The Age of Bowie (Hardback)Paul Morley (author)
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THE SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLER
A lot changes as he changes, and the changes keep coming now he has died, and writing this book I found that to properly interpret those changes the book itself needed to move through transformations.
'A handsome six footer with a warm and engaging personality, Davie Jones has all it takes to get to the show business heights including ...talent'. Or so said David Bowie at 17, in May, 1964 writing his own press biography.
Arts commentator Paul Morley, one of the team who curated the highly successful retrospective exhibition for the Victoria & Albert Museum in London, ‘David Bowie Is ...’ constructs the definitive story of Bowie that explores how he worked, played, aged, structured his ideas, invented the future and entered history as someone who could and would never be forgotten.
Morley captures the greatest moments of Bowie's career; from the recording studio with the likes of Brian Eno and Tony Visconti; to iconic live performances from the 1970s, 80s and 90s, as well as the various encounters and artistic relationships he developed with rock luminaries John Lennon, Lou Reed and Iggy Pop.
Morley discusses in detail Bowie’s much-heralded and critically-acclaimed comeback with the release of Black Star just days before his shocking death in New York.
The Age of Bowie is a startling biographical critique of David Bowie's legacy, showing how he never stayed still, even when he withdrew from the spotlight, how he always knew his own worth and released a dazzling plethora of mobile Bowies into the world with a bloody-minded determination and a voluptuous imagination to create something amazing that was not there before.
‘A 496-page monument to Bowie-mania’ – The FT
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Ltd
Number of pages: 496
Weight: 680 g
Dimensions: 5944 x 3886 x 38 mm
-- Barney Hoskyns * The Observer *
'Thank God Paul Morley's The Age of Bowie doesn't try to be an objective, sensible biography. His stream-of-consciousness critique of Bowie's posthumous legacy from cradle to Blackstar is respectfully mournful, and slightly rhapsodic in tone. He understands that Bowie lifted many of his now orphaned fans "from suburbia to bohemia" (sort of) and opened up an imaginative space that was inside us anyway. There is a great deal of cultural history to enjoy in this personal, engaged and slyly scholarly biography. Morley's triumph is to know there is no such thing as the definitive story: new generations of fans will continue to make it up as they go along.' -- Deborah Levy * New Statesman *
'Morley has a deep understanding of Bowie's music . . . this is great fun.' * The Times *
'A discursive, free-associating ride across the life and work of the Starman Who Changed the World [...] The Age of Bowie does feel like an outpouring of the sincerest love for its subject, the fruit of an obsessive emersion of everything Bowie meant to him and us. Eschewing the conventionally dry biographical voice, Morley's expansive present-tense prose flows [...] I hold him to be one of the great pop writers. You might even call him the Bowie of rock journalism.' * The Guardian *
'A huge sprawl of Bowieania that takes us from skiffle to social media' * The Herald *
'Morley has not only plenty of insights into Bowie's life and work but also the kind of details that only a diligent biographer unearths' * The Times *
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