RT Book, Whole DB /z-wcorg/ DS http://worldcat.org ID 85766159 LA English T1 The words and music of David Bowie A1 Perone, James E., PB Praeger PP Westport, Conn. YR 2007 SN 9780275992453 0275992454 AB "In this comprehensive analysis of David Bowie's career, author James Perone examines the many identities and styles Bowie has developed over the years, and in so doing provides a chronicle of creativity at work." "Born David Jones in a London suburb in 1947, David Bowie changed his name in the late '60s to avoid confusion with the singer David Jones of The Monkees. This name change would turn out to be a highly prescient act: for in incorporating an exceptionally wide variety of styles, Bowie would become the most notorious chameleon of the rock era. Due in large part to his early success in the glam rock subgenre and his claims of homosexuality (dismissed by many writers as a ploy to generate public interest and record sales), Bowie raised serious issues about sexual orientation in rock music, regardless of whether or not his claimed homosexuality was genuine or part of his on-stage character. His regular use of theatrical personae also raises interesting issues concerning authenticity and the perception of authenticity in rock music." "After a biographical introduction, chronologically arranged chapters discuss the singer's fascinating - and iconoclastic - body of work. A discography and annotated bibliography conclude the book."--Jacket.