The Man Who Sold The World: David Bowie And The 1970s

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The Man Who Sold The World: David Bowie And The 1970s

by Peter Doggett

HARPERCOLLINS PUBLISHERS | August 2, 2013 | Trade Paperback

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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.

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 400 pages, 9.25 × 6.25 × 1.33 in

Published: August 2, 2013

Publisher: HARPERCOLLINS PUBLISHERS

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0062024663

ISBN - 13: 9780062024664

Found in: Biography and Memoir

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The Man Who Sold The World: David Bowie And The 1970s

by Peter Doggett

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 400 pages, 9.25 × 6.25 × 1.33 in

Published: August 2, 2013

Publisher: HARPERCOLLINS PUBLISHERS

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0062024663

ISBN - 13: 9780062024664

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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.

About the Author

Peter Doggett is a commentator and writer about popular music, entertainment, and social and cultural history. He is a regular contributor to publications such as Mojo, Q, and GQ. Some of his books are The Art and Music of John Lennon, Are You Ready for the Country, and You Never Give Me Your Money: The Beatles After The Break Up.

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?A thoughtful combination of critical observation and biographical digging?.Doggett?s sparkling work of biocriticism is full of entertaining anecdotes and flashes of insight.? (Booklist (starred review))
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