David Bowie: A Life (Paperback)
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David Bowie: A Life (Paperback)

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Paperback 592 Pages / Published: 07/06/2018
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Standing head and shoulders above the slew of Bowie biographies that have been produced since his passing, Dylan Jones’s definitive account of pop’s great chameleon is a real labour of love. Curated from hundreds of interviews with the people who knew Bowie best, this is the closest mere mortals will ever get to understanding the Thin White Duke’s musical genius.

Shortlisted for the NME Best Music Book Award 2018

'Worthy of the Starman ... Of all the volumes to appear since Bowie's death, this is the most useful: an oral history that brings together the most incisive reminiscences and memorials' - Evening Standard 

Drawn from a series of conversations between David Bowie and Dylan Jones across three decades, together with over 180 interviews with friends, rivals, lovers, and collaborators - some of whom have never before spoken about their relationship with Bowie - this oral history is an intimate portrait of a remarkable rise to stardom and one of the most fascinating lives of our time.

Profoundly shaped by his relationship with his schizophrenic half-brother Terry, Bowie was a man of intense relationships that often came to abrupt ends. He was a social creature, equally comfortable partying with John Lennon and dining with Frank Sinatra, and in Dylan Jones's telling - by turns insightful and salacious - we see as intimate a portrait as could possibly be drawn.

Including illuminating, never-before-seen material from Bowie himself, drawn from a series of Jones's interviews with him across three decades, David Bowie is an epic, unforgettable cocktail-party conversation about a man whose enigmatic shapeshifting and irrepressible creativity produced one of the most sprawling, fascinating lives of our time. 

Publisher: Cornerstone
ISBN: 9781786090430
Number of pages: 592
Weight: 390 g
Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 35 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS

'The definitive book on Bowie' - The Times 

'Dylan Jones made absolutely the right decision to frame his superb life of David Bowie as a multi-voiced oral biography. David Bowie: A Life suits the shape-shifting, beguiling, enigmatic complexities of its subject perfectly. It's hard to imagine anything that will do Bowie better justice' - William Boyd, The Guardian 

'Jones constructs an oral-history mosaic that will engage even those whose lives were not changed by the appearance of Ziggy Stardust on Top of the Pops in 1972' - The Guardian

'The best book on David Bowie you'll ever need or read.' - Irish Independent

'Worthy of the Starman ... Of all the volumes to appear since Bowie's death, this is the most useful: an oral history that brings together the most incisive reminiscences and memorials' - Evening Standard 

'Dylan Jones has excavated the cacophony of voices that make up a life and curated a phenomenal portrait of the artist from childhood to the final days. The witnesses who comprise this oral biography animate the pages like characters in a non-fiction novel. Damn nigh peerless.' - David Mitchell, author of Cloud Atlas

'Studded with shiny nuggets' - Daily Telegraph 

'The perfect present for music mums and dads' - Daily Mirror 

'Funny, enlightening, gossipy' - The Herald 

'Sparks with admiration and grievances, lust and envy' - Sunday Telegraph

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