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The man who sold the world : David Bowie and the 1970s

Author: Peter Doggett
Publisher: New York : HarperCollins, 2012.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Cultural historian Peter Doggett explores the rich heritage of David Bowie's most productive and inspired decade, and traces the way in which his music reflected and influenced the world around him.
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Genre/Form: Biography
Criticism, interpretation, etc
Named Person: David Bowie; David Bowie; David Bowie
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Peter Doggett
ISBN: 9780062024657 0062024655
OCLC Number: 758391988
Description: ix, 499 pages ; 24 cm
Contents: The making of David Bowie : 1947-1968 --
The songs of David Bowie : 1969-1980 --
Essays. Sound and vision #1 : Love you till Tuesday ; David Bowie LP ; The lure of the occult ; The man who sold the world LP ; Bowie and the Homo superior ; The making of a star #1 : Arnold Corns ; Andy Warhol : pop to Pork and back again ; Hunky dory LP ; Glad to be gay ; The making of a star #2 : the birth of Ziggy Stardust ; The making of a star #3 : The rise and fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars LP ; Glam, glitter, and fag rock ; Transformer : Bowie and Lou Reed ; Fashion : turn to the Left ; Aladdin Sane LP ; The unmaking of a star #1 : rock 'n' roll suicide ; Sixties nostalgia and myth : Pin ups LP ; The art of fragmentation ; Diamond dogs LP ; The heart of plastic soul ; The unmaking of a star #2 : David live LP ; Young Americans LP ; Sound and vision #2 : The man who fell to earth ; The unmaking of a star #3 : cocaine and the Kabbalah ; Station to station LP ; Fascism : turn to the right ; The actor and the Idiot : Bowie and Iggy ; The art of minimalism ; Berlin ; Low LP ; Rock on the Titanic : punk ; "Heroes" LP ; The art of expressionism ; Sound and vision #3 : Just a gigolo ; Exit the actor : Stage LP ; Lodger LP ; Scary Monsters (and super creeps) LP ; Sound and vision #4 : a new career in a new medium.
Other Titles: David Bowie and the 1970s
David Bowie and the nineteen seventies
Responsibility: Peter Doggett.

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Cultural historian Peter Doggett explores the rich heritage of David Bowie's most productive and inspired decade, and traces the way in which his music reflected and influenced the world around him.

"No artist offered a more compelling portrayal of the landscape of the 1970s than David Bowie. From his first hit, "Space Oddity," in 1969 to the release of the LP Scary Monsters (and Super Creeps) in 1980, Bowie cultivated an innovative and shocking brand of performance, a mesmerizing blend of high-concept science fiction and old-fashioned rock 'n' roll, delivered in skintight spandex and operatic alien makeup. Through songs at once prescient and esoteric, beautiful and haunting, Bowie cut hard against the grain of '60s and '70s pop music, replacing it with something far more intriguing: a dark, fantastical vision that heralded the dawn of a new decade. In The Man Who Sold the World, acclaimed journalist Peter Doggett explores the rich heritage of Bowie's most productive and inspired decade. Viewing the artist through the lens of his music and his many guises, Doggett offers a detailed analysis - musical, lyrical, conceptual, social - of every song Bowie wrote and recorded during that period, as well as a brilliant exploration of the development of a performer who profoundly affected popular music and the idea of stardom itself."--Publisher's website.

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