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.