The Man Who Sold the World is a critical study of David
Bowie''s most inventive and influential decade, from his first hit,
"Space Oddity," in 1969, to the release of the LP Scary
Monsters (and Super Creeps) in 1980. Viewing the artist
through the lens of his music and his many guises, the acclaimed
journalist Peter 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.
Dissecting close to 250 songs, Doggett traces the major themes
that inspired and shaped Bowie''s career, from his flirtations with
fascist imagery and infatuation with the occult to his pioneering
creation of his alter-ego self in the character of Ziggy Stardust.
What emerges is an illuminating account of how Bowie escaped his
working-class London background to become a global phenomenon.
The Man Who Sold the World lays bare the evolution of
Bowie''s various personas and unrivaled career of innovation as a
musician, singer, composer, lyricist, actor, and conceptual artist.
It is a fan''s ultimate resource-the most rigorous and insightful
assessment to date of Bowie''s artistic achievement during this