelty hit-maker, hairy hippie, Ziggy Stardust, Aladdin Sane, the Thin White Duke, plastic soul man, fragile Germanic exile, godfather of the New Romantics, eighties sellout, Tin Machinist, and, finally, permanently, artistically reborn beloved elder statesman of challenging popular music. In all of these iterations he is remarkably articulate. He is also preternaturally polite--almost every interviewer remarks upon his charm.

The features in this book come from outlets both prestigious ( Melody Maker, Mojo, New Musical Express, Q, Rolling Stone ) and less well-known ( The Drummer, Guitar, Ikon, Mr. Showbiz). In all cases, Bowie enables the reader to approach the nerve center of his ferociously creative and prolific output.
Publisher: Chicago : Chicago Review Press, [2015]
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9781569769775
Branch Call Number: 782.421664 BOW 2015
Characteristics: x, 434 pages ; 24 cm
Additional Contributors: Egan, Sean
Bowie, David 1947-2016


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Mar 01, 2019

When it comes around to David Bowie making public revelations about his private life - There's one thing that I've always been curios about (and the interviews in this book bring no insights to the reader on this one matter).

Early on in his career Bowie "came-out-of-the-closet" and revealed to one and all that he was, indeed, homosexual.

Yet. Throughout his entire lifetime the only "partners of intimacy" that Bowie had ever let us know about were the women in his life, not the men.

Anyway - I think that this book could've benefited significantly in its reader-appeal if it had also included some Bowie photos to go along with all of the interview text.

Feb 27, 2019

"Bowie On Bowie" contains 30 interviews with David Bowie, spanning from the years 1973-2003.

This book presents some of the best interviews that Bowie had granted throughout his lengthy career as a talented musician and a much-admired pop culture icon.

Each interview traces a new progression in Bowie's unique journey as a man who was artistically reborn into yet another musical incarnation with every step of the way.

I only wish that this book had also contained some Bowie photos.

Jul 19, 2018

Interview after interview are insightful snapshots of Bowie's life as a musician, actor and artist. I was struck by his comment that the lyrics are never as important as the music itself, that the music speaks to you without any words. "If this wasn't true, how has classical music been around so long? It's because of how it makes you feel!" (paraphrased). He was ahead of his time. Four stars (not five, only because some interviewers are a bit dull, but not Bowie)

Jul 06, 2016

This is not a biography that tells us about his life. It is a collection of interviews with Bowie. Arranged chronologically you can read his words and his view of his music throughout the critical years of his musical career. A must read for Bowie fans.

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