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 | July 13, 2012 | Hardcover

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The Man Who Sold the Worldis 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 LPScary 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 Worldlays 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 crucial period.

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 400 pages, 9.3 × 6.3 × 1.32 in

Published: July 13, 2012

Publisher: HARPERCOLLINS PUBLISHERS

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0062024655

ISBN - 13: 9780062024657

Found in: Biography and Memoir

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

by Peter Doggett

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 400 pages, 9.3 × 6.3 × 1.32 in

Published: July 13, 2012

Publisher: HARPERCOLLINS PUBLISHERS

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0062024655

ISBN - 13: 9780062024657

About the Book

Doggett critiques every song of David Bowie's most inventive and influential decade, from his first hit, OSpace Oddity, O in 1969, to the release of "Scary Monsters (And Super Creeps)" in 1980. It is a brilliant exploration of the development of an artist who profoundly affected popular music.

From the Publisher

The Man Who Sold the Worldis 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 LPScary 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 Worldlays 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 crucial period.

About the Author

Peter Doggett has been writing about popular music, the entertainment industry, and social and cultural history since 1980. His books include the pioneering study of the collision between rock and country music,Are You Ready for the Country; and the award-winningThere's a Riot Going On: Revolutionaries, Rock Stars, and the Rise and Fall of the '60s. His most recent book,You Never Give Me Your Money: The Beatles After the Breakup, was chosen as one of the 10 Best Books of 2010 by theLos Angeles Times.

Editorial Reviews

?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))